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march favorites

It’s crazy how blogging can get low on your list of priorities and then BAM, it’s a week into April and you haven’t completed even the favorites post!

March was pretty full of settling into the routine of a new job, which, for an introvert like me, is a feat in and of itself! I’m not used to a position with so many meetings, but it’s stretching in a good way. I am so happy in this new role with its responsibilities and the level of trust that my supervisors already display. It’s definitely feeling like a career job instead of a “starter” job, for which I am so thankful. Continue reading “march favorites”

the ice queen // book review

Title: The Ice Queen Image result for the ice queen alice hoffman

Author: Alice Hoffman

Pages: 211

Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis [from Goodreads]: “Be careful what you wish for. A small town librarian lives a quiet life without much excitement. One day, she mutters an idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks it into a new beginning.

She goes in search of Lazarus Jones, a fellow survivor who was struck dead, then simply got up and walked away. Perhaps this stranger who has seen death face to face can teach her to live without fear. When she finds him, he is her opposite, a burning man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches. As an obsessive love affair begins between them, both are forced to hide their most dangerous secrets–what turned one to ice and the other to fire.

A magical story of passion, loss, and renewal, The Ice Queen is Alice Hoffman at her electrifying best.”
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weekend at the ranch

My brother is home for spring break and my dad is recovering from spinal surgery so we’re down at the ranch this weekend. Knitting, alpacas, and pie making (apple and peach) are in the works!

What are you up to this weekend?

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One of the best parts of my new job is having Fridays off! I love the time that it gives me to catch up on house things, errands, and self care. Today I’m working on a project for myself from Mama in a Stitch and trying my hand at homemade apple pie, wish me luck!

What are you up to on this lovely day?

happy international women’s day!

the paris wife // book review

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Author: Paula McLain

Pages: 314

My rating: 4/5

Synopsis: Hadley’s life has been mostly relegated to St. Louis, until she meets the winsome Ernest in Chicago during a trip to visit her friend. Brimming with potential, Ernest is an aspiring writer full of life, zest, and everything that Hadley thought she was lacking. They fall in love and marry, and he whisks her away to Paris to begin his writing career. While Hadley loves Ernest and wants to see his career take off, the transition and culture of Paris are harder on her than she expected. She struggles to fit in and to make friends, even while they traipse in circles that include Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein. Will their marriage make it? Continue reading “the paris wife // book review”

the grownup // book review

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Author: Gillian Flynn

Pages: 69 (or an hour and a half on audiobook)

Stars: 3/5

Synopsis: A young con woman has been getting herself through life in survival mode through various methods of fraud since she was a little girl–her latest con is fortune telling and aura reading. One day, Susan shows up, claiming that she needs help with her spooky old house and managing her sociopathic stepson, Miles. Her husband is often gone and she feels alone in dealing with everything. Seeing another opportunity to make an easy buck, the main character offers to do a series of “cleanses” in the house while waiting to see whether or not the situation resolves on its own…*spoiler ahead* but soon, she can’t tell whether or not she is the con artist, or the one being conned. Continue reading “the grownup // book review”

february favorites

February is one of those months that always just flies on by…with Valentine’s and my birthday just a week apart on the 14th and 21st and the month only 28 days long there’s barely time to blink before the month is over.

I started a new job this month so things have been super crazy! I’ve been learning a lot and am really excited about the opportunities available to me in this position. I finally feel like I am in a career path that I’m excited about and that is such a good feeling.

I’ve really liked starting to do these monthly favorites and I hope that you all have found something (or more) that you’ve enjoyed too! Without further ado, here is this month’s roundup. Continue reading “february favorites”

the miniaturist // book review

Title: The Miniaturist
Author: Jessie Burton
Pages: 400
My rating: 3/5Image result for the miniaturist cover

Synopsis: When 18-year-old Nella arrives at her new husband’s home in 1686, she imagines a wonderful life as the wife of a wealthy merchant and hopefully mother to children.
However, much to her dismay, her new household is not at all welcoming. Her sister-in-law, Marin, is cold and critical, and her husband is distant and none too keen to give her attention. What he gives her instead is a miniature version of their house. To furnish her cabinet, Nella enlists the help of a miniaturist, who seems to know more about her future than Nella does herself. The miniaturist sends puzzling pieces, which come to be true in startling ways. When her husband gets into a world of trouble, Nella searches for more clues of what is to come and struggles to understand the person behind her miniature objects. Are they here to help or destroy? Continue reading “the miniaturist // book review”

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