My Favorite Things: 2014

By Marisa Lerin Mon, 01/05/2015 - 13:48

Do you love lists? I love lists. Please share your 2014 lists below in the comments. Also, disclaimer, just because I put some of these things next to each other does not mean I think they're equally good. The only criteria is that they are a favorite (for some reason) from this year.


  • Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor (I've been reading lots of memoirs lately and this was my favorite from the year.)
  • This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett (The essay she writes about her dog was perfect.)
  • All Things Bright & Beautiful by James Herriot (How I hadn't heard of these lovely books before I don't know. A wonderful capture of a moment in time.)
  • The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay (A compelling story.)
  • Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (Maisie is a weird character, but I read 10 books about her, so she's got something going on.)
  • When Wanderers Cease to Roam by Vivian Swift (Recommended to me here in the comments of the blog. A great example of the beauty of daily life.)


  • Guardians of the Galaxy (I thought this was going to be stupid, it wasn't. Or maybe it was and I just didn't care.)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson is the only director from whom I sit around a wait for a new movie to be made.)
  • Her (Interesting story and weirdly compelling costumes.)
  • 22 Jump Street (In our house we call Channing Tatum 'Shandy Tandy'. Somehow this makes watching all his movies better.)
  • The Lego Movie (Because Batman.)

TV Shows

  • The Mindy Project
  • New Girl
  • Elementary
  • Doctor Who
  • Silver Spoon
  • Mushishi


I hadn't really listened to podcasts before this year, and they are quickly becoming a favorite. I tend towards the ones that have a "memoir" feel, where hosts share what's going in their lives and get their guests to share interesting stories from life.


Please leave your recommendations below. I'm already on the hunt for this year's favorite things!

Happy New Year!

By Marisa Lerin Thu, 01/01/2015 - 11:43

Whew! It's a new year and I hardly know what to do! It's been a busy season for us, starting with Thanksgiving in Memphis and then Christmas at the coast. We've been enjoying lots of family time, but the sustained lack of a regular schedule has left me in a bit of a confusion. Over the next week I hope to catch up on things and remember what exactly is going on. To help me find the thread, I'm hoping to have a bit of time to look back over 2014, as well as make some plans for 2015.

To get started here are some of my favorite photos from 2014:



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I hope you all had a good start to the new year and I'm looking forward to sharing future hopes and goals with you soon!