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Book Review: The Women

July 6, 2012

I didn’t love The Women, by T.C. Boyle.

Proof: It’s taken me about 3 months to finish it.  I may or may not have snapped at my mom for saying “You’re still reading that?” the other day.  Yes, yes I am!!  Sorry, Mom.

But I didn’t hate it either.

It’s the second book I’ve read about Frank Lloyd Wright this year and I basically feel like I know him personally.  The concept of this book is great.  It’s the life of Wright told through his relationship with four different women.  And it’s also narrated by a fictional apprentice of Wright’s, which gives a really interesting complexity to the novel.  It wasn’t so much the concept or the plot or even the characters that I didn’t love, but more the style of the writing.

I’ve come to realize that what makes or breaks a novel for me, is the author’s ability to make me feel.  I want to love the characters and become entangled in their lives and this book didn’t get deep enough into the characters to make me feel that way.  If you’re looking for a good book about FLW, might I suggest this one?

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What are you reading right now?

Do you know anything about Frank Lloyd Wright? 

What makes or breaks a good book for you?

Also, Happy Happy Birthday to my brother today!

Things You Shouldn’t Mix

July 4, 2012

Vodka and lemonade.

Late night concerts and early morning races.

Alcohol and 6 mile runs.

Hangovers and rambunctious 3-year-olds.

A worse than normal wildfire season and fireworks.

Kimbra was amazing.


Mayer Hawthorne was awesome.  I mean, just look at that suit!

And Foster the People was incredible.

They had all of Red Rocks, myself included, dancing like fools.

Let Freedom Ring 10K sort of turned into a walking race for me.  I may have had a little too much fun on Tuesday night…

But I totally don’t regret it and run/walking 6 miles is still better than doing nothing.

If that’s not the quintessential plate of 4th of July food, I don’t know what is.

Our puppy has people eyes.

It’s not 4th of July without a slice of pie.

A good majority of firework shows were cancelled here in Colorado, but we managed to see a little bit of one of the few shows that didn’t get cancelled.  So all hangovers aside, this 4th of July was a good one.

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What did you do for the 4th of July?

Finish this sentence: It’s not 4th of July without ______________.

Who else has to go back to work today and is hating it already??

A Healthy Mix

July 2, 2012

This weekend was a healthy mix of early mornings…

And sleeping in.

Hard work…

And relaxation.

Time with Joey…

My family…

My friends…

And some alone time too.

Sunny skies…

And much needed rain.

Going out to eat…

And home cooked meals.

Being a responsible adult…

And a carefree 22-year-old.

Magic Mike and alcoholic beverages at the movie theater with my best friend?  Yes please!

And really, having a healthy mix of all these things is what it’s all about.  It’s all in the balance!

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What was your weekend a healthy mix of?

Okay, who else saw Magic Mike this weekend? I would have liked a lot less plot and a lot more Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey.