Friday & The Land Of 10,000 Lakes

22 Nov Friday & The Land Of 10,000 Lakes

Do you know what beats a regular Friday?

A Friday spent roaming in a fun, new (to me) city, with friends that mean the world.

The week began with a post about my love for Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. The OK sequel, Olive, Again has sat on my nightstand just waiting and waiting to be cracked open.

In a nutshell:

The last three weeks have been all over the place and because of this my reading time has fallen off a bit (which I hate admitting) A new job, children’s sport schedules, making dinner, and time to do laundry are all in the fight to get done at the right time.

In a time of such busyness it would be easy to put the blog on hold, but I don’t want to. I love books, love talking books, and I love writing about books. PS. Just for the record, one day I’m going to write a book (j,j,n, and t-you all are my biggest supporters and I love you all for it).

It’s so important to do things to not only develop yourself, but also that you enjoy. Life only gets crazier and it can be a true struggle to push for the things you want to do. We all do things, especially those of us who are parents, for other people all the time. Y’all- that’s a good thing, but if you completely sacrifice and focus only on making everyone else comfortable(all the time), you lose the best part of who you are.

Remember that.

And on that note, let’s get back to our Friday night.

Here on themostconstant Friday is when I post a book, a dessert, and a drink. Why? Because those are three of the best things in life. Friday, especially the evening, is my favorite- so what better time is there to post about some of my favorite things?

The Book

I finally started reading Olive, Again yesterday, on a plane to Minneapolis, Minnesota. This trip to Minnesota is a girls’ trip that was planned around a book signing of a good friend’s cookbook. Tomorrow is the book signing at a special spot in St. Paul and I’m very excited! I plan to share it on the blog-so stay tuned 🍨

I’m only about forty pages in and I love OA as much as OK. Elizabeth Strout has Donetsk again with this second book about the sweet, but snarky Olive. It’s another story told in stories about Olive Kitteridge, the people closest to her, and also those who live within her small town of Crosby, Maine. I don’t think I can properly explain why this writing style works, but it just does. So if you are on the fence, give it a try.

The Dessert

Usually the featured dessert is a low carb recipe of mine or one that I have found on Pinterest. Since I am not at home, I had to seek out something delicious that is also low carb. These are sugar-free chocolates from Rocky Mountain Chocolate in the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is my first time visiting this state and it has been wonderful. The Mall of America was amazing! We walked and visited stores on all four stories. The chocolate shop was our last stop before we left to catch the train back to our hotel. Pictured above: a chocolate peanut butter cup, milk chocolate with toffee, dark chocolate and almonds, a milk chocolate turtle, and a dark chocolate truffle. All of them are delicious. Nothing is missing but the sugar.

The Drink

Tonight’s drink is a red and white wine. The red is a Cabernet Sauvignon and the white is a Pinot Grigio. Both wines are dryer wines, ie. less sugar. Our hotel has a happy hour from 5:30-7:30 pm (that serves both of these wines), which has been a lot of fun. Tonight is our second night participating 🍷

So-Bookworms, keep an eye out tomorrow for a sweet treat of a post coming your way.


“God, Olive, you’re a difficult woman. You are such a goddamn difficult woman, and fuck all, I love you. So if you don’t mind, Olive, maybe you could be a little less Olive with me, even if it means being a little more Olive with others. Because I love you, and we don’t have much time.” – Elizabeth Strout, Olive, Again

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