Friday Favorites

Happy great excuse to day drink, ya’ll!

It’s Friday and St. Patrick’s Day, which I’m pretty sure means we’re all Irish today.

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TBH, I never really celebrate or celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, which is a bit perplexing since my absolute favorite color is green.


The fact that if I have just one cocktail in the daytime hours puts me straight to sleep means I never day drink, either, but I like to pretend I’m one of those fun people I see at restaurants enjoying a glass of wine or martini with their lunch.

You know, alcoholics.

We’re off to the Happy Place this afternoon for the first time since New Year’s to spend a quick weekend eating junk food and napping and watching movies and eating junk food, but when I get there tonight I suppose I’ll have to mix up something deliciously green to celebrate a holiday I really know nothing about.

It’s my American duty.

But before I make my Target run to load up on food that my summer clothes are already scolding me for, I wanted to pop in and share a few Favorites, since, as usual, I’ve been neglectful lately.
It’s that damn Nick Viall‘s fault.


Dr. Dan’s Cortibalm

Dr. Dan

You guys.
This stuff is MAGIC.

For the entire months of January and February I had chapped, peeling lips.
I tried everything: Medicated Blistex, Carmex, Burt’s Bees, O’Keeffes, polysporin, coconut oil, sugar scrubs — you name it, I tried it.

Well, unless you say Dr. Dan’s.

My lips were so gross.
They were flaky and peeling constantly…and the worst part was that they burned when I ate anything, or even WORSER (my blog, my word), when I drank red wine.

As you can understand, it became an emergency situation.

As luck would have it I had my yearly appointment with my dermatologist Edward Scissorhands at the very beginning of March, and he told me about Dr. Dan’s.

That was on a Monday.
I bought two tubes from his office, and by Wednesday my lips — the lips that for two months were painfully chapped and peeling — were healed.

The magic is in the tiny bit of hydrocortisone, he told me.
When I told him I’d actually tried that he said if you just use the kind in a tube you probably have in your bathroom it won’t stay on. This lip balm is made to stay on your lips, and you can reapply as often as you need to, which in my case was like four or five times a day those first two days, but now I just apply morning and night.

It feels amazing on your lips — it doesn’t burn like Carmex or Burt’s Bees on painful, chapped lips — and the best part is, you can once again drink wine pain free.
Well, depending on how much you drink.

I got mine from Dr. Scissorhands, but you can order it on Amazon or straight from their website.


Ed Sheeran – Divide

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I’ve always been a fan of Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud” is one of a few songs I could listen to on repeat for the rest of my life without getting sick of — but I’ve never been as obsessed with one of his albums like I am with his latest, “Divide.”

And that about sums it up.


But really, there’s isn’t one single song on this album that I don’t like or that I skip over when I’m listening, which is pretty much constantly since it was released a couple of weeks ago.

Check it out on Spotify before you buy, and make sure to give an extra listen to my absolute favorites (which is about half the album):
New Man — (hilarious)
How Would You Feel (Paen) — (my favorite of the favorites; this album’s “Thinking Out Loud”)
Supermarket Flowers — (devastating ~ he wrote it after his grandmother died)
What Do I Know? 

This album also includes the two you’ve heard on the radio lately, “Shape of You” and another one of my favorites, “Castle On The Hill” ~

Word Cookies 

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I have a bunch of game apps on my iPad that I never play; games that are basically just there sucking up valuable gigs that I could be using for saving videos of my cats.

But a few weeks ago I stumbled upon Word Cookies, and you guys, I am obsessed.
Seriously, now when the laundry isn’t done or we have to eat cereal for dinner it’s not because of Netflix  (as it’s been for the past couple of years ) — it’s because of this stupid game.

This stupid game I am completely addicted to.

It’s basically just anagrams.
You get a bunch of letters and have to make words from them.
Sounds easy, and the first 20 levels or so are.
Like, when you start you’ll think it’s a game for second graders and you’ll be like suck it, Word Cookies, I’m a genius.

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But stick with it.
It gets harder.

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Sure, it’s seems super easy when you can see the answers I’ve already filled in, but you want to guess what the word under “ether” turned out to be?


WTF is that?

*Googles quickly*

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Time waster, but as is now obvious, super educational.
If I ever go to West Virginia.


What I’m reading and watching (spoiler alert: neither one of them are really favorites)

I just finished a completely brainless piece of fluff called Swear On This Life by Renee Carlino ~

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Trust me, it’s not NYT Bestseller, but it was a quick, absorbing read. Quite tragic, predictable story, but also pretty cute.
How’s that for a review? Bet you’re dying to read it now.

I’m going on a short vacay in a couple of weeks and need a good book rec, so if you’ve read anything wonderful recently let me know in the comments! I did just pick up The Vacationers by Emma Straub for $6 at Barnes & Noble because I’ve heard good things about it. Anyone read it?

Speaking of reading, I just started watching Big Little Lies on HBO. The book was good, not one of my favorites by Liane Moriarty, but good enough for me to be interested in the show. So far Reese Witherspoon annoys the crap out of me— which isn’t unusual — but I’ll stick with it even though I know how it ends. Is anyone else watching?


That’ll do it for me today, folks.
I really do need to throw some things together before heading up north (*cough* Appletini fixins *cough*).
And even though the lake is still frozen and it will take a few hours for the cabin to warm up tonight, the fact that we’re on the other side of winter and thisclose to lazy, lakey days makes my heart absolutely sing.  hammock

Have a great weekend!

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  • karen - I’ve read The Vacationers…it’s good…not GREAT…I just finished The Secret Life of Violet Grant…a book I randomly picked up and loved it….it’s funny, interesting…and always a sign of a good book…I miss the characters.. Enjoy your weekend.

    I also read Big Little Lies…but can’t watch the show…Reese and Nicole would drive me crazy…blaReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Thank you! I will definitely check out The Secret Life of Violet Grant! And oh my gosh I just started watching the second episode of BLL and you nailed it — Nicole and Reese are too unbearable. I so don’t get why they are such beloved actresses. It’s like I can SEE the script they’re reading. They’re both so overrated. And not like Meryl Streep. 😉ReplyCancel

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