book report / the time traveler’s wife & where’d you go, bernadette



the time traveler's wife by audrey niffenegger

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

This book has been on my to-be-read list for a long long time, since I’ve watched the movie in 2009. I loved the story then and love it even more after reading the book.

Even though I already knew the plot, I still had tears while listening to the audio book.
This is a beautiful love story, set in beautiful settings and a span of 20+ years. It’s a long book worth savoring. I thought I would be confused with the timeline going back and forth but it was actually easy to follow. I stayed up many late nights because I couldn’t stop listening to the audiobook. I loved the way the narrative switched between Henry’s and Clare’s perspectives. I loved the way it moved around in time, so that events would come together later.

There is some science fiction in the story and I found that part interesting, but the heart of this book is about the couple. It’s a good plot and I realized that everything happening in the story seemed fated and the story comes full circle.

“Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?”

“Time is priceless, but it’s Free. You can’t own it, you can use it. You can spend it. But you can’t keep it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”

“There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.”







Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple


When Bernadette disappears, her daughter is convinced Bernadette just wouldn’t go without a good reason. She’s the one who pieces everything together but not before the reader is taken on a journey to learn what exactly drove Bernadette to leave.

This is a fast paced book with a lot of humor in it. I enjoyed reading the adventures and reading about this quirky life. I don’t know anyone personally that lives like Bernadette (but I can sympathize with her), or know someone that lives in Seattle but I still found the description funny. The format of the book is a series of emails, letters and funny commentary. Cute and funny read.

“That’s right,’ she told the girls. ‘You are bored. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret about life. You think it’s boring now? Well, it only gets more boring. The sooner you learn it’s on you to make life interesting, the better off you’ll be.”

“There’s a story that during the filming of Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola had a sign on his trailer: “Fast, Cheap, Good: Pick Two.”


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celebrating Lizelle’s baby shower. We are having a baby boom this year  (2 newborns as of today already) and Lizelle’s shower is the third in our group that we celebrated this summer. I can just picture our holiday parties surrounded with babies.

going to the Orange County Fair with the whole family. I think we skipped the last 2 years and glad we came back this year as our little guy had a blast. He is tall enough to go on rides (accompanied by a parent). We will probably go back one more time before it ends

participating in the children museum’s Olympic games for kids and doing a water relay with H

making our own Olympic medal using fruit loops cereal

hosting my in-laws for a BBQ and pool party on Sunday. There were lots of water gun fun

booking our flight to NYC in October. I’m excited to be in New York with my sister during the fall season. I know it’s going to be so beautiful.

trying out Instagram stories. It was fun to try it, but I don’t remember to use it as often as I would like.  Once the new-ness of it all wear off, I don’t see myself using it often because I usually take pictures throughout the day and post at the end of the day. With IG stories, your post is live and what’s happening in that moment, which is now how I use social media

starting this book—> Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living and absorbing the words slowly and intentionally. I like to read books like these one chapter at a time and keep it on my bedside table for months.


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  starting a new gallery wall in our living room. There was a set of sconce on this wall, and had to remove it because some of the glass décor broke after H was jumping on the couch. After that, we had to toddler proof the house from floor to ceiling harvesting ripe tomatoes from […]

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    playing with bubbles whenever we can, it gives us something fun to play with during this heat wave going on a date night. We had dinner at BJ’s Restaurant and watched the movie Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates painting my nails neutral color. I didn’t use get manicure and giving my nails […]

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sunday food prep


  Here is what I prepped on Sunday. Both my husband and I work full time and often, we work long hours, so every prep I can do on the weekends helps tremendously during the week. roasted cauliflower rice boiled eggs for snacking – I usually store this in my office fridge cut up fruits […]

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{recipe} chopped greek salad


I often find the hubby and our little man swimming in the pool when I get home from work. I’ll chat and play with them for a bit and then I head over to the garden patch and check on the tomato plants. I check on the plants a few times a week and harvest […]

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  enjoying the warm weather at the beach. We are exploring different toddler friendly beaches in the area eating a ton of peaches. I buy a full tray and we eat them throughout the week. I also made my favorite fruit crisp recipe with cut up fresh peaches and added shredded coconut with the oats […]

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    venturing out to a new-to-us beach in Newport area and so happy that it was very toddler friendly. There were no waves and it had a very cool lighthouse and nautical themed playground a few steps away from the beach showering my friend Amy and baby London Elise with love at her baby […]

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concert at the zoo


I don’t remember the last time I used my big DSLR camera. I didn’t even bring it on our last family vacation. I want to use it more often though and I thought of the excuses I had that was preventing me from grabbing it….and the biggest gripe I had was that it was too […]

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{recipe} cream cheese veggie dip


  With summer in full swing, we often have friends and family over at our house to swim every weekend. I’m always looking for quick snacks and dips I can serve to a hungry crowd and something that will be appetizing after being in the hot sun in the afternoon. The original recipe that I […]

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