November 2017

November was an incredibly challenging month for my family, especially on my dad’s side of the family. We lost my grandma on November 4th and within the course of the same day, my grandpa fell and broke his hip. Upon his visit to the hospital, the doctors discovered he had cancer and that it was pretty aggressive. Moments after he left for the hospital was when my grandma passed away and watching my dad tell his father that grandma passed away was heartbreaking. My grandpa’s reaction was one of immediate heartbreak and then instantly turned to the rest of us in his hospital room and wanted to ensure that we were okay. Three weeks to the day after my grandma passed, my grandpa reunited with her. It was harder for my grandpa’s passing, mostly because it was so much more sudden and while we had three weeks to get “used to the idea”, he had been in such good health before that it was hard to see him go down hill so fast. My grandma had suffered from dementia for about 3 years and mostly only recognized my grandpa by the time she passed away. I did get to see two of my cousins who I hadn’t seen in years as they traveled from Colorado to the funerals, so that was a small blessing in an otherwise horrible few weeks.

With that being said, there were a few highlights during November.



We didn’t really make it out to any new restaurants this month between all the family stuff and then Thanksgiving itself. We did celebrate Friends-giving with P&T for the 7th year in a row. As we ate tacos, we were all amazed that it’s been seven years of friendships between us. It seems like just yesterday I was meeting them as my techs at my old pharmacy, and then somehow seven years later we are still going strong in the friendship department in a completely different city. It’s amazing looking back on all our Friends-giving years both in Cincinnati and then in Columbus.


Books; I only read one book and listened to one audiobook this month. My mind was just elsewhere.

  • Sycamore by Bryn Chancellor: I gave this book a 3/5. I just needed something easy and fairly quick to read that didn’t require a lot of thought and this fulfilled that. It’s under 350 pages and follows a variety of different narrators tell the story of present day small town in Arizona called Sycamore when the remains of a long missing teenage girl are found. The present day narrators think back to their lives when Jess went missing and how their lives drastically altered course afterwards. The chapters alternate with the events leading up to the disappearance itself. I wasn’t surprised by the ending and actually saw the outcome coming, but it’s an enjoyable fairly easy read.
  • Irresistible by Adam Alter: I listened to this as an audiobook and I give it a 3/5. The nonfiction work details different types of technology, the rise of it, and the potential dangers we are facing by becoming so dependent on it. Nothing earth shattering here, but it did make me pause and think just about how addicted I personally am to technology and how to take a break from it everyone in awhile.


Movies & TV:

To escape everything going on this month, I felt like we did watch quite a bit of both TV shows and movies. It may also be because the weather is cooling off and there’s less outside activities to partake in since it gets dark so early. After returning from our trip to Orlando, we had the idea to watch the animated Disney movies in chronological order. I’ve seen most of them but Brian hasn’t, so it’ll be fun to make our way through the list. In November we watched Snow White, Pinocchio, Fantasia, and The Reluctant Dragon. I had seen all four of them, but Brian hadn’t seen The Reluctant Dragon which is a bit silly, but entertaining.

Other movies we watched during November included Eight Below (I watched with Yumi and she enjoyed the dogs very much!), Tomorrowland (just an okay movie, entertaining but not one to re-watch over and over again), Get Out (I really enjoyed this movie, especially with it’s theming and our current political climate).

My family also went to the theatre to see Coco. My brother and I have seen all the Pixar movies together and I would say for at least half of them, the rest or some of the family has tagged along as well. It was especially fitting that we were (almost) all together for this particular moving that centered on family and death. It’s such a different movie than mainstream cartoons, which totally fits in with other Pixar movie. It’s culturally important and an incredible message in addition to remarkable graphics. It’s not a super light hearted film and little little kids may not enjoy it all that much, but we all really did. It was a perfect movie to watch together, celebrate our time together, and remember memories of our relatives that had recently passed away.

TV shows that Brian and I watched during November included finishing up our re-watch of Breaking Bad. We also caught up on Mr. Robot (this season is so much better than last season) and Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (powerful episodes every week). I also have been rewatching Felicity on Hulu!

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