a simple lifestyle blog
I am stoked that this week is OVER because now I can go camping, which I have not done in about 5 years.
As a kid growing up in SoCal, we would go beach camping all the time because the beach was about 20 minutes away.
As an adult, the idea of packing up all our food, clothes, a tent, sleeping bags, etc, etc all on our own for a weekend without a shower can sometimes seem a daunting task. Too daunting for a person who has the ease and luxury of Netflix and a comfy couch right in her very own living room without having to move/pack a thing!
Such a task becomes infinitely less inconvenient when you have the motivation of joining close friends for a weekend of games, campfires and good conversation. As is the case this weekend.
BRB. If you need me, I’ll be off…
HAVING THE BEST TIME EVER.
FLICKS: Wish I Was Here
Zach Braff (Garden State / Scrubs) plays Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor dealing with his father’s worsening illness and the conflicts of family life. His wife (Kate Hudson, Almost Famous / How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) feels the pressure of being the sole breadwinner in their home as Aidan is turned down repeatedly for roles and their two children can’t seem to fit in at their school. When Aidan’s father is confined to a hospital bed by his poor health, Aidan has to decide if reconciliation with him and his other resentments is worth it or even possible.
In his second shot at big screen directing, Zach Braff delivers this quirky, yet painfully realistic portrayal of life and way of never being what we expect. Braff and Hudson deliver poignant performances that can’t help but draw you in. It is refreshing to see the generic gender roles flipped with this husband and wife duo as Hudson is the one bringing home the bacon for her family while Braff tends to their kids on a daily basis as they struggle in their own way to fit in and understand the hardships their parents are facing.
Here are some of my favorite moments:
“When I was a kid my brother and I used to pretend we were heroes with swords. We were the only ones who could save the day. but perhaps we set the bar a little bit high. Maybe we were just regular people, the ones who get saved.”
“Nothing in life will call upon us to be more courageous than facing the fact that it ends. But on the other side of heartbreak is wisdom.”
I don’t know how I have missed just how sweet this song and video are over the past 10 years.
Full disclosure, I cried when I watched this music video for the first time.
Now, Aunt Flo may have been just around the corner, but still.
Bright Eyes consists of Conor Oberst (founder) and Nate Walcott along with a rotating lineup of indie rockers from Omaha, Nebraska where the band originated.
This song comes from the album I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning released in 2005.
Take a listen!
Perhaps its just the use of “wild” in the name, but somehow wild rice is so much more exciting in any recipe than regular rice.
Anyway, Lauren’s Latest has an incredibly simple recipe for wild rice and chicken casserole that you can throw together and serve in a jiffy.
Special shout out to her use of TOASTED ALMONDS in this recipe, because I freaking love me some toasted almonds in any and all things.
Check out the recipe here!
Until next week, cheers!