Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Music, Books, Miles and Looks of August

Wow.  August.  I just can't even.  It was quite the month.  The joy column holds passing the CFA, hosting Heidi, and visiting Alli.  The sorrow column holds losing my aunt, my RA diagnosis, and the passing of Phil's father (not my story to tell so I have not talked about it here, but it has been hard to not physically be there for him, as a friend, during this challenging time.  I feel helpless trying to support him from afar.).

I'm hoping the sorrow column is shorter in September.



Hercules by Sara Bareilles - I'll be honest - it took awhile for Bareilles's newest album to grow on me.  Now I am obsessed.  One of my favorite songs is Hercules - it's about falling on your knees and asking for some strength so obviously it hits home with me, especially the last stanza:  "This is my darkest hour, a long road has led me out here, but I only need turn around to face the light, and decide flight or fight."  You better bet I will be choosing fight.

Eavesdrop by The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars is the newest band that I am OBSESSED with.  I was introduced to them thanks to Becky's post.  I loved the song she posted so much, I decided to buy their new album - and their old one, too.  Both albums are amazing.  Their music is just hauntingly beautiful.  I was very sad to hear that they have had a falling out recently and cancelled their tour dates.  I hope they can resolve their difference as this is a duo that I HAVE TO see live.

Disarm by The Civil Wars - Yep, I am posting a 2nd song by this band.  I couldn't pick between Eavesdrop and Disarm.  Plus this is a live performance so you can tell how talented they are.  You may recognize this as a cover of a Smashing Pumpkins song.  Now what are you waiting for?  Go buy this album.  


My reading was really spotty this month and with the exception of one book, I didn't really "love" most of what I read. I felt like I had a hard time focusing on books (which is understandable) but I still managed to read 4.

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash  - I had a hard timing rating this book, but overall I would give it 3.5 stars. The first half sort of drug for me and I had a hard time getting into it, which may be because I had a lot of distractions in my personal life (I was reading this when I was home for CFA results/my aunt's funeral). But I really enjoyed the 2nd half of the book and would still recommend it to others.

The Journey Home by Michael Baron  - This was a fast, easy read but was sort of 'meh' for me. Not a bad book but not a great read for me.

Tiny Beautiful Things:  Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed - I will be the first to admit that I did not love Strayed's best seller, Wild, but I loved this book. It's a collection of her responses to advice columns and while you may not relate to the questions posed, each response contains some nugget of wisdom. I could quote several of her responses, but I will save that for blog posts as they are far too lengthy for me to do them justice here. Definitely a great great read.

Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler - This is one of my least favorite books I have read this year.  The premise is that the main character, Delia, just up and walks away from her family in the middle of their beach vacation.  She has 3 kids, 1 of which is still in high school.  I guess I just could not relate to a woman who just walks away from her family for no real, compelling reason (at least not one that she could articulate IMO).  Sometimes I can enjoy a book despite the fact that I don't like the main character - that was not the case with this one.


Miles.  Ha.  Well, I could add up my airline miles instead of running miles.  I flew to Minneapolis, El Paso for my New Mexico trip, and NYC.

I honestly don't know when I will be logging miles on the road again, but maybe by next month I can be back in the pool swimming laps and doing water aerobics.  We will see how my body does with the drugs I will start this week.


Once again, I'm sharing 2 looks I purchased this summer (on sale) from Banana Republic. I think they could maybe give me a stipend of some sort for the marketing I do for them.  I'm just saying.

1st look:  color blocked dress.  And the stupid boot.  And a tennis shoe on the healing foot.  I know, I am nothing but stylish.  I like this dress, but because of the placement of the color blocks, it makes me look like I have hips - which I am not used to as I have more of a 'ruler/boyish' frame.  But I do love the color combo. 

2nd look:  Casual cotton stripes dress, paired with my favorite stripey bag.  And the boot.  Woo hoo.  I said last month that I was hoping to never share another outfit pic that included the boot. I hope that is the case this time.  I do love this dress, though.  It's really comfortable and I like the different striped patterns - and the fact that it has sleeves as I tend to get cold easily. Oh and hello, Manhattan skyline in the background.

What is the latest band or musician that you've become totally obsessed with?


Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

I have to check out those songs and the one book you liked :) So glad I gave up on Ladder of Years. I usually do not like a book if I hate the main character haha.

Caroline said...

I love the Civil Wars!! Hoping September is a better month for you!

Becky said...

"...maybe give me a stipend of some sort for the marketing I do for them." Ha! So true!

So glad you love The Civil Wars - I am obsessed with them too!

missris said...

I love both of those dresses! So cute!

Marlys said...

I love both of those dresses! And they will look great without the boot, I must say! Do you still have to wear tennis shoes? September will be a better month - has to be!

Jeanie said...

You look great! Wish I could wear either of those -- both would point out every body flaw I have, of which there are many!

I know your sorrow list will decrease. I just know it!

Nora said...

It's been a long time since I've fallen in love with a new band. I should probably broaden my horizons more!

LOVE the stripe outfit. Not much of a surprise there, is it?

Linda said...

You make the boot look darling.

Carolina John said...

Got to love Sarah B! Also the 2 outfit pics look like the boot is on different feet... ha! still cute. I'm sure September will be better than August, we have made it through Hell Season!

Amber said...

I really like your last dress (the striped one) I actually didn't realize that was a dress when I saw your NYC pics, I thought it was a skirt and top at first glance!

I'm glad you liked Tiny, Beautiful Things. I agree that even when the question was SO irrelevant and I was like "there is no way this would apply to me maybe I should skip it" her answer would usually have some nugget of wisdom. I highlighted so many quotes in that book.

I hope September is 1000X better for you than August! XO

Lauren @ Sassy Molassy said...

I love both dresses! Wish our BR was a bit bigger here in Eugene.

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

I love that second dress - mixing up the stripes together - what fun! Also, I really like Sara Bareilles - she's very easy on the ears.

J and A said...

Love both your dresses!! I wore a boot for 6 weeks back in College and it is no fun so I feel for you!

Amanda said...

I'm so glad I went on a skirt/dresses binge before I got put in the boot. Pants are doable, but a skirt is SO much easier!

I think your air miles totally count :) I'm a Civil Wars groupie as well. Lately I'm into Ben Rector!

Shoshanah said...

I just love the stripped dress you're wearing in the last photo!

Charis Faith said...

Love your looks!!! The picture of you in front of the Manhattan skyline, amazing!!!! I'm so sad about the running miles, but the travel miles are awesome!!!

Abby said...

Oo I'm so glad you posted the Civil Wars. I remember you telling me about them, so this is a cool way for me to check them out! Love their harmony and her voice!

I love your outfits of the month! You wear stripes so well! And....these are your last BOOT pictures! ;)

You make that book look hot, though!

I do not have a particular band I am obsessed with right now. But I will say I am in a huge Ben Folds kick. I listen to him on Pandora all the time. I just adore his music, his voice, his piano. Ahhhh

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I am completely obsessed with Florence and the Machine. Completely.

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

I like the Civil Wars as well, but have only heard a few of their songs on the radio. These two are also good!

I did not love A Land More Kind Than Home. So much so that I only got about halfway through and then gave up. Maybe I should have stuck with it, since you said the second half was better. As for Wild, I did not love it although I love the setting! However, I would be game to try her other book!

I love all of your outfits! I don't think you have a ruler shape at all! I think you look great in those dresses (and the pants, I especially love your colored ones!)