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Life and Books: Happy New Year!

By Mpartyka @mpartyka2
Hello friends,
I hope 2016 has started well for everyone.
Warm weather has kept the snow away BUT it's great for running and the porch is still an option.  This is a lovely place that warms my heart, snuggling with a warm blanket to enjoy a hot tea... or my renewed fascination with Glogg. 
Life and Books: Happy New Year!An old friend saw this photo posted to instagram last week and left this comment 'Some serious hygge on your porch.'  Hygge is a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day things more meaningful, beautiful or special.    
I read 37 books in 2015.  I'm happy with this number, my reading habits have changed in recent years and I don't track personal enrichment reading on goodreads...  (eg: business empowerment, cookbooks).  Sadly, I didn't give any of books five stars, but did read 18 four stars.  
I'm off to a good start in 2016 - I have read two books in the first week of January.
4 stars: Missing Pieces (by Gudenkauf, Pub date: Feb 2)
3 stars: My Year of Living Biblically (book club selection)
There are several books I'm excited to read so here's hoping for a great year of reading.

Week three of training is done.  This weekend I decided to run my favorite trail, a five mile loop called the Yellow trail.  From the parking lot to the loop (x2), I ran 10.5 miles.  I love running this one, it has a 1.5 mile climb, followed by 8 minutes of winding descend that provides many opportunities to jump over natural obstacles. 
Life and Books: Happy New Year!
2016 will be an exciting year -  I have a list of a few goals/wishes to keep me on my toes.  More on all of this later!
Have a wonderful weekend, Mari

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