Favorites and Not so Much – December

This month I want to leave you with only positive vibes.  I am not including any “not so much.”  What you see here are all the things that make me happy in December 2016.  I am ready to start 2017.

Let’s do this……..


This month, without a doubt my favorite book was Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.  What an amazing story.  It’s not like I’ve never heard or read any type of romance and to tell you the truth it is not something to choose to read.  This story however, made me happy, angry and even the characters I was not supposed to like were likable in their own crazy way.  I will be seeking out more books by this author and I hope you will as well.



When I just want to relax I enjoy either classic music or jazz.  The 30s and 40s are two decades that I’ve been obsessed with lately so it’s not surprising that I found and played (on repeat) Seven Nation Army (feat. Haley Reinhart)


Well…… Duh!!!!! There really was nothing worth my time this month …. but thankfully I am still obsessed with November’s Netflix line up so……


There have been a few YouTubers that stood out this month.  I have been loving Lauren And the Books.  Her and her boyfriend did an entire month of Vlogmas and the two of them are super cute.

Since forever, I have always been obsessed with other times.  Sometimes I literally feel as if I were born in the wrong time period.  I am fascinated by the Victorian Era, the 20s and 40s and in a smaller scale the 50s.  I found Lilly Jarlsson on YouTube  and spent an entire evening watching it.  I think I got through the entire thing.   If the Victorian Era is more your speed, there also John Thomas Grant’s Channel.  Honestly, I was fascinated (and still am) by both.  Can’t get enough!!

At the end of the month, as I was looking for ways to improve on my bullet journal journey I found a great channel BuJo Boosted.  If you are interested in a great channel all about how to improve your bullet journal experience, I recommend you go check this channel out.  I would have watched all the videos (need to pace myself) I’m supposed to be working after all.


We watched Jason Bourne this month.  Matt is so cute!!!!!! Anyway….. Not my favorite, I have to admit.  I am not much into violence but the earlier Bourne movies were much more psychological than this one.  I think this new one relied a whole lot more on violence and killings and not so much on outsmarting the “bad guys.”



I have been following @chfericl for a while now.  He’s the chef and owner of one of the best restaurants in my area so, as you can imagine, I’m always interested in seeing what is going on in his kitchen.  He’s IG account is great and the food is amazing.  It tastes as good as it looks.  His restaurant also runs a few charities throughout the  year.  Go check him out and while you’re at it…. check out his website.


Hmmmm…. was I so busy that I missed a great quote?  perhaps.  However, this is what I want to keep thinking about now, at the end of the 2016.



As for Podcasts I discovered at some point in the middle of the month BookRiot.  They have quite a few podcasts and each better than the other.  They talk about books and nothing but books (ok sometimes there are other things mentioned) but books mostly.  Go listen.

Photos/videos (my own)


The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree (above).  The buildings around Park Avenue on a December night (New York City)