When I google-searched holidays in January, I certainly found more than I needed. Today, January 15th is everything from National Strawberry Ice Cream Day to National Pothole Day. Who the heck makes these decisions? Anyway, I didn’t realize it is a real holiday weekend with Martin Luther King Day on Monday. As you read Saturday Meanderings, I am flying back to Phoenix from Boise, Idaho. Thanks for joining me today and let’s chat about all good things that took place this week.
Hopefully you had the opportunity to read my Self Care post this week about sleep. Every night before bed I read as part of my bedtime ritual. Golden Girl by Erin Hilderbrand is one of those books that I cannot stop thinking about. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this author, as some of her books are laced with her political opinions. Quite honestly, I am tired of political nonsense and don’t want to pay to hear someone’s position, whether I agree with it or not. But Ms. Hilderbrand doesn’t disappoint with Golden Girl. It is EXCELLENT and thought-provoking and I highly recommend it. You can find it here.
Though I am not finished yet, I am engrossed in Nine Perfect Strangers. Liane Moriarty is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the book, Big Little Lies, which I haven’t read yet. But I am enjoying the character development in this novel. And apparently Nine Perfect Strangers is now a Hulu original series (again, which I haven’t seen). Here is the link.
On Wednesday, my husband and I flew to Boise, Idaho. Look at this fabulous photo I captured from the plane. Clearly a very different topography and weather from Phoenix. Back in the day, when I was working full time, I traveled to Boise very frequently. But I haven’t been here in a long time.
We are staying at a lovely boutique hotel, the Inn at 500 Capitol. I love hotels that display gorgeous artwork everywhere~from the lobby to each individual floor. Our room is themed~Audrey Hepburn and her Oscar winning, best picture, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A section above the bed is filled with Audrey Hepburn memorabilia. Different and a bit fun.
Unfortunately, I came down with a 24 hour bug with a high fever but no sniffles or cough (no COVID) . Fortunately, it passed after spending a day in bed. Funny how the minute you feel a bit off, you start to worry about having the dreaded VID.
Boise has a beautiful architectural combination of historic and new. After being here for a few days, I can certainly see the attraction to move here. But it is VERY chilly!
New Things to Watch
We are always looking for great shows to watch. Intelligence, a Vancouver-based crime drama, highly rated television series created and written by Chris Haddock, only aired 2 seasons. Rumor has it that the Canadian government didn’t like the story line (maybe because there is some truth to it?). It’s amazing how you end up cheering for the bad guys and really not trusting the supposed good guys. Wish there were more seasons, but we enjoyed all 25 episodes. Took a little while to warm up to it, but we well worth the watch. Can be found on Prime Video.
Recently received this recommendation from Rosemary from Content in a Cottage but I haven’t seen it yet. Doesn’t it look intriguing? Monarch of the Glen has 7 seasons. According to Rosemary, “the characters are as wonderful as is the Scottish castle and the countryside of the vast estate.” It is on Amazon Prime and TUBI and may be on BritBox. After Downton Abbey ended, I feel like I need to fill the void with more castles, don’t you?
Are you Organizing?
If you missed the post this week regarding Organizational Tips, please make sure you check it out. There are so many great ideas from 7 other bloggers. I literally have been thinking about re-doing my spice mess and isn’t this just so inspirational? You can see the organizing post here.
This week I started a new series called Self Care. It would be nice to focus on one topic each month and I want to solicit your input on what you may be interested in reading. My thoughts are to include topics such as hair, nails, skin, eyes, attitude (happiness), and posture (bone density). If you would like to see something else, please leave a comment below. I hope you enjoyed the post on Sleep. If you missed it, click here.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend and we’ll catch up next week!