A few weeks ago I bought a Blu-Ray player. After it was all set up (a long and arduous process), I went to the Redbox to rent a Blu-Ray and test it out. On a whim, I chose Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, an indie from last year. It turned out to be one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. A lot of people might not like it, but I found it funny, profound, and beautiful. I'm still thinking about it. Of all the comedians who've moved toward dramatic roles, Steve Carell is my favorite. He's a surprisingly multi-dimensional actor.
Most nights, I spend some time with these two books. The I Like book was a gift from a friend for my last birthday, but I just started using it in January. It's organized sort of like a thankfulness journal, split up by month with a few lines for each day. Talk about convenient! It also has fun illustrations and blank pages throughout (where I write current prayer requests for each month). I like this system much better than the blank journal I used to use. It helps me focus on the present and frees me up to change things. I've had The Valley of Vision since college, and have picked it up here and there over the years. It's a collection of Puritan prayers and one of those books that grows with you throughout life. When I started this new prayer discipline (if you can call it that), I decided to read straight through it, one prayer each night. It's refreshing and reassuring. Sometimes I even read another one in the morning.
Target sells single-serving packets of its delicious granola. After impulse-buying them on every recent Target run, I gave in to a whole box of the blueberry flax. The chocolate hazelnut biscotti is too dangerous to have around in large quantities, though.
My new "Monica" gold leaf necklace is exactly what my wardrobe needed! It's a little long, so I can even layer it with my gold horseshoe necklace. I'm slowly curating a collection of yellow and rose gold jewelry via Etsy. I think a ring will be next.
Winter has suddenly caught up with my body, and I am not pleased. So my goal is to do this tried and true toning video AT LEAST once a week. It has two parts, but I only do the first, free-weights set because I don't have an exercise ball. Sometimes I think "Whatever, this isn't doing anything," and the next day I can barely walk. So I'm trying to Keep Calm and Trust Denise. The woman is crazy as a loon, but she gets the job done.