Really Overdue 2015 Best Of

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Taking time off from the blog meant I missed updating annual features. For example, the annual top books/top movies post. The last one I posted was actually a recap of 2012!

So how did 2015 shape up? I read 118 books. Sounds impressive, but it was well short of my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 150. This year’s goal is set at 135; I excel at lowering expectations for myself.

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Cabo: It’s Alright by Me

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I finally made it to Cabo this year! After years of being invited to join my sister and brother-in-law (and assorted friends) at the tip of the Baja peninsula, I finally had the funds, vacation time, and no critical work commitments. So, come along as I reminisce about my week in Mexico. Click on the photos to make them bigger.

Having a blast with my sister at Cabo Wabo.

Having a blast with my sister at Cabo Wabo.

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Rebooting Report Card – July

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I want to reboot parts of my life in the second half of the year. I figured I would have better success if I made the effort public and checked in regularly about how it was going.

So how was July? I feel it was thrown off because I’m lazy and look for convenient excuses I was in Mexico for a week and then dog/house sitting for another week.

With that caveat, I’ll give myself an overall grade of C for the month. I’m very disappointed in myself.

Sad, little stick figure Tammy

Sad, little stick figure Tammy

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Vacation Flashback – Hawaii Part 2

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I’ve heard people describe places as unlike any environment they’d ever experienced or as a place so unlike what they’ve known that it seems alien.

To be honest, I often wondered if those people lacked a better vocabulary. How hard could it be to describe somewhere? How different could a place be that it felt like you weren’t on Earth anymore?

While I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say Volcanoes National Park didn’t feel like Earth, my visit there proved that some places can seem alien and can open your eyes to a whole new way of thinking about the places we live and visit.

The park was truly unlike anything I’d ever seen before. Not just in sights but in sounds and in the feelings the landscape evoked.

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