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Friday Showing

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I love a good philosophical/apocalyptic kind of movie. When my guy put After the Dark on reserve for me a few years ago, I wasn't all that interested. I had never heard of it and there was no known actor attached to it. So I didn't think I would like it. Wow, I've watched it several times and own it, this is a movie my family would love. Have you seen it? If not, find it on Amazon or check your local library to see if they have it. It's really good!!! What are you watching this weekend?

Friday Morning

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A slow but lovely work week, I'm glad it's the weekend. With no plans in mind except for working on and researching program ideas for the summer reading club (It's an Olympic theme this year - I can already tell you it's going to be a blast. With a mix of nostalgic tv game shows from the 90s and video game ideas, I can't wait to share what I'm doing this year, make sure to stay tuned...) schoolwork, considering getting a friend for Hermione (my fish) and hysterically laughing at the genius that T.J. Miller is in the Silicon Valley, I'm looking forward to a quiet weekend. What are your plans? 
Why I Taught Myself to Procrastinate 
An Ode to Stripes
57 Small Things to Do For Yourself This Year
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this week's favorites...

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Assembling and organizing new bookshelves, new cocktails (and attempting to build a home bar), sleeping in, a homemade dinner and figuring out the patio situation to make it a little more inviting. What have you been up too?
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Palm Desert: 3 Spots

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When it comes to good spots to take friends out or pick a date night these three bars in downtown Palm Desert are high on my recommendation list. I love the sophisticated vibe and excellent food that the Daily Grill offers, a smallish restaurant/bar is a great place to meet friends for either a quick bite or happy hour. The Pastry Swan has great treats but I love the quaint restaurant that is just to the left of the bakery shop. With brick interior, french food it's a great spot for an intimate date night. And if you want to just enjoy a night with your sister, Tommy Bahama is a fun place to just hang, have a few cocktails and look out at the view of the desertscape. The next time you're in the California Desert, make sure to stop by and check out a few of my favorite hangouts. 

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Out to Lunch

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I've been at my current library for more than a year now and there are regulars I love to catch up with when they stop by to pick up their books or ask me to put holds on material for them. After months of small talk and chatting with people literally from all over the world, (one of my favorite families is from Australia (they are so energetic, sweet and enthusiastic), my favorite couple is from Germany and an elder single woman who moved from Scotland frequents my desk a lot when she comes to stay during the winter months) one couple treated me to lunch earlier this week and it was so much fun. We tend to talk for at least forty minutes when they come visit my desk so they suggested instead of infringing on my work time, they wanted to go take me out. The couple worked in theater and film for decades, which of course is why we can talk for hours. The Gentleman worked for MGM for forty years, so listening to his stories and experiences with actors, directors, competing productio…

Top Five

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Between family and friends who have been traveling in the last couple years combined with my own research for planning an overseas trip, all these places are on my radar. Although I've been to Germany once before, it seemed I was there for only five minutes. I barely remember Hamburg but it was enchanting and full the of the nicest people. Australia, South Africa, Hungary and Ireland are at the top of my list. Planning any big trips this year, where are you heading?!
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Go Somewhere New

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The Dalai Lama said, once a year go some place you've never been before. As someone who loves to travel and learn about culture, this has been something I've always tried to stand by. That has not exactly been the case since I've been in school for the last several years. With school ending in the next few months, I'm excited to have more time for myself, to travel and figure out how I want to spend my time and efforts. Since my brother and his wife just recently went to South Africa and a coworker visited Australia last year, I have a list of places I'd like to venture too in the next few years. Do yourself a favor before you seriously commit to a relationship, motherhood or a job and treat yourself and go somewhere you've always dreamed of. 
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Do It Yourself Facial Mask

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I've never spent the day at a spa, even though I think about it all the time. Maybe for the my 30th birthday, I'll treat myself to a full body massage, a facial and enjoy a steam. If you are into homemade facials, here's an excellent one I just tried a few weeks ago that I loved.

Ingredients:

1/2 avocado
1 teaspoon organic honey
1 teaspoon plain yogurt (the higher in fat, the more moisturizing)

Directions:

Mash avocado in a small bowl

Add honey and yogurt and combine until mostly smooth-a few lumps are just fine.

Spread a thick layer onto clean skin. Let sit for 10-15 minutes or longer. Remove a warm wash cloth. Finish with a splash of cool water and your favorite moisturizer.

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Night Time Ritual

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Having spent the last eight years in college and grad school, I've grown use to coming home at night after a long day of classes or work and getting right back on the computer. I've never enjoyed a happy hour during the week (I always saved that for Friday) but I'm looking forward to it immensely come this May. After a shower and a quick dinner, my night goes by quickly. With limited time for relaxation, my nightly ritual has been restricted to writing papers, reading excessive amounts of information and waking up to do it all over again the next day. I'm looking forward to getting back into hobbies and relaxing, taking more care of my home and myself. What does your evening ritual look like, what do you do after work?! Do you just plop down on the couch and watch t.v. before bed time? Do you play the piano or paint? I'm curious how you spend your nights? 
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Weekend Wrap Up...

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needing another relaxing bath...  the dream team sitting atop my work desk:)  and processing new books.   desk essentials... ending the weekend with a walk around the  neighborhood.
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Quote of the Day

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"I like things to happen and if they don't happen, I like to make them happen." -Winston Churchill
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Friday Showing

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My guy and I started watching Silicon Valley last weekend and are almost entirely caught up. This show is pure excellence, Mike Judge is the man, in case you didn't know! My two favorite characters are Bertram and Jared portrayed by brilliant actors, Martin Starr and Zach Wood. I could not stop laughing, T.J. Miller pretty much makes this show. What are you watching this weekend?

Friday Morning

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This weekend is all about homework!!! A completely uneventful weekend around here except for scouring the internet for people selling their Coachella tickets (must see N.W.A. perform!!!), watching Mistress America and getting new plants. All I care about at the moment is finishing this degree (three months and I'm done forever), hanging my pretty diplomas up and being done. What are your plans? How have you been, what have you been up too? See you Monday morning :)
Morning Rountines 
 Why I love Dean Strang
Watch Ira Glass' Favorite Documentaries
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this week's favorites...

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Sleeping in, dieting but dreaming about pound cake, cozy lounge wear and hitting the pool is all I have planned for the weekend. What about you?!
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Work Wardrobe Inspiration

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Nancy Meyers is one of my top five favorite directors and writers. Everything about her movies are fantastic; the story, the scenery, the homes (and decor), her characters are always so charming and the wardrobe, oh I always love the characters wardrobe. She is always so spot on. Her latest movie, The Intern was perfection. I suggested this movie to my parents (my mom never goes to the movies) and now they talk about it all the time. While I love everything about this movie, let's just focus on Anne Hathaway's wardrobe for a second! Current work attire inspiration-classy, bold and modern. (1,2,3,4,5)

Bold + Simple

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I've been watching a lot of movies that take place during the 20s, 40s and 60s, so I'm channeling what I like to call a "Porter Girl" wardrobe to work right now. Or at least working on acquiring stand out pieces to add to my constantly evolving closet. Bold and simple, there's something so classy and sophisticated about it. Find whatever bold piece you have and wear it out today.  (1,2,3)

Date Night In...

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As much as you want to go out and hit the town with your friends come Friday night, you're exhausted from a long day (or week/month) at work, school is weighing you down and all you can think about is sleep and taking a break. Sometimes the best Friday night is one spent at home and hitting the sheets early. Every once in a while, I look forward to a quiet night in with something light like a cheese plate, maybe a glass (or two) of wine, doing laundry, watching a few episodes of something girly like Girlfriends Guide to Divorce and falling asleep early. Give yourself a break, stay in and have a date night with yourself. 
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What Are Your Interests?

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If you are a life long learner like me and you like to dabble in just about everything, then you definitely need to sign up for a subscription to Skillshare. Pick out classes in areas you're interested in or would like to grow in. Watch and learn, if you're really good and talented start teaching courses yourself. I spent a few hours on the site last night working on cooking skills I'd like to master and learning how to be a better fiction writer. What are your passions? What are your interests? You're never to old to learn something new. Found out more on Skillshare.
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Weekend Wrap Up...

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warm and cozy with polka dot leggings...  and new makeup routines.   all about skillshare.   writing school papers, listening to  podcasts,  obsessing over Mindy Kaling, snacking and using stress relievers like gak :) book club homework: Mary Poppins...
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