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July Book Reviews

July Book Reviews

Paris On Air by Oliver Gee 4/5 StarsOverall, this is a great Paris memoir read that is funny and entertaining. Many parts are cheesy, especially in the audio book version, but if you’re a Francophile and enjoy stories about how expats make their way to Paris then I’d recommend this book. Gee brings a unique angle by giving a bit of background on his career in journalism and how he transitioned into doing The Earful Tower podcast full time, which…

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Wednesday Whimsy #36

Wednesday Whimsy #36

Bonjour and happy Wednesday. Another long, sad break between Wednesday Whimsy posts. I’ve been half-heartedly trying to find French-themed content but most things have been a bust. I’ve tried watching a few French movies on Netflix or Kanopy but haven’t been enjoying them so stop watching. I have been continuing with French lessons though so at least my language skills are (hopefully) evolving. BookParis on Air by Oliver GeeOverall, this is a great Paris memoir read that is funny and…

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Oregon Road Trip

Oregon Road Trip

Once mid-March came and we realized how much COVID-19 would have an effect on not only daily life but vacations (read: a babymoon), we kept our fingers crossed that things would open up enough to take a little road trip while it would still be comfortable for me to travel. Thankfully, by the second half of June our top destination pick opened up for visitors: Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. This has been on our list of PNW things…

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Five Favorite Items from First and Second Trimesters

Five Favorite Items from First and Second Trimesters

I can’t believe I’m already to the third trimester. The past seven months have absolutely flown by and I’m sure being in quarantine and distracted by COVID had a lot to do with it. Since I’m only planning to be pregnant once I haven’t wanted to invest a lot into maternity items, money- and quantity-wise. Maternity and baby items are a lot like planning a wedding: there are countless people and companies trying to tell you what you need and…

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June Book Reviews

June Book Reviews

The Boatman’s Daughter by Andy Davidson 4/5 StarsI’ve never before read a dark Southern magical realism book but that’s what this is and I like it. It takes place within a small area in a bayou which gives it a Gothic feel as well. The synopsis didn’t completely appeal to me but the plot is just a means to explore human nature in a handful of very different, messed-up-in-their-own-way people. This is one of the more unique books I’ve read…

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May Book Reviews

May Book Reviews

The Cerulean Queen (The Nine Realms #4) by Sarah Kozloff 5/5 StarsWhat a great ending to the Nine Realms series! After I found the first book, A Queen in Hiding, and thought it sounded like a great book, I was so excited to find out that there would be only four books in the series and that they would be coming out in consecutive months. This makes for such a great reading experience; you don’t have a whole year in…

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Suncadia

Suncadia

A few days before Christmas 2019 we decided to join two friends of ours at Suncadia Resort, a snowy winter getaway about an hour and a half from Seattle. We had only been once several years before for a “team building” weekend for a job I previously had. We wanted to go back for a more positive experience and to spend a few days relaxing with our friends.The plan was to spend a half day at the spa getting massages…

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A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Before we get too far into Spring I want to share pictures from a park in our neighborhood that is a treat to walk through in all seasons. These are from last fall when everything had died except for the moss and the mushrooms that had just started to show.

Low-tide Beach Walk

Low-tide Beach Walk

Last summer I discovered that the aquarium hosts days where beach naturalists are available in various parks throughout the season to answer questions and track what life they find. I went to one near my house (can you believe I live 15 minutes from this?!) and had the absolute best time. I wanted to volunteer to be a beach naturalist this summer but it happens to coincide with the third trimester of pregnancy for me; not a good fit. I…

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