Monday Chit-Chat

 

Happy Monday, everyone. How was your weekend? Yesterday, Vinn and I went to the Mercedes Cup tennis tournament in Stuttgart and had the best time!

 

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We had tickets to the finals on Center Court and got to watch doubles and singles. Watching these incredible athletes is so inspiring and makes me want to get back into tennis. I haven’t played since November…oops.

The grass courts made me think of Wimbledon and how I hope we can go there someday. A Frenchman, Lucas Pouille, won the Singles and it was really cool to watch a younger player win a tournament. He won a new Mercedes convertible and over 100,00 Euros. All in all, we had a great day learning some new German phrases, getting sunburned in the stands and finishing the day with some margaritas.

 

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Today, I thought it would be fun to do a chit-chat/question and answer session to get to know each other a little better. I love reading these on other blogs because I feel like I really understand the person behind the computer much better.

If you ever have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or contact me!

Go-to alcoholic drink? Champagne/Prosecco/Sekt. Anything with bubbles.

 

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What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Check my phone. It’s a horrible habit and I need to change it.

Cake or pie? Cake. Well, does tiramisu count as cake?

How many photos do you have on your phone camera roll? 2,032. In fact I need to delete some because my phone storage is full.

Favorite veggie? Broccoli, probably. But only roasted in the oven with extra virgin olive oil and garlic salt.

What’s your biggest pet peeve? Ending a sentence with a preposition, especially at. “Where’s it at?” sends chills down my spine.

What was the first CD you ever bought? Oooh, that I bought myself? I don’t remember, but I did get Michael Jackson’s Thriller and a Gloria Estefan CD when I was six.

What’s your favorite travel destination? Italy. Always and forever. I can’t wait to go back. To check out our Venice and Milan adventures, click here and here.

 

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Gummy bears or gummy worms? Haribo Gummy Bears.

Favorite fruit? Tie between strawberries and blueberries.

I also thought it would be fun to tag some of my favorite blogs so they can post their answers to these questions to get to know them better! These ladies have amazing blogs and I’d love for you to check them out. Tag, Flowers and Leather, Madeline Moves and Blair Blogs.

And, I’d love to know more about you! Leave your answers to these questions below in the comment section. What’s your favorite fruit? What’s your go-to alcoholic drink? Favorite travel destination?

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7 Books to Read This Summer

 

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I really enjoy reading but often fall into a rut where I don’t read for months at a time. One of my goals this summer is to spend time reading while on our trips and on our balcony. Sunshine and warm temperatures won’t be around forever, so I want to take advantage of it.

This summer I am committing to reading 7 books. I still have to finish reading my current book (which is terrifying because it’s about how a group of billionaires are controlling our government and public education, no it’s not fiction) but once I’m finished, I’m going to dive into these more beach friendly reads. I will share my thoughts on them either in one big post or as individual book reviews, depending on how much I like them!

 

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Truly Madly Deeply <— From the woman who brought us Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty brings her intense writing to a new book about how sometimes we don’t appreciate how wonderful life is until it’s too late. I love her books because she always has so many different characters (this one follows three different families). I love being able to see different perspectives of a situation.

Into the Water <— I have seen this one all over Instagram and other blogs lately, so it is definitely popular. It’s another book written by an author I love, Paula Hawkins of Gone Girl fame. So I have high hopes for this suspenseful novel about a single mother who turns up dead, leaving behind a teenage daughter. The plot has lots of twists and turns (according to reviews) about how the daughter copes after moving in with her aunt. I love suspense books (and movies and tv shows) because I always want to see if I can figure out the end. I wonder if I’ll be able to figure out this one!

Small Hours <— This book just came out like days ago and already has 17 reviews on Amazon. The story is told hour by hour over the course of one day where a husband and wife try to run away from their secrets. I can feel my heart racing just thinking about an entire book written about one day. It’s like that show 24.

Option B  <— Shout out to my mother-in-law, Karen, for giving me this book. One, it’s a physical book, which makes me excited and two, it’s written by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of bestselling book, Lean In. Option B is co-written by Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, and is all about how to move forward after life’s unexpected events. We all go through rough patches in life and I just love Ms. Sandberg’s positive outlook on life.

Rich People Problems <— The title alone has me hooked on this book. The story surrounds a family obsessed with fortune and how they go about inheriting the riches. It has 4.5 stars on Amazon and, according to reviews, talks a lot about fashion, home design and the luxuries of life. Perhaps this is the book version of my beloved Housewives? I am pumped for this read, perhaps on the beach in Croatia.

Talking as Fast as I Can <— Any Gilmore Girls fans here? If you even remotely loved that show or Lauren Graham’s other show, Parenthood, this is a must-read. Lauren Graham, the actress who played Lorelei Gilmore, reflects on her time in Hollywood, what it was like on the set of her two successful shows, including the Netflix remake episodes, and some other fun experiences. I think this will be the perfect read for those rainy, summer nights when I feel like gabbing a girlfriend. It is already downloaded on my iPad.

The Sunshine Sisters <— This is a family tale by Jane Green and is the story of three sisters who all come together after their mother reveals an illness and try to rebuild their relationships that were once torn because of jealousy and secrets. Maybe I can talk my sister into reading this book at the same time so we can share our thoughts.

What are you going to read? Or any favorite beach reads to share? Would you want to read any reviews of these books?

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