My summer reading list

Summer reading list
Summer is here! In fact, we’re already digging our toes into the dog days of summer. It’s hot and sticky, and the days are long. Usually the long days mean lots of reading outside – by the pool, near the ocean or in the park. With all these longer days you would think I’d have read more books by now. Yet, I’ve only managed to finish reading two. My reading list has been heavy on the non-fiction lately. I’m excited to change things up with a stack of fiction reads for the rest of summer. Here’s my summer reading list:

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Life lately: June


June is always my favorite (birthday!) month. It means outdoor get-togethers with friends and family. It means refreshing German Hefeweizens. It means the morning sun beaming in my window. Here are few snapshots from the month of June. I blinked, and it was over.

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What I’m watching | “This Place”

I can’t stop watching this video. It makes me want to fast-forward to September right now.

This Place is a short film by Instrument Labs exploring the Oregon Coast through the eyes of its inhabitants, real people like you and me. This Place is accompanied by a series of interactive vignettes to further share what makes the Oregon coast a unique place to those who call it home.

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On celebrating one year of us

Mike and Colleen Thudium wedding Today marks the first day I met Mike. In our world, it’s like our one year dating anniversary. We never really kept track of the day we officially starting dating though. And to be honest, it doesn’t matter much. For us, today is the perfect day as any to celebrate the genesis of our relationship.

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Where to eat in Lancaster

Where to eat Lancaster The Fridge

The spot: The Fridge

The where: 534 North Mulberry Street, Lancaster, Pa.

When and why to go: When you want pizza, beer and not a lot of nonsense, you go to The Fridge. This bottle shop and pizza cafe uses all local ingredients and boasts a lively crowd. Sit by the cozy fire and admire the glow of 400+ bottles or enjoy the weather outside perched on a stool along Mulberry Street.

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What I’m listening to | St. Vincent “Digital Witness”

The brilliant Annie Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent, is master of commanding sounds and arranging music. I’m a big fan of her newest song, “Digital Witness.” Her song talks about the changes in our digital age, and how people observe the world around them through their devices rather than being present: “People turn the TV on / it looks just like a window.”

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