Happy Friday everyone, we made it to the weekend!
Unlike most weeks, this one seemed to drag it’s feet. After feeling under the weather the past few days, coupled with late nights getting projects out the door, I am more than ready to relax with a movie and a glass of wine or 4 tonight.
Speaking of movies, last weekend Ben and I rented Boyhood – it was so wonderful! In case you haven’t heard of it the movie follows 4 main characters over 13 years, and was shot in just as many years, so you see the actors aging in real life throughout the movie. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen and I can’t recommend it enough. I want to get my hands on Gone Girl next. I devoured the book a million years ago but haven’t gone to a movie in, well, 17 months, so I didn’t get to see it in theaters. It’s now available on Apple TV for $6 but I don’t really want to pay that much for it. That said, Neighbors, which we watched a few weekends ago, ended up costing us $8 and, ok, Boyhood cost us $6, simply because we can’t get our act together and return Redbox movies in a timely fashion. I think I just solved my dilemma!
Anyway, given the aforementioned under the weatherness and bookoo busyness, I wasn’t going to post anything today, but was recently tagged by my girl Courtney to answer a little survey called At My House. The questions were really fun so I thought I’d post that instead of nothing. As I mentioned, 2015 is the year of dabbling so, why not? :)
Without further ado (and gosh that was a lot of ado!) here we go – and be sure to come back for a fun, fitness-inspired giveaway tomorrow. Have a great weekend, everyone!
Household chore I actually enjoy
Is this a trick question? Baha! Hmm, I’d have to say the the household chore I quote-unquote enjoy is vacuuming. I don’t necessarily enjoy the act of it, but there’s something about those carpet lines that makes me feel like the entire house is clean, dusted and organized. It’s, um, not, but everything feels more put together when I see those lines.
Biggest house disaster
The basement. No question! Every time I go down there I say to myself, just one box a day – that’s all you’ve got to do! That is, of course, referring to the boxes (plural) of stuff that are still sitting there, unpacked, from when we moved in a year and a half ago. I told Ben we should just donate it all because if we haven’t needed it in a year and a half, chances are we never will! TBC…
Before company arrives, I hide
ALL THE TOYS. I never in a million years thought I’d be the person who has toys strewn all over her house. Ha. Hahaha. HAHAHAHAHA! I don’t really have a choice! That is to say, I tidy up but certainly do not “hide” the toys that are everywhere before company comes. I know in 18 years I’ll probably cry because they’re not around anymore. (That legit almost made me tear up thinking about it!)
Oh and all the piles of stuff that are usually on our kitchen table. Still do not have an organizing system down that works for me in the absence of a built-in desk in the kitchen. Any tips are 100% welcome!
Most recent music download
I’m more of a Pandora or iTunes Radio girl (Lincoln is LOVING the Taylor Swift channel right now!) but I’ve actually been really into business-related podcasts lately. My brother turned me onto Tim Ferriss (author of The 4 Hour Workweek) and I’m soaking the information in his podcasts up like a sponge. That dude is SO smart. Like, prodigy smart. Like, HUH??? smart. Obviously smarter than me. ;)
The last thing I bought online
Bulletproof coffee. Yep, fell hook line and sinker for the stuff after hearing my brother talk about how it’s changed his life for the better. Apparently BP coffee has no mold in it, which reportedly 90%+ of the coffee on the market contains, and is carefully sourced. Mix the brewed coffee with a Tablespoon each of Kerrygold grassfed unsalted butter and unrefined coconut oil and it’s supposed to give you mental clarity like woah. I know, totally woo woo, but I’m giving it a try. The brain fog I experience because of my Celiac Disease is honestly awful so I’m willing to try (almost) anything once!
I hate to shop for
Jeans. Fellow shorties holler if you hear me! It’s really hard to find jeans for short legs (I’m 5’2) so when I find a great pair that fits I usually buy two pairs. Last year I found out that Banana Republic does free alterations, and their jeans always have a little stretch which is welcomed on account of my mom-bod, so I’ve been sticking with them.
Favorite family ritual
This is going to sound crazy, but it’s turning on E! News at 6pm and watching Lincoln go nuts when the theme song comes on. It’s so hilarious! I don’t know what it is about the song but it causes him to bounce his knees, throw his arms in the air, and shake his head back and forth – it’s honestly the funniest thing I’ve seen in my entire life because it’s so unexplainable. We watch the clock like a hawk then switch the channel over from the news at 5:59pm every night to watch the show – Lincoln’s, that is!
I sleep in
Ben has the most ridiculous collection of t-shirts you could ever imagine. Dozens and dozens of them! That said, it’s nice because a lot of them are really old and super soft. Every night I pick one out then pair it with some flannel pants. Cute? No. Comfy? Yes! Sometime when I’m having a tough day Ben will pick out the softest one he can find and lay it out on the bed for me. It’s basically the best thing ever.
I have a style crush on
Hmmm, this is a tough one because it’s literally anyone other than myself – I have no style! Instead of one person I’ll just say J. Crew as a whole. Classic, comfortable, quality (now if we could just add affordable to that list!) ;)
I’m currently reading
Wild. I followed my plan to eliminate social media icons from my iPhone’s homescreen and it’s working like a DREAM. For better or worse I haven’t checked social media (on my phone) for almost a week and I’m already four chapters into Wild. That’s not a ton, I guess, but it’s more than I would have read otherwise.
What’s up with the ___ trend?
Are we done using “bae” to describe our significant others yet? It’s not even a word!
How did I ever live without
I think the obvious answer is my iPhone but for now I’ll say gluten-free Barilla pasta. How ridiculous is that?! Honestly, a big part of battling Celiac-Disease is mental so to be able to sit down and eat a big frickin’ plate of pasta if I want to, that tastes no different than the real thing, makes me feel completely normal for a bit. “Normal” in quotations, of course. ;)
So there you have it! Woo, that was fun – hope you enjoyed a little Friday free reading. ;) In lieu of tagging anyone, I’ll open the floor to you guys! Pick a question or two and give us your answer – can’t wait to read.
Have a great weekend!
Julia @ South by Northwest 01.23.2015
I’m been getting into business podcasts too
Since I’m four days overdue with my first baby, and bored as bonkers, I’ll play along! I love vacuuming and swiffering; getting rid of dust gives me a huge sense of relief. I have a hard time finding shorter inseam jeans but have had luck with Seven for All Mankind (I tend to find them at TJ Maxx). Also, insider tip here – J. Crew Factory has most of the same clothes as J. Crew for 50-70% less. In trying to kill time before baby arrives and corral clutter/organize our life, I created a wall ‘command center’ (Pinterest inspired!) this week in our kitchen to track schedules, collect mail, and post cute notes.
Erica A 01.23.2015
So funny. My 13 month old LOVES Wheel of Fortune! I think it’s probably how he learned to clap (bad parenting? HA) so it’s no surprise when he walks around the house clapping from 6:30-7 every night. It still cracks me up.
I have long legs and also hate buying jeans. I’ve heard that women dread swim suit shopping and jean shopping the most! UGH!
Courtney S 01.23.2015
So I have to share my jeans since I’m in love and also only 5’2. I buy the AG Stevie ankle jeans from Anthropologie. They are by no means cheap HOWEVER they’re the perfect length and cut for someone short and they come in tons of colors. I honestly have black, plum, denim, gray you name it. I’ve built up a collection and they’re go to. i don’t wear any other jeans anymore.
Stacie Gorkow (@sincerelystacie) 01.23.2015
FYI: The Buckle also does the free alterations on jeans. It’s been a life-saver!
WILD is a great book. It starts a little slow, but once she gets on the trail, it’ll go a lot faster. I can’t wait to see the movie!
I just finished Wild, and it was pretty good, but Gone Girl (both the movie and book) was much better!
Tom H. 01.23.2015
Scary…it almost felt like I was reading my own personal diary here. I’m reading Wild now (just finished chap. 10 last night) and Missy is working her way through Gone Girl! Toys are a constant battle in our house, and they usually all end up behind closed doors when guests arrive. And seriously, the basement box struggle is REAL. It feels like as so as we get through one, three more appear in it’s place.
Tom H. 01.23.2015
Oh, and Boyhood! Miss & I just Red-boxed it last weekend!
Again, scary. Lol..Did we just become best friends?! XD
Gone Girl was sooooooo disappointing after reading the book. I felt like the actors were really stiff, and although they stayed true to the book, the transitions between journal entries and real life were kind of cheesy and it felt as though the dialog was being recited rather than acted. such a bummer because I LOOOVED the book (All of Gillian Flynn’s book are awesome BTW), which I actually think I picked up because you recommended it here, so thank you :)
I never thought I would wear skinny jeans until I found Levi Denizen Modern Skinny jeans at Target. I am short so I got my usual size in short length. Very comfortable and they wash well. Great price too! I bought 2 pairs and may buy another while they have them.
I’m also 5’2″ and feel your pain! I’ll try BR for jeans!
Really want to see Boyhood! It’s on our Neflix queue. If you can possibly get to a theater you must see American Sniper. So So So good!!!
Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life 01.23.2015
YAY! You did it! Love, love, love. :) xoxo
Emily @ Life on Food 01.23.2015
This post was a lot of fun to read. I love carpet lines too!
I liked reading this…Both versions of Gone Girl are great, the book is better(of course!)but the movie is really, really well-made.
Last thing I bought:
Four Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks. I had a Macy’s GC to use and those are the best lipsticks ever(highly recommend!)
Before people come over, I hide:
Art supplies and random drawings and paintings. My dining room functions as a studio space when no one is around, LOL.
So sweet that your husband puts out a soft tee for you if you’ve had a bad day! It’s the little things. :)
Another Mary 01.23.2015
Today Gizmodo does a breakdown on Bullet-Proof coffee. It’s just a new food trend like kale, quinoa, etc. Not worth spending any extra money on.
I totally hear you on the jeans! I personally like Old Navy’s short Diva cut (I’m also 5’2″!) I never have to get them altered which is a huge plus!
We watched Wild while in Portland in Dec! Good movie! We also rented Boyhood last week. Awesome and seamless right? I can’t wait for Gone Girl either!!!!
Have you seen The Wire? Bae used to annoy me and then I watched that series (this year – I’m behind the game a little bit) and it just doesn’t bother me anymore… which is good since I live in Baltimore and I don’t think it’s going away any time soon around here.
Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health 01.23.2015
We watched Boyhood last weekend too and thought it was really good. The acting was phenomenal. I would have thought the boy would have turned out cuter though, lol. I wasn’t as crazy about Gone Girl but it did stay true to the book so it wasn’t bad.
And yes, vaccuum lines are like my therapy too! They always make me feel better. Plus you can do lunges while you vaccuum so it doubles as a butt lifting workout. :)
Let us know if the coffee works!!!