Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Snapshot of life

What I've been listening to, reading, watching, and browsing over the past couple of months gives a unique snapshot of my life.


Listening To

Who knew the history of ceremonial headdresses, coins, teapots, ax, puppets, and credit cards could be so fascinating.  Using 100 small and insignificant object, the 13-15 minute segments describes how that object is not only invective of a time period, but also how that object shaped the word. What I've liked so much about the program is the objects it's chosen aren't the first objects you think of as world changing and so it present a varied and thought provoking history of the world.  It's one of the most brilliant things ever! 

It's killing me not to be in England this summer with all the pomp and ceremony of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebration and the 2012 Summer Olympics. Because, let's be honest, no one does pomp and ceremony better than the Brits. So listening to a history of the monarchy described by objects of art (painting, photographs, jewels, carriages, castles, cathedrals) kind of makes me feel like I'm there--kind of.








Watching
White Collar.
Hands down, this show is the best thing on television at the moment. With it's fabulous characters, well written dialogue, humor, and top it off it's clean. Why don't they make more of this?



MI 5
I've always had a secret desire to work for the government and this series isn't helping. Only downside to the show, they have no qualms about killing off my favorite characters.  I do have to warn you that there's some brief nudity in a few episodes.



Downton Abbey
This period drama captivated me from the first episode and has continue to grow.


Sherlock
 Modernizations of classics don't always work, but this utterly brilliant.


Singin' in the Rain Flash Mob
Everytime I see this is just makes me happy.




Reading

From It Just Get's Stranger: Snuggie Text
Funniest thing I've read in a long, long time.
"Oooooohhhhhh. So like a whole bunch of them that you move around to make funny sentences like word magnets on fridges that say stuff like, "I don't want no bunny banana frog ok no way!""

From Harvard Business Review: To Find Happiness, Forget About Passion
"Happiness comes from the intersection of what you love, what you're good at, and what the world needs. We've been told time and again to keep finding the first. Our schools helped developed the second. It's time we put more thought on the third."

From the New York Times: Sometimes It's Not you, or the Math--Modern Love
"Did we find love because we grew up, got real and worked through our issues? No. We just found the right guys. We found men who love us even though we’re still cranky and neurotic, haven’t got our careers together, and sometimes talk too loudly."

From the Daily Mail: 12 Secrets of Being Happy
"Happiness can be learned, but finding meaning and a purpose in life is what leads to it, not the other way around. The happiest people appreciate and realise that being happy adds years to their life, and life to their years."


Smitten by Britain: Home of the Britophile and all things British
Fun, sometimes quirky articles. If you ever wanted to know the difference between British and American weddings or what 's the meaning of higgledy-piggledy, this would be the place to find all those answers.





Design Mom
I don't know why I haven't come across this blog sooner, but she's everything I kind aspire to be--fashionable, creative, world traveler, and a mom of six children.



Visit Britain Superblog
 


Eye candy
This is Glamorous 
The most beautiful stuff, that I can only dream about.








Not on the High Stree.com 
Etsy with a British flavor



Matilda Jane Clothing




50s-style-wedding.blogspot.com




Printable Paper Products

Lemonade and Lenses
Style Me Pretty


Green Wedding Shoes

Oh So Beautiful Paper

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The story behind Keep Calm and Carry On

Remember how much I love the phrase KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON?

I came across this charming video explaining the story behind it and wanted to share it.




Doesn't that bookshop look amazing? I think it needs to go on my list of places to visit one day.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Bring on March


Now that it's officially March, I feel like I can actually freak out over the following things.

1.  The Hunger Games movie opens in 22 days and it looks AMAZING!! I've watched the trailers more times than I care to admit and each time I get more excited. (Click on the link to check out the newest trailer).

2.  Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter is released on March 13. I LOVE this series and LOVE this author.


3. The opening of the East Millcreek Library.  a state of the art library, complete with cafe, less than four minutes away from my house--HEAVEN!



4. I've got a whole another month to fantasize about and plan our trip to COSTA RICA! Warm weather, beaches, volcanoes, rain forests, ziplining, river rafting, monkeys, and hot springs. It's going to be a great pre-thirty birthday celebration. Who's jealous! :)


Picture from lushcostarica.com