Well. Although I have a spotty track record thus far, I hope to make this a monthly feature, in which I will share what I’ve been reading, watching, listening to, and otherwise captivated by in the past month. As in January, I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer, who is the host of a monthly “What I’m Into” linkup.
Things I Love
My birthday presents from my hubby:
1) My DeLonghi espresso machine. Coffee has become my latest hobby recently – most particularly, finding the perfect espresso and trying to teach myself how to pour decent latte art. My man knows me well, although I may also have dropped hints about this one. I have used this little machine just about every single day since it arrived on our doorstep, and I love it so much. I might even have to write about it in more detail at a later date.
As a sidenote, I am also in love with my cozy coffee station; anyone who follows me on Instagram would have seen this happy little picture last month:
I have arranged and re-arranged this setup countless times over the last 3 months, and although I don’t feel it’s quite 100% perfect yet, it still delights me every time I look at it, and especially every time I stand there and make a delicious vanilla latte.
2) My Oontz Angle Plus speaker – This fantastic little speaker connects via Bluetooth to my phone or other devices; it fills our entire house, and I love it. I’ve even taken it out on our back patio a few times. It sounds great!
I’m also on a quest to find the best coffee shop in the greater Sacramento area. Thus far, Old Soul and Temple are the top contenders. If anyone has any suggestions to add, please, by all means, let me know in the comments!
Obviously, our trip to Europe last month was my #1 highlight… but I have a lot more to say on that subject very soon, so stay tuned!
I have done tons of reading this spring, but I have to somewhat shamefully admit that my penchant for reading too many books at one time has only become worse. However, I did finish a handful of books in the last several weeks. I’ve started using Goodreads more consistently, so you can follow me to see my thoughts on my reading!
- A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
- Savor by Shauna Niequist
- The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris by John Baxter
- Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey
- A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
- Blackout by Connie Willis
- The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
- The Story Within by Laura Oliver
I finally, with much reluctance, finished Gilmore Girls sometime last month… and I don’t think I have ever felt so disappointed by a TV series finale. As a whole, I still love the show, and the re-watch value is superb, so I’m sure I’ll be re-watching favorite episodes for a long time, but after completely falling in love with these characters and with the whole town of Stars Hollow, it was a pretty profound disappointment.
Hubby and I have thoroughly enjoyed both Arrow and Flash this season, especially the cross-over between the two shows. I love how Flash is pretty much the kid brother of Arrow – more lighthearted and quirky, while Arrow handles the deeper, darker drama.
I had a number of friends / bloggers I
stalk faithfully follow who pretty much raved about the Serial podcast when it aired last year, but for whatever reason, I never started listening to it. I finally added it to my podcasts app recently… and I listened to all 12 episodes within 3 days. It’s difficult to describe, but think of it as audio journalism – “one story, told week by week,” as host Sarah Koenig says in her introduction. I’ve never heard anything quite like it before, and I have to admit, it was completely addicting. I’m eager to see what season 2 will hold.
What are you loving this spring?! Tell me in the comments!