life is better with…npr all songs considered’s mid-year show


I love this show every year…NPR’s All Songs Considered Best Music of the Year, So Far. I always hear great music that’s new to me and can’t help but feel validated if they mention something I’ve already been listening to. Ha!

Here’s a link to this year’s show, published today.

After listening, I’m now listening to this song on repeat:

life is better with…sylvan esso

After listening to NPR’s PCCH on Friday, I’ve been listening to this song all weekend.

I recommend listening to this one while cleaning your kitchen while drinking wine and eating this toffee from Trader Joe’s. Also a great yoga track.

More photos on the weekend to come soon. I’m sorry for my sporadic blog posting…I’m going to try to shape it up this week.

Here’s a link to Sylvan Esso on Spotify. Can’t wait for their whole album on Tuesday. However, you can listen to the whole on NPR First Listen. It’s pretty great….I love several of the songs…Like this one:

And this one:

life is better when Maggie Shipstead writes about ballet



I heard Maureen Corrigan review this book on Fresh Air this week. While her voice and inflection on the radio drives me insane, I do often agree with her opinions on books. When I heard her gush about Maggie Shipstead’s new book, Astonish Me, I knew I wanted to read it. Not only does Shipstead’s new book come highly recommended by Corrigan, but it’s set in the world of professionally ballet. That is enough for me right there. I love ballet movies, books, etc, etc. I’m fascinated by it.

After our book club meeting, I checked it out at the library (one of the biggest perks of living in a small town…new, literary titles are somewhat easy to snag). I sat down with it last night and couldn’t. stop. reading. Will hopefully finish today. It’s great.

life is better with…this interview

I already loved Neil Gaiman. I love his books, his speeches, everything. Seriously, he’s just perfect. I’m reading aloud his latest silly children’s book, Fortunately, The Milk to fourth graders right now and they are loving it.

So naturally I was thrilled to wake up this morning, check my podcast feeds, and see that he was on On Point yesterday. Listened to this hour of radio while getting ready for work …fantastic. What a great way to start my day!

Here’s a link to the interview…I highly recommend:

more Adam Kissick GIFs

More GIFs from Adam Kissick…seriously, I love these! Also, couldn’t help but post when I saw where they were all taken…Asheville of course! Asheville, you are always getting more and more hip by the day…these are from the first ever Mountain Oasis Music Festival.

There are also more on the NPR website…including some from the 2013 Newport Jazz festival

Please keep this up Mr. Kissick—they make me so happy!

My internet…blogs I’ve been reading for awhile


I’ve been reading blogs for quite some time. Way, way back before I started one. I have a few that I’ve been reading since the beginning, but I also continue to find many new ones that I’ll read for awhile then forget about and then go back and find again, etc, etc.

Here are those I’ve been reading for awhile:

Ree Drummond: The Pioneer Woman 
Duh…she’s perfect in every way…those bassets, that ranch, her love of movie quizzes!

Gabrielle Blair: Design Mom
The name of this blog is deceiving. Yes, she’s a mother to six children and writes about that frequently, but she also has wonderful suggestions for websites, books, clothes, shopping…basically sharing beautiful stuff. I particularly enjoyed this blog while they were living in a country house in rural France (!). They’ve recently moved back to the states. Will be interesting to see where it goes…

NPR Monkeysee
Linda Holmes and company write this pop culture blog space for NPR. Always a wonderful source of content that is well-written and well considered.

Tracy Benjamin: Shutterbean
Great recipes from cookbooks, original, or derived from other bloggers. They ALWAYS turn out great.

Joy Wilson: Joy the Baker
I’m challenged in the baking department so I love living vicariously through Joy. She also shares a lot of the same sensibilities that I do…refreshing to read a beautifully styled blog that is baby free…sorry…just being honest.

This is Colossal
Mind blowing art shared daily. My favorite place to look at amazing stuff.

There are two blogs that I’ve been reading forever….BUT they come with a caveat. Do you ever feel like you’ve been taken hostage by something? That’s how I feel about Rockstar Diaries or as it’s now called and Bleubird Vintage. I’ve never seen more beautiful people take more beautiful photos of their beautiful homes and beautiful babies. I love their writing because I find myself reading it. However, I’ve noticed that lately there are a LOT of sponsored posts here and not a ton of other content. I understand that people are trying to make a living with their blog…but suggesting that I buy a $60 candle in order to have a proper “date night in” with my husband? NO. Or just casually ignoring the fact that in order to have this most beautiful life, an investment banker husband might help? I’m not annoyed with them for the life they have, I’m annoyed because of their lack of honesty and self-awareness. Look at Pioneer Woman! She has a pretty insane life, that is completely different from mine, but manages to come across as 100% down-to-earth. Sorry, I apologize, rant over….I just often find myself frustrated for the lack of reality in these blogs, but I can’t really say anything because I. keep. dang. on. reading. them…I need. to. stop. So, long story short, if you want to see beautiful people taking beautifully over-saturated photos of beautiful places, products, and babies…these blogs are for you.

Happy Friday y’all!

It’s Friday! I’ve been off all week and I have all next off as well, but Friday is still Friday!

Fresh Air with Terry Gross has been really great lately…thought I’d share some of my favorite shows of late:

How Our Stone Age Bodies Struggle to Stay Healthy in Modern Times
Breaking Bad Writers: This is It, There’s No More
Tom Hanks is Captain Phillips in High Seas Hostage Drama
From Child Actor to Artist: Radcliffe Reflects on Post-Potter Life
Big Pharma and Meth Cooks Agree: Keep Cold Meds Over the Counter