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How Are You Doing?

French bulldog

Welcome back! I’d love to catch up and to hear how things are going with you. If you’re up for it, here’s a little pop quiz:

A dessert you’ll never refuse:
A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently:
Something you’re looking forward to:
What’s worrying you:
Your childhood nickname:

Once when I was having a hard time, my friend Lina asked me what was wrong and waved her arms toward herself and said, “Hand me your stress.” It was the kindest gesture, I’ll never forget it how it felt. So, if you have something on your mind, send it my way; I’d be glad to take some of that weight off your shoulders.

People are often bummed about summer ending, but I have to say, fall has always been my favorite season. I love the smell of apple crisp and how people look inexplicably attractive in windbreakers. Plus, the anticipation of Halloweeeeeeen! (Toby wants me to go as Cher from Mamma Mia, haha.) “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower,” said Albert Camus.

Storm King

Thank you so much for being here. Sending so much love your way. xoxo

P.S. My twin sister’s home makeover, 14 things to do with friends (other than dinner) and a B.J. Novak interview that still makes me laugh.

(Top photo by J Danielle Wehunt/Stocksy. Bottom photo from Storm King Art Center.)

  1. Linda says...

    1. Mint chocolate chip ice cream
    2. Book – A Place for Us/ TV Show – Mindhunter
    3. Seeing a high school friend in a few days – it has been at least 10 years!
    4. My husband is slowly dying of a degenerative brain disease
    5. Oolie

  2. Kelly P says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: Making It Up As I Go Along by Marian Keyes
    Something you’re looking forward to: My first autumn season and Christmas living in England
    What’s worrying you: My dad’s back surgery on Thursday
    Your childhood nickname: Kelly Kaboo

    This was fun – I love it when you do things like these :-)

  3. Kelly says...

    1. I’m a sucker for a meringue roulade. My mother-in-law makes a fantastic one, and it’s so light and special, and easier than you think. https://www.christinascucina.com/summer-berry-meringue-roulade/
    2. Bottle Shock on Amazon Prime. It’s kind of a slow movie, but the 1-2 punch of Chris Pine and Alan Rickman is a guaranteed mood booster.
    3. I filled my freezer with fancy popsicles from GoodPop! Clinging to summer here in Texas.
    4. My visa is worrying me. It’s been two months, and it’s such an unexpectedly long process. My husband had to go ahead to France without me, which hurts my heart.
    5. My dad calls me Kellybeth, short for Kelly Elizabeth. I called him Daddybeth for many years!

  4. ATD says...

    Hi Cup of Jo team and commenters, would anyone have a recommendation for a marriage therapist in the NYC or Northern NJ area? My husband and I live in Bayonne, NJ, with our 19 month old twins. We’ve been married for three years and we’re having a rough time. I want to try therapy, and would really love a solid recommendation since we are treading in such uncharted territories for us. Thank you so much. I read CoJ everyday and thought about commenting when I first read this post, but really needed to make the request today.

    • Hi there, I don’t have any recommendations as I live in NZ but I also have twins (mine are 15 months old) plus a 3 year old and my husband and I have been going through some rough times too…We started therapy and it seems to be helping but there is a long way ahead of us. I am telling you this to let you know that you are not alone in this. I hope you find a good therapist and things will get better for you and your husband. All the best X

    • ATD says...

      Thank you, Aleksandra. Your kindness does help :). I am hoping the best for you, your husband and your babies as well.

  5. Tricia says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: a brownie sundae
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: Let’s pretend this never happened, Jenny Lawson, makes me laugh so hard I cry
    Something you’re looking forward to: My birthday “season”
    What’s worrying you: Relying on pain pills for an unfix-able health issue
    Your childhood nicknames: Malnu-Tricia (I was really skinny, so clever brothers) Trasha (I was a slob, brothers too, sigh)

  6. Kimberli Simon says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: chocolate cake
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: My Life As A Rat by Joyce Carol Oates
    Something you’re looking forward to: Seeing my sons who live far away
    What’s worrying you: The world
    Your childhood nickname: Kimmers

  7. Elizabeth says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: cheesecake from Alien Brew Pub
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: Maizie Dobbs
    Something you’re looking forward to: cooler weather
    What’s worrying you: my daughter’s transfer to accelerated math
    Your childhood nickname: Libby

  8. Vanessa says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: Mincemeat pie, gluten free crust and real whipped cream along with a cup of tea
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: Maybe you should talk to someone, Lori Gottlieb
    Something you’re looking forward to: Being done with the divorce or closing on my house – one of those.
    What’s worrying you: As always, the people closest to me.  The ones I share genetic material with.
    Your childhood nickname: Van

  9. katie says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: molten lava cake
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
    Something you’re looking forward to: the weekend
    What’s worrying you: I’ve been trying to be more laid back about things– not get exasperated when someone plays music too loud on the El or if someone rolls their luggage over my feet, small things like that– and I’m worried I’m not going to be able to achieve that level of zen. Here’s to trying!
    Your childhood nickname: Katie Bug

  10. Chalen says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: Reese’s dark chocolate peanut butter thins! They’re new and SO delicious! Because they’re dark chocolate and ‘thin’ they feel like less of a cheat treat!
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: The book The Power by Naomi Alderman- wow wow wow! Just Wow!
    Something you’re looking forward to: Ski season! I live in Colorado and decided to buy a different ski pass than the one I usually do this year, so I’m looking forward for a season of new to me mountain terrain!
    What’s worrying you: The fact that I’m nearly 32 and *very* single and quite literally all of my friends are engaged, married, or married with 1-2 kids. Not for lack of trying, I date often but nothing seems to stick.. When will I ever get there?
    Your childhood nickname: Chooch! I didn’t crawl as a baby, I scooched on my butt so my parents called me Scoochie Choochie. How embarrassing! My mom tried to bring that nickname with me to my college freshman dorms and I shut it down real quick!

  11. Madelaine says...

    1. Warm chocolate chip cookies (no nuts!)
    2. Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl and Workin’ Moms on Netflix
    3. A trip to visit my best friend from college
    4. An inexplicable toothache
    5. Moodles

  12. Annelise says...

    1. Tiramisu
    2. New Grand Designs episodes on Netflix
    3. Our first biking trip with the kids, in the south of the Netherlands, starts Friday!
    4. the climate crisis
    5. Dino

  13. Becca says...

    1. Flan
    2. I finally “woman’d up” and saw chapter 1 of the new “IT” remake this past Saturday. Loved it.
    3. Using our new tent and bed rolls for some serious (comfy!) fall camping in the Shenandoah Valley/National park area.
    4. How to reduce our hours with our nanny. We need less care, but she doesn’t need less money; I want to find a way for all needs to be met.
    5. Moonbeam. Apparently my hippie parents told me to “be a willow, Moonbeam” when I got fussy as a baby. Wise words at any age!

  14. A dessert you’ll never refuse: berry pie/crumble especially w a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: Four Weddings & A Funeral (Hulu), Culpable podcast, Home Fire (Joanna rec)
    Something you’re looking forward to: Saying bye-bye to summer—I’m just not a summer person.
    What’s worrying you: Taxes/Money
    Your childhood nickname: LendyLu or LL

  15. Alisha says...

    1. Pumpkin crunch cake or anything with meringue
    2. Life in Pieces and Pen15
    3. Halloween, so begins the best time of the year
    4. I’m worried about my relationship with my son, we seem to be pushing each other buttons lately and he’s only six! How are we gonna survive the teen years.
    5. Leelee

  16. Danielle says...

    1. anything chocolate
    2. Good Boys 🙈🙈🙈😂😂😂
    3. Fall weather and all that comes with it! Sweaters, Halloween, apple picking, the smell of the air…
    4. Will I be able to get pregnant again after my miscarriage?
    5. Noodle

  17. Frederieke says...

    1. Anything Chocolate
    2. Circe/ Mrs. Maisel / Shazam
    3. Strictly come dancing! (I’m a big Anglophile)
    4. Not getting pregnant
    5. Freddy (Frederieke is just to long)

  18. Jenn says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: Baked Baileys Cheesecake

    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: Orange is the New Black’s final season – gut-wrenching but I’ve enjoyed it. I loved Fleabag and Stranger Things for more escapism though.

    Something you’re looking forward to: A holiday to New Zealand to see family. Celebrating Halloween with my kids who are very into the idea of ghosts and spooky things at the moment.

    What’s worrying you: Climate change and a seeming loss of empathy as a quality globally. I find it hard to comprehend how people can be so cruel and unfeeling towards other people and towards our planet. On a more personal level I’m worried about our family finances – with two young kids it’s been pretty tight!

    Your childhood nickname: Jellybean

  19. Addie says...

    1 muddy buddies!!!
    2 on the basis of sex
    3 this one made me pause…I think my next run
    4 so many worries..money, finding a new job, a kid with anxiety, a kid with a speech delay, an ethics report…life is good but worries are plentiful
    5 none!

  20. Christina says...

    1. chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream
    2. I finally read The Goldfinch – which is apparently also going to be a movie!
    3. Speaking at a work conference in November – in Miami! :)
    4. My husband had emergency brain surgery at the end of June… so lots of anxieties right now. (He’s doing relatively well)
    5. Beena

  21. Lauren says...

    I started a new (big!) job last week that has my family, husband and two small children, in a different state with none of our familiar support. I know the job will be great and we will be great, but when it’s so new it feels very overwhelming. I hope I can look back at this time 6 months or a year later and think, this was definitely the right decision.

  22. Tanya says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: cheesecake!!!
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: Movie A Simple Favor
    Something you’re looking forward to: My broken leg healing… I injured both legs and the whole family suffered :( for 9 weeks and counting… I’m still not walking properly or driving yet and it’s been the worst. Partly because I’m not good asking for help because inconveniencing others isn’t my jam.
    What’s worrying you: how much I’ve needed to ask my Husband and kids to help me even though they say they don’t mind.
    Your childhood nickname: Loulabel

  23. Asha says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse:
    Key Lime pie or plain cheesecake, or a really good brownie/cookie (basically I’m a woman with a dessert obsession)
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (for the 1st time) & Schitt’s Creek (for the 3rd time)
    Something you’re looking forward to: finding a new do-able routine after having my 3rd baby
    What’s worrying you: That my older 2 sons aren’t getting enough of their mom the past 7 months (since the baby arrived)
    Your childhood nickname: my name is 4 letters. Not sure it gets any shorter ;) but my closest friend called me “ ‘sha”
    What a fun pop quiz! It’s brightened up the middle of my day!

  24. Cristina says...

    1. Icecreams
    2. Travel man, with Richard Ayoade💛💛
    3. Happiness, after a breakup
    4. Loneliness, my greatest fear of all times
    5. I did not have any

  25. pr says...

    1. Cookie dough
    2. the theory of everything
    3. Something looking forward to: getting out of the whole I am in right now. Not being afraid about life. Feeling powerful to change things.
    4. Depression.
    5. Pollo – chicken in Spanish

  26. Aoife says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: pavalova or sticky toffee pudding
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: book; The Beekeeper of Aleppo. TV show; Mindhunter
    Something you’re looking forward to: date night comedy gig this weekend
    What’s worrying you: plenty!
    Your childhood nickname: My dad had a nickname for all the kids but only he used them!

  27. MSH says...

    Creme Brulee
    Bunheads
    My new fridge being delivered next week
    Getting my grading done
    Marnie

  28. keri says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: Creme Brule
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: Watching The Crown, Mindhunter and Queer Eye, and always re-watching Parks and Rec. Reading Where the Crawdads Sing,
    Something you’re looking forward to: Christmas!! (too soon??)
    What’s worrying you: the environment, upcoming elections, and what to make for dinner
    Your childhood nickname: Red – my grandpa was the only one who called me that but I loved it when he did.

  29. perla says...

    1. a box of chocolate
    2.book: highest duty by sully sullenberger
    movie: perfect strangers /perfetti sconosciutti
    3.lvacations on the isle of skye
    4. well i’m worried about this anxiety thing that i’ve been dealing with for quiet a while now
    5.nickname: parroul

  30. Dee says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: A trip to Ample Hills… their peppermint patty ice cream is the BEST.
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: Anna Karenina, Killing Eve
    Something you’re looking forward to: Autumn and all the feelings and flavors it brings
    What’s worrying you: If/ when I’ll ever find love or a healthy relationship. I met someone I like and I’m already scared, and that makes me sad!
    Your childhood nickname: Deezer, Deedee

  31. Amber says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: Chocolate chip cookies. Or Tiramisu. Or a S’mores blizzard.

    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: Lilac Girls. Wow.

    Something you’re looking forward to: Our family growing :)

    What’s worrying you: We need a new home if we’re growing our family! What if someone I love dies! When will I regain any energy!

    Your childhood nickname: Huh 💜

    • JennD says...

      A GOOD piece of cake

      Not a book, tv show of movie, but I recently downloaded the NYT Crossword app and I’m addicted

      I’m looking forward to my husband returning from deployment this fall.

      I’ve been staying with family and pretty much being spoiled while my husband is away. Im worried about adjusting back to a life without much support once he returns. I also worry about my husband transitioning to a life with crazy toddlers now that he has been on his own for so long!

  32. CB says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: brownies with chocolate chunks.
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: the. west. wing.
    Something you’re looking forward to: going to brunch with my husband tomorrow. he’s off on saturday for the first time in a while!
    What’s worrying you: becoming a little consumed by work and not knowing how to balance the rest of life with it.
    Your childhood nickname: carly-rooney-saurus

  33. Heidi says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: Eaton mess, or anything with caramel
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine – Made me laugh and cry. Read it in one day. Loved it!
    Something you’re looking forward to: Sleep! Sweet, sweet sleep! With no dreams please. Dreams exhaust me!
    What’s worrying you: I have to do a one hour presentation next week. I am bricking it! I go bright red when I try to tell a funny story to my friends and I get all muddled up. You can imagine how next week will go. I’d love to have a smidgen of confidence of those people that do public speaking so eloquently.
    Your childhood nickname: Deerne, this is what my granny called me. It’s a Dutch dialect for “girl”. I’m in my forties living in Ireland now, so no one will ever call me that again. I miss my gran.

    • Aoife says...

      I live in Ireland too. “I am bricking it!” struck me as a very Irish saying as I was reading. Best of luck with your presentation. I’m sure it will be fine once you get up there. Thinking about it can often be worse than the real thing x

    • K says...

      I have recently discovered how much some zero-THC CBD oil helps with my blushing / flushing before a presentation. I also don’t feel 150% emotionally gutted afterward. Game changer! Just a thought xo

  34. CF says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: Chocolate peanut butter Special K bars

    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: “Sorry I’m late, I didn’t want to come” by Jessica Pan. A hilariously relatable read with an inspiring message.

    Something you’re looking forward to: Our first time trying for a baby… we’re going to start this fall! :)

    What’s worrying you: My husband wants to quite his job to pursue his side hustle full time. I know he’ll be incredible, but still it’s a big step!

    Your childhood nickname: Tiny

  35. Kiley says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: Scotcharoos
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: Veronica Mars
    Something you’re looking forward to: Getting settled in my new home
    What’s worrying you: A lot of change is happening at once, it’s making me pretty anxious
    Your childhood nickname: Poppins (as in Mary)

  36. Ana says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: Warm Apple Tarte Tatin
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: Money Heist (on Netflix), A column of fire by Ken Follett
    Something you’re looking forward to: crisp fall days of apple picking and cozy knits
    What’s worrying you: the level of anger and division in today’s general discourse and global warming
    Your childhood nickname: biquette (= baby goat)

  37. Megan says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: a chocolate chip cannoli
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: Book – Verity by Colleen Hoover, TV Show – Carnival Row, Movie – After The Wedding
    Something you’re looking forward to: Going to Maine on Black Friday
    What’s worrying you: Picking a location to move to
    Your childhood nickname: Meg

  38. Jane says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: doughnuts, or any fried dough, really!
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. And Four Weddings and a Funeral – the Mindy Kaling produced show on Hulu. I love it.
    Something you’re looking forward to: The Wednesday release of the next installment of Four Weddings and a Funeral. Also, Fall and apple season
    What’s worrying you: 8 weeks pregnant after 2 miscarriages in past 2 years. So hopeful, so nervous.
    Your childhood nickname: Janie

    • Lori says...

      Sending warmth your way.

    • Kalli says...

      Love to you.

  39. anna says...

    1. chocolate fondant
    2. non uccidere – an italian crime series that is super addictive.
    3. right now: weekend shenanigans. long term: love.
    4. balancing work and student life, and making sure i actually have weekends.
    5. anna banana

    • Sharon in Scotland says...

      Oh, I’ve just discovered “Non Uccidere” on Walter Presents, (Channel 2). What did Valeria’s mum burn and why is everybody fine about her mum killing Valeria’s dad apart from Valeria?

  40. Sara says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: lavender ice cream!
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: We are obsessed with Fleabag right now. Absolutely holds up to all the buzz. Also never not seeking out Mary Oliver poems to help me navigate the world and my emotions.
    Something you’re looking forward to: a trip to Stoneharbor NJ with my boyfriend and his wonderful family. 3 baby nieces at the beach – can’t wait!
    What’s worrying you: Trump and guns. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
    Your childhood nickname: Boo

  41. Rach says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: pavlova
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: Zanzibar wife
    Something you’re looking forward to: warm weather (it’s now spring in Australia)
    What’s worrying you: a colleague at work is going through a tough time
    Your childhood nickname: Rachi

  42. Tracey Vincent says...

    1. Anything involving lemon!
    2. All Among the Barley by Melissa Harrison
    3. My next glass of Australian Chardonnay
    4. The little glitch in my latest sewing project (now relegated to a corner to Think about Its Attitude)
    5. Vansong (from our first French lesson in high school…..my surname is Vincent)!

  43. Marie says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: vanilla ice cream with Norwegian brown cheese bits on top.

    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: The last season of Glow!

    Looking forward to: Finally delivering my thesis and graduating law school after What seems like a bazillion years with a toddler.

    What’s worrying you: climate change, and our lacking response. Hope to see more climate change related content on CupOfJo.

    Your childhood nickname: Mie. My whole family called me that for years apparently. Considering bringing it back. 😎

    • Allison says...

      I really wish I could see a picture of this ice cream with Norwegian brown cheese bits! So interesting!

  44. Louise says...

    Dark chocolate
    Derry Girls
    Looking forward to hearing my 1 year old’s first word. He’s always roaring but I don’t know what he means!
    I’m worried about my family. My beautiful baby niece died recently and we are dealing with the aftermath and grief and guilt. I’m so worried for my little sister and the unbearable burden she will bear for the rest of her life, the hole it has left in all of our lives
    My adolescent nickname was Chinese Louise. I don’t think there’s another chineselouise anywhere but would be happy to be wrong and meet my namesake!

    • Lori says...

      I’m so sorry for your loss and your sister’s.

  45. Amy says...

    – A dessert you’ll never refuse: A slice of pumpkin pie (eaten while wearing a cozy sweater – key!!)
    – A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: “Three Women” by Lisa Taddeo (thanks for the rec, CoJ!)
    – Something you’re looking forward to: Wearing my coziest sweater, once the temps drop
    – What’s worrying you: The 2020 presidential election
    – Your childhood nickname: Nhiu, which in Vietnamese translates to the eye wrinkle. Apparently, I was really squinty when I was a baby, and the name’s stuck!

  46. German Chocolate Cake
    Avengers: Endgame
    Christmas in LA which will be my (then 8-month old) daughter’s first
    My design/commission to-do list
    Shay

  47. Courtney says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: Apple blackberry pie and ice cream!
    A book: Braiding Sweetgrass was beautiful.
    Something you’re looking forward to: Camping next month on the west coast of Canada in our VW van- no holidays yet this year so can’t wait!!
    What’s worrying you: So much. I’m a terrible worrier. Climate change (I want children but how our world will look for them seriously causes me to pause), world politics – ugh. Running a small business. My health.
    Your childhood nickname: Hobby, Cork, Honey Bear. I never got called by my name! ;)

  48. Laurel says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: chocolate mousse
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
    Something you’re looking forward to: my 37th birthday in 10 days!
    What’s worrying you: my residency status (expat in Australia, just about to apply for permanent residency)
    Your childhood nickname: Little Buddy. Thanks single dad!

  49. Hannah says...

    I will never refuse cheesecake or ice cream!!!
    Recently read “Hannah Coulter” by Wendell Berry and adored it!!

    Looking forward to having my baby next month!!! Nesting is really kicking in!!
    Worried that I’m going to miss one of my best friend’s weddings because I might be going to have the baby!!
    Also worried about losing our right of personal defense.

  50. Elizabeth says...

    Dessert: My husbands chocolate cake
    Show: Derry Girls – so, so funny!!
    Excited: My mom coming to visit as a surprise for my kids
    Worried: Finding after school childcare for my almost 7 year old
    Nickname: Libby or Libs

  51. Kacie says...

    dessert you’ll never refuse: All of them. My sweet tooth has no bounds
    TV show you enjoyed recently: Fleabag
    I am worried -about the death of my dad this past February
    Something you’re looking forward to: my first fall with my husbands and I’s doggo
    Your childhood nickname: Kacidilla

  52. Kathleen Porter says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: new york style cheesecake
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
    Something you’re looking forward to: My October birthday
    What’s worrying you: nothing really – how amazing it is to write
    Your childhood nickname: KRo

  53. Wendy Taylor says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: Ice Cream
    TV show you enjoyed recently: Succession
    Something you’re looking forward to: Our 20th wedding anniversary (still madly in love).
    What’s worrying you: My Son, will he ever find that special someone
    Your childhood nickname: Cleo for Cleopatra (I got bangs)

    • Natalie M says...

      1. dessert: pistachio gelato
      2. book: Gist
      movie:
      3. looking forward to: making my kids Halloween costumes! My daughter wanted a store-bought dress for the 1st time last year but this year, at 6, she’s entrusting me with her water fairy vision! Puffins for middle (3) and baby (1). Oh joy!!!
      4. what’s worrying me: my son’s multiple food allergies and athsma. It’s a regular stressor, but he’s the happiest kid! We adore him!!!
      5. my childhood nickname: Nat-Nat (my nieces and nephew now call me “Thetsa Nat-Nat”)

  54. Sarah says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: Chocolate mousse
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: Normal People, by Sally Rooney
    Something you’re looking forward to: Going to Morocco with my dear friend E
    What’s worrying you: My heart
    Your childhood nickname: Sarita, Sarai, Sari

  55. Francine says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: Coconut Cream Pie

    Book you enjoyed recently: Where the Crawdads Sing

    Something you’re looking forward to: This weekend in Sonoma!

    What’s worrying you: I missed my period, and I have a pregnancy test waiting for me at home that I am going to do tonight. I have so much hope for a positive result and if so, a healthy pregnancy, but I know how fragile things can be. Trying not to let the anxiety and worrying get the best of me.

    Your childhood nickname: Frankie

    • Laurel says...

      Fingers crossed for you ♥️

  56. Lucy says...

    A dessert I’ll never refuse: something with pecans
    A book, TV show or movie I enjoyed recently: nothing special
    Something I am looking forward to: autumn vacation on Crete
    What’s worrying me: stupidity outbreak all around the world, my parents health
    My childhood nickname: cockchafer :) I know

  57. Gigi says...

    A dessert you’ll never refuse: pecan pie
    A book, TV show or movie you enjoyed recently: Beartown – such a good and surprising read!
    Something you’re looking forward to: my one year wedding anniversary
    What’s worrying you: my career, whether I actually like my job
    Your childhood nickname: pookie bear (I know, I know)

  58. Julia says...

    1. Tiramisu
    2. A Dog’s Purpose
    3. Football season – Go Browns
    4. Too many things to name
    5. Blue

  59. Carolyn says...

    1. I never refuse cream puffs.
    2. Because I have the sense of humor of a 14 year old boy, I have been laughing out loud at Letterkenny on Hulu.
    3. I’m looking forward to the birth of my second grandchild!
    4. I’m worried about gun violence in this country.
    5. My childhood nickname still used today is Ticky.

    • SP says...

      1. Any fruit pie or crisp – except cherry. Never cherry.
      2. A Man Called Ove. So very touching and heartbreaking at the same time.
      3. Looking forward to sweater and boots weather!
      4. Just like most parents out there, worried about my boys in the first weeks of school. So much tender hearted angst and fear.
      5. My childhood nickname is quite possibly the most embarrassing nickname ever given to a child and will go with me to my grave. My dad, who recently passed away, would leave it on my voicemail for roommates to discover in my younger years. Miss him so much.

  60. Shevon says...

    1. Apple crumble with a scoop of vanilla ice cream…yum
    2. Book: Witch of Portobello, TV show: A million little things, Movie: About time
    3. My new haircut…self care is desperately needed.
    4. Women’s safety in South Africa
    5. Vonny

  61. Laurence says...

    Le dessert : peu importe, c’est toujours oui! Le livre qui me hante depuis longtemps : Educated. J’ai hâte de retrouver un bon cheval en demie pension pour progresser dans mon sport, et je m’inquiète pour mon intégration dans mon nouveau milieu (pas facile de déménager dans une nouvelle ville!) Mon surnom de jeunesse : Laul.
    That was fun :)