That Month in Tuscany By Inglath Cooper

Okay..I read my first Inglath Cooper romance..

That Month In Tuscany by Inglath Cooper

Published in September of 2014 by Fence Free Entertainment

Average Rating on Goodreads: 3.85 Stars

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Synopsis:

That Month in Tuscany . . .

Ren Sawyer and Lizzy Harper live completely different lives. He’s a rock star with a secret he can no longer live with. She’s a regular person whose husband stood her up for a long planned anniversary trip.

On a flight across the Atlantic headed for Italy, a drunken pity party and untimely turbulence literally drop Lizzy into Ren’s lap. It is the last thing she can imagine ever happening to someone like her. But despite their surface differences, they discover an undeniable pull between them. A pull that leads them both to remember who they had once been before letting themselves be changed by a life they had each chosen.

Exploring the streets of Florence and the hills of Tuscany together – two people with seemingly nothing in common – changes them both forever. And what they find in each other is something that might just heal them both.

My Thoughts:

I made the mistake of looking at a few reviews of That Month In Tuscany while reading it..(don’t this!) so for a short while, the negative reviews had me convinced I wouldn’t enjoy it. Despite what I’d read though, I ended up really enjoying this book.

Now, is it something that is going to blow your mind? Not really. In fact, there is absolutely nothing ground breaking about this story. Woman in a dumpster fire of a marriage takes off to Italy alone after his husband chooses work over going with her. On her way she meets this rock star (whom she doesn’t recognize at first) and the two end up road tripping, outrunning situations across Italy together.

This book is very trope-y. Lizzy’s daughter is a complete snob to her. Her husband is a jerk. The author did everything in her power to make you feel sympathy toward Lizzy and not give her the side eye when she starts having feelings toward Rock Star Ren. Well, in the end..it worked just fine for me.

I was in the mood for a quick, fun read..and the traveling was an added bonus. Even more points added because they travel to Italy, which is my ideal destination. I really enjoyed seeing Lizzy’s growth as a woman in this short amount of time. She represented what is so true I believe for a lot of women. She had spent so much of her adult life being a wife and a mother and conformed to what her husband and daughter wanted of her, that she had lost touch with herself internally. While in Italy she began doing things that Lizzy loved to do. 

In Ren’s case, he is this super star who just wants to sit in a restaurant and eat unbothered. He traveled to Italy with the intention of no longer being alive shortly after. Then he meets Lizzy. Ren is so swoon worthy with how crazy you can feel he is about Lizzy. He’s so patient with her and can see right through her crap when she tries to put it up.

Surprisingly there is a suspense element that was thrown into the book. At first I was like No! why would you do this? In the end however, I felt that plot twist served all kinds of purposes. It for sure mended one relationship while also playing a big part in another ending.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I think Spring is the perfect season for this book and would even be great for a summer tbr..both seasons my wanderlust is typically all over the place. If you want traveling, a sweet romance with a tad bit of suspense, I definitely recommend giving this one a try.

xo.

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Sunday Coffee

Yay, we have made it to another Sunday. This past week was one for the books. There’s quite a bit to share. Grab your drink of choice and let’s catch up.

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First things first, I (finally) went to Dallas, Texas! On trips home to Missouri I have driven through Dallas, and it is intimidating as hell. The reason for the trip was to attend my first ever author event. I got to sit front row at Half Price Books and listen to, and ask questions to Chanel Cleeton!

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The event was completely free, I just had to get myself to Dallas and pay for a place to stay. It was a nice, during the week getaway. It was very interesting to hear Chanel speak about some of her family history and the motivations behind both When We Left Cuba and Next Year in Havana. I loved hearing a bit about her background, having studied international relations and attending law school. It made so much sense while reading Beatriz’s story in When We Left Cuba. 

What I found interesting, which I typically do, is to learn that she had no “formal training,” in writing when she became a writer. I think that is so fascinating and definitely inspirational. I’ve had a few story ideas floating in my head for a while but always use the excuse that I have no idea what I’m doing. I’ve heard a few authors say this but I think hearing it in person from an actual author, whose book I was holding in my hand made it seem more real life for me.

We also chatted a bit about what is to come from her, and I’m so excited. There will be 2 more books that follow the Perez family and both sound wonderful. Cleeton is definitely an author who I believe in what she’s doing. I’m fascinated by the time periods and history she is bringing back to life.

After the event, I was browsing books as I waited for my husband and Kids to pick me up when another attendee and I started chatting. I literally felt like I met my new best friend. Georgia and I found out that we are both Missouri girls living here in Texas. We are both romance readers. She is actually putting the finishing touches to two books she’s been working on and attends quite a few book conventions. It was so nice. The event itself was great, and then meeting and chatting with her was the icing on the cake.

Reading wise, I am currently in the middle of a couple of things. I looked on Goodreads and was surprised to see that I dwindled my currently reading shelf down to one book, which is a poetry collection by Andrea Gibson called Lord of the ButterfliesThis isnt my favorite collection of Gibson’s.. honestly at times I find myself a bit bored but I keep going because there are some truly powerful, hard hitting poems in it at the same time. I’ll share a few passages I’ve highlighted:

“Do you ever feel like the best of you is something you’re still hoping to grow into?”

“what I want most is to live the rest of my life desperately wanting to live it. I want to give that to you. I want it to find you in the nothing at all. I want it to be something.”

One thing that is irking me just a bit too with this collection is some of the poetry is a tad long for my liking. It’s a preference thing. I don’t necessarily want to read a poem that is over two pages long. More than likely, halfway through my attention is gone and the ending didn’t stand a chance.

Aside from that, I started listening to That Month In Tuscany by Inglath Cooper. I was in the mood for something with travel in it, and both the audiobook and ebook have just been sitting untouched for an embarrassingly long time so I gave it a go. I have about five hours of listening time and it’s not a bad book. It does feel a bit too set up, too trope heavy I guess you could call it. It follows Lizzy whose marriage has gone to crap. Her husband is the inattentive husband who spends too much time at work and cancels on her when it’s time to take their anniversary trip to Italy. Lizzy decides screw it, she’ll go by herself because for entirely too long, she’s put aside things she wanted to do for her husband. Insert Ren! Ren is a rockstar that Lizzie doesn’t recognize initially on their plane ride over to Italy. The two end up hanging out when they get over there. Ren just wanting to be normal and Lizzie wanting to enjoy the moments and being in Italy. Oh and let me not forget Lizzie snot nose daughter who I already can’t stand. Cooper thus far has done a wonderful job of creating a cast of side characters who are complete jerks to have me rooting for Lizzie and what she’s doing. We’ll see where this journey takes us.

Let me know what’s going on in your corner of the world. Do something nice for yourself  and be kind to yourself. Until we chat again, xo.

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Midnight At Wandering Vineyard by Jamie Raintree

Hello Friends. Spring Reading is in full effect. I am determined to enjoy this season as much as possible, because I feel like it’s the season I’ve shown the least amount of love to in the past. I love beautiful spring flowers and as I reflect on it, cozy romances give me all the perfect for Spring vibes. I recently finished a semi cozy romance which was my first ever read by Jamie Raintree, Midnight At Wandering Vineyard.

Midnight At Wandering Vineyard by Jamie Raintree

Published March 26, 2019 by Graydon House

Average Goodreads Rating: 3.77 Stars

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

“Maybe no one entirely gets over their first love.”

 

Synopsis:

The follow-up to Raintree’s sparkling debut Perfectly Undone, MIDNIGHT AT THE WANDERING VINEYARD brilliantly meshes the provocative relationship fiction of Jennifer Weiner with the nuanced family dynamics of Karen White in this story of a young woman who reconnects with her estranged best friend to complete their teenage bucket list, but the man who came between them years ago reappears to challenge their bond once again.

A young woman at a crossroads in her life returns home to her family’s vineyard in California when tragedy strikes and reconnects with her estranged childhood best friend. They decide to complete the bucket list they created the summer they were 18, the summer that saw their friendship torn apart. But when the man who came between them all those years ago reappears, it challenges their fragile new bond and pushes each woman to confront past hurts and buried truths.

 

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My Thoughts:

Midnight At The Wandering Vineyard was a good book. I liked it. It was okay. I couldn’t give it more than 3.5 stars because it wasn’t anything more than just okay for me. I didn’t realize this book was a book two, or follow up book to another until I was already too far into it to turn back. I’m not sure if had I read the first book that I’d feel differently about this one or not, but I wanted to love it more than I did.

“That’s the thing with Sam. He’s always been able to either make me feel like the most important person in the world, or like I don’t exist. But never in between.”

I think my experience with reading this book was that I went into having expectations, yet not really.. I feel like this “review,” is going to be a bit all over the place, but that’s honestly how my thoughts on it are. Beautiful cover, the cover to this book is absolutely stunning. The descriptions of Mallory’s (the main character) family vineyard are breathtaking.

Honestly, I couldn’t tell you what happened in the first half of this book. Have you had the experience of reading something while also being easily distracted because the story isn’t holding your attention? That was me with Midnight At The Wandering Vineyard. 

Mallory returns home and it’s super tense. She is hoping to rekindle the long lost friendship between her and her ex best friend Kelly.  Once upon a time, nothing could come between these two..until it did, in the form of Sam. It didn’t really hit me until further into the book that regardless of how swoon worthy Sam may be, he is also a tad bit of a douchebag.

The friendship between Mallory and Kelly felt a little over the top. I feel bad for saying that because each woman her their stuff going on..but it just felt over the top at times. I had my moments where Kelly felt a little too needy for my liking.  Then there is all this tension about Mallory never coming home. I have never been to neither California nor New York, but knowing Geography, I know they are on complete opposite coasts. So I’m assuming that unless you’re financially capable, that very few are constantly making the trip back and forth between the two.

I did have a favorite part though, and that was advice Mallory’s Dad gives her about relationships. I won’t go into all the details, but I will share what his specific advice is, because I loved it:

the first thing I think it’s important to do is let go of expectations. I’ve seen a lot of good friends divorce because they had unrealistic expectations of their spouses. But this is true in friendships, too. Take what people give you and let that be enough. Because people usually give all they’re capable of giving, the way they’re capable of giving it, and expecting more than that is just setting the relationship up to fail.”

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

“Relationships are the most important thing. It can take a while to figure that out, but if there’s anything I’ve learned from talking to people older than me, we all get there eventually. At a point in everyone’s life, after all the titles have been earned and the money has been made, we look around and realize none of those things have given us the happiness we’ve been searching for. But when you’re  surrounded by the right people, a ten-minute conversation, walking through a vineyard with someone you love, can mean everything.”

 

Overall, this was an okay book. Maybe I will go back and read it’s predecessor to see if maybe I missed something. I wanted to Love it more than I did.

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Sunday Coffee

Hello loves, Happy Sunday! I hope this past week was a good one for you. Mine wasn’t too bad. It definitely wasn’t as stressful as previous weeks. Grab your Sunday drink of choice and let’s catch up..

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Oh, the feeling when you know you’re off for a couple of days. The straight up joy with no chaser. I took leave the first three days of this upcoming week for an event I am planning to go to, but don’t want to share just yet, out of fear of jinxing it! This will be my first time attending anything like this and I am so excited. I have a blog post I am currently working on that has a lot to do with it, and I can’t wait to share the post with you all. I am so not a fan of what I just did hear..leaving out the details..but trust me on this. I’m excited, but nervous..hoping that it turns out perfectly.

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Spring Reading is starting off with a bang. Although my reading has slowed down a bit, I am enjoying what I’ve been taking my time with. I recently finished my first poetry collection by poet Kat Savage called Redamancy. It is the first poetry collection in a good while that has been on my mind since I finished it. As I sit here and gush, let me share a few passages I highlighted:

“ask me what my favorite time of the day is and I’ll say it again and again-just a little after seven in the morning when I’m late for work and the sky is orange and I’m trading secrets like baseball cards and falling in love for the third time this week.”

“My lover isn’t made of metaphors. He is real and I feel him just as I feel my own heart beating in my chest even when he isn’t here.”

“He makes me feel e v e r y t h i n g after too long of nothing. and that is enough. That is everything.”

“I am breathing you in one mannerism at a time.”

So obviously my eternally 17 year old, angsty love poem loving soul adored this collection. I can’t even begin to tell you how frustrated I was becoming at not being able to track down a collection of love poems.

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Yesterday I tried a new to me coffee shop called Press Coffee. The two baristas working were absolutely sweethearts, I’m obsessed with the vibes in the place and my Vanilla/Lavender latte was delicious. I’m so grateful to live in a city with such an array of coffee shops to choose from. I’m finding I have my favorites, but looking out for a possible new favorite hasn’t gotten old yet.

I’ve been thinking of hauling one of those tbr carts I’ve seen trending. Is that what they’re really called? I for real, have a stack of books on my dresser and no more room only my book shelves. I low key wanted to haul new shelves this year, but can’t bring myself to do  so when mine are still holding up.  So I started really looking into the carts. Once upon a time, being surrounded by so many unread books would’ve overwhelmed me, but not anymore. It excites me when I think of all these new journeys I have awaiting me. At least that’s what I tell myself when I look at these stacks and stacks of unread books.

This weekend felt like another weekend I deserved. I am learning that when you’re in charge of a team, in my case, about 29 people..I won’t always make everyone happy. I am also learning that sometimes the best thing I can do, is to allow the team to figure their stuff out on their own. I find myself getting the most worked up during the week, when I’m being pulled into situations that I honestly should just let them team handle themselves. With me being too involved in their issues, it takes time away from the tasks that are actual priorities for me. Being in a leadership position is all trial and error until I get it figured out. It has taught me so much and yet I feel like I am continuously learning. I just want to get to the point where I’m not bringing work home and to where when I get home, I don’t feel so exhausted from the “mask,” I find myself donning throughout the day.

Let me know how your week went. Did you read anything good? Any book or Podcast recommendations you have are greatly appreciated. Until next time, take care of yourselves. xo.

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California Girls by Susan Mallery

Hello Friends! I can finally, finally say I’ve read a novel by Susan Mallery. She is an author that I have followed for a while now since my journey began of reading romance, but that I’m just now getting around to reading…

California Girls

Published February 26, 2019 by Mira Books

4/5 Stars

 

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Synopsis:

The California sunshine’s not quite so bright for three sisters who get dumped in the same week…

Finola, a popular LA morning show host, is famously upbeat until she’s blindsided on live TV by news that her husband is sleeping with a young pop sensation who has set their affair to music. While avoiding the tabloids and pretending she’s just fine, she’s crumbling inside, desperate for him to come to his senses and for life to go back to normal.

Zennie’s breakup is no big loss. Although the world insists she pair up, she’d rather be surfing. So agreeing to be the surrogate for her best friend is a no-brainer—after all, she has an available womb and no other attachments to worry about. Except…when everyone else, including her big sister, thinks she’s making a huge mistake, being pregnant is a lot lonelier—and more complicated—than she imagined.

Never the tallest, thinnest or prettiest sister, Ali is used to being overlooked, but when her fiancé sends his disapproving brother to call off the wedding, it’s a new low. And yet Daniel continues to turn up “for support,” making Ali wonder if maybe—for once—someone sees her in a way no one ever has.

But side by side by side, these sisters will start over and rebuild their lives with all the affection, charm and laugh-out-loud humor that is classic Susan Mallery.

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My Thoughts:

While reading this book, I secretly wished I was reading it with a group of girlfriends. I’m not always a fan of the label, “Women’s fiction,” but I am a fan of finding the right book to read with a group of girlfriends. This one would’ve made a perfect buddy read.

Creating a story that follows more than one perspective can be tricky, but when done well, can be awesome. Susan Mallery does a fantastic job of creating this plot line where right off the bat, we meet three sisters as they’re being dumped. From there we follow each one through the aftermath of being newly single, as they navigate their relationships with each other, as they navigate their relationships with their mother and moving on. I think Mallery does an amazing job of keeping each sister’s individual stories interesting enough to where I wasn’t preferring one story line over any of the others.

I didn’t expect to laugh out loud as much as I did while reading this book. Each sister felt very realistic with how flawed they were, and oh their Mom! I looked forward to the scenes with their mother because although she could be very unlikeable at times, you as the reader understand she wants to see her daughter’s married and giving her grandchildren. You understand this, while also being very unaware of how unlikely this is due to each sister’s situation.

In the midst of each sister being dumped, I like that Mallery was also able to squeeze in true to life sisterhood emotions, feelings.. Things aren’t always glitter and gold when it comes to sisters and I liked that the author didn’t attempt to make it seem like these sisters had no baggage or elephants in the room when it came to their relationship. They could be selfish. They could say the wrong things. They didn’t necessarily speak everyday.

Romance wise, I enjoyed the bits of romance in this book. When it came to the romances, I enjoyed seeing the sisters have to find themselves before that happened. I was a tad nervous when I started the book, knowing I’d be following three different women..I was nervous things would feel rushed. I’m happy to report that, that’s not at all how I felt. Each storyline felt wrapped up in a way that left me feeling satisfied in the end.

Overall I enjoyed this book. I’m happy it was my introduction into the world of Susan Mallery. I have friends who love just about everything she has written, so I’m excited to continue on and read more by her.

xo,

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Thoughts While Reading: The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

Hello Friends! It is a chill Sunday night and I just got cozy in bed and read chapter three of The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves. I “started” this book about a week ago, but the way last week was set up: hardly any reading got done. I am determined to get it finished this week though because it releases April 2. I thought instead of a typical review, I’d just do check in’s every few chapters or so and share my feelings and thoughts…

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Sunday, March 24th at 7:33 pm:

I am very early into the book but already, only three chapters in, the tension is building up for me. I really want to know what the heck Annika did to Jonathan.

So far I am enjoying the way the book is formatted. It appears that we will flip flop between Annika and Jonathan’s narration, so I’m hoping we are privy to what happened from both of their perspectives.

Also, I tabbed a few things Annika says in chapter 3 that has me curious as to if she is autistic..

“When I was a child, I would rock and hum, but as I got older, I learned  to keep my self-soothing methods hidden.”

“He smelled faintly of chlorine, and while I hated most smells, for some reason that one didn’t bother me.”

But I had a very sensitive nose and I knew what it was the moment she introduced us. Janice understood that the memories it triggered were something I simply couldn’t handle.”

“It would take me hours to fully unwind, but being home allowed me to relax slightly and my breathing to grow deeper.”

“Janice had had three years to learn how to communicate with me, and to her credit, she’d mastered my native language like an expert linguist.”

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Saturday, March 30th at 5:24 pm:

I did some catch up reading of The Girl He Used To Know this morning while sipping a delicious latte at one of my coffee spots. I didn’t get very far, but it felt so good to jump back into the story. For real, it has been a while since a book has had me highlighting and underlining like crazy and I am nowhere near even halfway through this book. It’s so good. The chapter I read today was from Jonathan’s perspective and my heart has broken for him, both due to his recent divorce and for whatever the heck Annika did to him!

When thinking of his recent divorce: 

“It’s funny how the very trait that attracts you to someone is the same trait you can’t stand when you’re untangling yourselves from each other. And not funny ha-ha. Funny like how in the world could you not have seen it?”

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“That’s the thing no one tells you about divorce. No matter how much you and your spouse agree that the relationship is broken, it hurts like hell when you go to your separate ways, and the pain follows you around until one day, it doesn’t. It’s only recently that I’ve noticed its absence, and I have no desire to gamble on replacing it with more heartbreak.”

Jonathan agrees to have a coffee date with Annika where they make basically small talk and nothing from the past gets resolved. So as it comes to a close, Jonathan thanks her for the coffee and tells her he should get going. He can tell it bothers her:

“When she comprehends that one coffee date I the extent of our reunion, she looks crushed. Thought is isn’t intentional and it’s certainly not retaliatory, I have the fleeting thought that this is the first time I’ve ever done anything to hurt her. And it feels awful.”

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Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:18 pm

It’s been a few days but I have been taking my time with this book. Savoring it yet devouring it piece by piece. It is beautiful.  I finally got the answers to my questions I had when I initially started the book. Annika’s therapist believes she lives is on the high functioning spectrum of autism but Annika has never taken the steps to finding out for sure. I love how in a way, rather than put a name or label on something, the author chose to just create this complex character and her quirks and leave it at that. Jonathan is now a favorite hero. He truly lives up to the word.

Something crazy, what in the world plot twist just happened that I wasn’t expecting and my heart is a little broken at the moment but wow. I feel like this is going to be one of those books I never shut up about.. it has my emotions all over the place.

Thursday, April 4th at 6:57 pm

Hello loves. I finished the book this morning. I gave it 5/5 stars on Goodreads. It was so good. I enjoy second chance romances, especially when the writer writes the story where you are time hopping between then and now. That’s how The Girl He Used To Know is written and I couldn’t imagine it being written any other way. You really get to see the evolution of Annika with the time hopping. She is a very intelligent, beautiful woman but  there’s a lot of things she doesn’t know how to do, a lot of things she’s uncomfortable with doing. Jonathan comes into her life and tries to ease things for her which I loved but she really did need to see that she could do life on her own at the same time. I liked that. I liked that Annika needed to figure life out and how she personally can navigate the world before getting her happily ever after. In the end, she really had to be bold, be brave, to find the man she loves and I was so proud of her.

This is a wonderful romance for lovers of second chances. If you enjoy those stories of two people who are perfect for each other, making their way back to one another, I think you’ll really enjoy this one.

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Sunday Coffee

Hello Friends. We have made it to another Sunday. This is the last day of March, 2019. I can’t believe it. We are truly zooming through time at insane speeds. Grab your favorite Sunday drink of choice, and let’s chat about how this past week, the last week, of March went.. And while at it, do some reflection on the month as a whole.

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This past week was a combination of absolute madness and hope. I have been on the fence about remaining on Active Duty or separating to focus on my education, be a Mom and just feel normal, for a while now. If I was in the Air Force under any of the numerous administrative types of jobs, there’d be no question at all about staying in or not. Given that I am a military police officer though, I sing a totally different song. Seeing women in my career field, making a career out of this job isn’t far fetched but they still get the utmost respect from me. My perspective began to change when my kids started getting older and once I really started taking help for my mental health seriously. I don’t want to jinx anything so I am going to standby on putting it out there, but I received a little beacon of hope this week. Shortly after that, someone tried to dim my sparkle just a tad, but I am keeping faith in the system and staying positive.

I closed my notebook and sat in the cafe thinking about real time. Is it time uninterrupted? Only the present comprehended? Are our thoughts nothing but passing Trains, no stops, devoid of dimension, whizzing by massive posters with repeating images? Catching a fragment from a window seat, yet another fragment from the next identical frame? If I write in the present yet digress, is that still real time? Real time, I reasoned, cannot be divided into sections like the numbers on the face of a clock. If I write about the past as I simultaneously dwell in the present, am I still in real time? Perhaps there is no past or future, only the perpetual present that contains this trinity of memory. I looked out into the street and noticed the light changing. Perhaps the sun had slipped behind a cloud. Perhaps time had slipped away.”

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I was very much in the mood for a memoir this past week, so I started M Train by Patti Smith.  I listened to the audiobook and occasionally followed along with my physical copy and I remember when I hit this particular quote, I replayed this specific part over and over again. I thought it was absolutely beautiful and so meaningful as a person obsessed with time. I love when I read a memoir and can tell that the writer truly loves the craft of writing. That’s the vibe I get from Patti Smith. So much of this book transported me to the cafe table across from her as she sat and journaled. I loved it.

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This month I found two, new to me coffee shops. Estate Coffee and Brown Coffee Co. I can’t recommend it enough. Find a place where you live that illuminates all the cozy vibes.  Get up a little early and go with your current read. I have a very short list of what I do for my mom time, but frequenting my local coffee shops with what I’m currently reading is at the top. From Estate Coffee, I have fell in love with with Kentucky Smoked Latte and I loved the atmosphere I found in Brown Coffee Co. The Barista broke down the menu there being that it was my first visit. She was super sweet and we chatted quite a bit before I left.

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This month was also the month of see ya later’s.

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Two of my previous co-workers are headed to Las Vegas for their next assignments and my previous supervisor is staying here in San Antonio, but going back to her regular job. I am so excited for all of them and this new phase of life for them and their families.

I attended this really amazing Women’s History Lunch our Wing Commander put on for us ladies across the installation. She did a phenomenal job. The panel of women we got to chat with and ask questions were fantastic. I laughed. I cried. I laughed and cried some more. It was great. It really made me appreciate the tribe I’ve found that much more. Seriously, nothing beats having a group of girlfriends you can turn to.

Reading plans. Id really love to start April off with a clean slate reading wise, but won’t stress myself out if that doesn’t happen. In April though, I would love to get the number of books sitting on my shelf that have been sent to me cut down and mix in poetry with April being Poetry month. I have so many poetry rereads planned and a couple of new collections I’ve hauled and want to read too.  This weekend my goal has been to finish The Girl He Used to Know, which I am adoring. I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you.

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Lastly, I finished my Air Force Physical Training test. Oh my goodness, I can’t even begin to explain how great it feels to have the stress of that out of the way. I definitely need to put more effort into working on my physical fitness..there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day sometimes. My health and physical well being however, will become a higher priority, because although I passed, I could’ve done a lot better than what I did. I know I have it in me. It is so easy to make excuses. So easy to stay in a rut. Then when the time comes to bust your butt, you find yourself wishing you would’ve put in more work.  Eh, I don’t want to feel like that anymore, next time.

That is my week, and thoughts on March in a nutshell. I hope this month was good to you. Take care of yourselves, and until next time, xo.

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