Currently | 06.27.18
Watching | Versailles
> Last summer, Mr. Misadventures started watching Versailles. I watched the first 20-30 minutes of the first episode, but I just wasn't feeling it, so didn't watch the series. It is one of those rare shows that the hubby watched without me (whereas there are PLENTY that I watch without him).
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He kept raving about it so I decided to give it another try and I love it! I finished season 1 and 2 (on Netflix), and we started season 3, which we are streaming from BBC2, but they are only doling out a few episodes at a time. Unfortunately, there will be no season 4. I love the storyline of Louis the 14th, the costuming, and the acting, and while sometimes I want to slap Louis upside the heading for being so easily manipulated, I absolutely adore this series. Scenes in Versailles make it all the more enjoyable!
It's summer movie season! I saw Solo which I liked except the John Williams music was a bit over the top and a distraction. I liked learning more about Hans Solo's backstory but I was left with more questions than answers. We also saw Ocean's 8 which I thought wasn't as clever as Ocean's 11-13, it needs more refinement, but Sandra Bullock was good in it. Really looking forward to the latest Mission Impossible, I'm not a huge fan of Tom Cruise, but I love the series.
Reading | Tip of the Iceberg
> I picked up Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000-Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska by Mark Adams from the Fodor Travel summer reading list. I'm heading to Alaska on Friday and this book was perfect for my pre-trip research. The author follows the expedition made by Edward H. Harriman and a group of extraordinary scientists and artists (including John Muir) as they made their way through Alaska's Inside Passage.
Working On | SEO
> Now that the content redesign is complete and we got through GDPR. I'm focused on writing new content and chipping away at SEO projects. In the nearly 10 years I've been running this site, I've made lots of little technical SEO errors that I am fixing piece by piece and I am starting to take a look at older posts that need updates. Anyone else bowing at the feet of SEO these days?
Feeling | Sad
> Lots of travel and food bloggers and publications have commented on the passing of Anthony Bourdain. What I have to say is no different. He has left a great void. I faithfully watched No Reservations and Parts Unknown. I read his books. I thought he was thoughtful, poetic, and brilliant. That he traveled and ate the way I wanted to. Inspiration and I am truly sad that he is no longer with us.
Planning | Trips
> We're headed to Alaska this week. Home for a few days then heading to Colorado for a week. Home for a few days and heading to Grand Rapids. Now it's time to figure out what our August escapes will be. Phoenix in the summer has plenty to do, but I think sprinkling the summer with trips outside the desert makes the weather more tolerable.
Loving | Low-Carb Products
> Every week there seem to be more and more low-carb products coming out on the market and I love the opportunity to try them out and fit them into our diet. From time to time we get bored with our usual meals and it's always great to incorporate new things. One of my new favorites is Corona Premiere beer, which is only 2 carbs.
I was really missing beer (as wine and other alcohols are pretty low-carb in the first place) and having this in the fridge when I make a low-carb taco is the perfect pairing! I say to the food industry, keep it coming!
My Favorite Photo | Sunset at Signal Hill
We spent Memorial Day weekend using Tuscon as a home base (read about our Airbnb). I'm going to write a post on the weekend but thought I would share this shot from our sunset shoot on Signal Hill in Saguaro National Park. I bought this hat, which I am now wearing all the time since it is now always close to 100 degrees outside, in Giverny this past May.
The shirt is a new favorite from Keep It Wild (see it in my J'adore Arizona products post) which has both Ponderosa pines and saguaros inside the outline of the state of Arizona. And the petroglyphs are Hohokam from 200-1400 AD still clearly visible inside the national park.
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