Reading, Watching, Listening

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.

Ellingsen Photography Bedside Table Books

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!

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. :)


Awesome graphic found here.

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.


What A Weekend

Ellingsen Photography Weekend Instagrams August 2011

I’m fighting sandy sleepy eyes today, but it’s a good sleepy when I think about how much Nikki and I got done this weekend.

Friday night we officially became hetero life partners (or HLP, if you prefer) when I renewed my Costco membership and added her to my account. Mindy was there to throw confetti and clap.  :)  We loaded up on a ton of dry goods and stashed them in the pantry at the condo so we’d be sure to have TP and cleaning products on Move-In Day. Half of Saturday was spent chasing down an ever-elusive matching curtain panel (similar to these) to match the one we found at Kohl’s for just $12 thanks to sales and coupons (down from $50!), and no thanks to their Customer Service department. Luckily Nikki tracked one down that night. The rest of the afternoon we cleaned out the kitchen cabinets, pulling up old liners and scrubbing them down.

Sunday I checked a bunch of errands off my list, thanks to the help of my mom and Sarah. We went and picked up sheer curtains and hanging wire for my closet, organizing bins for said closet shelves (I’m fairly confident I’ll be able to get away with no dresser), and batting for my padded headboard project…which I also need to complete this week. Where did the time go? We also unsuccessfully searched for a bedskirt (how can a Home Goods not have any in stock at all?!). Happily for my wee budget, everything I purchased was on sale except for the Ikea curtains and hanging wire, but they’re so darn cheap to begin with I’m still happy.

After that it was time for a movie date with my dad (he was cashing in on his birthday present). We saw Cowboys and Aliens, and it. was. awesome. Highly recommended! And I spent the evening boxing up all my books and sorting all my clothes. Good lord, I’ll be getting rid of a lot! Buffalo Exchange, here I come! Mama needs new bedside reading lamps.

Suffice it to say this week the blog will be pretty quiet while I get my butt in gear. T-minus five days until the Big Move! Hope you guys all had a great weekend too!