In the usual Friday fashion I’m sharing some of my favorite things today.

The weekend is just about here! I’m pretty excited about that fact. It’s been another busy week for me. It’s a long weekend here in Canada due to Remembrance Day on Monday. While I don’t have any exciting plans for the weekend, I’ll definitely be enjoying the extra day off.

Before I get into my favorite things today, I want to share my gym workout from yesterday morning.

I had a cardio session on the calendar so I spent 35 minutes on the elliptical for some steady state cardio. I finished off my time at the gym with a quick 10 minute cool down on the track. I was in and out of the gym in an hour. I love quick workouts like that.

And now onto some of my favorite things!

I started reading Mrs Everything (affiliate link) by Jennifer Weiner a few days ago. I was drawn into the book from the first few pages when one of the main characters gets a phone call from her doctor with some bad news.

I’ve read a few books by Jennifer Weiner now – Good in Bed (affiliate link) was the last one – and I’ve really enjoyed all of them. She manages to write about some pretty heavy topics without being preachy and keeping the characters relate-able.

Here’s the synopsis from Amazon:

Do we change or does the world change us?

Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise.

Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life.

But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything (except settling down). Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?

In her most ambitious novel yet, Jennifer Weiner tells a story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world?

Another favorite of mine from this week was tacos! I made them one night for dinner and they tasted extra good. I browned some ground beef on the stove, added some taco seasoning, and then topped it with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and tomatoes.

I ended up breaking the hard taco shells into smaller pieces and scooping up bites of the taco meat. I don’t know why they tasted so good – I used the same recipe that I usually do – but they were just really really good.

Yesterday as I was doing my cool down at the gym I got a peak of a gorgeous sunrise out of one of the windows. I figured I wouldn’t be done in time to really take it in, but I was pleasantly surprised when I made it to my car.

The last little bit of the sunrise lit up the sky in pink. I’m sure it looked really pretty on the other side of the building (that’s where the window was where I saw the pretty sky a few minutes earlier), but I thought it was still beautiful with the view that I got.

The days are definitely feeling shorter these days, which means that it’s dark when I leave the house for the gym in the mornings and it’s usually dark by the time I’m eating dinner at night. Being able to take in the tail end of pretty sunrise was just what I needed.

What’s a favorite thing of yours from the past week? Leave a comment below telling me about it.

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Friday Favorites: An EBook + Pretty Sunrises