Live Well: My Favorite Things of 2013

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At first, I was just planning on writing a post today about a good book I read recently. But then I realized that it's December 31st, a date that demands we reflect on the previous 364 days. (Telling you guys about Untouchable can happen later.)

Since I've done enough reflecting on my own blog already this year (here and here), I thought it would be more productive to reflect on my favorite bits of pop culture that I consumed this year. That way maybe you guys can enjoy a few of the things that made 2013 so special for me!

So, without further ado, here's the list:

Favorite book I read: The Razor's Edge

Favorite movie I saw: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight (with an honorable mention to Dallas Buyer's Club for being amazing)

Favorite TV show I watched: Orange is the New Black (sorry, Breaking Bad)

And finally, because for me food and entertainment are inextricably linked:

Favorite meal I ate (after eliminating The French Laundry from the running because, well, that's just not fair): Our two meals at Rich Table (with honorable mentions to Flour & Water, AQ (Spring, not Summer), State Bird Provisions, and Sushi Ran).

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You'll have to let me know - what are your favorite things of what you read, watched, and ate in 2013? I can only hope that you had as much fun as I did.

Have a wonderful new year's - see you in 2014!

Be Well: Hitting Snooze

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Disclaimer: this post is not actually about sleep.

I'm hitting snooze on writing a "real" blog post today...last night (and the night before) was a long, late night, so I'm just not feeling well enough to write about being well, you know?

Instead, you're going to get some random bits and pieces from my brain:

While we're on the subject of alarm clocks, I thought that I would share that I still use the analog alarm clock my mom gave to me circa 1994. I believe the message passed on with it was "I know you're in kindergarten, but I don't have time to get you out of bed. Figure out how to set an alarm." (Side note: this was a very justified comment. I have four younger siblings.) As a result, I'm great at waking up to alarm clocks and awfully attached to my near-broken lifeline to wakefulness. Yes, it emits a loud static sound any time you get too close to it (not joking) and pressing the minute button requires the finger strength of a champion harpist (also not joking) but my trusty alarm has always been a constant in my life, so I won't be swapping it out any time soon.

I, like every other quasi-TV snob in America right now, am obsessed with Orange is the New Black. My husband and I have watched an episode every night this week - I'm glad we found a new show so soon after finishing Arrested Development.

Most importantly, today is my dad's birthday! Happy birthday, Daddy! I wish more than anything that I could be at home in Texas to celebrate with you. I love you very much.

Back tomorrow with something less random!