Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Vacation reading list

One of the best things about travelling long distances for vacation--whether by plane, train or automobile--is having a dedicated time to read. I fall so deeply into books that reading for 30-minute segments just doesn't do it for me. So a trans-Atlantic flight is the perfect excuse to read a new book. Thanks to recommendations from my friends (and a few purchases from my Amazon wishlist), here are a few titles I have settled on for my upcoming trip.

1. Barnheart by Jenna Woginrich

Yes, I am the weird girl that reads about homesteading and farms for fun. Call it my rural upbringing, but I love books that detail a simpler life in a modern world, and Woginrich's earlier work, Made from Scratch, was a beautiful look into the reality of living off of the land. I'm excited to see what new stories and revelations her latest book with entail.

2. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

I'm reading this at the recommendation of one of my co-workers, but it has been on my radar for a while. I don't have any past experience with the author, but the subject matter interests me. I always forget that the things you do (not just what happens to you) impact your mood and feelings. Hopefully this book will be a reminder to me to make proactive choices that lead to a happy life.

3. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

I love the movies, but have never read the book. I think it might be a little more hard-boiled in tone than the book (there was already a pretty descriptive flashback with cannibalism involved in the first or second chapter... Myrna Loy would have never approved!), but I think it's worth a shot.

4. The Works of P.G. Wodehouse

I ran across some of Wodehouse's books at Full Circle a while ago, and they seemed like the exact type of fiction that I like--set in the early 20th Century, full of social commentary and tension between the rich and the wanna-be rich. Even better, because of copyright laws, a lot of his earlier works are very inexpensive in Kindle format.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

[Belated] summer project list

The other day a coworker and I were commenting on the blog of our friend Sommer, who somehow finds time to work and do a thousand other awesome things. When we both wondered how she does it, I jokingly said, "she probably doesn't spend as much time on Facebook as we do."

Later on that evening, the truth of that statement really hit me. I have pinned dozens of cool ideas, I have tons of goals and aspirations, and my bucket list isn't getting any shorter. Yet I spend time on Facebook liking the latest batch engagement photos instead of doing the stuff that I want to do in the first place.

So I decided to help myself change that bad habit. I made a list of the things I wanted to do this summer, and put them in one of my pretty blue mason jars. Anytime I am bored I won't have an excuse!

So here is to getting things done!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Happy Monday!

I don't know about you, but Mondays never really bother me. I like the idea of a fresh start, a new to do list and a more chances to have fun and laugh a lot. Plus, any time I get the Monday blues I just throw on a cute dress and new lip gloss (like the new color of Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment... yes, please). It works wonders to lift my spirits, believe me.

I had a fantastic weekend, involving multiple trips to my favorite bookstore (my weakness), a few new records and the discovery of the ultimate antique store. But more on those later.

Instead, I will leave you with my current song obsession. We sang it in church the past two weeks and I can't get enough. I have decided it's the theme song of my current season. Enjoy!