July 28, 2023

What I Read in June 2023

These two novels were both AMAZING and I couldn't put them down!

I read four books in June, putting me at 37 books for the year – well behind my goal of 100 books this year. I just have not made the time for reading as much as I should, where I’m usually only getting in 15 minutes a night or so before bed, and certain books are hanging me up (like the Society of Shame, reviewed below). July has not been much better, but I am hoping August can be a month of prioritizing reading, including some light stuff and some nonfiction. 5 stars: Happy Place, by Emily Henry: Harriet and …

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July 25, 2023

French Alps Party Menu


In 2022, I was lucky enough to spend my birthday running around the French Alps – amazing! But I never got to celebrate with my friends and family back home, which kind of bummed me out. This year, I’ve struggled with going back and forth between my Superior house and my house in Minturn (I know, first world problems!) because it’s been tough to maintain two friend groups. So putting those two problems together, I decided to host two birthday parties in 2023: one in the mountains for my friends up there, and one back in the Front Range. That …

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July 8, 2023

Race Report: Superior Mile 2023


This year’s Superior Mile was really different from my experience the last few years! From 2019 to 2022, as a Town Board member, the morning was a well-planned and choreographed dance of preparation: outfits laid out, breakfast ready, and the borrowed convertible decorated, so as soon as the mile race was over, I could dash home to shower, change, wolf down breakfast, and get to the lineup of elected officials leading the parade. This year, I got to attend the parade as a citizen – which meant I had over an hour to relax, go grocery shopping, shower, and stake …

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July 6, 2023

Fourth of July Party Menu

Laura standing in a blue dress with a white wine glass topped with red pop rocks

Ever since 2020, I haven’t been hosting dinner parties with the frequency I once did. But I miss doing that! I have such a blast coming up with a theme, planning a menu, and cooking up a storm for all my friends. I’ve been trying in the past few months to get back to it a little bit more, hosting a Kentucky Derby party in May, a Juneteenth dinner in June, and now, an Independence Day party in July. Since my blog is as much for my own memory archival as it is for readers, I hope you don’t mind …

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June 12, 2023

What I Read in May 2023


I read seven books in May, putting me at 32 books for the year, which is nine behind my goal to stay on track for 100 books this year. I need to get back on track with two books a week! I was doing pretty well until I got bogged down with a novel at the end of the month that I couldn’t really get into. But, I do have an incredible five star read to share… 5 stars: Love at 350°, by Lisa Peers: Tori is a chemistry teacher in her 40s who’s famous for her class on baking, …

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