dear motivation to eat well, please come back. dear laura, thank you so much for taking charge & getting my bachelorette party planned. and thank you for my upcoming shower! dear 2505, thank you for the endless entertainment in the form of work emails. and text convos. and real convos. and skype convos. dear mom, thank you for letting me contact you every time i encounter a social media overshare. i'm grateful that someone else understands that these kind of updates are unacceptable & something to be frowned upon. dear justin, thank you so much for my nook! i am in love with it, as well as the two books i'm currently reading on it: dracula & fifty shades freed. dear dad, i'm so glad you're reading the girl who played with fire. that is my favorite of the girl with the dragon tattoo series. dear kara, i'm glad you share my love of lazy days & endless strings of tv shows. and i'm so glad we get to hang out in the next couple weeks when i come home to visit. dear lindsey, i miss you. and i love our engagement photos. and i've been loving your emails this week. dear soldiers, thank you. dear weekend, please be a relaxing source of rejuvenation & recharging. justin & i both need it. dear bloggers, keep on truckin. this week was a completely non-inspired week for me. but i'm going to keep on keeping on. dear hair, get ready for a change coming up in a couple weeks. you're going to love me for it, i just know. dear justin, thank you AGAIN for your encouragement in everything i set out to do. thank you for helping me brainstorm blog features. thank you for being creative & helpful & unfailingly supportive.
saying goodbye to the weekend, trekking back to work,
& a whole new slew of responsibilities & plans.
but maybe just a little bit of inspiration
will help you out of the back-to-the-grind funk...
- youtube beauty guru [emilynoel83] is one of the most informative makeup & beauty enthusiasts i've ever come across. she is informative, entertaining, and extremely knowledgable.
- i am in love with the bridesmaids' necklaces from [this wedding]. perhaps providing inspiration for my girls on the big day? the hunt now begins...
- i came across a quote i really enjoyed while reading the [may real simple] the other day:
"other people have windows overlooking a cityscape, the mountains, or the water, but the crab-apple tree is the 'view' we see from our bedroom window, the ever changing vista that my husband and i watch as we drink coffee in bed on the mornings when we have a little extra time." - francine prose
- justin bought me a [nook color] on saturday night! my excitement has been unrelenting. after i finish my paper copy of fifty shades darker, i will christen my nook with the final installment of the series, fifty shades freed. i have already begun reading dracula on my lovely e-reader - it's a book i've always wanted to read.
- the new editing capabilities on [photobucket] have kept my attention for the past few days; i feel they'll soon become an integral part of my blogging experience. plus, it's just plain fun!
earlier this week, justin looked over at me & asked a simple question:
can we have a lazy weekend?
as a person who values 'down time' more than almost anything, i was happy to oblige his request. and if money was no object, i think that this chambray top from j.crew would perfectly fit the bill for a relaxing day. honestly, i contemplated pairing it with some white cropped pants, or even some bottoms of the pajama variety, but once i laid eyes on these lipsy floral scalloped shorts, i couldn't say no. i kept it simple with these mint sandals from asos & these cream stella mccartney shades. now all i have to do is kick back & wait for our low-key weekend to begin. i honestly cannot wait.
when i first heard about this link up over on classic & glam,
i knew i was going to love it. i love taking time
out of the hustle & bustle of the every day,
to focus on the simple things that make life a little bit sweeter.
today, there are a couple of things on my mind,
making my day better, however incrementally.
so i figured i'd do what i do best & list them out.
1. a combination.
what two things combined today to make me ultra happy? well, none other than sugar free red bull & peanut m&ms. and this isn't the first time this duo put a smile on my face - in fact, back in shreveport, it happened often. you see, i have this habit... right after a hard workout, i will often pop into a store like wal mart or target, to peruse their makeup section, perhaps... or to scope out the dvd section. and well, today was no different. i ambled into the kinston walmart, ready to take a gander at the goods in the makeup section, pick up a coffee mug, & scoop up a bottle of some vitamins i've been meaning to get my hands on. as i prepped for the checkout line, i had a thought. and it involved candy. and red bull. i'm sure you can see where this is headed. i don't know what it is about the creamy chocolate, the rich peanuts, & the fizzy carbonation that makes me so happy, but oh, it does.
2. today's weather.
when it rains here, i like to sit in the living room, pull the blinds all the way up so the windows are completely open, & read blogs. or write. or read a magazine. or watch the food network.
on the agenda for today? all of the above.
what are your simple pleasures this week? go link up with classic & glam & let everyone know.
the other day, i told my friend laura that i was considering picking up the first book in the fifty shades trilogy - fifty shades of grey. as both of us love reading, we often suggest books to each other, as well as discuss reads currently on our radars.
oooh, i'm reading it now, she said.
i tucked her impression into the back of my mind, wondering just how scandalous it could be. i knew of its growing popularity: a few weeks ago, i saw that its display in books-a-million had been completely torn apart, leaving no copies of the first book & a tiny smattering of the second & third.
i caught snippets of reviews on twitter, which likened the series to the twilight saga, all the while driving home the point of its illicit crudeness, of its no-holds-barred approach to the main characters' relationship.
and, finally, due to a combination of all of the above,
i finally swooped into barnes & noble & took captive
my very own copy of the novel in question.
i'll be quite frank with you. i was nothing short of appalled at its explicitness.
many times, i wondered aloud to myself,
how is it that this can be readily available to any person walking through a book store?
are people under the age of eighteen allowed to buy this book?
[this called to mind unwelcome thoughts of the romance novel section i've always avoided in book stores.]
but at the same time, i was completely sucked in to the story, completely at the mercy of the pages turned, wanting to know the fates of the people with whom i'd grown so closely [and graphically] acquainted.
i will say, however, that i feel parts of the story, as well as aspects of the characters themselves, unsettlingly echo that of the twilight books. in areas, it feels a little blatant. i also drew some parallels between the book & the film cruel intentions, as i watched this particular favorite of mine on sunday night.
apparently, though, none of the above criticisms have quelled my insatiable pull toward these books. i am nearly half way through the second installment, fifty shades darker, & i'll be honest & tell you that an immediate trip to the nearest book store will be made, as soon as the final page of this tome has been turned.
i'll conclude with a simple sentiment -
if you're looking for an easy - albeit guilty pleasure - read... a page-turner, if you will - read these books. if you're looking to be astounded by an immense work of literary fiction - steer clear.