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  • The Books I Read - August 2021

    books These are the 8 books I completed in August. If you want a little more on my thoughts for each of the books, check out my bookstagram page - @minihaysreads.

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  • Miss You All The Time

    This is my most favorite song right now. I have it set as my ring tone for 6:59pm every day which is the time my dad died.

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  • The Books I Read - July 2021

    books I am quite behind (like I was for last month), getting this posted. There’s been a lot going on and this was not taking priority.

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  • Dad

    welcome

    Richard (Rick) Norling * 4/19/52 - 8/11/21

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  • Blog Birthday

    cake My little corner of the interwebs turns -1- today! I can hardly believe I’ve been playing around here for a year already.

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  • Books I Did Not Finish - 2021

    DNF It has taken me a very long time to accept the idea of not finishing a book. Or just allowing myself to realize I am not enjoying it and to quit reading. But, it has been a very freeing feeling and these are the books that haven’t made the cut for me this year.

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  • The Books I Read - June 2021

    books Yes, I am fully aware that it is the middle of July and I am just now posting my June books. But better late than never, right?!

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  • Work & Life Update

    work Things have been going going going all summer long so far. I have been been taking pictures, but not posting as much. I will catch up at some point…maybe. But things are starting to transition back into a new normal and it’s been challenging at times.

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  • The Books I Read - May 2021

    books Here are all the books I listened to in May. I didn’t finish any Kindle or actual books this month. They were all audio books.

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  • Being Seen

    Run Years ago when we lived in Seattle, I remember vividly one of the things I didn’t like about it there. The people never felt warm or welcoming. They seemed cold and I appreciated (and missed) “Minnesota Nice” when we were there.

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  • The Books I Read - April 2021

    Books Here are all the books I read/listened to in April. This was a record month for me with 19 books!

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  • Back At Work

    office I’ve recently been going into the office for work now that the kids have been back at school. It has been so wonderful!

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  • Back At School

    school The kids have been back at school for about a month now. And they are loving it!

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  • No More Book Ranking

    stars I have decided that rating books (with 5 stars or whatever other arbitrary numbering system you choose) is no longer for me. There are a few reasons for this and if you are interested in my why…keep reading.

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  • The Books I Read - March 2021

    books I was shocked last month when I read 16 books. And here I am again, sharing 16 more books this month.

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  • Empty

    empty I struggled figuring out what to call this post. I almost just called it “Untitled”. But that didn’t feel right. No words felt exactly right. I was empty and out of ideas.

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  • COVID Books

    books Oh COVID. You have been with us for about a year now. Our lives have changed and been uprooted. But there are some things you haven’t taken from us. Books. People are still writing and providing us with new works related to this pandemic. Here are some of them.

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  • International Women's Day 2021

    women Today is International Women’s Day. Today is a day to celebrate women and all they do, can do and are going to do in the future.

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  • The Books I Read - February 2021

    books I can’t believe I read 16 books in February. This blows my mind and makes me so excited.

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  • Intentions

    intentions I came across a post on Instragram recently that laid out some intentions for 2021. I am not one to do a word or theme or set resolutions for the year, but these “intentions” seemed like something I wanted more of in my life. Especially as we are upon the year mark of this pandemic.

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  • The Books I Read - January 2021

    books I joined a book group on Facebook and it has been so wonderful. After many of those people made a collage of their books read by month, I decided to give it a try.

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  • Books for Black History Month

    Black History February is Black History Month. I am hoping to share just a small sampling of book suggestions for you to consider reading this month.

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  • Inauguration Day

    inauguration Today was such an historical day. Everything from the transfer of power, to the ceremonies, to those who were sworn in and those who spoke. History was made today.

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  • Yoga Challenge

    yoga Yesterday, while talking with a friend, we decided to start a yoga challenge together. We called in another yoga friend and started a little group.

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  • 2020 Reading Challenge

    reading Every year I add a reading goal. This particular one counts the number of books you read. I have done this for almost 10 years now and I love keeping track of what I have read this way.

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  • Happy 2021

    new year To say that 2020 was quite the year might be an understatement. I don’t know anyone that hasn’t been looking forward to 2020 ending and the beginning of 2021.

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  • Peace, Love + Hugs

    xmascard It has been MANY years since we have sent out a holiday card. But it seemed like the right time to send one after moving into our new house.

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  • Changed

    Change Things are different these days. Things have been different for a while. So much staying at home has taken its toll on so many people and I am finally starting to realize some of these changes in myself.

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  • The Ebb & Flow of Friendships

    friends I recently talked about the wide range of emotions I have been feeling. But I’ve also been struggling with friendships and how they have changed.

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  • Protein Balls

    protein balls We love these protein balls. I haven’t made them in a while, but everyone was happy when they appeared in the fridge.

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  • Emotions

    sky Lately, I have been feeling a lot of emotions as I am sure many of you have been as well. It’s quite a wide range of emotions and for a wide range of reasons.

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  • So Much Concrete

    concrete After the house was torn down, the excavator came in to dig out the basement of the house. Then there will be lots more concrete to be poured…so much conrete!

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  • Kid Book List - Halloween

    halloweenbooks Just in time for Halloween, here are a collection of kids books that are filled with monsters, witches and ghouls and sure to get your kids into the spooky spirit.

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  • Feeling Small

    small I am feeling small. My voice is small. I’m only one person. But I want to shout from the rooftops that we are all people, that we are all equal. Why is that not enough?

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  • Notorious RBG

    RBG This women was a hero. Ruth Bader Ginsberg was one of the most amazing women who walked this planet. She worked tirelessly for equality for everyone. She fought for so many things that should be important to every human.

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  • Writer Friends

    writers If you know me at all, you know I am a lover of books and reading. One thing that has made me so happy over the years is meeting authors. And even better, when those authors become my friends.

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  • Tearing Down The House

    teardown Having the house knocked down was probably the most exciting part of our house building process. This felt like the real start to making our dream of living at the lake happen.

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  • Progression of a Puzzle

    puzzle This was a puzzle I got because I was feeling down and in a rut and I wanted something to brighten my day. Rainbows always brighten my day and I love puzzles, so this was the perfect activity.

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  • What I've Read So Far This Year

    Challenge I wanted to do a little recap of the books I have completed so far this year to get me caught up to start doing some book reviews here. I didn’t want to do a post for all of them, but figured I shouldn’t leave out everything I’ve read so far in 2020, either. So here’s a little summary.

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  • First Week of School - 2020

    DL We survived the first week of distance learning (DL) in a new school, a new district and living in a temporary house. It’s been a whirlwind week with a few struggles here and there. Overall, things are going really well.

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  • Maximizer vs. Satisficer

    MorS Are you more of a maximizer or a satisficer?

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  • Distance Learning

    DL We have had a lot of decisions that have needed to be made recently as we are getting closer to being done building our house. But one decision that was really weighing on me was what we were going to do in the fall when school started. I was constantly thinking about it and was so relieved when we finally chose.

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  • Why I Quit Drinking

    NA Yes. You read that right. I quit drinking. During a pandemic. It was something I have been pondering off and on for a while, but it felt like it was the right time for me.

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  • Down Come The Trees

    Trees We had heard that sometimes the fire department would be willing to burn the property down and use it for training purposes. We had them come out and take a look, but ultimately, we didn’t have the right set up to make it work. The plan was to have it torn down. But to make it safe to tear down, we first had to get some tree issues taken care of.

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  • The Fun Begins

    HAYS I mentioned briefly about how we came to start our journey on the lake. The process of buying a lot, tearing a house down and building a new one has been quite the experience. And we aren’t finished yet! Here is what the house looked like when we started.

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  • Little Library Love

    LFL I have always loved seeing a Little Free Library while I am wandering around. I always take pictures of them and love to see what book treasures are inside. Some days I find lots of good books and other days, nothing is appealing to me.

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  • Welcome

    welcome Welcome to my new web playground!

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