Sunday, November 1, 2015

Read/Watch/Listen October

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Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin (author of The Happiness Project)
This is the only book that I read this month and actually enjoyed. I started a couple others but didn't finish them and sped-read through a novel just to find out what happened at the end. But THIS BOOK so good. It's all about understanding yourself and learning how you can start creating habits that help you lead the life you want. It was fantastic. I learned so much about myself and also about my husband and kids through this book. I don't buy many books but this book I plan to buy. I also hope to blog about it in-depth soon.

Jurassic World - it was kinda meh to me. I can not believe so many kids were taken to see this movie. I won't let my kids watch it. Mostly because the kids were so central to the plot. It was about as scary as I thought it would be but not as funny as I'd hoped a Chris Pratt movie would be.

Terminator: Genisys - Daniel was in a movie-watching mood one weekend and we watched this movie together. I liked it pretty well. Not awesome, not awful. We have watched every Terminator movie (except for the first one) together so it was pretty neat to see these characters again.

On a side note: this month we re-watched Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron  and the whole Infinity Stone thing took on a whole new meaning. You know how at the end of Age of Ultron there is that purple dude and he says "fine, I'll do it myself" well, he is also in Guardians of the Galaxy. I didn't realize it until we watched Guardians of the Galaxy again.

TV on Hulu:
This month I've decided not to watch shows on TV when they air, mostly because my favorite shows air late and I don't want to stay up that late but also you end up watching fewer commercials when you watch on-demand.
Blindspot is my favorite TV show this season. I have loved every episode, the plot is interesting but it is the relationship between the two main characters that is my favorite part of the show. It hits me in my emotional sweet-spot.
The Player is another show we're watching. It's been pretty good so far. Daniel and I are watching it together, so that's nice.
Quantico is one we started watching mid-season (are we mid-season yet?) we enjoyed watching an episode or two every night. I think this might be a better show for watching the whole thing with back-to-back episodes. It isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea (it starts up with two of the characters hooking up in a car) but it is the one show that Daniel really look forwards to watching with me and I like it pretty well. It's not as scary or intense as the other shows Daniel has watched recently so I'm happy for a show we can both be into.

To watch with the Kids:
Paper Planes is the best kids movie I have seen in a long time. It was every bit as adorable as the preview suggested it would be. The whole family enjoyed it.

Liz Longley - Daniel downloaded this album and I have enjoyed it a lot. So far Memphis is my favorite song. Weirdly enough it makes me want to get in the car and drive to Tennessee. You can pretty much preview the whole album on YouTube, you can also find it on Spotify
Andy Grammer has also been playing on repeat at my house. Eli and I sing the song Forever to each other all of the time.
Pentatonix has a new album that is every bit as awesome as I had hoped it would be. My favorite song from it right now is Where Are U Now
I've also been listening to a lot of Bethel Worship lately. Here are my favorites: Over My Head, Ever Be, No Longer Slaves, Shepherd

The Lazy Genius Collective is my new favorite blog.
The Faces of Grief is also a great new blog(ish) that shares the stories of loss. What I've read there so far has been super-helpful.
My kids are just in love with this new song from Disney

Kristen Bell's sloth meltdown had me laughing so hard I cried. After this I think I watched half a dozen interviews with Ellen, Kristen & Dax.
I also stumbled upon this humorous news report.

 I blogged some pictures of Grayson

A few more random pictures from my phone:
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notice the  coffee?! these were not back-to-back days. I haven't been a Venti iced coffee person until this month.
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we made it to the park!!

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