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2018 Recap of Posts

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Dear Diary,
I confess to feeling like my day job held me back from my passion projects.

I enjoy exploring, researching, chasing stories and writing them, taking pictures ... some experiences I share with my kids, so we also bond over them. Others, if my background research deems the topic is too heavy, I check out alone.

I hope to do more of this in 2019 - improving my photography, turning what I research and write into books and articles for public consumption, and getting acquainted with my adopted hometown.

Let's review what 2018 showed me -

Books I Read: (Affiliate links)
I read 5 books this year, which was 5 more than I did in 2017. Special shout-out to Alexandra at The Only Living Girl In New York, whose reviews* inspired my own reads -

We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby*
I'll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara
Silent Witnesses by Nigel McCrery*
Bellevue by David Oshinsky*
Murder in Mississippi by John Safran

My favorite book of 2018 was I'll Be Gone In The Dark. Since learning of Michelle's tragic death, and how her husband, Patton Oswalt, honored her by getting it published, then TO AN ARREST - I have already re-read it.

I have quite a few titles on my bookshelf to read in 2019, plus I received a few new titles for Christmas, so there will be more reviews to come. (Check out reviews of my 2018 reads here - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Places We Traveled:
Sarasota, FL

(Siesta Beach in Sarasota, FL)

The VJ-Day Kiss Statue in Florida

(The VJ Day Kiss Statue)
Sweden (Part I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII)
Missoula, Montana

We didn't travel as much as in years past because we adopted 4 cats!

City Explorations:
I had the revelation that I've lived in this great state for 7 years, yet I've barely begun to scratch the surface in experiencing what Minnesota has to offer. That's changing, and that's what this blog is documenting.

We took part in the city-wide Super Bowl celebrations.
Abandoned Munitions Factory
Minnesota's Connection to Jesse James - fun to explore with my kids!

(First National Bank in Northfield, as restored to the day Jesse James tried to rob it)
Farmington Middle Creek Historic Cemetery (Part I, II)
Vermillion River
Highland Cemetery

(Highland Cemetery)
Minneapolis Pioneers & Soldiers Memorial Cemetery

(The Pioneers & Soliders Memorial Cemetery)
Main Street Coffee & Wine Bar - in an old bank vault!
Aronson Park Veterans' Pavillion

(Aronson Park Veterans' Pavillion)
James J. Hill House

(The grand foyer alone is only 1,000-square feet smaller than my entire house.)
Bde Maka Ska Lake
Abandoned Archibald Mill

(Archibald Mill)
Lake Marion
Minnehaha Falls

(Minnehaha Falls)
Minnehaha 'Princess' Depot
John H. Stevens House
TCO Performance Center
Pinkie the Elephant (WI)

(Pinkie the Elephant)

Best Purchases:
I'm not a Pinterest Mom, I'm an Amazon Mom. If it doesn't qualify for Prime 2-day shipping, it's probably not going to happen.

Kitchen Products That Help Me Fake It
Collapsible Wagon (affiliate link)
Albums (affiliate link) - I finally organized all of my loose pictures into a collection of sleek, leather albums. I don't like a cluttered grouping of frames on a dusty table; my preferences simply lean this way.
The Best Notebook (affiliate link)
A barrier net is a household accessory if you have children in sports

Here's to a 2019 full of new experiences!

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