Thursday, July 2, 2015

The 2nd before the 4th

Woot, I'm off tomorrow and I'm excited! I plan on doing as many fun things I can squeeze in this weekend. So far I know we will bowl, go to a movie, read, workout. We will probably binge-watch this mermaid show on Netflix. It's awful, yet all three of us are in a trance when we watch it.

My workouts this week have been interesting. Monday I ran one mile without walking. It took almost 16 minutes. I have to say that sucks, BUT I'm kind of excited that I could run a mile without walking. Sure, I was slow, but I'm so early in the game that I don't really care.

However, the last three days have been torture. What can I say, I'm so out of shape that I felt pain for three long days. Mainly in my legs, but that's to be expected.

Since I'm getting back into this workout thing I realized I'm pathetically out of lung capacity and cardio ability.

So while I still plan to run a couple of times a week (for now), I need to boost my fitness. I signed up for BlackFire with Bob Harper.

I'm not affiliated with Bob or BlackFire or Daily Burn in any way, shape or form. So this info is not sponsored by anybody other than me. :)

This program is for 60 days, but the first 30 are free. The next month is $12.95. Woot again! They tout it's "only 20 minutes a day" but of course when you add in the warmup and cooldown, it's longer. No problem. I'm ready for Bob. I love Bob. Look at this face, how can you not love this face? smooches.


I have ten weeks until I start my official half-marathon training plan. If I can't boost my fitness level after 30 days of this, I may as well hang up my running shoes.

I did try something new this week in food. I bought Garden Vegetable Spring Rolls from Whole Foods. Pretty good. It's basically a tiny salad in a rice roll I suppose. Naturally I liked the tiny dressing which I'm sure had some sugar. It tasted kind of like cracked pepper jelly.

I split this up into two lunches. I am not a sushi fan. I don't think I'll ever be convinced to try raw fish. However, I do like the rolls that have crab so maybe next time I'll try that.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu


Partial overview from Goodreads: 
"Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.

But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?

It's true. Ask ANYBODY.

Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control."

But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself."

Oh man, do I NOT MISS the teenage years. The rumors, the gossip, the lying - oh wait, that happens when you are an adult too. It's even worse because that sort of behavior is so cliche' and juvenileeeeee. drool

To be a teenager in this day and age must be hell on Earth. Alice's life is pretty depressing. To go from one of the popular girls to the bottom of the barrel based on gossip is really shitty. 

The book is told from four students' perspectives. We see how Alice has impacted their life in very different ways. Isn't it always her side, his side and the truth is somewhere in the middle? 

What I liked about this story was Alice fought her way back. Or so we think. But does she really? How can a year of lies and names not damage a person? I think this book gives a lot of food for thought on how we treat others, how we so easily believe what we are told about others and how we view ourselves.

Monday, June 29, 2015

The weekend and Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin


I have no pictures from the weekend. hahahah! I've already turned into a bad blogger. I did have a Hibachi lunch with my bestie of 25 years, which was really good. I ran a lot of errands and did some house cleaning. I need to upload my phone photos because I have no more space.

I also made a spreadsheet for my next 11 weeks of running. I did run this morning too! I'm on a semi-maybe-roll. I'll post more about that later in the week.

Overview from Goodreads:
"Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse, an ordinary young couple, settle into a New York City apartment, unaware that the elderly neighbors and their bizarre group of friends have taken a disturbing interest in them. But by the time Rosemary discovers the horrifying truth, it may be far too late!"

Wow, that is one of the shortest overview's I've seen on Goodreads. Most people will know the movie version of this book. The one with Mia Farrow and her super tiny body with her super short haircut.

I had seen the movie before reading this, so I was aware of the story and the ending. I prepared myself for a retelling of the book with obligatory Hollywood changes. I was wrong! The movie was almost identical to the book.

I think most of us know that Rosemary's baby is the spawn of Satan. I had a headache from all of the eye-rolling I did at the 1960s male chauvinistic ways. Rosemary is incredibly passive and that was annoying as puppy poop. I'd like to use a stronger word here, but I'll refrain.

However, I thought the book portrayed New York in a way that it's known for. The importance of finding an apartment that is 1) big enough 2) affordable 3) has delectable charm 4) nosy neighbors ... There are also a lot of religious elements which can either appeal or offend the masses.

I did not find the book to be scary. If I had read this as a child in the 60s, I would have been horrified I'm sure.

This book is for those who like the occult, those curious about the occult, those who like to read the books made into movies and for those who are fans of submissive female characters. Do NOT get me started on Anastasia Steele.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Cage by Megan Shepherd


Partial overview from Goodreads:
When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn't alone.

So I loved Megan's Madman's Daughter series - the one with Dr. Moreau's daughter - read my review here. I was super excited for this next series by Megan.

Basically the characters are trapped in a human zoo. Crazy, bizarre and really good. 

Howeverrrrrr, this is a science-fiction novel. This may turn some people off. When I realized it was set in outer space, I was a bit disappointed. But don't let that stop you because it's not full of Star Trekish characters or storyline. 

The main focus is on Cora and Cora's relationships with the other humans and one particular person whom may or may not be human (if he has feelings, does that make him human? hmmm.)

I really like the idea of a human zoo as a plotline. I thought it was going to be more like a zoo on Earth with other humans running the zoo. But still, The Cage was a good read that I'm excited for the sequel.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

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I'm back for the 1,239th time!

OK, really it's only for the third or fourth time maybe? Ideally I'd like to post daily, but I think my goal will be for 2-3 times a week. I quit blogging in March basically because I ran out of time to blog! I had a lot of craft projects going, I was working out, I was busy with work ... I was exhausted.

Let's see, not much has changed since then except no more craft projects through the summer! I'll post some pics of what I have done and they were fun and tedious.

The Minnie Mouse wreath I made for a friend's daughter's birthday. July 4th theme.

I've done a LOT of reading. I've read 46 books so far this year. I'll post some short reviews of the ones I've really enjoyed. 2015 has proved to be the year of the books!

Working out - this has been good and bad. I've started back running. Yay! My plantar fascitisiisisis (this word is impossible to spell so I like to make up my own version) has been doing, gasp! fantastic! I'm still wearing my MawMaw tennis shoes daily and doing my stretching, icing, golf balling to keep it in tact.

I'm starting off super slow. We are talking 16-minute-miles here. It's that slow because I don't want to rush it and have problems and I'm a big tub of goo. Seriously. Weightloss has been nonexistent.

The track after a storm that apparently brought out hundreds of grass worms ONTO the track. #goodtimes

But I have no choice to change that because I signed up for the Louisiana Marathon's Deja' Vu races. The races are in January. The Saturday is the 5K (not expecting much from this because it will be Hanson's Half Marathon Method shakeout run). The Sunday is the half marathon.

Then of course in February is my A-game race, the Rock N'Roll New Orleans half marathon. Which at this point, I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend away. HA!

I signed up for all these races as motivation. I have to have a "goal" or I can promise you I will sleep in, I will eat all the junk and I will never lose weight that is needed for a healthier life.

In daughter news, she is about to start kindergarten. I'm super nervous about this and sad that she is growing up. I literally spend my nights kissing her forehead, stroking her hair and smelling her. It's weird and I don't care. She is growing up so fast and has frog legs. I just want time to stop right now.

I've also set up a great network of mommy friends to have playdates with each month. This has been good for both Emily and me. She gets to spend time with kids other than her daycare friends and try new things. It's been a really good experience and I sort of wish I had joined mommy groups when she was a baby.

Jobwise things are going good. It's the newspaper industry so it's always shaky. But I'm super thankful to still have a job and a job that I actually do like the work I do. The paper has seen a lot of changes but seems to be profitable and doing well. Can't ask for more than that! I'm savoring this as long as I can too.

As usual, I have to apologize for the alignment of the pictures. SIGH. I see nothing has changed with Blogger, no?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Training Week 4 and the weekend

This past week I worked out three times! What?!? Yay! Obviously I need to double that number, but at least it was something.

I swear I can't remember which Bob Harper dvds I used, but I used two. One on Monday and another on Wednesday. Both involved weights, squats and an overall wanting to die feeling. Perfect!

Friday I did yoga with my daughter. 

Again, this is not enough for my fitness goals. I realize that. It's a tricky time right now because we have some home improvements we need to do on the house before we can sell it. We are still decluttering MORE stuff. Perhaps we are closet hoarders. 

We are two weeks away from Emily's birthday party. I spent a lot of time this weekend working on a couple of projects for that.

Needless to say, I'm going to squeeze in workouts when I can the next two weeks. It sucks, but I'm not sure I have enough energy to get everything accomplished and meet my workout goals.

After the party, it's on! 

Saturday I had a lot of girl time. Which was just what I needed for my stressed-out self. In the morning I took Emily to the zoo. We met my friend and her 2-year-old daughter for a playdate. It was the cutest thing I've ever seen. That little girl wanted sooooo badly to be just like Emily. She wanted to skip like Emily, she wanted to sit by her in the wagon, she wanted to check on her hand when Emily fell. It was different for me because normally I see Emily trying to be like the big kids at her daycare. My girl is growing up and I need time to freeze.

Sadly, we've reached the part of the show where she doesn't always want her picture taken. But I captured a nice hair swoosh.

That night I went with my other friend to see Insurgent. It was a lot better than I expected it to be. I need to re-read the last book, but I remember I did not like it. However, I'm trying to piece together what all happened at the end. But you can bet, I was in Theo James heaven for a couple of hours.

Sunday I worked on party hats for the party. I'm making character hats for the kids. I totally expect these to get bent, fall apart, have kids complain about tying it below their chin. I just thought they were so cute and it would be something extra for the kids. Naturally it's harder than I estimated it would be. hahahahahaah! #typical

I'm 90 percent finished with the Wizard of Oz wreath. This is coming along OK. I just need to paint an "E" and attach it to the wreath.

So there we have it. A week of ups and downs and while I'm not where I want to be with the workouts, I'm scratching off things from my to-do list. Some weeks all you can say is "it is what it is."