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!

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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)

back to work tomorrow

WATCH

Unfortunately, we watched the RNC on PBS. What a trainwreck.

LISTEN

New song from Regina Spektor. Everyone on high alert! Rest of the album on September 30th. Can't come soon enough.

And Mr. Robot has me listening to Phil Collins "Take Me Home." Great song.

DO

We went over to the Harrison County Fair this week. It's across the street and we always get a kick out of fair week. However, this year it is FABULOUS. New midway company and wow, it was so much nicer than usual. 

Got some photos of the baby inside my body! HA!

MOVE

The longest 7 minutes of your life. Damn you Tracy Anderson!

This has definitely been the hardest area to keep going during the first trimester. The fatigue leaves me incapable of practicing much yoga, but I've still been going for it when I can. Teaching 8 classes a week throughout helped me stay moving too.

CONSUME

Homemade pesto with fresh basil from the garden. So good.

Lemon Shakeups from the Lion's Club over at the Fair. WHY are they so good?!

READ

Skimmed a few books for school:

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
I had high hopes for this middle grade novel about the aftermath of 9/11, but am not impressed with the first 50 or so pages. Writing is poor and lacks any kind of nuance at all. I hate it because I have a feeling this is going to be very popular and I think I'm already in the minority here.

Tru and Nelle by G. Neri
Sweet middle grade novel that is a fictionalized account of the childhood friendship between Truman Capote and Harper Lee that went on to inspire Lee to write Jem, Dill, and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. 

What is...the Summer Olympics?
Super silly biography of the Olympics. Will probably read the highlights aloud the first few weeks of school.

Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner
Fun adventure in the sci-fi, dystopic fashion. Nothing groundbreaking, but fun.

Also devoured You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein, the book of essays I mentioned last week. Hilarious.

FIND

Intrigued by these milkshakes and want to make them with Cap N Crunch.

 

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!

a master list of flawless stuff

A list of 32 items that are perfect. Literally...they have no downside whatsoever.

1. Driving with music blasting and the windows down

2. Laura Dern

3. Reading

4. Samoas (GS cookie...Caramel Delites for some of y'all...wha!?)

5. Ian McEwan

6. Exercising

7. Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment in Louisville, KY

8. Ed Sheeran

9. These glasses that are typically sold in art museum gift shops

10. Single malt scotch whiskey

11. Toy Story 3

12. Taking a bath...combine this was #3 and #10 and you've got perfection

13. Crayola crayons

14. The Cheesy Grill and Tomato Soup at Tupelo Honey Cafe

15. Survivor. Yeah, like, the reality show. Yes, I am serious.

16. Smartwool socks

17. Jeffrey Eugenides

18. Black and white photography

19. Tom Haverford's food language:

20. Pinot grigio

21. Hugging a pile of clean laundry right after it comes out of the dryer

22. Familia Camarena Resposado tequila

23. Leaving work on a Friday

24. Bookstores

25. Breaking Bad

26. Stockard Channing audiobook performance on all of Beverly Clearly's Ramona series. Listen to a preview here.

27. Coffee

28. Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, Scotland

29. Black leggings

30. Nora Ephron

31. A good pixie haircut

32. Picture books

 

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.