Happy New Week :)

Good morning πŸ™‚ (yes, I realize that it’s not really morning but … .. it’s part of the lifestyle)

I mean I definitely feel like every week is exactly the same but it’s fine. Really. We’re doing great. I did find LITERALLY 100 dollars when I did laundry yesterday so that was a fun surprise. Like, super fun. It sounds like I’m playing it down but I’m really not. And I really needed it yesterday. Not because I really needed a hundred dollars but because I really needed a miracle. Proof of life. A seed of hope, etc. And it worked. And I could not remember for the life of me having 5 folded up 20’s in the past few weeks. So the only explanation was really that God was throwing me a bone. Heard you. Appreciated.

Okay let’s get down to business. This is what I’ve been…

Listening To…

I have actually been throwing it back a little bit to earlier in the century with one of my all time favorite playlists. It’s called 20 Cents if You Can Guess Who Sings This.

And it’s filled with Matchbox Twenty & friends.

When Danny and I were too young to stay home by ourselves we would go with my mom, in her Gold Grand Caravan, to pick up Matt from soccer practice. And on the car ride home Matt would pick up change from the console and say, “this money goes to whoever knows who sings this song”. (Matt loved giving away free money. We could also make a few cents by going to the kitchen and filling up his water cup while he was doing homework.) You see, this was long before the song title and artist were on the front dash. Unfortunately, Matt had almost a decade on Danny and me. We were still listening to Radio Disney in our spare time. But I knew one band that Matt listened to. Matchbox Twenty. So I guessed Matchbox Twenty. Every single time. Every single song. And I was rarely right. I knew nothing. But every once in a while, Delilah would throw me a bone and she would play a Matchbox Twenty song and I would get 20 cents from my older brother. Even though, now that I think about it, that was my mom’s change anyway. So all in all, the point is – this is a very nostalgic playlist.

https://open.spotify.com/embed/playlist/4YjXeX5weeSREi8uGRDlR1

Watching…

I hate this part because it makes me realize how quickly I watch shows. Scary. Truly. I tried this week to make a commitment to only watch educational shows and documentaries, like I used to when I was cultured and ambitious. And then I started watching Ramy on Hulu. Which for those of you who don’t know – not a documentary. Well, I guess it kind of is. I don’t know, go look it up, it was cute.

This week I also watched Palm Springs like 6 times. Because Andy Samberg is in it and produced it. Aka the love of my life. The movie was cute. I mean cinematically it wasn’t the best movie ever made, but like… Andy Samberg was in it. So. I’ll probably watch it again tonight. He also sold this movie from Sundance and broke the record for biggest sale and he asked for 69 extra cents. Which is just an absolute joke. As if I needed another reason to love him.

Reading…

Nothing πŸ™‚ I’m the worst! Just kidding.

Just kidding about being the worst. Not kidding about the not reading thing.

Writing…

Guys. I have incredible news. I finished the first draft of my book. So I guess I can tell you a little bit more about it.

Hesitantly but I will.

It’s a collection of short stories, poetry & prose.

And that’s all I got πŸ˜‰

I’m really excited about it and I hope you are too.

Monday, again?? ?

Hey guys it’s me, Beth welcome back to my channel today we’re gonna be… uhhh..,. spending all day on FaceTime with my friend Iliana researching all the new countries we wana move to. Because that’s what you do when you have the whole day to accomplish nothing. Well, anyway, here’s Wonderwall by Oasis.

Listening to…

Hm. I’ve been listening to a lot of One Direction but I’m not going to tell you that. So, I guess I’ll mention that I’ve been listening to country music. Which now that I think about it, is not any less embarrassing. But my brother’s been a bit obsessed lately so he’s got me in a country mood. And it’s summer. So something about driving around listening to country music ?? I don’t know. I don’t belong in Texas, I promise. But here’s my playlist:

Reading…

Still finishing Welcoming the Stranger. And also started some poetry books as a motivator to write my own. We’ll see. I only read one that I found to be worth recommending, but it’s a cute little book of what the author calls “micro-memoirs”. Absolutely adorable. Well written and a quick read. It’s called Heating and Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly. (I obviously only picked it up because the author has the same name as me.)

Watching…

Been super lame on the Netflix watching game which is obviously very unlike me!! But I did do some fun things this week so I had to give up some of my nap time :/

I watched Desparados yesterday, though. It’s a new Netflix movie with the guy who plays Winston on New Girl and that girl from SNL, Nasim Pedrad. She makes me laugh and the movie was good, although very predictable.

And other than that I’ve been on a conspiracy theory kick so I’ve been watching a lot of documentaries as well. Don’t ask which ones. There’s too many.

Writing…

Obv been working on the elusive book that may or may not ever come to fruition. And slacking on every other front. So we’re doing great!!! Check in next week to see if I’ve completely given up on life yet!! xoxx

New Monday, New Me!!

That’s an absolute joke. Same old Beth, here πŸ™‚

Just take what you can get!

Another week in the wonderful life that is 2020. But the weather. It truly has me feeling some type of way. I always say that once Daylight Savings hits in the Spring I become a new person. And I stand by that. Especially in June when daylight hours are peaking. I even have a couple tan lines. Which is fun for a little Polish girl like me. Granted, its shorts, sneakers and sports bra tan lines because I only go outside once a day to go on a run. And by go outside once a day, I pretty much mean that I only get out of bed once a day. Honestly, why do I even complain – this is an ideal lifestyle for me.

So, wanna know what I’ve been consuming while I lay around all day? Well here we go with our Monday check in…

Listening To…

Boy oh BOY, have I been on my podcast listening game lately? Yes. I have, indeed. I’ve been listening to a lot of Jay Shetty, as always. Pretty much just binging every episode he has.

And when I feel like listening to music, ODESZA’s been the move recently.

Watching…

Would you hate me if I said I was watching New Girl again? I kinda hate myself, to be honest. I’ve seen it so many times. I’m just picking and choosing episodes now. I just identify with Nick Miller so much. Like he’s so lazy and yet has so many ambitions and it’s so oddly specific that it makes him very relatable. Anyway, I don’t care more about fictional characters than I do my real life. Really. I don’t. I swear.

I also watched a super cute CHEEEEESY movie called 2 Night Stand on Amazon Prime. And I am not in the business of film critique, but if I was, I’d rate it pretty well given the fact that it was incredibly cheesy. Sometimes you just need that though. And besides, my mom was the one who recommended it to me and she is the QUEEN of Hallmark movies, so if that tells you anything.

Reading…

Okay I finally picked up some of the books I’ve had laying around. Every day this week I’ve been reading a book called Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate by Matthew SoerensJenny Yang, and Leith Anderson. Which as we all know, is my life’s calling. So it’s been really good thus far and I have to shout out my friend Tess, for recommending it to me months ago.

Writing…

I have been having a ton of fun writing the Unemployed Tales – just putting a lot of my feelings from the past few months into words. Its so cathartic that I already have quite a few posts queued up, so perhaps I will post before Thursday πŸ˜‰

Obviously, also still working on the book so when I feel confident enough I’ll finally tell you guys what it’s about πŸ™‚

And that’s it for the week – I’ll leave you guys with a short poem that I wrote a few days ago on my Instagram:

G U S T

It’s easier to say good bye to a gust of wind than what it takes with it when it goes.

Make Monday Feel Like Saturday

You may be asking yourself: Is Beth posting on her blog again? Is she going to actually be consistent this time? Does she even actually like writing because she often forgets to do it?

Well let me assure you – I do not, in fact, know if I’m going to stay consistent. But I am going to try. I do, in fact, have an abundance of free time on my hands these days. And I do, in fact, actually like writing. So while I pretend that I’m qualified to write a book, I figured I would try and start posting on ye old faithful – the blog.

I’m going to make it very easy on myself by only posting a few times a week (meh. if that) but starting with every Monday. As if I am a person who is qualified to be doing any of this, and as if anyone actually gives a shit about what I’m doing or what my opinion is on anything.

Yea, so anyway, while we pretend those things are true, I’ll hit y’all up with a post every Monday about my weekly faves – like what I’m listening to, reading, writing, etc. So without further ado, here is what I am…

Listening To…

Currently & for the past week I have been listening to a beautifully curated Spotify Playlist by yours truly. (I will forever have the highest esteem regarding my own taste in music.) It’s a lot of… alt-Rock? Does that sound stupid? Mixed with some pop music. I will warn you, some songs on there are from Tik Tok. Believe me, I hate me more than you do. But some of the songs are just good. Read: Moral of the Story by Ashe and Niall Horan.

The title of the playlist is accurately:

will my jordan year ever be my jordan year

Read into it however you want. I’m doing fine, I swear. Listen Here:

https://open.spotify.com/embed/playlist/031v6JffIa5wv7ez9m7edt

Reading…

Um. Wow. Already on the first week – I hate to admit it but… I’m not reading anything. Like, at this particular minute. I have a few books that I have bookmarks halfway through. But this is supposed to be like a weekly thing, and I haven’t picked up any of those books in at least a week. All great books. But I guess you’ll have to wait until I pick them up again to find out what they are.

Watching…

As my best friend Iliana shamed me today on the phone – I am definitely in a reality show binge watching phase. Which is… I’m not going to say it’s unlike me… but it’s definitely a rare phase for sure.

I’ve been catching up on Bachelor: Greatest Seasons on Monday nights with one of my favorite brothers and his girlfriend. (Sorry Matt, I just outted you as being part of the Bachelor Nation.) But it’s nice because Lexi also makes us dinner when we watch. SpoilED.

I also jumped on the 90 day Fiance trend last night. Only an episode or two in though, so I don’t have a huge opinion other than just ….. Wow. Like. For real. Wow. I’ll keep you updated on how that goes.

As far as movies go, I watched two of Pete Davidson’s movies on Hulu. Well, I think one was Hulu and the other might have been an illegal website. But my memory doesn’t serve me. πŸ™‚ I don’t super love Pete Davidson. At least not like my friend Amanda does. That’s her kinda guy – tall and funny and looks malnutrition-ed a little bit. But I thought the movies were good nonetheless. That probably had more to do with Judd Apatow than Pete, though.

Writing…

Well, obviously like I said I’m pretending that I’m qualified to be writing a book. Which is great and fun but I totally kind of get why Ernest Hemingway, among many other writers, had a teensy problem with alcohol. I’m joking. Kind of. Anyway. I’m writing a book. I’m like 10 pages in. So. You’ll get more information as soon as I know it. Also let’s not forget that I’m the queen of starting things and forgetting about them, so don’t get too excited unless you want to sign up to keep me accountable. But yea. It’s coming, for now.

I’ll leave you with a little poem I wrote this week regarding some current events going on in the world:

you say β€œthis is crazy. this will be in history books”
well everything in the past was once in the present

the present holds a chance
an opportunity
for change

you say β€œwell its better than the world our grandparents lived in”

thats not good enough for me. nor should it be good enough for you.

we will not be able to say that for much longer. if we continue like this.

look inside
what can you do so that our grandchildren may still say
β€œthis is a better world than our grandparents lived in”
πŸ’œ

Happy Monday,

Beth Ann ❀