Five Things Friday #233
Cheers to getting at least one post up this week. 🙂 I had intended another, but after a stressful crib experience (see below), I needed to just sit on the couch and eat some chocolate instead. Overall, this week has been great and I'm looking forward to this weekend where Neil's brother comes to visit. For some reason, this coming weekend is the weekend of ALL THE THINGS and we've had to figure out which ones we are doing and which ones we aren't. I think we struck a good balance, though, and you can follow along on Instagram if you want to see what we are up to!
I've been out pretty much every day this week, but some days I just felt like taking things easier than others. I was starting to feel a little overwhelmed with the amount of interaction that occurs with strangers once you go out with a baby, so I laid low and read a book along the river one afternoon which seemed to help. Some days you just need some alone time, especially if you're introverted like I am.
So here are the things I'm loving this week. I hope your week was wonderful and your weekend is equally so. 🙂
1. New Crib
This week Miles got upgraded to a normal-sized crib from his mini one. He was starting to grow out of it and with his sleep suit that keeps his arms outstretched, I knew it was time for a bigger one.
I ordered this one from Amazon and put it together on Tuesday. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I initially put it together wrong and then cursed my life for the remainder of assembly, but it's really not hard to put together at all if you end up getting it (and know how to look at pictures). So far it's been great and I love it. I'm also able to put him in to play without worrying about Donut trying to lick him nonstop. 🙂
It comes in a bunch of colors and will also convert to a toddler bed when the time comes (by purchasing a conversion kit). I'm definitely happy with it and it fits nicely in our bedroom with plenty of space still.
2. New Perfect Bar Flavors
Trader Joe's just started carrying these new Perfect Bar flavors and I am STOKED. My favorite of the two is the chocolate chip cookie dough flavor, but they're both good. I even went back the next day for more, but they were sold out, so that tells you how popular they must be.
Definitely grab some if you're near a Trader Joe's!
3. Beartown by Fredrik Backman
You guys, this book.
I go through periods of intense reading followed by little to none, and this book may have sparked my appetite again. Because I'm way too detailed in my own summaries:
People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.
Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.
Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.
I read it in three days and although it can be heavy in parts, it's so well written and the emotional insight is so good. I bought the sequel immediately and you'll probably see it on next week's list. 🙂
Obviously I'm many years behind on this, but after listening to Julia Louis-Dreyfus on a couple podcasts and hearing Conan O'Brien say that he thought this was the funniest show, Neil and I started at the beginning. There are seven seasons and we just finished the sixth. It seems to get funnier as it goes along and I'm looking forward to finishing it up soon. The episodes are only 30 min and it goes pretty fast so check it out!
5. The Boys on Amazon Prime
Apparently we have been watching a lot of TV this week. We started and finished this show on Amazon Prime in one day last weekend. Based on a comic book series of the same name,
Superheroes are often as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians, and sometimes even as revered as gods. But that's when they're using their powers for good. What happens when the heroes go rogue and start abusing their powers? When it's the powerless against the super powerful, the Boys head out on a heroic quest to expose the truth about the Seven and Vought, the multibillion-dollar conglomerate that manages the superheroes and covers up their dirty secrets.
It's unique and definitely for adults only as there is a lot of violence and some sexual assault situations that could be potentially triggering (apparently this theme just continues to permeate my reading and viewing the past couple weeks). It's unlike anything I've seen in awhile and I recommend if it sounds like something you'd like!
That's all for this week friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!