1. I finished reading Chip and Joanna’s The Magnolia Story a few weeks ago and I have to say, I loved the way it was written. It’s such a unique read because they are both literally sharing the page with their memories. Even Grace and Josh picked the book up and read it after I was done and they too, just loved it. BTW- a really great Christmas gift for the fan of Fixer Upper. It’s an easy read and you’ll fall in love with them even more as a couple.
2. To piggyback on the above, Josh also got me a copy of The Magnolia Journal and I think it’s probably one of the first magazines that I’ve read cover to cover. I love that the advertisements are not annoying and few and far between. Every article and story I read was also informative and inspiring. It’s a beautiful magazine and definitely one I’m going to subscribe too.
3. One thing we’re loving right now is The Crown on Netflix. Josh and I are only about halfway through episode 4, and while I’m sure Josh already knows most of the story (seeing as how he’s a history
supernerd buff) I’m learning a lot about the royal family (most of which appears to be historically accurate), which makes me think I need to give The King’s Speech another go (because I fell asleep on it the first time). Also, I’m moving to England. I mean c’mon, it’s the land of Coldplay, tea time, Downton Abbey, and really classy clothes (I realize everyone doesn’t see Coldplay as a plus, but, hey…). Also, sounding really intelligent with that accent. I’m moving! On second thought, they have the same weary winter weather we do here in the Pacific Northwest…
1. I have to admit, I’m really stoked about this new film Spectral from Netflix. It has a real Black Hawk Down meets Edge of Tomorrow thing going on, and it looks like fun. Also, the idea of Netflix funding feature films instead of just HBO-style television series is pretty cool (a further also…no one’s being compensated by Netflix here!).
2. According to the BBC, there is but one person living (verified anyway) who was born in the nineteenth century – 117-year-old Emma Morano. Apparently her only real love was a young man killed during the First World War. The First World War. Imagine.
3. At the risk of sounding even nerdier than Chels makes me out to be above, a quick book update. After finishing Moby Dick at Chels’ behest, I took on a quick read, 1066: The Year of the Conquest, on my sister Jewelissa’s recommendation (we’re a nerdy family). As far as Medieval history goes, it was a short one – about 200 pages. Well worth a read if you have any interest in that time period or even just the history of Western civilization. I’m planning to start Manchester’s three volume biography of Churchill as soon as possible, but until I can get my hands on a copy, I’ve stumbled across a potentially fascinating ten-year-old “new” history of The Crusades called God’s War. I’ll let you know…