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Thursday, July 28, 2016

July's Fabulous Finds

What a full, happy month!

Gordon and I celebrated our one-year anniversary. It goes as quickly as the world will tell you it does. We're now entering that comfortable season where virtual strangers start asking very personal questions about our family planning and, no kid-ding, whether we're nervous about starting a family since one of us is in his 30s.

I'm practicing the art of not being offended and answering with a simple "that's a very personal question," with a smile as sweet as honey, and leaving it at that. Bless their ever-lovin' hearts.

 So, until it's time to have that discussion, let's take a quick trip down the lane we know around these parts as July's Fabulous Finds!

What We Binged 

Usually this is in the context of entertainment, but July 2016 shall henceforth be known as the month of all the peach cobbler.

It was going to be my treat for slogging around town with my running shoes on. (I often trick myself into running by promising myself a glass of wine or slice of pizza after. Not an effective weight-loss method but...at least I get cardio in?)

Three miles later, dripping from head to toe I stumbled into the kitchen, and in a true moment of vulnerability, lifted the lid and ate several spoonfuls all at once. Straight from the dutch oven.

Anyone else curious about what this scene will look like in the live action version staring Emma Watson?
 It happened in my kitchen.

What I Read

My reading over the summer has come almost to a complete halt. I'm slowly making my way through Amy E. Reichert's The Coincidence of Coconut Cake (affiliate link).

It's You've Got Mail meets Julie & Julia. A great pool read (which is why it's taken me so long to get through it).

What I've Spent too Much Money On

A friend of mine introduced me to an online monogramming service. They've been running specials where they send you free earrings and are always doing a good sale. My new monogram is BTW, which, I have to say, I'm pretty excited about.

I just so happen to be wearing my glittery flip-flops right now. Fair warning, the shoe sizes run a little small, I would definitely consider ordering a half-size up.

I ordered this box of beautiful lip glosses from Smashbox (affiliate link) while I was sitting on the beach. They're perfect for those of us who experience a skin tone that's a little darker over the summer (ahem) and whose lip color is thrown all into whack as a result. Plus, the little applicator sponge is really comfortable.

Okay, moving on. It's clear I have a problem.

What We Watched


Who you gonna call? Me. I'll see it with you.

As some of you know, my husband and I have a movie-going addiction. And we are in glorious full-fledged movie season. A few things about GB: I've never seen the original, so I went into this movie fully expecting to love it. And I did. Kate McKinnon is my spirit animal. She's a pina-colada of weird and intelligently self-aware.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Y'all. Seriously. If you're bothered by the raunch humor, stay away. But if you liked Bridesmaids chances are you'd be up for this one. I will see anything Anna Kendrick is in forever and ever, amen.

The Big Short 

I'm a year late to be on board, but a lot of great stuff just dropped on Netflix.

How did they make something like the housing crisis, golden parachutes and economics interesting to an English major?

By comparing the market to jenga, food, and roulette. And employing cameos from Anthony Bourdain and Selena Gomez. The way they juxtaposed the grinding work of Wall Street, the families who actually lost their homes, and where our nation's focus was throughout the movie was nothing short of genius. The Academy was right to bow down to this genius work of film.

What I Listened To 

I will forever sing Maggie and Jacey's praises. But this episode, y'all. I broke into tears just at the first sentence. The bravery and the vulnerability these women show week to week – I'm not sure what we ever did to deserve them.

And, let's not forget: audio books. For days. If you're looking for a fancy pants way to enjoy a long run in the summer heat, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial with Audible (affiliate link).

What I Learned

I'm coming to terms with the fact that I don't have to wait to be my ideal self before I can start launching myself forward into my dreams.

I'm working through staying in my own lane and staying the course when the waters get choppy.

I'm also learning that because I'm not the best at something doesn't mean that I shouldn't pursue it.

*This post contains affiliate links, meaning that if you click on a product and order it from this page, I may make a penny or two from Amazon. Nifty, isn't it? But, you should know that I'll never promote anything that I don't find truly fabulous ;)


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