Reading Travel

Friday in Islamorada

May 27, 2022

From my peaceful porch . . .

Josh and I made it — we didn’t leave until hours later than planned and checked in at 10pm because #surgery but we are here and I am happy and so grateful for this mini-respite from the rest of life.

(I consoled myself yesterday by watching 2 episodes of Bad Vegan, my god that is some wild #(%*&$, wow.)

2 updates as I wait for Josh to sign out so we can head to our massages:

1- I am almost done creating my summer reading list! I was actually done until I saw this post from Jessica and realized that a) I am missing an Elin Hildebrand (such as this one) which is basically a summer essential and b) the new Taylor Jenkins Reid Carrie Soto is Back comes out in August and looks awesome, except that late August is technically past my personal definitely of summer since the kids are back in school for weeks by then.

We had a lovely Patreon discussion of summer reading yesterday which inspired my list making.

2- Kids have ONE WEEK left in school (and it’s a short week, too)! I am not sure how that happened, but 4th grade / 2nd grade / pre-pre-K (not sure what else to call it) are in the books. It’s a tiny bit anticlimactic because all 3 will remain in their classrooms next year (Montessori groupings at their school are early childhood ages 3-6, then 1st-3rd, 4-5th, and then there’s the middle school – not even sure how that part works). Thankfully they all love their teachers!

Lovely benefit of them all going together is that both G&C got to visit A’s science fair booth.

(By the way, YES, color does impact taste according to her results. It was a good experiment!)

Okay hopefully Josh is done signing out because it’s massage time. Happy and peaceful Friday to all. (And let me know if anything obvious is missing from my reading list!)


  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns May 27, 2022 at 11:53 am

    I can’t get over how much A looks like you! She is a mini-SHU!!!

    Enjoy your getaway. It looks lovely and sounds fabulous!!! I can’t wait to hear what you plan to read this summer. I was bummed to miss the book chat yesterday but plan to listen to it this weekend hopefully.

  • Reply Helena Murphy May 27, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Hey Sarah, I couldn’t find the link to your reading list – probably user error but could you please make it obvious to the sleep-deprived? 🙂

    Hope you have a fantastic getaway!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 27, 2022 at 12:46 pm

      OMG I did forget the pic!!!! Thank you for pointing this out!!!!

  • Reply Rebekah M Carpenter May 27, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    Yay for vacations and the end of the school year! I’m a Montessori teacher, and it is cracking me up trying to come up with clear terminology for the early childhood years! She graduated the Three Year Old year? She is finished with the First Year in early childhood? I’ve got nothing!

    About middle school – classically the three year cycle continues (4th-6th is together in Upper Elementary then 7th-9th in Adolescents). However, since most communities do not have a Montessori high school, adjustments are made to help bridge the gap of preparing children for traditional highschools. Near me, the Adolescent programs are only 7th-8th.

    Enjoy your mini getaway!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 27, 2022 at 12:46 pm

      She has been in Early childhood 1.5 years and has 2 more to go before Lower Elementary! It does seem like a LOOOONG time in that room.

      Our middle is 6-8th :). They have 4-5 together in Upper Elementary.

  • Reply Amanda P. May 27, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    I’d recommend Book Lovers, the new one by Emily Henry. Have a fabulous trip!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 27, 2022 at 3:11 pm

      On the list!! Excited to read it.

  • Reply Brooke May 27, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    Do you remember when Heinz made colored ketchup many years ago? My mom was gifted a bottle of green ketchup as a gag gift, and not one to waste food she used it to make meatloaf and smeared it on top. It may have *technically* tasted the same, but as kiss we could not get over the fact that our meatloaf looked moldy. I agree with A’s findings 😂

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 28, 2022 at 5:53 pm

      hahaha. i think we had a bottle of that too and I am pretty sure it did NOT get finished . . .

  • Reply Candace Krause May 27, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Move lessons in Chemistry closer to the top of your list!!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 28, 2022 at 5:52 pm

      the list is in no order 🙂 🙂 🙂 will keep in mind!

  • Reply Sarah May 28, 2022 at 12:07 am

    The Firekeeper’s Daughter was excellent. I listened to the audiobook and loved it that way because there are a significant number of Ojibway (sp?) words and it would have bothered me not knowing how to pronounce them,

  • Reply Ana May 28, 2022 at 10:40 am

    Not sure this qualifies as a “summer read”, but I am really looking forward to reading “Lucky Breaks”, by Yevgenia Belorusets. It’s a collection of micro-stories about women living in Ukraine after the 2014 war.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 28, 2022 at 5:52 pm

      ooh sounds very interesting!

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