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Behind the Curtain: September 2017

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I’ve come to look forward to these monthly posts about what I’m into beyond travel because there’s so much more to my life than where I go, despite the fact that it’s something I love. It’s funny how many people respond with their obsessions or agree with mine! As with last month, I’m sharing the things I’m obsessed with at the moment. Thanks for following along! Be sure to share what you’re loving this month below!


I’ve finally finished reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and the Damned this week and started Lindy West’s Shrill, something I’ve been waiting to read for a while. I have the feeling I’m going to finish it quickly as I started it yesterday and am already a third of the way through it. To see what else I’m reading, check out my Goodreads Profile here.


I know everyone is talking about a new Taylor Swift album, but I think we should be talking about Kesha’s new album. I was never really a fan before, but I’ve identified with some of the struggles she has been through over the years. When the sentence against her former producer didn’t go in her favor, I was so sad for her. But the album she’s released, Rainbow, is excellent, combining her old sound with her Tennessee roots. There’s even a Dolly Parton duet. Download the song “Woman” when you’re feeling down. I’m also loving the Baby Driver soundtrack, a mix of oldies and new tunes.


I quickly watched Defenders and was admittedly bummed that there was no appearance of The Punisher. Since then, I’ve been watching the second season of Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath. After hearing a few panels at Dragoncon, I’ve got a new list of shows to watch and re-watch, including Fear the Walking Dead. My newest addiction is Catastrophe, an insanely clever Amazon Prime show.


I recently started making my own cold brew coffee! It’s super easy and can save you money on Starbucks runs.


After a disastrous trip home from Boston, I recovered for a few days before hopping on another plane. This time it was a weekend in New York City to catch up with friends from my time in Australia. I got to meet Lauren‘s beautiful baby girl, hung out with my friends Flo and Alan, and finally visited places I’d had on my list for a while. Next up was two days in the Smokies with Sammi and Liza where we sat by the pool at the Margaritaville Hotel and spent a day at Dollywood. This post is coming to you from Lake Charles, Louisiana, where I’m spending the next few days eating everything.


This is a crazy time for work. I’m currently working on a book, which I’ll talk more about soon. I’m also doing an update for an online guide I wrote a few years back. And I had my first story accepted by Fodor’s, which will be published in the coming months! See what else I’m working on via my Contently profile.

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