Favorite Things : August 18 – 24, 2018

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Tomorrow is the day! And it still looks like it is going to storm. I’m still hoping it will turn out ok. I have not received any emails about any possible cancellations or what the plan is if inclement weather arrives. I also know how Michigan can be. It can be projected to storm all week and then it ends up a beautiful, lovely day. I keep checking to see if anything, anything has changed. Nope.

That all said, without further ado, here are this week’s favorite things:

I love that Cup of Jo featured a home near Dayton, Ohio (the closest city to my hometown)!

The only way to live your life.

I hated gym class and was definitely always the last person to be picked for any team. That said, I still like sports. I must be an anomaly.

Loved this article on Michigan breweries on the North Country Trail. I’ve been to three. What I did not know about was the North Country Trail. I will definitely start exploring now. This Ohioan is always so amazed at what there is to do in Michigan. I-er-mean-uh-go-Bucks!

It was a short one this week. Getting ready for the semester means less time on the internet, which honestly is a good thing.

xo, Ali

 

 

 

 

Books on my To-Read List

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There are a lot of them. I have been pretty good at not buying new lately. We barely have the space for our currently amount of books and most of them are going into storage. I cannot “Marie Kondo” my books. The best I can do is try to avoid buying anymore, at least, not until we have a bigger place and more shelf storage.

Here are the recent additions to the “when I’m done with my dissertation, I will read these books” list.

  • Brazil: A Biography by Lilia M. Schwarcz and Heloisa M. Starling. Frankly, I probably would never have paid much attention to Brazil if I did not end up marrying a former Brazilian. Many of the dinner table conversations when visiting my in-laws are discussions of political corruption and life in Brazil. This biography seems like an interesting primer on the country.
  • The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered by Laura Auricchio. I love reading about the French Revolution. Previously my reading has mainly featured the more extreme components, but I would be interested in reading more about Lafayette. My favorite story about this French Americanophile: He was buried with soil from the United States so that he could say he was buried in a free land.
  • Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock by Steven Hyden. I came to classic rock early in my life, but already well-past rock’s hey-day. I love music, but aside for love of certain bands and albums, I do not actually know too much about it. I do not ever expect to become a music expert, but it would be nice to know more about these bands and music I always have playing in my earbuds.
  • The North Water by Ian McGuire. Strangely, I have never read Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, but my favorite books explore loss of humanity while exploring nature. In this case, it is the arctic. Not to mention, one of my favorite books is Moby Dick and I love anything nautical and involving whaling.
  • The New Paris by Lindsey Tramuta. It has been a year since I have been in Paris and I miss it. We were only there for five days on our honeymoon and it is the first city that I’ve never lived in, but still feel a sort of homesickness for. Given that I’ve only had a taste of the moveable feast that is Paris, I want to see more, do more, eat more, and drink more. Before I go, I will be sure to read this book.

Happy reading!

xo, Ali

Dissertation Update

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I started chapter four yesterday. Or is it five? I turned in chapter three a couple weeks ago, but with the craziness that comes with the end of the semester by advisor will not be able to get to it. I told him that I thought it might be better as two chapters, but that I needed a break from working on it. I tell you this. I can talk your head off on Rousseau and Christianity right now. And right now, I need a break.

I asked if I could just start the next chapter instead and return to chapter three or chapters three and four, and was given the a-ok. So I’m back to writing and have about a thousand words written (and approximately ten thousand more to go!). I appreciate that it can be a total mess and imperfect, whereas with chapters three/four, I was in the state of “will it ever be good enough?” When I start something new, I can just turn on some tunes, open some Rousseau, and go. It feels good.

So far, the goal, the plan, the ideal, is to have chapters three, four, and five done, turned in, and approved by the end of this summer. That leaves one chapter left with a year of additional funding. I think I can handle that.

xo, Ali

Favorite Things : March 24 – 29, 2018

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A day early due to Good Friday tomorrow. I’m not running this week (more on that next Monday), so this weekend will be hopefully finishing this third chapter and other things I wanted to get done for April. We go to Philadelphia next weekend and will spend a few days in Connecticut visiting Bruno’s parents, so this upcoming week will hopefully be spent checking off to-do’s.

And without further ado, this week’s favorite things.

All the best philosophers walked, especially my beloved Rousseau. I’ve been thinking about adding an after-dinner walk with Bruno to the schedule instead of the usual plopping on the couch and reading/Netflixing.

On my every day damn day list: an hour of reading, ten minutes legs up the wall, and an hour and a half of writing. No matter what.

A funny article on the benefits of early rising. I definitely agree with the point about “me time” in the evenings. I’m usually too tired, so it usually works out for me much better in the mornings.

Important: Media diet pyramid. Get your information from more books, people!

With all my on-going stomach problems, I’ve been thinking about starting to brew my own kombucha. This brew-your-own kit would look a lot nicer than a jar sitting on the counter-top.

I’m the worst trip-planner ever, but I think it worked out for me when we spent five days in Paris during our honeymoon. We never took a taxi (except from the airport to our airbnb and then when we left to the train station) and the only thing I had to do was go to the Pantheon (to see Rousseau, of course). And while we did do some touristy things, mostly we walked around, stopped at cafes or gardens and read. Apparently that is how you should do it.

Nobody finished the Barkley Marathons this year.

Back in the day, my high school friends and I would watch Super Troopers all the time, probably almost every weekend before going out or when there was nothing to do. I even once had my ringer for my cellphone (an LG EnV!) as the song from the scene with the Germans…yeah, you know the one. Proving that I never developed a more sophisticated sense of humor, I have watched the Super Troopers 2 trailer over and over and crack up. I initially was not expecting much, but April 20 can come any day meow.

I run on Dunkin’ Donuts. And now I want these running shoes so I can literally run on Dunkin’.

And last, but not least, if you read anything today, make sure it is this article.

Have a great weekend and Happy Easter!

xo, Ali