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My Favorite Documentaries

Posted November 10, 2017 / Media, Personal / Information / Etc. / 1 Comment
My Favorite Documentaries

Chris and I try to watch a lot of documentaries whenever the mood strikes, because it’s definitely a genre I have to be REALLY in the mood for. I’ve seen quite a few over the years so I’m sure that some slipped my mind, but these are the top six that I’ve enjoyed – a few more recently and some from my college days.    My Scientology Movie Anything involving Scientology will make it onto my watch list. I’m fascinated by this religion because it seems too crazy to be true. There are so many issues ingrained in this “cult,” from physical abuse from higher-ups to not allowing people to see family members. I can’t imagine getting sucked into something like this and I love hearing stories of people escaping. This movie was definitely an interesting look into the religion. The creator pretty much stopped at nothing to get interviews and try to figure out what the deal is with Scientology. Related recommendation: Leah Remini’s show about Scientology. Fascinating stuff! Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine I’ve always been a fan of Jackass, Viva La Bam, and everyone associated with both shows. They’re crazy and stupid but always entertaining for me. I was obsessed with Bam Margera when I was younger and loved watching him skateboard. Enter my boyfriend, a skateboarder, and I’ve started paying even more attention to these people and skateboarding. It’s a fascinating hobby and culture. This documentary dives into Big Brother magazine, which was one […]

Fall-Themed Q&A

Posted October 26, 2017 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 3 Comments
Fall-Themed Q&A

I saw this tag on Grace’s blog and then Madalyn’s, so I decided it was a sign to give it a go. This Q&A is hosted by The Blended Blog. Favorite fall sweet treat? I’ve tried making apple crisp two times and it came out horribly. I mean, it obviously tasted good, but the top was more like goop instead of crisp? Not sure what the problem is. I don’t actually love apple pie or even apple crisp too much, but I always feel the need to indulge in that one during the fall. My favorite sweet treat would probably be pumpkin pie or pumpkin cheesecake though. Red, yellow, or green apples? I’m a fan of McIntosh apples the most, because they’re little and sweet. I don’t mind green apples or sometimes yellow apples if the mood strikes. I’m definitely not a fan of Red Delicious. Is anyone? Yuck. I’m also down with Pink Lady, Fuji, and Gala for sure. Favorite fall sport to play? I don’t play sports, but my favorite fall sport to watch is obviously football. I like to go for hikes and ride bikes in the fall because the weather is cooler, I don’t sweat as much, and the foliage in the northeast is gorgeous. Those count as sports, right? Best drink for fall? Hmmm, I think this is covered later in the survey so I’ll avoid the PSL question for now. I LOVE apple cider. So much. I feel like a fraud if I only have one gallon throughout the season, so […]

More Podcast Recommendations: True Crime

Posted October 23, 2017 / Media, Personal / Information / Etc. / 4 Comments
More Podcast Recommendations: True Crime

In follow-up to my other podcast recommendation post, I wanted to share a few more that I’ve been enjoying. It’s not going to be as detailed as my last one because they’re all still ongoing; I don’t want to rate them without actually completing them. Unconcluded What it’s about: Jennifer Kesse disappeared from her Orlando home in 2006. There is very little evidence, except some security footage of a hooded man and the fact that her car was left in a nearby apartment building lot. Why I love it: The production definitely gets better as the podcast goes on, so don’t let the first episode or two deter you. The case is really interesting here because there is some evidence, but not enough to draw any major conclusions. I love that it’s a real-time podcast, so they’re investigating as we listen. Most of the others have been produced AFTER they fact-checked everything. In this case, we get ALL the same information as the hosts. It feels like you’re really helping with figuring things out. A few people have come forward and been interviewed throughout because they feel like they may have seen Jennifer. I hope there’s a resolution to this one, like Up and Vanished, because they’re working hard to gather the facts and spread the word. The Fall Line What it’s about: Twins Dannette and Jeannette Millbrook disappeared from Augusta, GA in 1990. They were sent out by their mom to borrow money from their uncle and were last seen at a convenience store. […]

Updates on Scribd

Posted October 20, 2017 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 2 Comments
Updates on Scribd

I talked a loooong time ago about how much I was loving Scribd. At the time, they offered unlimited books and ebooks each month for only $8.99. Since then, they’ve (understandably) had to adjust their cost structure. It’s hard to offer so many books that people want to read (i.e. bestsellers, new releases, etc.) and keep a low price like that. I had a feeling that it wasn’t sustainable, but still felt a little cheated when they announced their switch. I had paused and cancelled my membership a couple of times since then just because I found I wasn’t using it as much as I should. There are so many great books on Hoopla that I didn’t really need Scribd. However, I’ve recently had a resurgence in using Scribd over the last couple of months and have to say, their new model is still worth it. For about the same price each month, you get a specific number of ebook and audiobook credits. On top of that, there’s a large selection of freebies that don’t count toward your monthly credit. They’re called “Scribd Selects” and have some pretty good books in there. So, because of all this, I wanted to chat a bit about the newer version of Scribd, how I use it, and why I think it’s worth it. This post was not sponsored or anything, but if I’ve convinced you and you sign up using this link, I do get some credit on my account! Quick Details and Pricing Cost: […]

Capsule Library

Capsule Library

Alexa from Alexa Loves Books | Kelly from Belle of the Literati | Hannah from So Obsessed With | Rachel from Hello, Chelly When I saw the Capsule Library posts by some of my favorite bloggers AND they turned it into a “tag” of sorts, I knew I had to hop in on it. It’s even better that Alexa tagged me to participate 😉 Header image is credited to them and their post links are up there too. You’re allowed to have 10 total pieces in your library, just like a capsule wardrobe. (You can also choose an actual clothing item and accessory for each of the items below too!) Here’s what you get: The Clothes: 5-7 authors (any/all of their books would be in library) The Accessories: 3-5 individual books (and series couldn’t be grouped into one) The Clothes Favorite authors and clothing pieces Old Navy Darker Wash Rockstar Skinny Jeans | Taylor Jenkins Reid My favorite jeans are sort of a mid-dark wash from Old Navy and I pretty much only wear skinny jeans. I know they’re going to be tight when I put them on, but I look great. TJR’s books are often really hard to read because she brings up so many uncomfortable realities about life and love. They make me cry every time… just like my skinny jeans when I’ve eaten too much 😉 But they’re too much of a staple to ever NOT have in my wardrobe… or library. Black Cotton/Jersey Swing Dress | Kasie West One of my favorite things to do […]

Finally Fall Book Tag

Posted October 11, 2017 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 4 Comments
Finally Fall Book Tag

The lovely Madalyn tagged me in the Finally Fall Book Tag and I was excited to partake! I love fall, as you probably know, and am looking for any excuse to celebrate it. You can read about my other autumn antics in a few posts here and here, if you’re curious. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting The Thousandth Floor and The Dazzling Heights have a really interesting, unique setting. The books take place 100+ years from now and all of Manhattan, NYC is located in a thousand floor building. There are so many cool technological advances (and creepy ones that I hope don’t exist then!). The setting is a little hard to picture because HOW would all of Manhattan fit into one building?! Once you can somewhat figure that part out, the setting is extremely well thought-out and interesting to read. Nature is beautiful, but also dying: Name a book that is beautifully written but deals with a heavy topic   This was a tough one for me! I haven’t read a lot of heavier books recently because I have favored the fluffy ones. I read All the Bright Places a few years ago and it definitely broke my heart. I think this book is extremely quotable because the writing is so damn good. Books with this topic are somewhat problematic, so I don’t know what to make of it in hindsight, but still fits the prompt here. Fall is back […]

Less than 3 Months to Go…

Posted October 7, 2017 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 5 Comments
Less than 3 Months to Go…

I always do a mid-year wrap-up to check on my progress for challenges and goals, but sometimes things just HIT ME when it gets this late in the year that I really don’t have that much time to get all my shit done. I made some gooood progress by the middle of the year but my reading since then has definitely declined. June and July were tough reading months since we were gearing up to move and then actually moving and enjoying our new city. We’ve spent a lot of time being lazy in the last few weeks because of Chris’s surgery, but we’re mostly watching TV shows and movies together. I work during the day while Chris watches his stuff and does homework, then we start watching our shows from 5 PM until bedtime. It’s a lazy life right now and I enjoy it most of the time, but I’m definitely grateful that he’ll be out and about more as time goes on and he gets used to the walking boot. Sometimes a quick trip to a little grocery store/restaurant or Target makes things better! I hope to get more reading in as the weather gets colder and I can be cozy in my bed. On that note… Books and Goals So Far Books read: 116 / 150 {Ahead of my Goodreads challenge} Click for a bigger image to see my reading year so far, thanks to my favorite spreadsheet ever… Challenges Contemporary Romance Challenge: 52 / 21 ✔️ Flights […]

What I’ve Been Watching

Posted October 6, 2017 / Media, Personal / Information / Etc. / 8 Comments
What I’ve Been Watching

I always highlight a few things in the media section of my Lauren Lately posts, but sometimes a nice round-up is the way to go. You’ve seen some of these in those posts but I wanted to highlight everything here. Recently Watched | TV Shows American Vandal | Huuuuge fan of this. It’s hilarious. It essentially pokes fun at all of the crime dramas we know and love, while focusing on a hilarious topic – graffiti of penises on teachers’ cars. There are a lot of awesome elements involved relating to teen habits, social media, and high school expectations. Really loved it. I’d be here for a season two but not sure how they could repeat the same magic. Sense8 | We really loved the first season and finally sat down to catch up. There was a large holiday episode (2 hours long) that kicked off season two, so we decided to start binge-watching when Chris got his surgery. I’m eager to see how they wrap up the show in the final special (and am SO glad Netflix went ahead to do it!!) Crazy, confusing concept but if you love major ships and friendship feels… watch this! Currently Watching | TV Shows Total Bellas | I got myself allll caught up on Total Divas and Total Bellas before the season started last month. I’m enjoying the new episodes a lot because the timeline is finally to where I actually started watching wrestling. The previous seasons were all from a few years ago […]

Five Things

Posted September 29, 2017 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 12 Comments
Five Things

In an effort to post more random, personal things, I wanted to hop on this “five on Friday” kind of post. I saw it here and she saw a spin on it here (just to give all credit where it’s due!). The lists are not in order, so the five favorite books this year aren’t listed from most to least favorite. Just figured I’d throw that out there!    Five favorite books this year The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid      Five books I plan to read soon Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather Ash and Bramble by Sarah Prineas As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti The Key to Everything by Paula Stokes      Five unreleased books I can’t wait for Ringer by Lauren Oliver Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin Life, Love, and the List by Kasie West The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand Five things I’ve eaten lately Cinnamon Apple Treats – not sure how to describe them but basically Chris and I had a LOT of these a couple of weeks ago when I bought apples. We just added cinnamon sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla ice cream and baked them Sheet Pan Meals – I’ve been a big fan of these easy dinners […]

All About My TV Shows Tag

Posted September 27, 2017 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 3 Comments
All About My TV Shows Tag

I’m coming to you with yet another tag today, because clearly I am uninspired at the moment. I saw this one on Books for a Delicate Eternity and am not sure who created it. This one is alllll about TV shows! 1) First TV show you ever watched My mom specifically remembers me falling in love with Elmo when he “appeared’ on The Frugal Gourmet when I was a baby. I quickly became obsessed with Elmo and started watching Sesame Street. I love that this show is still on (and keeping up with the times, in terms of showing diverse people and families). 2) All-time favorite TV show Maybe this isn’t an easy question for some people (like having to pick your all-time favorite book), but for me… There’s no question. I’ve talked about it before on the blog so I won’t repeat myself, but Friends will absolutely always be my #1. I’ve watched it when I’m happy or sad or anywhere in between and it’s done nothing but make me feel All The Things over the years. 3) Your character crush I don’t know why this is so tough for me! I feel like there are so many answers that I’m not even thinking about right now. I fell in love with Greek over the course of one summer, watching so many episodes every single day that I could. I LOVED Cappie so much that I pretty much have watched any show Scott Michael Foster has appeared in since then. 4) Favorite […]