It’s been a nostalgic week for me over here. I woke up thinking about California several days in a row. If you’d like to reminisce with me, here’s a good place to start. I just really miss waking up with our windows open, a slight breeze blowing through and the sounds of parrots in the trees outside my window. I’m serious, we had wild parrots! I also miss our balcony, having Audrey kitty follow me around the apartment, and the almost guaranteed 72˚ weather. I miss exploring nearby towns with Chels. I have to stop now…I’ll drive myself crazy doing this! I need to find a hobby, stat.
My brother and his wife are visiting this weekend! I’m excited to get out and see more of Richmond and enjoy the fact that my brother can just pop in and visit us for a weekend with only a two hour drive. See? We moved here for a really good reason! I still have a lot of adjusting to do.
- On Monday I shared January’s edition of Monthly Reads, a recap and series of short reviews of everything I read last month. I think I burned myself out after reading non-stop for the past few weeks, so I’ve put the books down for a while for my sanity.
- Saosin I went to a reunion show of Saosin and their original singer, Anthony Green, just over a year ago and at that amazing show they announced that they were going to head back into the studios soon, with Anthony! This is the first (30 second) teaser for that new album, and I’ve had it on repeat for days. ha! (Kate, I know you’ll love this news!)
- The Lady in the Van Based on a true story, British author/screenwriter Alan Bennet recounted memories of the homeless lady who lived in a van outside his London home, now brought to you in movie form. Starring Alex Jennings (The Queen) and the illustrious Dame Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey).
- Me Before You Get ready to ugly cry. Based on the novel of the same name by Jojo Moyes, this story follows Louisa as she takes a job as a caregiver for a paraplegic, William, and the friendship that blossoms from their time spent together. It stars Emelia Clark (Game of Thrones) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games series), who clearly have some serious chemistry. There’s also a Brendan Coyle (Bates from Downton) cameo, so I’m sold.
- Kubo and the Two Strings This one will be kid-friendly, but I know adults who are rushing to it. This animation by LAIKA studios almost looks like claymation, but it’s so beautiful. The story is filled with magic, action, and adventure and the characters are voiced by Rooney Mara, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Minae Noji, Art Parkinson, George Takei, and many, many more.
- Alanna of Alanna & Co shared a post on being multiracial and how randomly it can be brought up by complete (and rude) strangers.
- Ashten of Just Go Left shares her love of community found in blogging and how great it is to meet blog friends in real life.
- Taylor of The Daily Tay vents a bit about her work being ripped off on Etsy. Can’t we all agree to just NOT steal other people’s designs and ideas and sell them as our own? #notcreative
- Kate of Begin Anyway explains the Minimalism Game and how the challenge made her face the things she was keeping and didn’t need.
- Meg of River and Roads wrote the most beautiful reminder of how she should live her life in 2016, and we should all take note.
- Margo of The Overseas Escape visited the jungles of Bali and shared the most stunning photos of her time there.
On the Internets
- There has been a lot of backlash against our mayor in Roanoke after he likened his refusal of Syrian refugees to the Japanese internment camps of WWII. George Takei took note and the whole ordeal went viral. Now Takei will be visiting Roanoke soon to give a talk on diversity. Vice also visited and did this amazing piece on the Syrian-Lebanise cuisine of the city, proving that Roanoke was built on the backs of and is still a city made up of refugees from all over the world.
- Visiting NYC soon? Netflix and Chill?
- Robert Redford, T Bone Burnett, Jack White, and The Avett Brothers premiered “American Epic” at Sundance, which discusses the rise of music in America. If you love music, you’ll love reading this Rolling Stone article about it.
- Canada for President!