1) Roman Holiday — I had all these grand ambitions to pop-culture-educate myself on all things Europe (I even added all those movies about Queen Elizabeth to my Netflix queue!) before taking off there but as this trip draws closer, a busy shooting schedule has kept me from this mission. With one great exception. During a recent Target run, I couldn’t resist picking up a $5 copy of this movie (further proof you can’t escape Target without a hoard of things you don’t need). Needless to say, having now watched this classic film, I AM SMITTEN. I love old school Hollywood and it doesn’t get better than Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. I may not be a princess but I will be bringing my very own American newsman with me on our version of a Roman holiday. :)
2) Aasics Onitsuka Tiger sneakers — I don’t want to own up to the number of hours I’ve spent trying to find sneakers for Nick and I to bring to Europe that are comfortable and don’t scream, “HEY EVERYBODY, I’M AN AMERICAN!!!!” Nick doesn’t understand this fixation of mine (the other day he joked about sneaking an American flag T-shirt into his suitcase—OHNOHEDIDN’T), but what can I say… I want to look cool. And if I can sneak in a cute pair of treads (don’t they call them trainers in England? HA!), all the better. Having tested these out during my recent NYC visit, this pair definitely passes the test!
3) Oscillococcinum — Osci whhhhaaaatttttttttt????? Last month, with all the traveling I was doing, I started to find myself feeling REALLY run down. Knowing I couldn’t get sick before my trips out east, I hit the Interweb to find ways to hold off a cold or the flu. That’s when I stumbled across this stuff. Is it for real? I don’t know .. I’m not a doctor. All I can say is that I’m not sure I could have survived these past eight weeks without it. And that, when I’m taking it, I seriously do feel better. Maybe my belief it’s making me better is all in my head, but better that than a cold!
4) Griffin House’s “The Learner” — Griffin is one of my FAVORITE musicians and I’ve been waiting for him to release new material for TWO years now! I got to see him in concert back in 2009 and he did not disappoint. It’s so hard nowadays to find artists who are amazing song writers, whose words stick with you (even stir your soul a little), and Griffin’s work does that for me. BIG TIME. “The Learner” does NOT disappoint. (The words to “River City Lights” are SO beautiful.) Do yourself a favor and check out his work. I promise you’ll fall in love with his sound too! (oh, and he’s a Midwesterner too… ;) )
5) Little Bee by Chris Cleave — I’d heard good things about this book and its cover intrigued (I’m such a sucker for well-designed book covers), so when I found myself at an airport bookstore, I was drawn to this book like, well, a bee to honey (pun totally intended here folks ;) ) Oh.my.goodness. This story totally sucked me in. Want to make eight hours of air travel and airport madness fly by in a blink? Find a good book to dig into. Poetic and haunting with characters you won’t forget, I couldn’t put it down. (I was seriously trying to finish the last few pages on the shuttle back to my car!)