September 28, 2017

Welcome to a new little series. I had the idea to begin doing some personal posts about a whole mix of issues. And let’s be honest, sometimes popular culture BECAUSE I HAVE THOUGHTS. I love doing things by the seasons, so we’ll plan to share one that often. I like the idea of them being a kind of unexpected bonus post. Maybe I will post them on the summer solstice or spring equinox or whatever. Just so you’ll really forget when they’re coming and be surprised. Or is that weird to blog based on the moon?

AND there will be some re-occuring categories such as: “netflix-ing,” “unpopular opinion,” “all is vanity,” “into it!,” and “I am not tech-y, but.”


Netflix-ing: We finished one season of The Great British Bake Off off on Netflix. Gosh it is quaint. It’s like what I like about other cooking shows minus the contrived drama. It really is just a group of docile Brits baking. (Although there is one host who is too crass.) I want to read this book, How to Bake by Paul Hollywood, a judge for the show. He’s a really serious, masculine guy who is (likably) cocky about baking. And can you handle that that is his name?

Ugh, this chair: I am not a gray person. There’s not really any gray in our house now, or in my end vision, but I saw this chair at target and flipped. It is an amazing price ($280) for how wide it is. So snuggle inducing. It’s got good lines for when I have a room that needs a modern element to mix with the traditional. Maybe I should make a gray exception? If you are into gray should you, like go for it? I’m this close to buying it for the office. And oh no wait, this rocking chair is actually gorgeous.

Musics: Have you listened to Taylor Swift’s new songs? By choice or by twitter forcing you to? I don’t think they are as bad as many are saying. Is this a case study in the enduring truth that unbridled anger leads to bad (songwriting) decisions? I’m going to give the new album a look-ski. 1989 was genius and I liked Red. My all-time favorite song by her is still probably Mine.

I’m not tech-y, but: I want a new laptop. I am averse to paying for a new laptop. IF YOU HAVE AN IPAD, you have to see this case that makes an iPad into a laptop for $55. Will I buy an iPad and then this keyboard case instead of a laptop? That is a brand new mac product laptop set up for only $385. Instead of like a $1,000. Previously I haven’t been interested in iPads because I do not like typing with my thumbs and also one of my main laptop uses is streaming movies. And that must be done in the customary laying down with a laptop on your upper tummy position.

More like GREATreads: We recently discovered goodreads and our response has been anything but restrained. I think it is my new favorite social media. It is nice to keep track of books on our to-read list and having a couple friends who use it regularly makes it really fun because you hear about good books and are sort of on-goingly having a little book discussion. I always feel gross after I look at facebook (hiss), and goodreads is kind of the social media opposite. I feel mentally stimulated and inspired. You can set a reading challenge for the year and update progress as you finish books. It has got me reading faster since starting. Feeling a surge of powerfulness from writing reviews. I love it all!

Reading, watching: On that note, a few books I read over the summer were: Upgrade by Kevin Swanson, Eve in Exile by Rebekah Merkle, and Good and Angry by David Powlison. (Loved all three of those). And some of the books I’m planning to read this autumn are The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs, Death by Living by N.D. Wilson, and The God Who Is There by D.A. Carson. ALSO, I am not above lower art forms and have autumn movies I need to watch too. Like I have been craving Silver Linings Playbook lately because that movie’s overcast fall backdrop is my favorite weather and it just overall gives me happy feelings. (I skip the bad scene! I need to tell you that.)

Camera guilt: Like most people, I kind of think of getting out my DSLR as “work” a little bit. So I never really grab it out and take everyday pictures on it. That is one of my autumn goals, to take more photos with the DSLR. Or maybe better yet I have just accepted I don’t like doing photos that way since finally I bought that instax polaroid camera.

All is vanity: I had the pleasure of finally finding the BEST dark circle under eye concealer just in time for having staying up late with another newborn. It is only $7!

My New Cookbook


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  • Hmm, interesting to see how much you guys are enjoying Goodreads. It didn’t hook me back in the day, but maybe I’ll get on there again to see what I missed!

    • Rachel Schultz


  • Elizabeth Brogan

    I love this post and hope for more of these to come! also, v relieved you like T Swift bc was nervous when I saw in your Instagram post that you were talking about her. We can be Swifty fans together!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Haha perfect! I’m hot and cold with her. But credit where due – homegirl can WRITE.

  • Anonymous

    I am 100% in favor of this series. and I agree with everything on this list (except T-Swift; am I a monster?). I’ve been looking for the best under-eye concealer for years. thank you for doing my research for me. xo

    • Rachel Schultz

      HA. David isn’t fan either. Did you see in her trial when I juror was dismissed because they said she seems “petty and spiteful.”

  • I love your description of the bake-off. That’s exactly why I love it too! I hope it never leaves Netfilx, because I will certainly be re-watching the seasons over and over now that we’ve finished.

    • Rachel Schultz

      And then there’s the master class too!

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