summer halfway point -- a listical of sorts

Okay. Let's just slow all this down. It's Monday morning and I got back from Asheville last night, enjoyed carry-out from the St. Joe picnic (NOODLES), washed a week's worth of sweaty yoga clothes (BLECH), and crashed. 

Can we just stop and observe some things?

1. THIS

Being in Asheville for the verdict was pretty epic. Especially given that I was smack dab in the middle of a Bhakti Vinyasa training...bhakti means love and to complete the theme, I listened to Aziz Ansari's book, Modern Romance, on the way down. So funny and surprisingly moving.

2. I've completed a few books, but still shy of my goal. No worries, I'm going to push on!

3. Can't wait to listen to this podcast today. One of my favorites of the year.

4. A week from today I start teaching my class at Inner Spring Yoga in New Albany! So excited! More details to come...

5. Kacey Musgraves new album. All that needs to be said.

6. I'm on episode ten of OITNB season three. Still in shock it's taken me this long to watch the season...I am unsure about it...

7. The Grove Park Inn Spa is still insanely wonderful. Worth it 100%. 

8. and finally...I'm now on Snapchat?! UUUUUUUUUUUUUGHHHHHHHHH

That's the noise I make when I talk about Snapchat. My real thoughts = that's for the "kids these days." After seeing too many cool people get on, I've decided to try it. 

Add me at: graylinsporter

I have no idea how to work it and probably won't be interested in finding out. Sounds awesome doesn't it?! Someone HELP ME!

Q1 2015: music, books, and tv

Can you believe that we're a quarter of the way into 2015?

How is that POSSIBLE?

paper cut book sculptures by  Barbara Wildenboer .

paper cut book sculptures by Barbara Wildenboer.

January, February and March were cold, snowy, and good for consuming things. Here are my highlights.

TELEVISION

Better Call Saul 

Do I dare say it? That this show has hit the ground running and might be filling the Breaking Bad shaped hole in my heart?

The Jinx

Finished this show last night. Wow. That's all I have to say.

The Great British Bake Off

I've raved about this show before, but seriously, it's amazing. Here's a taste of it's greatness.


I wish I could say that I've watched The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and loved it, but I started the first episode and was definitely not in the mood. Will try again. 

I have to say that this season of GIRLS has been dreadful. Anyone else out there think so? Where is it going?! No plot and no real character development. When will I put myself out of my misery with that thing...I need an intervention.The only reason I watch it now is for the soundtrack, which I have to say is fabulous.

MUSIC

Here are some songs that I PLAYED OUT. Like on repeat all day, every day.

Just Kids // Mat Kearney

Love Me Like You Do // Ellie Goulding

What Kind of Man // Florence + the Machine
I'm a Ruin // Marina and the Diamonds

BOOKS

Leaving Before the Rains Come // Alexandra Fuller
The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante
The Imaginarary // A.F. Harrold

I've blabbered about the first two picks enough, but The Imaginary. OH MY GOODNESS. It's kids book, but not so much. Scary, scary, scary. Read it.


You can listen to my Winter 2015 playlist on Spotify here.

Looking forward to lots of fun stuff this spring...aka the MAD MEN final season.

Happy reading, watching, and listening.

link love

Almost every blog I read has a weekly link round up post. I always love them and I've run into several things lately that I would love to share as well. 

Here are some fun reads and things for this snowy afternoon.

A piece on never wanting to be pregnant. Thank you for this Jessica Murnane. I find this take on motherhood and adoption to be RE-FRESH-ING. 

Aziz. He's basically the best thing ever. So excited to watch his new special tomorrow night on Netflix.

I really enjoyed the first episode of the new Vulture TV podcast. Even if they said multiple good things about HBO's Girls. This season is awful right?!

One of my favorite people in the world was on Fresh Air today.

I've got these in a shopping bag on Prana, but am still on the fence. What do you think!? I think they might be really ugly.

Obsessed with this song.

What else? Oh yeah, this. Quite possibly my favorite collection of GIFs ever. 

you better be watching this

Are you watching Black Mirror on Netflix?

If you're not, GO NOW. It's one of most creative, well-written, well-acted, brilliant things I've watched.

Watch it now and tweet me what you think. It's all I can think about right now.

However, a caveat. Since every episode of this show is a stand alone story, I suggest starting with the first episode of season two called "Be Right Back." It's the best and the very first episode is so bonkers you might be scared to watch more. Also, the last episode is totally weak. Didn't like it at all.

There's a Christmas special starring Jon Hamm coming up...time to get stealth and find out how to watch it online!

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life is better with...BBC's Human Planet

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EWyDLILbvY[/embed] We started watching this the other night. Oh. MY GOODNESS.

We loved Planet Earth from several years ago and although this one isn't narrated by David Attenborough, it is still INCREDIBLE. Human Planet was originally broadcast in 2011. I'm not sure why it's taken us this long to watch it. We started with the episode on Jungles and my mind was blown in just the first few minutes. I can't wait to get through the rest of the episodes---seven whole hours of awesome awaits. It might sound silly, but these mini-series really affect me in some strange way I can't quite explain. It's because they are so insanely well made...I'm in awe of it all.

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It's been a busy few days. Loads of family things for the 4th.  To add to that, this coming week and weekend looks crazy already! Closing on the house, studio birthday party on Friday, bookclub on Saturday, and you know, we could be moving that weekend too. Doubtful, but possible! EEK!

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 days...it 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!

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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

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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 on....it's so good (!). Especially if you want to see a brief appearance by a young post Freaks & Geeks, pre-crazyhead James Franco...be 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!

 

happy friday

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xKLE9p9vit4] A snow day for me! Woop! Already almost 9:30am and I'm still in my PJs...how to spend this unexpected day of NOTHING?! Really glad I made a Meijer run yesterday--they have a Scandinavian aisle and I picked up some mint chocolate wafer cookies and other various supplies. Given that everything outside is covered in a thin sheet of solid ice, I doubt I'll make it out today.

Oh and this holiday medley from Taystee and Crazy Eyes made me happy...love them and can't wait for OITNB season 2...

life is better with...this new podcast

I recently found a great new podcast. Three  intelligent ladies talking TV?!?! YES PLEASE! Fair warning...if you do not watch cable/prestige tv, this is probably not in your wheelhouse. But I do and I LOVE it!

These ladies are fantastic. I discovered it via one of my favorite twitter friends,  Britt Julious. She and two others, Alison Cuddy and Leah Pickett have great discussions regarding current television. However, what I especially like about this podcast is that the given opinions are fully fleshed out with attention to broader cultural, literary, and cinematic impact. Unlike some pop culture podcasts I listen to...that is all...

Anyways, here's the link, their podcast Changing Channels  is part of WBEZ Chicago. Listen to it.

All-Time Greatest: TV

10tv Entertainment Weekly has been extra fun lately. With its new 100 All-Time Greatest issue, they have put out some definitive, "All-Time Greatest" lists of books, movies, tv, music, and style. I love me a good top ten list! And of course whenever I see anyone else's lists, I feel inspired to make my own.

Here are my ten "all-time greatest" of television in order:

10. Friday Night Lights

9. Curb Your Enthusiasm 8. LOST 7.  Arrested Development 6. Freaks and Geeks 5. The Mary Tyler Moore Show

4. Breaking Bad

3. Sex and the City

2. Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends

1. Mad Men

Please note: This list has been made without having watched The Wire or The Sopranos. We are about to start the latter.

life is better with...tami taylor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=vihYkEAQ_DY If you follow me on twitter, you probably have noticed that I've been gorging myself on Friday Night Lights. I'm about to start season four and omg. I can't even talk about it I love it so much. Tami Taylor? Flawless. Coach Taylor? Perfect. Matt Saracen and Tim Riggins? Favorites.

I know I'm about five or so years late to the party, but I don't care. I love this show.

Happy Friday Y'all!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=7_aJHJdCHAo] Does this video ever get old?

No.

Caught up with Nashville last night and thank goodness they finally let Lennon and Maisy sing again!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ceYtOlmImNE

Totally and completely uneventful week around here...except for the fact that I got an audition to be on Jeopardy!!!!!!!!!!

Dying. It's in Nashville next month...will be cramming until then.

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)

Looper

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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