Follies & Fixations: January 2016

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“Cassie” for every day, “My Pearl” for Sundays, and “Cross-stitching Goddess Divine” but only on very special occasions.

Mama Bear’s Homemade Knitwear

My mom is crafty! You could go back in time and show that sentence to 6th grade me and I would laugh right in your face because wow, I never saw it coming. Every year she gets more advanced with her knitwear so I really like demanding cool presents from her for no reason. My current stash is a few of those cool head wraps, a beanie, and I’ve got a thick pair of socks on deck. She also made my uncle an Icelandic sweater. Her creative prowess has inspired me to take up cross-stitching (see above) and I’m a huge fan. The world needs more dated hobbies.

Ursa Major Face Wash

Pretty sure this is for men, but I’ve been using it for about 2 years now and get ready for this: I only just ordered my 3rd bottle. Super long lasting, great smelling, and it’s all natural. Credit where credit is due, I found this through United By Blue. Caveat: it bears a strong scent resemblance to tequila so make sure to have a back-up wash for those adult mornings when that is absolutely the last thing you want to be reminded of.

2 Parts Seasonal Brews, 1 Part Christmas Horror

Not sure where or why I got it in my head but I did and one of my best friends kindly obliged and agreed to do this with me. We picked up a variety of beers that sounded remotely wintery (personal faves: Tröegs Mad Elf and Blizzard of Hops). Then, movie-night theme: Christmas Horror. Yes, that’s a genre. We opted for the “cult classic” Silent Night, Deadly Night. Everything it sounds like and more. 10/10 recommend. Definitely looking forward to this tradition for many more years to come.

Family Game Night

A new Sunday night activity for my parents, my two siblings, and me. It gets heated, it gets competitive, and I’m 99.98% positive that my younger brother is a Game of Life hustler.

“The Lunar Chronicles” by Marissa Meyer

Collectively, this series probably took me all of a week to get through the first 3 books. To break it down it’s some of my favorite fairy tales re-imagined in a futuristic society kind of way: complete with wolf/man hybrids, cyborgs, moon people, and SPACESHIPS. Unfortunately because I’m a book-owning snob, I’m forcing myself to wait for the paperback of the final book,”Winter,” to come out before officially finishing the series. I’m not worried. Kinda worried. Not worried.

Downton Abbey – The Final Season

RIP MY HEART OUT, PBS. I live every Sunday in fear that my favorite characters are going to get the ax. Honestly, the suspense is worse than Game of Thrones. My best friend and I had some major bonding times over marathoning this show, so the final season is especially dear to my heart.

Tuneage

You are all in for a huge playlist treat this month. Since my birthday is in January, I decided to look through the Billboard Hot 100 from good old 1993 and pull together a few of my favorite jams. I’ll be honest, some of them were added just because they made me giggle. I hope they do the same for you.

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