Gah! Anyone else struggling with Daylight Savings ending? On the one hand, I’m enjoying brightness at 7:00 a.m. again, but the early darkness is already bothering me. In the Pacific Northwest, it’s getting dark around 4:45 p.m. By 5:15, it’s pitch black. And it’s only the beginning of November! By the Winter Solstice on December 21, PNW’ers will enjoy only about 8 hours of daylight. Ugh.
To keep up my spirits during these dark and dreary days, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the things that keep me happy. So, without further ado, here are the things I’m loving right now:
Taylor Swift’s “1989”
I know–cheeseball! My husband frequently rolls his eyes at my musical choices, especially the pop music I like for running and working out… and singing in the car at the top of my lungs. My newest favorite album/husband-torture-device is Taylor Swift’s latest.
Best songs on “1989?” I like”Welcome to New York” and “Shake It Off” the most; those songs will fit quite nicely on any running playlist. As with my last favorite, Beyoncé’s eponymous album, I purchased my T.S. CD at my local Starbucks. Because I’m old.
Oh, and apparently there’s a remedy for old-ish fans of Taylor Swift:
You know you friggin’ love her. That said, I don’t plan on buying any 50s-era bikini bottoms anytime soon.
Crispin Blackberry Pear cider
Booze! I don’t think I’ve ever had an alcoholic item featured as a much-loved thing, but there’s a first time for everything. This cider is magical. It tastes like a big juicy blackberry warmed in the sun, except it’s cold and refreshing. Ahh… Crispin describes this product as “[n]aturally elegant and refreshingly adult….” Hmm. Sounds just like me!
I cannot remember the last time a network sitcom made me laugh out loud. Even “30 Rock,” which I really enjoy, has never made me laugh out as spontaneously and frequently as the new “Marry Me” on NBC. I consider myself a TV snob, watching primarily shows on HBO (“Veep!” Holla!), AMC, BBC America, and Netflix. But the witty and rapid-fire quips on “Marry Me”–as well as it’s physical gags–continue to surprise me. I love this show!
The Vince Ribbed Pencil Dress
A couple of weeks ago I ran into Nordstrom to pick up some alterations and I happened to discover my favorite section of the store had discounted almost all of its items by 20% for one day only. I was in a big hurry and didn’t have time to shop, but I spied a classic black sheath by Vince and considered how it would fill a hole in my wardrobe. The following day, I went online and saw it was still on sale. I read the reviews, which were universally positive. The reviewers ranged in age from their 30s to their 60s, and everyone commented on how flattering the dress was. I was sold. I ended up ordering one and I fell into official dress-love.
I’m not usually a fan of ribbing (being the semi-proud owner of a mom-belly), but the ribbing on this dress is surprisingly slimming. The hemline, which falls just below the knee, makes me look tall, and the modest neckline is classic and chic. I can wear the dress out for an evening as easily as wearing it to the office.
What TV shows are you loving right now? What are your current favorite songs? What’s the last item of clothing you purchased that you just lurrrve?