Tuesday, February 2, 2016

January 2016

The first month of 2016 has passed and we're already into February. So here's a quick wrap up of January.

We rented a cabin in northern North Carolina with friends for New Years Eve and the few days after. We relaxed by the fire and visited a few wineries also. We also stopped to visit family on the way home to exchange Christmas presents as we didn't have a chance to since we were in Colorado for the holiday. Not alot of traveling after that - it was nice to have a few weekends at home after lots of traveling over the holidays.

Elkin Creek Winery in Elkin, North Carolina

Since we were home for most of January, there wasn't alot of unique eats. But we did eat at a new restaurant called Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom when our daughter - who's car wouldn't start - needed a ride home from college for the weekend. We had some delicious buffalo chicken roll apps and I ate the thin crust pizza while my daughter and Mr. UR shared deep dish pizza. Didn't get any pictures but we did try a flight of beer. So here's that.

I read two books this month - one fiction and one non-fiction. The fiction book is the bestselling Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. The Hollywood Reporter calls it "a soapy send-up of modern asian society." It's about "crazy rich" Chinese expats living in Singapore. I liked it enough to put the follow-up book by Kwan, China Rich Girlfriend on hold at my local library. And they're currently making Crazy Rich Asians into a movie so if you prefer movies over books you can just wait until it comes out.
The non-fiction book I read was The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country by Helen Russell.  I find Happiness Psychology fascinating - and I enjoyed reading this book. Russell tells the story of the year she spent living in Denmark when her husband took a job at Lego. If you want to know some of the reasons why Danes are so happy, you might like reading this.

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