Right? I am pretty bad about getting obsessed with something and being able to do nothing else until I'm over it. Netflix, a book series, etc. It's never the real life or important things that take over though, is it?
Alena and Joseph came over on Saturday and we started Bloodlines and holy crap. It's Coach Taylor's new show on Netflix and within two episodes, it has taken over my mind. Not necessarily in a good way either. Let's just say I had a dream that involved me in the plot last night and I was wide awake from 5:00am and never able to go back to sleep. Ugh.
I spent the rest of the weekend reading a dumb YA trilogy. Why does every book have to be a series now? I finished the first from the library and then had to buy the second because it wasn't available at the library and I couldn't possibly wait 3-5 days. I finished the third last night. I did decide that a book would be my "celebration" from now on. (thanks for the recommendation) I rarely buy books anymore since the library eBooks can be delivered straight to my Kindle. So easy!
Watched a good series lately? I think I gave up on House of Cards. The Jinx and Kimmy Schmidt were my last ones. I don't know if I'll be able to finish Bloodlines. Oh, I did rewatch Emily Owens, MD on Netflix last week. It's a CW medical show with Meryl Streep's daughter. Enjoyable and only 13 episodes.
Sidebar - It makes me cringe/laugh at how ridiculous medical shows are. One surgeon does not do heart, abdominal, plastic, and ortho surgeries. Doctors are not all-knowing. And you don't go from ER->CT->diagnosis->surgery->recovery in one day all with the same doctor at your side each step of the way.
And speaking of Meryl's daughter(s) - do you know the blog Suri's Burn Book? It's a favorite and highly entertaining from the viewpoint of Suri Cruise commenting on other celebrity kids.
And I realize a lot of my posts are about TV lately, but it was winter, I'm weary, and iPad makes streaming and lying in a bed a little too easy.
I'm here and I have things to say and without the blog, Instagram is my only option. I don't really want to say everything there.
This post is a weird one to start back with and will mean nothing to most of you, but I am obsessed. Did you watch The Hills and then The City - reality shows on MTV in the 2000s? If not, then you will doubly not care.
Olivia was on The City and she was pretty evil, but the girl has style that is enviable. She grew up an über-rich kid from NYC and then she dated and married a German model. Kind of want to hate her, but she married him this weekend in a small ceremony with family and two friends.
And I am obsessed with her choice of attire.
Cashmere sweater, shorts and an overlay skirt. And a ponytail. Gah! I love it. I just love that it's beautiful and bridal, but still kind of casual in a dreamy way.
And let's chat about Johannes. First of all his name is Johannes. Second of all, he is so handsome. Recently I've had two pleasant dreams in which he was my boyfriend. No joke.
On Saturday night a big group of us went to the Sound of Music sing-a-long and it was such fun. Costumes were encouraged so we decided to make headbands/fascinators of the "Favorite Things".
Doorbells, sleighbells, cream colored ponies, whiskers on kittens, brown paper packages and wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings- not pictured: raindrops on roses and bright copper kettles
My moon even "shone" on the feathers thanks to a dollar store booklight. We had a great time. The collective energy in the room was kind of incredible. The anticipation as Maria appears on the hill to twirl, etc. . .so good. And let me tell you, I was singing my guts out. I went a little crazy on "Climb Every Mountain". I let that vibrato fly and was so loud on those high notes. It was ridiculous. I was into it. Lots of hollering and whooping and cheering from the audience and just good times. Oh, and loved seeing all the little kids there loving it just like I did as a child.
Anyway, I thought it would be a fun time to revisit my trip to Salzburg and my Sound of Music tour.
Also, looking back on these pictures, I'd like to think my looks are improving with age...yikes.
I had high hopes for Salzburg for obvious reasons (Sound of Music), but it exceeded my expectations. Once we checked into the hotel, we decided to walk around and get our bearings. I had my map and the first thing we came across was Mirabell gardens. We walked down the steps and it dawned on me that I had just walked down the 'Do Re Mi' steps. It was a pretty exciting moment.
That is where the kids hop the steps in time with "So Do La Fa Mi Do Re", etc. and then Maria points to the sky with her other hand on her head. Remember?
And this is the garden. The fountain that the kids run around...
We didn't stay there for too long, because I didn't want to spoil anything for the tour the next day.
It rained ALL day on Monday and I really, really didn't want it to rain on my Sound of Music day. It would definitely put a damper on my dream. To my delight, we woke up Tuesday morning and this is the scene outside our hotel window. SNOW! Big, fluffy flakes. By the time we got on the tour bus, everything had a nice white blanket on it. It was really lovely.
We boarded the obnoxiously painted Sound of Music tour bus and our first stop was the lake where they filmed the scenes for the back of the house. You couldn't really get up close to anything which is kind of a bummer, but not that big of a deal. You can see the fortress of Salzburg in the background.
Here's the gate where the captain tells Maria to pack her bags and she tells him to love his children.
The front of the house is in a completely separate location. This picture is taken from the bus window as we drove by. It's literally against the law to stop and take pictures there. Down that road on the right is the lane she walked down singing "I Have Confidence" and that is also where the captain and the baroness see the kids swinging from the trees.
The gazebo. It was pretty cute because there were several couples on the tour and the guy would humor his significant other while taking pictures and hold her hand like they were dancing. You can't go inside the gazebo anymore. A few years back an 80 year old woman was trying to leap across the benches and broke her hip.
So this is in a little town called Mondsee. Cute, cute town. They filmed the wedding scene here. The actual Captain vonTrapp and Maria were married in Nonnberg Abbey in Salzburg.
Posing at the front of the church in Mondsee.
The following pictures are me totally geeking out and not caring. I figured that since I'd already been around town in a giant red bus with Julie Andrews painted on the side, I might as well enjoy myself. Who knows if I'll ever get back there.
Oh geeze. I'm such a nerd.
And here we are heading into Old Town again. You can see the fortress again right above my head and in the "Do Re Mi" photo. It's a cool looking place.
We all know I loved the wedding, so it's no surprise that I've been loving this baby coverage.
I love that in the video you can see him rubbing her back and her little postpartum tummy and giving a press conference 27 hours after you give birth and that he put the car seat in and drove away himself!
Look at him looking at her!
You know me and my obsessions. . .last week bears, this week royal baby.
By now you've seen about 15 blog posts across the internet about October being everyone's favorite month. Blerg. It's pretty annoying because y'all, that's my thing.
I spent Saturday morning replacing my potted hydrangea, lemon scented geranium, and strawberry plant with mums. Feeling pretty good about it. And we were actually cold in the house this weekend with the windows open. I just love it!