Category Archives: Things I like

Latest books.

I’ve read a few good books lately that are worthy of sharing.


Dancing on Broken Glass, by Ka Hancock, is a tear jerker.  Like maybe the last two hundred pages made me boo-hoo.  It is an incredibly sweet book about love, mental illness, accepting people for who they are, and sisterhood.  My sister would love this book because she loves books that make her weep.  I just get mad that I am readying a story–by choice–that seems to be ruining me.  But I did love it.  I just wouldn’t subject myself to it again.  Worth a read if you like to cry.


Loves God Likes Girls, by Sally Gary, was a really good, insightful read.  I provides a look into a woman’s life who struggles with homosexuality and her faith.  I appreciated her honesty and her willingness to tell her story.  I typically do not read about real life, but was glad I read this one.  I would recommend it to just about anyone.


Mr. Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson, was a delightful book.  I laughed out loud and loved taking my time to read it.  The first bit of the book was a little slow, but the story is worth discovering.  It is about an older British man, living in a small village, who decides to lives the “later” years of his life with boldness.  His observations about those younger than him are hilarious, and very true.  I would recommend it to men and women who like a good, charming story.

Next up for me: Wonder, by R. J. Palacio, Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes, and The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, by Anton Disclafani.

Life’s goodness–every day for five years.

I really am a blog junky.  I love reading blogs.  Mainly about design and about food.  One of my favorites is Cocina Marie.  She is a childhood friend, though more of my sister’s than mine.  She is also a lawyer who has turned into a foodie, cookbook writer, wife and mom.  She may be practicing a little law too, but she doesn’t talk much about that on her blog.  A blog about practicing law would be pretty boring, given the attorney client privilege and all.  Recently, Marie highlighted an idea that I am taking on myself.


It is a memory book for five years.  Each page has a day of the calendar year with space for all five years of memories.  This makes it easy to compare your memories on a given day from year to year.

At first, I thought I would wait until January.  Starting a memory book mid-year seems weird and disorganized.  But then I had a bad day and thought about the book, and how nice it would be to log goodness in my day.  And so I decided to start it, and write a line everyday of something good that happened–my highlight of the day.  In theory, this will make me focus on something good everyday.  And lately I have needed it.  Our office moved up north, which means a commute to and from work.  And the commute is to a rather depressing location in the middle of office building/cubicle land.  It sort of sucks the life right out of you.  Except it is just work–not life.  I need to focus on the good in life.  And this book is meant to help.

Here goes nothing.

Expect a report in 5 years.  Maybe sooner.

Frances and Bernard

Hi again.  It has been awhile.  No real excuse other than life.  I don’t even have the excuse of spending more time reading than writing.  In fact, I have done very little of either.  But I did just finish a book I thoroughly enjoyed.

13429680Frances and Bernard is a lovely story about the relationship of two writers, told in letters, based in the 1950s.  I am drawn to stories with strong women characters and this one is definitely that.  Beautifully told and quick to read, I would recommend it to anyone interested in smart but easy reading.  It is a love story–sort of–but turns out well in the end.

Some new favorites.

My friend, Colleen, and I went to lunch one day and saw a lady with a pretty purse.  We asked her about it and got enough information to find it online.  That was in the fall.  And I am now the proud owner of one myself thanks to my parents for my birthday.  I am loving it.  It fits everything and more.


I got this in a free sample and think it will be a new go-to.  It has sunscreen, which is increasingly important to me and just a little color.


Fabulous K recently did her favorite list, and I have embraced one of hers.  I put a few drops of this hair oil on the ends of my hair to protect it before I dry it.  It has made my hair look much healthier.


I have been a lover of Lululemon since my friend, Kate, hooked me up before the New York Marathon.  Thanks to Kate, Lululemon “outfitted” Scott and me for the race.  I guess they thought that by outfitting super slow runners, the spectators could get a good, long look at us and admire our clothes.  Those clothes are some of my favorites but they are pretty expensive.  I have decided that I would rather buy less stuff, but get the “good” stuff.  And for running gear, that seems to be Lululemon.  I just bought this top with gift certificates and am really loving it.


I am also loving this shirt from Nordstrom.


The shirt is perfect for work with J Crew pencil skirts.


And last but not least, I am loving my new wok.  It was not expensive, and is perfect for easy week night dinners.  Tonight I made stir fried cabbage and it worked great.