right now everyday distractions.

I’ve been such a bad blogger so I thought I’d just recap what’s been filling my downtime lately. Some comforting old favorite hobbies, books and shows have been resurrected this last year.

READING. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5). It seemed like a good idea to re-read the HP series and it’s still amazing. ❤

WATCHING. Buffy the Vampire Slayer; entire season. For the third time. I re-started the series when Hannah was tiny and I was up all night with her. It got me through. And Being Human (US Version); another legit good vampire-werewolf-ghost show on Netflix. My expectations were low, but it’s actually really great.


buffyDOING. Scrapbooking Hannah’s first year. I am LOVING Project Life! I never thought I would catch up so quickly with an entire year, but the pocket-style scrapbooks have made it doable, and they look great.

project life

And journaling. I haven’t kept in journal in years but I’m back to making some effort to write once a week or so. I get up early to do it and enjoy my coffee and just write about whatever is on my mind at the moment.

DRINKING. My coffee black, like a grownup.

WEARING. Fall or spring-like ensembles during this freakishly warm Utah winter. Flowy, layery styles and a limited wardrobe of what fits me since I haven’t lost much of the pregnancy weight. LUSH lipstick in STRONG.

LEARNING. About Ayurvedic healing. I need to post on some of this because it’s really fascinating. This is my favorite blog on the subject.


  • A more scheduled daily routine. For my sanity and Hannah’s. This work-from-home mom stuff is no joke! I feel like I’m spinning my wheels constantly. On the agenda is a dedicated day at the office each week, and some scheduled fitness/sanity each week.
  • My spring garden (I ordered my seeds from Seed Saver’s Exchange today!)
  • Our basement finishing project (JB’s doing all the work – I just get to make the fun decisions). More about this later.

What is everyone else into these days?


not your kind of people

ImageI haven’t been this excited about album releases since.. I don’t even know. But this spring/summer two of my longtime, very much missed FAVES are coming out with new music. EEK! The new Garbage album Not Your Kind of People comes out May 15. Here’s the first single, Blood for Poppies.

And… Garbage is coming to SLC in April and I got my tix yesterday!! I absolutely cannot wait!!!!

Fiona Apple is finally releasing a new album, too. The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do is the title {I ♥ her quirkiness so much} and it comes out sometime in June. She’s debuted a couple new songs live, apparently, and there are videos online everywhere, but I am holding out for the album version {or live-and-in-person-version if she tours pre-release..} cuz I’m weird like that.

in every generation..

Preface: I am not a TV watcher. I don’t have my shows. We don’t have cable. I have no idea who is nominated for a Golden Globe, ever, because I don’t follow anything new. I do, however, have a propensity for getting completely sucked in to old TV shows and watching the entire run for weeks on end. Like a couple years back, I discovered Veronica Mars, watched all three seasons on DVD, and had no one to whine to about how crappy it was that it got cancelled because I was several years too late, wahh wahh.

I don’t know what I was doing in the late 90s, but I wasn’t watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Maybe in the 90s there just wasn’t as much to appreciate as there is when there is nostalgia involved. Welp, I am burning through the seasons on Netflix while I do chores and homework {and hubby is out of town}, and holy style and music flashbacks. It is awesome! Why didn’t you guys tell me.. 15 years ago?

It’s had me reaching into the depths of my CD collection for Bif Naked, dusting off the three-barrel curling iron, and reminiscing in kind-of horror that my middle school closet contained many similar items. I know I say this all the time, but I soo miss the 90s.

when soundtracks were good.

I watched The Craft last weekend. Remember that movie? Outcast teens form a witches coven and get revenge on the jerks? Man, I loved that movie when I was 13.Turns out I still love it, but mostly I was re-impressed with the superawesome 90s rock soundtrack!!*

Man I miss the 90s. So I compiled a little list of my old faves from when movie soundtracks were great!

Smashing Pumpkins – Drown
From Singles (1992)
The Smashing Pumpkins aren’t my favorite band from the 90s.. they are my favorite, period!

Our Lady Peace – Tomorrow Never Knows
From The Craft (1996)
This movie has “How Soon Is Now” from Morrisey on the soundtrack yet I still picked this one because it was wrongly buried in the 90s!! OLP was one of my most favorite bands evah!

The Prodigy & Tom Morello – One Man Army
From Spawn (1997)
I am not sure why, but Spawn was one of those movies that my friends and I would watch over and over. Have you seen it recently? It’s totally terrible. But I loved this soundtrack. It still holds up!

Sponge – Plowed
From Empire Records (1995)
Duh, any 90s music/movie list requires this one. Super Grunge-lite soundtrack that was so perfect for the film. They don’t make slacker movies like they used to, man.

The Cure – Burn
From The Crow (1994)
I.love.every.song in this movie.

Joy Division – Atmosphere
From Trainspotting (1996)
Beautiful song. I can’t watch this movie – once was enough – but I can listen to this song over and over.

Lightening Seeds – Change
From Clueless (1996)
This movie came out when I was in my formative pre-teen years, learning what makeup was and just barely being aware of fashion. Back then fun and fluffy still had a quirky message, clever scripts, and killer soundtracks. I still la-la-love this movie. This song makes me so super happy!

Radiohead – Talkshow Host
From Romeo+Juliet (1996)
If you never saw this one you are missing out. Netflix it! It’s beautiful and the score was so ahead of its time. This Radiohead song is so good it hurts. This is a really dark and beautiful score, just like the movie.

Deftones – My Own Summer (Shove It)
From The Matrix (1999)
This is the only Matrix flick I actually saw, admittedly. I remember saying – “overrated – good soundtrack.” Yup. This Deftones song is killer.

L7 – Shove
From Tank Girl (1995)
Tank Girl had a budget of like $50 (or at least, it seems like it..) and still manages to be hilarious in its campiness and one of my fav movies from the 90s. Miss the riot grrl mentality and kick-ass females! This song isn’t the best on the soundtrack maybe, but totally sums up that 90s girl angst and was so perfect for the film.

So? What about you? Favorite film scores? Do you disagree this art died in the 90s? I can’t think of a really heavy-hitting film score in many recent films, except maybe Sucker Punch (which was ALL about the soundtrack because it was beyond horrible.. and it “recycled” some of the great soundtrack tunes from Tank Girl and Fight Club, to boot!).

*yep, rap was better in the 90s, too, but at the time I wasn’t watching Friday and listening to Dr. Dre – I was a rock kid!