Books I Read This Week 2017 – 26

I read The Bright Hour on the airplane to Sydney. It was sad but beautiful and I really enjoyed it. It also reminded me to be grateful for my life. More and more.

I then read Do Not Become Alarmed without knowing much about it. I’d read Meloy’s short stories years ago and they were sad. This book wasn’t as sad but it was still really sad and I am not sure that I am glad I read it.

I knew nothing about Meredith Maran but Anne Lammot has a blurb on the cover and I love her so I checked out  The New Old Me. It was okay. It made me feel hopeful but it definitely wasn’t as wonderful as Anne Lammot’s non-fiction. To be fair, that’s a really high bar.

I then read The Answers but it was really weird. I kept thinking about putting it down the whole time. But I didn’t. In the end I am not sure I liked it. Interesting in places but not worth all the time in the end.

Can’t wait to read some great books again.


Books I Read this Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

June 2017 – Rock Notes – 20

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Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

June 2017 – Rock Notes – 19

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Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

June 2017 – Rock Notes – 18

You can read about the start of this project here.

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Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 26 – Traveler’s Notebook

 

Over the years, I’ve had many different notebooks where I keep track of my life and my todos. For the last 5-6 years, I’d been using the Moleskine grid notebooks and I still love them. They are big enough to fit my needs but small enough to carry in my purse. But I always find myself looking at other options just to see what others use and see if I might want to try new things.

Over the last year, I kept coming back to the traveler’s notebook posts on pinterest, instagram, etc. I didn’t want to buy it just for the sake of buying since I’m pretty happy with my existing system and my one foray into planner-land last year reminded me that I like my system and I can easily spend a lot of money on a different system which ends up being a huge waste and I can’t stand wasting money. (or food!) 

After hemming and hawing for months, I finally decided to give it a try. I bought a notebook that seemed reasonably priced. I bought three inserts: grid, weekly planner, and blank (which I had read would be great for watercolor – it is not.) I told myself I could buy more if I used this for a month and liked it. 

After three weeks, I broke down and bought a few more things. The zipper pouch so I could store my pen and they wouldn’t keep falling off,  the note holder for my stickers, a few little pockets, and the watercolor insert.  All in all, it was still a lot less money (and time) than I invested into my planner which is sitting in a box. (Actually I have three planners, all of which are not being used.)

I’ve used the watercolor insert for my July (or august) art project.

I’ve used the grid insert for journaling and the weekly planner, you can see above. And here’s the pouch below. I only put 4-5 pens inside and it adds very minimal bulk to my notebook.

So far, I love love love this notebook and it’s making me really happy. For my trip to Sydney, I have some big plans for it so we’ll see if that works but even if it doesn’t, I love that I can have different books for different things I like to do. We’ll see if this system sticks around or if I go back to my trusty Moleskines.


Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

June 2017 – Rock Notes – 17

You can read about the start of this project here.

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Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

June 2017 – Rock Notes – 16

You can read about the start of this project here.

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Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 25

I really enjoyed Standard Deviation as a pleasant surprise. It was sweet, easy and yet not simple. A lovely book.

I then read Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team for book club at work. I enjoyed this book even more than the original “Five Dysfunctions of a Team” and found the practical tips to be fantastic.

I had a bunch of other books waiting but I decided to read Touch which which was really lovely and endearing and a quick, easy read. 

I finished White Fur on the airplane. I am not sure what I think of it. Mixed feelings, I guess. I will have to sit with it for a while and then see how I feel.

Not many this week and I expect the next few weeks will be the same. 


Books I Read this Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

June 2017 – Rock Notes – 15

You can read about the start of this project here.

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Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Nourish Me – 25

Mind:

  • I read: I have seriously reduced the amount of reading I am doing online. I still open a few sites here and there but I find that most of it feels too unsubstantial. Like chewing gum. I don’t want “how to do X in Y steps” articles and yet I find I don’t have the patience for the longer, more interesting ones. It’s a weird conundrum.
  • I learned: Nothing super-new this week. I feel this week flew by.
  • I watched:  I am slowly catching up to all the TV I haven’t watched. Not in a hurry, just when I am really tired and don’t want to do anything else.

Body:

  • Exercise: Still no exercise here. I am going to start the 7-minute exercise when I land in Sydney.
  • Food: Doing okay here. Not great. But I’m about to be out of the country for a while so we’ll see.
  • All the others: i love the cream on my skin and my new makeup. it makes me happier than most things. I also got a manicure and pedicure this week which was lovely. And I went to the eye doctor and got myself some reading glasses! (Officially getting old!)

Soul:

  • I rested: I am better thankfully but I still have a lot of trouble sleeping. I wish I could understand why. I’m curious to see how Sydney will work and then I’ll have to do something about it when I am back.
  • I connected: I went to book club Tuesday night and it was lovely.
  • I journaled: a lot! quite thrilled.
  • I made art: i setup a travel journal for Sydney. I am curious to see how much of it I will  be able to keep up with. Here’s to hoping: a lot.

 


Nourish Me Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

June 2017 – Rock Notes – 14

You can read about the start of this project here.

karenika.com


Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

June 2017 – Rock Notes – 13

You can read about the start of this project here.

karenika.com


Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.