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It is official. As of May 15th I turned in my keys and have completely moved out. In an effort to rapidly pay down some debt and free up my budget (because living in Chicago is expensive, yo) I am staying with my mom for a few weeks. And this just might kill me! (J/K…sorta)
This month is shaping up to be heavy on the lazy. I can’t decide whether this is a good thing, a bad thing, or just completely unavoidable. A 5 hour round trip commute everyday does not leave a lot of time or energy for other activities. With that said I do find that I have some extra reading/writing/internet surfing time during my commute home every day (I would say in the morning too, but seriously, I’m sleeping then). And so, I have decided to share with you all my top 5 things I currently love. These are the things that are getting me through early mornings, late nights, long work days, 5 hour commutes and sleeping on a (not terribly uncomfortable) couch.
Okay, technically this is a children’s book. In my defense, so is Harry Potter and there are a lot of adults who like that (including me). This is a good spook tale about 2 children in 19th century England who go to live as servants for a wealthy family in a haunted house. It’s a fun, well written book that in addition to offering a decent scare will also give you ALL THE FEELS! Look for my full review coming soon.
I love NEEDTOBREATHE. True, they are technically a Christian group, and I tend to give all things overtly religious a wide berth, but their music isn’t very heavy on the bible thumping. Several of their songs have been quite successful in the pop world, and for me their music is very relaxing to listen to. They have a beautiful folksy vibe without venturing into a country realm.
My favorite song off the album is Be Here Long, which is actually a song about missing someone who’s passed, but somehow comes through as more of a love ballad. Don’t worry, not all the songs have such a depressing theme. As with their ability to seamlessly cross between religious and mainstream genres, they just as easily cross over from ballads to upbeat tunes. I highly recommend you check them out.
The last couple of weeks I’ve been watching an inordinate amount of TV. While I’ve enjoyed bingeing through a couple of series, the one that sticks out to me most at the moment is this Father Brown series. I enjoyed it so much I’ve just restarted it and am making my mother watch it with me.
Father Brown is a priest in a small village in England. For being a small village, they have a lot of crime, and much to the police inspector’s chagrin, Father Brown is very keen to investigate every incident. It’s a crime-comedy full of interesting characters and clever schemes.
I’m a huge, HUGE, fan of British TV shows and this is definitely no exception. As with some of my other favorite British shows, this one is based on a book series (I also love British crime novels, they really are the best), and now I will need to read all the books and see how they stack up to the show.
I am a giant fan of Bridget Jones, and this latest movie is no exception! In fact, I might even go so far as to say it’s my favorite of the films. As she’s gotten older, Renée Zellweger (and Bridget Jones) has only gotten better. She has a new confidence in who she is, while still maintaining her awkward charm. The comedy is more mature, but perfectly on point.
Pretty much all the characters you know and love are present (minus one, but no spoilers) and the new additions are completely delightful. They managed to stick to a tried and true Bridget Jones formula, while still making a unique, stand-alone movie. A movie I have watched with almost nauseating regularity.
Last but not least, is the one main article of clothing that is keeping me sane. When you are sitting on a train for 2.5 hours 2 times a day, comfort is key! I own multiples of these pants and wear them everywhere. I wear them to work, I wear them on errands, I wear them to bed, and while binge watching Netflix. If it’s too cold to wear capris I also have them in long pants form. I’m not joking, I wear these always.
So there you have it, the 5 things I currently cannot live without. These are the items making the next couple of weeks bearable. I cannot wait to find a new apartment and officially move back to Chicago. Even though I am still spending the majority of my day in the city, having to leave every day and come back has given me a new appreciation for my claimed home. I miss Chicago.
Did you know you can order groceries on Amazon?! I had no idea! What is this magic?
I’m sort of torn, part of me thinks I would eat so much healthier if I didn’t have to go to the store and lug it all back home (not to mention how frequently you have to go shopping if you want to get fresh produce). The other part of me thinks it’s kind of pretentious to have your groceries delivered.
I have another month to decide how I feel and if I think it would be worth it for me. Amazon Fresh (which is what they call this service) is only available for Prime members, which I currently am not. I will weigh the pros and cons for me and, when I get back to the city, will probably do a trial. I will let you know how it goes.