Yay for Wednesdays! I only work Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, so technically this is my Thursday. I was super excited for the long, holiday weekend, but in case you hadn’t heard there is a
tornado (thanks Heather) hurricane making its way up the east coast, which could potentially blow my plans all to hell. But, instead of focusing on the negative, let’s focus on the positive. Like stuff I am absolutely loving right now! Pacifica’s Tahitian Gardenia hand cream. My grandmother had gardenia bushes in her front yard, and the smell always reminds me of her. I love the fragrance, but the hand cream itself is really thick and luxurious. It’s not cheap ($9 for 2.25 oz), but a little goes along way. I’ve used their products before, and I’m always really pleased with them. I also appreciate that their efforts when it comes to the environment. My new bag! It’s the Ralph Lauren Sloan Street Satchel (try saying that five times fast!). I first saw it at a TJ Maxx in Concord, NC several weeks ago, but I resisted. When we got back to Virginia, I saw it at the TJ Maxx across the street from my apartment (yeah, let’s talk sometime about how dangerous that is!), and when I was back in Concord nearly a month later, I saw it again. And it was on clearance for $99. I had been thinking about this bag & wanting this bag since the moment I saw it, and when I saw it was on clearance I felt like my patience was being rewarded so I bought it. For my birthday I asked for the Polar FT4 heart rate monitor. I didn’t get it, but since I had plenty of Amazon gift cards, I went ahead and bought it for myself. I absolutely love it! What I love the most is that according to this I burn way more calories during Hermione’s walks than the Runtastic app tells me I do. I was surprised to find the number of calories burned on the treadmill is pretty close to what this little gadget tells me. I hate that it doesn’t give me distance, but I knew that going in, and there more sophisticated models (i.e. expensive) that do. One of my biggest frustrations with hiking with Hermione over the years has been that my phone usually dies before the hike is over (thanks to weak signal and running an app like Runtastic) the whole time, so I never get a count of how many calories I’ve burned. This has fixed that. I also like the watch itself, and the strap that goes around your chest isn’t uncomfortable like I worried it would be.
I have a very strong hatred for digital books and eReaders. The hatred I feel for them is stronger hate than a rational person should feel towards any inanimate object. There is something about a bookstore. The bright colors from the covers, the smell of paper. being drawn to things you wouldn’t necessarily be drawn to if you were looking up books online. The summer of 2008 I was single for the first time in five years, and all of my friends were in relationships. So while Saturdays were date nights for the rest of the world, for me I aimlessly wandered through the Borders that was seven minutes from my house. I discovered a favorite author and countless favorite books by looking at the covers, reading snippets and asking the staff for recommendations. Especially the hot guy who worked there… Anyways. You don’t get the same experience on a Kindle. That being said, I love Oyster, this new digital reading app. I downloaded it for my free trial, and even though I still prefer paper books, this app is very cool. It’s basically Netflix, but for books. $9.95 a month, and you can choose from the 500,000 titles they have. I’ve read a lot of mediocre stuff lately, so this is a great way to read a lot of stuff, for a little bit of money. And if you sign up through my link, we both get a $15 credit! I like to read/play on the iPad while I take very long baths every night. And my baths are epic, thanks to Lush. I frequently instagram pictures of my brightly colored bath water, and as cool as it looks, it feels and smells even better. I keep a basket of my Lush bath products on the side of the tub, and they actually make our whole bathroom smell amazing. It smells so good in there, my husband actually encourages me to keep buying them. 😉 I’ve been using their products for a while, and I think I can now declare a favorite: the Brightside bubble bar. It was a new product they came out with at Easter, and I’m so glad they decided to continue with it. It’s the most amazing, sweet, citrus fragrance ever and it turns my bath water a bright orange. This bubble bar is pricier than the bath bombs (this one is $10.95), but it’s big enough that you can cut it in half and still get two baths from it.