Friday, August 1, 2014

Last but not least...Top 10 Blogs!

I must admit, my fevered blog reading days are over.  I now tend to check in every few days, catch up on a few posts and go on my way.  But I do still love me a good blog.  Here are a few of my favorites...

1.  Bleubird - This lifestyle blog is one of my favorites.  I love James' style, family and view of life.  Check her out (yes, James is a her).

2.  Hey Natalie Jean - Another lifestyle blog.  Natalie is a NYC girl with a son (Huck) and husband (Brandon).  I love sneaking a peek into her life and her writing style is right up my alley.  Awesomely enough, she just finished her first book.  I'll be the first in line to pick that up!

3.  Rockstar Diaries - Taza and her family (another NYC gal).  The family is crazy photogenic, creative and cute.  I like to pretend I know them.  Kidding.  Really.

4.  A Beautiful Mess - A super creative blog, ranging from food to home dec.  Love it.

5.  Kelly Purkey - A creative, memory keeping traveler.  This girl leads an amazing life.

6.  Under the Sycamore- Ashley and her family are amazing.  I love their free lifetyle, their faith and their committment to one another.

7.  Pencil Shavings Study - Color, color, color.  And then some more color.
8.  Young House Love - Love this couple.  Their family.  Their decorating style.  Their ideas.

9.  Vintage Revivals - Her tag line says it all.  Fearless DIY.

10.  Brittany Herself - This. Woman. Is. Amazing.  She's honest and open and amazing.  She believes in loving yourself, not hiding your body and being YOU.  An inspiration.  Truly.

And there are a ton more, naturally.  I clearly can't chose 10 of anything to save my life.  So here are a few more for good measure!

Oh Joy!
Sitting in a Tree
Marc and Angel
A Cup of Jo

Go check them all out!  You may find a favorite two of your own!

Happy Friday! xo

Thursday, July 31, 2014


I know, I know.  I said today would be blogs.  But I'm clearly behind the 8 ball here, posting at 5:44pm as it is.  I need more time on the blog side.  So...I decided to go with what was easier.  My top 10 books.

Here you go!

1.  Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes
2.  Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
3.  The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
4.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
5.  The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
6.  The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff
7.  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
8.  The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
9.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
10. The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

Photo source: Shadowboxing

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Top Ten TV Shows - today, on the list...

So here we are, the middle of the week.  A chilly week at that.  Football season starts on Sunday and boy does it sure feel like it weather wise here in Buffalo!

So here's the list of the day - my favorite TV shows.  Again, this was tough as I love me some TV.  Of course, I've had a few posts recently about some television shows that I've been loving hardcore.  And those are on here.  I think with a lot of these lists , they're moving targets.  Really dependent upon where I am in life, what I've watched recently, etc.  But for the moment, these are my Top Ten TV shows...

1.  Scandal
2.  Orange is the New Black
3.  Homeland
4.  House of Cards
5.  Happy Endings
6.  Sherlock
7.  Arrested Development
8.  Top Gear
9.  House
10. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Crap, I can't do just 10.  Here are 10 more...

11.  The West Wing
12.  Modern Family
13.  Arrested Development
14.  Brooklyn Nine-Nine
15.  Elementary
16.  Reign
17.  The Following
18.  Alias
19.  Project Runway
20.  America's Next Top Model (don't judge)

I know, I know.  There are probably a million TV shows that you love that aren't on here.  I've never seen Lost or 24, The Big Bang Theory or Sons of Anarchy or The Living Dead.  Or countless others for that matter.  As you can tell, I'll get to them eventually (I always discover shows once they're dead and gone usually).  Tomorrow, my favorite blogs!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

List 2: Music!

Oh how I love music.  It's always in the background, I fully subscribe to the thought that music you love becomes the soundtrack of your life.  I can hear a song and it takes me back to a day, a moment. I can feel the day.  And I love that.

This was exponentially more difficult than my movies list.  This list could fill a book.  And choosing ten was impossible.  So I kept it to 30.  I know.  I initially had 50 but thought that no one would want to read that mess.

So here they are.  The top 30 songs of my life (again, in no specific order)...

“Please Forgive Me”
David Gray
Elvis Costello
“Lose Yourself”
“Here With Me”

“Into the Mystic”
Van Morrison

“Tenerife Sea”
Ed Sheeran

“Learning How to Smile”

“Save a Prayer”
Duran Duran

“Your Song”
Ellie Goulding

“Knock ‘Em Out”
Lily Allen

“The Boxer”
Mumford & Sons

New Order

Simon & Garfunkel

Annie Lennox

“Here Comes the Sun”
The Beatles

“War on Drugs”

“Goodnight Saigon”
Billy Joel

Edward Sharpe

“I’ve Got this Friend”
The Civil Wars

“Just Like Heaven”
The Cure

“Young Americans”
David Bowie

“The Old Chair”
David Gray

“The Unforgettable Fire”

“Personal Jesus”
Depeche Mode

“Story of My Life”
One Direction

“Learning to Fly”
Pink Floyd

“I Don’t Want to Live Without You”

“Please Don’t Tell Her”
Jason Mraz

“99 Problems”

Justin Timberlake

“American Honey”
Lady Antebellum

“Flightless Bird, American Mouth”
Iron & Wine

Yes.  The list is random and mixed and all over the place.  Guys, I could have made this list for hours.  You should see my notes.  There are seriously pages.  It took me forever to whittle it down to 30.  But there you go.  My top 30 songs of the moment.

Tomorrow?  TV Shows!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

A week of lists!!!

Yep!  This week it's all about lists.  My personal Top 10s to be specific.  Each day this week I'll do a Top 10 of my favorites.  Today it's movies.  The following are my top 10 favorite movies for a variety of reasons, in no real order.
10.  Love, Actually
9.    The DaVinci Code
8.    Waking the Dead
7.    Schindler's List 
6.    Out of Africa
5.    Skyfall
4.    The Book Thief
3.    Ferris Beuller's Day Off
2.    Ponette
1.    Sixteen Candles

And for the record, that was super hard.  I could have gone to 100...

Friday, July 25, 2014

The binge watching continues...

Hi there!  Miss late to the game here again!

So after losing days of my life binge watching Orange is the New Black, I took a day to mourn the end of season 2, and looked for something new to fill my evenings until season 3 starts next June.  June?!?!

I decided to start House of Cards.  ZOMG!  So good.  So, so good.  
And then that was over.  Two seasons, one weekend.  Dunzo.  Now I have to wait for season 3.  Again.

So there I sat.  Staring at my Netflix home screen.  What to do, what to do?

I chose Scandal.  I'm about 6 episodes in and I'm digging it.  There are a few things that bug me (like a fixer could really talk a ruthless dictator to let his wife leave with his kids bc she threatens him with a tell all book one day??!!?!?), but overall I like the style and speed of the show.  Not bad.
Thankfully there are 3 (count em!) seasons of Scandal and the 4th starts in the fall so that will tide me over for a bit.  But oh boy...  I need a hobby!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I won, damnit!

See this little asshole?  Yeah, yeah.  He looks so cute!  Look at those eyes!  That cute tail!  Those claw like talons that destroy garbage cans and make my refuse it's own buffet?!  So cute!
Over the past few months I've been in an epic battle with a gang of feral chipmunks and squirrels.  

Epic as in Caddyshack gopher battle.  These little f*&$%ers actually ate a hole (about 7" square) in my industrial strength garbage can (and those things ain't cheap!).   I tried everything, starting with the most humane options available.  I searched high and low for mint scented garbage bags (as they "supposedly" don't like the smell).  Found them.  They didn't work.  I looked for a new lid (this one is attached, couldn't find a new one).  I tried to seal the cover with duct tape.  Ha ha ha ha ha, the rodents laughed at me.

Then one day when I got out of my car, a chipmunk popped out of the top, and just stared at me.  Like, 'Hey human, no big deal, I'm just enjoying this sweet Chipotle you left in here.  Thanks!  But in the future, I prefer the shredded pork in my rice bowl.'  I lost it.  I went to Lowes and bought steel reinforced wall patches and Gorilla Tape and went to town.  I may have looked a little manic to the people in my neighborhood (laughing up at the sky while applying layer after layer of industrial strength duct tape) but I didn't care.

It's been over a month and there have been no attempts on the can.  No little claw marks.  No teeth marks trying to get through the tape.  I won, dammit.
I won.

Photo credit of food stealing rodent: James Marvin Phelps