Friday Five

Once again, it’s time to share the five things I’m loving this week. I’m really excited to make this post this time because it’s been a great week and I could think of way more than five things to share with you. However, I’ve set precedent with myself, so I’m going to stick with the five best of the best. Without further ado, I present the Friday Five!

1. Wild-caught Georgia Shrimp

When presented the chance to eat some fresh Georgia wild-caught shrimp, your answer should always be yes. It’s not just because I’m a Georgia resident, Georgia wild-caught shrimp really is the best. So when my husband’s store had some in stock, there was only one thing to do! We had a shrimp boil.

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Shrimp boils are one of the best ways to enjoy wild-caught Georgia shrimp, and they’re super easy. Definitely a highlight of the week.

2. Secrets by Mary Lambert

This is my go-to feel good song at the moment. I love Mary’s voice, I love the message, I love the beat… There’s not a thing about this song I’m not into! Plus it’s on spotify so I can listen to it whenever I want!

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3. Heir of Fire

I’ve been waiting for this book for so long. I keep saying I’m going to post a full review on the blog, and I will, but for right now, I’m just going to revel in how great it was. Seriously, I read it in one sitting. If you’re looking for a young adult fantasy novel with a female lead, this series is fantastic. There are a lot of female assassin novels out on the market now, but this is the best. And I would know because I’ve read most of them.

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4. NYX matte lipsticks

It’s getting closer to fall, so I’ve been pulling out darker lipsticks again. Yeah, I know, between my jogger obsession and my willingness to pull out winter makeup, you’d think I was ready for summer to be over! I admit I’m not looking forward to winter, but fall is my favorite season because it doesn’t make me pass out. Plus I can wear my favorite lipstick ever: NYX matte lipstick in Alabama. It’s a quintessential deep red, and looks good on a variety of skin tones. You can use it with a NYX lipliner to make it last longer, or alone if you’re daring.

5. Hammocking

I really need to get an eno. My hammocks are cool but they aren’t portable, and I think taking a hammock with me wherever I go would be just about the coolest thing ever. As it is though, me and Minnie the foster dog like to hang out and read or nap in the two backyard hammocks. If these storms ever blow over, I’m heading back out there so I won’t be pale anymore.

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Okay, okay, I know I said five things. But here’s a bonus “family photo” of my husband, me, and our two youngest cats. Aren’t we adorable? I love that my husband was willing to pose for photos with me and the cats until I got a few I liked!

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August Wrap-Up

I know it’s not August anymore- and trust me, I couldn’t be more happy about that- but I never got to post about what I’ve been reading over the past month, or any of the events that went down, so here goes.

August was a hectic, terrible month. Justin’s grandma passed away, then my cat passed away shortly after. The highlight of the month was an unexpected trip to St. Louis, when we got to see Justin’s family and visit a few of our favorite places.

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We hit up Sweet Art St. Louis, which has a fantastic gluten free cake, and Soulard Coffee Garden, which we had never been to before but loved. Gluten free diner style food? Perfect.

To offset the horribleness of the month, I started reading The Happiness Project. I’m in the process of starting my own Happiness Project and I highly recommend this book. I also spent the month looking forward to Heir of Fire, which came out yesterday. I’ll be posting a full review once I finish it, but suffice to say, I’m excited! I’ve read a lot of books about female assassins this year, but I haven’t fallen in love with them the way I fell in love with Throne of Glass. Seriously guys, these books are good. Celaena is smart, funny, feminine, and more than a little conceited. She’s a compelling heroine, with well-developed secondary characters to hang out with. I can’t wait to finish Heir of Fire and find out what happens next!

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Next on my list is Bright Young Things, which was advertised to me as “a Great Gatsby YA rewrite, but with lesbians.” I’ve been in and out of this book, just because I’ve been having trouble reading thanks to stress. However, from what I’ve read, the writing is solid and the characters are fully-fleshed and sympathetic. I definitely want to see where it goes and read the sequel.

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The next book I’m excited for is Winter in the Cinder series, but I still have to wait a while for it. I’m hoping that my a Oyster subscription and Kindle Unlimited subscription will keep me reading in the downtime between series.