A snow day seems like the best kind of day to snuggle up in bed with a good book. I have to work today (snow days in the news biz? Yeah, that's a no.) I just finished my first book of 2018 and I could not put it down. It was the kind of book that had me thinking about it all day, pulling it out in every free moment. And I have a big stack of books I just bought that I can't wait to dive into. I've mentioned in the past my sister is a voracious reader. She read somewhere near 80 books last year...I know she's crazy. But she always has the BEST recommendations. Here are the books on my reading shelf this month.
All The Ugly and Beautiful Things: This was my first read of the year. It's an unusual (and provocative) love story set in a Midwestern meth lab. It's a book that makes you redefine what's comfortable and challenges your viewpoints. But it's also touchingly beautiful.
Sing, Unburied, Sing: This is my current read and our book club's pick this month. It journeys through the past and present in Mississippi "examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power - and limitations - of family bonds."
Marlena: I love a coming of age story and the description of this book quickly captured my interest. It takes a look at female friendship in those critical years of adolescence. A younger girl infatuated with her older, cooler and yet troubled neighbor. It's told between the past and the present and that is always a fascinating narrative structure to me.
Sourdough: This one I picked up on a whim because it was on sale, but I've read great reviews so far. A software programmer turned baker explores the underground world in the San Fransisco fusing food and technology. I love a good food book so this is right up my alley.
Manhattan Beach: This has mixed reviews but I was intrigued by the plot. Set in Brooklyn during war time, a women working at the Naval Yard is the first female diver, repairing ships. But the historical novel dives into family dynamic and explores a world "populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers and union men."
2018 Reading Challenge: So I'm never going to match my sisters reading but my friend Elle is doing a challenge of reading 18 books in 2018 and that I think is definitely doable! I'm excited to put my phone down at night, pause Netflix and really enjoy these books. There are so many good ones on the shelves right now. I'd love to know what's one your reading list and if you want to join our challenge!
In typical St. Louis fashion, we're about to experience all four seasons in one day. Starting off with balmy weather, switching to rain and wind and ending with an arctic blast. Woo. Winter is back for the weekend and I am so over the cold. It makes me want to just stay inside and become a hermit. But if you're willing to bundle up and brave the below freezing temps, there's lots to do around town this weekend. I know for sure I am dedicating several hours to organizing our apartment (exciting, I know). But it needs to be done because our hall closet is a nightmare. But that means we can treat ourselves with some beers!
Cabin Fever: This is one of my favorite events, and you're going to need to bundle up! But don't worry, there are fire pits and heaters, plus BEER to keep you warm. Sample 40+ beers at Schlafly's Cabin Fever including some special releases. Saturday 1/13 12pm-4pm. Buy tickets here.
Loop Ice Carnival: Speaking of the cold...head to the Loop this weekend to celebrate all things cold at the annual Ice Carnival. Games, rides, beers and ice! Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm.
Info on events here.
Herbal Tea Blending: New year, new goals, and if one of your goals is to put better things in your body, you can't beat Big Heart Tea. On Saturday learn to make your own herbal tea blend at Bowood Farm. Reserve your spot ahead of time by calling 314-454-6868, 1/13 10am.
Mighty Pines at Off-Broadway: Looking to stay warm inside, well head to Off-Broadway to get warmed up by the sounds of bluegrass. The Mighty Pines always put on a good show and this is their first St. Louis show of the year. Tickets $12. 1/13 8pm.
Cask Festival: Another beer festival to warm you up, 2nd Shift is hosting cask festival featuring more than a dozen other breweries. 1/13 5pm-9pm. Tickets here.
As always, I'd love to hear your plans this weekend and let me know about other fun events I might have missed!
If you follow pretty much anyone in St. Louis on Instagram, you've likely seen the gorgeous floral mural at one of the area's newest cafes. Well let me tell you, it's even more adorable in person. And if you come for the gram-worthy pic, you'll return again and again for the food.
The new fast casual restaurant by the owners of Olive + Oak, is located in the heart of Webster Groves and thankfully very near my mom's house. Usually I don't feel like I need to leave the St. Louis city limits for great food and coffee, but this is worth it. And so is the wait. I've been a few times, and they appear to be still figuring out the best way to serve the growing crowds. You can order at the counter for to-go orders and initially they were doing that for in house orders as well but on our last visit they sat us and then we ordered. Either way, once you get a table, service is quick and friendly, perfect for a busy lunch date or a quick brunch with the girls.
Similar to Olive+Oak, the menu items are familiar favorites but with a creative twist. The biscuits in the biscuits and gravy were like little scones, flaky and perfect for sopping up the gravy. The grits though are hands down my favorite. The perfect consistency topped with a delicious ragu and the perfect egg. For lunch we loved the brussel sprout salad and the pistachio dip is a MUST.
I can't wait for the weather to warm up and sit outside on the patio. According to Sauce Magazine, dinner service is also in the works. But for now, I'm ok settling into the the gorgeous gold chairs with a bottomless cup of coffee and eating those grits for ever and ever.
Open 7:30-3:30 Daily. For menu and address: https://www.thecloverandthebee.com/
Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm a planner. I am obsessed with to-do lists and absolutly love having a physical planner (This is the one I have). There's something so cathartic about actually crossing off an item in pen. That's why I am always a big fan of New Year's resolutions. As I mentioned in my last post (looking back on last year's resolutions) , it's a great way to set your intentions for the new year.
One of the things I've learned over the years is to set specific, attainable goals. That doesn't mean don't dream big, but it means take a hard look at those dreams and figure out what steps you can take to achieve them. I'm breaking down my goals into work and personal.
First up, work. One of the biggest priorities over all this year is to really take the time to be thankful for what I have. I have a job that I love, but I still find myself complaining on the regular. Doesn't everyone? So here are the things I'm going to do to make this my best work year.
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