Saturday, June 20, 2015


Thursday, June 11, 2015


to me, being a college graduate means getting to read anything and everything i want. i do still miss the book discussions and class atmosphere, but i love picking all of my own books even more.

for the last few years, i've made a goal to read a book a week (52 a year). i'm a little behind schedule this year, but i can't wait to stay up late all summer long, catching on with my 2015 reading list.

-half of a yellow sun, by chimamanda ngozi adichie ( jared and i listened to ms adichie's americanah on tape and i fell in love with her use of language, word choice, and story telling. i can't wait to jump into her writing again with this critically acclaimed book.

-the white album, by joan didion ( i love creative nonfiction, and joan didion is the master. some of her other books have made real impacts on my life, especially reading the year of magical thinking about the death of didion's husband after my brother died.

-zen in the art of writing, by ray bradbury ( what better way to learn about writing well, than from the wisdom of ray bradbury?

-naked, by david sedaris ( david sedaris is always a light, funny, and easy read. perfect to bring along on camping trips, visits to the park, or lazy days at the pool.

-travels with charley, by john steinbeck ( embarking on a road trip to discover america with your dog. this just could not be more my style. honestly, i'm surprised i haven't read this yet.

-angela's ashes, by frank mccourt ( this one is at the very top of my to-read summer reading list. it's supposed to be one of the greatest memoirs ever written, and it's always listed on my suggested reading lists. hopefully it lives up to all the hype!

-last child in the woods, by richard louv ( i spent my childhood roaming around the desert and winding my way through sandstone. i want the same for my kids.

-bad feminist, by roxanne gay ( another sharp, funny, and easy read for whiling away relaxing summer days.

just in case you are interested, here's the other books i've read so far this year.

1. yes, please - amy poehler
2. the hanmaid's tale - margaret atwood (* great read!!!)
3. are you there god? it's me margaret - judy blume
4. on writing well - william zinsser
5. in cold blood - truman capote
6. reason for hope - jane goodall
7. if you want to write - brenda ueland
8. this change everything - naomi klein
9. the life changing magic of tidying up - marie kondo
10. americanah - chimamanda adichie (*possibly my favorite read of far)
11. the book thief - markus zusak
12. cunt: a declaration of independence - inga muscio
13. how to be an explorer of the world - keri smith
14. a portrait of the artist as a young man - james joyce
15. the swerve: how the world became modern - stephen greenblatt
16. the non-profit narrative - dan portnoy
17. let's explore diatbetes with owls - david sedaris
18. elephant company - vicki croke
19. the story of stuff - annie leonard

Thursday, June 4, 2015


this week we celebrated our niece whitney's first birthday, and last week we said goodbye to jared's grandmother. in mormon country, the two events feel strangely similar. both are celebrated as a beginning of one adventure, and the end of another. "a change of clothes," as the dalai lama put it. and both are, of course, surrounded by desserts, potatoes, and family. and apparently in this case, they also include photo ops at the park.

so...happy 1st birthday, cute little whitney. we love you so much and can't wait to see all the cool, interesting, adventurous things you are going to do with your life.

park pics #2 - since everyone was already getting together for memorial weekend and funeral preparations, jared's family decided to coordinate some family photos. 

a lot of the rest of the weekend we just spent roaming around in snow canyon and checking out the new virgin river walk (which strangely enough, is not located by the virgin river).

i guess saying goodbye is never easy, but it's usually the beginning of something new. godspeed to all of us.