October 4, 2023

What I Read in September 2023

Six book read in Septembers puts me at 59 books for the year – woefully behind my goal of 100 books, but still trucking forward! 5 stars: The Boyfriend Candidate, by Ashley Winstead: Alexis is a school librarian reeling from a breakup – her boyfriend cheated on her, lied about it, and told her she was mousy and boring in bed. So she decides to act out of character, be irresponsible, and pick up a one night stand at a bar to prove to herself that she’s not those things. Unfortunately, the hot guy she picks up turns out to …

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September 28, 2023

What I Read in August 2023


I read ten books in August, which definitely helps me catch up on my goal of reading 100 books a year! That puts me at 53 books for the year, which is about two months behind, but it’s getting things back on the right track. I read a lot of lighter stuff this month, but Kara Goldin’s biography / business book was an awesome nonfiction read that was equally compelling to zip through. 5 stars: Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts and Doubters, by Kara Goldin: Kara Goldin is a business / tech innovator and the founder of Hint Water. While I wasn’t …

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August 23, 2023

Trinidad College Graduation at Colorado State Penitentiary


I had an incredible morning. It started with a glorious cool morning run with Sadie, which was certainly lovely. But when I got home, before I started work, was the best part of my day: I hosted a watch party to livestream several of my friends from Colorado State Penitentiary graduating cum laude from Trinidad State College. What an incredible, against-the-odds accomplishment with all the barriers they faced completing the curriculum while in a level 5 maximum security prison! 🎉 I recorded the graduation, which you can watch here. At the very least, watch the first 15 minutes for an …

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August 11, 2023

What I Read in July 2023

I read six books in July, which is closer to the pace I want to be going for my 100 book goal. That puts me at 43 books for the year, which is still way behind, but hopefully things are trending up. One book in particular (Do Tell) really dragged, and I’d like to do a better job of quitting books I’m just not enjoying. Life is too short and there are too many great books out there! To that end, I always welcome your comments and suggestions on what to read next 🙂 5 stars: The Five-Star Weekend, by …

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August 6, 2023

Tiki Birthday Party Menu

I wrote about my French Alps party menu for my birthday party in the mountains, which was a blast. The following Saturday, I was thrilled to host a big group of friends for a tiki-themed party at my house in Superior! The tiki theme was one I had used before, but both times I’ve picked this as my birthday party theme, it’s stemmed from me wanting tropical frozen drinks and Chinese food. I love both, and right I can’t remember the last time I had a frozen drink, so it’s a fun birthday treat to have them, even if they’re …

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