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My Favorite Things … and What’s Up With THAT?

July 27, 2012

This is a completely random post. Lately it seems there are so many things that I either find myself loving, or being completely baffled by. I always think I should write about all these items. But really, if I wrote about everything I now love or don’t get, I’d have short posts and a boring blog.

So instead I decided to create this (probably boring) post to tell you about a few things I’m loving right now, as well as a few things I’m calling “What’s up with that?”

My Favorite Things

Vitamin Water — I don’t know why, but I’m obsessed with this stuff! I have completely lost my craving for Diet Coke. And when I do drink a diet soda, I find it way too sweat compared to the Vitamin Water.

PicMonkey — I was in a serious grieving process since Picnik closed. Thank goodness PicMonkey was launched in its place. It has a few bugs here and there. But at least I can edit photos again!

New Music — Specifically Michael Bubble’s “Home” and Norah Jones’ “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today.” I LOVE these two songs and play them constantly on my computer. I’ve always loved the “Rain” song and Norah’s version does not disappoint.

Instagram — I finally broke down and joined the world of Instagram. I see why everyone loves it. Look how cute it makes Casey look!

Eating Dinner Al Fresco — Since summer started, Bryan, Sophie and I have been eating dinner outside almost every night. The weather in San Diego has been perfect. And even those hot evenings are better outside than sweating at the kitchen table.

Xtend Barre Workouts — I recently started doing Xtend Barre workouts, which is a mix between pilates, ballet and cardio. I LOVE these workouts! If I’m being honest, I have not exercised this hard since before I was pregnant with Sophie. These workouts leave me feeling energized, sore (in a good way), and accomplished.

Whipped Garlic — Sounds strange, right? Since sampling whipped garlic at a Farmer’s Market recently, I’ve become obsessed with it. It’s raw garlic whipped with olive oil. That’s it! It’s incredible. Strong, but incredible.

What Is Up With THAT?

Juicing — I don’t understand why everyone is now into juicing. How did juicing become so popular all of a sudden? I’ve been mixing fruit in a blender for years and never started a trend.

50 Shades of Grey — My apologies to the fans. But I just don’t understand why everyone is obsessed with this book. Please explain the appeal.

Julie & Julia (the book) — I found a used hardcover of Julie & Julia from Goodwill and decided to give it a shot. I loved the movie, so I thought the book would be entertaining as well. It was anything but! I read like one big rant from Julie Powell. It made no sense and was NOTHING like the movie. Which really proves, again, what a great writer Nora Ephron was. According to Amazon, I’m not the only one who feels this way. What a disappointment! I couldn’t even finish the book and it’s already gone right back to Goodwill (as a donation).

The Olympics — Yeah, sorry. Just not into them. But I get the appeal.

The Presidential Election Candidates — ‘Nuff said!

What are you loving these days? And do you have a “What’s Up with THAT?!” item to share?

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2012 1:39 am

    I agree with you on the Fifty Shades thing. I have no idea what the hype is all about. =/

    Currently I’m into gummy candy. My sister re-introduced me to them and I’ve been buying them non-stop! I’m also loving the whole blogging process – I only started taking it seriously a couple of months ago, and I must say that I’m enjoying myself.

    • August 1, 2012 10:47 pm

      OMG, I love gummy candy! I can’t get enough of it.

  2. July 27, 2012 3:18 am

    Agree with all – but whipped garlic? I’ve never had it but I’ve got to find it now 🙂

    • August 1, 2012 10:47 pm

      I can’t even describe how good it is. Try it!

  3. July 27, 2012 4:15 am

    Casey is adorable. What a sweet face on that puppy-dog. I don’t know anything about instagram , but I enjoy hearing your experiences with them.

    Imo, most foods tastes better if eaten outside. I’m not sure why that is though. lol

    I agree with you, the 50 shades business is unexplainable.

    You sure do serve up an enticing buffet of food for thought. 🙂

    • August 1, 2012 10:48 pm

      Thanks, E.C. Casey says “thank you” too.

  4. July 27, 2012 9:10 am

    Agree about Olympics, 50 Shades, Julia, & juicing.
    I’d add– tattoos. Ok, just one or two– but entire arms, legs, torsos! Ick!
    Favorite things– nothing new comes to mind.. lots of them!

  5. July 27, 2012 9:32 am

    Gonna try PicMonkey…thanks for the link!
    Casey is adorable 🙂

    I totally agree with all of your WIUWT, with the possible exception of a few of the olympic events.

    This crop of presidential candidates leaves me cold – so disappointing!

    • August 1, 2012 10:49 pm

      Isn’t it sad about the candidates, Cynthia? I’m so disappointed in what’s going on.

  6. July 27, 2012 12:57 pm

    I’m newly into Instagram as well, and though I read “50 Shades” quickly and want to know how their love story pans out, I’m still not sure what all the hype has been about? Is it because women suddenly felt like they had a free pass to publicly read erotica??? lol

    • July 31, 2012 4:22 am

      Just finished it last night … lots of stuff I was uncomfortable with but the hook, I think, was the relationship. Same old song & dance that gets us every time … will it work out? Can he be normal or just weird? Will I read book 2? Probably …. 🙂

      • August 1, 2012 10:49 pm

        Thanks for your thoughts. I trust your opinion on the book. And even though I won’t read it, it’s nice to hear from a trusted source why people are reading the stories.

  7. July 28, 2012 8:27 am

    Thanks for sharing what you’re loving Leah! I’m loving my new ‘Anne of Green Gables’ china mug and coaster which was a gift from a friend who visited Prince Edward Island. I’m continuing to love muffins (which are my passion), comfortable cotton clothing and bright red sandles! I love Michael Buble’s album ‘Home’ also, and I can’t forget my new kitten Brooke. My children and writing are a given and lately I’m very thankful for several friends who have gone out of their way to be an inspiration to me.

    • August 1, 2012 10:50 pm

      Elizabeth, I love your list! You should post those on your blog. And I too love muffins! I pretty much will eat any type of breakfast pastry.

  8. July 31, 2012 4:21 am

    Leah I loved this post and you inspired me to write a similar one today. I’ve linked back to you. Thank you for telling us about Picmonkey, I am going to have some fun with that 🙂

    Cheers! MJ

    • August 1, 2012 10:50 pm

      Thanks, MJ! Heading over to look at your post now.


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