taking stock | july

Thursday, July 27

Writing: scribbles. 
Cooking: soup. homemade chicken noodle. delish!
Loving: late, slow, quiet mornings.
Reading: lots! oh, and i'm (finally) on goodreads.
Wanting: season two of Westworld to start. now.
Bookmarking: cross-stitch patterns.
Looking: sun-kissed.
Drinking: tea at my baba's, often.
Playing: olafur arnald's 3055. over and over.
Wearing: a sweater most evenings. see you soon, autumn.
Deciding: on winter getaways.
Getting: excited.
Noticing: the moon phases.
Giggling: at babies giggling.
Liking: my most recent audio book, The Underground Railroad.
Wondering: if i'll ever order our wedding album ...
Admiring: Kresswell Interiors!!! Diana & Kristina have SUCH talent!
Browsing: a few different rugs (for the bedroom? the office nook?). 
Watching: Ozark. you should be too.
Hoping: for a few more true blue summer weekends.
Marvelling: at the simplicity of some things.
Enjoying: this resurgence of creativity.
Missing: cool water underfoot during morning beach strolls.
Waiting: for a few books in the mail.
Knowing: that patience will curb (and cure) most worries.
Thinking: about time - the magic of it, really.
Sorting: out birthday weekend plans.
Buying: the On The Fly Pant from lulu in black, burgundy, AND olive.
Needing: a few evenings with just my husband.
Smelling: fresh rain. 

Feeling: calm.

a few more seasons.

Friday, June 30


we mostly just packed up stuff (and threw away stuff) & planned out things (and dreamt up things too). riveting, i know. and cathartic too.


frosted window panes (literally) and my love, one year older. a job that kept me hectic and a mind that kept me anxious. piles of books & cups of tea - sweet distractions - while lofty goals fell to the wayside.
it's complicated, she mutters.


some doozy weather. one particularly glam day (alongside some of yeg's sweetest, most driven creatives) for an exciting ladies clothing launch. road trips & baby snugs.


two weeks overseas! amsterdam, in a word, was stunning. i'd go back in a heartbeat. we kept the pace slow & the small details of the city won us over; bicycles, buildings, culture (the food!), canals. ireland, in a word, is home.

set up a christmas tree for the first time in three years. slow dancing over old, old floorboards felt like a dream. many evenings of merry and cheer and good tidings. oh, and we booked that spring getaway: amsterdam & ireland!


that newborn smell - a boy: his mother, my goodness, a courageous soul! our family said goodbye to my uncle; it still aches (but there is light too, telling the good stories & holding tightly to the best memories). a cold month, warmed by baby giggles and patient friendships.


rested. spent a week in california & realized i should probably always live near the ocean. forever a water baby. then a weekend in the mountains; equally as rejuvenating.


fell back into a good, golden summer routine after traveling abroad. painted the nook, then filled it back up to the brim with books. lots of family time. lots of quiet time.
(and here's hoping summertime stays as such)

2016, by the book(s).

Friday, January 20

in little to no particular order, a year's worth of reading: 

Brooklyn – Colm Tóibín
For the Love – Jen Hatmaker
When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
Longbourn – Jo Baker
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
The Girl You Left Behind – Jojo Moyes
Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling
The Life & Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe – Andrew O’Hagan
Yes Please – Amy Poehler
A Time to Kill – John Grisham
Everybody Rise – Stephanie Clifford
The Last Asylum – Barbara Taylor Bradford
The Centre Cannot Hold – Elyn R. Saks
The Mercy of Thin Air – Ronlyn Domingue
Great Expectations: Twenty-four True Stories about Childbirth – Lisa Moore
The Secret Life of Violet Grant – Beatriz Williams
All is Not Forgotten - Wendy Walker
Pearl Harbor – Randall Wallace
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
Secret Daughter – Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff
The Quiet Room – Amanda Bennett & Lori Schiller
Pushed – Jennifer Block
City of Women – David R. Gillham
Virgin Soul – Judy Juanita
Fridays at Enrico's – Don Carpenter
Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living – Krista Tippett
The White Bone – Barbara Gowdy
The Passage – Justin Cronin
The Twelve – Justin Cronin
The City of Mirrors – Justin Cronin
Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
The Danish Girl – David Ebershoff
Sweetbitter – Stephanie Danler
Circling the Sun – Paula McLain
The Women's Room  Marilyn French
Garth Williams, American Illustrator: A Life – Elizabeth K. Wallace
Little House in the Big Woods  Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little House on the Prairie  Laura Ingalls Wilder
Farmer Boy  Laura Ingalls Wilder
On the Banks of Plum Creek – Laura Ingalls Wilder 
By the Shores of Silver Lake  Laura Ingalls Wilder 
The Long Winter  Laura Ingalls Wilder 
Little Town on the Prairie  Laura Ingalls Wilder 
These Happy Golden Years  Laura Ingalls Wilder 
The First Four Years  Laura Ingalls Wilder 
The Wilder Life – Wendy McClure
Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist – Sunil Yapa
Michelle Obama: A Life – Peter Stevin
The Last Days of Night – Graham Moore
Patient H.M. – Luke Dittrich
Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City – Matthew Desmond  
Towers Falling – Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Highest Glass Ceiling: Presidency – Ellen Fitzpatrick
How I Shed My Skin – Jim Grimsley
Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
If the Oceans Were Ink – Carla Power
The Girl with all the Gifts – M.R. Carey
Anthropology of an American Girl – Hilary Thayer Hamann
Cleopatra: Last Queen of Egypt – Joyce A. Tyldesley
The Undertaker’s Daughter – Kate Mayfield
March – Geraldine Brooks
Misconceptions – Naomi Wolf
All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
The Summer Before the War – Helen Simonson
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, & John Tiffany
A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy – Sue Klebold
My Name is Lucy Barton – Elizabeth Strout
Dead Wake – Erik Larson
Elephant in the Sky – Heather Clark
Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly
Irish Fairy Tales – James Stephens
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
11.22.63 – Stephen King
Fifteen Dogs – Andre Alexis
Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife – Peggy Vincent
The First 1,000 Days – Roger Thurow
Just Babies – Paul Bloom
The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman
Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee
Doll-baby – Laura Lane McNeal
The Pilot’s Wife – Anita Shreve
Grace: A Memoir – Grace Coddington
My Life On The Road – Gloria Steinem
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
My Bookstore – Ronald Rice
The Witches – Stacy Schiff
A Season of Ashes – Charleen Raschke
Honky – Dalton Conley
Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
My Name is Mary Sutter – Robin Oliveira
The Other Einstein – Marie Benedict
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
Bellman & Black – Diane Setterfield
The Abstinence Teacher – Tom Perrotta
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions & Disturbances – Neil Gaiman
Redeployment – Phil Klay
The Empathy Exams: Essays – Leslie Jamison
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
The Dollhouse – Fiona Davis
Ordinary Light – Tracy K. Smith
My Life at Grey Gardens – Lois Wright
A Train in Winter – Caroline Moorehead
The Best Kind of People – Zoe Whittall
The Wonder – Emma Donoghue
The Witches of New York – Amy McKay
Commonwealth – Ann Patchett 
Talking as Fast as I Can – Lauren Graham
Arrowood – Laura McHugh


it is worth noting that the italicized titles were re-reads (adventuring through my favourite childhood series, Little House, brought me such joy!) and the few struck-through titles were not finished, for no reason other than those books simply having been written for another reader. if you'd like a more in-depth review on any of the books, feel free to leave me a note below, or on twitter or instagram!

happy reading, dears!

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