Let’s Read

For the first time in the history of ever, I have actually prepped some blog posts. 

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I don’t have photos for this post, because, well I don’t think that books are the most photogenic.  And since I get most of my books from the library, I don’t have many of these anymore.  I’ve compiled my list of favorite books I’ve ever read… and why: 

1.  The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger.  Hands down my favorite book that I’ve ever read.  In school or out.  I do own this one and I love picking it up from time to time.  Holden Caufield may just be one of my favorite characters of all time.  I may just want to name one of my future children Holden, however, please don’t let them grow up to be like that. 

2.  His Bright Light:  The Story of Nick Traina – Danielle Steele.  This book is about her eldest son Nick.  I’ve read it so much the book is falling apart.  I love it, and I cry every single time I read it.  Even as I know what’s going on.  It is a true testament to mental illness and how it can destroy lives and families, but also promotes awareness. 

3.  Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn.  I waited for a very long time to get this book from the library.  Once I did, I could not put it down.  It is gripping and I just love how you really don’t know what is going to happen.  If you have lots of free time, I suggest reading this as soon as you possibly can.  It is that good. 

4.  Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling.  Yes, I am an HP fan.  I’ve read every book multiple times and still continue to enjoy them.  I know I’m not the first, or the only one, but I love them. 

5.  To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee.  Other than #1, this may have been my favorite book that I read in school. I read it in junior high and high school.  Love it, I also may, or may not name a child Scout.  Ok, maybe not as likely as Holden, but it could happen. 

6.  Any and all books by Jodi Picoult.  She is my favorite author of all time and I really don’t think I can pick one of them as my favorite.  They are all so thought provoking and they’ve always drawn me in.  And yes, I’ve read them all. 

7.  The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin.  This book is a really good life and self-help style book.  I want to purchase it and really go through it again and highlight things.  I tried while I had it checked out from the library to put some of it into my daily life, but I just didn’t have the time.  I’d love to purchase it thought and try again. 

I hope these give you some good suggestions when you need a book to read.  I didn’t want to give anything away on a few, but trust me, they are all worth checking out from the library, or purchasing if that’s your style.  Get to reading. 

Hair, There Everywhere

I’ve almost always had long hair since I was a teenager. 

(Except my senior year of high school and beginning of college.  The first was a good choice, the latter a mistake; as well as when I lived on the east coast). 

I always was trying to grow it out.  Here are some examples of my lengths over the years:

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And these days it looks like this: 

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It is almost too long.  I love it, and thankfully my hair is not thick, so its not heavy or anything like that.  I just don’t think it has much spunk, that’s why in November I chopped the bangs.  I rarely straighten, because its so long (as the photo in the white shirt shows).  Yet, clearly when it was shorter that was my go to style. 

I’m super tempted to cut it all off though.  It gets really tangled and is somewhat annoying. 

Some Happenings ‘Round Here

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This past week, this guy and I celebrated our first year of dating.

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We decided to go camping.  We’ve both been wanting to go and were really looking forward to it.  We’ve tried in the past and either couldn’t get the time off, couldn’t get people to go with us, or it was too cold.  So we made a short trip of it for ourselves.

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The view from our campsite.  The people who camped here before us did not know the Boy Scout/Eagle Scout protocol of leaving the place cleaner than you found it.  I should have photographed the fish guts and blood on the table.  Yum!

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Home away from home.  I’ve never seen a wide, two-person tent, but it really fit better than the more square ones.

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On our way we saw this sign and got quite the kick out of it.  I think you know why.

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The field to the left of the lake.  There were always lots of deer in it.  It was really beautiful out there.  However, we are northern California people and camping up there is SO DIFFERENT than southern California.

1.  No swimming in the lake.  Yep, we couldn’t swim.  I don’t like to swim, but it does put a damper on the camping.  You could fish though.

2.  No campfires, period.  I don’t know if in other places we would have been able to, because it has been really dry down here, but there weren’t even fire pits.

3.  Hiking around the lake was only about a mile, not quite the hike we anticipated.

So, we also failed in the other departments, and it was our own fault.  No lantern, or flashlight.  Only one pan.  So we ate our meals in shifts.  It was, somewhat funny.  Good thing we had plenty of beer and enjoy each other’s company.  We also went and looked at the stars.  It was enjoyable, but next time we will go somewhere else, where there is more to do.

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If you had told me last year that he and I would be where we are, I wouldn’t have necessarily believed it.  Not that I wouldn’t have wanted it, but I wouldn’t have believed it could happen.  It has been an amazing year and he always makes me beyond happy.  We went and had a really fancy dinner (where I proceeded to almost spill the whole table on my lap, twice) with an amazing view.  My food was spectacular and his was pretty good.  I’m not sure what the savory mousse we were supposed to drink before our meal was for, but we didn’t.  Needless to say, we are not super high class.  And to end it, a few days later I got the best gift a girl could ask for.  A tempurpedic mattress pad.  My bed is now beyond comfortable.  He really is the best.