Sunday, January 7, 2018

December Rewind

This month was pretty bananas that I didn't get to read as much as I hoped.  However, both E & M got me graphic novels for Christmas, Pusheen & Catronauts, and they were both great. I can't wait to pick up the next in the Catronauts series.

I watched the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon and I really loved it. It was about a housewife, who husband leaves her for his secretary, and she becomes a stand up comedian. Her act isn't ladylike-it's pretty vulgar for the times and I really enjoyed it. I always watched a few Christmas movies, including the Christmas Prince which was equally horrible and hilarious.

Ok guys, for some reason I can't stop listening to Harry Potter. It's so soothing and calming but I'm starting to worry it's becoming like and OCD thing. Like, it's become something I need.  Here's hoping I can find something new to listen to soon.

Also this month 

The Christmas Carol @ The Fabulous Fox
My work part this year was dinner and a show at The Fabulous Fox.  We say the Christmas Carol and I absolutely loved it. Watching the scenes come together, the special effects, the music and the dancing, I loved every second of it.  I also took the opportunity to pull of a Queen Beyoncé pose is a very fancy chair.

Guys. The holidays were a blur this year. I don't know if it was because they fell on a weekend or what, but I felt like it was a race to the finish event of trying to get everything ready.  I had zero spirit but it went by so fast and was a good time overall. I do think my favorite celebration was with Heather and her girls. It was such a chill time. We drank cocoa, watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas and exchanged such great gifts.  I started pin collections for the girls and hopefully started a lifelong overall obsession.

New Years Eve
Since the holidays are always so crazy, the husband and I started a New Years Eve tradition long ago.  We bend to the whim of most family members during the holidays, but we are very reluctant to do the same over the new year holiday.  It's our time to relax, veg out and recharge.  We cook up lots of snacks, watch tv, stitch and play video games. Sometimes years we turn it into a game night but this year was super low key and I was asleep by 10:00. It was pretty great.

This month was such a slower reading month for me, which makes sense since it was also such a busy month. I think the highlight for me was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. It has found a place in my heart (and on my shelves) among my favorite books. I talk more about it in our December Reading List post, but I definitely recommend it! 

Also, I discovered a new favorite blog: lattes + longlines. I think Facebook recommended her blog page to me and I spend some time reading through her archives recently. I really relate to Sam with her views on parenting and am inspired to shake up my outfit posing next time we take blog photos (and it's not under 0 degrees out). Also, why are all my favorite bloggers from Texas? A mystery I'm ok with not knowing (Ha!). 

Part of my Christmas present from Jarrett was a Movie Pass subscription. We love going to the movies but don't go enough because of the cost. Right now, you pay $9.95 a month and you can go to unlimited movies (one per day) at participating theaters. So far we've used it to see The Last Jedi and Murder on the Orient Express. I loved both of them and can see this being perfect for more frequent date nights this year. 

I have been trying to balance podcasts with audiobooks more on my commute lately. One stand out has been Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. I highly recommend the audiobook, which has 166 narrators (including Nick Offerman). It takes place in one night in a graveyard where Abraham Lincoln's son is buried. It is such an interesting story, one that examines grief and the afterlife in such a creative way. I still have about an hour left but I am so happy I went audiobook with this one over a physical copy. 

Also this month 

My Favorite Murder Live! 
As a late birthday celebration, my sister and I went and saw My Favorite Murder live at the St. Louis Symphony. I will say, MFM fans can be a little intense and extra, but overall I enjoyed getting to see two of my favorite podcast hosts do a live show covering St. Louis murders. My sister doesn't really listen to podcasts, but even she enjoyed it! 

Chicago birthday celebrations 
My birthday is December 2nd, and it was also the day I had an appointment at BHLDN in Chicago to go wedding dress shopping. Two of my best friends made the trip to Chicago to go with me, so not only did I find my dream wedding dress, I also got to celebrate in a cool city with my best friends. I don't get to see them a ton, but this was the second weekend we spent together this year and it really was the ideal way to ring in my 31st year. 

 Holiday Madness 
It feels like it was so hard to find my holiday cheer this year, which ended up being fine since the holidays were a blur this year. My favorite of all the celebrations was the one the girls and I did with Jen. She gets me the best gifts and the girls are now in love with their stylish overalls from Jen. It was also the most chill of all my celebrations, but seeing family was also nice. It's just hard to pack so much driving (we had about 1.5-2 hour drives each way for each event) into a few days. I am happy it's over and excited to start 2018.