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September 3, 2011

August Personal Favorites

I know I’m a few days late, but life is so crazy lately.  Whenever I do happen to have the rare moments of a little bit of quiet time, I’m usually hanging with Brian and the dogs.  However, I did have a really great August, minus classes starting again, and I wanted to share some of it!
  • Six Flags

 Brian and I went to Six Flags with my family the other weekend and we had a lot of fun!  We rode a bunch of roller coasters and enjoyed the water park until it started raining.
  • Class schedule
Getting my class schedule figured out was hectic – I was waitlisted, and didn’t into a few classes. I also moved a lot of classes around in my schedule.  However, it is all worth it because I have a GREAT schedule this semester.  Obviously, it’s not smart to say my schedule exactly, but I couldn’t be happier!
  • Atmosphere Concert

With school starting, this concert feels like ages ago, but we were able to see Atmosphere at our favorite venue this month.  It was his tour for his new album, The Family Sign.  Personally, this is my least favorite album of his, it has a very different mood.  However, if you haven’t checked him out, you definitely should.  A few of my favorite songs of his are Little Man, Saves the Day, Sunshine, and almost every other song he’s produced.
  • Horsetooth Reservoir

I made a post about our trip, so I’ll link it here.  It was just your typical day at the lake with tubing, cliff jumping, tanning, swimming, and beautiful scenery as well!
  • Suits

Brian and I have discovered, yet another great show!   It is currently airing it’s first season on USA and it has quickly made it to the top of our favorite shows.  It follows a sucessful law firm, and it sort of like Mad Men in the sense of they’re dealing with different cases each episode but there’s the underlying story following their lives that continues throughout the season.  I don’t want to talk too much about it because a lot goes on in the first episode that gets you set up for the following ones.  Just take my word that this is an awesome show!  I’ve already got my dad watching it ;).
  • Beginning Meal Plans
After talking about it forever,  Brian and I finally started the meal plans.  We have made some delicious meals (vegetarian for me!), but I also need to start dieting during the day time meals if I want to continue eating such deliciousness.  I’ll start posting more meal plans and pics of the food in the upcoming weeks!
August 22, 2011

Summer Vacation Is Over

Yes, sadly the first day of classes are today and my official “summer”  has come to an end.  I have never been so sad, and feeling not ready at all for classes to start.  I think it is because we did so many great things this summer that I am not ready for it to be over.   I’m going to list my favorite things we did this summer, so it’ll be a great way to remember the fun!

  • Dog Parks
  • Outdoor movie of “Friday the 13th”
  • Water World
  • Atmosphere Concert
  • Lake Havasu
  • Fourth of July

  • Horsetooth Resevoir
  • And we’re hopefully going to Elitch Gardens amusement park next week  if Brian has the day off!
We also did a bunch of other fun little things and day trips.  For the most part I did almost everything I wanted to.  Next summer we’re planning another vacation, not sure where yet.   I also want to go camping and do more hiking as well!
July 31, 2011

July Beauty Favorites

Summer is when it’s a big deal if I wear makeup 4 times in a month.  It’s always hard to find favorites for the summer months because I’m all about minimalism and products that work great for on-the-go.  However, I have been able to compile a group of products that I could not live without or have been using consistently all month long!

left to right:

  • Maui Islands Secret Browning Formula –  I  bought this in California a while ago and it is my favorite tanning oil/lotion.  It will make me beyond bronze in only an hour.  I think they put some kind of magic in it because it does amazing things.  I only have a bit left, but I will so be buying some the minute that I run out!
  • Pink Nail Polish  –  I haven’t wanted any color besides pink on my nails, toes or fingers, all month long.   Also the brighter, more vibrant, the better!
  • Deep Conditioner – Because I’m in the pool so much I’ve been using a deep conditioner constantly to replenish the moisture in my hair so it doesn’t get too try from chlorine and the sun.  However, to take it one step further I mix all my deep conditioners together and I’m pretty sure the effects are a lot better than if you did it alone.  Of course, that could be imagined because it’s what I want to believe..
  • Biore UV Perfect Milk SPF50+ PA+++ (not pictured) – I bought this specifically for our Havasu trip. To be honest I absolutely hate putting sunscreen on my face because it always feels too thick, oily, and as if it’s clogging my pores.  Having extremely oily skin to begin with I hate putting sunscreen on and almost never put it on.  However, I knew that would not be smart being on a boat for about 7 hours in direct sun.  The consistency is extremely liquidy and white, almost like non-fat milk.  However, it dreis almost instantly and in a matte finish.  Your skin is left with protection from the sun, a fairly matte finish, and a feel as if nothing is on your skin to begin with.  The only place I know to order it is Amazon, which is linked above, because it is only sold in Asia.  Due to this, all the writing is in Chinese so I am not sure if it is water-resistant or not.
What have you been loving this month? Anything I should check out? Let me know!
July 30, 2011

Personal July Favorites

July has been a great month overall.  It’s had it’s ups and downs, but we did a lot of cool things this month that made summer even more special.  I am extremely upset that August is a day away because that means classes are starting up again, and eventually cold  weather. Yuck.  However, I want to share some of my favorite things I did and saw this month.
  • Harry Potter Deathly Hallows pt 2 – I am a huge Potterhead.  I’ve read all of the books and want to read them again, have seen all of the movies numerous times, and wish Hogwarts was real.  Unfortunately, we were out of town on the night that Dealthy Hallows part 2 premiered otherwise we totally would have been there.  However, we did go the night we got back.  This and the movie beforehand have been my favorites because the follow the book so well.  The one thing I don’t like in the movies is how soft Voldemort is portrayed.  His voice, his actions, his persona.  It’s annoying because that’s not the Voldemort we know from the book.
  • Lake Havasu –  My friend owns a beach house out there so we went there for about 5 days.  There were 8 of us and it obviously got crazy.  We had some really good times, and a few miserable experiences as well.  Overall it was a lot of fun with a lot of booze, tubing, tanning, drinking, hungover-ness, drinking, no eating, Michael Jackson, and drinking.  I have some really great pics and memories, I still haven’t decided if I want to do a post talking about it or not.
The REAL London Bridge
  • Fourth of July – The kid in me loves watching fireworks and I look forward to it every year.  This year we went with some friends of ours to our college stadium where they did a show and lucky for you I filmed the finale 😉
  • Dog Parks – For a while Brian and I were taking the dogs to the dog park everyday but then we went on vacation and now our work schedules have been the exact oposite from one another so we haven’t been able to do it daily lately.  For the most part the boys love it, Kicks can get scared sometimes because the larger dogs are so aggressive and they’re always so intrigued by Kicks.  We’ve had a few close calls with dogs chasing and biting him so I’m a lot more careful and weary of other dogs when around him (especially when other owners do nothing to control their dogs, but that’s another story).  The dog park we go to is the best one I’ve ever seen.. it’s a huge area of open space with trails, a ditch that’s full of water and a mini lake.  The boys love going in the water.. and Kicks began to go in by himself too. I love watching them play and sometimes I wonder if I don’t have more fun than they do.

So dirty - the result was a 30min bath

  • Californication – I just talked about this in my Netflix post, but I’ve been obsessed with this show all month long and watched 3 seasons in less than 3 weeks.  We finally finished season 4 and I have never been more bummed than when I found out that season 5 isn’t coming out until 2012.  SPOILER ALERT: With the way they left the season finale, it could have easily been a series finale so I’m hoping they find a way to make season 5 as  good as the others.  If you know of any other great shows like Californication, or any other great ones in general let me know so I can watch those!
July 25, 2011

5 Great Shows Netflix Introduced Me To

We have been cable free for over a year now.  In the past year I don’t feel like I have missed out on any of the tv shows that I frequently watched before because you can find any show you’d want to watch on the internet.  One of our main sources to watch shows on is Instant Netflix.  Unfortunately in the next few months, they will be making it a whole separate service from the dvds you get in the mail and will be adding a fee if you still want to continue with the Instant Netflix.  We are going to continue to sign up for it, as long as they don’t raise the prices again, because we still think its worth it.  Netflix has introduced me to a lot of great shows and I thought I would share them with you incase you haven’t checked out any of these shows before.  Obviously, I highly recommend you do so ASAP.
  • Californication
Californication is about writer, Hank Moody who moves to California from New York and hasn’t been able to write a word in ages.  Hank is the typical Hollywood bad boy who turns to women, drugs, and booze every night to forget his troubles.   He has a daughter Becca and is still in love with her mother, although she  is engaged to another man.  Hank still loves Becca’s mother, Karen, and is trying to win her back.  In the meantime he has no problem getting into all sorts of trouble that will make you simply say “wow.”  I liked this show after season one, but it is one of the few that I think has gotten better as seasons go on.  I am currently halfway done with season 4 (will probably finish it in a few days 😉 ), and I love every episode more and more.  This show really does get better the more you watch it  with constant drama, partying, girls, and situations that end in disaster one after another.
  • Man Vs Wild
Now I have obviously heard of this show and have seen excerpts on tv, but until a few months ago I never sat down to watch a full episode, because frankly, I wasn’t interested and it didn’t fit into my typical genre of tv shows that interest me (you know –  drama, reality tv, romance.. girl stuff).  I’m not sure how it happened, but all of a sudden my boyfriend and I were watching episodes constantly.  Any apprehensions and discernment about this show not being for me were quickly thrown out the window. You follow Bear Grylls as he gets dropped in the middle of some of the most dangerous places on the planet (rain forest, desert, artic, etc) and he only has his backpack, a few tools, and his skill to keep himself alive for about 2 days until he finds a way out.  There are definitely some disgusting situations he gets himself into regarding what he has to eat, drink, or use to keep warm, but it is extremely fascinating none the less and I have learned a lot!  His awesome accent is a major bonus, as well!
  • Psych
Psych is a light, humorous show about a man whose father raised him to notice the detail in everything.  This has helped him to now work with the police, with his partner, to solve mysteries.  However, the police think he is a true Psychic and so he frequently is solving the crime like any normal agent – finding clues, putting them together, getting leads, and so on.  However, his “readings” come at just the right time when the police agents are around to help solve the mysteries.  This show is very entertaining with the relationship dynamics, lines, and situations that Shawn Spencer gets himself into.
  • The League
Let me start off by saying 2 prefaces:  (1) My boyfriend and I hate football (I know, I know you want to banish us), but that’s what this show is primarily about  (2)  My boyfriend also forced me to watch that show.  With that being said – I love The League!  It is about a group of guys who are in a fantasy football league together.  Since I don’t know sports I found a great summary that I will copy and paste to tell you what this show is about:

Set against the backdrop of a fantasy football league, The League is about friendship, marriage, parenting, and growing up…or refusing to grow up.

Fantasy football provides an outlet for good-natured competition and camaraderie between friends and colleagues, but that’s not always the case. Deception, trickeration, one-upmanship and a win-at-all costs mentality are prevalent in the world of fantasy football and it’s no different in The League. The emotional tentacles of fantasy football extend to personal relationships, marriages and the workplace, all fertile ground for comedy. Source

All I have to say is that is hilarious!   Absolutely love this show, and when has FX ever let you down? (Uh, never).

  • Weeds

This show has gained an immense amount of popularity and I’m sure most of you have a general idea of what the show’s about. Pot.  Yep, that’s all just marijuana.  Just joking, there’s a little bit more to the show.  The show follows Nancy Botwin, a widowed mother, who is trying to raise her children (and brother in-law) and make ends meet.  To do so, she begins selling pot, small amounts to begin with, but then boosts to large scale dealing and growing.  You can only imagine the characters one has to deal with and the situations she gets into.  Her life is the epitome of a roller coaster ride, with extreme highs and the lowest lows one can have.  Meanwhile, she tries to keep her business separate from her family life and not have her children completely go off the deep end.   Personally this is easily in my top 5 tv shows.  However, with that being said season 1-3 were my favorites and it has gone steadily downhill from there.  Season 7 is currently airing, which is said to be the last, and all I can say is I hope it improves and leaves off on a high note of how it started.
Other Honorable Mentions would include Damages, as my boyfriend is obsessed with this show and made it to the top 5 favorite TV shows after watching just a few episodes. The series focuses on a successful law firm in NYC dealing with high-stakes litigation.   The show revolved around Patty Hewes,  the nation’s most revered and reviled high-stakes litigator, and her bright, ambitious protégé Ellen Parsons (source).  They’re dealing with a case against Arthur Frobisher, in which scandal, backstabbing, blackmail, and distrust are all at constant play.  You never know who is really good and who is evil, or maybe they’re all a bit of both.
I also began watching Ally McBeal, which I have been enjoying. It is another law show about a lawyer, Ally McBeal, who joins a new law firm only to find out that the love of her life, and longtime boyfriend during college, works there.  To her dismay, he is married and you are taken along for the ride as they both try to deal with their feelings for one another.   This is a total chick flick (or show, I guess) and to be honest I find it a bit slow at times.  I’ve been watching it for a few months and am only on the second season.  I know what I want to happen, I just wish the show would hurry up and let me know if it will or not.

And finally these are not new shows, but a few of our favorites you can get on Instant Netflix: That 70s Show and Scrubs.  Need I say any more?

Let me know in the comments if there’s any other shows on Instant Netflix that I’m missing and you think I should check out!  Also, if you  watch, or have watched, any of these shows then I want to know your thoughts!