1. My favorite kind of snack: a loaf of french bread from the bakery down the street, matured cheddar cheese, Lindt Dark Sea Salt chocolate and a glass of red wine.
2. The view from our living room. We live in (by far) the ugliest building on the block, which is actually kind of awesome because all we see are beautiful apartments all around us.
3 & 4. Apple crepes.
5. Listening to 1Q84 on my audible app. I don't even know where to begin explaining this epic of a book. My blog friend Savannah and I have been tossing around the idea of doing a book club/series/recommendations, so maybe I might just take a post to explain this book and how I feel about it. But, for now, it takes place in Tokyo in a 1984 and follows two different characters as they go about leading two totally different lives--lives that seem almost ordinary until the book begins to unfold and everything just gets whirled together in a magical pot of good writing and fiction. It's really meta, y'all.
6. Takin' bubble baths and watching Twin Peaks agaaaain.
7. White roses from Ben because Saturday was Women's Day. And Women's Day is big here. I would say besides the New Year holidays, Women's Day is preeetty, preetty the most important. Everyone, everyone had flowers yesterday and men actually--gasp--gave women their seat on the train! It was a pretty nice break from the usual bleakness of the Moscow Metro.
Do any of you remember what Ben and I did last year for Women's Day? We went "camping" with our friends outside of Moscow. I can't believe how much snow was on the ground then! This year has been one of the mildest winters of my life (but my sweet home of the Midwest has not had it as easy...oddly...). It's strange to look at pictures of us tromping through the snow because today I could probably get away with my spring jacket and a pair of tights. Oh, the weather.
Anyway, last Women's Day I had been feeling a lot of anxiety in my relationship with Ben and when we went on that camping trip it totally changed us. I felt like it gave us a second to take a step back and realize that we (I) were creating problems that weren't there and we (I) would be a lot happier if I just learned to let things go.
8. Tea light candles, every night.
9. My Popcorn lip scrub from LUSH. But isn't the cyrillic so easy to read?!
10. Spontaneously made cream cheese muffins which we ate while watching "Hall Pass" which I do not recommend for anyone older than like, twelve. I do however recommend, "Her" which we watched recently. That movie is beautiful. "Hall Pass" is not.
1. Did you guys check out Sam's Valentine's Day post? We have another post coming up after next weekend, so get ready!
2. Ben and I have been talking recently about possibly moving to Seattle when our lease here is up. We've been prowling around the internet reading blogs and articles about life there, but if any of you have ever been there or lived there, let me know!
3. Been listening to this song after my friend showed it to me at a party at 5 a.m. and we listened to it talking about exes or something.
4. The finale of "True Detective" is tonight!! Have you all placed your bets on how it's going to end?!
5. In addition to 1Q84, I'm also reading The Time Traveller's Wife per Ben's suggestion. It's definitely not something I'd usually pick, but I thought I'd give it a go to break up some of the intensity that is 1Q84. So far it just seems like a love story which I'm just supposed to believe in without any sort of examples as to why they're so in love and with main characters falling over themselves to make references to Chicago at every possible chance. But I'll keep ya updated.
Anyway, happy "True Detective" finale tonight and I hope all you ladies out there had a lovely Women's Day! Cheers!