Dan and I spent Labor Day weekend with my parents and their friends at the lake, something I used to do frequently but haven't done in about three years! My parents' friends are like surrogate parents to me and I absolutely love spending time with them, from trips like this to beach vacations to annual Christmas parties. It's like being with a big extended family and I've really missed being around them all.
We rode the boat over to "their beach," set up a couple of tents, and pulled out the coolers and grill. I'm fairly certain my father and two other guys managed to cook nearly 100 hot dogs, which was definitely overkill for our group of about 20. My uncle showed up in his boat with my cousins and I rode around with them for a while as the kids took turns riding the tube behind us. It was just such a nice time. Tons of laughs and lots of great meals; my kind of lake weekend!
In case you haven't noticed, I'm down to only posting twice a week. I definitely intend to go back up to at least three a week as soon as we have a few more things in place with our lives. I have many plans for this space as we start our new lives in New York, we just have to get there first. But right now, job hunting and organizing our lives is my first priority. (And wish me luck... I have a few interviews falling into place over the next week!)
- I visited one of my favorite shops in Roanoke last week and shared a bit about it on Tuesday. If you're into restoration, DIY, or salvage of old architectural pieces, Black Dog Salvage is the place for you!
- The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith I'm really enjoying this well-written mystery/crime novel. With somewhat shifting points of view, we're given a front row seat for the private investigation of a supermodel's death. And wouldn't you know, author Robert Galbraith is actually J.K. Rowling, which explains the incredible character development. Follow me on Goodreads!
- Divergent & Insurgent We've had a couple of dinner+movie nights with Dan's parents this week and chose to watch these two with them. Now they're excited for part three next March. Have you seen these movies, or read the books? I really loved the books, but it definitely didn't have the fandom of The Hunger Games or anything else dystopian.
- Wet Hot American Summer Dan and I watched this on Wednesday to prepare ourselves for the Netflix Original reboot, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. 15 years after the original movie (in which you saw the last day of camp), this new Netflix show takes place on the first day of camp, has the original cast, and from what I've seen so far, is amazing.
- The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (trailer) I read the first Maze Runner and decided not to continue the series after I finished, but I did go see the first movie when it came out last September and really enjoyed it. I may not read The Scorch Trials, but I definitely want to go see this when it comes out on the 18th!
- The 18th Century Man Who Owned 5 Million Acres of Land by Polly from A Girl & Her Travels. Polly writes the most interesting posts, sharing well-written and well-researched posts about places and people like the man in this one. I love these historical stories!
- Sisterhood of the World Blog Award by Ashley from Have Ashley, Will Travel. Ashley was nominated for this award and shared a lot about her many world travels, which are very fun to read about! At the end Ashley nominated me for this award as well, so thank you Ashley!
- How to Blog Legally by Chelsey from Budget Girl. I ran across this post on Pinterest (follow me!) and love all of the advice and info she shares here. It is so informative, including info on how to legally abide by affiliate disclosure laws and how to not infringe on copyright.
On the Internets
- Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. He can say it. Can you?
- Queen Elizabeth has out-reigned every other monarch. I don't know when my fascination with the British royal family began, but I'm really into their history and how many of them connect to or marry in from royal families throughout time and around the world.
- As the refugee crisis in Europe grows, you can't help but to be moved by stories like this one, no matter your stance on the issue.
- Katie Everson's new book Drop discusses drug use among teenagers in a way others have not, but this article is about more than just drugs or her book; it's about finding happiness.