Monday, January 7, 2013

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

A few months ago my mom and younger siblings came into town to stay with us for a few days. During those days my mom gave me a new book to read. She had already read it and thought I'd love it, which is true. My favorite kinds of books are historical fiction, and my favorite time period for these historical fiction books is during World War II and the immediate decades following. I talked about my favorite series a while ago in this post and I am adding this book to my collection. The book itself is written in a different format that originally I didn't like. Once you get a few pages in though, you don't even notice it, and it adds to the genius of the story.

The Book Thief follows the childhood of an innocent girl living in Germany during the war. It covers everything from her most recent soccer game to actual historical events. I had never read anything from this perspective before and I thought it was very interesting. 

Don't worry, there are details I am keeping to myself, but once you have read it, let me know so we can have a chat!

Friday, January 4, 2013


I love accomplishing things (checking of items on a list is my favorite!). I make lists for everything. I love the feeling you get when you finish a task or you reach a goal. My biggest issue is that I get too excited and I try to take on too much. 

The new year always brings around feelings of excitement and anxiety because of this contradiction. I absolutely hate failure, but cherish success. Each time I would miss some time working on a goal, I would completely restart the next week. The result is too many stops and starts to let me accomplish anything. 

This year is different! I have simple goals that I already want to accomplish, not ones that I want to want. I am determined to make it work!

  1. Exercise at least 5 days a week (connected to that: Brett and I will run a 10K together). The 5 days don't even have to be the same workout or same intensity. Just so long as I am doing something.
  2. Drink more water a day, any amount is good seeing as how I don't drink much now. (so far this is the most difficult one, weird right?)
  3. Daily study the scriptures and improve my personal spirituality
  4. Continue to succeed in school by working hard daily and (once again) checking off lists
My first step new bright blue Nike running shoes I got for my birthday. Having cute shoes is a great motivation to stay active!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Best Bites in Portland

One of my favorite parts of traveling is eating out. This last trip to Portland we made sure to go to one place we always love, and one new place.

The Old Favorite:
Voodoo Doughnuts. Brett has been coming here forever, and it was one of the first places that Brett took me in Portland. Honestly, the best doughnuts I have ever eaten. I'm not the biggest fan of doughnuts in the first place, but I will eat these. 

The building downtown is really fun. The bricks are painted with glitter and the sign has a voodoo doll doughnut. I didn't get any good pictures, but they have awesome stained glass windows.

The New Favorite:
Bunk Sandwiches. Honestly the best meatball sub I have ever eaten. For a while, we had the Food Network , and our favorite show was Diners Drive-ins and Dives. That is how we found this place. A little hole-in-the-wall place that is open for breakfast and lunch. 

Brett's Spicy Italian and my Meatball Parmesan. So delicious. 

The stamp of approval from Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. We have decided that every city we go to we will try and eat in a different restaurant with this stamp!