Thursday, December 20, 2012

Work Holiday Exchange

My team at work decided to do a $5 stocking stuffer exchange within the group.  There are 9 total of us, so everyone needed to by 8 gifts.  When the limit is that small, most of the gifts end up being gag or joke gifts.  For example, I got my boss a mini Nerf gun so she could "shoot us when we get out of line" and the girl in my office who is always cold hand warmers.  There were a lot of dollar store and discount store gifts.  Mine came from Kmart.

Out of the 8 gifts, 6 of mine had to do with running or coffee!  I think my team is trying to tell me something :)

I got:
- Runner's World Boxed Daily Calendar
- iPhone running arm band
- Soothing Aloe socks (for after my long runs)
- 2 (yes, 2) gift cards to Dunkin Donuts
- a set of giant (20 oz) coffee mugs (I am constantly spilling my coffee so my coworker figured just give me a bigger mug)
- Hand cream (I am constantly borrowing everyone's)
- A set of 3 really pretty notebooks

All in all, a great grouping!  Seems my team knows me pretty well!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Two for Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone.  My thoughts are with those who are effected by the horrible events of Friday.  Hug your loved ones.  Everyday you can.

I can't believe Christmas is only 1 week away - I have so much still to do!  I did about 4+ hours of shopping over the weekend and I still do not have it all done.  It was a mad house, I would have thought they were giving it away (although my receipts clearly said differently).

Anyways, just a couple of things that are running through my head -

Someone sent us a box of Milk Bar cookies.  Milk Bar is a dessert bar in the East Village that is part of the Momofuko restaurant group.  They make the most amazing and crazy desserts.  We went cousins Meghan and Cody where visiting - we got an absurd amount of food.  In fact, I even brought some to their wedding in Texas.  I froze them and carried them on the flight with me - the things we do for the people we love!  Compost cookies are my favorite and they were included in the box :)

I recently got a Roku player.  It's an internet ready device for streaming.  I don't have cable in my bedroom and it's always slightly annoyed me.  I don't want to pay for cable (it's like and extra $15 bucks a month) just for when I am getting ready for bed, but sometimes I get sucked into watching things on my TV.  It streams Netflix and Hulu so I can still catch up on DVR items!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Two for Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Is anyone else's weather being completely unseasonal?  It doesn't really feel like Christmas to me.  Still have a lot of shopping to do!


This weekend my mom came into town and we went to see The Nutcracker (New York City Ballet) at Lincoln Center.  I spent the first 14 years of my life studying ballet and I always loved the Nutcracker.  I didn't have the body type (or flexibility) to continue on in ballet (despite really wanting too) but it didn't diminish my love of ballet.  I had a tape of the Nutcracker from like PBS or something and I watched it so much, I wore it out!  Seeing the Nutcracker this weekend reminded me how much I love dance and miss it.  I think I am going to make it one of my New Years resolution to go more often.

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you might remember a post from July where I basically drooled over the MZ Wallace Ava Tote (don't remember - see here).  Per my earlier post, I absolutely love these bags.  I use one of my 5 everyday.  They are durable, professional and super cute!  They are great for work, travel, errand running - basically anything!

I've been waiting patiently for my Ava tote to go on sale and it hadn't, until last week when a store in Murrary Hill had them 20% off.  I have been saving a little bit and this made me able to buy it!  I am so happy!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Today's Conversation

I got an email this morning that there is a new Zombie Run 5k coming to Philadelphia.  It's a 5K where you are literally chased by other runners dressed as Zombies.  

Maybe something is wrong with me, but I immediately think to myself - this sounds like fun, who can I get to do it with me?

I promptly forward it to my friend Kasey who lives in Philly.  Here's how our conversation went:

Me: I think we should do this.
Kasey: I am not sure how I feel about this.  I do not like to run fast, and I do not like being scared....

I don't know what it says about me, but I think it sounds like fun!  I'm hoping I can convince her... it's only a 5k.

Interested?  More information here

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Two for Tuesday

There's been no shortage of new kitchen gadgets in my apartment lately, but I am still wanting two others!  These ones are a little more expensive so hoping to get them for either Christmas or my birthday (hint, hint).

I am totally wanting a Keurig, but with a tiny kitchen I have limited space available.  This is the Keurig Mini Plus Brewer - it's nice and tiny and I think will fit perfectly in my kitchen.  I have coffee maker already, but it's a lot bigger and is a typical filter brewer.  It makes delicious coffee and is working perfectly, but it's a pain in the a** to clean everyday and make a new pot.  This one would be so much quicker and I could still use my bigger one on the weekends when I need more then 1 cup!

I am also wanting a SodaStream Maker!  The one above is the Genesis version.  It's nice and small (and red - are you starting to get a sense of my color scheme in my kitchen?).  I don't drink a lot of soda, so it'd be nice to be able to make it when I do want it.  I do like to drink flavored sparkling water (which this makes as well), but hate lugging bottles from the grocery store home.  This would save me the trouble!

Does anyone have either?  What do you want for Christmas?

I'm alive - just a slacker!

Sorry for the break in posts! Between the 2 half's back to back and Thanksgiving, I got thrown off and then since last week I've had such a bad cold I can't bring myself to blog after work.  Hopefully I will be kicking the cold soon and will be back to blogging normally!  I am hoping to at least get a Two for Tuesday up later tonight.

Hope everyone is well and had a great Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

30 by 30: #29 (or the end is getting closer...)

Last weekend was #28 at the Wine and Dine and this weekend brings about number 29!  I will be heading down to Philly tomorrow after work to run the Philadelphia Half Marathon on Sunday.  I am excited for the weekend.  I'll be staying with a good friend who lives there and of course, the race is on Sunday.  I've run the Philadelphia Marathon twice (#4 and 8), but never the half.

I can't believe #29 is already here.  I remember back in January when this idea was an inkling in my mind and I had only done #21.  What a long way to come in 10 months!

Wish me luck for Sunday!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wanderlust Wednesday: Paris

It has definitely turned cold here and I'm slowly getting used to it.  Last week the cold weather inspired me to go warm for Wanderlust...this week it's inspiring me to go cold - Paris!  I have never been to Paris, but it is definitely on the list.

Anyone ever been?  What is the best season to go?

Click on each link under the photo to see the source

Monday, November 12, 2012

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday everyone! I'm still in the airport here in Orlando. Our flight is delayed by 3 hours. Love traveling, hate flights!

I'll have a full recap of both the race (#28 is done!) and the Food and Wine festival later this week, but here are some instragram photo's to check out!

Friday, November 9, 2012

30 by 30: #28 this weekend!

I'm off today to Florida to run race #28 in my goal of 30 half marathons before my 30th birthday.  It's the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon.  The race takes place at night and runs through Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios before finishing right outside Epcot.  Then there is a finisher's party in Epcot until 3am!

This weekend is also the last weekend of the Disney Food and Wine Festival, which means I will be eating and drinking up a storm.  For more info on the festival (and to make yourself hungry), check out my favorite blog on all things Disney food: Disney Food Blog

And for more info on the Food and Wine Festival, click here

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wanderlust Wednesday: Bermuda

Depending on where you live, you might be seeing snow outside your window right now.  And if you live in the northeast, you are getting hit with a nor'easter.  And you also know that mother nature is pissed us right now - first a hurricane and now a nor'easter?   Hope where ever you are you are staying warm!

Since it's cold outside, let's go somewhere warm for Wanderlust: Bermuda!  I've actually been to Bermuda, but that doesn't stop me from wanting to go back.  My grandparents actually lived there when I was in junior high, so we used to go at least once a year, but I would love to go back as an adult and visit again. 


Bermuda Photos
This photo of Bermuda is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Pitch Perfect

Last night, my friend Pam and I decide to go to the movies.  We'd both needed some cheering up and didn't feel like watching election coverage all night.  Plus, as a bonus (which we discovered when we got there), movie theatres are EMPTY on Tuesday nights.  I mean, logically it's not that surprising, but in NYC you never know.  

In the mood for some lighthearted-ness, we choose Pitch Perfect.  And let me tell you - it was amazing!  Not in the "it's going to win an Oscar" amazing, but still amazing.  We saw the trailer for it way back when we went to see Magic Mike and knew immediately we would need to see this one too.  The music is great and there are some awesomely cheesey scenes as well as some great one liners.  I actually think I might buy this when it comes out on DVD for bad days!

If you need a happy movie and some laughs, definitely check out Pitch Perfect!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Two for Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Today is election day in America!  I don't care who you vote for, just that you vote.  We are lucky enough to live in a society where we have the ability to vote - don't take it for granted.  I voted by absentee ballot a couple of weeks ago (I'm still a registered voter in PA).

I was in Marshall's again (in PA) and I absolutely could not resist buying a donut pan.  I've been seeing them all over pinterest and blogs and I have to have one.  And because I was stuck inside with Hurricane Sandy last week, I put it to good use making some pumpkin spice donuts!  They were delicious!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Power 90: Week 3 & 4

Hello everyone!  Sorry for the break in blogging - with the storm forcing me to work from home and everything going on in the city, I just wasn't in the mood for blogging.  Sorry!

However, working from home for a week meant a lot of cooking ensued.  I have lots of recipes to post this week!

There will be more posts to come tonight and the rest of the week, but let's kick the week off with a Power 90 update.  I missed last weeks update (hey, Hurricane Sandy), but am happy to say I did all workouts both weeks.  Way to go me!

Weeks 3 and 4
Sculpt 1-2: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Sweat 1-2/Ab Ripper 100: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

I also added in some more running this week (week 4) and did the following:

Wednesday: 35 mins
Friday: 45 mins
Saturday: 8 miles

Week 5 starts tomorrow.  I already know I will miss 2 days of this week - Saturday and Sunday.  I head for Florida Friday Night for Half Marathon #28 (I know it's been a while since a 30 by 30 post - but I didn't forget!) and will be in Disney until Monday night.  I'm running the Wine and Dine Half Marathon.  Looking forward to it.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Two for Tuesday

If you've at all been following the news, you know that a hurricane has hit the East Coast.  Fortunately, I am okay - have power, but internet has been shaking.  In honor of the days events, I offer you two photos of NYC in the hurricane.

Water pouring into the 9/11 Memorial -

The corner of my 2nd apartment in NYC (that's right, it's like a river now) -

There are so many more photo's and video's I can share, but rather then depressing everyone, I want to remind you all, that while I am safe and sound, there are millions along the East Coast that aren't.  If you can, consider making a donation to a relief organization (such as The Red Cross) or volunteer if you are in the area.  There is much we can do.

We are NY.  We will rebound and recover.  It's what we do.

Hope where ever you are, you are safe and sound.

Friday, October 26, 2012

New kitchen gear

This past weekend was super productive.  I got the following in: 2 Power 90 workouts, 11.3 mile run, brunch with a friend, the library, 2 trips (yes, 2 - once to purchase and one to return a couple of items) to both Target and Marshall's, a trip to Old Navy, baked muffins and cookies & made dinner on Sunday night.  Phew!  I am exhausted just thinking about it.

I had a lot of pumpkin left over after my pumpkin dip batch, so this weekend was all about pumpkin.  All three recipes involved pumpkin.  I am working on the posts and will try and get them posted this week/weekend.

But my favorite part of this weekend?  It was like Christmas in the Sarah in the City household (i.e. me).  Between all of my trips to Marshall's and Target, I scored some awesome new kitchen gear.  I love kitchen stuff and am running out of room in my kitchen for places to put it!  I can not wait until I have a house and I get to have a full kitchen!  My tiny apartment kitchen leaves a lot to be desired (for example, I had to roll my cookie dough out on the table in my living room!).  I am constantly pinning inspirations for my future kitchen - I'll just need multiple houses for all my ideas!  Fortunately, everything I bought was either on sale or just cheap in general.  And most was needed.  I'll leave you to guess which items of the below list was not needed.

- Dough scraper
- Rolling pin
- (2) leaf shaped cookie cutters
- Fall whoopie pie pan (with leaf and pumpkin shapes)
- OXO 'Be a good cookie' cookie spatula
- Brownie Bowls
- 4 cups measuring bowl/cup (what do we call those?)

If you guess the whoopie pie pan and brownie bowls - you'd be right.  So unnecessary.  But who doesn't want to be able to make brownie bowls whenever they want?

I also (finally) opened up and started to use my new pots and pans.  Why finally?  Long story short, I got these pans back in June as a 5 year thank you gift from my last job.  They are a nice Farberware set and I had been dying for new pots and pans.  My pots are a hand me down from someone and my pans cost like $9.99 at Bed, Bath and Beyond.  But I didn't want to spend the money when I had ones that were fine (even if they didn't match and weren't the best quality).  So when the opportunity came to get some nice new ones for free - that's what I did.  And then...they sat in my living room for 3 months.  What can I say, I've been busy!

Happy [early] Christmas to me!

Book Club Friday: Sweet Valley Confidential

Happy Friday everyone!  And because it's Friday, that means it's time for Book Club!

This week I'm reviewing Sweet Valley Confidential.

From Barnes & Noble:

The Wakefield Twins—and the whole gang from Sweet Valley High—are back!

What terrible secret has torn Jessica and Elizabeth apart?

Ten years after graduation, the Wakefield twins have had a falling out of epic proportions. When Jessica commits a complete and utter betrayal, Elizabeth flees to New York to escape the pain and immerse herself in her lifelong dream of becoming a serious journalist.

Jessica remains in California, dealing with the consequences of her heart-wrenching choices. She’s built a full life for herself but dearly misses her sister. With Elizabeth as her enemy, Sweet Valley is no longer the idyllic town of their youth.

Jessica longs for forgiveness. But Elizabeth, always the “good twin,” can’t forget Jessica’s duplicity—and soon decides the only way to heal her broken heart is to exact sweet, sweet revenge…

My review

I won't lie, reading this book made me feel like a 12 year old again - and I loved it!  Brought back all my old memories of reading the Sweet Valley High books and desperately wanting a twin sister.  And to be blonde. This was definitely a nice easy read - perfect for the beach or a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon (when I read it).  Since this was published some additional short story e-books also came out, which I am looking forward to reading.

Was anyone else a Sweet Valley High fan?  And before that - the Babysitters Club (can we get an adult version of that series?)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Two for Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone!  It's a gorgeous fall day in NYC today.  Hope wherever you are the weather is just as nice!

I discovered this TV lineup over the weekend on MTV2 - Saved by the Bell!  I miss SBTB being on TBS in the mornings - I used to watch it while getting ready.  Now I get to watch it on Saturday afternoons.  Awesome.

I bought this spatula this past weekend as part of a kitchen gear extravaganza of new stuff (more on that later).  My favorite part of this spatula is that 50% of the proceeds of each one sold will go to pediatric cancer research as part of OXO's partnership with Cookies for Kids' Cancer, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  Not only is it adorable, but it's for a good cause.  Get your own here

Monday, October 22, 2012

Power 90: Week 2 Recap

So this was week 2 of Power 90 and I have to say it went pretty well.  Getting up before work is getting easier and it's been so nice to be done when i am done work.

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: Sculpt
Wednesday, Friday, Sunday: Cardio + Abs
Saturday: 11.3 mile run

Still need to work on this.  Definitely not as controlled as I should be, but trying to take it one day at a time.  Also, with Halloween coming there is candy all over my office and I have no self control.

Thoughts for week 2?
Not sure when this video was recorded, but the music is starting to get on my nerves.  Given the music (and the outfits they were) my guess is sometime in the late 90s.  Fortunately, they have an option for no music and I have been playing my own music (which is so much better!).

Well, on to week 3!  Here we go.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pumpkin Dip

So I had a post all written for this...and then somehow the whole thing got deleted!  Ugh.  Sometimes I think the machines are out to get us.  Won't be long before they take over the world.  (ok, technology rant over).

Anyways...back to the original purpose for this post.  Today, I'm joining a link up about 'All Things Pumpkin'!  My kind of link up.  I have already looked through the current posts and have a ton of new pumpkin recipes to try.  Thanks for hosting Steph's Bite by Bite and Part Time Housewife!

This is one of my favorite pumpkin recipe and a go to one during fall.  I got this recipe from my friend Angela who probably got it from somewhere else, so thanks to whoever did create this one!

Pumpkin Dip
Courtesy of Angela, courtesy of someone else (most likely)

6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar (I use just under 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup, plus 1 large spoonful pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Assorted dipping items (I like apples and graham crackers)

1. Mix cream cheese, brown sugar and pumpkin together with an electric mixer until well blended
2. Add in maple syrup and cinnamon and mix until blended and smooth
3. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving
4.  Enjoy!  And try not to eat it all in 1 sitting (it'll be hard)

And that's it!  Couldn't be simpler.  And as someone who has made this many times - below are a couple of pointers that will help make this as delicious as possible:

- Make sure your cream cheese is really softened.  It makes all the difference in the consistency of the dip
- Use real maple syrup, not the kind that you buy in the grocery store that comes in a bottle shaped like a woman.  I'm just saying... that's not real maple syrup.  Splurge on some good stuff.  It's worth it.

What's your favorite pumpkin recipe?

Part Time House Wife

Friday, October 19, 2012

Book Club Friday: The Passage

I read this book a while ago, but as Book 2 in the trilogy was released this week, I thought it was time for a review of the first one.

According to
An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

My Review
I loved this book.  Yes, (small spoiler alert), it has vampires in it, but this is not a True Blood/Twilight vampires can be good tale.  This is a 'it could kinda happen, holy cr*p' kind of a tale.  I wasn't sure what to expect when I started it, but once I did I could not put it down.  Two nights in a row I was up until 2am reading and then for another 30 minutes while I convinced myself it was a book and no one would be coming to get me while I slept.

I know this review was kind of vague, but I don't want to give away any spoilers!  I am waiting to get Book 2 from the library and can't wait to dig in.

Anyone else read The Passage?  Thoughts for book 2?  Hit the comments!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wanderlust Wednesday: St. Petersburg, Russia

The book I am reading right now takes place in Russia during the end of the Romanov monarchy.  It's making me want to take a trip to Russia!  It's definitely a country I want to visit and hope to some day (soon).

In honor of this - today's wanderlust takes us to St. Petersburg.  Anyone ever been?


Monday, October 15, 2012

Power 90: Week 1 Recap

In case you missed my multiple posts last week (where I declared 1 thing and then immediately changed my mind), I am embarking on a new fitness routine - Power 90.  It's by the creator of P90X, but less intense and more manageable (in my opinion).  With the first week down, thought I'd do a quick recap of how it is going.

6 days of workouts alternating between a strength workout and cardio/abs, with 1 rest day

I am proud to say I have completed all 6 days!  Originally, I had planned to do all 6 in a row with today (Monday) as my rest day.  But since I had a wedding Saturday night and was hurting yesterday, ended up taking yesterday off and doing the last 1 today.

Still definitely need to eat better, but I tried to eat better this week.  I did pretty good until Sunday when my massive hangover required lots of junk food.  Oops

One week in and I have to admit I do feel better already.  I just don't have that gross feeling anymore so that is good.  The first couple of days of getting up early to do it before work were tough, but it did get easier.

Overall a pretty good week.  I did also do a 6.5 mile run on Saturday since I am still in training.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Travel List Challenge

Earlier this week I read about the travel list challenge over on A Home Away From Home and was immediately started wondering how many places I have been to.  The places I have visited are in bolded in blue.  

In case you haven't seen it, The Travel List Challenge has 100 "must-see" destinations from around the world.  

Here we go....

1) Alamo

San Antonio, Texas

2) Alhambra
Granada, Spain

3) Andros Island

4) Angel Falls

5) Angkor Wat
Angkor, Cambodia

6) Atlantic City Boardwalk
Atlantic City, New Jersey

7) Ayers Rock

8) Big Ben
London, England

9) Bora Bora

10) British Museum
London, England

11) Canals of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

12) Cathedral of Seville
Seville, Spain

13) Cave of Crystals

14) Christ the Redeemer
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

15) Cinque Terre National Park

16) Colosseum
Rome, Italy

17) Crater Lake National Park
Oregon, USA

18) Dead Sea

19) Death Valley National Park

20) Devil's Tower

21) Dome of the Rock
Jerusalem, Israel

22) Easter Island Statues

23) Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh, Scotland

24) Eiffel Tower
Paris, France

25) Empire State Building
New York City, NY

26) Forbidden City
Beijing, China

27) French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana

28) Galapagos Islands

29) Gateway Arch
St. Louis, Missouri

30) Gettysburg Battlefield

31) Glacier Bay Basin

32) Glacier National Park

33) Glowworm Cave
New Zealand

34) Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco, California

35) Grand Canal
Venice, Italy

36) Grand Canyon

37) Grand Mosque in Mecca
Saudi Arabia

38) Great Barrier Reef

39) Great Mosque of Cordoba
Cordoba, Spain

40) Great Wall of China

41) Hagia Sophia
Istanbul, Turkey

42) Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

43) Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, California

44) Iguazu Falls
Argentina & Brazil

45) Kiyomizu-dera
Kyoto, Japan

46) Kremlin
Moscow, Russia

47) Lake Titicaca

48) Las Ramblas
Barcelona, Spain

49) Las Vegas Strip
LasVegas, Nevada

50) Leaning Tower of Pisa

51) Louvre Museum
Paris, France

52) Macchu Picchu

53) Matterhorn

54) Mayan Pyramids of Chichen Itza
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

55) Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York City, NY

56) Mount Everest

57) Mount Fuji

58) Mount Kilimanjaro

59) Mount Rushmore
South Dakota

60) Napa Valley

61) Ngorongoro Crater

62) Niagara Falls
New York

63) Notre Dame Cathedral
Paris, France

64) Pacific Rim National Park
British Columbia, Canada

65) Pebble Beaches of Nice
Nice, France

66) Petra

67) Petronas Twin Towers
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

68) Portland Head Lighthouse
Cape Elizabeth, Maine

69) Puerta Del Sol
Madrid, Spain

70) Pyramids of Giza

71) Redwood National Park

72) Rock of Gibraltar

73) Rocky Mountain National Park

74) Ruins of Athens
Athens, Greece

75) Ruins of Pompeii
Pompeii, Italy

76) Sagrada Familia
Barcelona, Spain

77) Willis Tower (formerly Sears Town)
Chicago, Illinois

78) Sedlec Ossuary
Czech Republic

79) Sistine Chapel
Vatican City, Italy

80) Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC

81) Space Needle
Seattle, Washington

82) St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican City, Italy

83) Statue of Liberty
New York

84) Stonehenge

85) Sydney Opera House
Sydney, Australia

86) Taj Mahal
Agra, India

87) Temple of the Golden Pavilion
Kyoto, Japan

88) Teotihuacan

89) Tian Tan Buddha
Hong Kong, China

90) Times Square
New York City, NY

91) Varanasi
Uttar Pradesh, India

92) Victoria Falls

93) Wailing Wall
Jerusalem, Israel

94) Walt Disney World Resort
Orlando, Florida

95) Washington Monument
Washington, D.C.

96) White Cliffs of Dover
Dover, England

97) White House
Washington, D.C.

98) Winchester Cathedral
Hampshire, England

99) Yosemite National Park

100) Zion National Park

Turns out I have only been to 18 of the places!  Makes me want to jump on a plane and visit some more.  Guess just more to visit in Wanderlust Wednesdays.  

How many have you been to?  Hit the comments and let me know.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Book Club Friday: The Peach Keeper

Happy Friday everyone!  And because it's Friday that means it's time for another Book Club Friday.  This week I'm sharing The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen.

From Barnes and Noble:
It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather and once the finest home in Walls of Water, North Carolina—has stood for years as a monument to misfortune and scandal. Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite Paxton Osgood—has restored the house to its former glory, with plans to turn it into a top-flight inn. But when a skeleton is found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, long-kept secrets come to light, accompanied by a spate of strange occurrences throughout the town. Thrust together in an unlikely friendship, united by a full-blooded mystery, Willa and Paxton must confront the passions and betrayals that once bound their families—and uncover the truths that have transcended time to touch the hearts of the living.

I had never read anything from this author before (although now I will!), so I had no expectations going into this.  It wasn't super long and was a good book for my trip to Dallas last weekend.  I really enjoyed the book.  I liked the characters and thought the plot was enjoyable.  When the book ended, I actually wished it had kept going because I wanted to know what happened to the characters.  Always a good sign in my opinion!

Anyone else read The Peach Keeper or any other books by Sarah Addison Allen?  Which one should I pick up next?