The end of November can only mean one thing: Christmas is right around the corner! Christmas is my favorite holiday by far and I am especially excited this year because we are going to Atlanta to celebrate for the inaugural Christmas in my parents’ new house. It has been a labor of love for them, it took over a year to build, and I just can’t wait to lounge in the screened-in porch and cook in the kitchen.
But before I get too excited, I want to share some of the things that made November fabulous, too, in this month’s favs post.
So I am late to the game with this live, daily Facebook feed / podcast between sisters Claudia & Jackie Oshay where they talk about the top 5 entertainment news stories of the day, reality tv and sometimes have guests. You might know Claudia because she is girlwithnojob on Instagram and is absolutely hilarious. I love the banter these two sisters have, it reminds me of me and my sister actually. I have literally laughed out loud in each episode I’ve listened to.
I listen to the recorded podcast because I don’t like the idea of sitting and watching the Facebook feed. The girls are so quick witted and amazing at coming up with a movie or show reference without the drop of a hat.
I’ve been really into reading lately and I’m officially a convert from watching TV to fall asleep to reading before bed, much to my husband’s chagrin. This past month I’ve read The Sunshine Sisters and Small Hours. Small Hours I will say was predictable and not that great. I was entertained but don’t think I would recommend it. But The Sunshine Sisters, I really liked. This book is about three sisters who have lost touch but come together after their mother reveals an illness. I could definitely tell what was going to happen next but was pleased with everything. I hope it becomes a movie.
I’m currently reading Crazy Rich Asians, which is the first of a triology. I shared the third book on my 7 books to read this summer only to realize that it was the third book when I went to read it! So far I really like it because it’s a story about very wealthy families from Singapore and how they are all intertwined. It’s fascinating to learn about how important image is in this culture and I’m excited to see where the story goes.
I shared my love for this show in last month’s favorites but it is worth sharing again! We actually ended up finishing the series this month and I must say that if you haven’t watched it, stop what you’re doing and start! It’s a little bit like Law & Order: SVU in that it tells stories of crimes and you try desperately to find the right suspect but there’s more of a concrete story line. Season 6 is especially amazing! Each episode builds and builds and builds to the climax of the series and literally kept me on the edge of my seat. The final season wasn’t my favorite but it definitely ties up all the loose ends and makes you feel happy for all the characters you’ve grown to love while watching.
This may seem like a strange thing to mention but I absolutely love our Apple TV. Not only does it allow me to watch my beloved housewives thanks to iTunes but I also love that we can stream our photos as a screensaver. I love seeing our pictures from our travels as a slideshow and even let our Apple TV “sleep” just so I can see them. I also love that we are able to rent movies from iTunes. In fact, we just rented Wonder Woman this weekend and it was fantastic.
I am really looking forward to December and know that my favs next month will be filled with family time, holiday gifts and Christmas markets.
This is super random, but I thought I would share this small tip because I truly believe it has made an impact on my health. I moved my vitamins from the kitchen to my bedside table. When my vitamins were in the kitchen some days I would forget to take them! Now, they are right in front of my face before I go to bed and since I’ve moved them, I haven’t missed a day!
I was recently featured on ExpatBlog.com for an interview about life in Germany. I’d love for you to check it out! And, if you’re an expat or thinking of being an expat, ExpatBlog.com is an excellent resource!
What are you loving this month?
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