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Snapshots: Thinking, Reading, Doing, Snapping and Eating (November)

November 30, 2014

The days are escaping me! Every day I tell myself I’m going to sit down and write on my blog. But then life happens — client work, Sophie, family activities — and then it’s been weeks and I haven’t posted. I feel badly about this since I love this little space and all of you who have followed me through the years. I’ve always said that as long I have things to say and a space to write, I plan to keep Leah’s Thoughts alive. So rest assured, I am here! Just not here as much.

Thinking and Doing …

November always feels like a short month with lots going on. I celebrated my 39th birthday in November. And I want to thank you so much for all the lovely comments about my 39 things about me post. Since I posted the 39 things, I’ve come up with more pieces of trivia about myself. Fodder for future posts!

Sophie turned 7-years-old in November. 7, people! I started this blog just after her 2nd birthday! She’s become this little person that I love and admire so much. I need to write about all these feelings and thoughts about her growing up and how motherhood changes so much as they grow.

November also brings Thanksgiving, one of my favorite holidays. It was even better because my sister and her family (two little boys) visited from Iowa. She and I were always close growing up since we are four years apart. I miss having her close to me, especially now that we both have kids. So I cherish the time we do get to spend together. It’s a different feeling to see your little sister — the kid who used to tease me to no end — as a mom (and a great one at that)!

This fall I’ve had the opportunity to teach a marketing and communication class at the Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising. For nine weeks, I teach second-year fashion students about all-things marketing — web marketing, public relations, advertising, social media, blogging, newspaper and feature story writing, direct mail/email. I never pictured myself as a teacher. And this gig was quite ironic because fashion is something I’m keenly aware I don’t have much of. But I have to say that I really enjoy teaching this class and interacting with the students. I’m so impressed with their writing and how they think. I’ve learned a lot from them, and about myself. I’m so glad I challenged myself with this new endeavor!

Reading …

I think this photo sums up what I’m reading (or NOT reading). My TBR pile is so big it stretches across my king-sized bed! (In other news: poor cat!)

books on the bed

I’m currently reading The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. I’ve been waiting years to read this book, so when I found a hardback copy at Goodwill for $3, I grabbed it. He also wrote The Virgin Suicides (didn’t read) and Middlesex (loved). I just finished The Secrets She Carried by Barbara Davis. It was a bit predictable, but I enjoyed it.

Eating …

What am I eating? Thanksgiving leftovers!

thanksgiving sidesSausage and apple crockpot stuffing, creamed corn, cranberry Zinfandel sauce, Parmesan smashed potatoes, and sauteed green beans with almonds.

Snapping …

Yay for November!


True to their personalities, Casey is looking to please me and Tess could care less what I want.

casey and tess

Sophie’s 7th birthday!

sophie is 7

Candy, color and cookbooks …IMG_8163

Sophie won an award at school for achievement in science. It was also Halloween day!

science award

There are certain authors I always hope to meet because I love all of their books. Tova Mirvis was one of those writers (The Ladies Auxiliary, The Outside World and Visible City). I was so excited to hear her speak at the San Diego Jewish Books Fair.  Tova Mirvis

Autumnal …


So how was your Thanksgiving? Are you ready for the holidays? What are you reading, eating, cooking and doing?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2014 7:23 am

    No fair! I can’t see all the books you’re “not” reading… ha ha – my TBR is way more out of control than yours. I know… it’s an addiction.

    I’m going to try your parmesan mashed potatoes (we do our own rendition, but yours sounds YUMMY) for Christmas!

  2. December 5, 2014 5:02 am

    Great round up! And I love Tova Mirvis, too. I especially enjoyed The Ladies Auxiliary.

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