Wednesday Randomness: Fave Songs

 

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Happy Wednesday! This week is another installment of A Few of My Favorite Things. And we’re talking songs.

I’m going to share my top five most played songs because they are my faves at this moment. 🙂  (Pulling up Spotify to look at my playlists because I have BLANK BRAIN)

So here we go…in no particular order…

Say Something – A Great Big World Love this song. And I’ve fallen in love with Walk of the Earth’s cover of it. (Well, I pretty much love anything Walk of the Earth does so…)

Secrets – Mary Lambert 

Soldier – Gavin DeGraw

If I Lose Myself – OneRepubic (apparently no music list from me would be complete without OneRepublic. LOL)

How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox 20

And there you have it. 🙂

Head on over to see the other ladies’ fave songs. Who knows…you may find some new tunes that will turn into your faves. 🙂

Bronwyn Green • Gwendolyn Cease • Jenny Trout
Kellie St. James • Kris Norris • Kayleigh Jones

Until next week!
Hugs,
~J

Wednesday Randomness: Fave Food & Drink

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Happy Wednesday!

It’s time for another A Few of My Favorite Things post. And this week, we’re talking food and drink. Yum.

I’m just going to jump right in…

FOOD

While I could list lots of foods I like, I have two favorites. They are a complete taste of home for me.

Pasties 

Basically it’s meat, potatoes, onions, rutabaga, and seasoning (sometimes people put carrots in too, but I don’t agree with that) cooked in a pastry shell. It is sooooooooooo good.

Tostada Pizza

Specifically from the Ambassador Restaurant in Houghton, Michigan.

I can’t tell you how much I love this pizza. It has a thin crispy crust, seasoned meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and a spicy sauce on top. I always eat WAY too much and my lips burn by the time I’ve finished overinduldging. And yeah, totally had some when I was up there last week on vaca.

DRINK

Mountain Dew

I drink way too much of it. It’s quite disgusting how much and I really need to cut back. It’s on my list, I swear.

Wine
I like my wine cheap and sweet. I feel no shame.

Sweet Tea


Simple and refreshing. Not much more to say. Love it.

And that’s it for me. 🙂 Go and check out what the other ladies rank as their favorite foods and drinks.

Until next week!
Hugs,
~J

Wednesday Randomness: Fave Movies

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Happy Wednesday! It’s the first Wednesday of the month so that brings up to another “A Few of My Favorite Things” post. This month we are doing movies.

I have TONS of movies I love and it’s actually a constant changing list, so I’m going to limit myself to a handful I watch again and again.
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Pride and Prejudice – the A& E version with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. Now I enjoy other adaptations, quite a bit actually, but this is my overall favorite. I love Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy. And I think this version better reflects the book than others I’ve seen.


A Royal Affair – I watched this on Jenny Trout’s recommendation. When I finally got to it, Jenny was NOT online. That didn’t stop me, friends, from having an entire conversation with her while I watched this…this…wonderfully beautiful film. She came home to like 20+ IMs from me as I reacted to the movie. There is copious amounts of costume porn (le sigh) and, OMG, the dance scene between Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen!) and the Queen…

I can’t even adequately describe it. The tension, the gorgeousness of it… *deep breath* I could watch that alone again and again. And have. 😀

Mists of Avalon – One of my all time favorite Arthurian movies. Honestly, I don’t know what to say about this. There’s just so much. I’ll just say I love the character of Morgaine in this. My heart breaks for her but her love for her brother, Arthur, and how strong she is…beautiful. I will readily admit, though, I want to smack Guinevere a lot during this movie.

Constantine – I just caught this the other night while I happened to be on IM with Kris Norris. I know she’ll approve its inclusion on this list. (Keanu, eh, Norris?) I don’t have a ton to say about this, other than I love to watch this again and again. Good vs evil, angels and demons, a wee bit of sexual tension…What’s not to love?

Braveheart – I’m not a huge Mel Gibson fan, but I love this movie. I know it’s not even historically accurate, but I don’t care. I’m just entertained by it. Again and again. And I named one of my kids after Catherine McCormick’s character, Murron, because I liked the way it sounded. Though I changed the spelling a bit. 🙂 

Lord of the Rings trilogy (that counts as one, right? :D) – No shocker that I like the movies as these are some of my favorite books. I’m fairly certain this is going to show up on Gwen’s list. She has mad love for Viggo/Aragorn. And I appreciate that…AND HIM. But for some reason, I go against all my usual preferences and find myself totally digging to Legolas. 

I don’t know what it is. I don’t usually go for blonds (and I do think Orlando Bloom is fine when when he is not rocking the long blond wig). Apparently this fictional dude and Bradley James are the exception to my rule. 

Monty Python and the Holy Grail – OMG, the love I have for this movie knows no bounds. Just watch it, if you’ve never seen it. Watch it again, if you’ve seen it before. 



And I’m going to leave it there. Because I’m cracking the hell up over the Holy Grail quotes and I think I’m going to go watch the movie again. 😀

I can’t wait to see the other ladies’ lists.  I *know* Labyrinth will be on Bron’s list… I’ve just witnessed her horror that I’ve never seen it. I don’t know why… It’s on my Netflix queue/list and has been for some time, but I’ve just never watched. She is now plotting to rectify this grievous offense on my part. 🙂 

Until next week!
Hugs
~J




Wednesday Randomness: Fave Books

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Happy Wednesday, everyone!

This week is the start of a new regular feature for our little Wednesday blogging group – “A Few Of My Favorite Things”.  The first Wednesday of every month we are going to post about our favorite things. This month is BOOKS. 🙂 

What did I get myself into with this one? I loooooove books, so writing a list of my favorites…I will have to limit myself. LOL I’m seriously just took a look at the bookshelf and chose the ones that have been there for so long and read so many times that you can barely read the spines. LOL So here goes nothing. 

The first two are series I read as a child and read with my kids and hold a special place in my heart. 

The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I read these like crazy when I was younger and loved reading them with my kids when they were little. Living in Minnesota, we’ve been to Walnut Grove, Plum Creek, and Pepin, Wisconsin to visit the places from the books and all that fun stuff. We went through several copies and read them until they were falling apart. 

The Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery

I know there are more books in the series, and they were read, but these were the three that were read the most…and over and over again. 

Next is another series. 

The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

I started reading Harry Potter when my oldest was in 1st grade, because he wanted to read it. I wanted to what level it was (he was an early reader but still) and it was appropriate. Some may say it wasn’t appropriate to let him read it, but I totally did. I was swept into the series as much as he was and we had many wonderful conversations about it. 

Parent-child bonding through books is the best. 😀

JRR Tolkien’s books were my first taste of fantasy, and I was swept away. I could go on and on, really, but let’s just leave it at I looooooove these books. 

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

I love Austen. Have since high school when I was forced to read Emma. I thought it was going to be awful and was proven wrong. But, out of all of her works, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite. I still pull it off the shelf to read often. I will see every adaptation of it on film and TV. I read sequels people write (some are okay, some just painful to read), or modern retelling of the story. My love knows no bounds when it comes to Lizzy and Mr. Darcy.

As a romance reader, I cut my teeth on the books of Jude Devereaux, LaVyrle Spencer, and Julie Garwood. I will admit, I don’t read many historicals anymore, but these books (not just the ones pictured below, but all the books from these authors)… I still have them lined on my shelf and will pull them out. Comfort reads, like visiting old friends.


And that is where I’m going to leave it, folks. I could go on…and on…and on, but let’s face it, none of us have time for that, do we? And I have a book to finish writing. (Do you hear the whip cracking? Because it is, and it stings!) 

What are your favorite books? Which ones pull you back again and again? 

Don’t forget to go and check out the other ladies’ favorites!

Bronwyn Green
Gwendolyn Cease
Jenny Trout
Kellie St. James
Kris Norris
Leigh Jones
Tess Grant

Until next week!
Hugs, 
~J