Friday, July 18, 2014

Links and Loves

I love pedicures. This color? Strawberry Daiquiri by OPI:


Here's a link worth checking out if you're looking for a book to read.

And if you're too lazy to click a link, (seriously?) here's her list:
(She has * the ones she's read. I'll bold the ones I've read.)

*1. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
2. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
3. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
4. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
*5. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
*6. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
*7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
9. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
*10. Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
11. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
12. Sycamore Row by John Grisham
13. Garlic & Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
14. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
15. Open by Andre Agassi
16. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
17. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
18. The One and Only by Emily Giffin
19. Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
20. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
*21. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
22. Serena by Ron Rash
*23. Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan
24. The Gift of An Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison
25. Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers
26. Mark of the Lion Series by Francine Rivers
27. Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
28. The Yada Yada Prayer Group Series by Neta Jackson
29. The All You Can Dream Buffet by Barbara O’Neal
30. The House Girl by Tara Conklin
31. And Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry
32. Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand
33. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
34. A Southern Family by Gail Godwin
35. Through A Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen
36. Defending Jacob by William Landay
37. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
38. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
39. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
*40. The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan
41. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
42. Watermelon by Marian Keyes
43. Butterfly Palace by Colleen Coble
44. Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian
45. The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes
46. Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner
47. I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution by Rob Tannenbaum & Craig Marks
*48. Bossypants by Tina Fey
*49. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
50. The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
51. The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher by Rob Stennett
52. The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
53. The Professor by Robert Bailey
54. The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy
55. Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman
56. 11-12-63 by Stephen King
57. Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey From Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray
58. Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
59. My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
*60. Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
61. The Century Trilogy by Ken Follet
62. The Walk by Richard Paul Evans
63. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
64. The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and The Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert Edsel and Brett Witter
65. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Steadman
66. Lower Than the Angels by Margaret Symmank
67. I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
*68. Half-Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
69. Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ian Morgan Cron
70. The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett
71. Heft by Liz Moore
72. Handling Sin by Michael Malone
73. White Gloves and Collards: A Memoir by Helen Pruden Kaufmann
*74. A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
75. One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus

But, don't be lazy. Go click the link and read the comments in her post. Her readers offer more great book suggestions...

Do you like street art? WHO DOESN'T? Cummon.
One of my favorite-ist afternoons in Montreal (when I was there with Clint and Drew in 2008), was when we stumbled across this:

Here's a link to some photos of street art around the world.


I love this dad's letter to his daughter, Julia:

"The struggle to impress our peers has invaded and consumed every minute of our lives. Julia, please understand this: of the entire population of the planet, only an infinitesimal percentage of them will ever be more than anonymous to you. Only the tiniest fraction will ever give you more than a passing glance. You should still love and respect these strangers, but you don’t need to impress them. Be a beacon of charity and truth to everyone, but you don’t need to worry about the opinions and judgments of every single person you happen across on the street."


This is my friend, Terry. She's sitting in a nice car, yo?

Friends of hers have started a new business: Scenic Rush
Got three friends? 
Each of you rents one of their exotic cars (Lamborghini Gallardo. Ferrari Spider. Audi R8. Nissan GT-R) for a driving experience (say, 2 hours along the Sea-to-Sky highway). But why drive just one car?  Take turns driving half an hour in each of them. 

Awesome milestone birthday present idea, no? 


LOVE the new pink addition to our family... I get to meet her on Sunday:

Sadie Elisabeth Klassen -

(My cousin's granddaughter...)


I can't indicate strongly enough how much I adore the Humans of New York page on Facebook. And if you're not on Facebook, he also posts his photos and stories to twitter and his blog. Seriously. My favorite site to visit every day.

Also, my favorite song right now? The Story of My Life by One Direction. Haha. Boy band. How old am I?

HOWEVER, I love the whole concept of Life as Story. LOVE IT. And this captures that for me.

(And this has me thinking...
I'm wondering about doing a mash up of the two concepts: Humans of Jane's Life...
A photo and brief 'story' of each of the people who make up my life...)

Will ponder this idea for awhile.


I love this girl. And her link. SO much wisdom:

These challenges would've been tough and exhausting enough without adding Joey to the mix, and with him they proved to be a stretching time in my and Stuart's relationship that involved plenty of laughter, anger, apologies, encouragement, discouragement, and creative problem solving and decision making. Oh, and major team work.  Through these experiences we learned a lot about how we take care of Joey in times of frustration and how important encouraging words and unconditional love and sacrifice are in times when every inch of you wants to scream or turn away in your seat and selfishly bury your head in a book or a pillow while your spouse struggles with a screaming, overtired child.


Three things I'm thankful for:

1. The people I work with. Such integrity and enthusiasm for the projects we work on. 

2. Salsa.

3. The internet.


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