I’m spending a few months reading and re-reading some great 20th century classics for a project coming up. First on the list is Brideshead Revisited. I’ve also read some YA for fun lately, too: books like Cinder by Marissa Meyer, An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (not my favorite), and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (her debut novel. I’m a big fan of her Delirium series.) I’m also continuing to read for Jessica’s Classics Catch Up Challenge, and her next installment is all about Shakespeare. Othello and Hamlet are on deck. In anticipation, I pulled out my Riverside Shakespeare edition the other night. It brought back so many memories of hoofing across campus while lugging 80 pounds of books and still trying to look cute. College.
On the Internet
I’m completely addicted to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a web series available to watch on YouTube (which, I’m just discovering is an actual thing. Not YouTube. I knew about YouTube. I did not know I could watch a quality and original YouTube-based series.) The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that’s almost more true to the novel than, dare I say it, BBC’s 1995 adaptation with Colin Firth swimming in the pond. The actors are incredibly talented, and the writing is sharp, fun, witty, and moving. Check out the first few episodes here:
Tyler and I don’t have cable, but we like to watch a few shows via the internet during the week. We always watch Downton Abbey (We need a new obsession for the spring and summer. Thoughts?) and then choose between Nashville, The BBC’s Sherlock, Jon Stewart, or Jimmy Fallon clips on the other nights. We like Jimmy Fallon because he’s such a 90s junkie like us, and we also love when his band The Roots performs a cover with classroom instruments or, in this case, office supplies:
Also, this is so much fun:
For this section, I want to say less about what I’m listening to, and more about how I’m listening to music: Spotify and Songza are my new favorite music apps. I listen to Spotify on my computer pretty much non-stop throughout the day. We play selections from our composer of the month during the morning (This month is Franz Schubert). We listen to something fun like The Lorax Soundtrack or Disney’s Greatest hits while I’m cooking lunch, and at night while I’m cleaning the kitchen, I will listen to The Civil Wars, Feist, Adele, or something new.
However, some nights, I need something to set the mood for dish washing, but I don’t know what to pick. On those nights, I turn to Songza, which is a lot like Pandora or Spotify; however, Songza customizes playlists for you based on activities and moods. Instead of picking music based on Adele or Bluegrass or the 90s, I pick music based on what I’m doing, like Cooking Dinner, Cleaning the House, Working Out, or Unwinding. I can also pick music based on how I’m feeling: Aggressive, Brooding, Classy, Gloomy, etc. Once I choose an activity or mood, Songza offers playlists geared towards those things. It’s my new favorite thing.
My family loves movies. My kids have been watching the first two Chronicles of Narnia movies along with The Muppets, which was a birthday present back in January for my five year old. We also have a Groupon to go see a movie at our local Drive-In Theatre that we want to use soon. For the adults, this past month we watched Pitch Perfect (A capella music. Dorm Rooms. Studying on lawns. It’s basically my college experience plus iPhones and MacBooks and more vomiting. Otherwise, exactly like my college experience.) We also watched The Bourne Legacy, which was cool if you didn’t think too much about what was actually happening.
Pens and Paper
I made a new blog editorial calendar to help organize my need to physically write something down as well as keep up with my blog to-do lists. I found inspiration here. I’ve also been utilizing my Moleskine notebooks. My husband bought 3 new notebooks for me at Christmas, and I love them. I’m using the large Cahier size along with Uniball Jetstream pens, which are bold, don’t smear, and click (all musts haves in pens).
So, what are you into this month? Check out what other bloggers are into over at Hopeful Leigh: Reveling in the Now.