10 Year View

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With my wedding anniversary on my mind, I’ve been thinking a lot about my big picture. Until recently I never gave much credence to ten year goals. But now that I am taking time to visualize daily and saying daily affirmations, setting my directions with 10 year goals seems like an obvious step. Obviously, with a goal so far in the distance, these ideas are fluid and subject to change, but it helps to know when it comes time to make decisions. I took some time to think about where I would like to be ten years from now, and here is what I came up with. Continue reading

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Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron

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This week I am reviewing a book that I was surprised to enjoy. I picked up Dewey the Library Cat to fit the 2017 challenge category: A book with a cat on the cover. I remember when this book came out in 2010. I was still working at Barnes and Noble, and this book was so popular that it was even suggested reading for high school students. I recall the synopsis being sweet, and I’ve always been interested in the power of the library and the magic of a library cat, so it seemed like an interesting fit. Continue reading

Spring For-Wine

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Happy Fri-yay! I don’t know about you, but I have had one hell of a week. I got my new phone(!!!) which was a pain, and work made the days seem really loooong, so I am ready for some wine. With the beginning of Daylight Savings Time last week, which is silly and pointless but we will talk about that some other time, spring is approaching quickly and I’m ready to jump in on that spring wine. Spring for me is always heralded by the release of the seasons rosé’s and I am super excited for the release this year, as well as the return of crisp white wines and zesty acidity. Here are a few of the wines I know I will be drinking this summer. Continue reading

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

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The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

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Last spring, my sister-in-law started an online book club on Facebook, and kindly invited me to join. We chose between two books,BLANK and The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer. It was close but the popular vote fell in favor of the Stephenie Meyer novel. I am a fan of Meyer’s story telling, though I didn’t love the ending of the Twilight series, I did enjoy the descriptions and building of the fringe characters. I also sincerely enjoyed The Host, which holds to my opinion that the book is always better than the movie, so I was excited to read this new teen thriller. Continue reading

Bullet Journal: Meal Planning

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My world revolves around food. I don’t know about yours, but when I’m tired food wakes me up. When I’m fussy, food unfusses me. Cooking relaxes me, and planning my meals excites me. It’s not hard, but it’s not easy, and planning a weekly menu that is both compromising and enticing keeps my budget down and my creative juices flowing. Like everything else in my life, I use my bullet journal for a lot of my meal planning and I have used a few different methods for this over the years. I’m excited to share these methods with you today. Continue reading

Scent in coffee

Hot, iced, straight, with milk, espresso, cold brew, whole bean, instant: however you take it, the world runs on coffee. Just like wine, coffee comes in many families and varieties, and is directly impacted by the soil it grows in. The best coffee for brewing rich roasts is arabica, or at least it’s the most common with more than 40 known varietals. The similarities between coffee and wine don’t stop there, though: both are made from a berry fruit, both contain tannins, and both were banned by strict Muslim and Christian sects for the ways they alter the mind and body. Coffee and wine are both also often described by reference to notes, terroir and varietal, which makes coffee a great way to learn about the subjects for those not quite old enough or with a mature enough palate to experience wine. Continue reading

Bullet Journal: Future Logs

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I mentioned at the end of the year that I would be staying a new series on Bullet Journals. We’ve talked a bit about the basics last time, and I thought with the new year here the next appropriate installment would be future logs. One of the primary purposes of a bullet journal is to keep track of todos and future appointments, things you’ll need to come back to. Continue reading