November Loving Lately + Playlist

It’s my FIFTH loving lately post! This calls for a celebration. I just made lemon cookies and I wish I could offer you them through the computer screen, but alas, you’ll have to get your own cookies. I don't suggest robbing a grocery store and shattering its windows with your mind like Eleven did. Let’s begin.

Stranger Things

It would be a crime and a lie if I didn’t start off with Stranger Things. A crime because it is too good of a show to be demoted to any place below first, and a lie because it has been consuming the majority of my thoughts this past week.

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I wasn’t much of a TV person before. I just felt like I was more productive without any shows in my life to keep up with. I started Riverdale on a whim and was happily keeping up with that. It was a nice little break during the week. Then I started watching Stranger Things and my lifE GOT TURNED UPSIDE DOWN. I can’t even believe how good it is. I’ve immersed myself in the soundtrack, the cast interviews, and (especially) the memes.

Now I'm just trying to hold on until Winter Break, because a friend and I have made plans for me to introduce her to the show with a Stranger Things marathon. It’s going to be amazing.

Do you watch the show? Who is your favorite character? Mine is probably either Hopper or Dustin… or maybe Steve. You can't deny how awesome Eleven is, though. Gosh darn, there are too many good characters!

Tweetdeck

Listen up y’all, it’s time for some blogging talk. I used to use Hootsuite for scheduling tweets about posts (I usually schedule about 10 after publishing each post), but then they decided to severely limit the number of tweets you could schedule with a free account. Laaame. But I’ve found something even better.

If you, like me, are on a budget of $0 for your Twitter blog marketing, Tweetdeck is super simple, super easy, and will make you feel like a blogging BOSS.

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Chicago

I love this city. We only live a few hours away which means it’s an easy place to escape to once in a while. I’ll be posting on Sunday about our trip there over Thanksgiving Break. Every time I go, there is something new to see and do. Like for example, last weekend we tried out this DELICIOUS pub and restaurant called Elephant & Castle. While the new stuff is fun and exciting, there are also those classics that we come back to literally every. Time. That we visit Chicago. We must have gone to IKEA for the 52nd time last weekend. Still, I love it.

In related news, I found this interesting college in Chicago called Columbia College. It has a bunch of really cool media-related majors and I’m going to do a tour there sometime soon. I was wondering if anyone here has recommendations/knows anything about this college? Thanks! :)

This quote at Su Casa restaurant in Chicago

“How beautiful it is to not do anything. And after not doing anything, to rest.”

Break from School

Winter Break is juuust around the corner. But I still needed this 5-day Thanksgiving Break to really rev me up to finish the (calendar) year strong. The really terrible part of school is the long stretch from Winter Break to Spring Break buuut let’s not talk about that yet and focus on the holidays instead!

I was able to spend a lot of time with family, finish up Stranger Things, work on my blog, travel, it was wonderful! Let’s start a petition for more school breaks. I would SO readily give up some of my summer break (which is just excessive, IMO) to get more breaks in the middle of the year. Who’s with me?!

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Family

Speaking of spending time with family, I am SO grateful for them. As a teenager, I often get that longing feeling of wanting to leave home and travel alone or with my friends. I must be only the 10 billionth teenager to feel this way, right? I have to remind myself that my time with my family is limited. College is coming up and they won’t be right there to comfort me when I’m stressed out and overwhelmed.

A few days ago, actually, we had a bit of a scare in my family, when my dad got a deep cut on his finger while opening a can and passed out. We called 911. Luckily, he was fine, but everyone was shaken. It’s moments like these that make me so so grateful for my family’s good health, but I need to grateful EVERY day.

Christmas spirit

Christmas is definitely my favorite holiday. Perhaps because it’s practically a month long. Or maybe because it’s so cozy. Or maybe because it’s the only thing that makes these dreadfully long and dark Wisconsin winters bearable! Whatever the reason, I am 100% ready. We are decorating the Christmas tree this weekend, I’ve got my DIY advent calendar up in my room surrounded with golden string lights, I’m working on some crafty and secret (shh!) gifts for family and friends (check out my post for gift ideas), and I’m planning on making some very festive cookies very soon.

I know it’s all consumerism and blah blah blah but I actually also really love Christmas commercials. All of the pretty jingles, happy scenes, etc. It really doesn't feel like Christmas if, upon turning on the TV, you're blasted with ads for everything from toys to cars to toy cars, all playing on the same holiday message.

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