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I’ve been on a little reading kick lately, so I thought it might be nice to share my take on a few books with you. I just love how books can transport you to another world–when I start a really good one it’s almost all I can think about until I’m done, and then when I’m finished I feel sad that it’s over! It’s almost like losing a friend (nerdy, but true).  Anyway, I know I’m always looking for book recommendations and I hope this helps you get a few ideas for good books to snuggle up with this winter. Let’s start with To Love What Is by Alix Kates Shulman:

To Love What Is is a quick but compelling read about an author turned unexpected caretaker for her brain-injured husband. Despite the grim subject matter, the book is uplifting and optimistic, bringing to light some interesting research on brain injuries and the overall level of contentedness of individuals who suffer from them and their caretakers (read: it isn’t much different from the rest of us). The author’s voice is reflectively honest and poignant enough for readers to overlook the occasional political digressions, which come off a bit arrogant. Overall the book is lovely, and ideal for anyone empathetic with the intricacies of complex relationships—romantic or not.

Do you have any good books you’d recommend reading? I’d love to hear!


P.S.  Goodreads is a great Web-based tool for anyone looking to keep track of a reading list. xo

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I’ve never thought twice about Utah. Actually that’s not true, I’ve thought exactly twice about Utah – once when my college professor forced our class to watch a documentary on polygamy and another time when I wrote a paper about Mormon fundamentalists (I was a Poli Sci major, don’t judge). I had long since chocked them up to a bunch of religious extremists, but I think I can overlook that for this kind of scenery. If it’s this pretty from the sky, it has to be breathtaking in person.

Not nearly as rainy as you think, but much more relaxed and friendly. It’s like the midwest with better seafood…that sometimes happens to be flying through the air in Pike Place market. Oh, and more coffee. *Sighs*…the coffee.

As if I needed another reason to look forward to spring… I can’t wait for bushy ponytails, bold lips and beatnik shades.

(Thanks Alexis!)

Oh my goodness, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here! I’ve been caught up in the whirlwind of fall, which seems to be going extra fast (and is extra beautiful) this year. Here are a few of the things I’ve been up to these past few weeks:

– I picked apples at this farm near my house. The honey crisp ones are my favorite, and I’m still drooling over the caramel apple walnut pie.

– I was impressed and inspired by the creative signs at this rally in DC (the one above is my favorite out of the hundreds we saw, though this one is pretty good too).

–   I finished this series of juicy books. They were so good, I kept staying up past my bed time to finish them!

– I ate at this cozy restaurant, where a former top chef contestant prepared a scrumptious tasting menu and stopped by twice to say hello! I was a little starstruck.

– I watched this great documentary on birthing options in the U.S. No, I’m not pregnant (or planning to be), I just got sucked into the documentary section on Netflix. The film was sweet and compelling, and it’s made me rethink everything I thought (or didn’t think) about birth before.

What have you been up to this fall? I promise to do my best with posting as the holiday craze sets in. xo

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Hi, I'm Pam. I'm a runner, reader and recent MBA grad living in Baltimore with my husband. I work in PR, but I spend my off-hours writing here about my life, which mostly revolves around family, friends, fashion and fitness. Sometimes I throw in the occasional food photo just to make sure you're paying attention.


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