Reading: I'm a little over halfway done with Emily Giffin's latest book, "First Comes Love," which is told in alternate chapters narrated by adults sisters who have a pretty tenuous relationship. They could hardly be more different: one is a type-A lawyer and mother in an unhappy marriage and the other is a fun-loving, free-spirited first-grade teacher who dreams of having a baby but is missing the husband component. Both have a lot going on in their lives, and -- completely unbeknownst to each other -- both envy parts of their sister's. Meanwhile, the fifteenth anniversary of a terrible tragedy that drastically changed their family is looming -- and Meredith and Josie seem to be rapidly barreling toward the make or break point in their sisterhood.
I don't read a ton of women's fiction anymore, but Emily Giffin has stuck with me as I've put some other chick-lit authors by the wayside. She just has a knack for writing addicting, heartfelt stories and imperfect, flawed, lovable characters.
Knitting: We have arm holes! I split off the sleeve stitches on my Earnest Cardigan yesterday, which is major progress considering I was re-starting the whole thing just over a week ago. Jarrod has been working some insane hours, so I've had a lot of extra free time to work on it.
I decided I needed a show to watch while knitting and after browsing Amazon Prime I started "Lark Rise to Candleford," an older BBC/PBS period drama set in the 1800s. It's a bit twee and quaint, but it's great to watch while knitting because it doesn't require my full attention. And the main character works at the town's little post office, which I love as I've got a bit of an obsession with mail. (P.S. I often checked in and out DVDs of the show when I worked at the library in Ohio and was always a bit confused by the title, but FYI, Lark Rise and Candleford are two villages in the English countryside separated by a few miles. The protagonist has grown up in rural Lark Rise, but her parents send her to bustling -- by comparison -- Candleford to work with her aunt at the post office. Also, it's based on a trilogy of semi-autobiographical novels by Flora Thompson!)
Enjoying: A Starbucks salted caramel mocha and a yummy guava-cream cheese pastry thingy. They were having a promotion for $1 pastries and I was powerless to resist. I'm glad the fall drinks are back -- I love salted caramel mochas, I like pumpkin spice lattes, and I'm intrigued by the new chile mochas.