Weekend links 2.27.15

Feb 27, 2015

If you're going to be sick, it might as well happen on the day a new season of House of Cards is released. Amiright or amiright? Here's hoping the weekend brings warmth, sunshine, and less snotty tissues. (TMI, sorry)

Here's some links:

There is actually a word for the smell of rain: petrichor

I found this career story really interesting. It mirrors my own in some respects.

A really random tip to help you stop crying

A cool photo DIY

Have you heard of the third-piece rule? I'm going to try this.

The Kinspiracy  --  "Kinfolk Magazine: Making white people feel artistic since 2011"

Interesting read: Please Don't Thank Me For My Service

Book Club Discussion: Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Feb 25, 2015

In case you didn't know, my friend Abi and I have partnered up to host monthly book club discussions on our blogs. Today we're discussing Where'd You Go, Bernadette on Abi's blog. Head over there to read our thoughts on this fabulous book and be sure to chime in with your own! We're excited to hear what you think.

Surviving February

Feb 24, 2015

February is a tough month. It may be the shortest of the twelve, but it packs a wallop with its bitterly cold days, gray skies, and overall mental toll. It is just far enough from the holidays to make people tired of winter and just far enough from spring to make us all depressed. I'd like to think that people who are born in February are built a little tougher. They have to be.

These past two weeks of February have been hard. What started as a glorious snow fall ended in ice, dirt, slush, and accidents. Most of my experience with snow involves everything coming to a screeching halt until the snow melts (which usually takes no longer than a day). Because the sub-zero temps refused to let the snow melt this week, we Virginians had to learn how to actually function in snow. Trust me, it was hard on all of us.

I shoveled a driveway of snow for the first time in my life. And comforted myself with about 3 dozens of homemade cookies afterwards. That's what it takes to get through February. Finding joy in little things  -  like freshly-baked cookies, houses with bright red doors, and comfort food.

The nasty colds that have been going around decided to hit our house this past weekend. Luckily, I haven't caught it yet but we spent the majority of our weekend curled up with Netflix and those cookies I mentioned above. When we did venture out of the house, it was to pick up soup and doughnuts (great combo!). The doughnut shop was giving away a 12 inch doughnut (12 inch!!) to anyone who could name all of the Little Women. Guess who took home the giant sprinkle donut?! Thanks, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. If the coughing and sniffling noses don't kick our butt, the sugar coma we put ourselves in definitely will.

In other news, I finally took down the Christmas decorations and made a special trip to Trader Joe's for flowers and greenery to cover the house in. When the snow just won't stop, fresh flowers are an absolute must. Thankfully, we've had a few warm(er) days lately and the snow is slowly beginning to disappear. I can't imagine living in places that are still getting pummeled with snow storms. You have my utmost respect and sympathy. Stay warm, everybody. Spring is a mere three weeks away!

P.S. If you can ignore the language, I think this accurately describes everyone's sentiments on February.

Our Favorite Netflix Shows

Feb 23, 2015

Nothing calls for a Netflix marathon like a polar vortex keeping you trapped inside. In case you're looking for something new to watch, here our some of our favorite shows as of late:

Peaky Blinders // For fans of: Boardwalk Empire, Cillian Murphy, and Irish accents

The Peaky Blinders were a criminal gang in 19th century England, known for sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps. Led by their boss, Tommy Shelby, the gang is determined to move up in the world and expand into legitimate business. There's lots of street fighting, back stabbing, love stories, and awesome accents. I'm impatiently waiting for season three to come out this fall.

Hell on Wheels // For fans of: Westerns, gun fights, and lots of history

Mark started watching this show this winter and I'd watch over his shoulder every now and then. Then I got hooked and would make him relay everything that happened in the episodes he watched without me. The show's main character is Collen Bohannon, a former Confederate soldier, who heads west to track down his wife's killers. He ends up working for the Union-Pacific railroad and finds more than his fair share of trouble while laying rails across the Wild West.

Crossing Lines // For fans of: Chicago PD, Blue Bloods, and great accents

Crossing Lines is about a special crime unit that tracks down criminals across European borders. Because the team is from all over Europe, the accents are just awesome. That really is one of the main reasons why I watch the show, but the episode plots are good too.

House of Cards // For fans of: Scandal, political dramas, and DC scenery

I shouldn't have to sum up this show, since just about everyone has heard about House of Cards by now. If you haven't, though, start watching now! The third season will be released on Netflix later this week.

So, what have you been watching recently? Mark and I just started season 1 of Breaking Bad this weekend. I have heard so many great things about the show, but I don't really see what the hype is about so far. We're only a couple of episodes in so hopefully it gets better.

Weekend links 2.20.15

Feb 20, 2015

Today I woke up to a balmy 3° and promptly pulled the covers back over my head. It really should be illegal to go out in weather like this. After two minutes of pouting in bed, I got my act together and went to work anyway. Then I read this article about snow in Boston and decided to quit my complaining because it could always be worse. So, for now, I'm choosing to ignore the snow and ice and remember the beautiful weather last weekend when we hiked Stone Mountain. Spring will be here soon, right?

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