Friday, April 5, 2013

Things I've Been Loving Lately

1. Absolutely been loving the movie Before Sunrise 
Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in Before Sunrise (1995)
Have you guys seen these movies? Before Sunrise is about an American boy and a French girl who meet on a train and then spend a day (and a night) together in the city of Vienna. It's a romance, it's intelligent and sincere and hopeful and captures so much about being in your early twenties and life waiting ahead of you. It's gorgeous and completely swoony and smiley so heartfelt and original and if it was a YA novel it would be sitting on my absolute favourite shelf.

I so recommend it as a must see for all YA fans. Do yourself a favour and check it out (Did I mention it has a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes?)

2. Before Sunset 
Did I mention how much I love Before Sunrise? Well, the best news is: there is a sequel: Before Sunset. And the whole concept of it is brilliant. Nine years later Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke came together again to film this sequel that is set nine years later. Now in their early thirties they meet again in Vienna, you can see what has happen to them a decade on. Just as charming and engaging as the first one.

Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in Before Sunset, nine years on
AND the good news is, the third installment, Before Midnight is coming to theatres in May this year, another decade on:
Screenshot from Before Midnight

3. Missy Higgins

I have always loved Missy but lately I am on such a kick (her 2012 album, the ol' razzle dazzle is so so good). She's my favourite Female Aussie artist, I love her lyrics and her vibe and her voice. I can't even pick a favourite track as they are so varied and good. I have embedded a track below as I love the themes (of letting it all go and steering your own life) and also as it's the song set to my alarm which wakes me up on weekdays (love being woken up by a guitar strum)

4. The Bookish Manicurist

Mandee, an Aussie blogger from Vegan YA Nerds, has started a new blog that combines her passion for books and nails, featuring her original mani's that match the books she's been reading. They're simply gorgeous and creative and Mandee is one of the nicest, most genuine bloggers around. I so recommend you check her out :) I have been so loving her designs and tutorials.

5. The Walking Dead

Juuust finished watching season three. Which was so addictive and just plain good fun. Anyone else a fan?

6. Holidays

It's school holidays in Queenslad and I love this time of year. We've been chilling out with board games (our favourites lately include: Caracassonne, Settlers of Catan, Labyrinth, Monopoly Deal Millionaire, Risk and $GREED)

And we've been bushwalking about the place. Today we climbed Mount Coolum (see below) with the kids and the views on top of the Sunshine Coast were just so stunning. 

Mount Coolum on the Sunshine Coast
7. Reading

I've also been reading a bit ;) I have some reviews coming up (half written in my drafts) and have found a few new favourite books, plus been a tiny bit let down with others. here's some books I've read lately:

More to come on these books soon. (Three of these I did not love, although I thought I would for sure.)

AND that's it for now. I would love to know what you've been up to? Any fab books you've been reading? Any TV shows or dvds to recommend?

Peace out

Nomes xo


  1. I LOVE those movies! Two of my favorites of all time. I'm so excited that you love them too. I got to see Before Midnight at Sundance this year. While I don't love it it was nice to be back with the characters again. I hope you enjoy it more than I did.

  2. I LOVE those movies! Two of my favorites of all time. I'm so excited that you love them too. I got to see Before Midnight at Sundance this year. While I don't love it it was nice to be back with the characters again. I hope you enjoy it more than I did.

  3. I have always meant to watch those movies, but I forgot all about them - I might make a point to watch them this weekend. Side note: I own one of Ethan Hawke's novels.

    Thank you so much for including my new blog on the list, you're a doll! You chose 4 of my fave manis :)

    Your recently enjoyed book list is full of good books! Very happy to see Life in Outer Space and Girl Defective in it! And I can't wait for The Book of Broken Hearts :)

  4. Two of my most favorite movies, and I cannot wait for the third to release! Have you read Gayle Forman's JUST ONE DAY? It reminded me so much of Before Sunrise.

  5. Great list! I've seen Before Sunset- and I loved it. It's definitely got a unique vibe to the more mainsteam movies. I really have to get around to watching Before Sunrise (out of order, I know) and of course, I'm very excited for Before Midnight!

  6. My aunt was telling me all about Before Sunrise/Sunset last summer and I've been meaning to watch it, it looks just so lovely (and I'm determined to watch them SOON!)

    Eeek Walking Dead! YAY! Australia! YAY! And I just went to stalk you Goodreads so I could see if you liked those books LOL (which reminds me I really need to read A Straight Line to My Heart)

    I'm always to see a new post from you Nomes! :)

  7. Definite Walking Dead fan...though it's not a relaxing show to watch! :)

  8. Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are two of my all time favourite movies. I cannot wait for Before Midnight! <3

  9. I LOVE Before Sunset and Before Sunrise and I can't wait for Before Midnight, I just saw the trailer the other day and I'm like, I'm SO there. Even though I have not seen any of the movies in theaters (Which is weird because I was old enough to go to Before Sunset)

    Anyway, I love the ending of Sunset when she tells him "you are going to lose your plane" and he says "I know"


    Oh and I love Mandee's blog!! I wish I could do my own nails that well :D

    And that song you put on it's amazing. And I hope you liked If You Find Me, I loved that book.

  10. Celine and Jesse forever! ♥ When I went to Paris, my friend and I went to the coffee shop from Before Sunset like the dorks we are. I cannot wait for Before Midnight.

    Love The Bookish Manicurist. :)

    Okay, so I stopped watching The Walking Dead halfway through Season 2 because I just wanted everyone to die. But I keep hearing that it got really good after that with some Governor or something. I may try again.

    Can't wait to see all those reviews, Nomes!


  11. You've read some great books lately! I loooove The Walking Dead. I'm glad Game of Thrones started again as TWD was finishing so I have something to shift my obsessions to for now otherwise I'd be getting antsy.
    I haven't seen the "Before..." movies but I've been meaning to for so long. Will definitely have to before the third one comes out.

  12. Nomes! I love Missy Higgins! I love Ethan Hawke and Before Sunrise - I saw it when it first came out. I didn't know there was a 3rd movie so that's great news.
    Based on the fact that I also think Mandee is teriffic, enjoy bushwalking, board games and reading... I think I should try out the only other thing on your list - The Walking Dead. I have no idea what it's about though. Zombies?


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