Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Things to be thankful for

It's time for the obligatory thankful Thanksgiving post where we share all the things we're thankful for, like pumpkin spice lattes and Shades of Grey becoming the greatest love story ever told on film. Last year, Kate and I joined forces (as K Squared, obviously) to talk about all the things we're grateful for, so in the same vein, let's keep it going.

What am I grateful for this year?

1. New jobs that allow me to live the life I've become accustomed to. (By that I mean, make rent and buy way too much fucking make-up.)

2. Taylor Swift's Christmas CD from 2007.

You rock those perfect ringlets, Taylor. 
My mom knows I don't like Christmas music, but she also knows I love Taylor Swift so she decided to put a little holiday cheer into my cold, unfeeling heart by gifting me with this CD. Taylor solves all.

3. Boyfriends who cook dinner because their girlfriends can only cook chicken nuggets and roasted Brussels sprouts (which I mean if we're going to get nit-picky are pretty damn amazing, so it doesn't seem like knowledge of anything else is required).

4. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills returning just in time for the holiday season because really that's the only gift anyone needs.

You do you, Brandi. via
5. The fact that I don't talk about boxed wine incessantly anymore. Except for now. And later when I meet someone else who needs to know how great it is.

6. The adoption of Plumcat who is a willful, sweet, terrifying, adorable asshole.

Look at me sit like an asshole. 
7. Birchbox sending me a Beauty Blender so I don't have to be a total hypocrite buying one after telling anybody who would listen that I wouldn't pay $20 for a sponge.

8. Jenny Lewis' new album and her glorious, glorious pantsuit.

9. Not being able to name one song Justin Bieber put out in the last year.

10. Story of My Life, otherwise known as the greatest song of 2014. (Don't tell me it came in 2013).

11. Baked brie.

And in the spirit of giving, there's also this:

The Bookworm Giveaway

(presented by The Lady Errant)

Because who doesn't love books?

The Prize

Sixteen Kindle ebooks that are so good I'm already planning on reading all of them. Since we all just chose one of our favorite books to recommend, there's an awesome mix of genres.

The Terms

1) The Amazon Kindle app is available for a variety of devices, including PCs and Macs. If you're a diehard physical book lover who absolutely loathes digital reading, this might not be the giveaway for you. While we love physical books too, ebooks won because they're usually cheaper and can be sent instantly worldwide. No mail mishaps here. 2) Regardless, the winner will need a Kindle or Kindle app on some device, and be able to send me the email address associated with said account within 48 hours once notified of her status. If no contact has been made within 48 hours, I will select another winner. And naturally, I'll check the entries. 3) Once I have the email address, the winner should receive all ebooks within another 48 hours. 4) Giveaway is open internationally - but with conditions. If you're living abroad (and don't have a US billing address associated with your Amazon account) there may be copyright issues restricting what you can receive. In that case, instead of the ebook, you would automatically receive Amazon credit. If there's a problem with getting credit or receiving your books, contact me because 1) I'd like to know if there's an issue for future reference and 2) I'd like to help.

The Books

I tend to make things unnecessarily complicated and I always forget something. It probably would have been a good idea to ask for a short description of the books. . .but I totally didn't think of that until someone brought it up a few days ago. So I stole and/or paraphrased some bits from Amazon instead. Click on the slider image for the book link; the contributors are below.
Contributed by: Elizabeth - A Dash of Wanderlust | Sara - Bristol In My Pocket | Katie - The Style Dunce | Yalanda - Laugh Anyway | Crystal - The Happy Type | Jamie - Ink + Adventure | Daisy - Simplicity Relished | Manda - musicalpoem | Amy - Amy and the Great World | Taylor - Due East | Marissa - Chasing Athens | Brita - Belle Brita | Kiersten - She Is Fierce

The Entries

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  1. Taylor's Christmas album is SO worth being thankful for.

  2. Thanks, Ash! I'll check out your post!

  3. These are definitely some things to be grateful for. Particularly the one about Bieber.

  4. Glad we're in accord! Especially on Bieber.