Monday, January 19, 2015

I Love Long Weekends.

This weekend has been a nice, long weekend!  Friday, Donny and I went to see American Sniper, which was fantastic.  And Saturday morning, I went to see The Imitation Game, which was also wonderful.  
I can definitely see how Bradley Cooper and Benedict Cumberbatch were nominated for Oscars!  There are so many movies out right now that I want to see, which is kind of nice after months of nothing very exciting being released.  I don't remember the last time I went to the theater before this weekend-- it's been months!

I also was desperate to finish Songs of Willow Frost this Sunday.  The GoodReads description was very promising:  
Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese-American boy, has lived at Seattle’s 
Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried 
away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday—or rather, the 
day the nuns designate as his birthday—William and the other orphans are taken to 
the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen
who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced 
that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song.

Determined to find Willow, and prove his mother is still alive, William escapes from 
Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte. The pair navigates the streets of Seattle, where 
they must not only survive, but confront the mysteries of William’s past and his connection 
to the exotic film star. The story of Willow Frost, however, is far more complicated 
than the Hollywood fantasy William sees onscreen.

It started off pretty well, but the middle was just so sad and depressing and hopeless.  I hated the middle 200 pages, but I refused to give up on it.  I considered taking a break and reading something that wouldn't make me feel so bad, but I decided to soldier through.  And I'm glad I did.  The ending definitely got better, and I'm glad I finished it.  It was interesting to read a book with such an unusual setting-- Chinatown in Seattle in the 1920s and 1930s.  But it just wasn't a great book.  I gave it two stars since the ending redeemed it slightly.

Donny spent the weekend building stuff in the garage including a new shelf for me in our bathroom!  I've been wanting to get some of my appliances (flat iron, Clarisonic...) off the counter for a while, and so he made a shelf for me.  He's going to make another one (at least) to get some of my products off of the counter as well.  

It's come in so very handy to have a husband who can build and fix things!  I'm still in love with the butcher block kitchen island he made for me on New Year's Day.  The bottom shelf is now filled with all my small kitchen appliances, which has cleared up SO much counter space! 

Speaking of kitchen appliances, my parents bought me a waffle maker for Christmas this year, and I've been loving it.  I've been eating Brittany Angell's Extra Crispy Paleo Waffles this weekend, and they're AMAZING.  Thank goodness for a way to eat some of my favorites while still being grain and dairy free!

On a whim the other night, I bought a new lipstick that is not at all what I normally wear.  I spent the weekend trying to get used to its brightness.  I'm still not sure about it because it's SO different than my usual nude/light pink lip.  But it's really starting to grow on me!
Lipstick: MAC Milan Mode
Lipgloss: bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie in Stunner

Last night, my Patriots beat the Colts in pretty spectacular fashion, and I'm so excited to see them in another Super Bowl!

And today, I'm off of work and enjoying the day watching Downton Abbey reruns and reading.  Not a bad day off!


  1. I really want to see both of those movies but was too tired this weekend. Hopefully I can catch one next weekend. Love the shelf!

    I like the lipstick a lot. It really doesn't look bright at all. It looks really pretty on you and could be considered an everyday color for sure!

  2. Woooohoooo for a handy hubby! That kitchen island is perfect!!! Can he come and make me one?? And then we can drink wine and chat? lol
    Your make up looks awesome girl! So pretty!!

  3. Love the pink lipstick.
    Donny is so crafty! I want butcher block counters so much when we redo the kitchen. I love the classic look and I am so tired of granite!

  4. We are wanting to see American Sniper...hopefully this weekend. But, I hate sitting in a crowded movie theater (because I'm 90) we may wait a few more weekends. Love that little shelf...such a great idea. And I absolutely can not share your excitement for the Super Bowl this year...especially the whole Patriots thing (hello deflate-gate)!! Ha. I am looking forward to the Pro Bowl though...for maybe the first time ever.

  5. I love that lipstick on you!!! I hope you're starting to like it, too :) I was going to see 'American Sniper' this weekend but I think I'm going next weekend now. I've heard so many good things about it!