The Bookshop of Yesterday’s by Amy Meyerson: I found this book sort of trite and formulaic. There was a twist I should have seen coming and after it, I was no longer interested in how things ended up for the characters.
Together: Our Community Kitchen by the Women of the Hubb Community Kitchen: This was a Christmas gift and was so much fun to read! I always forget how different UK cookbooks are from US ones though – there will be some conversion to cook out of it!
The Blue Jay’s Dance: A Birth Year by Louise Erdrich: I bought this at her bookstore and I cannot believe I didn’t know about this one from Erdrich. I told a friend that I cannot be objective about her writing and that continues to be true for me. I found this enthralling, engaging and felt it captures that fuzzy period of late pregnancy and the first year post-partum perfectly. Life continues around you and the cocoon a mother and little one share together.
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue: This was a book club book and I listened to it as an audio book. I am so glad I did! It was one of the first audio books where I felt the voice actor brought more to the story for me. Following an immigrant family from Cameroon to New York City in 2008, this is a moving narrative about the modern American Dream and who gets to partake in it.
Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee: I listened to this one and I found it to be much too long. Chee focused so much on clothing – for pages at a time and while I am sure the historical research is spot on, I found it tedious and distracted from the main character.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur: I devoured this. Another selection for book club, I have seen it at Target for ages and I am so grateful for the nudge to pick it up. Seriously, thrilling, amazing work.
While we’ve owned our house for two years now, we’ve finally hit the wall with how we set things up when we first moved in. We need to focus on rearranging rooms and upgrading little things like light fixtures in the bedrooms and fresh paint. We didn’t take a family vacation in 2018 – we had a lot going on emotionally and financially; but, it really bummed me out. It isn’t on the horizon for 2019 either but I’m hoping a focus on home with help me feel about that.
I’m thrilled I used more than then 18 items I set out to use. However, many many of them where sample or travel sizes. I am hoping to pan some lip products in 2019 and get my skincare and hair are down to what I’m using on a daily basis. I know I buy lipstick and face masks when I’m bored or want a pick me up but they both take me ages to completely use up.
Best in Fiction: Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (I loved this trilogy so much)
Best in Non-Fiction: Barracoon: The Story of the Last ‘Black Cargo’ by Zora Neale Hurston
Best Movie: (omg in 2014 I watched 129 movies…how?) Black Panther wins top spot but The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a close second
Best at the Fair: I won another blue ribbon – for my gingerbread this time. I’m so thrilled!
Favorite Podcast: The History of English & Secret Feminist Agenda
Number of Flights: 15
Favorite Trip: Probably our quick family get away to Cleveland. We had to cut it short due to a sick kiddo but it was so nice to get away just the three of us this year. Although M & I sneaking away to Louisville the two of us was also a huge highlight for me.
I was so surprised to pull out this little box of used items and find so many! I could have sworn I used *nothing* up in November! I am so ready to be done with this project and am thinking about where I want to take my project pan and collection in 2019.
This blog written on traditional and unceded Miami and Haudenosauneega terrority, where I am grateful to live and work.
Red Clocks by Zeni Zumas: Another book club book! I thought this would be a little more post apocalyptic that it was and I was surprised how quickly I got into this novel. Following three different women in an US where abortion is illegal and how they fight to live their lives and build (or don’t) their families was a good read. Check it out if you don’t hate women!
The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich: I’m working on being a Erdirch completist and I really enjoyed this novel. Her worlds are evocative and she builds such real, human characters.
We drove up to Cleveland for a quick weekend getaway. We stopped at the only Taco John’s in Ohio on our way up. On Saturday, we hit up the West Side Market which was amazing. The grocery and food vendors were so well varied and everything was such high quality; I really regretted not bringing a cooler to bring more home. We had lunch at the Market Garden Brewery and then we checked into our AirBnB. We were able to walk from there to Great Lakes Brewery where we had a tour and some tastings. They have a wonder restaurant too – but with a toddler, we opted to eat in at our AirBnB and made some Ohio City Pasta. Sunday morning I got up for a run thru Ohio City. There is not much more I love than getting to see a new place while on a run, the familiar pumping of my legs and quiet plodding of my feet while seeing all the new graffiti, restaurants and places to see. We went to A Christmas Story House and Museum and it was everything M and I dreamed of. The owners have bought the house from the movie, the Bumpus House and 2 houses across the street. We ate the Rowley Inn and had some of the best pancakes ever before heading home.