Lemony Snicket once said,

February is the shortest month of the year, so if you are having a miserable month, try to schedule it for February.

February wasn’t AWFUL, but it wasn’t my favorite month thus far. I’m glad it’s over and done with.

But here are a few things that I did love this month.


Laurel's loves Feb 2016

To Watch

I love basketball. I love football too, but right now my heart is into basketball. I’ve been going to the BYU basketball games and loving every minute. In fact, I’ve gotten so into it that I’ve lost my voice a couple of times. (Have I ever mentioned that I’m a LOUD sports fan?). There have been heartbreaks (last Saturday was the worst) and triumphs (11th career triple-double!), but I love basketball season.

When I’m not at basketball games or working crazy hours at work, I’ve been trying to keep up to date with some of my favorite TV shows — Arrow and the Flash are definitely topping the list of shows that I’m not letting stack up. DC owns my heart (but don’t worry, Marvel. Agent Carter is next on the list).

I also caught The 5th Wave in theaters. I guess that was in January, but I immediately had to put my name on the hold list for the book. I’m excited to find a new series even if it is about aliens and I have been terrified about aliens since I was a child.

To Read

Ugh. Remember how I planned to read 52 books this year because I crushed that goal last year? According to GoodReads, for a moment I was behind. I fear that I won’t ever catch up if I continue to select 400 page books. I’m currently trying to read through my third 400+ page book of the year.

I finished The Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. I usually dislike second books in series because the author usually takes the mess from the end of book one and twists it until it’s an even bigger mess so that they can clean it all up in book three. That happened with this one, but I realized how much I enjoyed the journey of the main character. Sure I know she’s making stupid mistakes and sometimes I didn’t even like her choices, but I was interested to see where it lead.

I’m currently working my way through Morning Star by Pierce Brown. Ordinarily, I’m not one for science fiction, but I’ve read the first two and needed to finish the story.

To Listen

I’m officially in love with Parachute’s new album and I’ve only listened to four songs. It comes out next week and my niece and I are headed to the concert here in Salt Lake City in April. It’s my first concert in awhile and I hope they don’t disappoint.

To Create

So I’m not a designer by any means. Work is such that I’ve had to become a bit of a designer. Of course, I’m using Canva. So there’s that. I kind of love playing with fonts and graphics and see what I can do.

When I’m not pretending to be a designer, I’ve started going back to my roots of being a photographer. I’m trying to capture angles and see the world anew. It’s recently started to get warmer so I may be on my way out into nature to find these moments.

To Explore

I’m starting to figure out my summer schedule and what adventures I can get myself into. Only one of the four trips is currently purchased, but I’m excited to figure out my adventures. Last year I spent a lot of time in Utah after my job switch, but now I’m back to finding some places to explore.