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hollywood housewife
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Maybe. I started it last weekend but have been so busy this week that I haven’t made much time for it. I have high hopes for the book as a whole and on finishing it this weekend.
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We've had such a holiday-ish week. The kids' preschool program, lovely lunch dates, shopping, The Gorilla's production company Christmas dinner. It's been so nice. Since becoming a parent, some Christmas seasons have been sort of rattling. This year I've had the luxury of being more prepared than usual. Both my kids are in school part of the day, I forced myself not to procrastinate, etc. It has made a huge difference in my life, and if I've learned anything this year - and I have learned a LOT - it's that preparation makes life easier and better. But more on... Continue reading
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I WOULD HAVE PEED MY PANTS. All caps necessary.
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With the conclusion of today's Serial podcast - a series put out by This American Life that follows investigative journalist Sarah Koenig while she pursues the truth behind a real teenager murder from 1999 - people who had never given much thought to the true crime genre are now riveted. I've always enjoyed true crime, but not the cheesy, airport paperback kind. I like my crime and courtroom stories well-done, thank you very much. These are four of my favorites of all time: Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi. This is the story of the famous Charles Manson murders and subsequent... Continue reading
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Yes! I love goodreads. Here’s a link to my profile: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1897513-laura
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Thank you for that! I really do appreciate that encouragement.
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Thank you! The book page is going to get an major overhaul soon, so stay tuned for that!
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I think I’m going to have to read Amy Poehler’s Yes Please because so many people have recommended it to me. I’ve resisted because I know almost nothing about her and haven’t watched any of her shows. I felt like I couldn’t appreciate a memoir when I’m not invested in the person in some way. But maybe that’s not true? I used to watch a lot of tv, but during the working-like-a-maniac then baby-making years, my brain could really only power on the frequency of reality television. (Which is part of that epidemic, actually. That’s a whole other post, really, but I do think that America’s busy-ness epidemic feeds directly into the lack of thoughtful entertainment. That’s actually changing, though, in the last few years with the rise of some truly original programming, but I digress.) Anyway, lately I’ve been trying to be more deliberate about what I watch. The Gorilla and I did Downtown Abbey, a little bit of Homeland, True Detective, and right now we’re almost finished with Breaking Bad. On my own I’ve recently started Parenthood and in the spring I binge-watched Scandal. I feel like I’m sort of just now catching up with the rest of pop culture on the tv scene, and I’m loving it.
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By mid-December, I’ve read 44 books this year. By the end of the month I’ll be at 48. (I plan to finish this novel and finish up several of my non-fiction reads - such as this one on parenting and this one on food.) I read some great stuff this year and my stack for next year is already full of titles I’m excited about. After a bit of a reading slump while in the baby stage, I feel like I’m back in a good groove again. A huge part of this has been embracing the kindle. I know I... Continue reading
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That is definitely NOT a thing here, but I wish it was! Sounds like a nice way for everyone.
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Oh, I love this! Thank you for sharing, I don’t know how I missed that you were doing a wardrobe capsule. This is actually a good example for me, because almost everyone else I found was using such a neutral color palette and I think of you as dressing boldly. Off to read all of it!
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This might be my very favorite photo of the year. Maybe you can't tell what's going on here, but to me it tells a family story. This was in our hotel room during our time in Virginia for Thanksgiving. The Hotel Monaco gave the kids little goodie bags when we checked in, and this dry erase board was an instant hit. They "took turns" (read: fought over) this thing for days. This was a lazy morning. The kids and I stayed in our pajamas while The Gorilla walked down the street to fetch coffee and banana bread. Pigtail is making... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at hollywood housewife
Yes, definitely.
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A lot people were doing it slightly differently, but most were changing it up for each season. If you live somewhere with weather, you’d have to! A bonus to living in LA is that I could get away with doing it for longer than three months. But would I want to…I don’t know yet.
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It definitely gets trickier if you have to dress up for work. I think of my sister who has to wear a suit every day. I think you could still do a modified version of it. Like make count each suit as one piece or have a work capsule and then a weekend capsule, with fewer overall pieces in the casual one. In that scenario, you’d really have to rely on accessories to change up the look regularly so that you didn’t look like you were wearing the same thing all the time.
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I can’t believe I didn’t know of her before! I followed her on Insta, too.
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Interesting! I’ll check it out.
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This is one of my hangups, too! Although, I tend to favor the SAME pops of color (pink, mostly), so I think I could still make it work and make sense.
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I thought of that. It’s definitely a benefit living in southern California not to need so much outerwear, etc.
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I’m thinking I might ease into it. Like maybe after another purge, move the “options” to another closet and keep the capsule only in my closet? And then if after some time it becomes clear that I don’t really NEED the options, take a bigger step.
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YES! We had a big birthday party for the kids and politely requested no gifts. But then a lot of people brought gifts anyway and I was “secret mad.” That’s not the right attitude, either, so I’m working on it.
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I cleaned out my closet last weekend. I do this a few times of year. In contrast to how much I love fashion and dressing well, I don't have thousands upon thousands of items in my closet. I shop, but I also purge. Still, this time I sat on the floor among my piles of stuff to donate and felt sick about it. So much excess and waste. Wikipedia tells me that the term "capsule wardrobe" was coined by British shop owner Susie Faux in the 1970's, but I hadn't heard of it until just last week. It makes sense,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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AHHH! The pressure. :)
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You’re so ambitious! I’ve been meaning to read Infinite Jest for, oh, 10 years? Not sure I’ll ever really get around to it...
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If that’s your first Tana French, definitely don’t start with that one!
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