Friday Favorites: Gettin’ uptown funky

Q: What do you get when your favorite (go with it) inconsistent blogger takes a few weeks off from the Friday Favorites?
A: A post chock so full of favorites that it should come with a warning label.

this is the best

Seriously, you might want to take notes.

And even if there wasn’t a long list of things making me happy today, I’d still have this Favorite to share:

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It’s the often talked about but seldom (like never) seen January thaw.

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You guys, I may wear short sleeves to bed tonight.
That’s how crazy the thaw is making me.

But other than the glorious sound of the melting snow and the sweet smell of the soggy dirt it’s leaving behind, here’s a list of the things that I can’t get enough of lately.

YMFT Friday Favorites


1. “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

Whenever my 13-year-old hears a song she likes, or even one that is obscure &/or ridiculous, she says, “This is my jam.” Well, guess what? This is my jam. Obsessed. I am obsessed with this song and with watching Bruno Mars and his curlered crew dance to it. It makes me furious that I can’t dance like that. (Does it stop me from trying though? Don’t be ridiculous.) It’s absolutely impossible for me to listen to this song and be anything but energized. It’s totally my new jam. Sing it with me now, “Uptown, funk you up, Uptown funk you up…”

2. “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran

I know I’ve told you before that I’m not a huge fan of flying. I try to act all cool and collected, but right when the wheels leave the ground I’m usually not in my best frame of mind. Last week when we were on vacation we had connections to make, so we had to take off twice each way. I listened to this song on repeat for about 15 minutes each time, and fell more in love with it with each listen, not just because it relaxed me (which it did), but because it’s such a beautiful and melodic song. The lyrics, the music, Sheeran’s voice — it’s perfect. I dare you not to get warm, fuzzy feels for the one you love after listening to it.

3. Title – Meghan Trainor


Keeping with the music theme I’ve got going here (it’s been a good month for my ears), I’m also obsessing over Meghan Trainor’s new album that she just dropped this week. (That’s right, I said “dropped.” Because I’m cool like that.) Listen, like most of America, I’m kind of sick of her big bass, and am actually getting a bit tired of hearing about how her lips are movin’, movin’. And while every song she sings has the same feel to it (kind of a retro-doo-woppy-mixed-with-urban-funk thing), the album is crazy fun. Right now I’m obsessed with “Title,” “Walkashame,” and “Like I’m Gonna Lose You,” a ballady song which features John Legend. Check it out on Spotify if you want to give it a preview before buying.


4. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

While it’s true that when we were on vacation I did a lot of this –


– it’s also true that I did some reading. “Some” being the key word, as every page or so I’d put my book down to burn the image of the turquoise water into my brain and make myself just sit there and stare. Hey, there’s a lot of winter left here in Minnesota—the book could wait, no matter how good it was. And it was. It was the perfect beachy read. If you’ve checked out my “Fave Books” tab up top (or just click here to see the list), you’ll see that Liane Moriarty is becoming one of my favorite authors. She’s the author of “The Husband’s Secret” and “Big Little Lies,” both of which are fantasticly fun reads. “What Alice Forgot” is older (published in 2009) so I’m coming to this one late, but since it’s currently being developed into a movie (gah) I’m obviously not the only one. Here’s the synopsis (thanks to google books):

What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?
Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she’s actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce. A knock on the head has misplaced ten years of her life, and Alice isn’t sure she likes who she’s become. It turns out, though, that forgetting might be the most memorable thing that has ever happened to Alice.

From the shock of seeing that her uptight mother has become a salsa dancer and married her father-in-law, to realizing that she’s lost weight and has a killer wardrobe, to enjoying the gorgeous house that was a mere dream ten years before, the amnesia Alice suffers is mostly humorous. But what I really loved about this book—other than the way Moriarty nails Alice’s hysterical stream of consciousness—is the deeper message. Ten years changes a person, no question. Especially when there’s kids involved. But does it have to change you for the worse? Or can your younger, more carefree self teach your older, uptight self some lessons and remind her to let go of the little things?

It’s a great, fun, light read. If you liked “The Husband’s Secret,” you’ll love this one, too. Check it out on Amazon.

5. Brothers & Sisters


When this show was on from 2006-2011, I never watched it, yet knew I’d love it. Why did I miss the boat, you ask? Who knows. Considering I had an 11-year-old and a 5-year-old at the time, I’ll go out on a limb and blame them, because why not. Last month I needed a new show to Netflix-binge on (and by “needed” I mean “was looking for something to do instead of laundry”) and discovered it. Because you know how much I love Parenthood, and because I knew Brothers & Sisters was about a big, messy, emotional family much like my beloved Bravermans, I started watching. “Hooked” doesn’t even begin to describe the way I am with this show. I think about this family when I’m not watching. I’ve had dreams where one or two Walkers (and by “Walkers” I mean “Rob Lowe”) show up. I’ve lost hours of precious sleep watching “just one more episode.” I’ve given up naps. Hey, Rob Lowe will do that to ya.

When I was about 15 episodes into the first season, I discovered Netflix was pulling the series. The panic that ensued was alarming. But thankfully, I discovered all five seasons available on iTunes for only $15 each (in SD). That’s like .70 an episode. CHUMP CHANGE for my drug. Oh, and if you happen to see my daughter walking around in dirty clothes for the next couple of months, you’ll understand.

6. Galavant


Are you watching this? If not, and you like musicals or just ridiculous, goofy, and brilliant comedy, you should be. For the past two years NBC has been so proud of their painful, live performances of “Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan,” and then ABC comes along and knocks the whole musical thing out of the park with a clever and original spoof called “Galavant.” It’s only on for four weeks (another brilliant move by ABC) and our family loves it. The actors are fantastic, the comedy is sharp, and the music and songs are delightfully original and ingenious. It’s only on for two more weeks (Sunday nights) so catch up on if you can, and then check it out.

Oh, man, I could really keep going—and actually do have a couple more Favorites that I wanted to share—but it seems I’ve run out of time. I’m taking my favorite college daughter to her favorite place for lunch and to our favorite place to shop (Target, duh) before I have to take her back to school this weekend (UNFAVORITE! UNFAVORITE!) So I’ll keep this favorite –

back buddy

– shelved until next time, and make you crazyy with curiosity.


Have a great weekend folks! And if you’re fans of Parenthood or About a Boy, make sure to check out my Entertainment Weekly recaps for this week, and fellow self-induced torture fans of The Bachelor, here’s this week’s recap if you were out shooting zombies and missed it.


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