Set during World War II, this novel delicately and seamlessly weaves the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner together in a way that is spellbinding. The story of Marie-Laure LeBlanc, the much adored blind daughter of a French museum locksmith, and Werner Pfennig, a brilliant orphan turned German soldier, is a story of wonder, self-preservation, love, and the human desire for redemption. Marie-Laure was a young child when she lost her sight, and only 12 when she and her father fled Paris to live obscurely in the French countryside with an agoraphobic uncle until the war ended. Marie-Laure did not know of
My first 5K of 2015 was in Florida–at the Miami Zoo. I was super excited to pull out my Life List and knock out another race in another state! I invited one of my friends to join me, so off to Miami Beach Mel and I went. Before I get too far into this story, let me come clean about something. I went to Florida to do a 5K, and these are the things I forgot to pack: No arm band or ear buds for music, no sport bra (a must-have; there was shopping), and no micro pack. Do you know what that means?
It was almost a year ago that I began the photo project. I decided to store all of my photos digitally and toss many of the print copies. The space occupied by the volumes of photo albums was too much for me to handle. As usual, I thought this would be a two-week job; after two weeks, I thought it would take a few months; after a few months I lost interest for a while; and a year later I am finished. I have never been so happy to complete a project in my entire life! Here is what I
Last week, I reviewed Plated after my first box of cooking, and I loved it. At the end of box two, and before I move on to review Blue Apron, here is a look at this week’s Plated meals. Ginger Trout en Papillote with Miso Butter, Sweet Potatoes, and Snow Peas This dish looks fancy but was deceptively simple to make–gotta love that! And, it was so good I ate until my tummy hurt. The ginger and miso butter melted into the fillet and gave the trout flavor beyond my expectations. The sweet potatoes were seasoned, drizzled with olive oil and baked, then