2013: year in review.

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I’d say 2013 was one for the books. [J] & I moved to des moines, IA, and made our apartment a home. we traveled to minneapolis for a weekend with amazing friends. and celebrated mother’s day in one of the sweetest, little towns the amana colonies. my dad, [J], & I banded together to throw my mom an unforgettable 50th birthday. megan of the thread affect + I finally met/went to a blogging event in chicago. I fell in love with des moines, especially the farmer’s market breakfast burritos. attended my family reunion in small town iowa. took the most amazing 16 day cross-country road trip, #LLontheBIGroad. GOT ENGAGED at mount rushmore! celebrated my 26th birthday & [J]’s golden birthday. [J]’s parents threw us an engagement party in chicago. and we can’t forget christmas.

enjoy the last two days of 2013.

[ps: it’s snowing!].


book review: he’s gone.

when it comes to books, I’m a sucker for romance & mystery. so when {the thread affect} & I decided on {he’s gone} for our august book club read, I was thrilled. 

a woman wakes up to find her husband is gone. they had a bit too much to drink the night before, and details regarding the evening were fuzzy. days begin to pass. and the endless possibilities of what really happened begin to make themselves known in her mind.

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before reading a word of this book, I had it pegged as a ‘one-night read’. a book I can’t put down until I know the ending. but it wasn’t. I found myself frustrated, almost instantly. the romance I enjoy in books was not there, instead ..adultery, then remorse. it was abusive relationships. and broken families. which I’m not naive, is “real life”. but it was too much. moments have happiness were instantly clouded with regret. and then a disappearance. with so many possible suspects. and the unlikeliest of endings.

I could absolutely adore a book, but if the ending is a dud ..then it’s ruined. 

the ending wasn’t “the worst”. but after the 280 pages of what the heck happened ..I wanted more. so I immediately sent a text to {the thread affect} begging I had gotten a misprint and her version led to a better ending, but it didn’t ..

but hey ..to each their own. you may love it.

read {the thread affect}’s review.

read erika of {all things E}’s review.

join us in reading september’s book.

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{I’m Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers} by tim madigan.


and I’ll be posting my usual friday post, the week in photos, tomorrow! so stop by! 

happy friday.


book review: love with a chance of drowning.

from the first page, I was hooked. I could not get enough of {love with a chance of drowning}it was a true “page-turner”. and the absolute perfect summer read.

on the long drive from colorado back to iowa, in between keeping [J] company as he drove .. I read the entire book.

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there so many great things to say. it’s a memoir, written by a girl who very reluctantly sailed the pacific ocean with her boyfriend. she was terrified of the ocean. and was constantly plagued by sea sickness. I couldn’t believe it was a true story. she overcame so much. accomplished so much. went against all the naysayers. it was beautiful.

on the smallest of small scales, I thought of [J] & I’s camping adventure/road trip across the country. it was far from sailing the pacific ocean. but it was a feat for us. for me. we constructed our tent home each day. one that provided very little protection. did I mention it rained almost every single night? and we survived two hail storms in our tent. thankfully not one leak. we cooked meals over campfires, when the flames would cooperate. when they wouldn’t, we survived on snacks.

it was so minuscule compared to what the couple in the book accomplished. but it was a lot in our book. and it meant so much to read {love with a chance of drowning} when I did, on our trip back home. we saw so much. but it made us want to see so much more. and this book pretty much says: DO IT. don’t let anything stand in your way, especially yourself.

it’s a beautiful story. with so many great life lessons. and so inspiring.

I may even go against my unwritten rule and read it a second time. it’s that good.

head over to {the thread affect} to read meg’s review!

and erika’s review on {all things E}!


join us in reading our august book!!

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{he’s gone} by deb caletti.

get it {here}!

happy thursday.