The Unpretentious Reader

life lately

Radio silence + 2017 goals

I know it’s been quiet around here.

When I first wrote that sentence, I ended it with an apology. But I’m not sorry for taking time away, and too often I say sorry for a multitude of things that are simply not my fault.


Goal #1: Stop saying sorry for everything.


It’s not that I even wanted a break. I miss this little corner of the internet that’s all mine, and I’m trying to find my way back to it – truly, I am.


Sometimes life turns upside down, and for whatever reason, you lose interest in the very things you once loved to do. Writing for me sometimes is a painful process, in that I mean it is almost never easy. But I crave the feeling I get when I’ve managed to push through the mindblocks, the creative dry spells, the difficult emotions, and actually write something. My sweet, amazing therapist, who I’m already missing like crazy (she had to move on in her residency) gave me homework to simply write. And so here I am.


Goal #2: Start writing again.


2017 is the year I want to start living for myself – it’s the year I want to start taking the best care of myself: physically, mentally, and everything in between. It’s the year I want to learn how to say no….and how to say yes. It’s time to once and for all make my own decisions without fear of judgment or other people’s opinions. It’s time to trust myself, because I’m a strong, independent woman who knows what she wants and needs.


Goal #3: Trust my gut.


I only read 44 books in 2016, just shy of my goal of 50. I think I would’ve made it, but the past few months – as I’ve mentioned – I simply lost interest in things I love to do. Reading was one of those, and so for a good two-month period of time, I barely read anything. Recently I’ve been rediscovering my love for it, though (thank goodness, I missed it so), and I’m feeling hopeful that I can set a goal for 2017 and actually meet it.


Goal #4: Read 45 books this year.


And that’s it. A modest list, but one that fits perfectly with where I’m at in life. I left 2016 in a mix of emotions. So many highs and lows – good memories, but also really, really bad ones. Ones I’m not sad to leave behind. But I’m looking forward to 2017 with an open heart and mind. I know there are things in my life to look forward to, and I’m ready for them.

So ready.

Life lately, vol. 4 (Bryce Canyon)

Two separate weekends in March, I got out of Salt Lake and headed down to southern Utah for a change of scenery – first Danny and I went to Bryce, UT, and two weeks after that, some girlfriends and I visited Zion National Park. The weather was a far sight better than what we’d been getting in SLC last month, and sometimes it’s just nice to be a tourist in your own state. Here are some photos from the first trip to Bryce Canyon. Enjoy!

PS. All photos taken with my trusty Nikon D90.

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Living in Utah has so many perks, y’all.

Have a great weekend!!

Life lately, vol. 3 [San Diego edition]

I spent last weekend with two of my oldest friends in one of my favorite cities of all time. It was a whirlwind weekend, but I think we made the best of our time together. Here are some of my favorite photos from our three days of perfect weather, delicious food, and sunny, beautiful beaches. PS: These are all iPhone photos, hence the less than great quality.

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On the plane and ready to get out of the Salt Lake smog!

On the plane!

See that gray mess below? PEACE OUT, UTAH.

Plane view 1

California: much better view!

Plane view 2

Literally the first stop after Alisa picked us up from the airport. (#priorities) Not pictured: the most delicious pineapple juice mimosa. Snooze A.M. is THE BEST breakfast, hands down. And yes, that’s a flight of pancakes!

Snooze breakfast

Breakfast then pedicures. Treat yo’self!


Friends for over 16 years. I feel old!

Alisa and Tracy <3

Alisa and Tracy <3

West coast sunsets…can’t beat ’em.


On our walk to dinner.


A poorly lit photo of some pretty good tacos and REALLY good refried beans. (Not pictured: our waiter who thought we were hilarious)

I really don’t have words for this one.

In my happy place.

The chaos that is Hodad’s!


Single file, please.


Burger + potato wedges + la cerveza.


Our Valentine’s Day dinner: sandwiches, extremely disappointing pasta salad, delicious seafood dip and crackers, champagne, and pie. We’re classy.

V-Day Dinner

Last day spent on the Mission Beach boardwalk.


Beach hair.


Why can’t I wake up to this view every day?


Until next time!!! Love these girls.


Life lately, vol. 2

A curated list of photos from my life over the past few weeks. Enjoy! 

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Half a week’s worth of groceries from Sprouts. (I buy everything else at Target. RedCard for liiiiiife.)


The TOD (Taco of the Day) at Taqueria 27, complete with MASHED POTATOES.


Personal best.


Kale, Chicken, and Gnocchi Soup from Budget Bytes:


I was at the top for the briefest of moments…and then Bekah resumed the throne literally an hour later.



Pad Thai from Tea Rose Diner. Good food, but the service was disappointing this time around. 🙁


My sweet mom sent me the coziest, warmest, softest blanket in the mail, and I’ve been cuddling with it ever since. 🙂


New obsession.


Utah has the best sunsets. Just. The best.


Mid-morning snack that I eat M-F.


Visits to the yarn store. ❤️


Another gorgeous Utah evening + a dirty window.


I hope you have a great weekend!!

Life lately, vol. 1

A curated list of photos from my life over the past few weeks. Enjoy!

A gorgeous, pastel sunrise greeting me on the way to work:


The most delicious pork bahn mi sandwich from Even Stevens:

Even Stevens

A sweet gift from a friend, all the way from France:


Indie the cat:


Indie the cat, hiding (poorly):


Because sleep eludes me:


In which I attempt to eat healthy:


A girl and her (very spoiled) cat:


And finally, MEGA CATAN (so, so fun!):


I hope you’re having a great weekend so far!!