I like cooler weather, but September has been really all over the place in Chicago between the thunderstorms, humidity and overcast clouds. Not exactly what I was hoping for post Labor Day. It does lead me to believe that I could be a meteorologist for one of Chicago’s news stations because apparently, you don’t need to be right…ever (though I refuse to go on a diet as I’m shooting for more a Tom Skilling look).
Anyway, it’s about time for another smörgåsbord; covering a buffet of different topics.
I’ve got a new one for you true crime lovers! Dr. Death, produced by Wondery, has released two episodes and I’m already full engrossed. Wondery is the same production company of The Wonderland Murders and Dirty John, both podcasts that I’ve rated highly. The latter is actually being made into a film starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana! Dr. Death explores the true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a neurosurgeon serving life in prison for gross malpractice resulting in the death and maiming of several patients in Dallas, Texas. It’s fascinating and alarming. Per usual, even though the story has been out there and can be readily researched, Wondery creates an atmospheric, harrowing listening experience with first person interviews from victims and Duntsch’s former friends and a great score. I highly recommend tuning in. You can find it on most podcast directories I believe.
My birthday is coming up in early October and I feel like half the world is in the same boat! Everyone’s parents’ had too much holiday fun from Christmas to New Year’s *shudder*. I’m noticing it’s hard to book anything even a month in advance! Reservations seem harder to come by. Struggling to come up with a gift idea? Here are some solid go-to ideas, with an autumnal spin wherever possible!
Maybe your loved one would like a donation to the ACLU on your behalf, or maybe they or someone they know and care about has battled with cancer. Do they care about animal rights? Any donation in their honor is a thoughtful gift!
Bottle Wine or Liquor
Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 | $17.99
Bulleit Bourbon | $39.99
Does anyone else struggle with this? As a sales professional, my income varies throughout the year and sometimes it’s really hard to know how much I can spend. Couple that with a keen interest in fashion and beauty, and lo, it can become an issue. In the past, I’ve used Intuit’s Mint, a financial planner you can use online for free. Realistically though, I’m usually just checking my card statements daily. I feel a little less guilty due to my monthly contributions into a Roth IRA. I also utilize Acorns, a mobile friendly investment platform. You can withdraw from there without penalty and can create an account with a minimum $5 per month. Might be worth looking into if you can’t afford to invest in a mutual fund yet.
Outside of shopping for fall sweaters and Korean skin care (and the obvious rent and bills), ordering in food is sapping away my money. For example, the other day, I thought thawing a frozen quesadilla for 10 minutes was good enough and ended up burning the sh*t out of it, to which I said, “screw it!”, and I opened up Grubhub. Chai and matcha tea lattes have also become quite dangerous; the internal dialogue regarding whether or not I should pop into Starbucks for one before work makes Sybil look well-adjusted.
Are you also like me when you get a coupon it’s like you have to use it? Seriously the narratives I craft to myself are very convincing. In a consumer driven world I find myself succumbing far too often. That makes me tired to think about. And now I think I need a nicer mattress..
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