Happy Friday! As of today I am officially one week away from my seven day (well 10, if we are counting weekends, and I AM) vacation, and one week until Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so needless to say I am mentally preparing for what may be the longest wait of my entire life. I haven’t had a week long vacation from work since last August before I started this job. Granted, I have a taken a few days here and there, and five days when I went to California this summer, but I haven’t had a full seven days with zero plans in forever. I’m hoping by the time I get off work today that teleportation will have become a reality, and I can just skip ahead to next Friday, but we’ll see how that plays out. Until then, let’s do something I almost never do any more, review some favorites from this week!
- The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
I normally don’t recommend things that scare the ever loving begeezus out of me, but this is one of the greatest docu-series/anything I have ever watched and I need to share. The Jinx is a six episode series that aired on HBO earlier this year chronicling the murders associated with real estate heir, Robert Durst. The controversy surrounding Durst (no relation to Fred I presume) spans back to the disappearance of his first wife in 1982, and continues to follow him up to the murder of his neighbor in 2001. Why is this so compelling? Oh I don’t know, probably because this dude was a FREE MAN the entire time (#waytogojusticesystem)! He was never convicted of the disappearance of his first wife, and walked away not guilty for murdering and dismembering his neighbor. Without spoiling anything (mild spoiler alert, there’s a third murder involved), I won’t delve too deep into what is discussed in the series, including the interviews with Durst himself, but I will say the last few minutes of the last episode was probably the most horrifying and shocking piece of television I have ever watched in my entire life. If you do watch this, don’t make the same mistake I did and start it at 9 pm on a Tuesday. Not only did I stay up way too late to binge watch it, but I also ended up staying up even later because it scared me so bad. So maybe watch this during the day with some friends, and then ask said friends to spend the night at your place until you forget that you ever watched the show.
- Lauren James Holiday Long Sleeve Tee
Moving away from things a little less creepy, and a lot more jolly, I have been absolutely loving my Lauren James Holiday Sweater tee lately! I got this to wear for my office’s Christmas Sweater party last week, and not only is a great for such occasions, it is so comfortable. There a handful of other cute holiday inspired tees besides this one, but the red and green design is easily my favorite. It wears just like a light weight long sleeve tee, but the fabric is super soft, and (my favorite thing about their tees) it is long in the torso. As someone who’s personal advantage definitely isn’t height, the longer torso look lengthens me out a little, plus it creates a great look for skinny fit denim or leggings!
- Mallory’s Book of The Week – The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
I am pretty late in the game when it comes to discovering Jojo Moyes (I feel like she’s been on everyone’s reading list for the past year!), I finally picked up a copy of her work at Half Price Books a couple of weeks ago, and have been loving it! Before I even discuss the book, can we please talk about 1970’s cookbook design of this cover? Does it look retro (in a good way!) to anyone else, or am I just imagining it? It’s probably the latter, but I’m into it! Now, as for the content of the book, the story follows the lives of two women, one set in France in the midst of World War I, and another set present day following the life of a recent widower. The dramatic Goodreads summary reads as:
In 1916, French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything – her family, reputation and life—in the hope of seeing her true love one last time.
Nearly a century later and Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting’s dark and passion-torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened…
I’m enjoying this book so much, that I’d be willing to go ahead purchase her other works to start reading next month (I’ve already queued up what I’m reading for the remainder of this month). Have any of you read her books? Which one is your favorite?
That’s about it for this week! It looks like we’ve got some rain moving in this weekend, so I’m not quite sure how an outdoor run will work out for me, but if not there’s always the gym and yoga! I also HAVE to get started on wrapping Christmas gifts. If I don’t get started now I’ll just keep procrastinating and then my family is just going to have deal with opening boring Amazon boxes on Christmas morning.