Lovin’ It, the Summer Edition

Every little bit I like to share what I am absolutely loving on. As random and weird as I am, you can bet it’s always a bit interesting around these parts. So below is a little rundown of some things I simply cannot stop loving on. So it’s summer, what’s good for summer loving? Check out below.

Music

Maren Morris
Y’all, seriously. I am a bit late on the bandwagon with this one around Nashville as I have seen my peeps here sharing her for a bit. My word it’s so good. She’s country, which I know is so not my style. But let me just say, I cannot stop listening to her. Especially this song.

For King and Country
I know I have talked about my love for them before, but I seriously cannot stop listening to Run Wild, Live Free, Love Strong from start to finish. I have used it to write to quite a bit, and this is me in song form, a simple glimpse into my mind:

Mudcrutch
Most people don’t know that my favorite band is Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (after NEEDTOBREATHE, obviously). I have long been a Tom Petty fan and his Southern rock sound found in his side project Mudcrutch, which was his original band in the 70’s. They have a new album out called 2, and I have it in heavy rotation, all the way through. That’s the mark of a really good album, that it’s a story from start to finish. Go grab it, or stream it your favorite streaming service. I’m curating some Spotify lists these days so find me and follow along!

Movies & Television

Superhero Movie Goodness
I love a good superhero film. Frankly, I love a bad one too. I am a dork and I freely embrace that when it comes to these big action films with caped crusaders, and villains alike. Captain America: Civil War? LOVED IT. X-Men: Apocalypse? So cannot wait to see it. Did I clap at the Doctor Strange preview? Yes I did. I will geek out at Suicide Squad. Honestly we could probably scratch out Superhero up there and put Action instead. I love a good action movie, especially in the summer. Jason Bourne? Yep, because MATT DAMON y’all. Independence Day twenty years later? Why of course I will see you. This is where my girlfriends get off the bus and leave me be. Don’t get me wrong. I love a rom-com (sobbed at Me Before You screening), but I want fight scenes, big explosions and hopefully some chase scenes with sharp objects involved.

Crime Shows
I confessed some time ago that I have a penchant for crime shows. Some Saturday nights in college you could find me watching Cops. I think part of me wanted to be a cop or FBI agent growing up (I wrote to the FBI at age 8 asking for info on the academy, such a nerd). Nancy Drew was my sister in crime-fighting in my elementary school days. Harriet the Spy was my Halloween costume of choice one year. So it’s fitting that I now cannot stop watching crime-related shows. I part ways at Law & Order, I have never watched it and don’t really ever care to do so. But this summer’s biggest binge? Southern Justice. It’s Cops, in my hometown. I kid you not y’all. It’s on NatGeo channel, and my neighbor growing up has been on there (she was the officer), as well as some guys I went to high school with. It’s insane to see the places I know, roads and sites, and people that I am familiar with on national tv. It’ll give you a good laugh, and a little insight to my App-a-LATCH-an upbringing. If you missed Quantico this season, I encourage you to binge it. That’s my other good summer suggestion because y’all, so good. (It has nothing to do with the guy named Ryan in the least). Not a cop show, but Zoo is also my other summer suggestion. Being a big fan of James Patterson (hi crime novels), this show is fantastically wonderful and back for a second run this summer.

Misc. Stuff

I had an M thing going, and I couldn’t stop y’all.

Food from the Garden
So I started an urban garden this year. I have a couple of herbs going nutso (basil and oregano for daaaays) as well as some tomatoes and peppers starting to pop up. But more than anything I am loving all the stuff from the gardens whether my own or a farmers at the market. Avocados are beginning to be an obsession, along with foil-wrapped corn on the cob with just a splash of EVOO and garlic powder. Grilling peaches for ice cream? YES MA’AM! Fresh strawberries and blackberries with a simple syrup, absolutely. Even last night I whipped up a fun, and mildly decadent, banana pudding to take to a work picnic. No Nilla wafers here, this ain’t yo momma’s pudding we’re talking about. Food from a garden beckons creativity and not treating it like you do in the winter, but giving it life just as it sustains you. It’s nice to get the creative juices flowing again in the kitchen (pun intended).

Workout clothes
I am obsessed with my Danskin workout crops. And the fun shirts that make me want to work out, to run, to get up at 4:30 to get my butt to POUND class. (except this week cause migraine) They were a reward for weight loss and muscle tone, and now I want more…but I have said it’ll only happen when I hit another marker, so I go workout for a couple of hours at the end of the work day when I just don’t really wanna. It’s better than feeling like a lump sitting on your couch though y’all. Get some fun workout clothes, or shoes even, to inspire a healthy attitude.

Park-aholic
From theme parks to state parks and national parks, I cannot quit you if you have a park in your name. Dollywood-YES! I have had a season pass for years, years. I hit up Mammoth Cave National Park already, and have a couple of other parks on the list this summer. Also, Holiday World. It’s a thing, and I will be there for my birthday. I cannot wait y’all. Can-not wait.


So what are you loving on right now? What’s something fun you are doing, reading, listening to or watching? What’s a favorite summer activity?

I’m Lovin’ It

IMG_8399It’s a rainy Saturday morning here in Nashville as I sit writing this…I have my favorite mug (I have a penchant for coffee mugs) and my home smells of fresh baked goods. (This is what happens when you wake up early on a Saturday y’all)

This weather makes me want to stay in, cozy up and read a book, which incidentally is why I am getting out today. I have a couple of books on hold at the library that I cannot wait to dig into. Consequently that got me thinking on what I am loving right now. Do you find in certain seasons you just love certain things? Or you discover something and just think everyone should get in on the amazingness?

So today as we all get our Saturdays going, whether its rainy or a perfect, crisp fall day let’s share what we’re loving….

Books
All the books. I am devouring books as of late and I am on the hunt for more. I scour lists and reviews, new releases and classics alike. If you didn’t catch it earlier this week, I wrote on the book Fervent I just finished. I highly encourage you to check it out! (PS Renee you are the winner of the giveaway! I’ll message you for an address)

Another great one is Invisible by Jennifer Rothschild where she talks through how we are more like Gomer from the Hosea story than we ever thought possible. What am I picking up today from the library? Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore and The Sisters Brothers. I have been on a non-fiction kick so I wanted a breather with some fiction.

Podcasts
Speaking of these books, I got the suggestion on those from quite possibly the best pop culture podcast in the world. Popcast Podcast is hosted by Knox and Jamie, and if you haven’t downloaded it yet, I highly suggest you do friends. I find that I have to be careful on where I listen to it simply because I laugh and talk back to them (THAT’S A RED LIGHT?!?!). I might’ve gotten defensive of candy corn this week on their Halloween episode. They give great suggestions on books and have a plethora of resources backlogged. Seriously go listen to the archives.

Another podcast I am feeding on is the Limetown Stories podcast. Sort of Serial, sort of creepy stories. Totally fascinating. Granted I am a mystery story fiend but this is good stuff, and I think I am late to the party on it…so join in!

Movies
While everyone is spilling their coffee over the new Star Wars trailer, I was seeing Jem and the Holograms this week. It’s getting horrible reviews, but you know what? I loved it….loooooved it. The reason being I was a Jem nut as a kid. I dressed as her one Halloween, and I am talking old school Halloween costumes. You know the ones that had the creepy plastic masks that covered your whole face and the trash-bag like full body “outfit”? Yeah, I had that and you should be jealous. I don’t remember really what other things I went as for Halloween but oh, I remember my Jem costume. So that’s why I loved it. It was fun, I wasn’t looking for big action or deep plot line. I was looking for Jem and her identity questions and some fun songs. I got just that. 80s ladies, go see it with your gals and enjoy it. Then go buy something pink and sparkly.

I also saw Bridge of Spies in a pre-release screening. It was so exceptionally well done. Tom Hanks is just an actor y’all. He does phenomenal work yet again that reminded me why I enjoy him ever so much, and that he has some comedic timing that we don’t see too much. Being a history nerd I hadn’t heard much about the incident it is based off of but my dad had and shared some after the movie with me. Really intriguing how they used an insurance lawyer to negotiate hostage releases…

New Eats
If you follow me over on Dining Out Solo, you’ll note I haven’t posted in a bit. My schedule has been a bit nuts and I haven’t had time to update where I have been. But definitely bookmark it as I will be putting some places I have been recently…but I have been doing alot of mastery of my own domain in the kitchen of late.

I explored roasting broccoli for the first time (looooved it!), going to a night market where I stocked up, going off recipe, and sharing with the neighbors some of my new baking exploits. All in all it’s about just finding some confidence (and being willing to royally mess up something) when baking or cooking and letting that give you footing to try new things.

Music
Yes, Adele has a new song out….and it’s on repeat all over the place. I love it but let’s pull up the reigns y’all or we’ll scare her off again. Let’s give her a good side hug welcome back and then only text her mid-week, k? None of this flipping out scalping tickets to her one show nonsense alright?

If you haven’t heard of Dan Bremnes, let me be the first to introduce you. His song “In His Hands” is so good…go have a listen and I’ll wait right here. Seriously, go listen to it. It’s just good worship music.

For my Christian heathens (I am one too) who loves some non-Christian music…ah, run! devil music! I cannot stop singing “Hey hey hey, living like we’re renegades” all. day. long. I really like X Ambassadors and if you haven’t heard the song, let me introduce you right here. You’ll be humming along to it the rest of the day.

So that’s all I got right now on what I am loving…oh there’s probably a hundred more things but my writing-self and my ADD-self have come to an understanding that we’ll stop here. What are you loving right now? Anything you think I need to check out? Let me know below so we can all share….