Casual Friday No. 2


Happy Friday, everyone! I had intended for these Casual Friday posts to be a more regular blog series, but I just haven’t kept up with it. I’m hoping to try again to make them at least a monthly post. I enjoy being able to just throw all kinds of thoughts and links together in one post without over-thinking it.

So, grab some tea or coffee and let’s chat!

I’m going to work over the weekend on a series of posts for our wedding photos. I think I’m going to break them up into four posts: “First Look,” “Getting ready,” “Ceremony” and “Reception.” I can’t wait to share them all with you. I’m so, so happy with how they turned out.

I went to see “The Glass Castle” this week. It was so good, but definitely pulled at your heartstrings. I shed more than a few tears—especially toward the end. I never read the memoir that it’s based on, but I’m thinking about going back and reading it now. I’m always a sucker for a good non-fiction book. I love reading about things that actually happened and hearing about other’s life experiences.

I am so ready for fall. I may or may not be wearing booties and a scarf today. I’m just trying to will the 80 degree weather away with my fall wardrobe. I’m just craving the dark, vampy colors of fall, warm drinks and sweaters!

I’m about to enter the last year of my twenties this month! My birthday is Aug. 29. I’m thinking about making a list of things I want to do this year. I think it would be a fun way to say bye to this decade. It’s been a good 10 years, but I’m actually so ready to move into my 30s. I might be the only person to say they are looking forward to turning 30. I think I’m going to write a whole post about reflecting on my 20s.

I’ve been trying to read “Fates and Furies” by Lauren Groff and I’ve had such a hard time getting into it. We’ve been going to the library more and I picked it up on a whim. I have to return it in a few days, so I’m hoping I can just knock it out. It has some good reviews, so I’m hoping it gets better.

We had a couple of friends visiting last week and went to the Chris Stapleton concert at Keybank Pavillion. It poured rain for the first half hour or so, but then it cleared off. We were soaked, but it was so worth it because he was SO good. I would definitely recommend trying to see him in concert if you like his music.

Have a great weekend!


Favorite holiday movies


Well, blogging every day in December hasn’t gone as planned. This month has just. been. so. busy. As you saw in my last post, I was in Florida for a few days with my sister and niece. When I got back from that I had the longest week at work. Lots of 12-hour days. And I was just too tired to blog at the end of them. I just now finally got our Christmas tree up and decorated. I pretty much feel so behind on everything this month.

So, I’m trying to make some time to get ahead on posts this week. I don’t know if I will be able to blog every day as I hoped, but there will definitely be several posts you can look forward to for the rest of the month.

Today I want to share with you some of my favorite holiday movies, in case you are looking for something to keep you entertained through the holidays.

My absolute favorite holiday movie is “The Family Stone.” I think this is such an underrated movie. I never really hear anyone talk about it. It’s centered around the Stone family being home together during Christmas. There’s lots of family drama. It’s definitely the type of movie that has you laughing and then 20 minutes later you’re crying.

Another comedy that I love is “Trapped in Paradise.” It’s about three guys who rob a bank in a small town called Paradise and then can’t get away because of a big snow storms. There are lots of funny twists and turns.

I recently discovered “Fitzgerald Family Christmas” on Netflix and thought it was really good. It’s another one that is centered around a large family with a lot of issues when they all try to get together for Christmas.

No matter how old I am, I will always love “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” It’s such a classic and so sweet. I love all of the Peanuts holiday movies.

And of course, there’s the ultimate classic: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” I think everyone watches this one multiple times each year, but for good reason. Even though I’ve seen it a million times, I always laugh.

What are some of your favorite holiday movies? I’m always up for discovering a new one.