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January Books Read (2016)

Richmond view, just to the right is the landing strip at YVR
 This month felt dry for me in a lot of ways. I think a lot of my downtime was taken up with things, stuff, and events. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't put something on my list if I didn't want it to be there, it just so happened that moreso for me in January than December, everything started happening that first week and hasn't stopped! I'm writing this on Tues, Jan. 26, in prepartation for the 31st, and this last week of the month is still just bursting at the seams. When I look back at my list, though, I'm reminded that I did take a lot of time-in bits and spurts-to get into some deep and a few academic books this month, and for that I'm grateful. Here's what I read in January:
*Satisfy My Thirsty Soul by Linda Dillow - I finished this in January, but read the bulk of it in December in preparation for my church's women's bible study. I'm going through it now a second time, week b…

16 in 2016: Hike the Abby Grind with the Family

Our badges of honor (i.e. very dirty bums)
Although it's been an extremely quiet month over here on the blog, I've been involved with a lot of behind the scenes work with school and church, and I'm proud to say that I've sneaked in a few bits  of my 16 in 2016 list!

Our family hiked the Abby Grind a few weeks back on a warm day that made for excellent mud, as you can see. The entire hike is called The Sumas Mountain Hike, and it's a long one, but a small version of that is locally known as the Grind because it's straight up the entire way.

 Although we all had warm enough clothing, we did not have the one item that we would have really benefitted from--shoe chains. Over 3/4 of the hike was completely covered in snow, ice, and muddy slush, and it was laughable just how ridiculous we probably looked slipping and sliding up and down the mountain. We will definitely be investing in these for all three of us (Stefan has some but for whatever reason didn't have …

A New List for a New Year // 16 in 2016

The 30 ft. pool at Lynn Canyon
The list that I've tried to come up with has been a little harder than in years past but as I let it sit and brew for a bit, I had plenty of fresh ideas. The yearly lists (you can see 15 in 2015, my 29 before 30  birthday list here, and 28 before 29 here) help me focus on small/big, personal/family/friend, and creative/mental goals I have in any given year. Sometimes they are silly and sometimes I get them done before even writing them down, as you'll see below. They are just things I want to try, things I want to do, or things I want to enjoy with others. Some are big Bucket/Lifetime goals (1 below!) but most are pretty small things that niggle the back of my mind and writing them down helps me attain them quicker than forgetting about it 3 times. 
16 in 2016
1) get a dog! (this didn't happen for various reasons last year, this year we're still considering it)
2) make 'sweet treat' hair clips for the girls*
3) make and can homem…

2016 Book List

Thrift store scores and library books
Every year I find immense joy in curating a good yearly book list. Resolutions? Nah. I'll just stick with books. 2015 proved to have a fairly easy list (with more then 30 tacked on in my journal) and I read a good 80% of them. A few I looked for but couldn't find locally, and two I just recently found at the thrift store! I write a small list for the beginning of the year--around 30 books--because I almost always find tons of books throughout the year I want to read and add to the list. I end up reading about 60 books a year, and 30 is a good jumping off point. Here's the list!
*Packing for Mars by Mary Roach *Stiff by Mary Roach *All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr *What Alice Forgot Liane Moriarty *Essentialism by Greg McKeown *Imagine Childhood by Sarah Olmsted (H) *Satisfy My Thirsty Soul by Linda Dillow - Bible study book *Art of Memoir by Mary Karr *Being Mortal by Atul Guwande *Lila by Marilynne Robinson *The Boys in the…