2018: Year in Review

Books Read: 38 books, 11236 pages

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.

18 Pans of 2018: Nov

Items Used This Month:  8

Total This Year: 97

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.

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What I Read: Nov ’18

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. 

Cleveland!

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.

20 Hours in Louisville

We made a super whirlwind trip to Louisville a few weeks ago for a show. We saw Raye Zaragoza and William Elliot Whitmore at Headliners. Before the show, we had dinner at Harvest – it was the best meal I might have ever had, ever. I ordered the lamb ragu over pasta with a butternut squash cream and we split the beer cheese appetizer. They were competing in a bourbon cocktail event so I ordered one and it was a wonderful showcase of Rabbit Hole straight bourbon. The next day, and after coffee at the charming Please and Thank You, we did a tasting at Angel’s Envy (named for the angel’s share) and took a quick tour around the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory before heading back north.

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18 Pans of ’18: Oct

Items Used This Month:  7

Total This Year: 89

This month felt hard, panning wise. And I’ve got nothing that looks close enough to finish about before the end of the year either – we’ll see how far I can get!

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What I Read: Oct ’18

The Opposite of Hate by Sally Kohn: I picked this up for book club and I appreciated it. There have been some accusations that she misquoted individuals in the book and that sort of casts a pall on the rest of the book.

Lomelino’s Ice Creams by Linda Lomelino: This book made me want to buy an ice cream maker! So many great ideas!

Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic: This was a gift last Christmas and I finally sat down and really read it rather than just flipping thru the pages. I loved it and love learning more about Harry Potter!

Appalachian Cooking: New Traditional Recipes by John Tullock: I picked this up off the new shelf at the library and I am so grateful I did. So many great ideas I cannot wait to try.

Cherry by Nico Walker: Ah, the best for last. M suggested this book when we were on a date to the book store and I devoured it. Walker is inventive, evocative and spins a yarn of love, drugs and war that is powerful and missable.

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What I Read: Sept ’18

(there are two themes this month, you’ll see!)

The Whole 30 and The Whole30 Fast and Easy by Melissa Hartwig: I really enjoyed these books and am looking forward to doing my first Whole30 soon!

Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston: We read this for book club and I A D O R E D it so much. I know there are some criticisms, especially around the incredible short re-telling of the Middle Passage but I am so grateful to hear Cudjo’s story and his voice, preserved for those of us interested in listening.

Kindred by Octavia Butler: Another book club selection, one I didn’t quite finish before our meet up but know I wanted to make sure I found the time to finish. I’m really glad it did; it certainly made me think.

What are you reading? Any must-reads before the end of the year?

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