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Reading Retreat 2019

Reading Retreat 2019

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I caught up with a few friends recently for a reading vacation. We dubbed it Reading Retreat 2019, and we had a blast! I promised I’d tell you guys about it, so here I am! My friends and I have been saying forever that a reading vacation sounded like fun. You too?!? Finally we said, “Enough talking. Let’s make it happen!” (We’re getting better at saying that, and I’m glad.) Donna…

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Voilà! February 2019

Voilà! February 2019

This mid-winter time of year can be tough, y ‘all!  The cold.  The dark.  The sickness.  The dark.  The post-holiday letdown.  The dark.  These things can drag us down.   Today I want to focus on things that I’m loving right now!  “The Good List” as Tsh Oxenreider calls it! Salt Fat Acid Heat, a documentary on Netflix.  This stunningly beautiful show whisks me off to different parts of the world and explores the basics of good cooking.  Since travel and…

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2019 Reading Challenges

2019 Reading Challenges

Hooray for a new year of reading!  Last year I participated in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge and enjoyed it so much I’m doing it again this year.  Let’s quickly look back to last year’s challenge and see how I did. A Classic You’ve Been Meaning to Read:  Emma by Jane Austen.  Emma (the character) infuriated me.  I wanted to send her to time out for a very, very long time. A book recommended by someone with great taste: …

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Reading Challenge 2018

Reading Challenge 2018

Ahhhhh!  A new year!  I love the reset a new year presents!  I’m still reflecting on 2017 and thinking about the possibilities 2018 brings, but one thing I HAVE (mostly) nailed down is my reading list for the 2018 Reading Challenge hosted by Anne Bogel of What Should I Read Next and Modern Mrs. Darcy. Anne hosts a reading challenge every year, and I decided

Summertime Fun List – Final Update

Summertime Fun List – Final Update

Autumn is finally here!  Hooray!  Yesterday I shared my Autumn Adventures list, a list of fun stuff I’m looking forward to doing this autumn.  Today I want to backtrack just a little bit and give a final update on my Summertime Fun List.  I shared my progress on the list here and here, but HERE is the original list and a super quick recap. Pantry:  Reorganize my pantry.  Done! Boxes:  Clear boxes out of garage.  Made a lot of progress…

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Summertime Fun List – Update 2

Summertime Fun List – Update 2

Two months ago I created a list of things I wanted to do this summer.  One month ago I shared my first update, and now it’s time for me to evaluate how I did during the second month of this project! Pantry:  Reorganize my pantry. I’ve made a LOT of progress!  I originally planned to empty the whole thing then reload it, but I’ve ended up tackling one area at a time.  It looks a lot better!  I may still…

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Summertime Fun List – Update 1

Summertime Fun List – Update 1

A month ago (WHAT?!?  A MONTH AGO ALREADY?!?) I compiled a list of things I wanted to do this summer.  I have been on the road and/or sick nearly the whole month (I’m not exaggerating), but I HAVE accomplished a few things! Here’s my list and how I’ve done so far:  (Yes, some of these are more work than fun, but summertime is a great time to do inside work when you live in the Deep South!) Pantry:  Reorganize my…

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Five Things Friday

Five Things Friday

Last weekend was extra awesome!  Here are five amazing things from that awesomeness! (1) Friday night The Chief and I headed down to Jacksonville, Florida for the evening, and we ate at Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub.  We do love a good pub!  We liked the atmosphere, the service, AND the food!   Their bread pudding was something special, I tell you.  It’s house-made of danish and doughnuts, covered with buttered pecans and chocolate chips, and topped with a bourbon glaze!  OH,…

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Five Things Friday

Five Things Friday

Here are five things I’m listening to these days: (1)  What Should I Read Next?, a fabulous podcast done by Modern Mrs. Darcy (MMD). I was already hooked on MMD’s Facebook page, and then my friend Sheila told me about the podcast!  I might be on my third round of listening to these!  The format is just perfect, the recording is done well, and my “To Be Read” list has never been longer!  On each podcast she asks her guest…

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