Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and Countdown to Christmas!

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and Countdown to Christmas!

Not the actual countdown but the Hallmark Countdown to Christmas movies. Yep, still a sucker for those. I could spend all my time at home watching these movies, nestled on the couch with popcorn, a glass of wine, and my cats.

These movies are so comforting to me. I know they’re not realistic and maybe that’s why I love them so much. They are light and fluffy and  give me a break from the busyness and stress of the every day.

They also help me get into the Christmas spirit. It’s kind of like my kick-off to the holiday season. What gets you into the Christmas spirit? Do you have a ritual or something you look forward to every year that starts off your holiday season?

Whatever you are doing, hope you have a festive and warm weekend. You know what I’ll be doing—binge-watching Countdown to Christmas movies!

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Read this for my book club, and finished it in days. It’s the kind of book you can’t wait to get back to yet not one that you race through. I’m blown away by this book and the larger story it tells about the origins of racism. Brilliant storytelling that educates without preaching.

Now on to A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I picked this one because it’s a classic, it’s fulfills a category on my reading challenge, AND in preparation for what I hope will be the incredible movie version.

I’ve been watching . . . The Voice, The Mindy Project, Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas movies! (No Will & Grace or The Good Place this week.)

I’ve been listening to . . . women in music. I’m continuing to go through NPR’s list of 150 of the greatest albums by women and have listened to:

  • Terri Lyne Carrington, The Mosaic Project: I’m not typically a fan of the improvisational jazz sound and this is what this album is about but it’s more than that. This album is all women jazz musicians jamming together. And that is something I love.
  • Meredith Monk, Dolman Music: Monk is a composer and uses her voice to create a variety of sounds. I would categorize her album as experimental. Monk, I think, broke new ground for not only female composers but composers in general.
  • Patty Griffin, Flaming Red: I’ve been a fan of Patty Griffin since college. This album is nothing like the Patty Griffin I had heard before. This is her “rock singer” album. She strays from her folk style and rocks it out with this one.
  • Oumou Sangare, Moussolou (Women): A totally new find for me. Sangare is a West African pop singer whose songs challenged the social norms of her culture. I love the songs and her style. Worth checking out.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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