Tea Sachet Wisdom 2

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Happiness comes from contentment.

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Experience the warmth and love of your soul.

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Practice kindness, mercy and forgiveness.

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Love is where compassion prevails and kindness rules.

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When ego is lost, limit is lost.

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To learn, read. To know, write. To master, teach.

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Live from your heart, you will be most effective.

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Cocktail(s) of the Month: Highball and Summer Cold Brew Bourbon Cocktail

In this installment of trying to finish off the whiskey cocktail of the month, I decided to branch out and try two different cocktails (not on the same day though; my tolerance is not that high). I also went in a much more summer-y direction than I did last month, with cool, iced drinks.

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First up was a highball from, as usual, See Mix Drink. I love simple cocktails that only require two ingredients; you can just whip it right up on the spot whenever the mood strikes you.

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Then I tried a Summer Cold Brew Bourbon Cocktail, which I found on the Free People Blog through (duh) Pinterest. I love me some iced coffee in the summer, and this was like iced coffee times ten. SO delicious!

What are your favorite cold cocktails to drink on a summer day?

Homemade Granola

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It’s been far too long since I’ve had any fun in the kitchen; lately it seems my small culinary skills have been dedicated mostly to pouring Chex in a bowl. I decided that today was the day to fix that.

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I’ve wanted to try making homemade granola for a while now (conveniently, I’ve also wanted to find a way to finish off the oats in my cabinet for a while now), so I found this recipe from Kitchen Treaty. It was extremely simple to make, and other than slightly overcooking it I think my granola turned out pretty well! I bet it will be even better after I soak it in some vanilla almond milk.

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Have you ever made homemade granola before?

Transitions

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I’ve never been good at transitions.

It’s not the fact that life’s changing that bothers me. I actually have always been quite good with change. It’s the waiting that gets my goat. If something’s gonna happen, I want it to happen now, damn it.

Most of my major life transitions have happened in the summertime. The breaks between school years. The several months of agonizing job searching after graduation. It’s probably why I’ve never liked summer much. (The fact that I turn into a sweaty, frizzy mess has something to do with that too.)

And now this summer I’m waiting to move to New York, which is taking longer than I originally thought it would. I know this “layover” is necessary, and that ultimately I’ll be glad I had some time to sort of relax and get my act together, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to be in New York right now.

But in the meantime, I’ll just keep working, writing blog posts, and pinning NYC pins while daydreaming about all the awesome things I’m going to do when I’m finally in the city. And I’ll try to enjoy my last days as a Nebraskan.

Five Classics to Reread

I admit, sometimes the only reason I’ll pick up a piece of classic literature is because I feel like I “have” to read it. (And sometimes I really did have to read it, for school.) I suffered through The Scarlet Letter. I couldn’t finish Robinson Crusoe or Silas Marner. I have no idea what was going on in Naked Lunch. But sometimes, a book grabs you and you’re no longer reading it because you feel obligated, but because you actually want to.

I’m a pretty big rereader when it comes to books I love, and lately I’ve been toying with the idea of rereading these particular classics:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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I don’t want to reread this just because of the recent movie remake. Okay, it is mostly because of the recent movie remake. But also, I haven’t read The Great G since high school (I actually did have to read it then), which means I hardly remember reading it in the first place, and I’d like to see how I interpret it as someone with a fancy literature degree and not as a dumb sixteen-year-old.

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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Again, it’s been so long I barely remember reading it the first time, but I do remember that I loved this book when I read it in high school. I dig coming-of-age stories; the angst-ier the better.

Watership Down by Richard Adams

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Because rabbits.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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Ever read a book that makes you feel all the feelings? That was Jane Eyre for me.

And, of course:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Oh, Jane. Even though P&P isn’t my favorite of her novels (that award would go to Emma, which I’ve already reread recently), it’s definitely a good one. And since there will probably never be an end to different adaptations, it would probably be wise to keep the story fresh in mind.

What are your favorite classics?

What I’ve Been Reading

When I started this blog I thought I’d be writing more book reviews. Turns out that isn’t really my thang, but since I do enjoy talking about books I thought I’d try this type of post, inspired by Megan, where I share what I’ve been reading lately. First up:

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 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

I know I’m a little late on the bandwagon with this one, but since I was thirteen when it came out I think you can forgive me. Very heavy stuff, but a great story. After this, I read:

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Normally I’m not a big fan of historical fiction, but it was interesting to learn about this culture. The story itself is really slow however, so if women’s perspectives in 19th-century China isn’t your thing you could probably pass this up. Next up:

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The Borrowers by Mary Norton

After those last two serious reads, I needed to give my brain a break, so I decided to pick up a children’s book about very tiny people. I’ve been meaning to reread this anyway since I saw The Secret World of Arrietty a couple years ago.

What have you been reading lately? Are you a fan of historical fiction? Any other adults out there who like to read children’s books?