1) A Very She & Him Xmas: Every year, I always feel compelled to stock up on at least one new Xmas album. And friends, when it comes to Xmas music, well, I say ANYTHING GOES. But I was thrilled that one of my favorite duos in recent memory was putting out an album of holiday tunes. I’ve given it a few listens and expect to do so at least a few more times in these weeks leading up to Christmas. Zooey and M.Ward could sing me the phone book and I’d be happy, but I’m especially loving “The Christmas Waltz,” “Little Saint Nick,” and “Christmas Wish.” Perfect for the holidays (and head over here for a peek at some past favorite holiday music)
2) Like Crazy: Oooh, I have SUCH a love-hate relationship with this film. I love it because these characters are SO believably in love. Which means, I hate it for the way it paints an all-too-real picture of the toll a long distance relationship can take on a couple. Not to mention an ending that felt like an abrupt slap in the face — and yet, still one of the better films I’ve seen this year. I also saw Breaking Dawn this month and well, you know, it was cheesy in the way ALL those films are and yet the ending scenes had a ring of believability to them that I was impressed by. Also, I would have shared a poster for that with you above but all I could find in a Google search was a plethora of creepy fan fiction versions …along with a lot of other weird Twilight stuff… I mean, just look at this — SOMEBODY ACTUALLY TOOK THE TIME TO MAKE THAT IN PHOTOSHOP! :)
3) The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach I wrote an extensive review of this over on my GoodReads profile, but to paraphrase…. This is one of those novels where the characters don’t just live on the page. They live WITH you. Here I was, book nowhere in sight, and yet I still found myself at points of my day, wondering what Henry and Schwartz and Pella were doing at that very moment. The hype for this one? TOTALLY WORTH IT.
4) UO Beanie: I picked this hat up before we left for our trip earlier this month and here’s why it quickly worked its way up to the favorite hat in a pile of ‘em I have at home—it’s got a cotton lining. Translation: NO MORE ITCHY HEAD. Worth the money for that alone but I also love the way it fits and how it’s got the perfect amount of slouch.
5) Sea salt chocolate: Oh Lord, I should not have “discovered” this in a month where the holidays are impending because I don’t think I can’t stop the addiction! I’d had (and loved) sea salt caramels before, but combining sea salt with one of my favorite loves (dark chocolate) ..well, that’s just a match made in heaven! I’ve gone through two bars of these in November alone…so I think I need to get my addiction under control before my waistline tells me otherwise!