Another week is over and done! I feel like I’ve been playing catch up since I got back from my trip last weekend. I wasn’t gone for very long but it sure threw my routine off.

I have some fun stuff coming up this weekend including celebrating my boyfriend’s dog’s first birthday. Winston is turning 1 year old and little does he know that he has a piece of dog cake waiting for him in the freezer. I was looking back at photos of him from when my boyfriend first got him and he was so little back then!

Yoga as a stress reliever

I’ve been doing more yoga at home lately. There’s something about coming up with your own sequence right in the moment that feels so good. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of hip openers – my hips are typically on the tight ends of things, but lately they’ve been extra bad. Spending some time on them before going to bed feels so good!

The Home for Unwanted Girls

I started reading this book last week and I’ve been sucked right into it. The Home for Unwanted Girls (affiliate link) by Joanna Goodman is hard to put down, and though I’m not finished reading it, I’m really enjoying it. The book is set in Quebec, where I grew up, so that was pretty cool. I don’t think I’ve read many books that take place in Quebec.

Here’s the synopsis from Amazon:

In 1950s Quebec, French and English tolerate each other with precarious civility—much like Maggie Hughes’ parents. Maggie’s English-speaking father has ambitions for his daughter that don’t include marriage to the poor French boy on the next farm over. But Maggie’s heart is captured by Gabriel Phénix. When she becomes pregnant at fifteen, her parents force her to give baby Elodie up for adoption and get her life ‘back on track’.

Elodie is raised in Quebec’s impoverished orphanage system. It’s a precarious enough existence that takes a tragic turn when Elodie, along with thousands of other orphans in Quebec, is declared mentally ill as the result of a new law that provides more funding to psychiatric hospitals than to orphanages. Bright and determined, Elodie withstands abysmal treatment at the nuns’ hands, finally earning her freedom at seventeen, when she is thrust into an alien, often unnerving world.

Maggie, married to a businessman eager to start a family, cannot forget the daughter she was forced to abandon, and a chance reconnection with Gabriel spurs a wrenching choice. As time passes, the stories of Maggie and Elodie intertwine but never touch, until Maggie realizes she must take what she wants from life and go in search of her long-lost daughter, finally reclaiming the truth that has been denied them both.

What’s one thing that you’re loving this week? Share it in the comments below.

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