Well, I didn’t plan to completely abandon this here blog for the entire month of August, but these things just happen sometimes.
The month of August was spent on the road, literally. Since arriving back in Toronto at the end of July, Dave and I have spent a fair amount of time travelling back and forth between Toronto and Ottawa, with a couple of pitstops at cottages in between.
We spent time with family, caught up with friends, and got to work on making our next adventure (details below) a reality.
We had grand plans to explore more of our own backyard, visiting interesting places and seeing new sights, but quickly those plans gave way to barbeques, backyard games, and nights spent laughing over a glass (or two) of wine.
We’re not mad about it.
It was wonderfully relaxing and calm, and stressful and busy all at the same time. Overall, a pretty good August, if I do say so myself.
- Toronto, Canada
- Ottawa, Canada
Distance Travelled: 1410 km (give or take a few)
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What I Read
August wasn’t a big month for reading. But it was a big month in terms of reading goals. Allow me to toot my own horn for a second because this month I managed to achieve my 2016 reading goal of 18 books! For some, this isn’t a huge goal, but for me, it was pretty big and I’m thoroughly impressed that I managed to crush it so early on in the year (thank you to all those long haul flights and train rides). I’m looking forward to continuing to read throughout the year to see just how many books I can read before the end of 2016.
But, before I get too far ahead of myself, here are the books I read this month:
The Blackbird Sisters Mystery series follows the Nora Blackbird, a Philadelphia socialites who is going through some rough financial times, leading her to take a job as a social reporter for the local paper. In this fashionable role, she finds herself repeatedly at the centre of a lot of action and murder, and with the help of her quirky sisters sets out to solve the case.
After some twelve years, the Blackbird Sisters Mysteries has come to an end — and with a cliffhanger. Although I had fun reading the books (they are lighthearted, full of fashion, and delightfully bad) I was so disappointed at the end-of-series, cliffhanger ending. Now, in the author’s defence, I don’t think she had intended book #10 to be the last, but it seems that since it was published she decided she was done.
As with any series that spans a few years, it was sad to say goodbye to the characters, but I had a great time while it lasted.
Currently Reading: The Nest
I’ve only just started reading The Nest, a tale of four siblings and one massive inheritance, but so far I’m enjoying it.
I’m so excited that I can finally announce that we’re moving to Leeds, UK!
Dave’s been offered a research fellowship at the University of Leeds so we’ll be spending the next three years in Europe, dividing our time between Leeds and Stockholm, Sweden.
The adventure continues, and we couldn’t be more excited!
After a wonderful (but too short) five weeks at home, we leave for England next week to kick off this new chapter. If you have any tips, tricks, or recommendations for Leeds, please let me know!
Petite Adventures Travel Shop
New items have been added to the Petite Adventures Travel Shop on Zazzle. Here you’ll find a selection of travel accessories featuring your (and my) favourite cities, places, spaces, and memories, all at affordable prices. And the best part is–you can customise each and every piece!
So, if you’re in the market for new luggage tags, a new passport holder, or just want to pick up a souvenir from your favourite city, visit the Petite Adventures Travel Shop.
New pieces will be added each month, so visit often.
Tell me, what does September have in store for you?
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