4 things for the start of October











Fall has fallen over the upper midwest, and that means it’s time for all the best things! Frosty mornings, cozy sweaters, snuggly sweaters, bonfires, Halloween, pumpkins, porch mums, and, of course, the changing leaves all bring this season to life for me and make it one of my favorite times of the year. Sure the days get shorter. Sure the weather gets cooler. It’s okay! Some people crave the perpetual summer of the south. Others would ski or snowboard year round. Me? Give me infinite fall. And in the absence of that option, give me these four things to warm your heart and keep you cozy this autumn!


Together, the Hubb Community Kitchen Cookbook is my favorite charity project since the ice bucket challenge! The Hubb Community Kitchen was born in London after the Grenfell apartment building fire. Women displaced by the fire began gathering together in a community center kitchen space to share fellowship, tell stories, and prepare meals for their families. Soon, women from the surrounding area began to join them, supporting their neighbors in a tremendous time of need, and the kitchen became a vibrant multicultural support network where resources, recipes, and good food could be shared. The cookbook, Together, has been getting A LOT of buzz because it was Megan Markle’s first royal project, but on its own, the book is an amazing collection of stories and incredible food! Currently the kitchen runs twice a week. Proceeds go to support to the Hubb community so they can remain open and supporting women in need seven days a week.

2The countdown is officially one year; coming October 2019, Tom Hanks is starring as Mister Rogers in a dramatic biopic about the children television star’s life! The first pictures and casting information has been announced, and with it the ironic, and kind of hilarious, acknowledgement by Colin Hanks, Tom’s father, that he played Mister Rogers in a biopic first! How many kids have taken over roles played by the parents? Anne Hathaway famously did it in Les Miserables and won an Oscar and Golden Globe for her performance. Will Hanks do the same? I don’t know, but I’ll definitely be checking it out!

3This month I wrote about why it matters what we did when we’re young, which was all about taking ownership for the choice we make. Thus, it may seem counterintuitive that I’m now recommending an article about letting things go! Nevertheless, “I’m Slowly Learning that I Don’t Need to React to Everything that Bothers Me” is worth a read for anyone that’s ever felt bad about a social media comment, held a grudge, clapped back, or found them self dragged down from the high road. We live in challenging times. Let some of it go!

6Sometimes you rediscover something from your past that suddenly makes you wonder why it didn’t come with you through the years. This was my recent experience with a Spotify playlist from 2013 that somehow popped up on my account a week or two ago. Buried between the pop hits that are no longer pop hits was “Idina Menzel Live Barefoot at the Symphony” which was a 2012 release of a series of live shows she performed with various regional orchestras. One of those orchestra was the Minnesota Orchestra, which was a ticket I splurged on in college to sit in the back row of Orchestra Hall with a bunch of “Wicked” obsessed friends. But it was honestly one of the BEST live shows I’ve ever seen. At some point, it obviously fell off my radar screen (and Spotify) but it’s back for October, and it is worth a listen!

Want more things? Stay tuned for the October playlist featuring all your best hits for the 90s and you wine for the weekend recommendation coming Friday!


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

2 thoughts on “4 things for the start of October

  1. Two things: 1) Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers!!!! I enjoyed him as Walt Disney in Saving Mister Banks. B) #3, letting things go. Ironic that following your suggestion to (wait for it) Let It Go, #4 is that talented, but tragically named performer (Hey, if John Travolta can’t pronounce her name right…) Idina Menzel. I still shudder when I think of that song…


    1. Let it Go wasn’t really Idina Menzel’s fault…and it’s not on her recording because she did the symphony tour before Frozen was a thing! So you’re safe! 🙂


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