April started out calm and on course. The last two weeks were very busy at work and didn’t leave much energy or head space for anything else. Oh well! That’s why I start over each month and wipe the slate clean.
The first book I read this month was The Cactus by Sarah Haywood. I forget how I stumbled upon this one, but I enjoyed it. Susan is an independent, perfectly logical woman all the time. Until she isn’t. As a fellow gal [mostly] grounded in reason I could relate. I found the story to be pleasant, although not all that memorable.
The second book I read was Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I didn’t think I was into murder mysteries; I assumed they were kinda dark and gloomy. Reese Witherspoon is in the HBO series based on this so I gave the book a shot (I have yet to watch, but it’s now on my list). This one is snarky, intriguing and very honest about human behaviors. I get why it’s a best seller and will be reading more by Moriarty.
At the beginning of the month we met up with Stephanie and Kevin of Rations and Old Fashioneds for brunch at Laura Lee’s in Richmond. They’re regulars, but Laura Lee’s was new to us, and whew were we impressed! The drinks were well balanced and refreshing (I got a Tea & Oranges – definitely recommend). Their sausage gravy is scrumptious! Especially over fries (Disco Fries). I discoed in my seat. The atmosphere is warm, quirky, and inviting. Their plethora of prints along the back wall made me happy. Next door to Laura Lee’s is Nest Antiques & Gifts that is worth a stroll through. They have unique items, and a selection of things unique to Richmond.
Later in the month, we drove to Farmville, VA to trek along High Bridge Trail State Park and it was wonderful! The trail is a flat, very easy to hike, and the views are spectacular. We did about 4 miles centered over the bridge. I love aerial views and being able to see distances, but we don’t get that often in central VA because of all the trees.
I made this baby blanket for a friend and managed to finish it the night before her baby shower. Celeste Young’s rippled star pattern is my go to baby blanket. They always turn out so dang pretty. I did this one in pink and green to match their nursery, and the parents to be were thrilled with it!
Here we are again. Another month and another half completed challenge. In February it was an arm challenge that fell apart when I got sick. This month it was an ab challenge that got dropped when I pulled my back. So for May, nothing that starts with “a”. I’m aiming this month for at least 10,000 steps + a set of something (crunches, pushups, squats, etc.) every day.