This weekend marked the 10th consecutive Monthly Beer Tasting among our craft-beer-loving friends. We switched things up a bit and hosted it at our place (ping pong replacing the foosball that is usually played at Russ'). We tasted 18 beers, which is rather tame for us! Our record is 36, I believe, but most people had been participating in Brew Ha-Ha or the Kiwanis Bags Tournament all day. You can see our Master List (prior to this tasting) here.
This past Wednesday was the first measurable rain in 36 days here in the Quad Cities. And it was only .02", a few drops that barely wet the ground. So, when it REALLY rained on Sunday, it had been more like 40 days. Waking up to the sound of rain on my much-needed day off was almost magical.
Summer has always been synonymous with reading for me. Escapism at it's finest. And remember BOOK IT!? For anyone that is unaware, it was (is?) a program during grade school where teachers set a monthly reading goal of so many pages. For completing the requirement, you got a little sticker for your BOOK IT! pin and a gift certificate for a personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut. My bff, Natasha, and I pretty much made a mockery of these goals. 300 pages this month? Umm, I read 1,500. Do I get more pizza? Anyway, they usually let you count your summer reading, so I was determined to roll in to the school year with thousands of pages under my belt to the e̶n̶v̶y̶ horror of my classmates.
I also loved the summer reading programs at the library. Somewhere along the line I became a bit of a bibliophile, though, so I traded the library for bookstores. I adore the feel and smell of the books. I'm terrified of hoarding and donate everything the second I'm done with it, but books are different. I like to see them on my bookshelf and occasionally pick them up and re-read a favorite chapter. I even lugged them from apartment to apartment in college. Brutal.
I was very excited to discover this summer that the Moline Public Library actually has a book sale room and the books are insanely cheap! So I grabbed the first few that caught my attention and dug in. I'm going to skip the summary, which you can read on the interwebz, of course, and go straight to my take:
People often ask me how I 'fit it all in'. And yet, at any given moment, there are about 100 things I haven't gotten done and am feeling like a horrible failure for. So, it always forces me to step back and take a moment to view the big picture. I love this quote from Bill Gates:
“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”
Hello, there! My name is Nikki Jones and this is a place for me to write about my travels, my urban homesteading adventures, and whatever else my little heart desires at a given moment. Like many personal-blog bloggers, there are times I write daily and long streteches I'm not inspired to write at all. And that's ok! At any rate, I'm glad you're here.