How’s that for stating the obvious? I just hope you’re having a happy one. This was certainly a weird weekend. For most of it, a strange-looking gray cloud hung over the area, threatening to storm at any moment. Obviously, this isn’t an ideal situation when it comes to tackling outdoor projects. Nonetheless, I’m pleased to report that my landscaping got a much needed spruce up (more on that this week).

Also, my mom and I did some flower shopping. Despite my love of planting, I’m trying to cut back a bit this year. While flowers are a must for me, I tend to overdo it. Then, halfway through the growing season, I’m spending way too much time watering, deadheading, pruning, etc. This year I’m trying to take a saner approach.

I also went to see Pitch Perfect 2 with friends on Friday. I need to watch it again, but it wasn’t quite as good as I was expecting. Maybe my hopes were too high. It was really good, just not great.

Thoughts on Taylor Swift’s new music video? I’ve been such a huge fan, but I was slightly disappointed with the Kendrick Lamar addition. I like the original song much better. The video, however, is brilliant.

This Pesto Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes is food that I dream about.

16 Simple Ways to Love Yourself Again.

I resisted it for a long time, but I must admit I’ve been enjoying Snapchat for sharing some of life’s little moments. I know. I know. Who needs another social media outlet? If you want to follow along, you can find me at: inspiredbycharm.

I have a feeling that Purple Haze from Abita is going to be my go-to summer brew. It’s a lager brewed with raspberries, resulting in pure deliciousness.

The past few weeks I’ve been obsessed with the show Bob’s Burgers. A friend told me about it, and I just can’t stop watching. I can’t recommend it to everyone because I know some of you will say, “Really, Michael? Really?” However, if you enjoy shows like Family Guy, with its mindless and sometimes weird humor, you might just enjoy this, too.

31 Things "Bob's Burgers" Can Teach You About Life, Family, And Butts

That’s it for this Monday. Hope you have a great week!

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  • Liz at

    I loved this post, Michael! I’m right there with you on the remix version of Bad Blood–thumbs down. l liked how Taylor hadn’t felt the need to have rap interludes on her music–the addition makes it feel so much more generic. She doesn’t need it, imo. But alas! She didn’t ask me. 😉 LOVE Bob’s Burgers…every episode I’m trying to figure out who my favorite character is. I think it’s Louise but I really do love them all. Hope you have a great Tuesday!

  • Elena at

    I have recently gotten into watching Bob’s Burgers. It’s a funny show. The wife is my favorite. I hadn’t heard the Taylor Swift song before yesterday when I first saw the video so the Kendrick Lamar version is the only version I’ve ever heard. I like it, but also I’m a fan of him and his music and of Taylor Swift. I guess I look at it differently. I welcome it when artists from different genres mesh and make something new and different. A few years back, it wasn’t as prolific as it is today so I guess it can be construed as being more of the norm, but I think that’s a good thing. It introduces different music to people who might not have ever heard it before.

  • Lindsay at

    I agree about Pitch Perfect 2! I was so excited to see it and I did like it, but definitely not as much as the first one and not as much as I expected. I want to see it again too before I decide for sure though.

  • lisa at

    I must disagree with you about PP2…I loved it and thought it better than the first! My teenage and tween daughters agree. It made me laugh so hard…I couldn’t even stand it. Definitely a must watch again…next time we’re taking Dad. 🙂

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