Friday, August 22, 2014

I Do Spy — Happiness

What a crappy past week | month | years it's been for mankind recently, huh? I had to stop reading the news for a whole day this week because my heart couldn't take the sadness and injustice and just plain cruelty that was happening in the world.

Can't we all just get along and love each other for a day? I lived in NYC when it went an entire day without crime and if THAT CITY can do (this microcosm of earth), then certainly the rest of the world can stop being idiots for 24 hours, right?

Here are just a few things that I hope put a smile on your face. And you know what you should do with that smile? Pay it forward. Buy the meal for the person who is eating alone. Keep some granola bars in your car for the homeless people that you drive by to and from work. Pick up some trash.


This print from The Nectar Collective.

The Mindy Project returns on September 16. And if that doesn't make you happy, it's because you just don't realize how hilarious and perfect Mindy Kaling is.

Ah, children. I will love this trio forever.

Here's a corgi twerking. Because corgi twerking.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Shake It Off

Taylor Swift is in a whole lot of trouble for her new controversial video. I understand that using white ladies as ballerinas and black ladies as the twerkers wasn't the brightest idea, especially in light of what's happening in our own country. However, if anyone knows anything about T-Swift it's that the only thing she takes seriously is her relationships. All she's doing in the video is making fun of herself. She can't do ballet, she can't twerk, she can't do modern dance. She just wants to *dance.* There are other problems we should be worrying about here, folks.

I think Rachel said it best:
"There are plenty of social justice issues to be upset about them right now, and Taylor Swift showing how she cannot twerk is not one of them."
What do you think of the video? 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Books that I [Apparently] Must Read

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

This book offers a cornucopia of deceptive pleasures: a 999-line poem by the reclusive genius John Shade; an adoring foreword and commentary by Shade's self-styled Boswell, Dr. Charles Kinbote; a darkly comic novel of suspense, literary idolatry and one-upmanship and political intrigue. (Amazon)

This was the book that launched my long list of books to read when one of my coworkers in college suggested that I read it. I didn't do any research on the book prior to starting it and was SO CONFUSED when I dove in that I stopped about a quarter of the way through. I think now that I'm aware that the entire thing is part of a satire, I would highly enjoy it.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

The novel follows Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier, and the experiences of him and the other airmen in the camp. It focuses on their attempts to keep their sanity in order to fulfill their service requirements so that they may return home. (Wiki)

My cousin was reading this when she came to visit at my high school restaurant job and ever since then it's been in the back of my head to read (and has been recommended to me again since then).

Faults in Our Stars by John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. (Amazon)

Because everybody and their mother has read and recommended this book.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

This novel tells the story of a young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing and one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful lover. This magnificent novel juxtaposes geographically distant places; brilliant and playful reflections; and a variety of styles to take its place as perhaps the major achievement of one of the world’s truly great writers. (Amazon)

This is another books that has been on my list for quite a while and has been recommended to me multiple times. It wasn't until I watched the first half of the movie (I fell asleep but it's not the movie's fault — I was crazy tired) that I knew I would love this book.

A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken

Beloved, profoundly moving account of the author's marriage, the couple's search for faith and friendship with C. S. Lewis, and a spiritual strength that sustained Vanauken after his wife's untimely death. (Amazon)

Without getting too personal, I happened to be speaking with a fellow Christian friend about why I don't want children and my strong stance behind it and she told me that this book is an absolute must for me.

Song of the Blog: Silly Love Songs by Paul McCartney

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekly Wishes | Twenty

Last Week's Wishes

1. Brew Beer: That's happening today. So it kind of counts, right?

2. Do More Things: I did all the things! There was no pool laying but I went and saw Oklahoma! live at Zilker Park, I went to an art gallery and I made my own sketch book. Yeah, that happened and it's beautiful.

3. Practice guitar: I think I can officially take this one off my list. It's finally ingrained in my daily routine to pick up my guitar and strum as I wait for my food to cook/during commercials/paint to dry/etc.

1. Read More: Seriously. It's just pathetic now. It's been taking me a whole month this summer to get through a book. Time to step up my game.

2. Eat Everything that I Buy: I have this problem, that I've had my whole life, where I buy really healthy things and then only eat the crappy stuff I still have in my pantry from last time. This week I *will* eat that whole watermelon and I *will* finish off that head of kale. Please note: this is hard to do when you live by yourself and have an evening job.

Weekly Wishes is where I join up with The Nectar Collective amongst many other bloggers to share the goals or challenges we wish to achieve this week. We're a community of goal-setters.

Friday, August 15, 2014

I Do Spy — Back to School

Eat Cake for Breakfast Computer Case — Bloomingdale's
Beats by Dre Drenched in Purple — Target
Relish the Romance Dress — ModCloth
Sugar Paper Polk Dot Journal — Kate's Paperie

Song of the Blog: We Rule the School by Belle & Sebastian

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Civil Wars' Best Songs [RIP]

We all knew it was coming. They hadn't performed together in two years. Who knows if they'd even spoken to each other in that time.

But when The Civil Wars announced last week that they were officially breaking up, a big part of me was very sad. These two produced two incredible albums together (even when they were apart) and the music industry has lost an amazing duo.

In case you missed out on The Civil Wars, here are my favorite songs that they were able to record before they reached "internal discord and irreconcilable difference of ambition."

Barton Hallow

The One that Got Away

Girl with the Red Balloon


Devil's Backbone

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Random Thought | Twelve

This one hurt.

Good morning, Vietnam. Good night, Neverland. 

Song of the Blog: Friend Like Me by Robin Williams