march 2015

Anyone think this month was one of the longest ever?

It feels like I did my February wrap-up over a year ago. There was SO MUCH SNOW. So much COLD. So much waiting....for spring...which is still not quite here...

Let's see...what do I have to offer:

1. The Bad Blood by Taylor Swift Pandora station. I know, but you'll be jamming.

2. New-to-me blogs/websites I've been loving include The First Mess and The New Potato. If you like fun, quick, and unique celebrity interviews, check out latter, but be prepared to lose an hour. Easy.

3. I made a ton of multicolored carrots from Trader Joe's. Those are ridiculously delicious.

4. We got around to painting upstairs. It was relatively painless. BUT STILL.

5. I have finally read Wallace Stegner and yep, he's amazing.

Yoga Playlist: Ambient Love

This playlist is super relaxing. I'm posting it in honor of me FINALLY adding an additional Gentle Yoga class to my weekly schedule. We've need this for a long time. 

Gentle Yoga will now be offered on Mondays at 6:00pm and Thursdays at 4:30pm. This class is slow moving, but strong stretching a la Yin Yoga. We need mellow vibes for stuff like that.

This playlist does the trick.

Different Stars // Trespassers William
Re: Stacks // Bon Iver
Gnossienne No 1: Lent  // Satie
Quelqu'un m'a dit // Carla Bruni
Such Great Heights // The Postal Service
Another Day (Revised) // The Album Leaf
Sleepy Time // Massage Therapy Music
Emerald and Stone  // Brian Eno
Baiulus // The Black Atlantic
The Trapeze Swinger // Iron & Wine
Clair De Lune // Debussey
Subwoofer Lullaby // C418
Jenny's Grave // Alan Silvestri

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.

spring

Happy spring to all!

The world seems to be buzzing with activity, especially around these parts. Louisville is a host for the first round of NCAA men's basketball this weekend, the second race of triple crown is about to take off, and I'm looking at the next nine days off of work! Oh and don't even get me started about how lululemon oxmoor is having a markdown sale today! I'm not going, I'm not going, I'm going...

The to-do list is long for my spring break. In addition to painting the two upstairs bedrooms, I've got to get my head on straight in terms of the next three months. From April 1st on, the calendar is looking a little insane. So many great things to look forward to, but phew, it's going to be fast. 

Things I'm gearing up for include a full week of classes with Saraswathi Jois at Yoga East here in Louisville. (WHHHHHHHHHHHHA!?!?!?) A dream come true to say the least. The only thing that makes me nervous is that I have to be in Louisville ready to practice by 6:00am...

Teaching yoga for the local high school cheer squad. It was a blast last time, looking forward to doing it again.

Yin yoga teacher training in Asheville. I've wanted some official training in yin for awhile--really excited for this one.

There are some big changes coming for the studio. Most of my regular students are already aware of the upcoming shift, but I'll share more on that later.

So yeah....and that doesn't even get me to June, which includes two separate trips to Asheville!

Oh and most important, on top of all that, I think that I might have to finally breakdown and get a new pair of Chaco's! BAH!

Give me strength...and the abillity to cook and freeze meals this week.

Happy Spring all!

Yoga Playlist: Hips to be Square

New music. As new as possible. That's the theme of today's playlist. This one is perfect for an upbeat class that is fairly active with a mellow finish.

It's hard not be overwhelmed by the flood of wonderful new music out there. I usually find stuff through Spotify's New Music Tuesday playlist. It keeps you current and does all the work for you.

Yoga Playlist #4: Hips to be Square

Wilder (We're Chained) // Brandi Carlile
Addicted to Love // Skylar Grey
Roll Up Your Sleeves // Meg Mac
Technicolour Beat // Oh Wonder
Start Again // Conrad Sewell
Cold Front // Laura Welsh
Entropy // Grimes, Bleachers
Autopilot // Kodaline
Breathe Me In // Laura Welsh
I Belong to You // Brandi Carlile
Eyes Wide // Meadowlark
Home // Madeon
The Eye // Brandi Carlile
Lay Me Down // Sam Smith, John Legend
Should Have Known Better // Sufjan Stevens
The One I Love // Rosie Thomas

Image credit: ED EMBERLEY.

this bookclub reads

My grandmother started a bookclub over fifteen years ago with my mom, my mother-in-law, and some dear friends. This is the bookclub I'm in today. It's really special and every month I leave the meeting inspired to read more.

This is not a casual, excuse-to-drink-wine bookclub. Although we do partake in our fair share of libations. This is a group of twelve women who READ.

In addition to giving the monthly selection a rating of 1-10, each member reports out on what else they read that month. A lightbulb went off in my head last week: let's share here on this blog!

February was an especially productive month for us because of the snow I think. Believe it or not, this list is actually missing four absent members! HA! Here's what we read and listened to  in February:

Screenshot 2015-03-15 08.01.51.png

Angle of Repose // Wallace Stegner
The Long Road Home // Mary Alice Monroe
Once Upon a Time, There Was You //
Elizabeth Berg

The Unwinding // George Packer
A Story of a New Name // Elena Ferrante
Sharp Objects // Gillian Flynn

Middlemarch // George Eliot
H is for Hawk // Helen Macdonald
A Spool of Blue Thread // Anne Tyler

Still Alice // Lisa Genova
The First Bad Man // Miranda July
10:04 // Ben Lerner

The Landbreakers // John Ehle
Limbo // Melania Mazzucco
Crazy Salad // Nora Ephron

Leaving Before the Rains Come // Fuller
The Laughing Monsters // Denis Johnson
The Call of the Farm // Rochelle Bilow

Audiobooks:

The Dinner // Herman Koch
Joseph Anton: A Memoir // Salman Rushdie
Housekeeping // Marilynne Robinson
Barrel Fever // David Sedaris
Bossypants // Tina Fey
Me Talk Pretty One Day // David Sedaris
David and Goliath // Malcolm Gladwell
I Remember Nothing // Nora Ephron

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.