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Friday, October 9, 2020

The weather around here has been bouncing from the 60s to the 80s, and, as much as I am a summer girl, I am reminded every October just how much I also love fall. Putting away my shorts and t-shirts and pulling out my leggings and sweaters, lighting my pumpkin spice candles, and opening the windows just makes me feel great. Needless to say, I'm ready for the 80s to leave permanently and excited for the possibility of the 50s and 60s coming to stay. Tomorrow we planned to go apple picking, but we've been watching the weather to see what havoc Delta will cause in terms of rain. I think we might try and go today instead! I hope that you will have a relaxing and fun weekend!

Here are some interesting stories this week:

- It's no secret that my favorite Jane Austen novel is Persuasion. In fact, I love it so much that both my engagement and wedding pictures featured the book. Unfortunately, unlike other Austen novels, there's never been a really good film adaptation of it. (This one I like fine, but not only is it seriously abridged, but that kiss at the end could quite possibly be THE. WORST. KISS. in the history of film.) I recently learned that a new film adaptation of Persuasion is coming, and I am hoping and praying it will be great! 

- Has your reading life changed since the pandemic began? This article shares insights from a few real readers on what their reading lives have looked like since March. 

- Any time I watch a movie starring Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, or Rosalind Russell; or watch anything set in the 1940s or 1950s; or watch the film The Women, I want to throw everything out of my closet and start again. Here is a list of 40 of the most iconic fashion films of all time. 

- I haven't seen the show, but Sherlock Holmes is making headlines again. 

- It's getting darker earlier, the temperatures are dropping, and it's the perfect time to enjoy a fall-themed cocktail (or two!). 

- "Most people don’t realize that their beliefs about winter are subjective." Some good advice and food for thought if you, like I, dread winter and those cold, long winter months. (Especially January through March.)

- A recent survey found that dancing makes people feel happier and less stressed. I could have told you that!

- We took a trip from Georgia to West Virginia riiiiiight before the leaves started changing. Sigh. If you also love looking at fall colors, here's a link to a map that shows you where to find the best fall colors in your area. 

Here are some posts you may have missed:

- Here is a list of suspenseful and spooky stories you can read, paired with a television show or movie to watch afterwards. 

- Are you doing anything special to embrace the holiday season this year? 

- Your value as a person comes from who you are not what you do. 

I hope your weekend is great! I'll see you back here on Monday for our next Midnight Society story, "The Monkey's Paw." 

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