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Good Things List No.15: Book Notes Journal, Travel Items, Active Swimwear, May Book Reviews & More!

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Properly good day summer time, I’m so glad you’re right here! Whereas there are fantastic things about every month (fall’s colours, spring’s new progress, winter’s…properly that one’s more durable for me, ha! Perhaps our pressured quietness?) summer time is my favourite month.

I’m fairly positive it’s as a result of I’ve lived my entire grownup life in Oregon and summer time is the one time we may be positive of stretches of respectable climate to be able to camp, swim, hike, and kayak without getting rained on. Properly, extra positive than the opposite months – there’ve been loads of Julys which have rained, and Augusts with clouds. But for probably the most half, it’s a time I’m lastly warm and I adore it.

Now, if I lived within the south or humid east, perhaps it might be a unique story? Do you assume favourite months are influenced by where you reside?

Some issues I’m wanting forward to in June as spring turns absolutely to summer time embrace a vacation with my man, our son’s commencement from graduate faculty, working more on the vegetable backyard, kayaking, and strolling up our lane in the warm afternoons.

However we don’t need to get too far forward of ourselves – let’s see what good issues May brought (like 10 books learn!!).

Good Things:

Mothers Day Kayaking2019

Mom’s Day Kayaking

Brian instructed heading to a close-by lake for a fast kayak journey on Mom’s Day and I jumped at the probability to check out our new kayaks we gave each other for Christmas. And I’m considering this may increasingly simply be a new Mom’s Day custom! It was so enjoyable to only get away, even if it was just a couple hours (together with drive time).

And figuring out that my youngsters have been prepping for a Mother’s Day tea for me and my mother at the similar time gave me much more sweetness to look ahead to. All in all, a enjoyable day – and in the event you kayak, I highly advocate taking a Mother’s Day trip!

Book Notes Journal in basket

Holding a Book Notes Journal

I can’t keep in mind exactly the place I saw this tip, but I know it was in an article on how you can turn into a greater reader:

To raised keep in mind issues from books, begin maintaining a Book Notes Journal with quotes, ideas, and thoughts you get from your readings.

This simply jumped out at me as a result of there’s no underlining in digital books – and while you need to use the little spotlight perform, I literally by no means return to highlighted sections, so what’s the point. And while a lot of the audiobooks I take heed to are fiction, my morning ebook is often a Christian nonfiction which frequently has something I need to keep in mind.

Good previous pen and paper to the rescue. I grabbed an previous composition notebook that we had and began the subsequent day. On the title page I wrote “Book Notes Journal” (unique, I do know) with the date started, March 2019 – and I’ll fill in the long run date once I’m there.

Title the second web page the title of the ebook you’re reading/listening to and the date. Then hold a pen useful for anytime you need to write something you need to keep in mind. Begin a brand new page for each new guide.

It’s that straightforward, but I’m already loving how I can simply confer with it and look again. The article that gave me this idea talked about that they’d been doing it long enough that that they had several notebooks full and how they’d check with them on a regular basis. I do assume I’ll improve to this basic ruled fake leather-based pocket book for my next journal, though, then I can hold them on a shelf they usually’d look a bit nicer.

I feel this can be a fairly sensible concept and thought I’d move it along to you!

Small packing cubes

Touring with Small Packing Cubes

When you listened to the newest podcast, you understand that we’re on a trip that features flying and we solely fly with carry-on luggage. The pros completely outweigh the cons for us, although I’ll be trustworthy and say it isn’t straightforward to suit the whole lot I need to deliver on a two week vacation in a 20-inch carry-on bag. Typically I like a superb problem, although!

Once we traveled to Greece a number of years ago, I used to be capable of pack fairly a bit of clothing for cooler spring weather utilizing the following pointers. For this journey I made a decision to attempt packing cubes because literally all of the journey websites rave about them and my daughter liked them on a trip she took overseas last yr. Final summer time I bought a primary set of luggage that got here in three sizes – small, medium, and enormous. And shortly discovered that the medium and enormous luggage are too massive for carry-ons – they took up too much room.

So this time I’m utilizing this set of small packing cubes. I really like that they match three across in my carry-on, making a tidy ultimate layer. I stuffed them full, too, and the zippers labored nicely. I used one for my underthings and PJs, one for my swim stuff (2 fits, one sarong, rashguard), and the final for all my tanks and tops. That left my bottoms, clothes, footwear, and some odds and ends to layer underneath them (stay tuned for more on this later once I’ll show precisely how I packed, together with toiletries which many packing how-tos omit).

Also once I arrived on the Airbnb I simply opened the cubes and set them within the dresser where they hold all of it tidy! Up to now, I’m a new fan. Do you employ them?

clear carryon toiletry-silicone bottles

Clear Carry-on Toiletry Bag and Silicone Bottles

The other factor that needed to be fastened was my liquids bag. I’ve all the time used a ziplock quart bag for the TSA’s “3-1-1” carry-on rule (three ounces, one quart bag, one bag per ticket), but even the marginally greater slide zipper prime luggage have been bursting on the seams. On our last flight, I saw a woman in front of me put a much greater bag (seemingly) via security that went via nice. What was this superb bag?

Apparently, it was a bag like this. A transparent, absolutely TSA compliant “quart-size” bag that holds WAY greater than my ziplock bag ever might. I put it to the check and it’s like much more. I feel it’s the box-design, because it does still work for getting by means of security.

Then I added silicone travel bottles to it, one other thing on the suggestion of my daughter. She stated they held greater than the little journey bottles you buy, are leakproof, and are a lot easier to squeeze and use. And she or he was right.

They maintain three ounces which is a lot to final two weeks and I’ve obtained them filled with shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and sunscreen. It could be the little things, however I’m loving the silicone bottles!

Swim shorts and zip rashguard

Active (and Modest) Swimwear

The opposite factor I wanted was a rashguard to put on when snorkeling, since your back has the potential to be uncovered to the solar for an hour or extra. I learn quite a bit about them and decided to pay a number of dollars more to get a zip-up rashguard since it is simpler to get on and off and can be utilized as a light-weight coat if wanted with regular garments (2-for-1 is my objective in journey things!).

I really like this thing! I feel it’s sort of flattering for a rashguard with the slimming black panels (I wear a two-piece go well with bra prime beneath it).

To wear with it, I decided on these swim shorts to play up the lively part since I couldn’t picture my swim skirt with it. Brian thinks I appear to be a triathlete in this outfit, which utterly cracks me up as a result of it’s in all probability one of the last things I’d ever need to do.

Regardless of, my thighs are my least favorite body part, so these do the trick – they usually hold the backs from getting sunburned whereas snorkeling, too. And I do feel pretty good in them, which I’m completely happy about. Oh, and I’ve worn them already they usually work nice and are fairly fast drying (though nothing like this can ever dry as fast as smaller suits).

Zipper Rashguard
Swim Shorts

May Reads

May 2019 Books Read

I truly read/listened to 10 books this final month! You’ll be able to in all probability guess this meant I was spending loads of time in the yard and garden – and you’d be right. Brian and I busted our you-know-whats to get an automated watering system put in within the raised mattress vegetable backyard earlier than we left for our vacation, so there was numerous listening time. (Oh, and that system turned out SO nice – I can’t wait to share it with you since it was pretty straightforward and cheap compared to “official” irrigation methods!)

Listed here are the books that stood out and I assumed you may take pleasure in, too:

Code Identify Verity, Elizabeth E. Wein. (This was also a Cool Factor on episode 58 of the podcast.) Brian and I listened to this collectively and we both really enjoyed it. The narrators have been great and the WWII setting in Britain hooks you in from the start. It’s informed as if somebody’s recounting their historical past to someone else, and we study fairly early on that it’s a part of an interrogation of a lady caught by the Nazi’s in occupied France. We actually favored how we had to type of work out the story as we listened. While set in the course of the warfare, the guts of the story is the friendship between the lady caught and her pal who was one of many rare ladies pilots at the time. It’s not too graphic for a warfare novel with themes of affection, friendship, and sacrifice. I was a bit of disenchanted in the long run (which you’ll know when you listened to the podcast!), but nonetheless extremely advocate.

The Man within the Window, Jon Cohen. This was a very sweet story that’s been in my TBR listing for awhile. The story of a recluse on account of a childhood accident and a nurse who’s smart however odd wanting and the way they discover each other. I liked the descriptions of what they felt like, particularly the man who spent his days searching his widow, as they lastly have been touched by others. In his case, actually – he describes the sensation of another’s thigh towards his in a automotive of neighbors who’re taking him to the hospital (where he meets the nurse, in fact) and how good human contact feels that he doesn’t need to end. You really have empathy for him and the course his life took. I beloved how scared they each have been to open to each other, yet they overcome it in the long run as a result of they see the necessity in themselves and one another. The family and secondary characters have been colorful and also you felt they grew by way of the guide, too. Just a actually pretty story. I’m wanting forward to reading more of this writer now (I’ve heard Harry’s Tree’s is sweet – anybody learn that?).

The Tatooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris. So, this guide was on the NYT bestseller record for a long time and I had learn many people recommending it. I put it off, though, as a result of regardless that it sounded ultimately hopeful, I knew it might be a hard learn, obviously. And naturally there are elements the place your heart hurts and your thoughts reels at the thought of what happened in Auschwitz and the way merciless and depraved mankind may be. However the story of Lale and Gita really is hopeful, as is how they lived their life determined to get out and discover pleasure wherever they might. I didn’t understand until the top that while billed as historic fiction, it’s based mostly on a real story as advised to the writer over numerous years at the finish of Lale’s life. I discovered this via the writer’s word on the end and the epilogue of types written by their son. Superb, unhappy, and wonderful all at the similar time. I’m glad I lastly made myself take heed to the audiobook – it made me view my world another way and really be grateful and not sweat the little issues as much.

God Breathed, Josh McDowell. I feel the final Josh McDowell guide I learn was Evidence that Demands a Verdict whereas in school! That was faith-building (and perhaps life-changing at that time in my life) however I didn’t find out about this ebook written just a few years in the past. It primarily goes over numerous the same ground – all the ways that the Bible is true, historically and pitted towards different historic books we don’t even question – but updated with new finds that show even more that you could trust the Bible. We study what the Bible is, how we received it, and why we will belief it. Faith affirming, especially when answering all the large objections to the Bible (translations, “lost” books, inconsistencies, and so on.).

Love Lucy, Lucille Ball. (Additionally a Cool Factor on episode 59 of the podcast.) This was a fun shock of a ebook that I chose as one of many month-to-month free books on Audible (There are 6 to choose from each month, in addition to your monthly credit score – I’m now on an every-other-month subscription since I really like how Audible works, the every day deal books, and the free books they’ve added – sign up for a free 30-day trial here with 2 audiobooks + 2 Audible Originals -yours to maintain even in the event you don’t continue.). In reality, there was a lot I needed to share with Brian that I ended halfway via and completed while we listened together! That is an “as told to” autobiography that Lucille Ball recorded within the early 1960’s, put away after which didn’t tell anyone about. It was only found after her dying in 1989 and her youngsters couldn’t consider it. The audiobook is narrated by her daughter, Lucy Arnez, and she or he has a ahead explaining this. It tells the story of Lucy’s childhood, how she came to Hollywood, turned a contract player, met Dezi, and how they ultimately got here to do the I Love Lucy present. Super fascinating and I appreciated how she was by no means catty, even when coping with the issues in her marriage to Dezi. So many things I discovered, not only about her but concerning the film system within the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. Enjoyable stuff.

The Insanity of God, Nik Ripken. Brian had learn this a number of years in the past and it actually impacted him so he instructed it for our house group this yr. We’ve been slowly studying it for a couple of months, taking a couple chapters at a time and discussing them. It’s the story of a household referred to as by God to comply with the Nice Fee to go into the world – and what a world they discovered. They began in Africa and certainly one of their areas included Somalia on the peak of all of the struggling and conflict there within the 1990’s (the Black Hawk Down film was set in this time…). Wow, I had no concept the literal hell on earth it was then (is it still now? I don’t know…). The ebook shares stories of how God met them – and how He didn’t – and the impression this had on their faith. Nik especially questioned his religion and he then starts on a mission to document interviews with individuals who had suffered underneath persecuting governments – Russia and China – and what we will study from them. Shifting and faith-building.



Amazon Prime:
I Can Solely Imagine. I’ve been wanting to observe this for awhile and I’m so glad we finally did! This is such a well-done story that basically provides the background to the famous track of the title. I discovered, too, that the track is likely one of the best-selling Christian songs of all time and that it was performed on non-Christian stations, too. It actually hit a nerve for individuals in the submit 9-11 period.

Avengers Infinity Struggle. (You can also lease this on Amazon or YouTube.) We watched this to have some background once we go see Endgame – as a result of everyone seems to be seeing it and we thought we should always, too, right? It was truly fairly good and I all the time say, you realize what you’re getting in these films and typically that’s what you need to see.

Les Miserables. A non-musical collection based mostly on the novel, it follows the story of Jean Valjean most of us know. Pretty properly carried out, however it’s typically a downer of a narrative – individuals not getting what they deserve and others getting what they don’t deserve, which I feel was they writer’s level. It’s an extended story and there are 6 episodes which flesh out the story nicely.

Malcom in The Middle.We watched and loved this present in the 2000s when it ran, but are watching it again with our daughter. The one thing I all the time appreciated greatest about it was the loving relationship between the mother and father – issues have been robust and life was exhausting, but they all the time had one another they usually let it show. Beloved that. Plus, we often giggle out loud. Also, this was why I never even needed to offer Breaking Dangerous a attempt – Bryan Cranston will all the time be Malcom’s lovable, funny, flawed dad to me. I didn’t need to see him dangerous – but I used to be okay seeing him in The Upside, as a result of he was nice, lol.


Shazam – Silly, but funny and you understand precisely what you’re going to get with films like this: good, clean fun. It did have a theme of family and foster families and being needed that was really candy.

That’s it for an additional addition of the Good Things List! In case you’d wish to see more of what I’m enjoying, you’ll be able to take a look at all the Good Things Lists here. I’d like to know what you assume – should you’ve tried any of those or what you’d advocate. Depart a remark under together with your ideas!

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