Friday, September 25, 2015

Fri-YAY 9.25.15

O N E//

Last weekend we traveled to Portland, ME for a short getaway.  One of my friends, who is currently working here but lives in Portland, offered us her apartment for the weekend. We got in late Friday night and left early Sunday morning.  Saturday was the perfect day between the weather and the activities. 
We took a ferry to Peaks Island and spent the majority of the day there. I instantly fell in love with this island.  It is so quant and exactly what you would imagine a coastal Maine summer island to be. There are residents that live on the island full time but it is predominately a summer vacation spot.  And apparently, a wedding destination.  On this small island, we counted three weddings taking place that Saturday. We rented a golf cart and explored the island.  It had scenic views and even a Battery Steel that was used during WWII.  It was opened to the public in 2005 as a preserve.  It was dark and creepy and filled with amazing graffiti.



 
 
We also went to the Body Worlds exhibit.  This has been on my list for years.  I had wanted to go a few years ago when it was in Boston.  I had no idea it was in Portland until I just happened to catch the sign advertising it and knew we had to go.  Errol wasn't really into it, he thought it was creepy.  I was fascinated by it.  My dream job when I was younger was to become a Medical Examiner.

 
 


 

We got a nightcap from LFK which had this great bar.  It had typewriter keys along the length of the bar that wrote out Emily Dickinson's poem, After a great pain, a formal feeling comes. I got their West End Mule. It was made with Makers Mark instead of vodka.
 


 

 T W O//

I crossed something off my to do list that's been there for the last 2 months. I finally caught up on blog posts.  My Bloglovin reader has over 600 posts in it. I went through and marked as read or read/commented on them all. I'm so happy to have it cleared up again so I can start reading posts more regularly.

T H R E E//

I just started The Light Between Oceans and I'm engrossed already and I'm only 50 pages in. 


F O U R//

Next weekend we are going to Boston for Errol's birthday.  I'm super excited, mostly because we are going to see Blue Man Group.  I bought him tickets for our anniversary last week and this will be the first time going to their show for both of us.


F I V E//

Sadly, this is not a favorite this week.  My Gram passed away on Tuesday morning.  Her health has been declining for the last year, mostly due to diabetes and age. Our family has kind of been preparing for this but it doesn't make it any less hard. In the scheme of things, it was kind of sudden.  I think we all figured that we would be more aware that it was happening.  I'm glad that she's in peace now but she was just such a constant in my life.  It's surreal to acknowledge that she just won't be there anymore.  She also was the thread that held our whole family together.  I worry that without her the family won't be the same or make the effort to gather.

Losing people throughout your life even if it's not to death still feels the same. A part of you dies depending on how much that person meant to you when you find out they weren't the person they portrayed themselves to be.:
 
Linking up with A. Liz Adventure

&

Karli at September Farm


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Goodbye, Hello Vol 2



 Goodbye shorts // Hello leggings
 
Goodbye flip-flops // Hello boots
 
Goodbye grilling // Hello crockpot
 
Goodbye t-shirts // Hello sweaters
 
Goodbye tank tops // Hello layers
 
Goodbye coconut scented candles // Hello apple & cinnamon
 
Goodbye swimming // Hello hiking
 
Goodbye green grass // Hello foliage
 
Goodbye AC // Hello blankets
 
Goodbye warm summer days // Hello crisp autumn nights
 
Goodbye reruns // Hello new fall shows and old favorites (I'm looking at you TWD)
 
Goodbye pasta salad // Hello soup
 
Goodbye shandy // Hello pumpkin ale
 
What are you most sad about seeing go? But so excited to see back?
 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Literary Ladies Book Challenge-Completed



So...I finished the challenge but with no time to spare.  I was literally reading up until the 21st. When I first decided to do the challenge, I was all like this will be a piece of cake.  Ten books in three months..psssh. Well somewhere in that three months time, my reading took a nosedive into deep space. Either I wasn't feeling the book I was reading or I didn't have the time or desire to read. I was literally reading the same book for over a month. I busted my butt to finish all the books because I can't not complete the challenge. I did have to rearrange some of the list because it became pretty apparent in August that I was behind and I could not be reading 500+ page books.
So what did I read?
 
1. A YA book (mandatory!) Me Since You by Laura Wiess
Read my review for this HERE
2. Non US Author  (mandatory!) - Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
Read my review HERE
3. A book that was recommended by a blogger  (mandatory!) - The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Read my review HERE
4. A book that has been on your TBR list for a year or more - The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway
Finished it this week. Review to come.
5. A book with a kickass female character -Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
Read my review HERE
6. A book that is or will be a movie (or TV show) - Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
Read my review HERE
7. A book written by a comedian or celebrity – or even a memoir if neither of those are your jam. Scattershot: My Bipolar Family by David Lovelace
Read my review of this HERE
8. A book with a one word title. Freaked by JT Dutton
Just finished this on Monday night. Review to come.
9. A suspenseful book – a mystery, a thriller, a book about revenge! Skin by Ted Dekker
Read my review of this HERE
10. A book about Summer, with Summer in the title, or in any way related to Summer because this is a Summer challenge! Island of the Sequin Love Nun by Christopher Moore
Read my review HERE
 
How did you do with the challenge?
 

LITERARY LADIES

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

N I N E



Nine years ago today, Errol and I went on our first date. I don't think either of us would have guessed that we'd be where we are now, sharing and building a life together. I could never put into words how thankful I am for him. As corny as it sounds, I know that he's my better half. No one ever has a bad thing to say about him.  Me?  I'm more the extreme.  I know that I'm not everyone's cup of tea but him? People genuinely like him. He's the first person I want to tell any news to, good or bad.  He makes our house feel like a home. He's the person I want to make proud. Chitty and I's lives are better with him in it.

Errol,
Thank you for choosing to share your life with me.  Thank you for bringing me back down to earth when my heads in the clouds. For making me face the harsh truths, even when I don't want to. Thank you for indulging my whims, with a little begging. Thank you for trying my recipes because you know I love to experiment. Thank you for loving Chitty almost as much as me. Thank you for being a better housekeeper/house-husband than me. Thank you for being my conscience when mine might have lapsed. Thank you for always making me want to be a better person.  But most importantly, thank you for loving me.

 
 
 


Monday, September 14, 2015

Fall Must Haves

 

With the weather getting cooler and the first hint of the leaves changing, my mind has been on all things cozy. To me, fall is mountains blazed in color, booties, plaid and soups. I thought I would share some of my fall must haves.
 
This one from Old Navy is perfect.  It combines two of my favorite things; plaid and tunics. I have a few plaid flannel shirts that I've been obsessed with and I don't see that changing anytime soon.
 
Tazo has the best Chai tea that I've tried.  It's the perfect blend of spices without being too sweet. I prefer an iced drink over a hot drink any day but I am a big tea drinker in the winter.
 
I prefer a bootie with a slight heel.  Pair these with some denim, plaid and a leather jacket and this is your fall uniform.
 
I tend to steer clear of anything overhyped so you won't see me with pumpkin scented anything.  I tend to choose cinnamon or apple smells for fall.  This one is perfect because it's got a hint of vanilla which is one of my favorite scents.
 
This book has been on my list for a few months. Girl meets boy, girl falls in love with boy, girl can't leave the house because she's allergic to everything.
 
This is one of my go to crockpot meals. It's hearty and full of vegetable goodness. I'm not a huge beef stew fan but these leaves the meat so tender.  It makes a lot so I send Errol to work with leftovers.
 
I love the way a scarf can make an outfit.  These Echo scarf are the perfect way to add a pop of color to an outfit.
 
What is one of your fall must haves?
 



Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Summer Bucket List Recap

 
So with the unofficial end of summer behind us, I thought I would check in and see how I did on my Summer Bucket List. If I was going to rate myself, it would be a C, which according to me might as well be a fail.

+ Hike at Victory Bog FAIL

+ Buy & play lots of Corn Hole CHECK

+Beach day at Willoughby CHECK

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+ Dinner at Parker Pie Company FAIL

+Sunset watching at the top of Bald Mtn FAIL

+Hike Mt Pisgah FAIL

+Go to Bread & Puppet show & Museum of Everything FAIL

+Annual end of July canoe trip CHECK

+Visit Green Mountain Bookshop CHECK And I'll be go back again. So many books, so little money.

+Mt Washington hike with Adaptive FAIL Honestly, this is the one I'm most upset about.  I'm really disappointed in myself but I just knew that I was not where I needed to be to be able to keep up with everyone.

+Franconia Ridge Trail hike FAIL But I WILL be doing it this fall.

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So yeah, 4/11? Not a great average but it was a busy summer and I was able to do other things that weren't on my list. I'm not really upset.  I view my bucket list as a go to when I can't think of something to do.  It's just some ideas.  I've never completed any of the summer lists I've made and I'm ok with that.



Tuesday, September 8, 2015

August Book Review

 

 It's my favorite link up of the month. I've been in a major reading rut for the last couple of months. I'm also behind in my goal of reading 100 books this year. I'm currently sitting at 60. But I really love this link up because I get to see what everyone else is reading and add about 10 new books to my tbr.
 
Rating System
5- Loved it! All the feels and flails. New favorite
4- Really liked it
3- Decent
2- Would not recommend. Ehh
1- Did not like.  Didn't finish. Gave book away.

Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
Rating: 3
Literary Ladies book pick
 
Originally published in 1973, the ground-breaking, uninhibited story of Isadora Wing and her desire to fly free caused a national sensation—and sold more than twelve million copies. Now, after thirty years, the iconic novel still stands as a timeless tale of self-discovery, liberation, and womanhood.
 
I can see why this book was such a hit when it was published in the 70's. The ideas of feminism, gender roles and love still apply today.  There were parts of Isadora Wing's story that I didn't love but the ideas behind the storyline were timeless. I can connect with Wing's desire to baulk society's norms and that a women can freely love just as much as a man. The idea that marriage and sex are not mutually exclusive. There were definitely aspects of the story that are still being discussed today especially in the regards of man's views on the roles women have in society as a whole and in individual relationships.  If you really stop to think about it, the fact that in 30 years, these ideas of how and what a women should be haven't really changed. It's quite sad.
 
Rating: 3
Literary Ladies book pick
 
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
 
What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said? I bought this on a Kindle deal, thank god. I found every single character to be unlikeable. Rachel annoyed and angered me to no end. I will say that I did finish it in two days just due to the fact that I had to know what the twist was going to be. Is it equivalent to Gone Girl? No. I mean, it wasn't even a mystery.  It was just a drunk girl trying to figure out what happened one night.
 
 
 
So there is my really exciting reading for August. I'm still plugging away at The Gone Away World. I like it, it's just not the sort of book you binge read.  I'll read like 15 pages and then put it down.  The story is imaginative and I want to see where it's going.  There is just a lot of back story going on. I have one more book to read after that for the Literary Ladies Challenge.  I started the challenge thinking it was going to be an easy thing to read 10 books and in theory it should have been.  I just have not been reading like normal so I'm really hoping I can finish a book and half by the 21st.
Life According to Steph
Linking up with Steph
 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Admiration

 
 
+ Stand up for what's right even if it makes them unpopular
 
+March to the beat of their own drum & DGAF
 
+Have convictions and will fight for them 
 
+ Are strong women
 
+ Are hard workers
 
+ Easily connect with new people
 
+ Are entrepreneurs
 
+ Have drive and dreams. And who strive to make them become a reality.
 
+ Make the world a better place
 
+ Don't back down
 
+ Are courteous
 
+ Go out of their way to help people
 
+ Have a way with words
 
+ Aren't afraid to take that leap of faith into the unknown
 
+ Are flawlessly styled and make it seem like they have it all together, even if they don't
 
+ Are graceful and always speak kind words.
 
+ Are artistic
 
+ Have a life plan
 
+ Have found their passion in life
 
+ Haven't lost the child in them
 
 
What's something you admire in people?
 

 
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