I want to know more

US-passport-swimparallel-BYWow! Thanks for your votes on the travel destination poll. Every time I checked it I wanted to know two things. 1.) Why did you pick that destination? 2.) Who voted for what locations? I find it interesting who wants to see what parts of the world, so tell me more about your vote!

After meeting with the travel agent, we’re still narrowing down a few options. We’re late in the game planning, but we’re determined to get away at some point this summer to celebrate my 30th birthday and our 5-year wedding anniversary. We hope to have something booked by the first week of May, which is rapidly approaching.

Are you traveling anywhere this summer? What will you do there?

If You Could Travel Anywhere…

John and I are meeting with a travel agent this week to schedule some summer adventures. Although we have a few destinations in mind, I told the travel agent we’re open to her suggestions.

That being said, I’m curious to know where you would travel or what’s on your “must see” bucket list. If it’s not an option, comment below.


IMG_0790Since John and I stayed in town for Easter, we decided a coffee and cupcake date was the perfect start to our Easter weekend. That One Cupcake Place is my absolute favorite! No need for a basket full of sugar after one of those!

As for Easter, the weather was perfect. After Mass, most of the day was spent outside. Thanks to these two for helping me have a great holiday weekend!




Just because I can…

…doesn’t mean I should. 

IMG_0750Although I registered for a half marathon in May, I’m having second thoughts about running it. My feet hate my competitive drive. I didn’t even know my feet were bleeding until I bent down to untie my shoes when the run was over. It was not a pretty sight.

If you’ve been reading my blog long enough, you know this isn’t the first time I’ve struggled with this issue. I’ve tried three different brands of shoes and different socks. I think it’s just a fact that my body does not approve of running for more than one hour at at time.

Can I get some more 8k races, please? I’d like to keep my feet happy.

Rainbow Rowell

Author Rainbow Rowell is coming to Cedar Rapids this summer!

As a part of the Out Loud! Author Series, she will be one of three authors participating in the three Out Loud! sessions. The other authors are Maureen Corrigan, who I’m not familiar with, and Piper Kerman, who wrote Orange is the New Black. These three events are free and open to the public courtesy of our incredibly area libraries.

I’ve taken advantage of these events the last two years with my friend Tracie. We met Gillian Flynn in 2013 and Wally Lamb in 2014. With advance notice, read a Rainbow Rowell book now and make plans to attend the event. You need to register so they can plan accordingly, but again, it’s all free. Find dates and times here.

RowellI was reading Rainbow Rowell’s book Attachments when I heard the Out Loud! news, so I was beyond excited. I’ve read four of her books, and here are my recommendations in order.

  1. Eleanor & Park
  2. Attachments
  3. Landline
  4. Fangirl

From Goodreads: About the Author

Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love.

Read up on Rowell in the next few months and bring your copy of her book to the Out Loud! event where she’ll sign it! I’ll see you there!

Two Spring Break Reads

20820994I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson is happy, sad, bright, dark, beautiful, and depressing all in one. Although the story is intriguing, the writing is what kept me going back for more. I’ll be reading more Jandy Nelson novels soon!

Goodreads Summary: Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

Please read this book, and let’s get coffee afterwards to discuss its beauty!

12262741The second book I read over break was Wild by Cheryl Strayed. You probably recognize the title because the movie came out just a few months ago and stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl. It’s a nonfiction book about a 22-year-old woman who hikes the Pacific Crest Trail through California and Oregon to the border of Washington.

The book documents what led her to challenge herself with this goal and the struggles of hiking more than 1,000 miles alone. I enjoyed her story, and I can’t wait for the movie to come out on DVD.


Desert Life

IMG_0680IIMG_0737f I ever relocate to a warmer climate, the Phoenix area is my first choice. I love the mountain views, the dry heat, and the cloudless sky. Until then, I’ll just plan to vacation there at least once a year.

Tracie and I spent two days by the Biltmore pools. We didn’t even mind running into students in our swimsuits since it meant enjoying the gorgeous views of the resort while people watching. The NFL Annual Meeting was taking place at the resort, and we often felt like we were in the presence of superstars, but we had no idea who any of them were.

Our evenings included trying new restaurants with the only requirement being outdoor seating. Since almost everywhere offers tables outside, this was never a problem. Our favorite IMG_0701place was Blanco Tacos + Tequila in Scottsdale. All I can say is, I’ll be back!