Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday Favorites

I'm taking a short break from posting about our Greece trip* to channel my inner Oprah and discuss a few of my favorite things this week.  This might become a weekly feature, because I tend to get fixated on things and I need a place to share my enthusiasm without driving my husband crazy.  Well, even more crazy.

Babel by Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons new album Babel.  It was released while we were still on vacation, and I bought it pretty much as soon as we returned.  Aaaaand I have not stopped listening to it since.  In fact, I might be listening to Babel as I write this.  There's just something about their folksy style and emotional lyrics that I just can't get enough of.  Plus, they use a banjo a lot.  Based on the tremendous sales the album has experienced, I doubt I am not alone in my obsession.

Green Cardigan

Old Navy-buy one now

It's finally that time of year when the lightweight cardigan I carry around at all times is more likely to be worn than shoved into my purse in case of emergency.  And, more often than than not, I am wearing this perfect green cardigan from Old Navy.  I fell in love with the color (obviously, it's green), but the $20 price tag told me it was fate.  There's even a 20% off coupon right now, so I may go pick up more colors.  A girl can never have too many cardigans, right?

Iced Coffee

I know that cold weather will be upon us soon, but I have no plans to give up this iced concoction any time soon.  I actually don't drink caffeine on a normal basis, but I love coffee, as long as it's not hot (weird, I know).  Normally, I will make a large batch of decaf coffee early in the week and use the remainder as the week continues (I went to Starbucks today as a treat, yay Friday).  I've even been getting fancy and making my own syrups to add a kick of flavor.  I made some delicious pumpkin syrup last weekend to remind me that it is indeed fall even if I'm not quite ready to admit it.


I had to throw a tv show in here.  One of my friends here mentioned how much she loved this show, so when the first season popped up on our Netflix streaming, I thought I'd check it out.  The first season is a mere seven episodes (?!!? that's not a season, that's a miniseries, people) so I watched the whole thing within a couple of days and was hooked.

The second season is about four episodes in and I love it.  I think the combination of politics, drama, being based in DC, and Kerry Washington being a badass while always looking impeccable is perfect.  I was hesitant when I saw Shonda Rhimes created it (I couldn't take her work seriously after she killed Meredith then brought her back to life in season 3 of Grey's Anatomy),  I find myself tuning in every week for more.

Post Apocalyptic Young Adult Trilogies

I love reading YA books because they are quick, entertaining (ie: I don't have to think), and are usually full of mushy teenage romance that sucks me in every.single.time.  After I finished the Hunger Games trilogy earlier in the year, I became enamored with this whole post apocalyptic craze that seems to be everywhere these days.

I've read Divergent and Insurgent (Veronica Roth), and Delirium (Lauren Oliver) in the last few weeks and just picked up Matched (Ally Condie) today.  For some reason, all of these are trilogies.  I don't know when trilogies became all the rage, but apparently if you write post apocalyptic YA novels with a heavy emphasis on teen romance, you must make it a trilogy.  Now you know.

What are your current obsessions?  Does anyone share in mine?  Anyone else notice the prevalence of green in post besides me?  Looooove!

Happy Weekend!

*I totally underestimated how difficult it would be to narrow down, compile, and then write about all the adventures we had in Greece, so I'm going to regroup this weekend and find a new


  1. The trilogy situation drives me nuts!! But, I have learned in publishing that trilogy= a lot of hype and therefore a lot more money to be made. I just hate waiting for the next book to come out!!

  2. With trilogies, I like being late to the party. I read Hunger Games a couple of months before the movie came out and was able to read all three books in a week because they had all been released. I don't know if I could have handled having to wait for the next book!

  3. I'm a week late, but I just had to say I totally agree with your obsessions! You can't go wrong with Old Navy cardigans (I also carry one in my purse when I go out if it's warm, just in case), iced coffee, and a good book. I also noticed the trilogies being all the rage... interesting, and I'm so glad someone else shares my guilty pleasure of YA books (and post-apocalyptic ones at that)! I left out Mumford & Sons because I actually haven't heard them (heard of them, but haven't listened) or Scandal, but now I feel like I need to check it out!


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