January Reads

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I fell off the reading bandwagon in the fall, dear readers, but with a 2016 resolution to read every day, and a GORGEOUS engineer print of Elise’s goal tracker, I am back in the game.  Here’s what January held…

Just Read

The Gift of Failure, by Jessica Lahey, because a couple of parents I hold in high esteem recommended it.  I have been talking about it with anyone who will stand still.  I did find that when Lahey is writing about kids who are ages her kids have actually been (it seems like her older child is in middle school) that I liked those chapters better.  Her chapters about older kids seemed like laundry lists of things she decided would be good to do, but were less road tested.  But the bottom line of the book is that kids need to “fail” and that doesn’t actually mean catastrophe, and in fact it means learning, and again, I tell you, there is a nugget of wisdom in this book for anyone with any kind of child.

After I Do, by Taylor Jenkins Reid, because I liked what I started in Maybe in Another Life, and this one has a very Miranda and Steve in the Sex and the City Movie premise, and it was available to download right away through my library.  I read it in a day over my winter break.

Reading:

When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalinithi, which I bought, which I never do, because I didn’t want to wait for it to come in at the library.  Because everyone is talking about it, and because I loved Being Mortal, in the way it made me think about things people don’t often enjoy thinking about in an un-unenjoyable way.  It’s more about his being a neurosurgeon than I realized, and there are some parts I’m having to skim through (one part in particular about a pulsing brain that I wasn’t ready for), but as it nears the end, it’s breath-taking, dear readers.

Want to Read

I Was Told There’d Be Cake, by Sloane Crosley, because The Skimm told me to read The Clasp, which is also on my list, but that led me to this one, which seems truly up my alley.  If for no other reason than the title alone.

My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout, because Cup of Jo is reading it.  I never read Olive Kitteridge, despite having checked it out from my local and beach libraries, probably multiple times.  This makes 0 sense, but there you have it.  Anyway, this one looks intense, and yet still like a quick read.  It’s on hold.

Spark Joy, by Marie Kondo, because LOL.  Because I persist in my on-going quest to be the kind of person who is a minimalist even though I will never be a minimalist?  Sure.  That’s why.

On Rhythms

What I didn’t anticipate at all about moving to a new house was that with the move would come all these new rhythms in our new house.

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In my post on habits, I talked a little bit about how I’m still not in a laundry groove here.  I realized that’s because in Casa Glass of Milk, the laundry process all happened on one floor.  I could do it, switch it to the dryer, fold it, and put it away all on the same level of our house.  Talk about a dream situation.  Now that we’re settled at La Moneda, I need to streamline things, because doing the laundry in the basement (plus constantly adding time to our dying dryer), folding it on the first floor, and putting it away on the second is just too choppy a process.  I get interrupted at random times, and pulled in other directions more easily, thus I find myself needing a boost to keep it all moving forward.

Isn’t it fascinating to talk about my household chores?

Apologies if you have never cared about the ways in which I do my laundry.  I doubt I care too much about how you do yours, but it surprised me that the difference between doing my laundry all on one floor, and doing it spread across is three floors has made a chore I have never minded seem, at times, insurmountable.  Makes me think what other processes in my life could use streamlining.

Another big change has been in my meal prep.  I’ve been planning meals out in the same ways as always, but something is different.  I can’t put my finger on what it is.  It might have to do with my increasing desire to just get something in the oven, and not have to deal with it again until it’s ready to eat.  Those meals are (eek, I’m sorry) maybe more boring than other, more labor-intensive things I’ve cooked, and so this blog also finds itself in a funk.  There’s not much to report when dinner is chicken thighs topped with a jar of sauce from Williams Sonoma, dumped in the slow cooker for four hours.

Bear with me, dear readers.  I still love coming to chat here, and showing you glimpses of life, it just might not always be about food right now.  What do YOU want to see?

The Story Behind the Menu – Brunch with Friends

You may remember that last year, my college friends got together for a Favorite Things party, in which we, well, bought our favorite things for each other.

This year, I got to play hostess!

Who: 6 friends; 5 sorority sisters, and 1 friend we adopted into our clan 10 years ago when we met her at a work orientation

What: Our 2nd Annual Favorite Things Brunch

When: One oddly warm January morning

Why: Because it’s becoming a tradition.

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We couldn’t find a pre-Christmas date that worked for the whole gang, so we celebrated right after New Years.

Between the 6 of us, there are 4 little boys and a tutu-clad little girl.  And let me tell you, though I have contributed none of those kids, these girls are my #momgoals.  Despite having little ankle-biters running around at home, and working regular jobs, and I don’t know what other things moms do, they found the time to wrap their gifts beautifully, and bring MORE than just favorite things.  I saw gifts being exchanged for the little ones, and I even got a housewarming gift out of the deal, too.

(It’s a return address stamp, and I have written over 50 thank you notes in the past two months, so let me tell you, dear readers, this gift is perfection.)

Of course, with 5 little people running all over the place, I barely had time to stop and snap pictures, but what can you do?  Here’s how the morning went:

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The thought process:  For brunch, I like to make sure there’s an egg-y dish, a fruit of some sort, and I’d say I like to make sure I have carbs, but it’s brunch; it’s the carb-heaviest meal I can think of.  I was trying to think about this crew, and whether anyone has dietary restrictions, and no one does.  Clearly my most low-maintenance group of friends.  I did want to make sure there was at least one healthier choice, because though none of us have trouble indulging in something sweet now and then, I didn’t know how these ladies preferred to feed their children.

The menu:

  • Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal from Heidi (holy goodness, this is a great breakfast food, especially if drizzled with extra maple syrup)
  • Crockpot Cinnamon Roll Casserole (inspired by AGOMYR, who made it for a staff breakfast one morning…followed the recipe except I used coconut milk because yum)
  • Hashbrown Sausage and Cheese Casserole (which is not that different from this, except it is different in an important way and that is that it is also amazing, and worth making on separate occasions)
  • fruit salad
  • mimosas

What worked:  The menu!  All the kids had something to eat, which had been one of my main concerns. And I was happy with all three dishes I made, and that rarely happens.  Loved having the leftovers as a way more fun alternative to cereal and smoothies for weekday breakfasts.

What didn’t:  Um, nothing?  It was a truly great morning.  I felt a little out of place hosting littles of so many ages.  We don’t have toys to play with, but moms know when a hostess will be grossly under-prepared to deal with their ilk, and come armed.  When my friend Ashley’s daughter wasn’t sure about our house at first, Ashley assured me that all it would take was some Taylor Swift, so she plunked on the floor and we shook it off.

Oh, and the favorite things?

  • LUSH cosmetics
  • hand sanitzer on one of those loop-y things that you can carry everywhere
  • dry shampoo (which I’ve been dying to try, so here’s my risk free investment)
  • a koozie (you can never have too many)
  • this orange-y flavored gum
  • bobby pins
  • local Michigan chocolate and caramels
  • a cookie scoop (gee, wonder who picked that?)
  • Am I forgetting something?

Snow Day Internet!

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Still snowed in, dear readers?  We’ve got 30 inches of completely untouched snow sitting out, well, everywhere, and I’m nothing if not good for finding some internet for us to enjoy while we wait to be plowed.*

First of all, you have to have seen this already, but just in case.  Love that James Corden just went for it and harmonized with Adele in the car.  If I were anywhere within ten yards of Beyonce, I have a feeling I’d suddenly be rendered mute.

There are champagne gummi bears in the world.  Sugarfina just opened a store nearby and I can’t wait to get out and see if these can exist in my daily life.

How to hygge.  Oh, you don’t know about hygge-ing?  Hygge is a Danish word that translates to cozy, but in context, it’s more about “creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people” (I didn’t make that up).  If you want to use it in a sentence, say, “hoog-a” to make sure you pull off the properly accented pronunciation.  When it comes to #14, embrace that there is no bad weather, only bad clothes, may I gently point you in this direction.  The red ones are on sale and that never happens, and that’s the only color I don’t have, so, um, I just bought them.

And because I sometimes confuse the Danes and the Dutch, that brings us to Flow, a Dutch magazine AGOMYR tipped me off to recently.  My favorite column is “Decluttering with Astrid.”  Because my goal is always to be better at it, even though I’m awful at it.

Bestie Row!  I own way (way, way) too much crap to ever live in a tiny house, but I do love the idea of living in a row with all your besties.  Are you reading this group text?  Could we ever agree on where we’d live?  (Dear SCL and Queen Cupcake, you’ll note I can’t even type that sentence as it pertains to us. Unless, we go back to the Bahamas?)

Joy the Baker posted this article about the intersection of cupcakes and Sex and the City.  You can keep Friends and Dawson’s Creek, oh devoted followers of the best television programming in the late 90s and 2000s.  I will forever hold Sex and the City close to my heart.  (They also mention Sugar Sweet Sunshine, which remains an all time fave.)

Also through Joy, I found this update on YHL.  Love John and Sherry, always and forever.  But here’s the thing.  I don’t miss seeing updates about their house.  I mean, I’d love to see the “finished” product, but I don’t wake up and wonder if they’re DIY-ing anything today.  But what I miss are the little photos of Clara and Teddy, and updates about their family antics.  What is the world coming to that I felt like I, “simultaneously knew everything about them and didn’t really know them at all”?  (And love that we can’t make it through any article on the state of blogging without talking to Grace Bonney.)

Does your Instagram suggest you like photos from Black Tap?  Because mine always does, and I’m dying.

A coworker posted a funfetti skillet cake she made in anticipation of the storm this weekend.  I assume it’s this one, and have since clicked on about a million links on Sally’s blog.  Always love a new to me site.

After pinning their boozy coconut hot chocolate, I’ve also been clicking around on Cake n Knife.

We ran out of eggs after I brought brownies to the neighbors’ last night.  But this doesn’t need eggs, and the longer we’re snowed in, the more I’m going to need it.

Binge watching:

The Office – AGOMYR and I have been rewatching
The Affair – I figured now was as good a time as any to do my 7 day free trial of Showtime.  Hello, season 2.
Mozart in the Jungle – I haven’t sat down with the second season yet.
Pride and Prejudice – The Kiera Knightly version showed up in my Netflix feed last night.
On my radar:  Breathless on Amazon Prime, Chelesa Does on Netlfix, Suits on Amazon Prime (and we all know I’ll really just rewatch the first season of Gossip Girl for the 80th time)

Dear readers, have you seen any of those yet?  Any recommendations?  (And no, I will not watch Making of Murderer on Netflix.  I like sleeping too much.)

Binge listening:

Awesome Etiquette – The podcast from the Emily Post Institute
Life Lately – Clara Artschwager’s new podcast
What Should I Read Next – Anne Bogel’s new podcast (you might know her as Modern Mrs. Darcy)

Book Report coming Thursday, but you can always follow @aglassofmilkreads in the meantime.

*I’m actually looking for that perfect amount of plowed that lets me make a Starbucks run, but doesn’t allow me to be back at my place of employment.  Am I reaching for the stars here?

 

2015 in Review

As long as I’m taking pages out of Tracy’s book, let’s take a belated look at my 2015.  My sister in law asked if I’d do a Best of post, and that’s usually one of my favorites of the year.  But 2015 was the weirdest because #AndThenWeBoughtAHouse, except really #AndThenWeRenovatedIt.  I didn’t spend much time in the kitchen.  Let’s not abandon all hope for that post, but please accept this one in the meantime.  In 2015…

IMG_0002We renovated our house.  It began in January, and we moved in in June, even though it still wasn’t really finished.  As such I have no gorgeous, uncluttered “after” pictures.

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But anything is better than the before, right?  This is what the kitchen used to look like.  At least it got good light.  And I mean, it was white, which is on trend.

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But the original kitchen was not meant to be, and when they knocked the wall down in prep for the new pantry, I learned what the human version of the heart-eyes emoji looks like.

caught. My husband continued to take embarrassing pictures of me.  I spent a large chunk of the first half of the year on this bed.

IMG_5173 I would say I got him back by taking embarrassing pictures of my own, but I don’t think he really minds that much.

teds.The (Not So) New Girl and Ali split a milkshake on a fake snow day.  The group text, which is comprised of these two + CV(D) + me, met up for lunches on a lot of fake snow days.  Come on, winter, cooperate with us this year!

me and scl.I celebrated Sous Chef Lauren’s birthday with a cooking class with her family and lots (and lots and lots) of wine.  This year’s plan involves birthday cake French toast.  We’re trying to decide if it’s gross, or totally worth it.  Leaning towards the latter, of course.

barrety.Ali organized a fund raiser for us at barre, so we tucked it out while raising money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

ceiling up.All the while, progress continued on our house, despite freezing temperatures, and icy conditions.  This is our master bedroom.

edsftg.We learned that when you live with your parents or in-laws, as the case may be, you will be in desperate need of a getaway by the time the weather starts looking a little sunnier.  So we took one.  The Little Jennie Hat came too.

IMG_5799And when we returned, my sorority celebrated its 75th birthday at Maryland.  That was the last time I wore my Knockaround x Chubbies sunnies.  They broke the next day.  Sad.  Face.  (I still haven’t thrown them out.  I love them too much.)

alsi and me.Ali and I woke up at an hour we shall never speak of again to get in line at Target and buy Lilly.  It was madness.  Fun.  But madness.

downstairs.Did I mention we were renovating our house?

cracked.I bought an $8 phone cover, dropped my phone when I picked it up with freezing cold fingers, and cracked the screen for the first time in my life.  You know that commercial where the guy has shards of glass in all his fingers because he cracked his phone screen but kept trying to text?  That commercial speaks the truth.

traditions.

AGOMYR, Hey Girl Hey, and myself continued an age-old, late night tradition that involves mucho dancing, and that I hope will never die.

richmond road trip.And The (Not So) New Girl, CV(D), and myself continued a road trip tradition that I also hope will never die.  Especially as long as it involves Parmesan fries at the burger place where we always stop.

alice.

I finally got to see a real ballet.  It was everything I wanted it to be.  I want to see 80 more.

Phillies.And Sous Chef Lauren came to cheer on the Phillies with me.  Funny story–someone we knew spotted my husband at this game, but didn’t say hello.  Why?  Because my husband was not sitting with me, and he was a little afraid of who the girl next to my husband might be (I was like, three seats over).

glorious.Our blessed moving day finally arrived, and we started fetching things out of our storage unit.  Dear readers, when I say our blessed moving day finally arrived, I do not mean our house was finished, I just mean we were ready to be living in it.  So we lived in it.  Well, in the smallest bedroom in it.

road trip.But first, another road trip, this time with Cari Faye, to visit Queen Cupcake and score some more cheap Lilly.  The things we do for love.

manning the desk.They let me man the desk at barre for a hot second.

niece.

Our niece was born in June.  She’s adorable.  I helped put those socks on her hands.  I know what’s up.

ma$eface.And here’s my…..nephew?  Ali had baby Mason and I adopted him as my pseudo son.  He’s dressed all preppy here for me, but really he’s an urban baby.  He wears black and drinks lattes.

AGOMYRAGOMYR, who keeps insisting we drop the Y from her blog name, had the nerve to turn another year older, so my ex and I partied hard with her (and then kept partying hard without her).

seersucker sunday.I atoned for my partying on Seersucker Sunday at church the next day.  I know I found the right church for me because it has a Seersucker Sunday.  It’s everything.

marble.Let’s not forget about the house, dear readers.  Having the counters installed was a bit of a headache, as the counter people arrived early, didn’t wait for anyone to be home and give them the go ahead, and went ahead anyway and installed polished marble.  When we asked for honed.  Two honings later, we loved the result.  But I loved it the most.

obx.We went to the beach again, because that’s how we roll in the summer.

baby shower.Did lots of celebrating of The (Not So) New Girl.

CV(D)And shortly thereafter, CV(D).

ny moment.On a quick trip up to NYC, we ran into our neighbors from back in the DAY!  Like, used to live across the street from us, best childhood friends neighbors.  Ran into them.  Smack on the street.  It was a great New York moment.

thanksgiving.

I hosted Thanksgiving for 14, and promptly gave myself the stomach flu after working so hard to feed people.  Whoops.  I also passed it to Wooden Nickels.  Double whoops.

christmas.This meant that for Christmas, all I wanted to do was sit with my feet up, and enjoy time with my husband.  Mission accomplished.

mall club.And that left me with just enough juice left to say goodbye to 2015 with Queen Cupcake and Sous Chef Lauren.  (And the photo-bombing skills of SCL’s little brother.)  Cheers to 2016, dear readers.  I hope it’s been good to you so far.

On Habits

Tracy wrote about habits at the start of the year, and I love the idea.  Habits fascinate me.  If you’ve been reading for a while, then you know I am all about what makes the everyday the everyday.  What does my life look like, not necessarily in those special moments that (with any luck), I’ll remember forever, but in the 8 million more that make up most of life?

The idea of habits gets into the why.  If my life is stressful, what habits did I put in place that made it that way?  Which can I change?  Which am I stuck with?  If my life is feeling good, can I single out some habits that are contributing to that?

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I started Gretchen Rubin’s book on habits, but ended up having to return it to the library before I finished (the story of my life).

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So until I get around to checking it out again, and I promise I will, let’s check in on some of my habits.  I’m not claiming any of these as either good or bad; they’re simply a reflection of life right now.

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Right now, I go to Starbucks every work day.  Every single one, dear readers.  No shame here.

Right now, I read at least 30 minutes a day.  I wrapped up 2015 claiming I wouldn’t have a resolution, but I quickly realized that’s just not my style.  So I quickly swore I’d read every day in 2016.  Debating ordering one of these so I have a visual to keep me going.

Right now, I check Instagram as often as humanly possible.  And unlike Facebook, which I have always vowed to check much less often, there is not a single part of me that wants to cut down on my Insta scrolling.

Right now, I am trying desperately to get back in the habit of taking pictures of the stuff of life.  I was so good at this before we moved, and then we didn’t have a house and I just wasn’t feeling the everyday photo-taking.

Right now, it’s a good week if I can get to Pure Barre 3 times, and a great week if I can get there 4 (this week is shaping up to be great).

Right now, my meals are the most random.  About half the time I’m hungry for a real dinner, and the other half, I’ll make cereal or PB&J.

Right now, I get home from work and working out, figure out what’s for dinner, do any little chores I need to do, and then sit on the couch to watch Jeopardy with my husband.  It’s usually about 8:30 by the time this happens.

Right now, we are keeping our Sundays open.

Right now, I am figuring out a laundry routine.  I realized that I do the laundry in the basement, fold it on the first floor, and have to put it away on the second.  That process needs to be streamlined.

Right now, I’m making a little bit of time to play with my scrapbooks.

 

When You’re Feeling Fancy [tagliarelle with truffle butter]

tagliarelle with truffle butter.
I’m no Fancy Nancy.
There’s nothing in my house so precious it can’t be trampled on by an invasion of small children, you can find me in yoga pants as often as possible, and I can’t be bothered to do my grocery shopping at the upscale local market all the time.
But I can eat Ina’s tagliarelle with truffle butter.
Mostly because I can get all the ingredients at my regular grocery store, and get the sauce made in the time it takes the pasta water to boil.
We whipped this up on Christmas Eve between an early pageant and a late service, and I inhaled it faster than humans should ever consume food, no matter what it is.  It is every bit as decadent and wonderful as its name might lead you to believe.
To make tagliarelle for two, you will need:
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 3 oz. white truffle butter (D’artagnan brand, which is what Ina uses on her show, is now sold in my regular chain grocery store, in the case with the organic meat)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 oz. tagliarelle dried pasta, or other egg fettucine
  • 3 T chopped, fresh chives
  • 3 oz. shaved Parmesan

Add 1 tablespoon salt to a large pot of water and bring to a boil.

Meanwhile, in a large (12-inch) saute pan, heat the cream over medium heat until it comes to a simmer. Add the truffle butter, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, lower the heat to very low, and swirl the butter until it melts. Keep warm over very low heat.

Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook for 3 minutes, exactly. (If you’re not using Cipriani pasta, follow the directions on the package.) When the pasta is cooked, reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta. Add the drained pasta to the saute pan and toss it with the truffle-cream mixture. As the pasta absorbs the sauce, add as much of the reserved cooking water, as necessary, to keep the pasta very creamy.

Serve the pasta in shallow bowls and garnish each serving with a generous sprinkling of chives and shaved Parmesan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve at once.

The Story Behind the Menu – Taco Night [slow cooker pulled pork]

Who: 10 friends

What: Dinner at our house, post hosting a homeless dinner at a local church

When: The night after Christmas

Why: Because our church dinner wrapped up at 6:30, and we all needed to eat too.

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The Thought Process:  This was an interesting one for which to plan.  I needed to have dinner pretty much ready and waiting when I walked in the door.  But I knew I’d only get home about 20 minutes before my guests.  I thought a lot about having the party catered, so that all I had to do was take lids off of trays and turn on some Sterno.  But our Christmas was low-key, and I knew I could handle a little meal prep.  I remembered my friend Rachel, who hosts taco Fridays (in the same vein as meatball Fridays), and always makes slow cooker pulled pork.  It’s flavorful, and not greasy in the slightest.  I could chop, shred, and set everything I needed in bowls ahead of time, and let them wait in the refrigerator until showtime came.

dr pepper pork.

The Menu:

What worked:  Taco night!  It was just the right menu, and with a twenty minute head start before everyone came over, I had enough time to set out drinks, and put out all the toppings.

What didn’t:  This was one evening that went off without a hitch.  I don’t think my pork was nearly as good as Rachel’s, but I am certain to make it again and refine my technique.

To make Dr. Pepper pulled pork for a crowd, you will need:

  • a giant slab of pork shoulder (or pork butt, they’re the same)
  • a can of chopped chipotles in adobo (In the “Latino food” aisle- Get a small can for a minimal spice, and a large can if you’re going for a real kick.)
  • Dr. Pepper

Put the pork in the slow cooker, and top with chipotles and adobo.  Spread them over the pork to coat.  Pour Dr. Pepper about 2/3 way up the roast, and cook on low for 9 hours.  It’s great if you can be there to flip it at some point, close to halfway through.  When the pork is done, remove it from the slow cooker, and shred with two forks.  Pour extra sauce over top, if you like the flavor.

2015 Reading Challenge

A refresher:  On December 29, 2014, I sat on my beach house couch, and Pinned my heart out.  In doing so, I came across a Popsugar reading challenge for 2015.  Fifty books covering a variety of serious and not-so-serious categories.  Each time I finished a book, I opened up my draft post and slotted it where it belonged.

I updated you all halfway through the year.

And now we’re at the end.  I didn’t finish the challenge, but that’s totally fine.  I had fun plugging books in wherever they fit, and the empty categories will just have to wait.

This year’s challenge is up here.  I’ll be back in July to let you know how I’m doing.

2015 reading challenge results:

  1. A book with more than 500 pages – The Marvels, by Brian Selznick
  2. A classic romance
  3. A book that became a movie
  4. A book published this year – Fish in a Tree, by Linda Mullaly Hunt
  5. A book with a number in the title
  6. A book written by someone under 30 – It Was Me All Along, by Andie Mitchell
  7. A book with nonhuman characters
  8. A funny book – Why Not Me, by Mindy Kaling
  9. A book by a female author – Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult
  10. A mystery or thriller – Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng
  11. A book with a one-word title – Mosquitoland, by David Arnold
  12. A book of short stories – Auggie and Me, by RJ Palacio
  13. A book set in a different country – The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
  14. A nonfiction book – Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
  15. A popular author’s first book
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet – Who Do You Love, by Jennifer Weiner
  17. A book a friend recommended – Voracious, by Cara Nicoletti
  18. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book – All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
  19. A book based on a true story – The Royal We, by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list
  21. A book your mom loves
  22. A book that scares you
  23. A book more than 100 years old
  24. A book based entirely on its cover – The Guest Cottage, by Nancy Thayer
  25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
  26. A memoir – I’ll Drink to That, by Betty Halbreich
  27. A book you can finish in a day – Dear Committee Members, by Julie Schumacher
  28. A book with antonyms in the title
  29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  30. A book that came out the year you were born
  31. A book with bad reviews – Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee
  32. A trilogy – Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, by Lauren Oliver
  33. A book from your childhood
  34. A book with a love triangle – Dept. of Speculation, by Jenny Offill
  35. A book set in the future – The Heir, by Kiera Cass
  36. A book set in high school – I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson
  37. A book with a color in the title
  38. A book that made you cry – The Girl You Left Behind, by Jojo Moyes
  39. A book with magic – Hugo and Rose, by Bridget Foley
  40. A graphic novel – This One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki
  41. A book by an author you’ve never read before – The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander
  42. A book you own but have never read – She’s Come Undone, by Wally Lamb
  43. A book that takes place in your hometown – The Luckiest Girl Alive, by Jessica Knoll
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language
  45. A book set during Christmas
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials
  47. A play – Hold Me Closer, the Tiny Cooper Story, by David Levithan
  48. A banned book
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show
  50. A book you started but never finished – Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo

Books I’ve Read that Don’t Fit in These Categories:  Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, by Frank Bruni; Fortunately, the Milk, by Neil Gaiman; Oh Yeah, Audrey, by Tucker Shaw; I Take You, by Eliza Kennedy; The Knockoff, by Jo Piazza and Lucy Sykes; Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella; YOLO Juliet, by Brett Wright; Oh! You Pretty Things, by Shanna Mahin; Graduates in Wonderland, by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale; The Primates of Park Avenue, by Wednesday Martin; Love Me Back, by Merritt Tierce; The Almost Nearly Perfect People, by Michael Booth; Little Children, by Tom Perotta; The Look of Love, by Sarah Jio; Saint Anything, by Sarah Dessen; An Age of License, by Lucy Knisley; Challenger Deep, by Neal Shusterman

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On a Wednesday

  • I’m off work this week, and this is pretty much my plan.  Thanks, Sous Chef Lauren, for recognizing my ability for greatness.
  • In the meantime, I’ve been crushing some Great British Baking Show.  Thanks, Sous Chef Lauren, for turning me on to British people who say things like, “self saucing pudding,” and “cling film.”
  • I read numbers one and two on this list, and I was all, yeah, this list is great, this accurately describes my life, and then I got to 3 and 4 and was like, oh forget it.
  • Speaking of which, I haven’t made a resolution for 2016.  Is that okay?  What does it say about my age that I’ve stopped making them?
  • I also watch Jeopardy every night now.  Yup.
  • Lilly makes yoga pants, and I probably need them, right?
  • I have enough notepads accrued over the years that I will need to buy a new one never, and yet I have to constantly remind myself not to buy them.  Cute, lined pieces of paper are so alluring.
  • Speaking of shopping for things I don’t really need, there are peonies at Whole Foods, and that means they’re also on my kitchen island.
  • Which I cleaned off completely before hosting taco night (to be documented here soon).
  • What good internet do you all read, dear readers?  It seems like after YEARS of talking about how blogs are dying, that might actually be true now?  I’m running out of internet.