Monday, May 20, 2019

Birthday Trip to Philadelphia: Day 1

I celebrated my birthday with a trip to Philadelphia, a city where I once lived and still absolutely adore. Having 48 hours in the city, I arrived at 3:15 PM on Sunday, April 14, 2019 and departed at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. My birthday is April 15th, so I got to spend the whole day in my favorite US city. I had a fantastic time! My plan is to share about the three days of my trip over three blog posts as one overview would have simply been too long.

I left for my trip after lunch on Sunday. The Amtrak train was packed, but I was grateful that I finally found a seat. I arrived at 30th Street Station, where I noticed a change, the departures board was a gigantic screen, not the old-school yet charming black and white board with the spinning numbers and words. I suppose the TV is more efficient though.

Coming out of the station, it was sprinkling. I hopped on the subway to ride until the next stop, 15th Street, to arrive downtown, or "Center City." First, I checked into my hotel, Club Quarters Hotel Philadelphia. This is the first time I have stayed in this hotel. I picked it for its amazing location on Chestnut Street, just steps away from a few of my favorite places to dine and shop, plus its great rates. 

I took an elevator to the lobby and later, another elevator to my floor, where you needed your key card. My room resembled a long hall that opens up around the bed. It was definitely good and clean for a couple of nights in an exciting destination. 

There was a wall-mounted flat screen TV at the foot of the bed and a Keurig coffee station next to a table with chairs.

The work of art above the bed was cool. It was made of vertical strips of photographs of old and modern Philadelphia juxtaposed.

The tall window in a recessed area near the bed had this city view along Chestnut Street.

The utilitarian bathroom was on the left when you first entered the hotel room, opposite a little closet. This was the left side...

The shower was on the right.

Second, I got a manicure at my favorite salon in Philadelphia, Nail Spa Bar, nearby. I brought my own color, my current favorite, OPI Dutch Tulips. I confided in my manicurist that I had to have my favorite color for my birthday manicure. Then, all of a sudden, the lights were turned off and I was presented with a lit birthday candle on a heart-shaped ashtray on top of a saucer while the birthday song was playing on the salon's music player. I blew out the candle, making a wish. They gave me a birthday gift of this body olive oil too. It was sweet.

After my professional manicure and relaxing experience, I walked down Chestnut Street, ready for some shopping. I stopped into Nordstrom Rack for a look at their earrings as usual, but actually walked out empty-handed. Next, across Broad Street, I stopped into West Elm and asked a sales associate for a specific item and then checked out immediately. I purchased this Square Lacquer Tray in Metallic Silver for my coffee station (a new project I recently completed). I did spot a white espresso cup and saucer that looked like a miniature cappuccino cup and saucer in the store from afar. Cute. As a minimalist, I don't need any more of those, but it did catch my eye...

On my way to Marshalls, I walked down Market Street and there was a new TJMaxx! I had no idea... I checked out its home department. After that, I perused the home department at Marshalls as well. I love home decor. I strolled a little more down Market Street, and then turned left to explore Chinatown. This is the magnificent gate...

While wandering the streets, I browsed a small souvenir shop and then chose a place for dinner. I opted to carry out my beef and broccoli with sticky rice. It was fantastic to explore a neighborhood that I do not tend to cram into my usual day trip, a cultural one at that. 

Walking back towards my hotel, I stopped at Walgreens for a caffeine-free soda. As I am sensitive to caffeine, it would not have been a good idea to have after 2 PM. Unfortunately, they did not have a cold bottle of Caffeine-Free Coca-Cola, so instead, I got a root beer, most of which do not contain caffeine. I also grabbed a cold bottle of water. Another stop was Insomnia Cookies, a place that I had heard about awhile ago and decided to try on this trip when I discovered that it was located just around the corner from my hotel. It was a tiny store and the line was out the door. I ordered two chocolate chunk cookies.

In my hotel room, I ate my beef and broccoli dinner. It was okay. I finished the main dish, but, honestly, it was a bit underwhelming. Kind of plain, there was not enough sauce, flavor, or something to marry the two main ingredients.

The cookies were absolutely delicious though. I will definitely return.

I spontaneously decided to go back out for some better food. My favorite Italian restaurant in the city, Gran Caffe L'Aquila, was just a block away from my hotel. I took a seat at the upstairs bar and ordered a glass of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (the wine of the region where I studied abroad in 2005. Also, L'Aquila is the capital of this Abruzzo region and also where the owners had a cafe prior to a major earthquake). The striking thing about this wine was its velvety feel.

From the menu, I also selected tomato and basil bruschetta. Besides having little to no basil, this was well done in every other way. So delicious!

After paying the bill, I went downstairs and ordered fondente (dark chocolate) gelato to go.

This was amazing too! I savored this decadent treat while strolling up and down just a couple blocks of Chestnut Street. At night. Even on a Sunday night around 8, long after the stores closed at like 6, there were still so many people out and about, walking. I would never consider walking alone in my hometown or so many places in this country after sunset. I am happy that I went back out, even with blisters on my feet. I swear that I walk in these exact shoes, a pair of black ballet flats, all the time at home. I did walk a lot though.

I went to bed happy as well as excited for the next day, my full day in the city on this particular trip and my birthday. Definitely stay tuned for that upcoming blog post!

Monday, April 1, 2019

April 2019 Reading List

In a sincere effort to develop the habit of reading again, I am posting my April 2019 Reading List. I intend to finish reading four books this month.

Michelle's Reading List for April 2019

I am a big fan of this author and this is her latest book that was recently released. 
Decluttering and organizing interest me.

I am also a big fan of Frances Mayes, who wrote Under the Tuscan Sun
I adore devouring Italian travel narrative and this new book focuses on non-touristy, authentic places "through the back door." I picked this up to savor her poetic writing on my birthday trip.

I adore Shannon's first book, her blog, her Instagram account, and her podcast, so I look forward to finally reading her second lifestyle book.

Every few months, I read another book in this series. I have read The Secret, The Power, and The Magic. This fourth book is a guide to your calling and it follows successful people.
I am interested in the law of attraction.

I may possibly read an ebook on my Kindle and a regular book at once. One of the times of day I enjoy reading is before bed and it is important to me to shut off screens in advance of bedtime in order to get a good night's sleep. 
This is my nightstand...

What are you reading?

Monday, March 18, 2019

My Day Trip to Philadelphia in January

I took a day trip to Philadelphia, a city I love, on Monday, January 7, 2019. My previous day trip was in August, so I was excited to finally return! I had such a good time! I mainly visited my favorite establishments, but still discovered a few new things. I'm sure it comes as no surprise that many of my indulgences are Italian!
I took the train, which I favor as I dislike driving, not to mention parking in the city! January proved to be a good time to travel as I had no problem finding a seat. I finished reading my book, The Magic by Rhonda Byrne, on the way. It was good! I arrived at the beautiful train station on time at 10:32 AM and then hopped on the subway in order to get into the center of the city. 

I walked towards my favorite restaurant called Gran Caffe L'Aquila for a cappuccino. This Italian restaurant celebrates the food and wine of a particular region or place by creating a new special menu each week. It is located on Chestnut Street, one of my favorite shopping streets, so on the way, I made a couple of quick stops. The first was Nordstrom Rack. I purchased a couple pairs of cheap yet chic earrings there. One was my everyday small round cubic zirconia studs in a silver setting that I buy there annually. I am wearing them as I type this blog post. My second pair was sparkly drop cubic zirconia pear earrings in a silver setting by Nadri for evening. With my simple, delicate taste in jewelry, this is like a chandelier earring to me. I wore them Friday night when I went out to dinner. The store occupying the space just before my cafe belongs to Sephora. I restocked my signature lipstick, NARS lipstick in Dolce Vita. I wear this everyday.

Just after 11 at Gran Caffe L'Aquila, I ordered a cappuccino and sipped it while seated on a stool at the marble bar. My coffee was so well done. It was delicious. After my second dose of caffeine that day, I was certainly ready to wander the city all day.

Since it was freezing outside with strong winds, instead of walking to a museum in the next neighborhood, I hopped on over to a nearby nail salon, my favorite, Nail Spa Bar. They serve wine! OPI Red is the color I chose. Even though I had not worn this particular shade in years, a dark yet vibrant reddish pink is very me. 

I strolled down Chestnut Street a bit to the H&M. My purchase was two plain v-neck cotton trees, one in black and the other in dark grey. Staples in my wardrobe, I didn't even have to try these on as I remembered my size.

At lunchtime, I arrived at Alice (Ah-lee-chay) on 15th Street for pizza al taglio or pizza cut by the square and how much you want to eat, as the Romans do. I ordered Diavola (spicy sausage), Margherita, and Bruschetta pizza with a small fountain coke. I truly savored this delicious pizza, like that served in Italy, at a table by the window. The ingredients were so fresh and the crust was so good. It made me blissfully happy!


After lunch, I walked past the LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana to The Franklin Institute for the Vikings: Beyond the Legend exhibit. Whatever temporary exhibition this science museum runs is truly fantastic. And this one was no exception. Plus, it surprised me. Although there was some information on dramatic raids, it focused on the normal daily life of the Vikings. How people live fascinates me and is something I always wonder of former inhabitants whenever I visit a historic residence. There were many artifacts, weapons and jewelry, often intricately decorated, on display. On my way out of the museum, the groups of schoolchildren were gone and I took in the monumental statue of Ben Franklin. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit.

Then, I strolled down the scenic Ben Franklin Parkway and around impressive City Hall towards the Reading Terminal Market. I adore this place. This large indoor market is definitely a favorite place of mine in the city. My first stop is always Termini Bros., an Italian pastry stand well known for their cannoli. I purchased their incredible cranberry pistachio biscotti as well as a little bit of the chocolate almond biscotti to try. After the taste test, I prefer the cranberry pistachio. I enjoyed them for many breakfasts. Their display case full of delicious desserts is beautiful. 

Around the corner, I also always stop at the Famous 4th Street Cookie Co. Their chocolate chip cookies are amazing! 

I also adore the flower stand in the middle of the market. So beautiful! 

I returned to my favorite shopping district, basically Chestnut and Walnut Streets. On Walnut Street, I stopped by L'Occitane. Even though I use the elegant Roses et Reines Hand & Nail Cream (that seems to be discontinued, replaced by Rose Hand Cream), I order that online, so I am not used to going into the stores. Walking in, I only planned to browse this luxurious store. The sales associate was lovely and I was charmed by her accent. One of the popular items she pointed out was the Almond Shower Oil. I remembered that a chic francophile I follow on social media called it a favorite. After washing my hands with it in store, I purchased the smaller bottle. I used this gel every day for the month of February. It truly moisturized my dry skin in the middle of winter. Plus, it smells nice. I look forward to using this product again when I show a bit more skin during the spring, summer, and fall. I am now a loyal customer! Signed up for promotional emails and all. For my next trip, I plan to test the new version of that rose hand lotion. Instead of roses on the tube, the packaging seems to have a faint architectural print in pink, which is sophisticated. 

At Ulta, a new bottle of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat was picked up. I love this for at home manicures.

There is a new small bookshop, Shakespeare & Co., on Walnut Street. So charming! I browsed the books and then spontaneously bought a pain aux raisins on the way out. This location gets their pastries from Metropolitan Bakery. I discovered this delicious pastry while traveling in Italy and got my travel partner hooked on them in Paris. The last one I enjoyed was in Philadelphia for my April birthday. I savored this occasional treat for breakfast at home the next morning.

Moving in the direction of the subway in order to go back to the train station, I stopped by another favorite, Di Bruno Bros. This Chestnut Street location is an Italian market, restaurant, and cafe. It is known for their cheese. I picked up a wedge of Parmigiano Reggiano in addition to Classico Prosciutto di Parma, a demi baguette (labeled as a ficelle on the receipt), and a bag of Mulino Bianco by Barilla Abbracci cookies (circles of half vanilla and half chocolate that take me back to my study abroad experience in Italy. Abbracci means "hugs" in Italian). At home, I eat the cheese on wheat crackers as part of my aperitivo or happy hour ritual after work and before dinner. I also grate this hard cheese for recipes. My aperitivo may also include a slice of prosciutto and the kinds from this shop are so flavorful that the taste stops you and you take notice. I love these particular cookies with coffee, either espresso or cappuccino. I just ran out of them. In addition to these favorites, I would love to pick up a couple of their spreads to enhance my antipasti boards next time.

This is my Philadelphia haul, minus the chocolate chip cookie I had just eaten for dessert.

Waiting in the train station, I posted a few pictures on Instagram, gushing about my day trip, recounting a few highlights of the previous 6 1/2 hours spent in my happy place. I fit a lot in! My train departed at 5:05 PM. Again, the train wasn't crowded at all. Both ways, I scored a window seat and the seat next to me wasn't taken, which is so nice! 

Last weekend, I booked a 48-hour trip to Philadelphia to celebrate my 35th birthday next month and I am looking forward to it! Please stay tuned for my travel diary. Also, definitely follow me on Instagram @theitaliagal where I share highlights first.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Q & A

This is my second Question & Answer blog post. Check out my first one here. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading and your simply wonderful questions. This one's for you...

Kristi asked:

What are the things you do on a daily basis that incorporate an Italian lifestyle into your American world?

The very first thing I do in the morning is make espresso in my Moka pot and then serve it in an espresso cup and saucer along with my breakfast. I purchase Italian espresso, usually springing for the illy brand in the spring, summer, and fall, but the cheaper Lavazza works into my budget better in the winter. 

Espresso in my novelty Philadelphia espresso cup and saucer
with a blueberry muffin

Speaking of meals, I often eat pasta for lunch or dinner. My meals can be simple, including a dish composed of only a few ingredients. I purchase fresh vegetables every week. Sadly, not at an outdoor market though. I eat at the table. Even breakfast now! About once a week, I invite a friend over for a meal. Sometimes, I serve antipasti, both solo and socially. When dining with someone, I nearly always wish my dinner date, buon appetito! I love to eat. I also drink red wine (mostly Chianti) on almost a daily basis, with dinner, a weekend lunch or as an aperitivo. I do not have more than two glasses of wine however.

My salad lunch with a glass of iced tea at the table
...and a fabulous book!

I often wear black and other neutrals, but have a pop of color in a scarf. For example, on the day I wrote this, I wore a white shirt over a white camisole with black pants, black ballet flats, and a deep red damask scarf to work. My clothing is fitted, hopefully skimming my silhouette. I don't own a lot of clothes. When out in the sunshine, I wear sunglasses. Not huge ones though...

Me in a black winter coat and with a black handbag with my dark pink scarf 
at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia in December 2014

I try to put my best foot forward in almost everything I do. Fare la bella figura. It would be unthinkable for me to not shower, straighten my hair, apply makeup, spritz my signature scent, dress in clothes appropriate to wear out in public, and put on at least a few accessories such as a pair of earrings, a watch and a belt almost every single day. I also put my best foot forward by treating others with respect, the way I want to be treated. Furthermore, I truly try to do the right thing.

My home is an apartment. My home isn't large ...and neither are the items in it. I dislike big things such as huge puffy sectionals with recliners. I also keep my home, my sanctuary, decluttered. Plus, I take care of my home everyday. I clean at least something daily.

I frequently take note of beauty in everyday life. A vibrant color, for example, may stop me in my tracks. I love having fresh flowers at home. They feed my soul. I strive to make my home beautiful. 

On a weekly basis, I walk to a few stores instead of driving to them. With the longer days of spring and summer, I could possibly do this more often soon. I incorporate exercise into my daily routine.

I also spend some time with my mom about once a week, usually on a Sunday or Monday. I recently found out that I am hosting the family feast for Easter again this year. Italians tend to be family-oriented.

I daydream of being in Italy daily. I dream about it at night too!

Kim Covell-Campbell asked:

What made you fall in love with Philadelphia? I have been there and it is such a historical and interesting place to visit.

I didn't fall in love with Philadelphia until I moved there. Growing up, I had visited Philadelphia a few times on day trips with family and on school field trips and thought it nice, but, honestly, didn't think too much of it. I suppose we mainly stuck with the historical neighborhood called Old City. When I enrolled in a graduate program in Art History at Temple University, I moved there. I lived in Philadelphia for about nine months, from July 2008 through March 2009. I attended a summer session and a fall semester. 

Always having lived in the suburbs, I really wanted to try living in a city. I loved it. It was the perfect time in my life to try that. I delighted in the fact that there was always something to do ...and that I could get to that something by walking or via public transportation. I enjoyed discovering it. I also adore that a city is much more cultural than a suburb. 

Chinatown Gate at 10th and Arch Street

I adore the unique character of each distinct neighborhood in this particular city. I moved into a huge studio in South Philly, which has an Italian flair to it. This neighborhood is home to the Italian Market. I rarely visit South Philly on my quick day trips, but if I spent more time there, it would be the next place on my list to go. In fact, in my research, events in a district of local businesses and restaurants called East Passyunk tend to pique my interest. 

It's hard not to fall for my favorite places like the amazing Reading Terminal Market. Every once in awhile, I crave the cranberry pistachio biscotti from Termini Bros. in the market. The Italian cafe I tried (twice!) on my last visit called Gran Caffe L'Aquila is definitely my new favorite place in Philadelphia. I can't wait to go back! I highly recommend visiting Philadelphia. Only two hours from New York, I feel it is so underrated. There are so many festivals in the summertime!

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti from Termini Bros. in Philadelphia

Cappuccino from Gran Caffe L'Aquila in Philadelphia

Lori asked:

We followed a lot of your suggestions when we took our dream trip to Paris and your tips made it even more special. How did you find all those special places to visit?

I am so happy to hear it! 

I used to study art history, so I don't shy away from heavy research. I believe you should overresearch. It's okay to throw your itinerary out the window once you arrive if you wish, but not okay to have a moment when you and your travel buddy look at one another and can't think of something to do in an exciting place. When you've done your homework, you will always have a long list of options. There are so many ways I found these places.

My big secret is Rick Steves. I consider a guidebook of his to be essential. I definitely picked up his latest Paris guide soon after publication. That was probably where I found most of the places... Right before my trip, I also listened to his podcasts, which made me simply want to sit at a sidewalk cafe rather than provide inspiration for a list of places though. 

Having studied art history for six years, I do make a point to see specific masterpieces or architecture I have studied in real life. I had to see the Mona Lisa! I also dragged Elizabeth across the Louvre to see their Vermeer, The Lacemaker.

Me and Mona Lisa in April 2014

I enjoy reading travel narrative and may consider visiting the place the author loved. I remember reading about Julia Child around the time of my trip and then making the pilgrimage to her apartment building on the "roo de loo."

Me at Julia Child's Paris Home, 81 Rue de l'Universit√© in April 2014

In addition, I think I remember using Yelp, the review website which is also good for determining what else is close to an attraction. That way, you're not crossing the city for the next attraction, you're conquering an area before proceeding. (A guidebook helps with this too.) 

Also online, I follow blogs from fellow Francophiles. In fact, I have a blog roll of five French-related blogs. I remember this blog post made me want the chocolate chip cookie from Eric Kayser, for example. With 256 pins, I collected online resources on my Travel: Paris Pinterest board. 

Films inspire wanderlust. I remember that the shot of Piazza delle Erbe in the movie Letters to Juliet put Verona on my list of cities to (re)visit on my last trip to Italy in 2011.

Following all this research, I try to figure out what I really want to do. On my trip to Paris, I simply wanted to revel in the beauty of Paris. I could accomplish that in a number of ways. Since I convinced a friend to accompany me to Paris on my birthday, I was up for whatever she wanted to do while there. She wanted to see it all, so I (ambitiously) planned it that way. And we did everything except for like three things! 

Sidewalk Cafe in Paris in April 2014

Carmen asked:

First, I would like to say how much I like your blog. Living in Europe (I'm Dutch) and having visited France and Italy a couple of times, I can truly say the way you live your life is quite an European one. Now, regarding your Q & A: I would like to know your thoughts, feelings and contemplations on your No Spend February. 

Thank you so much! I am so pleased that it appears and that I am actually living a European lifestyle in America. 

I will write an entire blog post on this subject, but I don't want to not answer your question. I actually wish I learned more from my challenge, but with being terribly sick twice and having my beloved grandmother pass away that month, I didn't get out of it what I thought I could possibly have. With the flu, I was in bed, not out and about being tempted to spend money. With the upper respiratory infection, I had trouble keeping bland food down. 

Nonetheless, I did learn a few things. One was that I am able to wait to buy things. When in the middle of doing a challenge, I noted that it's also nice not to stress about not having enough to afford what I want and need in my checking account. Please stay tuned for my post where I will elaborate. Plus, I will include a couple of tips.

A sneak peek! 
This is a product that helps me be frugal with my groceries.

It was a difficult challenge for me, but not awful. I can definitely see doing a No Spend Day, or maybe even a Week when faced with a financial goal, but probably not a Month again. I did make a mental note of how proud I felt whenever I mentioned the total amount I saved, that I hit my savings goal.  

Stephanie asked:

1. You seem so calm and intentional and not easily influenced by outside opinions, trends, or advertising. How do you stay so centered and focused on your core values and tune out the noise? 

So much of this is a personality thing for me. I am an INFJ. I do try to seem calm, cool and collected on the outside, but I am nervous on the inside! It's chaos in my head. "Complex" is a better "c" word. Since my mind is so loud, that might tune out the noise in the world a bit. I attempt to control my appearance, presence, and outer world as much as possible, make it as simple as possible, for some balance. Balance is key in life.

I am a lifestyle blogger to the core. Meaning I strive to be intentional. My head is often in the clouds, I am so future-minded, but, still, I do try to enjoy the moment. I routinely indulge simple pleasures. Life is what you make it. Living is an art.

My planner cover reads, "Create a life you love."

To a certain extent, I am a people pleaser. At work, it is actually important for my prospective residents and residents to like me as a leasing professional because then they might apply or stay. I do care what people think of me, but it's not anywhere near as important as what I think of myself. My thoughts never end. I am constantly telling myself to do better. INFJs always try to improve themselves.

It is difficult go against the mainstream. I was actually pretty much a follower as a kid, for the first 18 years of my life. After I went away to college and visited Italy on spring break of my freshman year, I changed and started to become the woman I was meant to be. I am always becoming more and more me. Fitting in does have its benefits, but being yourself is so much better. I am value-driven. And I value authenticity. "The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them." Truth.

I believe in cultivating a personal style in everything: clothing, accessories, beauty, home decor, entertaining, blogging, etc. I even have my series on my go to things, Signature Sunday. I do not tend to follow trends, like fashion in regards to clothing. I believe you should go for style over fashion, always. I know that the color blush is in right now, but as an accent, I much prefer vibrant color to pastel. Often, temporary fads don't work well for me anyway. Why are skinny jeans still in? I have shorter muscular legs and wide hips! I need a bootcut leg (or trouser, or maybe straight leg, or possibly ankle pants which are difficult) for balance. Keeping up with the Joneses is relentless too. It's better to be true to yourself. You choose what makes you happy instead of what makes others happy when you show it off. Individuality fascinates me. 

2. Also, I believe you mentioned previously that you don't subscribe to cable tv, but instead use amazon prime. Have you found any tips and tricks for this? What do you enjoy watching and how much time do you spend watching something like amazon prime?

I don't pay for cable. And I just renewed my Amazon Prime membership this week. (I can't live without the free two-day shipping!) I don't think that I've gotten my TV out of my walk-in closet and turned it on since the Superbowl... I truly don't watch much TV at this time. My only "current" TV show is the episodes that House Hunters International posts on their website. And those are probably old at that! (At the moment, the webpage is mostly blank. They seem to be in between a series of videos.) I enjoy watching any episode set in Europe. I view these videos on my laptop. 

In addition, when her latest cookbook came out, I started to watch the Barefoot Contessa. I wasn't ever into her before, but I loved it! (Read my thoughts here.) Since I enjoy entertaining, I feel like I watched her at the right time in my life, you know? Then, they changed her time slot from 10:30 AM on Sunday to 8:30 AM the same day. That's inconvenient for me. I am usually walking to the grocery store or at least putting a couple loads of laundry into the washers in the building laundry room at 8:30. Obviously, at this time, I'm just not going to change my life around for a TV show. I know that Ina Garten has a new show premiering next month, but I don't think it will be focused upon entertaining and am unsure if I will watch it. It's fun to follow her on Instagram though. 

My sister also allowed me to use her Netflix account one day, so I could watch the Gilmore Girls revival. (Read my blog post about my binge watching here.)

Barefoot Contessa on TV

Right now, I am addicted to an alternative to TV, YouTube. I subscribe to about a dozen channels and will often watch videos from several others I do not officially follow. I feel like I watch too many YouTube videos. Since it interferes with reading books, I may consider limiting my time spent on YouTube this spring, like only viewing videos on, say, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. I will probably write about watching YouTube and list my favorite YouTubers in a Simple Pleasure Sunday blog post, so stay tuned! :)

I rarely watch anything on Amazon Prime. More movies than TV shows. I love foreign films and seek them out on Amazon, Prime or not. However, I did watch all ten episodes of the first season of the Amazon Original TV Series Z: The Beginning of Everything about Zelda Fitzgerald. That was good. It's hard to believe that I didn't feature it in a Simple Pleasure Sunday post! Someone, please let me know if Amazon Prime ever offers How I Met Your Mother

I don't watch much TV now, but I think I will in the future, especially when I live with someone special.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! Addicted to YouTube, I almost want to say something like, "If you enjoyed this video, give it a thumbs up! If you are new, hit the subscribe button, so you won't miss future videos!" Geez, you know you're addicted, when... 

Anyway, again, I appreciate you reading.