Hello! It’s been awhile since our last Three Things, hasn’t it? I’ve been taking some time in July to work on a few side projects and back-end blogging stuff. For anyone who isn’t a blogger, just know that it’s never-ending – and if you are a blogger, you feel my pain, right? 🙂
Anyway, no whining here – I love most aspects of this job, especially connecting with you, so thank you for reading, commenting, and generally blessing me! Plus, I am really excited about one of the side projects – it includes Brian and I can’t wait to share it with you when it’s ready!
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On to this week’s three things and links I think you’ll love! (As always, some of the links I provide are affiliate links and I receive a small percentage if you buy through them – at no cost to you. Thanks for your support.)
Fun summertime. So, with our lives in a weird holding pattern while we wait for a property we love (that isn’t grabbed first by others…) the end of July was actually the first time we were able to get out and enjoy some of Oregon’s beauty. Our kayaks were in storage, so we had to figure out where to keep them so they’s be accessible.
Happy to say we finally did and later is better than never, right? We spent some time with my folks in LaPine this last week kayaking and then celebrating my dad’s birthday at the Twin Lakes Resort. If you are ever in the area, we highly recommend the food at the resort – it was so good. Plus, that view, right? Oh, and the service was perfect – my dad got a complimentary cheesecake to celebrate.
The new athletic sandals I’m LOVING. So I’m going to be totally honest here and say that I’ve never spent this much on any shoe before except for leather boots (which for some reason seem more ‘worth it’ to me). But, my previous cheap kayaking-hiking sandals were never all that comfortable and developed a divot in the sole that caused blisters at the beginning of the summer.
Armed with a couple of Amazon gift cards from my birthday, I went in search of a pair of athletic sandals that I wasn’t sure even existed: comfortable AND cute. I happy to report there is such a thing! It’s the Teva Kayenta sandal and comes in black, like mine pictured, as well as purple, blue, and beige (and maybe some other colors I’m not aware of).
I didn’t have the time to search them down in town to try on, so I went just by the reviews on Amazon – ordering and hoping they would be comfortable. The verdict? From the minute I put them on they’ve been incredibly comfortable! I’ve hiked in them, waded in water, and worn them to church with a casual skirt. How many athletic-type sandals can you say that about? I get lots of compliments, on them, too. As you can see, if you are in the market for sandals, I highly recommend these!
July books read. Between trips to visit family in Portland, driving around looking at properties for sale, and the LaPine trip, Brian and I have logged a lot of car-time. Perfect for listening to books on tape! This helped me get 4 books read for July – and they were all good books in one way or another:
America’s First Daughter, Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie. I started reading this as a Kindle ebook last spring, but found it a bit hard to get into, even though I love fiction based on history. It wasn’t until I found the audio version on Hoopla that I picked it up again and holy cow, did I get hooked! It’s about Thomas Jefferson’s daughter and just paints a thorough picture of the country in that time – as well as France. This was so good I listened to it every chance I got – even knitting at night to it instead of TV (which has been really lame lately, but I digress…). I found myself looking up many of the hard-to-believe things, and they actually did happen. I told Brian towards the end that I’m so glad I wasn’t born in the 1700s. I especially appreciated the authors notes at the end where they tell how and why they changed some things. Such good stuff if you enjoy history like I do.
The Broken Way, Ann Voscamp. You guys. I think this book will stay with me for a very long time. In fact, I think I will need to re-read it regularly. It’s almost hard for me to put into words – it’s challenging, encouraging, thought-provoking, and had caused me to look at life, God, and people in a new way. There are so many things I highlighted throughout the book – here are just two of many nuggets:
What if instead of waiting for good enough things to happen to us, we could be the good thing to happen to someone else who’s waiting?
People don’t have to be good to deserve our compassion; it’s our compassion that serves good to all people.
The Disaster Artist, Greg Sestero. This is not something I would normally listen to on my own, but I knew that Brian would find it interesting, so I bought it during an Audible sale (the audio version is narrated by the author, who does a good job). It’s the story of a couple of would-be actors who meet in acting class and the bizarre tale of the making of a movie called “The Room.” Apparently this is such a bad movie that it’s become a cult classic – people go to see it regularly and participate in like The Rocky Horror Picture Show (chant lines, throw things, dress up, etc.). This book is FUNNY! We laughed out loud many times and shook our heads in disbelief at some of the stories. Unfortunately like many books today, there is some language. And DON’T watch the actual movie – we made that mistake and it’s not as funny and has a lot of loooong, terrible sex scenes. Sigh. Oh! And there is a movie coming out staring James Franco based on this making-of book, so there’s that. 🙂
I Must Say, Martin Short. We listened to this memoir narrated by Short himself, which of course makes it amazing since he does all the voices of his characters. It was funny in parts (not all parts, though), and interesting to hear about where he came from and all the now-famous comedians who started with him in Canada’s Second City. Language warning in this one, too.
Links To Check Out:
The life-changing habit of journaling. Yes or no?
How to shop at discount surplus grocery stores.
An unconventional method for fitting cooking into a crazy schedule.
Zucchini and corn fritters to get you through the summer glut.
Cute mason jar solar lights.
Amazing at-home workout that I’m loving, too, since reading this article (though I’m trying free for awhile with other YouTube Barre class videos…)
Maybe coconut oil & products are not all that good for you…
Have you heard about this online store where everything is $3? I’m so curious!
Love these Restoration Hardware knockoff mirrors!
10 no-sugar-added snack ideas.
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