things to look forward to this fall

You know it's coming...FALL. That time when all of us love to talk about how much we love it.

It's right around the corner and here are some cultural things I can't wait for:

Nutshell by Ian McEwan (09/13)

A new novel from my all-time favorite author, Ian McEwan. As usual, this one sounds creepy and wonderful. However, it does feature a narrator that is still inside its mother's womb. Not sure it will be easy for me to read, but of course I will.

Mascots (09/13)
I can't wait for this new film from Christopher Guest to come to Netflix. He's the best.

Also, how weird is it that when I hear a movie is headed straight to Netflix, I think of that as a good sign!? My, things have changed.

Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X (09/21)
I know, I know, I know....but we love it.

This season is going to be exceptionally bad given the ridiculous generalizations bound to fill the generation-centric teams.

La La Land (12/2)
A new movie musical that is completely original material starring Ryan Gosling. I'm in!


The Happy Cook by Daphne Oz (09/20)

Similarly to Gwyneth Paltrow's books, I find it somewhat embarassing that I enjoy Oz's lifestyle/cookbooks. But hey, what are you going to do?

This one looks good and I like the tagline.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12/16)
Duh. I'm actually a little bit more excited about this one than I was for Force Awakens after watching this trailer.

Felicity Jones is so good.

Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets Illustrated edition (10/04)

I'm glad to see they are continuing into the rest of the series with these gorgeous illustrated editions. 

And maybe it will take away some of the sullen hangover left by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I felt very validated after listening to Slate's Audio Book Club discussion of it. 

The Girl on the Train (10/7)
I was definitely not a fan of the book, but this movie looks decent. I like Emily Blunt  

New album from HAIM
No details are known just yet, but it is rumored that HAIM is releasing a new album this fall. Given that their first one, Days Are Gone, was and is played more than any other in my house, I'm excited.

Gilmore Girls returns to Netflix (11/25)

31 things on my 31st birthday

Here are 31 things that are on my internet and in my brain right now. Happy birthday to me!

1. It's officially Smartwool wearing, kettle corn eating, bourbon drinking, reading season!

2. Currently reading Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh. 

3. This song. Again and again:

4. Feeling super inspired and accomplished in both my yoga practice and my yoga teaching lately. Special thanks to Christina Sell for her online classes. They are so great--She's one of my favorite teachers ever.

5. Turning 31 today and I am listening to the new Justin Bieber album on repeat.  You can laugh, but it's pretty great.

6. Love this photo from Joy Wilson's Instagram. That's really the one drawback to short hat game is pretty much non-existent.

7. It's gift guide season! I live for goop's annual holiday gift guide. My favorite items this year include a $260 wool unitard and an automatic nut milk maker..HA! You can't make this crap up.

8. Thanks Terry and Kayla. I just lost a good 20 minutes watching all the Tasty recipe videos. Hypnotic!

9. Instagram fatigue. I think I have it....bad!

10. He's back! I love this guy so much. I would love to see one of these in person.

11. We almost did this while we were out in Utah, but you know, we just couldn't find the time. Yeah right!

12. Home Alone gifs. 

13. I'm going to make my first batch of glögg soon. Yay.

14. We can rest easy, Carly Simon was talking about Dick Tracy.

15. The world seems to be very volatile right now. I'll just be here, doing this.

16. I am now in possession of a spiralizer! Let's do it! Thanks Suzie & Phil!

17. The One Part podcast. I miss it right now, but hey, Jessica's too busy writing that cookbook, so I wh

18. A Christmas Story gifs

19. A short story vending machine. Need I say more?

20. Still going strong with BOB (black on bottom). Makes my life easier when getting ready for work. However, it has only encouraged a slight shoe obsession.

21. I'm only two books away from my 2015 goal...all other resolutions already finished!

22. That reminds me, this year went insanely fast. Yes, I know it's cliche to say that, but HONESTLY.

23. Headed out later today for a yoga class and celebration at Orbis Yoga in Louisville. I'm planning to take some photos and share later this week. It is closing its doors after forty-one years.

24. Just discovered Sarah Close's YouTube channel. Amazing covers! Can we get on Spotify pretty please?! I could use you for yoga playlists!

25. This song has been on repeat for the past two my car, in my house, during my yoga classes, at the library, in my headphones. Not sure why.

26. I had intentions in 2015. I feel like I stuck with them!

27. This is why JGL is my dream man. I love that I woke up this morning with this in an email from my Mom with the subject heading, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  And apparently, more people feel just the way that I do.

28. I've designed a tote bag. It took about 30 seconds. I'd like to sit on a street corner and distribute them for free. I also need one for myself.

29. Elf gifs

30. This guy doing this dance.

31. And would really stink to be this guy. Stay strong!

Well, there you have it. I think I'll go watch 50/50 now. #jgl

staying warm

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset Wow, has it been cold.

Word on the street is that we're in for some "wintry mix" tonight.

This week I've been keeping warm and ignoring the cold by wearing extra soft, extra long warm crazy socks.  

Like everyone else, continuously dancing to this song...maybe in the shower.


Margaritas at El Mundo. Last night Andrew ordered the prickly pear and it was so good!

Thinking about this hot chocolate from my name is yeh

Reading. I'm on a roll. Currently reading these two:

Screenshot 2015-01-11 07.30.29We watched the documentary, Art and Craft. I kind of cried through the second half.


Loving my new Sorel boots. I have been wanting Sorels for ages and my head about popped off when I found them discounted by 60% at Anthropologie...they had one pair left...which was my size. I had to.

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset I really should end this post because I'm working on it instead of meal planning/grocery listing for the week. So far, so good on that one..we'll see how week two goes.

Stay warm!

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stuck inside (with) this sweater

IMG_20140125_072803 It snowed again yesterday. The entire month of January has been so cold and gross that I'm wishing for summer. I hate hot weather and I find myself wishing for it! I haven't worked a full week at school since we got back from break, which is deadly to my beloved "routine." I've had to cancel classes at the studio a couple of times, which I hate doing.

I've been living in my fleece footie pajamas or my beloved enormous army green sweater. This sweater has seen better needs to be retired, but I just can't, it's too big and baggy and good. I reached my breaking point on Friday when I realized that I was wearing the sweater underneath my fleece onesie...this has got to stop.

There are ways I've been making these snow days productive/lovely.

Christina Sell posted one of her Asana Junkies practice sessions in full on Youtube...Love this. She's a phenomenal teacher and I had the opportunity to work with her a little bit in Austin...can't wait for two of her weekend workshops this spring. This video is 2+ hours, so I doubt it will be of any interests to non-yogis! Ha!


Peanut butter cups! Making some more today since it's going to be -2 on Tuesday!!! BAH! Recipe here.

2014-01-21 14.21.52 We are burning through Parks & Recreation...currently in the third season. Love it so much


Reading yet another WWII book while wearing the exact same outfit as your six month old nephew....don't judge...that is my fleece onesie and I LOVE IT.   

Last night with the fam, we decided to put ourselves through the emotional train wreck that is In the Valley of Elah. If you haven't seen this movie, watch it and be prepared to have your heart ripped out and stomped's so good (!). Especially if you want to see a brief appearance by a young post Freaks & Geeks, pre-crazyhead James still my heart!

So, I sit here looking ahead to yet another day of cold. What's on my agenda? You guessed it: yoga, reading, cleaning, cooking, fam time. I apologize for the meandering nature of this post...I blame it on cabin fever.

I'll be back tomorrow with my pose post. I'm moving it to Monday mornings I think...will give me more time to get together on Sundays. I hope everyone reading is warm this weekend. Enjoy it!


Where does that one album take you?


Last night we finally watched The Place Beyond the Pines. I've wanted to see it for a long time, given it features Ryan Gosling driving a motorcycle and all. It was alright, but oh dear the song that plays out the very end of the film completely transported me back in time...this song:


It doesn't matter how many different places I live and where I play Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago, this album means Stavanger, Norway for me. I discovered it the fall of 2008 and oh boy...the melancholy vibe basically went perfectly with Norwegian winter with less than 4 hours of daylight. It was so "hyggelig" or, cozy.

I sometimes wonder if we'll ever visit there again. I would love to...but in the mean time, I guess I'll just queue up this album and visualize myself trudging the mile back (through snow and ice) from the grocery store, laden with shopping bags while Bon Iver warbled away in my headphones.



life is better with...Mud

After much nagging from Andrew, I watched Jeff Nichols' "Mud" recently. Pretty great. Matthew McConaughney was fantastic and I was pretty much blown away by the performance of Tye Sheridan. Beautifully shot too. Enjoyed this...worth a rental for sure and has made me want to go back and watch Jeff Nichols' Take Shelter.


Happy Friday!

[youtube=] This is impressive...because it's so fun.

My last day of work before summer vacation today! I thought that yesterday was my last day, but it wasn't...yeah. Honestly, I'm actually looking forward to working the library all day by myself, listening to NPR and organizing picture books...pretty much my dream job. So thankful for it.

too much to do


I want to ask the question: how is it possible to be bored these days?

There is so much I want to do, read, see, make, eat, drink, watch, that at the end of every day I am left wishing I had a few hours.

I love this show and want to finish it, but also have this show and my favorite show ever starting back and I have still never seen The Wire, which let's face it, I know I'm missing out big time.

I am reading this book, but also have another bookclub selection, and some books for work that I'd like to read...Not to mention the long awaited My Friend series that always just sits around waiting...

Then I get really overwhelmed when I start thinking about all the classes I want to do here...then I would also love to get back into running...then I would also love to cook every recipe on Sprouted Kitchen, Shutterbean, andhere.

Oh and I would also like to this restaurant, go to the Louisville Science Center to see this exhibit

PLUS......I would love to plan/go on a vacation, take more photos, more motorcycle rides, blog posts to write, blogs to read, cocktails to make, yoga workshops to attend, and ETC, ETC, ETC, ETC.

I love how accessible things are these days and how much Louisville has changed since I last lived here. There are too many options and I love it...but it kinda makes my head want to pop off...please tell me I'm not alone?!?!

Oh wait...I guess I also have to work too....


Happy Friday Indeed!

photo (1) Oh boy. Yes. Yes. Yes. It is Friday and next week is SPRRRRRING BREAK! It's so funny to be back on a school schedule again. I have the next nine days off from librarian work, but I'm still teaching the yoga.

What do I have planned?


I plan to do a crap ton of yoga classes with this fine lady (20 minute per side pose flows!??! YES!), get all my knives sharpened, take a lot of dog walks, watch Enlightened...WHICH GOT CANCELLED?!?!?!? HBO: You're treading on thin ice...

Also want to try and actually read some stuff as well as run around doing some super professional know, business like business stuff!

In the meantime, just enjoy some photos from my new favorite tumblr, Thumbs and good:

Whoever thought of this is pure genius.

life would be better if...

We can all agree that life would be better if Theodore Lawrence (Laurie) was real. As a little kid I repeatedly watched the 1949 version of Little Women with Peter Lawford. And then in 1994, a new version appeared...


At this point in my life I was suffering from a Newsies induced Christian Bale obsession and this movie did not help that at all. Holy mackerel, I think this version is my favorite.

I watched it again recently over at my parents' house for Christmas and basically kind of cried through the whole thing. That music?!?! Claire Danes' wonderful chin wobble?! Christian Bale?! Gabriel Byrne?! Ahhh!

Probably one of my favorite endings ever...the score by Thomas Newman is simply the best:


Bah--love Little Women. Love, love, love, love, love, love it.

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Favorite Watches of 2012

 Like this poster? Breaking Bad? Anyone? Typically, I have a somewhat irrational hatred for these "Keep Calm and..." posters, but this one made me smile.

My favorite television and movies of 2012. Of course please keep in mind that I have not seen Les Miserables yet (going with whole fam on Christmas Day! So excited!)

Life of Pi

Nashville (ABC)


Breaking Bad (AMC)

Girls (HBO) I seriously have a love-hate relationship with this show. Regardless of things I don't like about it, it is very well executed and does great things with music.

Mad Men (AMC)

Can you tell that I still think television is far better than movies these days?

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