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February 26, 2012

Always Strive to Excel, but Only On Weekends" -Richard Rorty

This weekend was kind of glorious. Dan was out of town (which isn't why it was glorious at all, but...) I enjoyed a little "me" time. I am normally pretty good about taking my own lunch, but I set the tone for the weekend by splurging on this:


I ended the night with a glass of wine, a bubble bath, and a good movie (never fear, I am working on the February movie post).

Saturday, I woke up early thanks to a German Shepherd jumping on my bed and begging to be let outside. Drank some coffee, had some breakfast, then headed off the the gym for an easy four mile run. I then went and cleaned out the car, did some grocery shopping, and got a call from my friend to see if I wanted to go walk the Katy Trial.

We hadn't seen each other in awhile so we started talking and the next thing I know my legs started to feel like jello. Realizing we had just walked an hour in one direction, we turned around and headed back.  Six miles later, we made it back to our car.

Six miles. 

On top of the four miles I had already done that day.

Which means I walked ten miles completely not on purpose.

That night I laid on the couch icing my ankle.  Yet my self inflicted disability forced me to sit down and do something I wanted to do for a long time: watch Downtown Abbey

 
Everything everybody has said about this show is true.  I am obsessed. So obsessed that I stayed up massively late watching the whole first season.  I'm a little bummed I have to watch season two on my ipad, but am happy PBS offers it for free. 

Now I am settling in to watch the Osars and frankly I couldn't care less who wins.  I didn't see most of the movies this year, and didn't really want to.  It was a rough year for movies, wouldn't you agree? 

Happy Monday, ya'll!

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February 23, 2012

There is a First and a Last Time for Everything



I am the kind of person who is very adverse to risk, especially ones that can cause permanent disfigurement. Yet, there I was, halfway up a wall, my legs shaking uncontrollably.

"You have go keep going." said the instructor. "I can't certify you if you don't go higher."

"Nope. Not doing it."

"You can go higher, you are only halfway up."

"I physically cannot go any higher."

"Yes you can, you need to keep going."

"I am not kidding you, let me down now."

This exchange went on for another three or four times before the instructor gave up and just certified me to climb on my own.

I came down and kissed the ground.

Then I tried it again.

I made it to about the same spot before my leg started shaking again and I couldn't go any further.

This pattern went on for another three or four times until I gave up and tried the wall that was kind of slanted that all the kids were climbing. I enjoyed that wall.

The End.

You thought this was going to be a sweet story about conquering your fears and making it to the top of the wall despite being too scared to do it, didn't you?

Well it's not. Instead its a story about how I only climbed halfway up the wall, stopped, and thus never fell down and broke my head open.

The End. Again.

February 14, 2012

I Love...

{Dan's Valentine Day Card- shhhh don't tell him. I haven't given it to him yet.}
{Buy HERE}

A perfectly made, extra hot, non-fat, vanilla latte;
Loving a book so much you are disappointed when you turn to the final page;
Receiving a text message that is so funny you laugh out loud;
Finding money you didn't know you had;
Your favorite song being on the radio when you turn on the car;
Dancing when nobody is watching;
An inexplicably clear freeway during rush hour;
Waking up to no alarm;
Friday night movies;
Powerful words that make you think;
Beautiful pictures that make you feel;
Deep conversations with close friends;
Acts of kindness by someone you never met;
Moments of silence;
Warm bubble baths;
Getting off an airplane in a new location;
Sleeping in your own bed for the first time in awhile;
Happy dreams;
Cuddling with a puppy;
Holding hands with the one you love.

Here's hoping you have everything you love this Valentine's Day

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February 4, 2012

Lust List

If you didn't already know, Lands End Canvas is running the most ridiculously awesome sale ever. My cart is full of all the cardigans and sweaters I want, but I can't bring myself to pull the trigger. Why? Because spring is right around the corner and I probably should save my money to put toward my current lust list...

Tomorrow the Jason Wu collection for Target becomes available.  Here are some of the pieces I have my eye on:







Capital Hill Style recently dubbed Nine West's Berhta her favorite new flat.  I am currently trying to update my shoe collection so I ordered a pair and I love them:


The only problem is that I normally wear heels so all my pants are too long.  Guess that means I need to go buy some new pants too!

Speaking of flats, is anybody else drooling over Tom's new ballet flat collection






I am currently trying to decide which pair I want to spring for.  I am thinking the Gisele

I have been carrying my current bag for over a year so that means its time to buy a new one, right?  Here's my current obsession: 



Doesn't it look like a Chanel? Well its not, its the Gold Coast Maryanne by Kate Spade.  My birthday is in a month..hint, hint. 

On a unrelated fashion note, Jasmine Star wrote a post recently where she highlighted these paintings by Ideal Bookshelf



Aren't they amazing?  They have all sorts of genres to chose from AND if you want to shell at the cash you can commission a special portrait of your own bookshelf.

What's on your lust list? 

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February 3, 2012

2012 Books 1-5

The Giver (The Giver, #1)The Giver by Lois Lowry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After getting my ipad, I wanted to see if I enjoyed reading on it. The Giver was $.99 and as I haven't read it since I was a kid, I thought I would read it again. Its funny, how much I thought I remembered about this book and how little I actually did. For example, totally did not remember what "releasing" actually meant. Also, as a kid I totally misinterpreted the ending. If you haven't read this book since you childhood days you should really give it a second shot. Its a quick read and such an incredible story.

******

Beauty QueensBeauty Queens by Libba Bray

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book was....well it was dumb. And I know I probably deserve it considering the quality of the cover but I heard that it was really funny from a person whose book opinion I trust. In the beginning, I thought it had potential; its got this whole satire vibe on woman and how they are portrayed in the media. It had some good one liners. But then it just got really stupid and started to (in my mind) give some mixed messages. I think it jumped the shark right about the time the girl lost her purity ring and took off all her clothes and ran through the jungle, found man just lying there, and had "almost sex" with him.

I'm not kidding. That really happened

Also? Super sexual. Like, I am pretty sure there is less sex in books where Fabio was on the cover. Kind of surprised me for YA book, but I guess more power to them. I wonder if I had read this book when it was age appropriate (14? 16?) whether I would feel the need to confess to my priest or whether the education I got from this book might have saved me from some embarrassing statements I made due to my sheltered childhood.

I should note, however, that I listened to this book via audio book and the accents slayed me, and not in a good way. The author tried to differentiate the characters with thick dialects but most made me cringe. Perhaps reading the book on paper would be better?

*****

Matched (Matched, #1)Matched by Ally Condie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was about another dystopian society ala The Giver, Hunger Games, Divergent, what have you. Its the newest fad and quite frankly I can't get enough of it. I downloaded this book on a Saturday morning and had finished it by Sunday night. It was a quick, easy read. I loved the concept as it progressed but thought the ending was extremely uneventful and that it seemed to follow the same formula as all the other books of its genre. I gave it three stars, but who knows what I would have given it if I had read it before Hunger Games.

*****
The First HusbandThe First Husband by Laura Dave

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The first thing you should know about this book is it is "chick lit" - so if you don't like chick lit you're not going to like this book.

I, however, love chick lit and therefore I really liked this book.

This book is about a travel writer named Annie (aren't all chick lit heroins travel writers?) whose boyfriend dumps her and she immediately gets married to the next guy she meets...annnddd I can't say much else without giving too much away.

I was perplexed at points and the ending didn't really go where I thought it was going to...but what I really loved about this book was Dave's writing. I don't mean the story, but the words, the phrases that she said that I found really profound. I highlighted a bunch in this book. Her writing style really carried the story, which otherwise was a little flat. Three stars for me and I definitely will be reading other Dave novels.

******

The Art of Racing in the RainThe Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“The Art of Racing in the Rain” is basically Marley and Me’s evil twin. You think it is not going to be so bad because you know in the first three pages that the dog is going to die, so you are prepared for it and the way it is set up it doesn’t seem so bad. Then you embark on this 200 page gut wrenching journey and by the end you are sobbing your eyes out and holding your dog so tightly his eyes are popping out. This book is extremely well written, a fantastic story, but don’t ready it if you are (1) sad; (2) prone to anxiety; and/or (3) overly sensitive about your pets someday dying. Do read it if you (1) love animals; (2) can stand sad storylines about animals; and (3) want to read a well written book that will make you both laugh and cry.

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February 1, 2012

February Goals

The good news is that I went all last month without having anything sweet. Thus, the second year of the "No Sweets in January" challenge was a huge success.

The bad news was that I only made it five days in my resolution to not have any alcohol in January.

Wah wahhhhhhhh.

For February, I am committing to writing creatively for fifteen minutes everyday. This is actually going to be a really tough challenge for me because while I love to write, I write for work all day and lately I have been bad about making time to write just for myself.

Sometimes it will be a blog post, sometimes it will be more personal, but at the end of the month I will have devoted over seven hours to writing creatively so we will see what is created...

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