2019 was a blessed year for traveling, as Luke and I checked an amazing destination off our bucket list. Machu Picchu was every bit the World Wonder it is hyped to be, with Peru also containing a wide array of stunning ruins, alongside the mysterious Nazca Lines that have held my fascination since I was a child. Other travels included visiting Alaska in February where we dogsledded in Kenai Fjords National Park during a snowstorm and flew around Denali National Park. Disney World, Harry Potter World, Punta Cana, Madison, and San Antonio made up some of our other destinations for 2019. In 2020 we currently have only one trip on the books, where in February we are traveling to Jordan and Egypt over nine days with Samuel and Kara. Thank you The Points Guy for finding $500 round trip flights for us!
Other life events that took place in 2019 ranged from running my second half marathon, to taking my Grandma to her first Detroit Tigers game.
Last but not least my baby brother, Samuel and Kara finally tied the knot in October! Samuel and Kara have made many guest appearances on the Critiquing Chemist from their many guest travel posts to our trips together to Alaska, Peru, or cross country road trips. They had a stunning outdoor wedding! They are seriously just too cute! Plus Luke and I cleaned up well! 😉 Samuel and Kara went on an amazing trip to South Africa for their honeymoon. Should they do a guest post highlighting their trip?
Top Ten Fiction
- Winter’s Heart by Robert Jordan
- Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan
- Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan
- The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
- Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
- A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
6. Breach by Eliot Peper
7. The Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks
Top Ten Nonfiction
- Bottle of Lies by Katherine Eban
- Code Girls by Liza Mundy
- The Body by Bill Bryson
- The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
- Indianapolis by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
- Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez
- The Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols
- The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
- Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg
- Salt by Mark Kurlansky
TravelKenai Fjords National Park, AK Chicago, IL Ballestas Islands, Peru Nazca Lines, Peru Huacachina Dunes, Peru Saqsayhuman, Peru Písac, Peru Ollantaytambo, Peru Maras, Peru Moray, Peru Machu Picchu, Peru
Keweenaw Peninsula, MI Disney World, Orlando, FL Harry Potter World, Orlando, FL Detroit, MI Punta Cana, DR Madison, WI San Antonio, TX
Samuel and Kara’s National Park filled road trip!
Beekeeping and Farming
Luke and I had four hives this year that were really over achievers. Ultimately, at over 420 pounds of honey, those busy bees shattering any honey harvest records we’d previously held. For reference last year we’d harvested 60 pounds and the year before 150 pounds. A few changes that could be a reasons for this improvement come to mind but the biggest alteration was that we actively treated our bees this year for mites. They went into winter healthier than we’ve ever seen so we are trying not to get our hopes up. We also took care of my Great Uncle’s two hives that naturally produced quite a few splits, along with Cliff catching a few wild swarms. By we ended the year, Cliff had over seven hives!
Farming in general across America was full of frustrations, both weather and politically derived. Our personal experience was not unique this year. Due to the rainy, never ending spring, our property did not get planted. Thank goodness for crop insurance. We are optimistic 2020 will hold more amenable weather in its future.
Last but not the least, thank you, thank you, thank you to my readers! I’ve enjoyed meeting many of you over the four and a half years I’ve been blogging. Keep up the amazing work! Happy New Years!