Meet the Book Blogger via #tenthingsIlove!

Well, we’re coming to the end of another year. It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging about books for about four years now. I thought maybe it was time to do another Meet the Book Blogger! post. I did something similar on Instagram (@bugbugbooks) a few weeks ago and thought it was fun. So here are ten things I love, not including family, books, or pets!

1) GARDENING • I am so proud to say that I just earned the title of Master Gardener through the University of Illinois, @chicagobotanic extension. It basically means I’m a hardcore garden volunteer 😆but for me it symbolizes beginning a new chapter in my life doing something I really truly love. 💚

2) GETTING DIRTY • This goes along with gardening, but seriously, I am and always have been a tomboy at heart. I like to be outside, pushing myself hard, kicking around in the muck, getting ish done.

3) SWIMMING • I swam for ten years when I was young, and I just picked it back up again about a year ago. Now I swim three times a week, and it keeps me feeling calm and sane.

4) SELF-ACCEPTANCE • I’ve struggled with anxiety and self-doubt my whole life, and it’s taken me a really long time to come to terms with this reality and to show myself love and grace instead of self-criticism.

5) HOME ORGANIZATION MAGAZINES • They make me feel calm! I hate flying, but whenever I go on a plane, I bring one of those Storage Solutions! magazines and it makes me feel like all is right with the world. 😂

6) SWEATERS • When the weather turns cold, I’m in a sweater like stat. A sweater with jeans and boots is pretty much my fall uniform.

7) CALIFORNIA • I may live in the Midwest now, but I was born and raised in the Bay Area. I will always, always be a California girl at heart.

8) FRENCH TOAST • I love—and I mean LOVE—French toast. There’s a place near me that makes Challah French toast with strawberries, and it is BOMB.

9) THE LIBRARY • I’ve moved eleven times in the past thirteen years, but no place ever feels like home until I get my own library card. 🤗

10) REESE’S PB CUPS • This fave always fills me with guilt because my son has a horrible peanut allergy. But they’re SOOOO GOOD.

So there you have it! That’s me. Do we have anything in common?

11 thoughts

  1. Well done on becoming a Master Gardener! I’m wondering if your French toast is the same as what we call it – I can’t imagine it with strawberries somehow. You must take a pic next time you’re there and post it… 😀

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    1. Ha, ok I will! It’s just bread covered in scrambled egg and vanilla (etc.) that’s then cooked in a skillet with butter. People usually just eat it with maple syrup and a little bit of powdered sugar—or sometimes strawberries on top! How do you guys make it?

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      1. Oh, I see! We tend to do it with salt rather than sugar and therefore have it with savoury things rather than sweet. No vanilla! Just eggs and a splash of milk, nice thick bread and salt and pepper to taste… 😀


  2. While doing a Diploma of Family History with the University of Tasmania (Australia) one unit I choose was on doing a photo essay. I wrote a children’s educational book about goslings and their parents, titled Gosling Eggs to Antics. I loved it and am presently getting a Chinese translation to go with the English- not published yet and don’t know how I’d afford to get it published.The photos are all out of our garden. Another book I wrote was Bushfire Heartbreak which I wrote after losing our home in Dec 2006 bushfires. That one was published with a grant the council gave me as it contained local history. Now fully recovered we made the packing shed into our home on same property and did gardens from scratch and all looks amazing. I am pleased you enjoy reading. I think Our Gardens Magazine is going to publish a story I sent them regarding building up the garden post fire.

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  3. That is very cool that you are a Master Gardener! If we had more people like you in the world, we wouldn’t be in this climate crisis mess right now 🙂 I too am a nervous flier, perhaps i need a storage magazine…

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    1. Haha, the storage magazines really help! Oh man, all the environmental stuff worries me… Sometimes the issues feel so big that I’m completely overwhelmed, yowza. What can we do but just try to take care of the little bit of earth we are responsible for?

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  4. Congrats on becoming Master Gardner! Pretty cool title for being a hardcore volunteer.

    I didn’t know you were from California! Why oh why would you leave sunny California for the frigid Midwest? lol.
    (though secretly I’ll always think Midwest is best. 😉)

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    1. I know for real. I’m STILL coming to terms with these Midwest winters! 😂 But Chicago is pretty great. There’s a good mix of friendly people with big-city living. And there’s always something to do downtown. After five years, it actually really does feel like home now. 🙂

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  5. Great post Master Gardener!! 😊 Very nice to meet you! Have you posted a picture of your garden? I want to start one next spring. I love homegrown vegetables. So far I have only tried cayenne peppers and I loved picking them as I need them. So fresh 😊

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