Thursday, October 30, 2014

Things I Love Thursday

This week has been all about celebrating the little things. Little accomplishments, like driving halfway across the state and bringing my A-game. Making it through long days and celebrating with a mini-dance party in my car on the way home. Salted caramel Ben & Jerry's to say "good job!" on the first step towards a new plan. Because if you don't take a moment to relish the small things, you're missing out on an opportunity to tell yourself how awesome you are (guess what? You are!)

little loves
musical episodes of Batman ♥ perfect-fitting long-sleeve shirts ♥ plum-colored everything ♥ hikes through autumn woods ♥ people who leave treasures for you to find ♥ that others respect and don't bother said treasures ♥ accomplishing (well over!) my reading goal for the year ♥ watching hockey games with my family ♥ traveling by myself ♥ wonderful road trip/sing along travel mixes ♥ feeling like an adult ♥ cozy sweaters ♥ thoughtful gifts that mean more than anything extravagant

What are those little things that are making you happy this week?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Report: The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book
What a month for reading!

I've been honored to introduce a number of you to Neil Gaiman through the NovelTea Book Club selection this October. While I talk about him and generally sing his praises all the time around these parts, a lot of you have been asking where a good place to start with Gaiman's books is, and many of you ventured into his dreary, yet magical world via The Graveyard Book.

Rather than give my normal "book report" style review of The Graveyard Book, I opted to try to bring this month's Google Hangout discussion to you all (since for some ridiculous reason, I still can't get Google Hangouts to cooperate, let alone the pre-recorded "Hangouts On Air" segment). It's not the same as actually partaking in our chat, but it gives you more of an insight into some of the members thoughts on the book, as well as my own.

If you don't want spoilers, I suggest you skip the video since we do discuss the ending to some degree, but otherwise, enjoy!
Was The Graveyard Book your first foray into the works of Neil Gaiman? What was your Neil Gaiman gateway book?

Monday, October 27, 2014

For the Love of a Linguaphile v.127

Pumpkin Spice Latte

harbinger n.: anything that foreshadows a future event; an omen or sign (via)

The appearance of pumpkin spice lattes on the menu was a harbinger of the soon-approaching autumn.

For the Love of a Linguaphile is a weekly series celebrating the snazzy words we encounter, from those found in great literary works, to those pesky words that keep popping up in everyday life. Hopefully you can incorporate a new word into your vocabulary, or even share one of your favorite words!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Smitten Special Edition: Halloween Parties (with Yellow Pinwheels)

Ever since I went to Vicki, Sarah, and Julia's Halloween party the other week, I've wanted to host a party of my own! I blame it on the adorable, hand-cut bats that decorated the walls.

And the glow-in-the-dark, floating balloon ghosts. And the talking skeleton that looked like he wanted to be your best friend. And the cauldron full of punch. Basically: everything.

What I wouldn't give to throw a snazzy themed party like that!

Pinterest, of course, is no help. The minute I get sucked in to browsing for party ideas (of any kind), I am instantly envious of the perfectly coiffed parties that those crafty Pinterest-mavens "throw" together. How does anyone have time to make hand-calligraphed seating cards!? Or hollowed out pumpkin ice buckets!? I can't even find matching napkins at the store.

Enter Yellow Pinwheels.

When Lindsay contacted me about their party packages, I was jealous that I hadn't thought of the idea myself! You choose your theme and your 'tier' (either 'Straight Up' for all of your basic party needs or 'With a Twist' to up your party-throwing game) and Yellow Pinwheels handles the rest! From napkins (problem solved!) to hanging decor, your party supplies are taken care of, which means that:

a) You won't get lost in Target spending the rest of your paycheck on any shiny bits and bobs that catch your eye. Put the tube of lipstick down.

b) They'll actually, y'know, match.

I'll still probably sit here all day and cut out my own bats (because they were just too darn cute) anyway, but at least I've got Yellow Pinwheels to take care of everything else.

EDIT: Here's a special 25% off Halloween code for all of your last minute party goods! TREATSOVERTRICKS25 (and HALLOWEEN14 will get you free shipping!)

How do you take the chaos out of your party planning?

link love

I've been on the road most of the week instead of the Internet (ha!) but I've still got some links to share...

♥ You can never have too much college advice...
♥ I went with friends to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show last week at Dormont's Hollywood Theater (yes, that theater from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. And no, I didn't go the week after, in which aforementioned friend also met Stephen Chbosky) and I wish I had a tutorial for Mia Moore's perfect Columbia makeup at my disposal! Next time, perhaps...
♥ 7 Steps to Living a Bill Murray Life, by Bill Murray
♥ Here are all of the Mondo posters in honor of Batman's 75th anniversary. Can I have them all?
The Surprising Importance of Doing Nothing
♥ I made a guest appearance on the That's What She Read podcast this week to talk about The Graveyard Book and what I'm currently reading! (episode #29)
Drink all the coffee you want. Because science.


What links are you loving this week?