[june recap] the month where i spent maybe 3 days at home

Monday, July 03, 2017
OK, wow, June. This was a wild month because I was out of town for every single week of the month – both for work and for play. 

In June, I decided to start blogging again more seriously and to up my Instagram game. I took my first full vacation of the year (I know) and took Theo to the beach for the first time. And handsome Theo now weighs 20 pounds and gets to go to puppy school every week!

What I read

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
All Things New by Lauren Miller - ⭐️⭐️⭐️
All Grown Up by Jamie Attenberg - ⭐️⭐️
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel - ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Internet Famous by Danika Stone - ⭐️⭐️
Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller - ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han - ⭐️⭐️⭐️
None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The best book I read this month: The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor
The worst book I read this month: All Grown Up by Jamie Attenberg

It was a pretty good month for books and a very productive one, at that. I read 10 books in June and finished up my 2017 book goal – I've read 53 books so far this year, so I am on pace to read more than 100 in 2017 if my life doesn't speed up even more than it already has already.

Where I went

First up, I spent the first full week of June in Sacramento. And oh my goodness, that trip was exhausting! I came home and slept for at least 14 hours. But as always it's really great work that my team is doing, and I love that I get to be a part of it.

Next up, pretty much as soon as I deplaned in Charlotte, I was on the road to Raleigh for another newsroom workshop. I spent three days in Raleigh and got to see almost all of my teammates, save for my boss, and it was so nice to be back in the Triangle. And we went to Quail Ridge Books! See how excited Theo was to see me when I made it home?

And when I got back from Raleigh, Patrick and I hit the road for Asheville with Theo for his best friend's wedding shower! We spent the weekend in Asheville and ate at White Duck Taco Shop with Theo. He was a huge fan.

After Asheville, we headed to Nags Head. Theo met the beach for the first time (yikes) and I had a glorious spa day with Pat's mom, got terribly sunburnt in the weirdest places and wandered around the Island Bookstore. And the food was great, great, great. I missed seafood. 

Once I was 100 percent relaxed and loving my vacation and ready to never work another day in my life... off to Fresno I went. We got back on Sunday night and I left Monday morning. That was a long trip. It was a great time in Fresno and of course I grabbed In-N-Out, but my flight Friday night took forever. We sat on the runway in Dallas-Fort Worth for at least an hour and didn't end up landing until after 1 a.m. 

What I ate

• Fried chicken. so much fried chicken! I had fried chicken once in Sacramento and twice in Raleigh and every time, it was delicious.

• Seafood! I have missed fresh-from-the-ocean-not-the-freezer fish more than you would believe. I grew up hating seafood, but somewhere between high school and right now I fell madly in love with pretty much anything that knows how to swim. And if it's not a shark, a dolphin or a whale, I am going to eat it. The mahi I had at the Black Pelican was DELISH!

What Theo did

• Theo weighs in at 20 pounds. He's gaining 2-3 pounds every two weeks! 

• He started puppy school last Thursday, and Patrick had a total blast with it (I unfortunately had to miss it, and I'm still coping). 

• He also entered this phase where he wants to, and is successfully, eating every single toy he owns. He has like three toys left and I bought him new ones but am too afraid to give them to him. 

• He loved having a yard to run out into and go potty in while we were in Nags Head. He ran right back up on the porch when he was done and went back inside.

• And, of course, little man met the OCEAN! He went for a swim, sort of against his will, and was 50-50 on whether he hated it or semi-liked it. The verdict is still out on that.


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