Starting this blog the way all of my blogs and social media posts seem to start…by saying I had such good intentions to write/post more. Yet here we are again, months later. So let’s wrap up the Summer, shall we?
I took a huge leap of faith and made a big monetary investment in my business and MYSELF and signed up for Shanna Skidmore’s Blueprint Model. I’m 1/3 of the way done with the 12-week course and it’s so eye-opening and I really love it. I just know this is gonna do such big things for my business!
My love and I traveled to Santa Fe for a dear friend’s birthday and it was quite the trip! Traveling is really tough for me. I’m not only a control freak, but I have terrible anxiety so I obsessively plan, make lists, etc. but it’s still so hard for me to be away from home, out of my comfort zone, out of my routine, etc. I am so proud of myself for going though and I feel that I managed pretty well and there were even several parts of the trip that I REALLY enjoyed!
Highlights included: Seeing and getting to sing with a sweet friend from college who now performs all over the world in operas but calls Santa Fe home. Visiting Ten Thousand Waves Spa. The treatments there (I had Nose to Toes and the Shiatsu) along with the incredible onsite restaurant made for the most amazing and relaxing day. Spending time and laughing with sweet friends. The glorious weather.
Also, for the Bravo fans out there I had to share what I gifted Anto for her 30th. I love gifts that are personal but practical. Something that is meaningful but will be useful. I made these Taglines and Mugshots coasters on Shutterfly.
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
“The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.
When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?”
I’d read another Abbi Waxman book that I quit halfway through before, but I loved the premise of this one, so I gave it a shot and I really liked it! All of the characters were really colorful and as an avid trivia player, I loved that aspect.
Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
“When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it’s mutual: It’s as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn’t call.
Sarah’s friends tell her to forget about him, but she can’t. She knows something’s happened–there must be an explanation.
Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she’s right. There is a reason for Eddie’s disappearance, and it’s the one thing they didn’t share with each other: the truth.”
This book was one of those “keep refilling the bath with hot water to stay in and finish reading” it books. I had a few different theories and one of them half-panned out, but my jaw definitely dropped at one point in the book. I was so captivated by this book throughout and I highly recommend it.
Between books and audiobooks, I totaled 18 others, but the two above are the ones I recommend. Between either a weird payoff (looking at you The Other Woman, Let Me Lie, and Trophy Life) or me being so mad at the decisions of the lead character(s)/predictability of the novel (oh hey there One Day in December, Read Bottom Up, The Unhoneymooners, My Oxford Year, and Waiting for Tom Hanks) it wasn’t an amazing Summer for books. Was it better for you? Send me your recommendations!
My boyfriend is a huge movie buff and now that we live together I’ve gone from seeing about 2 movies a year to seeing 38 this season alone. Granted, a few were repeats I’d seen before at home like all 3 Toy Story movies before seeing the 4th in theatres but most were new and most I really enjoyed. Below are my new faves though.
In Disney•Pixar’s extraordinary adventure, a boy who dreams of becoming a great musician embarks on a journey to uncover the mysteries behind his ancestor’s stories and traditions.
To say I loved this movie would be an understatement. I had a HUGE smile on my face from the first moment. I love the explanations of the traditions, the music, the storytelling, every detail. And I sobbed (for like seven minutes) at the end.
The unbelievable but true story of four young men who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history.
I’d never heard of the real situation or the movie, but I was captivated by this. I almost hate to spoil the surprise, but it happens pretty quickly, they intersperse the movie with a documentary of the real-life guys and it’s SO INTERESTING.
In this funny, heartfelt story, Billi’s (Awkwafina) family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch—the only person that doesn’t know she only has a few weeks to live.
I never watch movies with subtitles, but I loved this one. I would say about 60% was subtitled. It was so fun to watch Awkwafina in a totally different role. I also heard that she doesn’t speak Mandarin so besides her lines she truly didn’t know what the other people were saying and the director told her to lean into that discomfort. It really plays well on the screen and I thought the family chemistry and dynamics were really beautiful.
In the wealthy, seaside community of Neptune, California, the rich and powerful make the rules. Unfortunately for them, there’s Veronica Mars, a smart, fearless 17-year-old apprentice private investigator dedicated to solving the town’s toughest mysteries.
In prep for the reboot season on Hulu, they put all the seasons on Hulu and I had never watched the show before. I dove in and was immediately hooked. An overarching mystery mixed in with small episodic mysteries plus teenage drama and Kristen Bell being hilarious and precious? Yes, please.
Jane the Virgin
A young, devout Catholic woman discovers that she was accidentally artificially inseminated.
The series finale just aired and I had been told by a few people that I would love this show. It is so campy (it’s a telenovela after all!) in the same vein of Ugly Betty and there are so many cliffhangers so I was really glad I was watching on Netflix and not week to week. I loved the romance and the serious heart behind it no matter how silly it got.
Phew! How was your Summer? Heading into Fall and that busy September/October wedding season? Let’s chat!