Lately…

Watching… Lion. I saw the previews for this when watching La La Land last week. So when I got a free movie code from RedBox this week, it was a no-brainer which movie to watch. As I suspected, it was a little depressing but not as much as it probably could have been. I am interested to learn how true-to-life the movie was.

Listening to… Designing Your Life. When I heard about the Designing Your Life course offered at Stanford, I was curious to check it out. The idea is that design principles can really help someone when making life decisions. I wish I’d had this course when I was in college.

Reading… All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. It’s been awhile since I’ve read any fiction. I reserved this book from the library several months ago (I think after hearing about it on What Should I Read Next?). It was automatically checked out to me and since it’s so popular, I decided I better read it while I had the chance. I’m about a quarter of the way in to it. I’m not sure how I feel. It’s beautifully written, but very disturbing. It’s the story of a young girl with a very rough home life and pretty much the only “good” thing going for her is an inappropriate relationship she has with a friend of her father’s.

Visiting… The Philbrook Museum. I’ve been wanting to see the Lusha Nelson exhibit and was running out of time to do so. I really enjoyed it. He was a talented photographer, it’s incredible that he had such little experience. You can see the complete catalog of the exhibit here.

Eating at… Andolini’s Pizzeria. While in Tulsa, I was excited to eat at Andolini’s again. Their pizza is amazing. The gluten free crust is the best I’ve ever had and they even have a really good vegan pizza (with no cheese for me). I wish they would expand to Oklahoma City.

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Lately…

Hello there! Long time, no see. Sorry about that. I didn’t intend to take a month off; I blinked and now it’s May. As I mentioned the last time I disappeared, I’ve been doing more creative work and haven’t had the capacity to blog and do that at the same time. I’m going to try a little harder to do both.

Watching… La La Land. I’ve been wanting to see this movie since it came out and I finally got around to it. It was a little slow in the beginning but I ended up loving it. I’ve never been interested in being a movie star, but for some reason I find myself fascinated with L.A. and the business of all of it. In addition to the setting, I also loved the costumes, cinematography, and music. I recommend it.

Listening to… Offshore Podcast. Since getting used to listening to podcasts at 1.6x speed (I’m gradually trying to work up to 2.0x), I’ve been devouring various podcasts. Off Shore was the latest addition. I just finished the first season which was the story of a police shooting in Waikiki and the black, white, and gray issues surrounding the case (primarily race relations). I found the series very well balanced; it provided lots of food for thought.

Reading… Pogue’s Basics: Money. I’ve been attempting to lower my regular spending as much as humanly possible. I believe that it’s crazy to spend more than necessary on boring regular expenses. If you can save $20/month, that may not seem like a lot but I’d rather invest or spend it on something I really want, not give it to the electric company. I’ve gathered a few ideas from reading this book.

Loving… Eyelet Shirtdress from J. Crew. My capsule wardrobe is pretty much complete, but there are a few basics that I’ve been on the lookout for – solid colored pieces that aren’t always easy to find. One of them was a green dress. When I saw this dress on Pinterest I fell in love. I ordered it on sale and am awaiting its arrival. I hope it works out; I think this could be a long lasting piece for my spring/summer capsule.

Wanting… a worm composter. I watched an interesting program over the weekend about a sustainable house. One of its features was a worm composter. Yes, I’m talking about composting with worms; I really have turned into a hippie! You put your compostable scraps in it along with some earthworms and they turn it into worm tea, a great fertilizer for your plants. After seeing the program, I went to Amazon to check out worm composters. I especially love the look of this one.

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I did not intend to take last week off from blogging, it just happened. I’ve been working on some other projects and am finding I don’t have the creative energy in me to do those and post here. Hopefully once I get in a rhythm that will change.

Watching… Doctor Blake Mysteries. Last week I was excited to discover that TiVo had recorded a whole season of Doctor Blake for me without my knowledge. I’ve been binge watching ever since. I’m a little disappointed in the second half of Series Two (season two for you Americans). It’s a little too dramatic for my taste, but not so bad that I’ve given up on it.

Listening to… Everything that Remains. The Minimalists are a big deal in the world of minimalism. I sometimes find them to be a bit pretentious, but I’ve heard really good things about this book. I listened to a big chunk of it while doing yard work over the weekend and have been enjoying it. It’s inspiring me to make the final push in minimizing the house.

Reading.. Your Money or Your Life. This book is the bible of most of the financial independence world. I’ve been meaning to read it for awhile. When my library reserve finally became available, I decided it was time to dive in. There are a lot of minimalism themes in this book too so maybe it will tag team with Everything that Remains to inspire me.

Wearing… Boden Blackberry Dresses. I’m so happy that the weather has begun to tip towards spring-like weather. I have pulled out my spring and summer uniform, the Blackberry Dress. I have five of these dresses, purchased on sale over the last couple of years. I discovered when looking up the link that they have a couple of new fabrics for this year. I may have to add a couple of more at the end of the season (I wear them often enough, I suspect the ones I have will begin to wear out at some point).

Wanting… The Bigger Carry On Suitcase. I stumbled across the Away line of suitcases the other day and I am smitten. My old suitcase had a few holes in it by the end of my last trip. When I schedule my next trip I think I will spring for one of these. I love how the suitcase is organized. Plus it has a lifetime warranty and a built in phone charger!

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Happy Weekend!

24Carriage ride, New York, 1953. Photograph by Vivian Maier via History in Pictures

Big weekend plans? I’m excited about a new project. I’m hoping to make some progress on that.

I want this job!

I meant to respond, but…

Dies this make you squirm?

What a cute gift idea!

Dangers of the good child.

MUST. GO. HERE.

Who knew?

Wow! I wish WOW flew out of OKC.

15,000 is the new 10,000.

Have a great weekend!

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Lately…

Reading… The Simple Path to Wealth. J. L. Collins has been a guest on several podcasts that I’ve listened to. His investment philosophy seems to be very popular with many of the financial bloggers/podcasters, so I’ve been wanting to check out his book. He has a very simple strategy – one U.S. market index fund. He definitely has me reassessing my risk tolerance.

Listening to… Life and Other Near Death Experiences. I had read good things about this book, so when I was running low on podcast content, I decided to listen to the audiobook. A lot of the book is set in Vieques, Puerto Rico. It sounds lovely there, so much so that I’ve begun researching AirBnB’s.

Loving… this weather! I spent most of the weekend outside soaking up this beautiful summer like weather. I got some yard work accomplished and lots of reading done. I love this time of year!

Trying… Kindle Unlimited. Over the last few months, I’ve noticed several books I was interested in reading were available via Kindle Unlimited. I decided to try a free month to see what it’s all about. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the service also includes some audiobooks. I’m not sure that the selection is currently wide enough to continue subscribing, but it’s definitely something I would do if the selection increases.

Eating… Trader Joe’s Mixed Nut Butter. I must have been hungry on my last trip to the grocery store. I loaded up on a variety of various nuts and this nut butter. It’s a mix of almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, Brazil nuts, and hazelnuts. Delish!

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Happy Weekend!

Stevie Wonder and Grover on Sesame Street, 1973 via History in Pictures

Big weekend plans? I think the weather may be conducive to getting outside. Yay! I’m hoping to make a little progress on my yard transformation.

Do bay leaves do anything???

This could be a fun job.

Brilliant.

The opening sequence is one of the reasons I enjoy Feud.

I was so sad to hear that Amy Krouse Rosenthal passed away this week. If this Modern Love Column doesn’t touch you, you may be dead inside.

So cool.

Does your name shape your face?

How the government got design.

Freaky.

Have a great weekend!

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Lately…

Watching…Feud: Bette and Joan. Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange are excellent in this new drama about the (supposed) feud between between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. I found it entertaining but if it weren’t for the costume and set design, I’m not sure I would be into it enough to keep watching. The old Hollywood feel will keep me coming back.

Reading… Lessons in Typography. I’m working towards taking my lettering to the next level. I think my skills (at Calligraphy at least) are decent, now I feel like the major challenge is developing good layouts. I just began reading this book, so far it’s mostly stuff I already know. But the reviews have me hopeful I will find a lot of good information here.

Drinking… Pour Over Coffee. I think it’s pretty well-established that I’m a bit of a coffee snob. I had been drinking a lot of French Press. Occasionally when I had the need to make more than one cup at a time, I was opting for pour-over using this 34 oz Bodum. I was getting a little tired of the inevitable grounds left in the coffee with French Press. I preferred the pour over, so I decided to invest in this individual pour over maker. I’m a fan!

Loving… Pocket Casts. I am a huge podcast listener and was excited when I read this Lifehacker post about the Pocket Casts App. I absolutely hate the Apple Podcast app and have most recently been using PodCruncher, which is better but could definitely use improvement. I was impressed with the interface of Pocket Casts and that you can have different settings for different podcasts. I bit the bullet and paid the $3.99 for the app. I do not regret it. I’ve been doing the free trial for the browser based listening and will probably buy that when the trial is over.

Listening… to Missing Richard Simmons. One thing I really like about the Pocket Casts App is that it makes it really easy to discover popular new podcasts. This one was at the top of the list. Richard Simmons was everywhere when I was growing up in the 80’s; three years ago he just fell off the radar. This podcast is the story of a friend of his trying to figure out what happened.

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Happy Weekend!

Muhammad Ali via Bored Panda

Big weekend plans? I’ve been a little under the weather and am looking forward to a nice weekend of R&R.

I want to retire here.

So much fun!

I think someone may have a little too much time on their hands to notice this.

Cursive makes a comeback!

This hit a little close to home.

Lego portraits.

Appraising the Brady’s art collection.

Where has this been all my life?!?

I believe I will be using my Fidelity Visa to pay my taxes from now on.

Have a great weekend!

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I’m sorry about the lack of posts lately. I’ve kind of been in a pondering mode – not sure what I want to create or write about. I’m hoping that some sunshine this week will alleviate the indecision. Hopefully we actually have sunshine; I feel like March always brings promises of fabulous weather but ends up being cloudy, cold, and windy.

Watching… Suits. I figured out last week that Suits had returned for the last six episodes of the season and I missed it. Thankfully, USA makes it really easy to watch back episodes on the Fire TV. I think the show has run its course (I don’t enjoy it nearly as much as I used to), but it was perfect viewing for a week devoid of most of my regular programs.

Reading… Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment. J.D. Roth mentioned this book on the Mad Fientest podcast. I believe he said it was life-changing, which intrigued me enough to buy a used copy on Amazon. I’m always on the lookout for inspiration to push through the beginning stages of mastering a skill. I hope this will fill the bill.

Listening to… Smartest Person in the Room Podcast. Megan Tietz was recently on an episode of What Should I Read Next? I tried her Sorta Awesome Podcast a while back, but it wasn’t really my cup of tea. I was excited to learn about Megan’s new(er) podcast and it sounded perfect for me. She just began the third season, the first was on Hollywood, the second on Religion, and the third is on things that go viral. She delves into each topic by interviewing an expert in one aspect of the field. I’ve always had a bit of a fascination with Hollywood and found the first episode very interesting.

Eating… Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute. I picked this up one day at TJ’s and have found myself putting it on nearly everything. It contains onion, black pepper, celery seed, cayenne pepper, parsley, basil, marjoram, bay leaf, oregano, thyme, savory, rosemary, cumin, mustard, coriander, garlic, carrot, orange peel, tomato, lemon juice and lemon oil. So far, I haven’t been disappointed any time I’ve used it.

Going… flying. Last week I had the opportunity to go flying at iFly. SO. MUCH. FUN. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done before. If you aren’t familiar, it’s basically a big wind tunnel which blows you into the air – indoor “sky diving.” I think it made me want to do the real thing even more.

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Watching… Brooklyn. I had heard good things about this movie but had never gotten around to watching it. My free trial with HBO was running out so I decided I needed to take advantage while I still had it. I really enjoyed this movie. I love movies (and books) where the location is almost a character. This was definitely one of those movies.

Reading… Tools of Titans. I’ve tried to get into Tim Ferriss’ podcast but it’s a little too long and rambly for me. When I read about this book, I thought it might be a good substitution. It boils down the tons of information on his podcast to the good stuff. It’s basically a book of life hacks. It’s divided into three sections: Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise and is not intended to be read from cover to cover, but used as a reference book. I checked out the Kindle book from the library but I’m thinking the content might be better in a physical book that’s easier to flip through.

Listening to… The Mad Fientist Podcast. As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been doing a lot of personal finance related research lately. I’ve been especially interested in all the stuff out there about Financial Independence; it’s inspiring  to see all the people that have been able to “retire” at such a young age. Many of them are on a quest to be able to travel the world, something I would love to do.

Eating… Paleo Tacos. I have been on a real taco kick lately. I make homemade cassava flour tortillas nearly every day and this is the most logical way I eat them. Otherwise, I usually just eat them by themselves. I was never that much of a bread eater before giving up grains but I’ve become a bit of a tortilla addict since.

Wanting… Freya Denim Dress. My Boden catalog came this weekend. There’s so much cute stuff in it. Thankfully, a lot of it seems to no longer be available. I’m not in the market for a dress so I’m not going to buy this one but man I love it!

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