Things I’m Loving Lately: Dog Days Edition

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in with a Things I’m Loving Lately post, and I’ve encountered enough rad things in the interim that there are too many to list. Seriously. Well, I could list them, but you’d have to take a nap break midway through this post.

Here are my absolute faves lately:

The Oiselle Constellation Roll Sleeve

The Constellation Roll-Sleeve modeled by a couple of running nobodies.

The Constellation Roll-Sleeve modeled by a couple of running nobodies.

When I attended its flagship store grand opening last month, Oiselle was kind enough to gift me and other attendees of its after-party with a limited edition Constellation Roll Sleeve. It’s made of ultra-soft cotton and has a simple but pretty design which makes it highly versatile. I’ve worn it with super casual shorts at the pool as well as with khakis at work on casual Friday.

I receive compliments every time I wear it, too. And who doesn’t love to receive compliments?

“Catastrophe”

When I finish binge-watching an engaging series on Netflix, HBO Go, or Amazon Prime, I go through withdrawal. “Oh God… What am I going to watch now? What if I can’t find anything to watch? What if I have to actually talk to my family?!”

Ha ha, just kidding. I love my family. I promise!

But I also do love a good TV series. After finishing “Top of the Lake” in mid-July, I needed a new series to watch. Something light, to offset to the darkness of TOTL. I stumbled upon “Catastrophe,” an Amazon Original series that lives in the shadow of the wonderful “Transparent,” and isn’t getting nearly the attention it deserves.

It starts two unfamiliar actors (to me–but I think they’re fairly well known in comedic-acting or stand-up circles?) playing an Irish woman and an American man who meet randomly at a bar. They have a one-week stand that leads to unplanned pregnancy and all that follows.

“Catastrophe” is witty and offbeat and uncomfortably real. I laugh out loud several times per episode (and this says a lot, because I didn’t laugh out loud that much during “Trainwreck”). Highly recommend!

Lekue Popcorn Popper

I am a huuuuge popcorn fan. Movie popcorn is my favorite (seriously–sometimes I’ll go to a movie just for the popcorn), but I’ve been known to snack on home-popped corn at least weekly. Commercial microwave popcorn kind of scares me (did you hear about the studies down about what they put into those baggies?), and my husband hates the smell.  I tried making my own microwave popcorn with a brown paper bag, but it yielded uneven results.

I wanted something that made high-quality, air-popped popcorn.  Back in Ye Olde 1980s, my mom owned a huge hot-air pop corn popper. We don’t have room for another appliance in our kitchen, though. Answer? The Lekue Popcorn Popper!

In addition to being totally cute in a IKEA-sorta-way, it pops perfect, light corn in less than a minute and 30 seconds, with very few unpopped kernels left in the bottom of the bowl. It’s silicone and collapsible, which works well for our tiny kitchen. Since buying it, I have made popcorn at least four times per week. I’ve even eaten popcorn for dinner.

I don’t mess around.

Overdrive

I’m a bibliophile. I love to read, buy books, hang out in bookstores, follow authors on Twitter, read book blogs (like my friend Tara’s) and loiter at my local public library. Remember that episode of the Twilight Zone when it’s the end of the world and the last man alive–a bookworm–is thrilled that there is “time enough at last” to read books?

That one hits really close to home for me.

Overdrive is a must-have app for book lovahs like me. I’ve had it on my iPad for a couple of years now, but I’ve been giving it a serious workout lately as I’ve tried to spend less money on books so that I can pay for things like, oh, I don’t know… vacations?

I connect my Overdrive account to my local public library and it’s attractive and user-friendly interface lets me pick a book by its cover even easier than I can at the brick-and-mortar library. Even better, if I want the latest, hottest book, I place a hold through Overdrive and my wait for the e-version is a fraction of the time I would have to wait for the actual book. Plus, if I don’t like the book 10 or 20 pages in, I don’t feel guilty about wasting money to purchase it.

I’ve saved quite bit of money this summer by reading my books through Overdrive--and I’ve read some great stuff!

What are you loving lately? What item of clothing or accessory do you own that frequently earns you compliments? Do you prefer to buy or borrow books? What’s your favorite series that you’ve binge-watched? Popcorn: Snack of the gods, or a dentist’s nightmare?

11 thoughts on “Things I’m Loving Lately: Dog Days Edition

  1. OH, MY GOSH!! I’ve GOT to have this popcorn popper! I’ve already found it (thanks for the link!) and I’m ordering it today; this is genius. I remember our old popcorn popper, too; that thing was a monster! I’ve been pining for one for years, but who needs another gigantic appliance? Hello? I just moved into a house that was built in the ’20s…small kitchen nightmare. Thank you for expanding my world today, Molly! I’ve had this program, Catastrophe, on my Amazon watch list for awhile; thanks for the recommendation and now maybe I’ll get to it. I also would like to watch Top of the Lake, since so many folks I know have raved about it. Overdrive is definitely up there with this popcorn popper; it is an amazing resource for book lovers and I’m so glad that our library takes advantage of this. Hope you are doing well and have a great weekend, friend!!

  2. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    OH! I’ve never heard of Catastrophe!! I will have to check that out! I loved Transparent, so I would probably like this one too. I’m watching Bloodline on Netflix right now, have you seen that one?

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