January Reads

This month I finished two really great books; All the Light We Cannot See and Euphoria. All the Light We Cannot See came to me highly recommended and it turned out to be one of those books where when you start reading it you just can’t stop! It is set during World War II and follows the story of a blind girl and an orphan and their lives throughout the war. Heart wrenching and captivating, would recommend to anyone looking for a good book. (Note: It is not historically factual…)

Euphoria was almost equally as good, but a little more heavy. It’s about three anthropologists and their adventures in New Guinea. Here is a description I found that sums it up much better than I could have…

“English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the Territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers’ deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, he is on the verge of suicide when an encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry, mercurial husband Fen, pulls him back from the brink.”

One of my new years resolutions was to read more, I made a particular goal to read at least one book a month . That doesn’t seem like a lot, but I wanted to give myself an attainable goal to accomplish each month, despite if my life gets busy. Having said that, I think that I am off to a safe start on my goal. 1 month down, 11 more to go!

Let me know what books you read this month and if you have any recommendation for me on books to read next month.

 

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Weekend Links 12/16/16

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This week I finished my first quarter of college! The last two weeks were full of snow and ice and I was pretty happy to come home. 38º degree weather doesn’t seem so bad after 15º temperatures plus a wind chill. This weekend I am heading off to Bellingham to visit my brother.It will be good to visit Bellingham again, and I expect the weekend to be full of fun and adventures. Here are a few links from around the internet…

I love all things tiny house.

A beautiful travelogue.

Some healthy, but delicious recipes for Christmas.

Beautiful photos that make me want to travel.

Tasteful winter decor, my favorite type.

Cute Life Aquatic patch.

I love these gift guides.

A book to read on the train.

Polar bear prison.

Something funny.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

 

 

 

Weekend Links 9/17/16

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Friday Favorites just got a new name, thanks to an eventful Friday yesterday. Yesterday was move in day for me at Walla Walla University. This is a weekend full of new people and new experiences, and a surprising amount of rain. Here are a few links around the internet to look at this weekend…

If you are an avid reader looking for new good books, check out Book Mark. I just discovered it today!

I now lack my parents fully stocked kitchen, but if I was home I would give this fall recipe a try. (And modify a few things to make it dairy free)

Moving to college or any big life change tends to bring along some kind of anxiety, here is a tip and two apps that I’ve found helpful so far.

An interesting article about riding your bike, I’m not sure if I am going to be using this much in the flat lands of Walla Walla, but it’s still good advice.

A good blog post if you are a fellow freshman starting college this fall.

A really cute store created buy a Youtuber in Utah.

Have a terrific weekend!

Photo credit: http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbi2ne28yk1rz13pdo1_500.jpg

 

Friday Favorites 3/18/16

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What are you planning to do this weekend? Last weekend I was cooped up in my house with the cold and rainy Washington weather, but this weekend I have escaped to Palm Springs. Over the course of the weekend, I am planning on visiting several places around the valley and then soaking up as much vitamin D as possible. Here are a few links around the internet for your weekend…

Speaking of Palm Springs, here is a beautiful photo diary. Or a guide to the places to sleep, eat and play.

What kind of books do you like to pack for vacation? Here is what I packed, and here are some suggestions.

Planning a trip? Here is an article about finding cheap flights.

The New York Times list of 52 places to visit in 2016.

Why have normal lemonade, when you can make ginger lemonade?

Have a extraordinary weekend!

Photo credit: Caroline Sleeper

Friday Favorites 3/11/16

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What are you planning to do this weekend? It is been quite rainy the past few days here in Western Washington, and I don’t think it’s going to stop anytime soon. This weekend, I have some baking to do, books to read, and projects to work on. Here are some links from around the internet…

With cold season in full swing, try out some turmeric milk. I love mine with fresh turmeric and ginger!

Quick and nutritious winter spring roll recipe.

My favorite healthy version of Sunday pancakes, that leave you feeling energized.

Interesting article/video about the benefits of social fitness dates with friends.

Canadian Island politely offers refuge to Americans in Trump wins the presidency.

Book I’m reading this weekend for a class, I’ll let you know if its good or cringe worthy.

If your feeling like a winter adventure, here are 5 great winter hikes on the Washington Coast. 

Have a fantastic weekend!