A post to start your week

This was supposed to go up on Friday, but you know: life. Which means you now have stuff to waste time on Monday morning. Hooray!?!

This is so worth the eight minutes it will take to watch it.
"...your home is that thing to which you can dedicate your energies with such singular devotion that the ultimate results become inconsequential."


The one where I give you stuffs to watch

So blogging hasn't happened much this maternity leave, just like last time, and I'm ok with that. I have been getting some serious netflix time in while breastfeeding, though, and I have some recommendations to share.So here you go: top five four things I've watched lately. (Someone woke up and needed feeding and to postpone the post meant it would never happen.)

 The Joneses is a rather biting commentary on our current consumer society. It is rated R, so consider yourself warned.

Gah! I loved this! The One I Love is one of the best movies I've seen in the past six months. Was so excited when it showed up on Netflix because I'd heard so many good things about it. Besides all that: Mark Duplass. Yasssssss.

The Fall is deeply creepy: it's about a serial killer. So there's that. Don't watch it with kids around. There's also sex. It's also very compelling (not a crime procedural like you would normally think) and Gillian Anderson is gorgeous. You can't stop staring at her.

Leverage is one of my favorite shows ever, Every episode is like a heist movie, and I love those. In addition, the characters are pretty fantastic and I can't pick my favorite."Age of the geek, baby." I just rewatched all five seasons and loved them just as much as the first time around.

There you go: some amazingness you might not have watched yet. And once you're done with all that there's always the classics: Firefly, West Wing, Angel.


things I'm reading

I actually have some internet reading time now that I'm breastfeeding a chunky little munchkin. (She's getting so fat!) Well, I have time to read when I'm not sucked in by playing the SIMS. (Dude. Wat??? CANNOT STOP.) Anyway, this is all pretty random, but it's stuff I found interesting and/or worthy of sharing this week.


goals 2015

I just went back through all my old goals posts and they all start with some variation of "I didn't get much of this done." On the one hand you could view me as a categorial failure. The other viewpoint (and the one I subscribe to) is much simpler: you only change/grow/achieve great things by beginning with a goal. That's the starting point. And it's ok to change directions.
Last year I did a few things that I decidedly didn't foresee in January when I was writing my list including completely change career directions and have a baby. (That's my excuse for crossing literally TWO THINGS off it.) So who knows where this year will go, but that's why it's fun, right? (Previous lists are here: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008)

My overall goal for the year is to do what matters and forget the rest. And my word for the year is "simplify."

  • Learn to drink scotch with the husband. 
  • Read 52 books. 
  • Start working on my degree. 
  • Simplify/streamline wardrobe and develop a personal "uniform." 
  • Complete all Christmas present shopping/making by Halloween (to allow time to enjoy the holidays with family as well as prevent overspending). 
  • Organize bookshelves with some method (yet to be decided). Eliminate excess. 
  • Buy a new TV. 
  • Memorize a poem. 
  • Get photos printed once a month. (Am I the only one who has a phone full of photos but no photo albums?) 
  • Celebrate our tenth anniversary properly (Key West?)
  • Take a family vacation that doesn't involve visiting anyone. 
  • Go on a girls weekend with the sisters. 
  • Make manager/get own store. 
  • Finish paying off debt.
  • Complete coffee master training. 
  • Start running again. 
  • Complete a 5K.
  • Learn to surf. 
  • Get back into size 8 pants. 
  • Take a yoga class. 
  • Preserve some fruits and veggies. 
  • Start making own yogurt. 
Anyone else writing out their goals? How do you keep yourself on track for the year?