Let’s not even talk about how it’s already February; I’m just blaming it on the madness of the Leap Year. Either way, it seems like every other day I’m finding a new Etsy shop to fall in love with. My favorites lately have all seemed to fall into a couple main categories – vintage decor, jewelry, indoor plants I can’t kill, inspirational artwork or cute greeting cards.
Because Something Besides A Bill in Your Mailbox is Awesome
Finding new music and reading through the stack of new books I got for Christmas have been super helpful in keeping my energy and productivity up. Isn’t it amazing what a new playlist can do? Especially for all my peeps who are also constantly at the computer.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge bookworm (are you on Goodreads too?), and I always have a couple books that I’ll read concurrently.
The bottom three in that stack are what’s coming up next, and as for what I’ve enjoyed lately…
The Scottish Prisoner ~ This was my Christmas book, it was really hard not to get it when it first came out but it was worth the wait! I tore right through it. Gabaldon can do no wrong. It’s unbelievable the amount of research she puts into each novel.
Cleopatra ~ I only just started it, but I love that it’s written by someone who actually did research and cites sources – the historian in me is very happy so far.
A Storm of Swords ~ It’s funny, I tore through the first two books in the series, but I’ve kind of stalled on this one for some reason. I’m sure I’ll circle back around to it eventually, it really is a brilliant series. Looking forward to season two of the show!
Last year and this year have had some really great movies, don’t you think?
My mom and I had a girly movie date to see the Iron Lady last weekend, and I’m so glad we did. Now I get why Meryl won the Golden Globe, because her portrayal of a woman suffering from the beginning stages of dementia is amazing. Let alone the whole Maggie Thatcher thing.
Also, who else is stoked for Downton Abbey’s new season? If you haven’t seen it yet, get on that. Older episodes are on Netflix and the new season is amaaaazing, although a bit sad for me because of the portrayal of WWI. My degree is in history, specifically European, and studying WWI was always the most heartbreaking for me. Yes, more people died in WWII, but the way in which soldiers suffered and countries came to grips with modern warfare was simply awful. But enough with Captain Bringdown! Maggie Smith plays a granny who says whatever she wants – that should be enough of a motivator to watch this show.
I basically owe all my new favorite music to Kate Miss over at For Me, For You. Her taste is impeccable! Lately I can’t stop listening to Florence & The Machine, Feist’s new album, Gotye, Jonsi, and The Civil Wars. Also, these specific songs:
What about you guys? Share your current favorites, I’m always on the lookout! And have a lovely weekend, friends.
With the start of the New Year, my mom and I have been putting our words into actions when it comes to walking and hiking more. (Note to self: get new shoes.) One place we keep going back to is Carbon Canyon Park, but we start on the opposite side from the entrance where the dam is located. There’s really great paved trails that go up and over the dam and down into the park.
I should probably explain that the word dam is kind of deceiving – there’s no lake behind it, it’s more of an emergency basin in case of flooding. And right now, with the dry winter we’ve been having (up until this past week), it’s all very brown and dried out.
But I have to say the views are gorgeous, and going late in the afternoon made this photographer very very happy (you just can’t beat the golden light). I had my new Handy Dandy Hand Strap on, which was great because that way camera just stayed attached to my right hand and Dante’s leash was in my left.
We wandered through the park (there’s a lovely lake and quite a few playground / BBQ areas) and then back to the dam through the wilderness-y part of the basin area.
I’m lucky that my mom and Sarah are so patient with me when I want to pause and get silhouette and vista shots.
There is always new construction somewhere in the county. Because we don’t have enough people crammed in here.
And besides feeling great, the next best part is how exhausted the dogs all are that night!
(Anja says: ppplllbbbtttt!)
What’s your favorite local place to explore? I’ve got a whole list of dog-friendly places nearby that we’ll be trying out in the coming weeks.
I figure if bow ties are cool enough for Doctor Who, then they’re cool enough for Dante.
In the leadup to Christmas, I couldn’t help but snag one of these adorable dog bow ties from Etsy seller Camargo Creations for Dante. It comes with a plain black collar, but is detachable so you can put it on any collar you want. And the fabric is so gorgeous in person! It’s a lovely cranberry/wine colored satin.
Camargo Creations has all kinds of super cute collars, doggie wedding apparel, placemats and custom orders. Plus, the man behind the shop not only fosters dogs and volunteers, but also donates 10% of sales to a local rescue organization. How wonderful is that?
So dish, fellow pet parents. Do your pups actually like to wear anything? I can get away with a bow tie because Dante is used to wearing his collar. I also have a fleece coat for cold night walks, which he of course hates but tolerates if it means a walk.
*Disclaimer: Camargo Creations has no idea I’m sharing this writeup on my blog. I just loved the collar!