Enduring All Things: January 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Reading Roundup January {2017} - linkup

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You guys I am so excited that Tayler of The Morrell Tale has decided to make her monthly Reading Roundup posts into a link up! And I get to co-host on the last Tuesday of every month this year!

I'm so thankful for this opportunity for many reasons. But one of the biggest reasons is because I think this will help keep me accountable.

I want to read a lot this year. Like 20 books, at least. And if I have to host a link up at the end of each month talking about what I read, I will be motivated to read more!

So while I didn't reach all my reading goals for January, I did read two great books! So here's what I thought of them.

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

You guys, I was so very excited for this book. Lauren Graham is my current woman crush. I've always loved her as Lorelai but I've also loved her in everything she's ever been in. I am currently watching Parenthood and I'm obsessed. I read her novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, about a year and a half ago and loved it. And, of course, I was in love with the Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls a couple months ago. So needless to say, I was psyched for this book. And I wasn't disappointed!

First of all, I just love Lauren's voice. There is so much dry humor and the book reads like you're literally sitting on her couch having a conversation with her. So much wit. And yet so much wisdom. She laughs about herself. She jokes about the hollywood industry. She's honest about sexism. She's honest about how she couldn't put into words what it felt like to go back and be Lorelai after all these years.

There is an entire chapter where she literally sat down and watched the original series from beginning to end and wrote down her reactions and what she remembered from filming each season. And she also shared a lot of journal entries from her time filming A Year in the Life. Oh my goodness so many feels. And so much information. I feel like I'm a hollywood/Warner Brothers Lot/Netflix expert now. I so admired how she portrayed everything and didn't seem to hold anything back. And I loved the little heart-felt pieces of advice she so humbly bestowed on the reader. I appreciate it, Lauren Graham.

I highly recommend this book to anybody and everybody. Especially if you love Lauren as much as I do and especially if you're a Gilmore Girls fanatic.

A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

I'll be honest, I didn't love this book at first. I love dogs. And the movie looks really good. But the whole book is written from a dog's point of view and I didn't need to know when the dog needed to use the bathroom or had the urge to mount another dog. But, that wasn't what the book was all about. And once the dog wasn't a puppy anymore, he didn't talk about those things anymore.

I read the book because my book club decided to read it this month before the movie came out. I didn't finish the book in time for the book club meeting and I didn't go, but I did enjoy the book for the most part. It was interesting reading from a dog's point of view. And it was also interesting that he was born over and over as a different puppy but had the same memories and skills. It makes you think.

I look at Pip differently now. I'm so much more in tune with how in tune he is. Dogs can sense your mood and their entire purpose is to cheer you up. No I didn't just spoil the book. I'm guessing you already knew that was your dog's purpose. But the dog in this book's purpose goes so much more in depth than that.

I do recommend this book to anyone who loves dogs. It's different from your typical novel. It has a great ending. You'll laugh more than you cry, I promise. And it's a very quick read.
So there you have it, what I read in January. Next month, I hope to read A New Map for Relationships by Martin and Dorothie Hellman and My Sister's Keeper by Jodie Picoult.

What did you read this month? Write a blog post and link up below, we'd love to have you!
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Meet the Maugeris: Goal-Setting // Priceless Powwows with Pearson

I'm joining Brita again today for her Getting to Know You series. She started this series up back in the summer after Guys Behind the Blog ended. Then she turned it into a link up. I joined her in October and December. And now I'm back again. I'm actually posting this a day early because I am hosting a linkup for "What I Read this Month" tomorrow.

Anyway, don't worry, I included some Priceless Powwows with Pearson at the bottom for you to laugh at. So let's get to it, shall we?

What Goals did you accomplish in 2016?


None really. I did pretty well with my weight loss during September and October. But other than that, 2016 pretty much sucked.


Oh boy. What did I accomplish in 2016? I went to a scientific conference... I bought a Les Paul (laughs)... What else did I do? Like a goal... I don't know. Is two enough?


Do you set New Year's Resolutions? Why or why not?


I don't really like to set resolutions because I think it's just setting yourself up to fail. But I like setting monthly goals and usually I have a bigger picture goal in mind when I set those each month. And I usually have a "Word of the Year" that I like to focus on for the year.


I did this year and they've all gone by the wayside. We need to start doing German again.


How do you work for what you want?


It's often difficult to stay focused so in order to work hard, I sometimes have to deprive myself of all distractions. I have to motivate myself by thinking about the outcome and end goal verses life without that outcome. Then I decide if it's worth it and buckle down. Also, I write everything down. I have a full planer plus tons of sticky notes attached to each page.


What does that even mean? Hard? How does anyone work for what they want? If you're not working for it you don't really want it. I work hard.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?


Nashville! Pearson will be finished with grad school and we'll be living somewhere else. Hopefully Nashville. That's kinda the "plan" as of now. And I think we'll have started the foster/adoption process.


With a job. Not in grad school. Still married. In a band... No I'm just kidding. With another doggie. In a house. With a baby? Selling lasers to people or I don't know, making scientific instruments of some sort. I don't know what I want to do.



His general love and obsession with Costco. We bit the bullet and bought a membership this month and he's like a kid in a candy store!
Him: I wish I was a mix of Chris Evans and Nick Offerman with a little Pratt sprinkled in.
Back Story: I got him a Jord Wood Watch.
Him: I love wood. Things made out of wood are so cool looking and yet they also say "I'm a freaking man." Especially if you made whatever it is yourself.
Back Story: The Atlanta Falcons are going to the Super Bowl! This conversation has literally happened about 5 times a day since the NFC Championship...
Him: Guess what!
Me: (Not really paying much attention) What?
Back Story: Um... We were driving. This came out of nowhere. He made it all up on the spot.
Him: The ants go marching one by one hurrah hurrah.
The ants go marching one by one hurrah hurrah.
The ants go marching one by one the little on stops to pee on his thumb.
And they all go marching down to the ground to get out of the rain. Boom boom boom boom...
..... two by two.... the little one stops to poop on his shoe.....
..... three by three..... the little one stops to barf on a leaf.....
..... four by four..... the little one stops to vomit some more....
(I honestly don't remember the rest but he went on through 12. I was cracking up)

So there you have another round of Meet the Maugeris and Priceless Powwows. What did you think? Does your husband ever say funny things like this?

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Let it Snow

I am so tired of rain.

I am so tired of clouds.

I am so tired of Columbus.

I am so tired of Ohio.

Did you know that (according to this list) Columbus is the 7th cloudiest major city in the US and the other two major cities in Ohio (Cleveland & Cincinnati) are also in the top ten?

This list puts Columbus at 11 with Cleveland and Cincinnati in 4th and 5th place respectively for the dreariest cities in the country.

Can you see why I have seasonal depression? In 2016 the weather combined with other factors made for a very bad year for me emotionally.

And I like that I can blame it mostly on the rain. And snow.
What's strange though is that I used to love rain. Growing up, I used to sit on my front porch and do homework or read or simply just watch during a thunderstorm. My absolute favorite place to be during a thunderstorm was always my grandma's back deck. She lives on a mountain and I loved watching the beautiful view become even more beautiful in the rain and lightning. I remember spending many hours there with a Harry Potter book in my hands. And in college I can recall sitting outside the door to my apartment, barely under an overhang, trying to study while keeping all my papers dry from the rain.

But not anymore. I still love thunderstorms, I guess, when they creep up every once in a while in Spring. But I hate the constant dreariness and mundane rain. We finally saw the sun for about an hour on Thursday afternoon and my office practically threw a party.

I also used to love really enjoy snow. I grew up in Georgia and went to college in central Arkansas so I rarely saw snow. Whenever we did get some, it always meant no school, snowball fights, sledding, and snowmen.
Since moving to Ohio, snow has become a nuisance. Especially three years ago, during the polar vortex. When everybody was experiencing their worst winters in years, we literally didn't see the ground from Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day. That year it also snowed on both Halloween and Tax Day. I'm not exaggerating. It pretty much ruined snow for me.

But now I'm three years removed from that dreaded winter. And while I certainly haven't forgotten it, I've let loose of my grudge against snow a bit. And this year, it's safe to say that I even miss snow a little. I love the way it covers everything in a white blanket and makes nature beautiful again. And snow even brightens things up, which helps with the cloudiness and dreariness of this area!

So right now, though it sort of seems contrary to my usual beliefs, I would gladly trade this rain for snow. I'm even surprising myself when I say this, but I want it to get colder. Why can't our temperatures get below freezing again so this rain can turn to snow?

Snow, I miss you!

Let it snow!
This beautiful "Let it Snow" print is from The Morrell Tale Design shop. Tayler of The Morrell Tale has been a good blog friend of mine for a while now and I was so excited when she opened her Etsy shop! She is very talented and has some great prints for sale! I also got the Hello Autumn print and I cannot wait to use it in the Fall.

You can get 17% off of anything in the shop by using code HAPPYNEWYEAR2017. Even though the code says Happy New Year, it's good through February 15! So be sure to check out all the prints in her shop and follow her on Instagram to see how she styles them!

Whats your favorite print from her shop?
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Thankful Thursday: Football

Can I get a "Go Falcons! Rise up!"? No?

Oh come on. We have a bandwagon. It feels pretty great to have a bandwagon. Are you on the bandwagon?
It's definitely an interesting phenomenon to have the Falcons in the Super Bowl and for them to be doing so well. I actually feel like I need to defend myself in any and all conversations like "I'm from Atlanta. I've been a Falcons fan since birth." Living outside of Falcons country right now is difficult!

Matty Ice is certainly on fire but this team is so much more than that. And sure I could list some other super stars (on BOTH sides of the ball) like Julio, Sanu, Freeman, Vic Beasley, Keanu Neal, the list could go on. But, to be honest, I admire how much this team is a team. A brotherhood. They all work well together. They all build each other up. Yeah there are some super stars but they don't think of themselves that way. And honestly, that's what makes me the most proud of my Dirty Birds.
I know that sounds cheesy and cliche, but I'm serious. You're probably rolling your eyes at the last sentence of that last paragraph. "Oh come on. Charlene. You're more proud of them for winning than for building each other up. Just admit it." Yes, I would be a little upset if they lost. And yes I am proud of them for making it this far. But I really am so impressed with their attitudes. And I think that is a big factor for why they've made it this far.

So if you're not already on the Falcons' bandwagon, I just gave you one more reason to be. You can add that reason to the fact that they are certainly the under dogs. They've only ever been to one Super Bowl (the Patriots have been to 8). Atlanta fans need this win. And, simply because they're playing the Patriots.

Side note: if you didn't click that link up there for "Atlanta fans need this win," you should. We really need this.
So what does all this have to do with being thankful? Well, let me tell you.

I love football. I love everything about it. I love watching and getting into it. I love the competition and rooting for my teams. I love that it can bring people together. It can unite a city.

I love that it's something Pearson and I have in common. We can talk about it and watch it together and get excited about it.

And I am thankful for all of these things. And I am thankful the Falcons are going to the Super Bowl this year because after my 2016, I need this.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

The Cutest, Most Comfortable Clothes in the World

Hello my lovely readers! And Happy Friday! I don't know about you, but this has been a really long week for me. Like really long. But guess what! It's Fri-yay!!! Woohoo! This weekend, I'm looking forward to meeting with my book club, watching the Falcons beat the Packers and for my online LuLaRoe party tomorrow!

What is LuLaRoe, you ask? Only the best thing ever! It's a women's (and girls) fashion line and they carry the cutest, most comfortable and modest clothing I've ever put on my body. I'm not kidding.

I've talked about it on the blog a few times. Here's an entire post I wrote about a year ago. Since then, I've purchased a lot more LuLaRoe and now I own nine pairs of the buttery soft leggings, four Irma tunics, one Perfect Tee, two Cassie skirts, one maxi skirt, and one Nicole dress. I might have a problem.

So LuLaRoe is sold through consultants, like Mary Kay or Papered Chef or any of the others out there. But it's totally different in a lot of ways. Each consultant orders the amount of inventory they want so some carry all the pieces and some carry only leggings or maybe only leggings and a couple different tops.

The kicker is, the consultants don't have any idea what prints they're getting until they get their shipment. And LuLaRoe only makes a certain number of each print. So there is a sense of urgency, you see. And it's a fun game. And it's almost all done exclusively on Facebook.

I used to be in more than 100 consultants' VIP groups on Facebook. And when I started spending way too much money on LuLaRoe, I left all but about five of them. And then, one of my best friends who we go to Hocking Hills with every year became a consultant and I was over the moon!

So, all this to say... I'm hosting an online part for her tomorrow at 2:00 pm! There is no pressure, but if you would like to be added to the party to shop or just to see what it's all about, please let me know!

And just to prove a little more that these clothes are awesome, here are some pictures of me wearing them. Seriously, these leggings are the softest and most comfortable things you will ever wear. I cannot go back to wearing any other leggings.
One size leggings and a small Irma tunic.
One size leggings and a small Irma tunic
One size leggings and a medium solid black Irma tunic that you can't see.
One size leggings. - My favorite pair right now.
One size leggings and an XS Perfect Tee in front of a giant guitar at the Grand Ole Opry
One size leggings and a small Irma tunic on the steps of the Dolby theater in LA.
One size holiday leggings that I wore on Christmas and several other times in December.
So again, if you interested in seeing what LuLaRoe is all about, please let me know!
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