I voted! And other weekend shenanigans.

Overall, I had an uneventful but fun and (mostly) relaxing weekend. Friday was spent watching golf and baseball, on Saturday I voted early in the Massachusetts senate election and went to work, and Sunday meant a grad party and errands with my madre. It was a great kick off to summer!

Friday afternoon, my mom and I watched day two of The Cities, Lowell’s annual golf tournament between the three local golf clubs. We hung out on the lawn at our local course and had a great time hanging out on the lawn, talking to friends, and watching the golfers come in for the 18th hole! Also…I had a drink with a movie star!

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Our view…isn’t it pretty?!

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It was fun watching the golfers come in!

Later that night, me and my dad went to the Spinners. It was the perfect night to watch a ball game and the Spinners ended up winning 4-0 while the pitchers combined for a 2-hitter. It was a great way to re-introduce myself to the ballpark as a fan!

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We’ve been enjoying driving with the top down and the doors off the Jeep!

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View from our seats at the game!

Then on Saturday, my family went to early voting for the MA senate race. It was my brother Tom’s first time voting in something that isn’t a primary, so that was a cool experience for him. I really love voting, I don’t care if it’s just a local election or for president, I just love getting out there and making sure my voice is heard.

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Tom after voting.

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Doing our civic duty!

After that, we went over to the Library so I can get cracking on that 100 books for my 30 before 30. I ended up getting Girls in White Dresses on the recommendation of Katie, a collection of funny little short stories called The Last Girlfriend on Earth, and a book on modern feminism called The End of Men: And the Rise of Women. The latter selection I think was heavily influenced on the feminist bent I took with my courses in my last semester at school. Just because I graduated doesn’t mean I have to leave the academic reading behind, right? If any of you have read these books yet, please don’t hesitate to let me know what you thought in the comments!

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Oh, and I also bought that really creepy awesome Brad Marchand head at Target, and I can’t wait to figure out fun things to do with it. Like scare people. And bring it to the bar to watch game six of The Cup. Or sneak it into group photos…stay tuned!

How did you spend your weekend?

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30 before 30

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I’ve been seeing a lot of “30 before 30” lists around, and it’s inspired me to write my own. I’ve always liked the idea of a bucket list, but didn’t like the death part. Hence 30 before 30, a bucket list of sorts for the next 8ish years (I turn 22 in September). Although, now that I’m thinking of it…30 is a looong way away. Some of my goals are pretty short-term, some are more long-term. Some involve more luck/chance than others. All of them, though, I think are manageable.

My list of 30 things to do before I’m 30

1. Get a “big girl” job.

2. Get my license.

3. Meet a player from every major Boston sports team (Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots, Celtics).

4. Go to a FIS World Cup race.

5. Sail in a sailboat.

6. Travel to all of the 50 states (18+DC down, 32 to go!).

7. Move into my own place.

8. Adopt a hedgehog.

9. Learn a new-to-me skill.

10. Ski in the Alps.

11. See a Broadway show.

12. Do karaoke.

13. Brew my own beer.

14. Try every flavor of ice cream at Meadowlands. (menu)

15. Ride in a hot air balloon.

16. Join a book club.

17. Get married.

18. Run a marathon.

19. Become a mentor to someone.

20. Stay on an island somewhere.

21. Visit every beach on Cape Cod.

22. Read 100+ books. (progress here)

23. Master a second language.

24. Visit Rome.

25. Pay off my student loans.

26. Wear high heels every day for a week.

27. Grow a vegetable or fruit and use it in a recipe.

28. Take a just-for-fun class.

29. Submit a postsecret.

30. Go on a road trip.

Do you have a 30 before 30 (or similar) list? How is your progress going?

xoxo, Karoline

Today I’m linking up with North East Bloggers Network!

Also, I’m not really into blog giveaways…I never enter them. BUT. I saw this one today on I Wore Yoga Pants, and I had to enter. Free blog advice? Yes please. If you’re looking for blog advice, I definitely suggest you check out the giveaway!

Summer Reading: The summer of non-fiction

Last summer, I read my first memoir, Home by Julie Andrews. I also read The Big House, George Howe Colt’s account of his family’s summer home on Cape Cod. These two books were my first taste of non-fiction, and I was hooked. This summer, it’s my mission to read only non-fiction and I’ve compiled a list of books I want to get through.

All of the books I’ve selected are celebrity memoirs or biographies, but they’re all from completely different perspectives and walks of life. Here’s a list of what I’ve chosen:

  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. I’ve been an “Apple person” since before I knew what the internet was, so I’m definitely interested to see how Jobs created and transformed the computer giant. Jobs’ creative visions effect my life every day, and I imagine he led a fascinating life. Only thing is, at 656 pages, this book is long. I’m definitely going to get a head start when I take the train to Boston tomorrow!
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography by Rob Lowe. I loved Rob Lowe in classic 80’s films like St. Elmo’s Fire and The Outsiders, so I’m super excited to read his autobiography. My mom read it last summer and loved it, so I think that’s a fairly good recommendation. Rob has struggled through some demons in his life, so that should make for an interesting read.
  • A Natural Woman by Carole King. Carole King is one of my all time favorite singers, so when I heard that she recently wrote a memoir, I became very excited. I seriously can. not. wait. to read this!
  • Then Again by Diane Keaton. I gave this book to my mom for her birthday. Keaton wrote a memoir about her life with her mother. She seems to be a super quirky person, so I’m hoping that’s reflected a bit in her story!
  • A Warrior’s Heart: The True Story of Life Before and Beyond The Fighter by Micky Ward and Joe Layden. Micky Ward is a Lowell native so it’s only natural that I would want to read his autobiography. If you saw The Fighter, you know that Ward led a tough life on his way to becoming a world boxing champ. I love reading things that take place in my hometown, and I’m sure this won’t be any exception.

What are you planning on reading this summer? Leave it in the comments below!

xoxo, Karoline

A house without books.

The quote I chose for today is, in my opinion, an absolutely true statement.  People need to read, learn, and get lost in the world of books.  It’s good for the soul.  This quote is by educator Horace Mann, who founded Bridgewater Normal School in 1840.  Today, it’s Bridgewater State University, the school I go to!  Anyway, I highly suggest taking Horace’s advice and curling up with a book this long weekend.

Today’s happiness: It’s a long weekend! I’m heading home! Also, ski team dinner tonight!

On my mind: my brother Tom has a job interview today…I’m sending him lots of good thoughts!

Got any suggestions for good books?  I know you do!

xoxo, Karoline

Goal of the month: read more

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Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit!  Instead of a hard to keep New Year’s resolution, this year I’ve decided to set smaller, much more achievable monthly goals for myself.  Last month, one of my goals was to start waking up earlier.  I’ve been doing pretty well and waking up at 7:30 or 8 on most weekday mornings.

This month, I want to read more for fun.  Since I’ve gotten to college, I’ve noticed that I do a lot less reading for myself.  I always bring lots of books along to school with me, but I rarely get around to actually reading them.  So, because I wake up earlier, I want to spend that extra time I have in the morning getting lost in a book.  Usually, as soon as I wake up, my first instinct is to reach for my iPhone and surf the internet for a little while or to play a game.  I want to change that into something productive.  Goal for February: spend one hour each morning reading.

I have three books lined up that I want to read, but I’m hoping that I’ll get through all three of them.

The first is Mockingjay, the 3rd book in the Hunger Games series.  I’ve already started it, but I’m only a few chapters in and I really want to know what happens next.  Have any of you read these books?  They’re downright addicting!

Next up, is Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.  The movie has always been one of my favorites (helloooo…anything with Audrey in it is!), but I’ve always wanted to read the novella too.  Fortunately, one of my friends just had to read it for their English classes, and they’re letting me borrow it now that they’re done with it.  I can not wait to read about Holly Golightly!

The third book I hope to finish by the end of the month is one that I just picked up on a whim at the library last night.  It’s called A Century of Parks Canada 1911-2011.  It was on display in the New Arrivals section of the BSU library, and it caught my eye because as you may or may not know, I’m kind of obsessed with Canada.  After I graduated from high school, my cousins took me on an amazing trip through the Canadian Rockies and we explored the amazing Banff, Jasper, and Vancouver Island national parks.  This book is a rather ambitious goal (380+ pages!), but I’m excited about it.  I’ve recently discovered a love of non-fiction literature, so I’m hoping that this won’t read too much like a textbook.

Have you read any of these books?  What did you think?  Also, are you going to set any goals for the month?  Leave it in the comments!

xoxo, Karoline

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