Dreams in HD

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fernweh (German):: A craving for travel; being homesick for a place you’ve never been. An ache for distant places. Literally “farsickness,” or “longing for far-off places,” as contrasted with heimweh: “homesickness,” longing for home.”
Today I'm in the mood for travel dreaming, how about you? I'm also in the mood to spread the love around the web, so I thought I'd share these lovely photos by Molly from Dreams in HD. I love her blog because she has traveled to many of the places around the world that I've loved most (Italy, France, Switzerland), and also has been lucky enough to visit and photograph many of the places on my bucket list (most recently, Thailand!). Her photos do a gorgeous job of capturing the essence of these locations. 

Care to embrace your ferrnweh with me? ;) 

Mer Sverige (More Sweden)

Friday, July 31, 2015

Can I share a few more photos from our trip to Sweden? I took about a million while we were there. I just can't get enough of the nautical blue, white and red that you see just about everywhere on the Swedish coast. 

Today I'm in New England, enjoying time with friends and family. I hope you have a lovely weekend!



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Surprise! I took a bit of a blog vacation there. It was needed, it felt good. I'm back now :).

To catch up, I thought a "currently" post was in order. Here's what is what I'm currently up to:

I just started All the Light We Cannot See. I've really been powering through my summer reading list! It feels so good to be taking the time to dive into books like this - it's usually a rarity for me. This one doesn't have me hooked yet but I've heard it's wonderful so I'm going to keep going. I also recently finished Maine which was actually much better than I expected. The description of it seemed like the same kind of story you've read a million times, you know? But it turned out to be captivating - I loved seeing how wildly different the perspectives can be from various generations of a family.

Ooh this section is a big one right now, because I've been trying something a little bit crazy.... The Whole30 Challenge.  I actually started it back in June, but then took a bit of a break for a few delicious food-focused weekends, and then I started it back up on June 30 - so as of today I'm on Day 24! For those who haven't heard of the Whole30, it's a Paleo-based, 30 day "reset". From the website: "Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system." 

Some of my favorite Whole30 meals have been this cauliflower fried rice, sausage egg breakfast bites, garlic sweet potato noodles, and a thai coconut pumpkin soup I found on the Whole30 recipes instagram account. My best go-to snacks have been La Croix sparkling water, carrots dunked in almond butter, and RxBars (delicious!). Anyway, I've been feeling wonderful and am surprisingly not missing sugar at all (thought I have had a few dreams about pizza...), so hopefully I'm able to finish it out with success.

UnREAL, a wonderfully addicting, guilty-pleasure type show that I recently tried out. We don't normally have cable, but since we're house sitting right now I decided to let myself indulge on some good old-fashioned TV ;). We've also been into watching Anthony Bourdain shows on Netflix, which is giving me some major wanderlust.

Living on campus at work! We are in the middle of a housing transition (more on that later....) and in the meantime we are house and pet-sitting for some friends who live on my school's campus.  It's been delightful to hop home for lunch and to enjoy hiking the beautiful grounds in the evenings.

Around Tahoe for the Wanderlust Festival this past weekend. Enjoyed camping, boating, eating and playing with friends.  And I can't wait for my next adventure back to New England next week - it's been a while since I enjoyed New England in the summertime! Looking forward to time with friends and family, lobster rolls and the Atlantic.


My Summer Reading

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hallelujah, summertime is here! Even though I work through the summer at my school, the season still brings a certain summery feeling, with a slower pace, less meetings, and fewer pressing deadlines. I guess I just get excited about the changing tides of every new season - I'm all about those fresh starts. 

Recently, I went to my school library before it closed for the summer and took out about a thousand books (okay, just six) to last me the next couple of months.  Here's what I have waiting for me this summer...




My Summer Reading List:

H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald
Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese
Maine - J. Courtney Sullivan
Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart
All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
The Road - Cormac McCarthy

Have you read any good books lately? I'd love to add to my list!

And in case you're hoping to add to your summer reading list, here are a few books I've read over the past few months that I highly recommend:



Still Alice - Lisa Genova
I haven't seen the movie yet, but the book was amazing. Yes, heart wrenching and at sometimes hard to read, especially if you've had family members suffer from Alzheimer's as I have. But although difficult, I loved connecting briefly to the experience of Alzheimer's through Genova's incredible writing. 

The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
I'm just finishing this one up now, and it has me sucked in! It's a captivating, quick read. You'll love it if you enjoyed Gone Girl.
This one took me some time but the writing is incredibly beautiful - it takes you to another world.

Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
If you're into dystopian novels as I seem to be lately, you will LOVE this one. I could not put it down. 


Jimmy and I are heading down the coast this weekend to enjoy some relaxing time off the grid in CayucosHere's to long summer nights, camping weekends, road trips, and diving into some summer reading!

Hej Sweden!

Monday, June 8, 2015

As I mentioned in my last post, Jimmy and I recently took a vacation in Sweden. 

Now, a question for you - was your reaction just now "Sweden, why Sweden?!". If so then you're not alone. At least 75% of the folks we've mentioned our trip to have responded with some variation of that question, either assuming the trip must be to visit family or for work (nope), or saying "hmm, that's never been on my list" or simply, "...Sweden?" [in surprised voice]. I have to admit that the folks who simply said "wow that must have been gorgeous!" won a couple of extra points in my book ;).

Because yes - Sweden! Crisp, clean, stunning, friendly, delicious Sweden.

I'll save some of the details for my next post, but in general - we fell in love. With the Scandinavian design, the fresh air, the shockingly clean city streets, the kind and friendly strangers, the contrast of primary colors in the countryside, the 10:30pm sunsets, and the mix of incredibly-old with incredibly-modern. Plus, Sweden is a very easy country to travel in - things are very intuitive and organized, and the folks are very happy to speak English with you. We'll definitely be back.

Our favorite way to travel is to just get in a car and go, and so that's what we did. We rented a car and explored Stockholm, the island of Gotland, Gothenburg, and then returned to Stockholm again.

Here are some photos from our trip, in case you'd like to see...

I have another batch of Sweden pics coming up soon! In the meantime, some fun links about Sweden I've collected from around the web:

     The quirky way that some Swedes say "yes".

     One of my favorite stores in Sweden.

     A Swedish island home.


     Visiting Stockholm on a budget.
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