Sunday, February 28, 2016

February 2016

And another month gone by - February 2016! Let's move on with our recap - 

Travel this month was limited to a weekend visit to the Outer Banks, the barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. I always forget how much I love this area until I return there. We started in Wilmington, North Carolina and worked our way to Morehead City where we caught the ferry to Ocracoke and then caught the next ferry to Hatteras. We made the drive along Cape Hatteras National Seashore - one of the 10 most beautiful drives in the US - and ended up staying in Duck, North Carolina. More of this trip to come on the blog.

My favorite food that I ate for the month was a donut - or two- from the famous Duck Donuts in the Outer Banks. You order how many donuts you would like and they then pop the dough in the oil and make them fresh right there. They put the drippy toppings on and voila! They're yours. I had a chocolate iced vanilla cake and a maple bacon - they're most popular donut - and yes, I had them for dinner the night that I bought them. Donuts for dinner - why not?!
But there is also an honorable mention for the month - and that was the fried pickles at Front Street Brewery in Wilmington, North Carolina. I don't like pickles but I love fried pickles and have been trying them everywhere we go. And Front Street Brewery has some of the best fried pickles!

I read two non-fiction books this month. For some reason, I didn't have any fiction books on hold at the library. So non-fiction it was. I read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert who is the author of the best-selling Eat Pray Love (and the movie of the same name). This book is about tapping into your creativity and making room for it in your everyday life. I loved this book and I read it in a coupla days. Might even re-read it. Gilbert writes as if she is talking to you and giving you a pep talk to tap into your own creativity. Really good read for me. The second book I read was The Power of Habit by Gretchen Rubin who is the author of the famous The Happiness Project. Rubin is always analyzing and looking for ways to make her life more meaningful and efficient. This book deals with different personality types and how to own your own habits. It goes into a lot of detail and analysis so it took me longer to read but I enjoy Gretchen Rubin's books and her suggestions for real-life use of ideas to make your own life more meaningful.

So once again, another month gone and here comes March!

What about you? Did you travel somewhere or eat something unique or read a great book? I'm always looking for suggestions!


  1. Jill, I enjoy nonfiction books as well. I've just finished Backpacks and Bra Straps by Savannah Grace, whose mom "dragged" her kids around the world on a four-year backpacking trip. I love it when I can combine both travel and nonfiction...

    1. I will have to read that one Linda! I also love travel and non-fiction books. Still haven't ready any Bill Bryson though. Been thinking of reading some of his. Thanks for the tip!