September Favorites

I thought it would be fun if I took a moment each month to let you know what things are currently striking my fancy, so here goes the September installment! Current favorites:

Song: House Party by Sam Hunt. I normally gravitate toward more sentimental country songs when thinking of my favorites, but this one makes me smile every time I hear it. I tend to be independent and a bit of a homebody, so it's a song I can relate to, having had friends nudge me out of my comfort zone, although none of them endeavored (as of yet) to go so far as to turn it into a party.

Book: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I'm working through what I affectionately call my brick of a book- the complete volume of Jane Austen novels, in paperback. I find Northanger Abbey to have a certain humor I didn't perceive in some of Austen's other books, one that I've been very much enjoying. I like the approach the writing is coming from, too, with things included about the heroine of the story, plotline, and other characters, as if the reader is getting to see inside the thought patterns of the narrator at times, seeing the reasoning behind things, along with the flaws and virtues of the characters. I found this book to be a little bit easier to follow (and keep the characters straight), but that might be because I had taken the time to get used to Austen's style of writing while reading Emma.

Verse: "For I, the Lord, do not change." -Malachi 3:6. A friend wrote this verse on a note card for me when I was anxiously looking toward graduating college, with a note that says, 'How awesome is that? Even though your life is going to be changing like crazy, God will always be there. How neat is that?!" And it's just as true today, as other things in life continue to change, and my God remains constant through it all.

Food: Baked Oatmeal Cups from Half Baked Harvest filled with spoonfuls of berry smoothie (just a blended banana and mixed berries). I made the oatmeal cups without chocolate chips so I could fill them with whatever I wanted, and one day decided I wanted that and a smoothie. Since there was a convenient space in the oatmeal cup for some filling, I spooned some of my smoothie (I like them thicker) into the warm oatmeal cup and dug in. It was a delicious combination of warm, soft oats and cold, fruity smoothie.

TV Show: Boy Meets World. I've begun re-watching the series from the beginning, and was quickly taken back into the world of Cory and Shawn. I love the nostalgia of watching shows I loved several years ago, as if watching them again allows me to momentarily travel back in time and live a life where my biggest concern was trying to get my parents to let me stay up past my bedtime.

Memory from last month: Getting to spend time with my cousins and their friends, celebrating my cousin's upcoming wedding. We got to play fun wedding-themed games, learn things about the bride and groom, make toilet paper wedding gowns, watch Disney movies, eat our fill of puppy chow, have a good old-fashioned sleepover, and venture to the Mall of America for a wedding-themed scavenger hunt. It was a blast!

Now it's your turn. What are some of your favorite things?