The Cascades

On Monday, we hiked up to the Cascades in Giles County. The drive alone out to Giles is therapeutic. It’s beautiful out there and it reminds me of my youth. I’ve hiked the Cascades so many times I swear I can do it with my eyes closed and my hands tied behind my back. I used to get sick of it but now that I get to go so infrequently it is really enjoyable.


My dad loves hiking and seizing the day and spending time with his daughters so it was a great day for him. He hiked Mount Kilimanjaro (bad ass!) last fall and we’re currently planning a trip to Machu Picchu this summer.

Maggie and Annie came along as well. So happy to spend quality time with them.


I was lucky to grow up in an area that has so much great hiking. The AT runs close by and the mountains are beautiful.



Happy Christmas!

Happy, Happy Christmas! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with family. Mine has been just that. I’ve been home for a full week now and it has been lovely.


Breakfast at Gillie’s on Friday morning. Great start to a vacation.


Real Logs vs. Yule Logs. I’ve spent so much time watching the Yule Log over the last few weeks, I’d forgotten how great real fires really are.


Mom playing “My Favorite Things” on the piano.


Spending quality time with my best friend, Jude. He smiles like crazy now. 😀


I got so many nice gifts (including a new lunch bag! and a crockpot! and a vaccuum!) and I’m looking forward to getting back to my apartment and get things settled.

Now onwards and upwards towards 2012! The year of the BB!


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

I read the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer one year when I was in college. I stayed in Charlottesville for the summer, doing an archeology internship and working part-time. That summer I was on a kick where I only checked out library books instead of buying books, which is a good thing, but immediately after finishing it I wished I had bought this because I enjoyed it so much. I still use the phrase “I suffer from heavy boots” when I’m in my dark place and feeling sad. It is a brilliant story of hardship, coping, and growing up.

This reverse buyer’s remorse (does that make sense?) happened with a few other books that summer. I retroactively bought How We Are Hungry by Dave Eggars because I wanted to reread it recently. Do you prefer to borrow or own books? I love seeing my library grow and revisiting or lending books I like, but I also love going to the library and saving monies.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has been made into a movie and I can’t wait to see it. It looks so well done.