It’s hard to believe that summer’s almost over. They say that time moves faster the older you get, and I believe it! Here’s to another month of fun…

WATCHING: Parks and Recreation (on Netflix)

Parks and RecUntil very recently, I never considered myself much of a binge-watcher, but considering how many more episodic options there are on Netflix versus movies I actually want to watch, the tides have turned.

I’ve made it through quite a few good shows over the past few months, but I can happily say that Parks and Recreation has been one of my favorites yet. I mean, you guys, we ARE Leslie Knope.

I flew through all seven seasons in just a couple of weeks, and I have this series to thank for my newfound crush on Adam Scott. I had seen him in other things (Knocked Up, Friends with Kids, and, hello, Boy Meets World), but Ben Wyatt won my heart.

I also have the show to thank for one of my favorite character ever: Garry (Jerry/Larry/Terry) Gergich. But seriously, why is everyone so mean to Jerry?

READING: Winter in the Blood by James Welch

Winter.jpgWinter in the Blood is a selection for my office’s book club. While I admittedly am only about halfway through it, I don’t get it. Per the description on Amazon:

The narrator of this beautiful, often disquieting novel is a young Native American man living on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana. Sensitive and self-destructive, he searches for something that will bind him to the lands of his ancestors but is haunted by personal tragedy, the dissolution of his once proud heritage, and Montana’s vast emptiness.

So, yeah, it’s a bit of a downer.

I’ll include a better review in the next TLF Book Club entry, but for now I’ll just say that I’m not super into it. I hear things will begin to come together more towards the end, so here’s hoping!


TED-TalksMy word for 2017 has been “better” – nothing crazy, just a promise to myself to try and be a little bit better in every area of my life. In that vein, I decided that I wanted to make a conscious effort to learn more.

Along with my reading goal for the year, I vowed to watch one TED Talk every week. For those of you not in the know, TED Talks are influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity.”

Over the course of the past eight months, I’ve listed to talks on everything from “The Habits of Happiness” to “What Babies Think” to “The Power of Time Off.” The videos are great because they’re relatively short (most around 15 minutes) and they really get those wheels turning.

I love being able to think about things in a new way. If you have a few minutes to spare, head on over to and get to watching/listening.

EATING: Gluten-Free Brownies

IMG_5872.JPGYou know how you know I’m a good friend? Because I spent $6 on a box of gluten-free brownie batter for a dinner guest.

SURPRISE! They were delicious!

Having never tried to make anything gluten-free, the instructions caught me a little off guard. I understand the eggs and butter part, but I was also told that they would be easiest served if I froze them for an hour beforehand.

I decided to ignore that, and instead happily enjoyed a denser, chewier brownie.

If it wasn’t for the hefty price tag (Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, and Ghirardelli mixes all come in around $2), I might consider making the switch permanent.

WEARING: Modified Braids

About a month ago, I updated my hair with a cut and color. While I love the way it looks when I have time to actually do something with it, there are days when I just don’t feel like it.

Enter: Milabu. And thank you!

I tend to not put a ton of effort into my hair, but since it’s not quite long enough to throw into a regular ponytail, the twisted updo featured first in the video has been a godsend. BONUS: My hair has the most perfect wave once my hair is dry and I take the twists out.

What are YOU loving right now? Anything (including, but not limited to movies, TV shows, music, podcasts, books, theater, [NYC] restaurants, recipes, clothing/accessories, websites…) I should put on my must-check-out list?

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