A December hello...

Monday, December 9, 2019


This started out as a November catchup, but I never got around to finishing it before Thanksgiving, so here we are, firmly in the first week of December. I'm alright with that those...bring on the festive cheer and winter coats. So many people had their tree up either after Thanksgiving or the first day of December...it's been so cheerful and cozy to see snaps of everyone's decorations on IG stories. The best cups of coffee are ones enjoyed by the light of a Christmas tree. 


It's been a productive six weeks in terms of life admin. I finally tackled the things I'd put off all fall (returning library books, finding a good coat, getting a new glasses prescription). I'm most proud of the progress I've made on one of my yearly goals which was catching up on all the annual doctor appointments. It felt good to check all of those off and know I'm taking care of myself. It may not be the most glamorous form of self-care, but I think it's so important. 



READING

-Last month was a bit of a reading slump--I hadn't read anything since the end of October. Life and work got busy and I ended up accumulating library fines, so in an effort to prevent being blacklisted, I returned every book whether unread or not. But something about Thanksgiving always makes me feel like a college student again, heading home to curl up with some good books and food. I managed to snag a few fun YA library books before heading out of town during the holiday weekend and it felt so good to dive into books again, as it always does. I managed to read four of six, and it did the trick of getting me back into a reading mood again. 

-Elsie Larson's How to Build a DIY Dollhouse post series on A Beautiful Mess.


-Carly's Embroidered Holiday Cocktail Napkins tutorial... she does it with needlepoint, but I think it's such a fun inspiration for whatever type of crafting you enjoy. I've never been a crafty or DIY person, but at some point last year, I got interested in embroidery hoops re these gorgeous examples. I loved the idea of unwinding and making something creative that didn't involve any type of screen. I took the leap and bought a few supplies earlier this year, and have slowly worked on a few projects. It's just as satisfying and therapeutic as I imagined--the hardest part is deciding what to embroider on the "blank canvas," but doing something easy like a favorite quote every now and then is fun. I genuinely find myself looking forward to it and I haven't even learned any specific stitches yet, so I'm exciting to keep going in 2020!



WATCHING

-The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Special
A must-watch for any Wes Anderson lover--full of gorgeous colored set pieces and fabulous costumes. The songs and special guests are also a delight. Highly recommend playing in the background while wrapping gifts, writing Christmas cards, or folding laundry. 

-Die Hard

Somehow I'd never seen this before but have heard legendary things about it for years. It felt like the perfect Thanksgiving evening watch, and it didn't disappoint. 

-Netflix's Fireplace for Your Home, Classic Edition

I love having this on in the background while I'm reading or working on something. Especially with the Christmas tree next to it.

-the new James Bond trailer for No Time To Die

Daniel Craig is my favorite Bond, so I'm looking forward to watching him on-screen again and see Phoebe Waller-Bridge's take on the iconic 007 series. -next year's live action trailer for Mulan
Perhaps the only Disney movie that really calls for a live-action remake...I had my doubts initially, but it looks very good. Jury is still out on the bird-witch character, but yay for adding another female character to the male-heavy film?

- Sainsbury's 2018 Christmas commercial about a group of schoolkids in a Christmas play

I've watched this maybe 15 times since last year and it's just as good every time! Sainsbury's is a British grocery store chain and like most major British retailers, releases a Christmas "advert" every fall. They're serious, high-quality productions with usually a funny or heartwarming theme. Last year's was their version of a Christmas play (which most schools in England put on every December), complete with all things British and Christmas: the Queen's Christmas Speech, camels, ornaments, crackers, and angels. Keep an eye out for the plug, who steals the show. I pretty much laughed until I cried the first time I saw it. 

LISTENING 

-A Beautiful Mess Podcast: "Forever Homes," "How to Do a 100 Day Challenge," "Handmade Gifts"...essentially, every episode! I love Elsie and Emma's rapport and the format of the podcast. They drop a new episode every Monday and it always gives me something to look forward to on Sunday evening. 

-The Office Ladies: "The Pilot" and "Diversity Day"


-The Lazy Genius: "#134 - How to be Happy with the Gifts You Give"


-The Cut on Tuesdays: "How They Get It Done - Eva Chen Has a Magic Wand"


-Conversations with Creatives: "Carly Heitlinger"


-Kacey Musgraves' Christmas album, especially "Present Without A Bow" with Leon Bridges


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