So here’s the deal about me: I am a closeted fan of YouTube beauty gurus. Well, not so closeted anymore now that I am admitting this. And some of my favorite videos they do are favorites videos, where they share their top fashion/beauty products of the month.
Don’t. Worry. I won’t actually be doing this.
Instead, I decided to make a few lists of what’s been on my mind lately this past September. I hope these ideas/links/subjects inspire you as much as they have inspired me.
Top Five TV Shows
1. Ringer. I’ve only seen the first episode, but I am very excited to see what comes next. Plus, Sarah Michelle Gellar is so pretty.
2. Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Only because it has been our background noise since we moved in. (I can’t tell you how many times Kris Humphries almost proposes…and then it cuts to a commercial break.)
3. Community. So funny. And quirky.
4. Modern Family. The king of kings—and now they finally have a talking Lily!
5. Grey’s Anatomy. Just for old time’s sake. I think the earlier seasons were better, but I can’t get enough of this guy.
Top Five Songs/Artists
1. Ellie Goulding. So earlier this month iTunes had this awesome $7.99 album sale…so needless to say I had to get Miss Goulding’s album. Stat. Particularly since she performed for Prince William and Kate (they're lovely).
2. Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream. Another $7.99 album (that I had completed for $3!). I love “E.T. (even though it sends some interesting (dark) messages). “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” is a good one, too.
3. “Good Life” by OneRepublic. My suitemate and I are kind of obsessed with this song. It’s been playing on repeat for quite a while now.
4. “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica. I wish I could remember how to play this on my guitar….
5. “One Headlight” by The Wallflowers. Or anything else by The Wallflowers. I am kind of warming up to them.
Top Five Blog/Website Discoveries
1. I love her. Beautiful blog.
2. So this awesome dude started following me on twitter…and well, one thing led to another and this website might be the reason I am not getting any of my schoolwork done. This blog is about a couple raising their baby boy who has Down syndrome. As a sister to an individual with Down syndrome…gosh, I totally connect. Noah is probably the cutest baby in the world. Check out the articles, pictures and videos. It is very informative and helpful if you have a child with special needs, but also there are lots of good general baby-raising information any new parent would appreciate! I love the message this couple sends--the importance of embracing and celebrating what life gives you.
3. Really interesting Ted Talk!
4. Pandora. I mean, we all know what Pandora is. I just think it’s worth mentioning it since I seem to be using it a ton more these days. It’s an awesome way to discover new music.
5. Good Reads. This helps me keep track of all the books I so desperately want to read. If only I could get paid to read all day…
Top Five News Headlines
1. This is such an unfortunate occurrence. Casey Anthony gets off but Troy Davis doesn’t? Come on people. There was an overwhelming amount of reasonable doubt.
2. Don’t eat the cantaloupe. This is what my mother said to me last Thursday. Of course, this was after I had had a breakfast that consisted completely of cantaloupe.
3. Never forget. It felt so different not being in New York for the tenth anniversary. Homesickness hit real hard that day.
4. Yay! I’m so happy for her!
Top Five (Recent) Books
1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett. So I obviously jumped on the bandwagon here and read the book in celebration of its movie companion being released this summer. In the two days that I read this book, I could not put it down. But seriously, I couldn’t put it down. My mother practically forced me to keep reading it so I would finish before we saw the movie. We were kind of on a time crunch considering I was to leave for college just a couple days later. But The Help is totally worth the read (and do read it before seeing the movie!). It’s thought-provoking but does have its hilarious moments as well. I am taking an English class right now called “The Idea of the Human” and I can’t help but think back to The Help. It really made me think about the complex relationships we have with people—nothing (our opinions, beliefs, morals) is ever so clear-cut.
2. One Day by David Nicholls. Again, I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie. But I never actually got around to seeing the movie; I had to leave for college and there isn’t really a movie-theater here that is in walking distance. I loved the premise of the book—a snapshot into the lives of two people on the same day each year for about forty years. It is a unique love story, and everyone knows I am a sucker for love stories.
3. Leaving the World by Douglas Kennedy. I randomly picked up this book at my local library—and I am so glad I did. Basically it tells the life of a woman who, at a very young age, vowed never to get married or have children. She comes to terms with falling in love, losing love and a serious tragedy that leaves her thinking about what she truly wants in life. I really liked this book because there wasn’t really this big physical plot or problem in the book; it just told the continuation of Jane’s life. Problems in her life would come up and be solved, but really it was all about her perspective on what’s happening as daily life goes on. This book reminded me a lot of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife which will always be part of my all-time top favorite list of books. They stories weren’t similar really—just the way in which they were written. Daily life and the problems, joys, heartaches that come with it.
4. The Norton Critical Edition of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. So yeah, probably the main reason I am including this on the list is that I need to write an essay on this by Friday. So it’s kind of on the top of the brain right now. But the story’s quite interesting, and I am also enjoying all the essays and added reading the edition includes. I love reading related things—which is why I’m kind of excited about the next thing we’ll be reading in my English class: Cesaire’s A Tempest.
5. Federico García Lorca’s Romancero Gitano. I haven’t read this book of poems in full, but it has some of my most favorite poems in the world. I really do think García Lorca was a genius; the ideas and imagery in his work, and how they all flow/fit in with each other, is beautiful and magical. A couple favorites are “Romance de la luna, luna,” “Romance sonámbulo” and “La monja gitana.”
Top Five Favorite Places
1. My bed. And this is where I currently am. It’s been rainy and cold here lately; I love just settling on my bed with my computer and my books, playing some music and just working. Because my dorm room is pretty tiny and narrow, it just makes my bed all the more cozy. It’s my own little corner.
2. The dining hall. Particularly now that they decorated for Autumn!
3. The green. Although, it seems the days where I get to go out and work on the grass are numbered…it’s just been to chilly and rainy. But I don’t mind. This will be something to look forward to when it gets warm again. Also, I like cold and rainy weather…so it’s all good.
4. Our common room’s futon. So comfy. Usable for work and play.
5. The library. So quiet. I feel like a legit college student when I’m working there.
Top Five Things I Look Forward To In October
1. The weather changing. I seriously can’t wait for the leaves to change and for it to start getting cold.
2. The decorations. Pumpkins, orange things, Halloween-y things. I’m a sucker for all that stuff.
3. The celebration mentality. My favorite months would have to be October, November and December—the holidays, the weather, the snow, the coziness of it all. October really gets me excited for what’s to come. : )
4. Midterms. Haha, just kidding.
5. Two words: boot season.