Friday, December 8, 2017


Happy freaking Friday, for reals. Come 5pm I will be as happy as Millie laying on towels all over the house. She loves to lay on towels so I have them on every flat surface and.... what is the 'whipped' version for cats? Because I am that. I love them so much. And I swear she is happy, she has resting don't take a photo of me face.

Thrilled - I discovered Passionflix recently and I am, well, thrilled. I know it sounds a bit... you know.. but they make movies out of books, yes, romance books, but they also have other movies up there (like Pride & Prejudice, Kate & Leopold, Wuthering Heights). It's not for everyone, duh, but I am a fan. It's like $5.99 a month, but they always have deals and I think I signed up for like $3.99 a month. They have a new movie coming out next Friday, and I was so excited to plan my Friday night around this movie because I'm lame like that, but then my work announced they are having one of our christmas parties that night. On a scale of one to loser, how lame would it be to skip the party and chill with a romantic comedy movie? Asking for a friend.

Grateful forgot to mention in my November recap that we did not do anything for thanksgiving. Obviously my family doesn't do anything for it, not that we could join them if they did, but KC's mom always hosts and takes it pretty seriously. I mentioned a few months ago that his grandpa (so my MIL's dad) has a pretty advanced cancer and he just finished his first round of treatment and got pneumonia right before thanksgiving. So she didn't want to host, understandably so. He is over the pneumonia, he is home now. We were able to go down and visit him last weekend. I do not know how to say this without sounding morbid, but he will not be around much longer so I am glad we were able to visit with him while we could.

In love with - I got a bluetooth speaker for my car a few months ago, I'm not even going to link to it because it stopped working and was super annoying after like 2 weeks. It was so finicky and if I touched it or turned a corner, it would turn off and was driving me batty. When it finally died and could not be resuscitated, I looked into replacements and discovered this one for $20. It is 1 million times better. First, it turns on and off WITH THE CAR. Game changer. Also, it comes with sticky stuff to stick to my car. Also also also, I like the buttons. I like it, I love it. 

Favourite - My new favourite thing right now is to not utilise prime's 2 day shipping.  Crazy, I know. I mean, I am as impatient as the next person and seriously spoiled, but if I can wait, I do. I choose the no rush free shipping option for $1 credit for digital items. It's not the end of the world having to wait a few more days, and I build up my credits to get 'free' or discounted books.

I have a limit with how much I will spend on kindle books. I read too much, have too much of a book buying addiction to not save money where I can. My limit is like... $3-$4. I just can't justify spending more for an ebook that I can't physically hold, can't lend to someone (well I can, but you know), can't sell to half price books or drop off in a little free library (KC is going to build me one next year and I CAN'T WAIT).. so yeah. I have a limit. There are a few books that are $5-$6 that I've wanted for ages now (literally years, I am a tight arse) and I finally bought them using these credits. 

It's stupid because now I just want to buy things to get credits, and I could just buy the book rather than something I don't need to get a credit. Like buying a new meal planning notepad (not an affiliate link, but I love it) that I don't quite need yet. Logic, none.

You can check your no rush shipping credits here if you do the same.

And that's about it from me. Christmas will be here before we know it and I am about 3% done with gifts, so I should probably get on that.

Anyone else have a limit they impose upon themselves for things like books or ebooks?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

November 2017 Recap - What's New With You Link Up

Good morning everyone! Time for another link up with Gretch & me, all we ask is that you link back somewhere in your post. Thanks a bunch. I'll be doing another monthly recap because that's how I roll.

What's New With You

November was weird. I was looking through my phone for photos for this post and the things I did in November feel like they were 2-3 months ago, rather than a few weeks ago. I want to say I can't believe we are in December already but I know how time works so I do believe it, but still. It's weird. We are almost in 2018. As I'm sure you are aware.

As for what I actually did in November... it was a quiet month, but I'm never complaining about that.

My bestie and I drove up to Ikea, I got a bunch of money back from stuff we didn't use for the kitchen, bought a bunch of fun things, ate pizza and drank wine.

I forgot to ask for no olives on that pizza and I was so mad at myself.  I picked them off because I'm not a diva, but I didn't want to share the picture and have anyone think I was an olive lover. Not that there's anything wrong with that if you are.... but I am most definitely not.

I hung out with my other besties, played games and ate food.. always a good time.

I hosted book club, but no photos of the awesome taco bar, so basically it didn't happen. That same day we ran a half marathon in the park we run at every Sunday. They gave out Derby pie and apparently I fail as a Kentuckian because I was not a fan, no sirree. I was like, where are my bagels and chocolate milk?

And that's about it. I was upset one day for some stupid reason or another and KC cheered me up by taking me to World Market and letting me get whatever I wanted. Hashtag true love right there y'all. I ate all of it in one night (save one can of beans) and I felt super sick, so that was fun.

If you'd like to link up with us, please do so below

Anyone indulge in any post-thanksgiving sales? I did quite a bit of shopping - mostly online of course - and I got some fun things. Also, an obscene amount of books because they were all on sale. ALL THE SALES. Gosh, I am such a sucker but I don't even care. I am hoping to share all the things I bought if they work out and I like them. I am still waiting for some of the things to arrive, if you're spoiled because of Amazon prime, raise your hand.

So, what's new with you?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Link Up Reminder

Just a quick note to remind anyone who wants to link up with us - this Thursday the 7th is the next What's New With You link up.

We hope you'll join us!

What's New With You

Monday, November 20, 2017

Spotify: recently added

I have 2 playlists on my spotify. One is titled P&P, and it is simply the soundtrack from the 2005 movie + I recently added 2 more Austen related instrumental songs - and I listen to that at work on Monday-Thursday. On Fridays, I listen to my Fun playlist. Yep, that's what it's called. I also use this playlist at the gym, when I'm driving, or when I'm home alone and can blare it from the TV (PlayStation vue spotify, woo).

One of my favourite ways to waste time is to go down the rabbit hole of recommended songs. I discover songs that I haven't heard in years, but miraculously know all the words to. Isn't that the best? What blows my mind though, is that I used to be obsessed with certain bands or songs, but I don't remember stopping the obsession, but obviously it stopped somewhere along the line and now 10 years have just gone on by. Like 3 Doors Down, Default, Vertical Horizon, Puddle of Mudd, Sugarcult... it's so weird, right?

But I thought it would be fun to share a few songs I recently added to my spotify fun playlist.

What's the Deal - 28 Days - this is the only song of theirs I know, but I saw them live when I was.... 18? 17? 19? Who knows. Maybe younger. It came out in 2002 and I was still in high school. Anyway. They are an Australian band and were pretty popular from what my horrible memory remembers. My favourite lyrics were:

my best friend's to the left, she's closest to the esky
she passes me a coopers and she glistens in the sun

Oh and of course, the bit where the girl goes 'oh that was so good' - the crowd sang that at the concert, that's one of my weirdest strongest memories, the crowd screaming that (me included, duh, as that was the only song I knew).

Far Away - Nickelback  yeah yeah yeah I have the worst taste and I'm a horrible person, whatever. I don't care. I was a HUGE hardcore Nickelback fan, for like 2 albums. Hardcore. I saw them in concert twice (this was a huge deal as no-one ever came to Australia back then!), one of those times my friends and I were literally at the very top, nose bleed, no seats behind us and it was one of the most amazing concert experiences I've ever had. The other time I was up the damn front, literally no-one in front of me, and I recorded - on a flip phone, so cool - the chorus of Far Away and it was my ringtone until I got a new phone. Yes, I know how cool I was, clearly.

On A Slow Boat To China - Bette Midler & Barry Manilow - my mum had this album and I thought this song was hilarious. One year, on our annual drive to Melbourne, we listened to this album the entire way and I kept starting this song over because I thought it was hysterical. Since you probably don't know how far that is, it's like 10 hours from Sydney. There's no such thing as too much Bette though, so it's fine.

Have You Ever - Brandy - good lord, my dramatic teenage self loved this song, especially when I was 'in love' with someone who didn't love me back. Like belt that shit out with a hairbrush (except it was a bottle of impulse body spray) in front of the mirror for hours on end. Should I be embarrassed? Probably.

The Longest Time - Billy Joel - this was one of those songs that when I went to add it, I thought for sure it would already be on my playlist, but I was missing almost all of my Billy Joel favourites. Don't worry, I added them all.

When You Know - Shawn Colvin - have I mentioned I used to be hardcore obsessed with John Cusack? Have I mentioned that I don't just ever like something, I only do zero or obsessed. There's no in between. So anyway. I was a John Cusack fan girl, and Serendipity is one of my favourite movies OF ALL TIME and yes, I know it's a special kind of awful, but most of my favourite movies are. This song and January Rain by David Gray - which is an instrumental - are my favourites from this movie and I used to listen to them all the time. In fact, the trip after I met KC, on the 3 flights home from Louisville, I listened to these two songs (plus a Tim McGraw song, Just Be Your Tear) for the ENTIRE 24 hours. Yep, that deserves caps.

Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree - Tony Orlando and Dawn - the other day I was reading a book (romance, duh) and it mentioned this song and I promptly dropped everything and went straight to Spotify like I couldn't believe this wasn't on my playlist. I love the shit out of this song. It pretty much always makes me cry too because I have too many of those emotion things.

Lastly, Saturday Night at the Movies - The Drifters. KC and I went to the movies last month (maybe?) on a Saturday and I was like we never do this! and started singing this song. He'd never heard it before, gasp. Ha. I love The Drifters. They have another song I really like called Short People (it's a silly song) but it's not on Spotify. Boo.

So there we go, that's a few of my recently added songs to my fun playlist. I have 700+ songs on that playlist because I love variety and not knowing what comes next.

Do you know any of these songs? Did you sing in front of the mirror with a hairbrush (or body spray) as a teenager? Surely I'm not the only one, right?