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Weekly Wrap-up! August 8th-14th

Personal life:

I have been starting to get my art supplies out again and doodling (badly).  I am having fun with it though.  Otherwise, I haven’t really got anything to report here.

Bookish life:

I got completely side tracked!  Not only did I buy the rest of X-Men Gold and Blue that are out (read Gold, very confused because I have missed so many years.  Anyone that says this isn’t a superhero soap opera is lying.).  I still don’t think I will review these, because I have no basis for the last few arcs.  I have enjoyed them immensely, they just don’t seem to be my X-Men (i.e. the 90’s version).

I also bought Poe: Short stories and poems in Graphic Novel.  I have only flipped through so far, but I am loving it so far.  Annabelle Lee is particularly gorgeously done.  I love the idea behind this, adding visuals to classics and think it will allow these wonderful stories to shine for a new audience.  I am already thinking about the next classic I want to buy this way (the illustrator has done several).

I did finish two ARC’s: Seeking Sarah and How to Find Love in a Bookshop.  I still have a few I hope to finish this month.

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So that was me for the week.  How was yours?

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Weekly Wrap Up! August 4th -7th

Personal Life:  I went to Marian Days on Thursday.  I never miss the Vietnamese festival these days.  I do have to admit, it’s mostly the food that drags me in.  The fruit stall had some dragon fruit and jack fruit (shown above), which we bought; and some magosteen that was too rich for my blood at $20 for five pieces of fruit.  Sadly none of the hot food stalls had Warren’s jin dui.  We ended up at a dinner stall with the fam each getting rice vermicelli with cut egg rolls and veggies while I had my go-to pho.

I have kept to my goals as far as the energy drinks and have not had any since the beginning of August- so, one week down.  On the days I let myself have a diet pop, it’s usually sadly 20 oz, but it is less than I used to.  I got a good infuser to-go mug for water that I think will help.  Sodium is still a major issue for me as I want to go with what myfitnesspal says I should have in all areas.  If I go out, I am going over…. if I have a bowl of soup I am probably going over.  I am down to the weight I was before my husband made me the happiest woman ever (he hates when I call it my marriage weight, but it is all the weight I have gained in the past nine years of marriage).

Bookish Life:  I read one of my ARC’s, Seeking Sarah, which was not at all what I envisioned sadly.  Other than that, I blew my book budget on new books that I have no time to read currently because…. well, because it’s me.  Books are my addiction.  I got three paperbacks at my library for under a dollar all together, and grabbed the issues of X-Men Blue I was missing along with three new eBooks from amazon.  I would say that I won’t buy anymore until I am caught up…. but this is me we’re talking about.

So, that’s me for the week.  What’s up with you?

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What happened to this week’s wrap up???

Hey guys!  So I noticed that I did not post a wrap up for last week.  I think I have done that a few times, and kind of hate it, you know?  Still…. life.  I just finished a two mile walk down main street which was more fun than I thought it would be.  It was interesting window shopping, and still early enough that many stores were closed and not a temptation for over spending (the mall is a one mile circuit, but if I walk it while stores are open Ulta calls to me:).    I took these pics of a mural on Main Street today.

My healthy living kick has had it’s ups and downs last month.  I am having a super hard time with sodium- staying within my nutritional happy number.  The gym is still not my happy place either and I just barely made 12 visits last month by the skin of my teeth- and only then because I am cheap (if I go 12 times in a month the next month’s bill is $10 off).  I do walk- slowly and happily, and I am finally under 200 lbs.  Since starting four months ago I have now lost 39 pounds and stopped using the appetite suppressant a few days ago.  Today I will be going to the gym for a small amount of arm exercises and a massage (hey, I have to be honest).  Tonight we are going to Marian Days, a Vietnamese cultural festival where I always eat too much, so I am trying to exercise a lot and earn those deep fried goodies!  Oh, there will be healthy choices too- pre-prepped jack fruit and bah min (sp?) sandwiches, but those sesame balls the size of my palm with mung bean inside…. I can’t resist them and will have at least one.

For August my main goals are to be more conscious of the amount of sodium I take in, get to the gym three times a week at least, lay off the energy drinks (so much sodium!) and go for walks, even short ones, three times a week.  So what do you guys think?  Does anyone else have health goals for the month?

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Weekly Wrap-up! July 18th-23rd

Personal life:

   Uncle Paul is in town and we went to Crystal Bridges Museum for the Chihuly exhibit.  I was just amazed by the amount of blown glass and art work. They also had the Native American blankets he collected on display.

Beyond that, I am getting used to a new tablet, hoping this will make blogging and reading on the go easier.  Then today we all got together to celebrate a family friend’s birthday.

Bookish life:

I am still kind of dragging my way  The Library of Light and Shadows.  I opened Impossible Views of the World.  hopefully I will have better luck there.

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Weekly Wrap-up! July 9th-16th

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Personal life:

Hey guys!  Ugh, it has been a week and a half from Hell.  I got the normal monthly ick with the violently ill thing my body likes to do….. for ten days.  I didn’t really blog.  I didn’t go for my walks.  The gym didn’t happen.  What did I do?  Gain two pounds.  I am getting back into the swing of things.  I took a two mile walk today, and went to the gym and walked yesterday.  While the gym will never be somewhere I am excited to go, I know I need to.  It is an important aspect of the healthier living lifestyle I am working towards.  So, no more excuses!  I need to walk and go to the gym.  I really need to work on my arms.

Warren is doing great on his plan, mostly because he does a lot more manual labor than I do (building the shed, pouring concrete, and apparently walking way more than I do at work).  I am both super proud and envious at the same time lol.

Bookish life:

I finished The Library of Fates, which I loved and will review tonight.  It was a great book!  I am now on The Library of Light and Shadow, but I am having trouble getting into it.  Sadly I am not finishing this book before it comes out tomorrow.  On a side note, I am pretty sure I chose both these books largely on the cover art.

Amber

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Weekly Wrap-up! June 27th- July 4th

Personal life:

     Happy fourth of July guys!  I am a little late on my wrap up this week.  It’s been hectic.  Warren is working hard on getting a storage shed set up (he says it’s for me, so that I can get some of this stuff out of my house… but seriously, this is so that I don’t toss his three bikes- one of which will be made into a pedal-assist bicycle.  He’s talked about this for years… who knew this would be the pipe dream to happen?)  He and Dad got the old concrete out back leveled up with a whole lot of new, and it looks great.  We have ordered the shed from Home Depot and then the fun begins.

My sister Mei and her husband Scott are in town this week, and I will see them tonight after work.  I am really excited!  I love O’hana days.  Now I will admit, I hate fireworks.  They’re gorgeous, yes, but they are loud and can be dangerous (especially when drinking is involved).  I have seen too many idiots that I wouldn’t trust with a zippo lighting huge fireworks.  Plus, around my place it lasted until the 10th last year.  Every night until about one or two in the morning.  Anyway…. Rant ended.

I went to the nearby park today for a short walk in between rain showers.  It was nice and everything worked out fine.  When I got into the car to drive to work, though, my brakes failed before the first turn away from the house.  I drove slowly around the block to be sure I was right, and then called Warren.  My brake line snapped, we think.  I was able to park safely because I slowed down so much, but he was not amused.  Apparently I should have just used the e-brake wherever I was when I first noticed and called him.  (So, boys and girls that is apparently what we do- pull over immediately.  Call for help.)  I doubt my husband’s mechanic will be open today, but we’ll get it taken care of.  Until then, we still have Dad’s non-descript white van (you know those work vans you see everywhere covered in logos?  That’s Dad’s new van-minus logos.  I swear I want to spray paint “free candy” on the side.  It’s an awful joke, but it was my first thought upon seeing this monstrosity).  I may get Dad to let me drive it for a bit.

Bookish life:

I finished The Windfall this week and loved it.  I am on The confusion of Language now.  I still haven’t figured out how to incorporate more reading time into my new lifestyle.  It is really weird for me because before I was reading like 13-15 books a month- it was my life.  Now I might read an hour or two a day tops.  In the evening I find that I am having more trouble concentrating on books.  I’ll get my groove back, I just hope everyone bears with me until then.

Happy Fourth of July guys!  Be safe and have fun!

 

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Weekly Wrap-up! June 19th-25th

Personal life:

This week Warren and I went to the Miami Oklahoma pow wow.  Having never been to one, we had no idea what to expect but were told to show up at about 6:00 pm.  As I worked at 6:30 the next morning we were only going to stay a short while before heading off.   Needless to say, this was far too early.  As Warren now works closely with the tribe it was expected that we attend one of the days- either Friday or Saturday.  As Saturday is Family Game day, we decided on the first day.  There were vendors there, with beautiful bead works weaponry and blankets; along with several mouth watering- and diet crushing- concession stands (we ate before heading out, but I am still bummed that I missed out on Indian tacos and Fry Bread whatever that is).  There was some music- singing and drums of the war songs and Gourd dancing along with getting a good look at previous tribe princesses (a bit like Miss America where you are an ambassador for the tribe going to other tribes).  I loved it!  I would have loved to stay, but we left before the Grand Entrance at 8:30.  Next year I will request the next day off in advance so that we can enjoy more of the fun.

outgoing2016Here we have the previous Princess crowning the new.  These young women were beautiful, I got to watch them dance a bit to the singing and interact.  I loved how poised and respectful they were, it made me happy to see the confidence that this brings the girls.

 

 

 

Bookish Life:

Sadly I read a total of twelve and a half hours this week, which is far below what I used to read.  I did finish Eddie Izzard’s Believe Me (review to come after I finish here).  I loved that book.  I am severely behind on my TBR and decided to complicate matters by buying another book.  Lizzie Velasquez came out with a book called Dare To Be Kind.  Born with a rare genetic condition, Lizzie knew she didn’t look the same as everyone else.  At 17 she found a viral video of the “ugliest woman”, and found that it was her.  She has then become a motivational speaker and fighter against bullying.  Here, we will read about unlocking our better selves to make a better world.  How could I pass this up?

So, that’s me for the week.  What’s new with you?

Amber