Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

- Henry David Thoreau

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fridays at Five

Happy Football Everyone.  Happy Football
- How each of the NFL teams got their names.  (MentalFloss)
- Do you bite your thumb at me, Sir Patriot of the New England? (Thought Catalog)

Post DNC and RNC, here's a quiz: www.Isidewith.com

I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the majority of movies that are better than the book are action movies. (Den of Geek)

Three of my favorites.  Ignore the David Letterman intro. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Fall List

It's strange to think that Labor Day has passed us by.  As in the end of summer.  I remember Memorial Day weekend going to the bar/restaurant (RIP) down the street from me for brunch and the bartender giving out free drinks, resulting in me stumbling home sloshed at 11 am.  It feels like it was just a couple of weeks ago.  However, as the quote goes, "I saw a flock of birds flying north today.  If they can move on after the summer, so can I".

Here are some things I'm looking forward to falling for this fall:

- pumpkin and/or apple flavored beverages and food
- fall leaves
- Halloween costumes
- Thanksgiving
- light jackets, scarves, and boots
- football!!
- cozy music (Jens Lekman, The Avett Brothers, and Mumford and Sons all have new albums coming out)
- open windows
- camping and making s'mores on an open fire
- the smell of cinnamon
- the return of "good" tv

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday at Five - Labor Day Edition

Just kidding.  Like we do any real labor around here.

Apparently Labor Day is to celebrate the fact that we work.  Only in America would you have a holiday to celebrate the fact that you have work.  (Wikipedia)

Obama crashed Reddit with his AMA.  Which is AMAzing. Nailed it. (Reddit)

Pond Life - Episode 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.  Amazing. 

Doctor Who returns on Saturday.  I hope the new theme song is the track he laid down.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Come Fly With Me.....

Fly Away

Flying is sometimes a nightmare. From the talker next to you to the baby who will not stop crying to the fact that when you're tall you can't really fit in the seats.  Only once did I get the rarest gem of them all: sitting in the exit row next to a tall, funny, ex-Navy, lawyer who proceeded to flirt with me the entire 3 hour flight.  Of course he didn't try to get my number, but that's DC men for you. 

Regardless, I have a few standby items that I don't like to fly without. 

It's always nice to look nice for a flight. There's a saying going around the interwebs that you won't get bumped up to first class if you don't look first class.  So I try to always dress in clothes that double for stylish and comfort.
- Gap Really Skinny pants.  I usually buy these a size down since Gap and Old Navy pants tend to stretch out after 20 minutes.
- A fancy, light weight t-shirt.
- A cardigan.  I go from being hot to cold on airplanes quite frequently.  Cardigans are the way to go.
- A scarf.  Can double as a blanket or a pillow.
- Toms - if it's nice weather. 
- Smartwool socks.  Pricey, but worth it. Regardless of the weather I travel with these.  My feet usually get cold.
- If it's cold I like to travel with boots.  Especially if I am going somewhere I know I will be able to wear them as opposed to other shoes. Wearing them on the plane makes for easy transporting of them. 
- Messenger bag.  I use this to double as a purse.  I like the ones that have a zipper on the opening so sneaky hands don't get in there.  Plus I can fit tons of stuff in there.
** I try to never check my bags unless I am going somewhere for an extended time.  If I do, I make sure I pack an extra shirt, pair of underwear, toothbrush/paste, deodorant, face wash, and mascara.  It's always nice to be able to freshen up after a long flight.

- A book of short stories.  Carver, O'Connor, MurakamiChekhov.  Whoever.  Short stories make for good travel books.  Plus, having a book is better when you hear "please turn off and stow all portable electronics".  You have to turn off e-readers.  You can just ignore them and keep reading your book.
- iPod/iPhone.  Music can be a lifesaver.  I always make a "Sleepy-time Songs" play list to help me fall asleep.
- Sky Mall magazine.  Wine glass holder necklace?  Life size Bigfoot statue? Obviously, I need all these.
- Journal.  I like to travel with a Moleskin to document what I have done on a trip.  It helps me remember what I've done and where I've been.
- Earplugs.  For when you just want to have it as quiet as possible.
- Neck pillow.  My friend calls them toilet seats for your neck.  I have a blow up one that came in quite handy when I was in Europe.

- For some reason, every time I fly I get Twizzlers and pretzels.  The salty/sweet combo makes a flight somewhat better.
- Water.  I usually try to take a Nalgene with me and fill it up somewhere in the airport.  If I don't have my Nalgene I grab a bottle of Dasani.  No product placement. They just have the best bottled water.