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Photo Friday: Missing Ireland.

23 Nov

I’m spending my Friday following Thanksgiving not shopping, but in my house with coffee and The Weepies on Pandora writing a research paper on mysticism and mental illness. Though music by The Weepies does make the process somewhat bearable, I still wish I was somewhere else. But not just anywhere else…..specifically, Ireland.

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.

Photo Friday: A best friend reunion in autumn.

26 Oct



I’ve included two photos for today’s Photo Friday because I absolutely love fall (It really is the perfect season), and my best friend, Skidmore, is coming down from Virginia today to spend the weekend with me. We’re planning to go shopping (yay retail therapy), watch movies (which will be chick flicks galore, obviously), jam out to Taylor Swift’s new album (since she’s our favorite singer. Yes, guilty as charged) and just do our typical best friend things. I can’t wait, especially since I haven’t seen Skidmore since the beginning of August. This best friend reunion will be much needed after the stressful week that I’ve had. And having Skidmore here during my favorite season is as close to perfection as things could ever get. 🙂

There’s Nothing Like A New Jodi Picoult Book.

3 Mar

I’m officially on Spring Break. Yay! My Spring Break began after my last final was over yesterday around 10am. I decided to celebrate by heading to Ross for a little shopping…AND heading to Barnes N Noble to purchase Jodi Picoult‘s newest book, Lone Wolf!

Once I purchased it, I squealed continuously until I got back to my car! Jodi Picoult is my all-time favorite author, and March is one of my favorite months of the year since that’s when another one of her books is released. Though I am currently in the middle of reading Middlesex by Jefftrey Eugenides, I couldn’t wait to finish that one before I started Lone Wolf. So last night, I curled up on the couch with a blanket and my new book. I didn’t read as much as planned because I wanted to work on my book some as well. That was a good decision though. Normally when it comes to Jodi Picoult’s book, I’m up all through the night reading because I just can’t bare to put it down. However, this time around I decided to break up my reading time. Though I love her books and can devour one of them in one setting, the reading experience is just so much shorter, and I’m always sad when I’m done because then I realize I have to wait until next March to read another one. Here’s the synopsis according to Amazon.com:

In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky.

Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time. In many ways, Luke understands wolf dynamics better than those of his own family. His wife, Georgie, has left him, finally giving up on their lonely marriage. His son, Edward, twenty-four, fled six years ago, leaving behind a shattered relationship with his father. Edward understands that some things cannot be fixed, though memories of his domineering father still inflict pain. Then comes a frantic phone call: Luke has been gravely injured in a car accident with Edward’s younger sister, Cara.

Suddenly everything changes: Edward must return home to face the father he walked out on at age eighteen. He and Cara have to decide their father’s fate together. Though there’s no easy answer, questions abound: What secrets have Edward and his sister kept from each other? What hidden motives inform their need to let their father die . . . or to try to keep him alive? What would Luke himself want? How can any family member make such a decision in the face of guilt, pain, or both? And most importantly, to what extent have they all forgotten what a wolf never forgets: that each member of a pack needs the others, and that sometimes survival means sacrifice?

Another tour de force by Picoult, Lone Wolf brilliantly describes the nature of a family: the love, protection, and strength it can offer—and the price we might have to pay for those gifts. What happens when the hope that should sustain a family is the very thing tearing it apart?

I’m only about 90 pages in, but it’s amazing as usual. I’ll review it once I’m finished, so stay tuned!

Photo Friday: The Blue Ridge Parkway.

3 Feb

My friend Malia and I kicked off our weekend by shopping, driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and eating frozen yogurt. These 3 photos are just glimpses of the incredible views that we’re able to enjoy every day since we live in Asheville. I’m so happy I can see beauty like this on a daily basis. It’s a reminder that even through the blunders that live throws our way, we can come out on top if we just change our perspective a little. Happy Friday everyone!