Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hygge and Not Working

I've mentioned the few days where we hibernated at home and did our version of hygge. This included reading  the novel, Not Working, by Lisa Owens. that I really enjoyed. It was a perfect book for that weekend. 

Here is the Amazon synopsis:
In the tradition of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary and Allison Pearson’s I Don’t Know How She Does It comes a wise and laugh-out-loud debut novel that captures a young generation trying not to have it all, but to figure out what it all means.
Claire has just resigned from her job without a plan for her next move. As she struggles to explain herself to friends and family, she experiences the emotions and minutiae of day-to-day life as only someone without the distractions of a regular routine can—and discovers what happens when she seeks true purpose in life.
Just the weekend before I watched Bridge Jones Diary on Netflix. I hadn't seen the movie since it was in the theaters (oh so long ago) and I longed to see Bridget conquer. So, when I saw that Not Working is compared to Bridget Jones I was mad to read it. 

* Claire, the protagonist is English (from London). 

There is something about English and Irish writers and characters that I love from the first word. Claire's observations are sometimes so funny. She has a dry sort of way of telling you about the absurdity of situations.  I felt for Claire, I'm sure she was like "Really? They really said that?" Or, "This is happening?" 

I absolutely love Claire. She's my kind of girl. When she's "supposed" to be applying for jobs she gets completely sidetracked. She described her day below:

Who hasn't been there, am I right?

Claire also speaks Truth when she talked about Spin Class. 

This book was perfect for a PJ and socks day.



I received an early copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

More Hygge Thoughts

So, the game didn't go the Panthers' way. I know that stung for the team and players. But like I said earlier, I don't think anyone was pulling against Peyton. 

I've still been thinking about Hygge. For years, I've enjoyed Hygge coziness without attributing a name. I don't want to imply that what I think of as a hygge experience is necessarily the hygge experience. And maybe that's part of it. Maybe hygge is different for everyone. 

For me, hygge includes copious amounts of hot tea or coffee. I like to snuggle up on the couch with soft afghans. When my daughter was little we would snuggle on the couch and watch Disney movies. Many Saturdays were spent with The Rescuers and the Rescuers from Down Under. This was often followed by Basil the Great Mouse Detective. There is something so comforting about mouse detectives. 
Those Saturdays were not remarkable, and yet I cherish the time I was able to snuggle with my girl while we both drifted in and out of sleep.

When Danielle was older, she used to declare movie night. That meant we (all three of us) were going to binge watch our favorite movies. Jordan usually stayed involved for at least the first movie. But, he can only watch You've Got Mail so many times.  Danielle and I have not found our limit. It is a perfect movie. My Big Fat Greek Wedding is another good movie night staple. Any time Danielle declared movie night was my favorite night. Movie night was still something she declared even when she had her own apartment. --I miss those nights. If she still lived in the same town, I'm sure we would still have movie night.

Hygge can also include what I call parallel play. In fact, my husband and I are doing that right now. I'm happily sitting on the couch writing while cutie pie is sitting at his desk working on his computer. The point is we are together enjoying each other's presence.

I had planned on writing about a fun book I recently finished...I read it during my hygge hiatus during our snow weekend. But, now it's really late on a work the book post will have to wait.

Until next time!


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Happy Super Bowl Sunday

It's a perfect weekend in the Montgomery household. Saturday was a sunny blue sky day with temperatures in the 60°s. It was perfect weather for going out and running errands. And, today is incredibly different. It's overcast and chilly. But, it is still the perfect day for a SUPER BOWL. I've been excited since the playoffs began. If you know me at know I love football, most especially NFL. I've only become more obsessed over the years.

I was torn when the playoffs included Seattle against Carolina. Since living in Seattle, I'm a diehard fan of the Seahawks. I don't think that will ever go away. But, this year Carolina has played spectacularly. It is a pure joy to watch the team play with such a sense of fun. 

Of course, Peyton Manning is an icon. I don't think anyone could pull against him and his team. So, let me be clear. I am not pulling against Peyton. I am pulling for the Panthers.

Jordan just got back with our Super Bowl food. Our complex is having a Super Bowl party with food, but we want to watch the game in our own living room. That way if I get too excited and shout...(as is typical) I won't embarrass myself.

Jordan said that it was completely dead outside. No traffic and no one really in sight, which makes sense because Super Bowl Sunday is sort of like a holiday. Restaurants are closing early and my yoga studio is not offering evening classes. 

So in just a couple of hours, we'll be eating pizza and wings and watching football. What could be better?

I hope you are enjoying your weekend.


P.S. The groundhog did NOT see his shadow. 2016 is going to be a great year.

Sunday, January 31, 2016


I stumbled upon this article called "Why We All Need Hygge in Our Lives" and the idea has been percolating in my mind ever since. I may be the last to the Hygge awareness...but just in case this is new to you the explanation in the article is:
It’s a concept that’s all about making things soft, cozy and comfortable, sort of like the embodiment of a warm fuzzy feeling.

Hygge is a Danish concept / custom and is credited as a reason Denmark is is considered one of the Happiest Nations. Basically, in a country that has very long winters with longer nights than days, creating a cozy home gathering with loved ones makes for a happy winter. There are tons of pictures on the net of what Hygge looks like.

From what I can tell, Hygge looks like cozy socks and heavy afghans, candles and blazing fires in the dark. I think it probably smells and tastes like cookies, coffee and hot tea with a little chocolate and cinnamon.

Last weekend, when we were snowed in, I approached it as a Hygge opportunity. Pajama bottoms, warm socks, and an afghan while reading on the couch. We ate sausage biscuits we had in the freezer. We had a copious amount of hot tea and we had grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch.

We were lucky that we did not lose power so we were able to stay nice and warm. We enjoyed a very Hygge weekend. I hope your winter is cozy and warm and safe and happy.

'Til Next Time,


P.S. Tuesday is Ground Hog Day!