Random things I’m loving right now

No posts for over a week, then two posts in one day, what?  I’m random like that. And so is this list of things that I am loving at this moment:

1. New Girl – This show is hilarious.  Zooey Deschanel is hilarious.  I’ll be honest, before this show, I knew her only as a singing elf and wife to Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie.  I thought, “Really, Ben went all Hollywood?” I was so wrong.  She is quick, and quirky, and delightful, and darling, and has super fabulous style, and a fantastic voice to boot (her songs only add to the hilarity of the show).  My sincere and deepest apologies to both Ben and Zooey for my pre-judgment.

2. Urban Decay Naked eye shadow palette – I have been eying this for some time.  No pun intended.  My fantastic mom bought it for me on a recent Sephora trip.  The texture of these shadows is divine.  Like butter.  Not greasy butter that will melt off of your eyelids after an hour of wear, but smooth shadow that applies perfectly and lasts all day when Urban Decay or other eye shadow primer is used.  There are seriously four million different looks you can create with just this one palette.  I think the hype is true, you could probably get rid of all of your other eye shadows and just use this one for the rest of your life.  Or until it runs out.

3. Pinterest – This one comes with a warning.  If you think Facebook is addicting, approach Pinterest with extreme caution.  It’s an amazing way to record and organize pictures of all of your favorite things, all in one place.  It’s a way to get new ideas for everything, from a fall look to what to make for dinner.  It’s a way to discover things about yourself, from what you really think makes a home beautiful, to the fact most of your Hollywood crushes sort of resemble each other.
So really, it’s healthier than Facebook.  It’s not stalking, it’s self-discovery!

4. Blink-182 Neighborhoods – Mark, Tom, and Travis did not disappoint with this new album.  It is pop-punk perfection.  It’s a perfect mixture of old Blink and new Blink, with a definite Cure influence.  It is great musical accompaniment on the treadmill, in the car, or rocking out in the kitchen while making pumpkin oatmeal.

5. Friday Night Lights – So, I’m totally late to the party on this one.  I heard all the
hype but never watched when it was actually on real TV.  I actually just started watching it on Netflix streaming a few months ago, and I now spend just about every evening in Dillon, Texas.  I’m not a big football person, but this show is about so much more than football.  It is brilliantly written, the actors are amazing,  and the characters are so real. I don’t even know the words to explain it.  It is so relatable, and funny, and heart-wrenching.   I know that everyone who knows me is probably sick of hearing me talk about it.  But at least twice during each episode, I turn to my husband and say, “I can’t believe how good this show is,” or “This is seriously the best show ever on television,” or some other similar exclamation about its awesomeness. I am not exaggerating when I say that it is probably the best show I have ever watched.  No, I am not forgetting about Alias.

What random things are you loving right now?

- Beth FS

High Five for Fall

It doesn’t feel like fall today.  There is a brick wall of stifling heat right outside the door.  But Labor Day Weekend is upon us, and Mr. FS informed me this morning that the Notre Dame Football Season kicks off tomorrow, so it must be fall, right?  Full disclosure, I don’t really care much for football, and haven’t watched an ND football game with any interest since eye candy Brady Quinn graduated. But the prospect of a Saturday afternoon spent lounging in front of the TV with some game-time snacks, a long weekend, and the fact that the Fall TV Preview issue of EW arrived today, made me realize how much I am looking forward to the arrival of my very favorite time of year.  Here are five things I am looking forward to this fall:

  1. The return of my favorite TV shows.  My excitement for fall grows when the previews for fall TV start airing. I’ve waited all summer to find out who killed Rosie Larson, and distraught that Holder might be a dirty cop, so The Killing better hurry up and return.  Modern Family is my favorite (I swear the creators spied on my husband before creating the Phil Dunphy character). Glee and 90210 are my other can’t-miss shows. I heart teen dramas.
  2. Fall nail polish.  While I haven’t seen it in person yet, Chanel’s Peridot is a bit so-so (although their fall makeup colors do not disappoint). Metallic green nails?  It’s weird to me.  When it comes to fall polish, I like dark.  Beth WA recently shared a link to the Essie fall collection, and Carry On and Power Clutch are on my to-buy list.
  3. Apples.  I started making crock-pot applesauce last year, and can’t stop thinking about it.  When I’m more blog savvy, I’ll post a link to the blog with the recipe.  In the meantime, I’m also going to be checking out the overnight sensation Crock Pot Girls facebook page for other delicious and convenient ways to use my Crock Pot(s) this fall.  Update: Crock Pot Applesauce by Stephanie O’Dea.  I add cardamom to mine before cooking, it gives it a little more of an apple pie filling taste…
  4. New music from my favorite front man.  I may or may not have a slight obsession with Tom DeLonge, of Blink-182 fame.  I met him last year.  It was the best day EVER (aside from my wedding day and the births of my children, of course).Blink-182 has not released an album of new music since 2003.  Their new album Neighborhoods will be released on September 27.  To say I’m a little excited would be quite an understatement.  And Tom’s other band Angels and Airwaves ALSO has a new album this fall.  Love: Part Two will be released in November.  They rock. Even if you don’t like Blink-182, you should check them out.
  5. Clooney-palooza. Mr. George Clooney has two movies coming out this fall. The Descendants and The Ides of March. One of them also stars everyone’s favorite street-fight-breaker-upper.

What are you looking forward to this fall?

-Beth FS

Ryan Gosling Breaks Up NY Street BRAWL | TMZ.com

Ryan Gosling Breaks Up NY Street BRAWL | TMZ.com.

If Beth FS were not busy this week planning her baby sister’s shower and bachelorette party extravaganza for the weekend, I know she would be all over this story.  She loves her some Ryan Gosling.

Now, when my husband saw the story on the news tonight while we were eating dinner, his reaction, “Staged.”

Men.  They just don’t understand our Hollywood Crushes, Bethie!


Update: Beth FS here. No one questions the integrity of The Gos.  Mr. WA is dead to me.