Thursday, April 17, 2014

2014 reads | #1

Like last year, I'll be splitting up the year into quarters and talking about my top 5 books from each. Here are January through March! Enjoy!

if you lived here, you'd be home now | claire lazebnik
I mentioned this book in my hopefuls post, but I finished it and loved it. If you're looking for a good read for the pool bag this year, I'd recommend it! I freaking loved Andrew and found myself saying the Poodle's trademark line when she sees a cute guy she likes "wrap him up, I'll take two".

attachments | rainbow rowell
If you don't get anything else from this post, you must start reading Rainbow Rowell. She is sublime. Anyways, this book is about an internet security officer (basically a guy who reads emails to monitor productivity) who falls in love with a girl just by reading through her inbox. By far my favorite of the lot and my first read of 2014!

families and other nonreturnable gifts | claire lazebnik
I also loved this one. This is, by far, Claire's deepest book. It dives headfirst into complicated matters of the heart, like families that you hate but love. Siblings you struggle to understand, parents you wish understood you, significant others you wish understood themselves. It's all here and it's such a lovely book.

in the woods | tana french
This book nearly destroyed me (and my wall, as I launched into into the air the minute I finished). If you're the type of person that has to love the characters and the ending, run far away. But if you like complicated stories and even more complicated resolutions, read it. I was utterly captivated, if not utterly annoyed, the entire time.

fangirl | rainbow rowell
I hate reading books about college. Not everyone transitions easily and I've never felt an author hit on it better than Rainbow did in this book. I absolutely adored Cath. She writes fanfiction, misses home, and reminds me of why I still read YA books. Absolutely perfect.

What have you been reading? I am on a book buying ban (with the exception of birthday money and gift cards) until June, but I love adding to my Amazon wishlist!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Granny life (it's a thing)

Real quick—how many times can I turn down invitations to go somewhere after work on Friday before my coworkers finally realize just how fully immersed I am in the granny life? It's a thing, I swear.
Onto more interesting things—I'm going home this weekend! It's part-Easter, part-Poodle's birthday up in here. Here's the thing about buying gifts for the's nearly impossible. It's not that she wouldn't like whatever I got her, she was thrilled at the cat mug I bought her two Christmases ago and she still wears the Nike shorts from even longer ago. It's just the waiting for inspiration to strike that kills me. I finally got a great idea and ordered it Sunday night.

I go home on Friday.

I'm sure nothing will go wrong, it's such a brilliant plan.

Whatever, a late birthday gift is better than what Cam most likely has for her—a nonexistent one.

Also, is it bad that when I ordered her gift, I might've ordered an identical one for myself? On the level of shamlessness, where does this land me? Why would I wait a few weeks for my own birthday when I could save a few bucks on shipping? I'm thinking the best way out of this is just to keep what I bought here in Greenville and never (never) let it cross paths with the Poodle.

Again, such a brilliant plan.

I spent the entire weekend doing nothing, although that nothing entailed me my fourth trip to Wal-Mart since I've been here. On my list was those delightful Shout to-go wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, and Diet Coke. Naturally I left with two pints of Ben & Jerrys Phish Food, two frozen pizzas (my new favorite weekend treat), and a curling iron.

I also cleaned my apartment (mostly)(when I say mostly, I mean about 30%)(the floors have been swiffered and the microwave is no longer a marred victim of the great Chicken Noodle soup explosion of 2014).

Oh! And I read the first Harry Potter book after about fifteen years of biding my time. You know me, never one to jump onto a bandwagon. I also thought ahead and recorded most of the films the last time ABC Family did a marathon. So I watched the first right after I finished the book.

Naturally, I somehow missed the second film, so I'm torn between buying the DVD used or just waiting to read the second book until the movie airs again. I mean, I waited a good infinity before reading the first, I can survive a few weeks.

And that, my friends, concludes another spellbinding recap of my life. #grannylife4eva

Sunday, April 13, 2014

gone girl

One of my favorite books of 2012 is being made into a movie. And the trailer comes out tomorrow. Here's a preview (I'll post the full one when it releases on Monday).

Did you read Gone Girl? I feel like its one of those love/hate books—you can't really sit in the middle and say it was "okay". I absolutely loved it (as well as Gillian's other two books) and cannot wait for the movie.

Books being made into movies makes me feel two things simultaneously—sheer exhilaration and anxious dread. Are you excited about Gone Girl? Any books you're still wanting to be made into a movie?

Monday, April 7, 2014

TV shows I love (and those that are losing me)

We are big watchers of TV at work, at least we sure talk about it a lot, and last week we were discussing shows that have just lost us over the past year. About this time of year, I start to notice myself not enjoying the episodes as much. Then, later on, I'll start letting them stack up. And then, one fateful day, I'll delete my series' recording. It happens to the best of them. Here's my list—what's on yours?
Love list 

The Mindy Project. I don't think I've loved a show as much in a long time (we're talking Veronica Mars/Gilmore Girls love y'all).

Parenthood. Y'all, this show makes me cry. It is so good, I can't even begin to explain it to you. Go binge on Netflix and report back to me.

Drop Dead Diva. Yes, I said it. I've been watching this show since I started the blog, back when I was a freshman at Auburn. In fact, I watched the first two episodes my first full day alone in Auburn. And it's the final season!

Chicago Fire/Chicago PD. Last year, on a whim, I watched the first few episodes of Chicago Fire onDemand and I got hooked (hello Jesse Spencer aka JAMES from WINNING LONDON). And then they had a spin-off called Chicago PD. And I am so into both, I'm embarrassed to talk about it. The characters often intersect between shows, which I find so fun. (I read that last sentence and shook my head at my nerdiness.)

Losing me list

Hart of Dixie. I'm just not into it. I'm fast-forwarding through most of it.

Scandal. I know! I love this show, but this season has been so extra I can't even handle it. Anyone else? Just me? Crickets?

New Girl. It's not looking good, you guys. That is all I'll say to that.

Pretty Little Liars. It's so bad but it's so good but, in the end, I'm usually mad at myself for getting sucked in.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The picture committee and a spotify playlist.

I haven't shared a Spotify playlist in awhile because I've been miserably lazy and have just been keeping recent favorites under the Starred section. Just in case you care, here's what's been happening in my world lately...

This week I worked on "the Picture Committee" (which consisted of two people, neither one of us had any expertise in picking photo-hanging locations for the new building), which meant I walked around ALL DAY LONG and put sticky notes on the walls. However, I have met a lot of people through this exercise, so that kind of makes up for the fact my calves feel like they're cramping 24/7. The only good news is that I don't have to work out when I get home because I was on my feet, going floor-to-floor all day, so I can just crash and watched DVRed episodes of The Chew.

So here's my most recent Spotify loves. Enjoy!

Monday, March 31, 2014

[Makeup Bag] March Favorites

I cannot believe its almost April, people. Last April, I was at school, enjoying one of my favorite semesters of college. It's hard to believe how much has changed! Back then, I had just discovered Chipotle and now, easily fifty burrito bowls later, here I am. But enough of that walk down memory lane, here are my March favorites (kind of a boring group this month..sorry!).
revlon photoready bb cream | Although I still love my Covergirl foundation, it's just not worth it to me to use a foundation (that takes longer to apply) for work. This stuff is pretty hydrating so it gives my skin a nice glow in the stale office air, and it's no stranger to my favorites posts (here and here) (I also love this one).

lorac eye primer | How I have no talked about this before? I've been using this little tube since December and it lasts forever. It came with the Lorac pro palette which I also love, but this stuff stands on its own. I just use a tiny bit and my eyeshadow stays in place.

lush i love juicy shampoo | I tried it last summer and loved it and haven't stopped thinking about it since. I bought the biggest size and don't regret it. This stuff cleans my scalp better than anything I've ever tried and smells like heaven.

l'oreal voluminous butterfly | I still love the Rocket, but this one is just as good. I really like the funky brush, although I'd recommend getting waterproof because it does flake occasionally.

murad clarifying cleanser | I traded in 100 points at Sephora for this a month or so ago, but just recently did I try it out. Since starting work, I have yet to get control of my acne. It seemed like I had a new zit every other day. This stuff works. I haven't had a zit since and it has a cooling effect that wakes you up in the morning.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A journal for everyone

One thing I wish I would've done more as a child (and will ruthlessly force upon my own children) is journal. I have some that I attempted over the years, but they are few and far between. When I was in the process of moving, I spent an hour or so on the bedroom floor, reading the few I do have. It's amazing what I had forgotten! This year, I've finally found a method of journal-keeping that works for me (and could possibly work for you).

It's called the Q&A a day journal. It's a question a day and you keep the journal for a total of five years. The questions range from "What was the last book you read?" to "How are you spiritually?" to "Did you kiss anyone today?". They are interesting mainly because the answers will change as the years pass. I cannot wait to see how 25 year old Hannah or 27 year old Hannah will answer these questions.

There are several different styles of these multi-year journals, which I've included below. I have the kraft-colored edition, which I chose after looking at the Amazon previews of other versions. I liked the questions, the size was good for any traveling, and it contained a prompt to direct my thoughts.
I cannot recommend this more. At the end of each month, I've read back through my answers and am astonished at how much has evolved this year alone. I can't wait to read it in 2019 as I'm finishing it! The best part—this takes no more than three or four minutes a day. Everyone can spare that.
Buy my version here.

Here are some other versions—

For couples...

For kids...

For those that don't need a prompt to write...