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Friday Faves

a wall calendar turned to January

First Friday Faves of 2019! And admittedly the first Friday Faves I've done in quite awhile. As a freelance writer I got to enjoy a more relaxed schedule around the holidays, but now I'm back!

Binging with Babish: Grey Stuff from Beauty and the Beast

Babish always delivers with his movie and TV related videos, but this one was especially fun! Belle is my favorite Disney princess (though The Lion King is still my favorite movie.) The hors d'oeuvres are plated beautifully and look DELICIOUS.

The New York Times: The Year in Pictures, 2018

What a year. This review by NYT really makes you slow down and look at each photo. Here were some of the most captivating ones for me.

  • February: Mosul, Iraq; bodies being collected in a ruined neighborhood

  • March: Redhill, England; iconic red phone booths, rusty and discarded

  • May: Pahoa, Hawaii; the Kilauea volcano eruption

  • August: Kaolack, Senegal; children playing on a fallen baobab tree

  • October: Yellowstone National Park; the Grand Prismatic Spring

  • November: Wasilla, Alaska: a road damaged by a magnitude-7 earthquake

Dedicate, a 30 day yoga journey with Adriene Mishler

Adriene Mishler of the YouTube channel "Yoga with Adriene" creates a 30 day yoga experience every year, and releases one video a day in January. This is the third journey of hers I've taken, and like the others, it's a refreshing return to basics. I usually slack on yoga and fitness during the holidays too, so it's a gentle way to get back into regular workouts.

Currently reading:

A Discovery of Witches. Nearly done with this one and I'm enjoying it, but definitely think it could have been shorter.

What Alice Forgot. I know exactly what I'm getting into with Liane Moriarty books. It's a fun suburban thriller and I'm flying through it pretty quickly.

Just finished:

Bonfire. Love Krysten Ritter. It's a decent first novel, and I'd read more of her books in the future.

Bird Box. There's some clunky dialogue, but overall I enjoyed this more than Netflix's adaptation.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. After reading Robin Sloan's Sourdough I had to check out his first book. So cute. Book lovers have probably already read it and I'm just behind.

(Chat about books with me on Goodreads!)

In the next few blog posts I'll dive more into writing, reading, and what I'm planning for the rest of 2019!


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