Well, hello friends - how are you doing this February day? Are you fighting off the mid-winter doldrums like me? The stretch of cold, rainy weather is still firmly in front of us and even days without rain are just cold - after 15 minutes outside I'm done and ready for the fire again, ha!
On the plus side, there is that whole cozy-spending-time-with-people-reading-etc. thing I enjoy, too. Especially like last weekend when our daughter came home for a weekend visit (which including cooking and cribbage). What do you do to pick yourself up in these type of days?
On to this week’s things I’m loving – and a few links I think you’ll love! (as always, some of the links I provide are affiliate links)
Date night movies. I think I mentioned in my goals about the date nights Brian and I are going on every other week - for the first time ever in our 28 years of marriage! (Um, not that we haven't gone out, but that we haven't done it regularly…). We actually didn't start this until last fall (just in time to call it good for my 2016 goal!), so it still feels new to us.
We're not too creative yet and so the dates mainly consist of dinner and a movie, so we've seen 3 movies in the last month or so - all of which got nominated for Oscars (surprising since there have been very few Oscar movies in recent years we've even wanted to see…). They were:
Manchester By The Sea. Yes, really good acting. But very, very sad and real. And with a fair amount of foul language and situations. I'm not sure I'm recommending it - go in with your eyes wide open and realize it's a slow 2 hours and 17 minutes (some of which are watching things like pizza being microwaved - I did say it was real).
La La Land. We both LOVED this movie, like everyone else it seems, and I'm so glad a sweet movie like this is getting lots of accolades. The ending isn't what I hoped, but then again, it's probably why the powers-that-be are recognizing it, ha!
Florence Foster Jenkins. (Okay, we didn't watch this on a date night, but at home with our daughter and my mom - but it's a movie, so I'm sticking it in here!) This was a cute movie and pretty much fluff, though it is based on a real person who really did sing awfully in front of people. This is getting the hype for one reason: Meryl Streep's performance. Let's just say it's not easy to sing that bad.
The water that cleans better than water (really). Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water appeared on a number of 2016 Best-Of lists (like this from BuzzFeed), so I grabbed it from Amazon just to see. I've just used water on a cotton pad for years to clean my skin (followed by a night lotion) because I never found anything that didn't seem drying.
Oh.My.Gosh. It really does feel like water, but cleans much better! I can see a lot more dirt and makeup on the pad than I did with water and it's not drying at all - and my daughter agreed. We were actually both amazed by the difference. So I bought a bottle for her, too, of course.
The first three books read in 2017 (on track to my goal of 40 books this year!). And I actually just finished another, but it was too late for this list - gotta get a good start out of the gate, right?
Ross Poldark, Winston Graham. This was a fun read after watching season 1 of the PBS series since it really did follow the book in most areas. The doctor in the series is slightly different (Ross and he weren't friends from the war, for example), but the other parts are all there, just fleshed out a little more. I've started on the next book, Demelza, which I think has some scenes they used in the first series (she didn't have a child in the first book), so we'll see how long I want to continue with this series. (I've read some things that say it gets dark and is not redeemed and so some people are not finishing the second season of the PBS show - what do you guys think?)
The One-In-A-Million Boy, Monica Wood. This book started good and then got really bogged down in the middle - so much so that Brian didn't want to keep listening to it as an audiobook with me. I kept going and the end was really good, I thought. It's a slightly different format (some scenes are one-sided conversations being taped and others just lists) that maybe didn't lend itself to the audiobook format. It seems like a sad premise, but we never really see "the boy" who is already dead at the beginning, just what he was like and how he has impacted those around him. It's actually very life-affirming.
The Rosie Effect, Graeme Simsion. I read the Rosie Project and thought it was just okay so I probably wouldn't have listened to this book if it weren't for the fact it was free on Hoopla and I needed something during my flights to and from Las Vegas. This was just not a very good book and I found myself fast-forwarding through much of it. Formulaic, not interesting, and we really don't get to know the characters anymore, just dumb stuff they do. Sigh. Did I mention it was free?
Links To Check Out:
Baked fish and chips all on one pan.
A shortbread type crumb bar to use your homemade jam in.
We don't have time to be busy.
How to pack a carryon suitcase for a winter trip.
10 genius gardening tools that will change the way you garden forever.
Impressive before and after bathroom makeover- I like that everything stayed in the same place, just all new.
I will be making this.
Ooo, I know I'll find a new yummy soup recipe here.
3 ways to listen to audible audiobooks without a membership. Yes!
A new page for your bullet journal (or any journal).
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