Best of 2018

2018 was a great year for these Smiths. Some highlights: moving into our new home, my brother’s engagement to my best babe, and our trip to Rome. Not sure how 2019 can top it, but I’m ready to see it try!

In the grand tradition of yearly “best lists,” both Austin Kleon and Barack Obama put out their year-end lists (they both have excellent taste). List-making and -keeping is something I really enjoy, and I’d like to continue the habit into the future. I made my own best-of list for some great books I read in 2018, but I also wanted to track the movies, t.v. shows, and albums I enjoyed this year.

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My Year in Books / 2018

2018 was a great reading year. I had a goal of reading 60 books and used Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2018 Reading Challenge as a base to plan which books I’d read. 

Success! As of this week, I’ve surpassed my goal of 60 books by 5.

Failure! Although I hit my number, I stuck to only half of the books I intended to read. 

Lesson learned! I definitely over-planned. Who knew? I’ll have to keep my 2019 goals a little looser and allow for those “impulse reads” I enjoy so much.

I read a lot of good books this year but here are 15 of my favorites, in no particular order.

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Desert Road Trip: West Texas, Arizona, & New Mexico

Chris and I (and Honey!) took a little desert road trip last Thanksgiving, and this year I’m reminiscing hard. We are planning to stay in town for the holidays this year, but it sure is fun to revisit past trips.

Last year around this time I felt the need for a getaway and a desert road trip fit the bill. I find the desert to be restorative, and it was just fun to hit the road, listen to a great audiobook, and slow down just a bit before the rush of the holiday season.

I’ve put together a little photo travelogue if you’d like to take a look…

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My Favorite Home Purchases

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I put a list together of my favorite things I purchased for our new house. We made some big purchases, like a sofa, a king bed, and a dining set, but the items I listed below are mostly budget buyswith a few splurges that would work for a new home or even a refresh for a current home. Most importantly, these items are the details that helped our house feel like ours

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