To rent and to own

Life lately

Abby’s enjoying the unseasonably warm weather in North Carolina.

Sarah’s family’s been feeling creative–writing for her, painting for HP, and children’s book making for Neil.

Reading lately

Abby’s reading Lab Girl, a memoir by Hope Jahren. She provides a window into the world of science academia, with specific attention to what it is like to be a woman in such a male-dominated field.

Sarah needed a break after A Little Life and flew through Lauren Graham’s Talking As Fast As I Can. While the celebrity memoir was not particularly memorable, it was fun to read after watching the recent Gilmore Girls Revival.

Housing: Our experiences and thoughts on renting vs. owning

We describe our experiences renting and owning, what we’ve learned, and the benefits and drawbacks of both housing situations.

Resources we mentioned:

Eating lately

Sarah’s been making lots of soups (it’s soup season!). One of her favorites is similar to this African Peanut Soup if you add kidney beans.

Abby’s been cooking breakfast burritos with peppers, eggs, cheese, beans, and potatoes. They are perfect for brunches that require a gluten-free option.

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Stuff, minimalism, and letting go

Life lately

Sarah and Abby recap their winter breaks which, included snow, travel, and unfortunately, sickness.

Reading lately

Sarah is reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, which is a beautifully written character-driven novel. The descriptions of abuse are hard to read and it is pushing her to the edge of what she can handle as a reader.

Abby is reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, a classic dystopian novel that feels particularly relevant given our country’s political climate.

You can find Kady’s book cover papercuts, including one of The Handmaid’s Tale, at By the Cover Project. You can also check out her website or follow her on Instagram to see more of her amazing art.

Stuff, minimalism, and letting go

We describe the history of our relationship with stuff, what books have influenced our journey, whether or not we consider ourselves minimalists, what our partners have thought of our purging, and whether we have ever regretted getting rid of something.

Books mentioned in this segment:

Eating lately

Abby has discovered the Kitchn’s stovetop mac and cheese. It only has five ingredients and turns out perfectly cheesy every time.

Sarah is happy to have rediscovered a cookie of her childhood Liegnizter Bomben. Special thanks to her sister for reviving the family recipe!

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Intentions for the new year

Life lately

Abby has been feeling crafty and channeled that energy into making Christmas stockings and Roman shades.

Sarah is dealing with frozen cables on her bikes, making traveling by bike a bit slower than usual.

Reading lately: Best of 2016 edition

Abby’s favorite book this year was Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Sarah chose We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.

Reflecting on the new year

We rehash the big things that happened in 2016, then move on to how we set intentions for the new year and what word we chose to guide us in 2017. Abby’s word is thrive, and Sarah’s is default.

The article Sarah mentioned on identity-based habits can be found here.

Eating lately

Sarah’s been making steel cut oats in the Instant Pot. This recipe is similar to what she made, only she used water instead of apple cider.

Abby’s been enjoying breakfast sandwiches with sourdough bread, sharp cheddar cheese, and a fried egg.

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