Friday, September 22, 2017

Five for Friday

Hello and welcome to my Five for Friday! I am linking up with Cup of Tea Bright on a BudgetDella Devoted, and BYBMG!

1. Fall is officially here! I am so happy to have some cooler weather! We've even had some rain which has been so nice. I've enjoyed wearing some of my favorite cooler weather clothes, seeing the leaves starting to change color, I've already made a batch of chili, and I'm looking forward to cooking some soups.

2. My sister's birthday was last week and she requested a nanimo bar cheesecake. She always goes for unique or elaborate cakes, so this was a new recipe for me and one she found on Pinterest. I'm happy to say it was really good! Even if I did have to modify the recipe a bit! 
3. I've done a little shopping for fall decorations over the last couple of weeks. Target has had some really great stuff in their Dollar Spot. The leaf lights and the lantern were both $3, and the pumpkins were $1 each. And then we were at Michael's and my sister spotted the cute bird. It was on sale and was only $5! Target has had some really similar ones in the past, so I was surprised to find this one at Michael's.
4. Does anyone play Words With Friends? I was quite shocked when I put down this word at scored 115 points! Definitely my highest scoring word ever! Needless to say, I won that game by almost 200 points.
5. In case you missed it, I shared a book review earlier this week as well as some pictures from our trip to Mt. Rainier!
Hope you have a great weekend! Do you have any fun plans? I'm planning on putting up my fall decorations!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Visiting Mt. Rainier

Despite having lived in Washington most of my life, Mt. Rainier was one place my siblings and I had never been. We finally had some nice weather and decided to make the trek up there!

It took us a couple of hours to get up there from my grandparents' house, and once we got into the park we searched for a place to stop and eat our lunch.

We found an area with some picnic tables and we ate our lunch. The weather was really nice! Warm, and clear blue skies, except for a few clouds surrounding the mountain. After lunch we walked over to the first viewing area where we caught our first view of the mountain from inside the park! 
It took us quite a while to actually get up the mountain as there was quite a bit of construction on the way up, plus there was a fair amount of cars. 

We were disappointed that the clouds hadn't gone away. But unfortunately that is pretty typical with Mount Rainier! 

It was hot when we reached Paradise, which is where the lodge and visitor center is. We were not expecting it to be as warm as it was. I believe it was in the 80's.

We started our hike up the Skyline trail, which was incredibly steep! The lodge is at 5,400 feet in elevation, and then we hiked about a mile and a half, and ended up at 6,700 feet in elevation! Talk about steep!
We really enjoyed our time at Mount Rainier and I'm glad we finally got to go visit! It was just so beautiful! While I wish the clouds had gone away, they just seemed to keep circling around the mountain so we could never get a completely clear view. I would definitely recommend visiting if you're ever in Washington!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan Book Review

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan
From back cover:
Standing up for what's right could cost her everything.

Tapped as lead counsel in a corporate cover-up lawsuit against Mason Pharmaceutical, Kate Sullivan knows this case could make her career. What really drives her, though, is getting justice for the victims whose lives were ruined by the company's dangerous new drug. But when a whistleblower turns up dead, it paints a target on the back of everyone involved.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James steps in to handle security for Kate. He's still haunted by mistakes in his past and is determined never to let something like that happen again. But it soon appears someone is willing to do anything-even commit murder-to keep the case from going to trial.

As danger closes in, Landon can't help but admire Kate's courage and resolve-but will her determination not to back down become too great of a risk?

This was a new-to-me author and I was quite interested in the story-line of this book. I thought the book was pretty well written. At the beginning the author did a good job of setting the scene. Introducing the reader to the characters and showing what was going on. 

There was really four main characters the book revolved around. And while I typically get annoyed when there are more than two main characters (it's just hard to remember who is who and what is going on), I thought the author did a good job keeping everyone straight and I didn't get confused about what was going on with each person.

I guess I would consider this more of a suspense than a mystery. There are parts that are supposed to be kind of a mystery, but most of it is pretty predictable.

I thought Kate came across as a little too perfect. She mentions several times that yes, she has her issues too, but even though Kate is supposed to have depression (which I was interested in as it's not something talked about in Christian books) I felt it wasn't handled well. Just the typical Christian response of "Just pray and everything is better!". 

What I did like about Kate was that she was smart. So many times I read books and the heroine is so stubborn that she consistently puts herself into harm's way just to prove how 'tough' she is, only to get hurt and have to be rescued. Sometimes, I think it takes more strength to ask for help. And Kate did just that. She knew when to ask for help and when to do things on her own. I didn't feel like she took any unnecessary risks.

I also felt like Kate and Landon's relation ship was pretty cheesy, but only at the very end. Throughout the book though, there just didn't really seem to be much chemistry or tension or anything.

I thought the attorney/law side of the book was really well done. It was interesting reading about what the day-to-day work is for a lawyer. The author does a great job explaining things without using too much legalese, but it also doesn't seem like she's dumbing things down either. 

Overall I enjoyed this book and I would pick up the next book in the series.

I received this book from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Hiking in Olympic National Park

While we were in Washington last month visiting my grandparents, we decided to drive up to Lake Cushman in Olympic National Park and go for a hike.

My mom had bought a National Park pass in August of last year, and we had planned on using it, but unfortunately we just didn't get around to it. We really wanted to visit some National Parks, so we made sure to use it twice during this trip! 

The drive from my grandparents house was a little over an hour and a half, and we didn't get started until after lunch, so we knew we weren't going to be able to go on too long of a hike.

We arrived about mid afternoon and it looked like most people had already left for the day. The weather was great, warm, but not too hot, and sunny.

The hike was really nice. It was a couple of miles and not too strenuous. There is just something so relaxing about being in the woods surrounded by peace and quiet!
Have you ever visited a National Park?