First and foremost, I hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving week. Its hard to believe we're almost done with November and on to the December holiday season. Since we have 2 small children, I can't wait to see their faces when they open all the presents Santa Claus brings them. But I'm getting ahead of myself here...
In these weekly blog posts, I'll cover "A Few Things" I'm reading, listening to, watching, thinking about, loving, etc. Here we go for the first time:
What I'm reading - The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I've run through a few presidential biographies over the last few years and decided it was finally time to read up on JFK. The book is well paced and includes enlightening anecdotes which add to this political dynasty's allure (and tragedy). In particular, I have been fascinated with the Fitzgerald side of the family. I had no idea JFK's grandfather, John Francis "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, was born into the Irish tenements/slums in Boston's North End. I always (ignorantly) assumed the whole of the Fitzgerald/Kennedy clan came from Irish royalty, so to speak. Far from it. Their rise to power and prestige was a true rags-to-riches tale.
What I'm watching - 21 Jump Street. My wife and I watched this a few nights ago and I couldn't stop laughing. Channing Tatum was great and Jonah Hill was consistently hilarious. Highly recommend.
What I'm burning - Matzek Drive. This scent is the perfect accompaniment to the Thanksgiving holiday. Filled with apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and toasted pecan notes, this candle will have you feeling like you are at the table with all your closest loved ones nearby. Use code BLACKFRIDAY to get 10% off now through Monday, November 29th.
What I'm listening to - Seneca by Charles Wesley Goodwin. Hailing from Appalachia (West Virginia, specfically), Charles Wesley Goodwin is a great alt-country act in the same vein as Tyler Childers, but with a bit more polish and somber tones. I've really enjoyed this album after stumbling upon it the other day. My favorite song on the album is Sorry for the Wait - a period piece about the death of a miner in the Monongah Mine Disaster in the early 20th century. Chilling.
What I'm thinking about - a fortune cooking I was lucky enough to receive when I was a senior in high school. I got it at an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet off Crestwood Blvd. in Irondale, AL. The fortune read "Creating is the greatest proof of being alive".
I sincerely hope everyone gets to spend ample amount of time with friends and family, eating and drinking to your hearts content. Have a happy Thanksgiving, everyone!