Cuter than cute.

With it being October and the weather having taken a definite turn for the chilly, my thoughts have turned to tartan.

Who are we kidding? Do my thoughts ever leave tartan? No, not really. I adore those brightly-colored patterns so much that I have a Pinterest board dedicated to them.

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The internet has been alive this week with commentary and criticism about Renee Zellweger, who recently appeared at an event looking somewhat unlike herself. The articles and posts that I have seen have been speculative about what she is or is not doing to her face. Furthermore, most of what I have seen has been terribly unkind, including some truly vicious comments.

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Pumpkins galore

These have pumpkin and milk, which makes them healthy, right?

I went to Trader Joe’s on Friday to do my weekly pre-weekend hunting and gathering. Such an excursion is necessary when one has teenagers, as their need to eat is frequent and vast.

This feeding frenzy is compounded and multiplied when teens are in groups, and since there are frequently extra teens here at Jenworld on the weekends, my kitchen is often under attack.

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It’s Homecoming Week at my girls’ high school. The football game is tonight and the dance is tomorrow night. All week, every day, there have been different Spirit Days for the students to participate in — Nerd Day, Superhero Day, etc. Today is School Spirit Day and everyone is encouraged to wear school colors (black and orange).

1986 or 1987. At a marching band competition. I'm the second from the right in the oh-so-stylish ivory double-knit polyester vest and shorts.

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One of the best books I've ever read.

I was talking with a dear friend earlier this week and we got onto the subject of books. Specifically, the books my teens are reading in high school, as well as the ones my friend and I read back in the day.

Like many of you, I’ve read a lot of the classics — Austen, Poe, Vonnegut, Dostoyevsky, Shakespeare, Kafka, and so on. But there are some (too many, really) that I still have not gotten to, including Fahrenheit 451 and A Brave New World.

*hanging my head in shame*

I need to remedy this. How else are we to grow as humans if we don’t continue learning? I am working on a list of classics, 12-ish of which I plan to read over the course of 2015. I want to compile a list of those books that every person should read. These might be Pulitzer winners or maybe they’ve won no prizes other than the admiration of millions of readers. They might be old or they might be new to the literary scene.

I need your help: What classic books have you most enjoyed and which ones do you wish you’d read?

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