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Day 3 of #DecemberReflections: The Best Day of 2014

A Few of My Favourite Things: November 2014

Good morning, and welcome to December, the final month of 2014! It's a little scary to be faced with only, what 28-odd days until 2015, isn't it? Still, this is a magical, inspirational month, and I'm looking forward to it. However, before I get on with December, let's look back at some of my favourite things in November shall we?

Cosmetics:  I love how Got2be's Fat-tastic Thickening Plumping mousse and Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion have made my hair feel so soft! Unfortunately, I'm out of the Smooth Operator, and I can't seem to find any ANYWHERE! I've checked Rite-Aid, CVS, Walgreens, Sav-on, Von's, and Albertson's, and can't find it. So sad! I'm going to check a couple other places that might carry it, but as a last resort I'll order some online. That's how much I love it!

Fashion: I recently discovered that both Torrid and Lane Bryant offer a free ship-to-store option, and both their outlet stores at the Pismo Beach Outlet Center were included. Cool! I thought. I can order some stuff, and then mom and I can take a trip to Pismo. I can pick up my stuff, then we can go downtown, have a nice lunch, and a stroll along the pier/boardwalk. So excite! I put in an order for both stores a couple weeks ago, and last weekend both orders were available so I went out to pick up the purchases. Unfortunately it wasn't as much fun as I'd hoped. For one thing, neither mom nor I are feeling terribly well right now, so I just went on my own. Next, I've grown used to having plenty of time and space to try stuff on. Also, I'd have a chance to try things on with stuff I thought it might go with to start with! And, finally, while being able to return unwanted items right there at the store is pretty awesome, in the end, running to the post office on a Saturday morning really isn't that big of a deal! Anyway, I did end up getting several awesome pieces that I hope to blog about soon! And discovered I much prefer having my orders shipped to my house! I also discovered that the new Torrid outlet store is really super nice, and I'll definitely be travelling down there periodically to shop!

Book: Best book I read in November was Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen. I'm usually not a fan of the multi-generational novels because I become so attached to the first group of characters and dislike not being able to follow them all the way. I'd never been able to finish This Family of Women by Richard Peck or Sarum: The Novel of England by Edward Rutherfurd for this very reason! However, with this book I quickly became invested in the newly-introduced characters - sons and daughters of previous characters - and enjoyed their stories just as much.

Music: It's after Thanksgiving, so bring on the Christmas music! Love it SO much!

TV: The Walking Dead kicked my emotional butt this past Sunday, but it was fantastic as well. So well acted. So unexpected. Some conclusions I've been able to predict from an episode or so off, but I didn't see this ending coming at all! Also, loved Forever, Master Chef Junior, Project Runway All-Stars, and Project Runway: Threads.

Beverages: I've been enjoying a Full Moon Seasonal Collection Harvest Pumpkin Ale with my Packers games so far this football season. Now that it's December, though, maybe I'll look for a Christmas-themed ale instead. I always liked Pete's Wicked Winter Ale, but I haven't found it since moving to California. Still, I imagine either Full Moon or Sam Adams will have some Winter/Christmas/Seasonal brew out soon.

Other stuff: The Marpac Original Sound Machine. Between the occasional rumbling, crashing train, the almost constant rumble of traffic, the noisy auto repair shop across the street, the rain sloshing down the downspout followed by the drip, drip, dripping like a Chinese water torture device after the initial downpour, and finally Barky McBarks-and-Howls-a-Lot moving in over the back fence neither mom nor I can get an uninterrupted good night's sleep. So, I ordered this sound machine to see if it might drown out some of the more annoying sounds and help us sleep better. You see, during the summer I use a small fan to stay cool, and found the sound is soothing and masks a lot of the annoying sounds outside the house (as well as using the oscillating fan setting on my white noise app on the bus). However in the winter, it's already cold, and I don't wish to make it any colder, so this was the next best thing. I've only been using it a few days, and I really quite like it! I'll let mom try it next week, and if she likes it, we'll get another one, so neither of us will be rudely woken up by annoying sounds!

Also love my new bedroom wall colour: Silver Screen by Behr Premium Paints. Mom and I got my bedroom painted this awesome neutral colour over the Veteran's Day holiday, and now I'm just trying to figure out what new wall decor, accessories, light fixtures, and/or pictures I want. It's hard because the walls are so pristine and lovely! I almost hate to punch holes in them. Almost!

And, then there was Thanksgiving! This year my mom and I decided to have an unconventional Thanksgiving and had steak and lobster instead of turkey and stuffing. It was delicious, as well as easy and stress-free! I think we started a new tradition!

And, finally my recent vacation! My final 5k of the year was held in Pacific Grove, CA, so mom and I took a long weekend in Monterey Bay, CA. We had beautiful weather, and a gorgeous view out our hotel room. I did really good on the 5k, and hope to be able to do more next year. I also visited the Aquarium, and got some pretty good shots of their awesome displays.

Do you have any favourite things you saw, bought, experienced, or just enjoyed last month? Let me know in the comments! Cheers!