A Few Of My Favorite Things {January 2016}

I wasn't planning to do these posts this year. But then I had people telling me I'd got them hooked on Jane the Virgin and inappropriately obsessed with sparkling water. It was so exciting to bond over these "passions." (Yes, I'm passionate about my Dasani lemon-flavored sparkling water.)

And then I discovered something that so shocked me to my core, I absolutely had to tell you. Here we go!

Mid Rise Jeans

I feel ridiculous. If you already knew what I'm about to say, then you are my hero. But I feel like a young butterfly recently emerged from her tiny, isolated cocoon. To be fair, I have never been fashion savvy. But now I feel like I was missing the entire boat, as well as the ocean.

When I purchase pants, I look at size and length. That's it. Unbeknownst to me, I was often buying low rise jeans. I thought we all were pulling up our pants all the time! I thought we all were worried about bending down to care for our kids in public!

And then, quite by accident, I tried on a pair of jeans labeled "mid-rise." Not low-rise, MID rise. Like holding in some of my baby belly and helping me move like a well-clothed boss. #gamechanger So I am sharing this with you in case you have been next to me under this rock. Let us hold hands, stand up, and enter the world together, my friend.

All The Books

It's been cold here in Atlanta. I mean, no snow, thank goodness, but it's dipped below 60, so I've been inside a lot. So I've read three books this month. Hooray!

The first was Modern Romance by comedian Aziz Ansari and sociologist Eric Klinenberg. The focus is on the unique challenges of dating in the modern age, particularly with how communication and technology have changed. It's a fascinating read to be sure. (Billy and I talk a little about technology and our own dating experience here.)

I also read Pretty Girls. I loved that it was set in Atlanta as it was cool to recognize nearby locations. I can't really say I liked this one, though. I enjoyed it in the sense that it was a captivating mystery/thriller, and I wanted to keep going to find out what happens. But honestly, it was a too dark and violent for me. If I'd known more about it before I started, I just wouldn't have picked it up.

(Side note: I listened to both of these on Audible. If you want to try it and get two free books, click here.)

The third book I read I'm not sharing just yet. (Intrigue!) I'll simply say it was a young adult novel and discusses immigration. I'm featuring an interview with the author and a book giveaway on February 8, so come back and check it out!

But I also just picked up a bunch of new ones I can't wait to read in February:

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir: I mean, this just seems fun. A memoir about internet fame.
Sharp Objects: By the same author as Gone Girl, which I really enjoyed.
Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice: I have so much respect for Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil and am eager to learn from her.
Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent into Darkness: I stole this book from Leigh Kramer's reading list, and can't wait!

Favorite Instagram

This photo basically sums up my January.

Favorite IKEA Hacks

Since I've been "resting" so much, I've been pinning like it's my job. Combined with a few too many episodes of Fixer Upper... Things have gotten entirely out of hand.

I keep saying things to Billy like "let's knock out that wall" and "sliding barn door." I even used the word shiplap. Thank you so much, Joanna!

Currently, I'm in an active campaign to convince Billy we can totally create built in bookcases using IKEA shelving and a few odds and ends from Home Depot. He keeps suggesting we might not be able to pull that off, but I've read the DIY blogs. We just need a bunch of uninterrupted time and some paint. But seriously, how cool is this?

Favorite App

Okay, ya'll. I'm all about that Periscope. Are you familiar with Twitter's new live-streaming video app? I am never an "early adopter" on anything. (Seriously, I started using Instagram like last year.) But Billy and I tried it out one evening, and it was so fun to interact in live video.

If you don't know how it works, we logged on and started talking on the video. And people can join the live stream. They can type questions, say hi, whatever... all in real time. It was so fun.

We are planning to do a lot more Periscope in February, and we've already been brainstorming ideas for conversation. If there's something you want to talk about, let me know in the comments (or any other mode of communication you desire). If you're on it or want to join, follow us here:


Favorite Posts

I've started sharing my favorite links around the web in a biweekly round up. You see January goodies here and here. These are some posts reads have liked this month at A Life with Subtitles:

Why We Need Different Friends Now More Than Ever - When I feel bombarded by the heart-break of injustice, I sometimes don't know how to respond in the midst of my day-to-day life. I'm reminded that relationships are the key to sustaining justice work long-term.

Do You Live In A Good Neighborhood? - I get this question a lot because of where we live, but it bothers me. I wouldn't describe the place I've lived for almost seven years as bad.

Shut The Door Behind Me: An Immigration Story - This guest post by Karen Gonzalez discusses how her perspective on fellow immigrants has been influenced and affected over time.

Thanks to Leigh Kramer who hosts this monthly link-up. What were some of your favorite things in January? And seriously, have you always known about mid-rise jeans???

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