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(ūüď∑: Emily McDowell Studio)

This was on my feed today and I really needed to see it. So I am passing it on–in case someone else might need to see these words today.

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Simply the Best

When I think of Springfield, Missouri this pops into my mind. I spent many a days and dollars here. This is one of my favorite coffeehouses I have visited so far. The staff is always friendly, the establishment is calm and clean, and the coffee (PT’s) is tasty every time. A visit to SGF always requires a stop into The Coffee Ethic. If you’re ever in the area, check them out. You won’t regret it.


This PSA sponsored by my love of coffee.

Simply the Best

Throwback, Comfort Food

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The best part about visiting home is eating at your favorite joint.

The worst part about visiting home is that I am now in the land of slow/no internet. I am at the local library right now using some free WiFi to get my updates done. I’m not taking a hiatus per se but responding to comments, etc. will be delayed. I look forward to some internet down time and also my return in a week or two.

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The Harry Potter Tag

I found it fitting today to complete this tag. Thanks to Summer for tagging me for this post. Happy 35th birthday, Harry, and happy 50th birthday to the queen, Jo.

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1. Favorite book?
My favorite book has been¬†Prisoner¬†of Azkaban¬†for the longest time. Three is a lucky number for me so I find it a coincidence that the third book in the series is my favorite. I enjoyed all the backstory in book 3 regarding Harry’s family. I also thought we experienced more of Hogwarts and castle activities thanks to Hermione and the Time-Turner.

2. Favorite movie?
The fourth movie was my favorite, Goblet of Fire. The other schools and the tri-wizard tournament filled up most of the action which was entertaining, also David Tennant *swoon*.

3. Least favorite book?
The last one because I never wanted it to end.

4. Parts of the books/movies that make you cry?
When I read the books certain character deaths had me shedding tears and the same happened during the movies. The scene at the end of book 6, Half-Blood Prince, was one in particular that sticks out.

5. Favorite character?
Hedwig followed closely by Hogwarts. Hedwig, pure and innocent, was with Harry from the beginning to end. She was more than a pet. Hogwarts I felt was truly a character in the book/movie. So much action happened there, and like Harry I looked forward to the return to Hogwarts each year.

6. What would your Patronus be?
I took a few quizzes online to figure this out. The first one said an otter because I’m brainy and adventurous. The next said a dolphin because I am fun and like to help others. I’m not too sure which is more me.

7. If you could have the Resurrection Stone, the Invisibility Cloak, or the Elder Wand, which one would you choose?
The Invisibility Cloak, obvi.

8. What House would you be in?
I would probably end up in Ravenclaw.

9. If you could meet any member of the cast, who would it be?
I would want to meet the trio. It’s too difficult to pick only one member.

10. If you were on the quidditch team, what position would you play?
If I had to be on the team I guess a Chaser, otherwise I’d want to be the announcer like Lee Jordan.

11. Were you happy with the ending?
It is what it is. It was bittersweet.

12. How much does Harry Potter mean to you?
Harry Potter changed my world. I had never before been so immersed in a fictional world like what Rowling created. Simply put–it’s magical.


I tag any potterhead that wants to join.

The Harry Potter Tag

Throwback, Loves

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Springfield has quite the coffee crowd considering the location and population. I found myself right at home here and the city still holds a small piece of my heart. One of my favorite things to do on a day off was sit in a cafe and enjoy some local Askinosie chocolate over a latte while reading. Heavenly!

Throwback, Loves

Top Ten Tuesday, Inspiring Quotes

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Top Ten FIVE Inspiring Quotes from Books

The topic this week from The Broke and the Bookish is a tough one. So many books have great lines and memorable dialogue, but which to choose. One feature I love (and sold me on reading eBooks) about my Kindle is the highlighting/note option. The thought of writing in a book used to terrify me but with an eBook it is manageable. I highlight things that make me laugh or witty words, sometimes even things to ponder later or share with a friend. Now on to the list of quotes.

“The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure…” Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling

One thing I love about the Harry Potter series are the memorable quotes. There are times that I wish my mind were like a library because I have a terrible memory.

“I regret that it takes a life to learn how to live.” Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer

“It was not the feeling of completeness I so needed, but the feeling of not being empty.” Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer

Foer has three quotes in my top ten list on Goodreads. These two are my favorites. Both are about living life which is something I over analyze. One of my goals is to adopt the lifestyle of carpe diem. I think that living in the moment will cut the stress out of my life and help me to value the present.

“We accept the love we think we deserve.” The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

I read this book at exactly the right time to fully appreciate it. This quote stayed with me for months after finishing the novel. I have never thought about love in these terms but feel this rings true for me.

“Books are to me as homemade tattoos are to an inmate. Can’t get enough of them.” I Love Everybody, Laurie Notaro

I love Notaro. Her humor speaks to me and I always laugh when reading her work.


I only chose five quotes instead of ten because there are so many inspiring words out there and the five above are my current favorites from books I have read.

What is your favorite quote from a book you have read?
Top Ten Tuesday, Inspiring Quotes

April Showers

Last night it rained (off and on today too), it was glorious.

I am one of those people that loves when it rains. My mood gets lighter and my nerves calm down. My head seems to clear as if the raindrops wash away all thoughts. I love a good rainy day.

Last night was a perfect night, as I crawled into bed I heard it. CRASH. A thunderstorm was on its way. Big fat raindrops fell onto the roof in a rhythmic nature lulling me to sleep. It is the best way to fall asleep.

Tonight I resort to my noise machine to recreate mother nature’s music. It won’t be the same.

April Showers