October Favorites.

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October has come to an end so here are my favorites from this month!

1. Beer Cap Map

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Duuuuuuude. One of my besties and biggest Sidechick supporters (shout out to Sarah) got me a beer cap map for my birthday earlier this month and it is maybe the coolest gift I’ve ever gotten. For those of you that don’t know, I 100% a beer nerd. I love craft beer more than most things in life, and the only thing I love more than beer is traveling. So this is where both of those loves collide. I’ve already started filling mine up! This would make a wonderful holiday gift for someone who loves travel and beer! You can get it here.

2. Apple cider with Fireball

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Okay, okay…I know this sounds kinda weird or like maybe I’ve been living under a rock for 20 years. But this is such a delightful combination and so fall inspired. My roommate and I got half a gallon of apple cider in our weekly farm share last week, and she suggested we get some fireball (cinnamon whiskey) to add to it. I am a fan of Fireball (I am a garbage human), and honestly this combination is so good. It tastes like you’re drinking cinnamon apples. It’s perfect for a bonfire with friends or just cuddled up on the couch at home watching Netflix.

3. TV Shows: Transparent Season 4 (Amazon), The Confession Tapes (Netflix), and Big Mouth (Netflix)

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Wow wow wow wow. I’ve been watching a lot of TV lately it seems, but I think it’s just because there have been so many good shows to watch out. I have loved Transparent since season one and season four did not disappoint. Most of it takes place in Israel as the Pfefferman clan travel to the motherland to explore their roots. The dysfunction of their family reaches an all time high of course, but all the characters stay pretty consistent with who we know them to be thus far. The writing is fantastic as always, if you aren’t watching this show, GET ON IT. It is amazing. It is currently streaming on Amazon.

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The Confession Tapes (Netflix) — This is a great show for any true crime aficionados out there. It’s a documentary-series on crimes committed where the suspects of the crimes have been coerced into confessing (in multiple ways) to crimes they did not commit. It is incredibly interesting and all of the stories are crimes that actually happened. There’s one that happened back in the 80s only a few streets away from where I currently live (eeeeeeek!). If you’re into true crime or psychology at all, this is a great show to watch. It is currently streaming on Netflix.

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Big Mouth (Netflix) — Holy moly I love this show so much. I’m not super into animated series, every now and then I’ll turn on Bob’s Burgers or American Dad, but they are usually just background noise for me. Big Mouth is an animated series centered around pre-teens going through puberty. The cast is amazing and the writing is extremely crude and NSFW, but it is hilarious. If you love comedians and ex-SNL cast mates, you have to watch it. But beware, there are only 10 episodes and once you’re finished with it you will be sad there aren’t anymore to watch yet. I can’t wait until they come out with more episodes. It is currently streaming on Netflix.

4. {The And} Cards

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I’ve mentioned a Youtube channel called The Skin Deep on Sidechick before, so this shouldn’t be news to you, but it’s a vulnerable, emotional, roller coaster ride. The premise of the Youtube series {The And} on The Skin Deep is that you take two people in a relationship (most of the time they are romantic relationships, but sometimes they are mother/daughter, etc.) and you sit them across a table from each other with a stack of cards in front of them. They take turns drawing from the stack of cards and the cards have deep, emotional questions on them. Most of the time they evoke conversations that are sometimes difficult to have. The Skin Deep started selling the cards they use, and one of my friends sent them to me for my birthday earlier this month! The cards are split into categories (money, friendship, love, etc.) and you just pick 10 cards and take turns answering the questions on them with a friend, a lover, a parent, a sibling, etc. I have done them with the person I am currently in a relationship with (we’ve been dating for about 3 months), and it was super helpful in opening up to each other and talking about some things that don’t usually come up organically in every day conversations. Some of the questions are pretty deep and probably shouldn’t be asked to someone you’ve only been dating for a little bit, so you can kind of pick and choose which ones you want to answer or not based not that, but it’s kind of a fun game to play to open up a bit. You can order them here.

5. Poetry: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur and Even This Page is White by Vivek Shraya

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I’ve found it very difficult to find time to read for pleasure lately because I have to read so much for grad school and for my current job, sometimes so much that I feel like my eyeballs are going to fall out of my head. But I love literature, so it has been tough for me, but I think I finally found something that works. Reading poetry. I have always loved poetry, but have recently found that it doesn’t feel like I’m reading large quantities like if I were reading a novel. Each page is a different story with poetry, so I don’t really have to keep up with storylines or characters. Just feelings. I have been a big fan of Rupi Kaur for a while now, I have read her first book, “Milk and Honey” probably 8 times. If you’ve been on Instagram at all, you are probably familiar with her work. She just released her second book of poetry at the beginning of the month and it is amazing. If you want something quick, but powerful, pick up this book. It is available on here.

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Even This Page is White by Vivek Shraya — This book is equally amazing. I have been a big fan of Vivek Shraya’s work for the past few years, but haven’t ever owned one of her books. Vivek Shraya is a trans poet, visual artist, and musician from Canada. This book focuses around her feelings of otherness (being trans, being brown) in adolescence into adulthood. She also has a few books of short stories that I would love to read eventually. The book is available here.

6. Music: Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Yowler, and Tall Friend

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile my dudessss. I can’t think of a better match, an Aussie grunge artist and an American indie rock badass collaborating on an album together. They album Lotta Sea Lice was released a few weeks ago, and if you love either of the artists, you will love this collaboration. It is perfect cruising around town, talking a walk around your neighborhood on a Sunday afternoon music. Chill vibes. Easy peasy. Give it a listen, it is now streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and Youtube.

Favorite tracks : Continental Breakfast, Over Everything, and Fear is Like a Forest.

Yowler is an indie band out of Philly, and I first heard them on Youtube on an Audiotree recording session. They’re characterized by a sleepy, dreamy sound with strong female vocals. Perfect music for a rainy, gloomy day.

Favorite tracks: Bedroom Wall, Go, Holy Fire.

Tall Friend is an emerging band, they don’t have a lot of music out currently, but what they do have out is great. They are characterized by mesmerizing guitar riffs and a tall female lead singer, hence the name! They also have very short songs, most are under 2 minutes which I find kind of interesting. I’m excited to see how they grow overtime.

Favorite tracks: Yellow, 72, and Rock Collection.

There ya have it folks! Happy November!

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