Sunday Shares | What I've Been Loving

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Hi, friends. Thanks for checking in. This week I had plans on three weekdays, which for a lot of people probably isn't anything, but for someone who likes to spread out social events and recently bought a shirt that says "indoorsy," it felt like a lot.

At first I thought, man, this sucks, because it's less time I could spend at the gym or writing or what have you. Then again, how lucky am I to have such great people in my life? And how lucky am I that they want to spend so much time with me? So I changed my mind and let myself enjoy it all.

Then, for balance, I stayed in on Saturday to decompress. It was magical.

Here's what I've been loving lately:

Armchair Expert podcast

Dax Shepard has a new podcast and it's great. Each episode is a one-on-one conversation with someone new and "celebrates the messiness of being human." Sounds like my kind of podcast already, right?

His first episode is with Kristen Bell. They actually started the episode right after an argument, so the first half of the episode is kind of tense between them. During the intro, Dax himself says that he considered not posting the episode because of it but decided to do it anyway because it's all real. And that's what made it great. It was refreshing hearing this celebrity couple be two real people, just being human.

I especially loved his third episode with Joy Bryant, who played his wife Jasmine on "Parenthood." A lot of the conversation centers around gender and race, which I found really interesting. 10/10 would recommend.

Tartiest Lash Paint mascara

I think I got this when I was on a lipstick kick and got lost on Tarte's website, buying a kit with this mascara, a lipstick, and maybe something else that I've probably forgotten about. I have nearly no eyelashes so I'm always trying different mascaras. I'm really liking this one because it makes my lashes more voluminous without feeling over-the-top.

Nature's Path Love Crunch granola

During the week, I eat breakfast once I get to work, so my go-tos are oatmeal or yogurt and granola since they're easy to grab and go. And when it comes to granola, I go straight for the chocolate flavors. I found these at target and full disclosure: I've probably eaten more of the peanut butter flavor by itself as a snack than I have with my yogurt. It's crunchy but not so much that it hurts your teeth. And it's delicious.

"Alias Grace"

I picked up the book "Alias Grace" by Margaret Atwood after a friend of mine recommended it. The storyline sounded promising. A woman, Grace Marks, is sentenced to life in prison in 1843 for the murder of her employer and his housekeeper/mistress. Some people agree that she's guilty, others believe she's innocent, but Grace says she has no memory of any of it. Is she telling the truth? Is she insane?

I spent two weeks trying to read it and only got about one third of the way through before abandoning it. As much as I wanted to like it, I found it to be too slow-moving and bogged down with excessive detail on the most mundane aspects. But because the plot itself was interesting, I watched the show on Netflix instead, set up as a six-part miniseries. Overall it was still a little slow, but it's different from shows I usually watch and I enjoyed it.

What have you been loving lately?

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