I hope you’re having a good week and are out of hurricane harm as we head into the weekend. I am mesmerized by the power of Mother Nature – truly astounding. Stay safe my friends. Let’s keep things light and look at this week’s Friday 5+1. This post contains some affiliate links.
Now don’t flog me in public for sharing a gingerbread candle in September, but trust me that this scent is one that works for the fall and the holiday season. It’s just plain yummy and doesn’t scream “Christmas” the way Frasier Fir does – but in a good way (it’s my favorite holiday scent).
If you’re still skeptical, try their Simmered Cider candle or wax melt. I am using the wax melt in my house now (only because I couldn’t find the Gingerbread wax melts at the time), and whenever I have the wax warmer going, my daughter says that our house “smells like fall.” So there you go. Even better, you can get it in a Moscow Mule style copper mug.
I just finished listening to Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine this week, and thought it was worth a share. It’s been compared to A Man Called Ove, and I can see where there are some similarities (and if you haven’t read the book, consider watching the movie – it’s really well done as well).
I will caution you to say that some parts of this book made me sad, and there is some darkness in this story. It really made you stop and think about some of the things in life that so many of us take for granted as part of normal, everyday life But overall, Eleanor is an endearing character that you will come to love as you read/listen to this book.
An excerpt from Amazon –
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.
But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.
Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes…
I promise I’ll get off my Instant Pot soapbox (I love mine and haven’t been disappointed with anything I’ve made yet). That said, if I’m going to make something amazing, and want to bring it with me to a party, I’m going to need an Instant Pot Carrier.
I was listening to a podcast recently, and the idea of meditation and its benefits were discussed, along with some apps that could help you get started with meditating. Now, I’ve never really given much thought to meditating, but I figured I would give it a try, and downloaded the Headspace app.
It offers some great guided meditation to get you started (and they’re only three minutes long). The app is really cute with the way it describes meditation, with animated videos and guided exercises. The voice of the man doing the guided meditation makes me want to meditate longer – soothing with an accent, very easy on the ears. I have to say, I’m really enjoying it, and always feel good after my short meditative spurts. I’m planning on continuing with it, and there are a lot of different options offered, dealing with different issues. What do I have to lose in trying, right?
I’m warning you now that you may end up spending more time that you expect perusing Awkward Family Photos. There are just too many hysterical ones out there to keep you coming back for more. And I dare you not to giggle out loud. No, I triple dog dare you, because I’m literally crying I’m laughing so hard, sitting on the couch. By myself. The captions seem to send me over the edge (I added the captions here since they didn’t come over with the photo – check out the Awkward Family Photos website for the full effect).
My +1 for the week – Dreaming that I’m moving
I think I must have some sort of seven year itch going on or something, because we’ve lived in our past two houses for seven years before moving, and this year marks the seventh year in this house. I keep dreaming that we’re moving, but it’s not even to a house that I want to live in. In one of the dreams, I got to the closing, and told them that I didn’t want to sell our house, I liked where we lived. And the house we were buying was awful.
Can any dream experts make sense of that one? I’m so relieved when I wake up and realize that I’m still in my own house. 🙂
Have a great and safe weekend!