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Monday Musings ~ August 31

August 31, 2015

I’m back for another edition of Monday Musings, the post that’s not quite as in-depth as Snapshots but longer than a Facebook status update. Happy last Monday in August!


1. Where did August go? I should say, where did 2015 go?! Sophie starts school next Tuesday (ONE MORE WEEK!). I’m excited because she’s happy to go back, it means fall is almost here (pumpkin season!), the return of the routine, and having my days to myself again. But I’m also going to miss the casual days and sleeping in. I’m already having a mini panic attack thinking of getting up at 6:30 am next week.

2. Have you tried this Evolution cold-pressed pineapple coconut water from Starbucks? It’s not too sweet and so refreshing (and I’m not a coconut water fan). I was buying a bottle each time I frequented Starbucks. That is until I realized it’s $5! That’s more expensive than my coffee! Ouch!

3. I know I’m totally late to the game on this, but I’m really loving the band Dawes. I have a hard time finding new music because I’m such a creature of habit and always listen to my favorites. But these guys are have become my new favorite. It’s like The Eagles, combined with The Avett Brothers and Ryan Adams. If you like those singers, check out the Dawes Pandora station. Good stuff!

4. Do you agree with this article that books are better read a second time around? I will constantly re-watch television shows and movies I like, but I can’t bring myself to re-read a book. Maybe it’s because it takes more time, or because I have a million more in my “to read” pile. Do you re-read books?

5. I need some new lunch ideas. Because I work at home, I rarely eat out during the day. I typically eat salads or tuna, or soup when it’s cooler. What do you eat for lunch?

6. This article from Time about the worst kind of late people: #1, #3 and #4 — drive me crazy!

7. In a moment of recent boredom, I took this quiz that told me which 80’s movie girl I am. I was actually pretty excited to get Watts from Some Kind of Wonderful, since that was my favorite 80’s movie. I also took a quiz that told me who would be my 80’s movie high school boyfriend and I got John Bender from The Breakfast Club. Wishful thinking!

8. This past Saturday, Taylor Swift was in San Diego and my Facebook feed was full of photos of almost every mother I know who took her daughter. Neither Sophie nor I were there, which was fine with me. I’m not a big Taylor fan (just not my style of music). The concert was HUGE and and took place at PETCO Park (capacity of 42,000+ during baseball games), and I probably would have needed a Xanax to cope with the crowds and stimulation. Even though Sophie is a big extrovert, I think even she would have been overwhelmed. I didn’t see my first concert until I was 16 — the U2 ZooTV tour (so good!). What was your first concert experience?

9. Let’s talk about podcasts. I know there are great ones out there, but I personally have a hard time listening to podcasts. I think it’s because I’m not an auditory learner (I’m visual). So if I’m listening to something that will require me to remember anything, I need to concentrate. Which means I can’t do something else at the same time. I drift off easily during podcasts. I don’t spend long periods in the car, so podcasts don’t work in that arena. The rest of the time I’m on the computer, I’m usually working and therefore can’t concentrate if I have a podcast on. I didn’t even make it through Serial. Do you listen to podcasts?

What are you musing about? Do you have lunch idea for me? Thoughts on podcasts, re-reading books, your first concert, and 80’s movie girlfriends and boyfriends?

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Shary permalink
    August 31, 2015 6:59 am

    Late people drive me crazy, too but I’m trying to get over that because I have a lot of them in my life. They aren’t going to change and getting worked up over it isn’t good for me. So I always try to have a book with me, even one I’ve read before. I do re read when I want to go back to a “place” I enjoyed the first time around.

    On podcasts, I love them! I listen when doing mindless chores to entertain myself. My favorite is The Satellite Sisters. They are five real sisters who talk about life, popular culture and current events. I’ve been listening for years and I feel like I know them. I also enjoy Books On the Nightstand. It’s an independent project by two publishing industry insiders and it’s a great way to find new things to read (as if there’s any shortage!)

    • Leah permalink*
      August 31, 2015 9:15 am

      I’m with you Shary, and find that having a book with me at all times is a necessity. Thanks for the podcast recommendations. You’re the second person who’s mentioned Books on the Nightstand to me. Will have to give that one a try.

  2. August 31, 2015 8:43 am

    My first concert was the Lionel Ritchie “Dancing on the Ceiling” tour! But I usually focus more on my 2nd concert which was The Cure in 7th grade. I feel much cooler that way 😉

    • Leah permalink*
      August 31, 2015 9:14 am

      While it’s true The Cure sounds way cooler, I’m kinda envious you got to see Lionel Ritchie. After I wrote this post, I realized Hall and Oats were in town and I was way more bummed to miss them than Taylor Swift.

  3. August 31, 2015 2:24 pm

    You are en el fuego lately, Miss Leah! So many fin things on the blog these days.

    Not at all embarrassed to say I would TOTALLY have taken Lulu to T Swift if I had gotten my act together, although I’m 100% with you on the crowd situation. Overwhelming to say the least!

    I have actually gotten about 1/3 the way through a book and realized I’d read it before. I have no retention on anything entertaining at all. It’s terrible. That said, I would not do it on purpose because, like you, there is so much to read and so little time!

    More musings, please!

    • Leah permalink*
      August 31, 2015 3:53 pm

      Thanks, Allison! You crack me up. I’ve been inspired to blog more so the Musings will keep coming!

  4. September 3, 2015 10:10 pm

    I swear we’re cut from the same cloth. Except for the podcasts. You need something that requires less concentration, more conversation. I suggest Totally Married, Totally Mommy (this one is hit or miss for me because sometimes it’s too much baby talk and I’m way beyond that season of life, but I love the host Elizabeth), and Slumber Party with Alie & Georgia. Those are my top 3!

    • Leah permalink*
      September 3, 2015 10:15 pm

      Awesome recommendations! Thank you. I want to like podcasts, so I’m hoping it’s just a matter of finding the right ones.


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