Books: Summer 2018 Edition

Side note: None of the pictures are really of all the books I read, since some were library books, and I loaned several out! So my apologies in advance for lackluster images. I will try to do better. I have been reading a ton this summer. One reason is that it’s summer and I’ve been […]

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Marathon Training Update

As of today, I’m about 2 months out from running the Chicago Marathon. In a cloud of ill-advised confidence, I entered the lottery last fall, and got picked. And now here I am, less than 24 hours after running 15 miles for the first time in my life, the farthest I’ve ever ran. Unfortunately, it […]

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Italy 2018: Naples, Pompeii, Amalfi

The last leg of the trip! We departed Florence relatively early, and headed to Naples via train. After we checked into the hotel (Marriott Renaissance in Naples) we returned to the train station to attempt to get to Pompeii. NO ONE could tell us how to get there. Each agent sent us to another and […]

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Italy 2018: Florence, Pisa, Tuscany

I’m back! Now with the Tuscany-region leg of the trip. As with all of the other cities we visited, I only wish we had more time here, especially in Florence. We took a Trenitalia from Verona to Florence, checked into our hotel (which was about a 10 minute walk from the train station), and pretty […]

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The Met Cloisters & Doing Things Alone

The weekend before the Fourth of July, Andrew went on a trip with his friends, everyone else seemed to have vacated the city, and I found myself alone, holed up  in my bedroom, the only room in the apartment with air conditioning. I spent the better half of Saturday morning scrolling through Instagram, envying everyone […]

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Italy 2018: Venice & Verona

My sister had been to Italy in high school about 5 years ago, and the one place she was most eager to return was Venice. I’m not sure what I expected, but I was blown away. On day three of our trip, we took an early morning train from Rome to Venice. It was the […]

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Italy 2018: Rome

I’ve been sitting on these photos now for upwards of three weeks, and wanted to start getting them out sooner rather than later. So, without further adieu: Italy! I was lucky enough to take a twelve-day trip all over Italy with my family. To say it was the best vacation ever would be an understatement. […]

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Music I Love: Frightened Rabbit

I’ve been meaning to write about some of my favorite musicians that I’ve seen over the past year or so, but now feels like the best time, as one of my favorite bands, hands down, is Frightened Rabbit. After a long battle with depression and other mental health issues, the lead singer of the band, […]

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More books I read

I’ve been trying to write this since December. I guess I’ve been busy (reading) because every time I sat down to write, I ended up having to add more books. I’ve finally forced myself to sit down and bang this out, since I absolutely love recommending books, and I’ve read a TON lately. I need […]

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How the Internet Helped Save My Skin

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I learn best by reading. When I was struggling to learn multiplication in second grade, my mom bought me a book that showed me how and finally got math to click. I own almost the entire Gossip Girl book series because my mom would order boxed […]

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