tuesday things : it’s summertime (what I am reading)

Thanks to my friend Christian for sharing this video, which basically sums up how I feel in these last hours before our trip begins.

We leave tonight for PA to drop the pups off with Dave’s mom and sister then our flight for Europe leaves tomorrow!! My Kindle is fully stocked for my reading enjoyment. Here is what I am reading and why!

1. This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral—Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!—in America’s Gilded Capital By Mark Leibovich
I live here, soooooo …

Front Cover

2. The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese By Michael Paterniti
I love cheese, sooooo …

The Telling Room

3. A Moveable Feast By Ernest Hemingway
I somehow have not managed to cross this book off my list, despite my love of all things France. After reading The Paris Wife, I feel very compelled to take a dive into Mr. Hemingway’s psyche.

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone By J.K. Rowling
I know, I should have read this book AGES ago. (I have seen the movies, if that makes it any better?!) Years ago, I tried to start the series and just couldn’t get into it because it seemed to be written for a small child. My friends have said that once you get to the third book it gets better, so I’m trying again.

5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets By J.K. Rowling
See number four.

I’ll be back in June with a recap of our trip and also some highlights from the last few weeks since I haven’t had much time to post.

À bientôt! Or should I say … “Na shledanou!” … “Bis Später! … or “Később találkozunk!” (Thanks to Google Translate for those – I don’t even know how to pronounce them, or if they are correct!)

Happy Birthday in advance to Dave! We will celebrate on Saturday in Prague :)

tuesday things

1. I think winter is finally over!! We had a brush with the old man on Sunday when it snowed a bit more. Luckily it didn’t stick. In D.C., Spring = cherry blossom season, and I was fully prepared to begin the celebration.

2. Dave and I normally exchange our presents after Christmas since we both go home to our families. Last year we did it at the cabin, and this year we were in our new home. It was fun to wake up on New Year’s Eve and open up by our tree. When I opened my gift, I found this inside …


I thought, “Does he think I need to walk Daisy more often?” So I stared at it for a second until I realized the leash belonged to a pup yet to come! I’ve bugged Dave for years about wanting my own dog. I love Daisy, but she is 110% his. My wish was finally coming true! I started the search immediately, and only recently found a pup that was just right. Her name is Jackie and she’s been with us for a little over two weeks now. She’s a quirky dog, but so sweet and cuddly. We are still learning about each other, but I am so happy that we have her as part of our family now!

3. As I mentioned, the weather last weekend was not the least bit inviting. I spent most of the weekend on the couch reading The Hunger Games. I know I’m a little late to that party, but can honestly say that the books are. so. good. I started the first last week sometime and am almost done with the third already. Next up, the movies!

That’s all for today, y’all. I leave you with April’s calendar page, which makes me smile thinking of my wonderful friends – we all take turns being the hugger or the huggee, and we always have snacks (and wine)!



What are your favorite things about Spring?
What books have you read lately?

tuesday things

I know I am posting very late today and you probably won’t read this until tomorrow, but for me it’s still Tuesday. So without further ado…

1. We came home yesterday to find this sweet gift in the mail from my Aunt Bev and Uncle Ron. I’ve been wanting these nesting measuring bowls for a while actually, and the towel fits in nicely with the rest of the green in our kitchen. How thoughtful!


2. Speaking of nesting, here’s a peak into some of the decor around the home. It’s still a work in progress, but the final touches will be in the living room along with some various spots around the house that need an objet d’art or deux. The living room is almost fully furnished – our chairs should get here on Friday! – and then the only BIG thing left will be to refinish the furniture in our master bedroom. If that ever actually happens, I will be a happy girl!

3. Our neighborhood library recently underwent a renovation and re-opened yesterday. I haven’t been yet, but looking at these pictures makes me even more excited to go than I already was. LOVE the archways and doesn’t that fireplace look cozy??

4. I just started reading The Paris Wife, which is about Ernest Hemingway’s first wife Hadley. I love using my kindle because it’s just one item to carry around that can hold all of the books I could even consider reading at one time, making it perfect for commuting! The DC library system has an e-book loan program so I don’t need to visit #3 for books, but it still looks like a nice place to read. Next on my list is either the Harry Potter series (I know, I am waaaaay behind) or The Hunger Games (only slightly behind.) What books are y’all reading??

5. Facebook has been alive for ten years – TEN YEARS! And it’s been in my life for nine and a half of those years. That’s just crazy. Did any of you fall into the trap of sharing your Facebook movie with a recap of your activity on the site? I sure did! (I’d share it here, but I can’t figure out how.)