2019 Reading Challenge Update – 5 of My Favorites, So Far

2019 Reading Challenge Update – 5 of My Favorites, So Far

The other day, I had to pop by the store to pick up some bits and bobs for the house. When I walked in the door, my senses were overwhelmed as I was greeted by aisles of stocking stuffers, red, green, silver, and gold Christmas crackers, and racks of festive, glittering party outfits. My friends, [...]

The State of My Nation

I was a Senior in high school the first year I was eligible to vote. It was 2008 and Obama's campaign ran on one simple principle, hope. Shepard Fairey's duo-chrome portrait of the then-presidential nominee's face was splashed on billboards and bulletin boards everywhere, challenging the Nation to believe a better future was possible. I'm not [...]

Fresh Starts

Fresh Starts

Hello, friend! Welcome back to Adventures with Pete and thank you for sticking around despite my unplanned extended absence. I've missed you. As it often does, life got extra busy and for the past several months I simply haven't had the brain capacity to share all of it with you. With such a long absence, [...]

Easy Tramping Near Christchurch; An Overnight to Nina Hut

Easy Tramping Near Christchurch; An Overnight to Nina Hut

This past week most of New Zealand was on holiday, celebrating Easter and commemorating Anzac day with a few well-earned days off. With the weather report looking decent, a couple of friends and I decided to find an easy overnight tramp to kickstart our holiday. We picked Nina Hut because it was only a two and a [...]

Thoughts on Getting Older and My Last Year as a Twenty-Something

Thoughts on Getting Older and My Last Year as a Twenty-Something

There's something funny about birthdays and the way they force you to take a pause, assess your surroundings, and reflect on where you've been and where you're going. This Thursday is my 29th birthday. I'd hardly consider myself a crone, but I also think it's safe to say I've FINALLY graduated from the "finding myself" [...]

Why I Started a Book Club and What I’ve Learned Along the Way

Why I Started a Book Club and What I’ve Learned Along the Way

For years, I'd wanted to join a book club. They're the perfect dichotomy. On one hand, they create safe outlets for robust intellectual discourse and on the other, they're the perfect excuse to get together with your girlfriends on a school night and drink some wine. I'd never joined a book club before because they were [...]