Weekly Wrap-up! November 7th-14th

Personal life:

Well guys, I am a lazy bum and it is too darn cold to walk outside (plus I rediscovered my arch-nemesis the French fry), so my weight loss has plateaued at 190 pounds- 46 pounds down from April.  I need to go to the gym more, drink more water, etc.  It also would not hurt to eat less overall calories- not by much but a bit.  The main thing I am learning, though, is all joking aside I like the way I look now.  I am still trying to loose slowly for better health, but if my BMI goes down as it has been and I don’t loose many more calories, I am still thrilled.  I just want to be healthier, that was the whole reason I started trying to loose.  I will admit most days I don’t feel like I have any more energy, but I am happier and I know I am healthier.

Bookish life:

As you know, I recently read The Newcomers: Helen Thorpe , and I loved it.  My hardcover copy came in today (Yup, on the release day, thanks Amazon)!  I am so excited!  This is absolutely one of the most necessary books of the year, for me anyway.  I also got Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NG, but need to wait to read it until I catch up a bit on my ARC’s.

Lastly, I had been on a waiting list for  This Is How It Always Is, by Laurie Frankel- of course it would come when I have two books due next Tuesday!!!!  I am about a third of the way through, and I adore it so much.  The book is due back on Saturday though, so there’s no way I am finishing it now.  I have ordered it from Amazon (hardcopy so Mom can read it).  This book is very dear to me because I have someone in my immediate circle that is transgender- he’s known for as long as he could talk.  I have watched the family struggle to understand, the fights with school boards- this was after all twenty years ago and they were not as progressive then, the desire to understand…. and the absolute confusion from those around them- friends and family members alike.  He got the inner support he needed, and I feel like he’s really well adjusted and happy.  We should all be allowed to be who we really are, you know, at our core.  I don’t talk about it much because it isn’t my story to tell and I want to respect his privacy, but this book made me think back on his journey a lot.  I think it’s going to be a really important piece for me.

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Well, that’s me for the week, what’s up with you?

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Weekly Wrap-up! October 29th-November 6th

Personal life:

Warren and me, wedding photo

Tomorrow it will be nine years since I married the love of my life.  He drives me crazy sometimes, but he is the best partner I can ever imagine and I love how he takes care of me and my family.  I love this picture of us from that day.

This week, he and Sassy Britches have been locked in a battle of wills over her sharing her food dish with a mouse.  My Sassy is a lover not a fighter, unless you are another cat.  She saw nothing wrong with eating out of a dish at the same time as her new friend.  Warren disagreed and took her food dish.  He set it out through out the day (starting with it on a table but Sassy refused to eat there and he had to relent after a day of trying), and tried to make her eat when he wanted.  She was used to dry food always at the ready and was not having it.  The first night I came home and she ran at me screaming- you could almost hear it:  “Mom, do you know what that lunatic did?  Fix this!”  After a few days and a few skirmishes that Sassy won hands down, there was a throne made out of empty litter boxes ( yeah, we’re a mess- I told the hubs to do something with those-i.e. toss them…. he decided to make her a throne which I found her sitting on the second night.  The fourth morning Sassy began her last and most effective salvo.  She apparently cornered the mouse, slapped it to death (no claws and not great teeth), chewed it a bit so there was evidence of her handiwork, and left it at Warren’s desk.  Score one for the cat!  She now has her food.  I am both proud and disgusted.  Lol…. this is my life.

Bookish life:

I am two books behind on my reviews at the moment, having read Lies Jane Austen Told Me and The Secret Mother and then getting sucked into the world of Newcomers.  I am going to do LJATM today, but otherwise want to devote myself to the book I am reading as it is due for release next week.  I really ought to have given  myself with this book depicting the lives of several refugees in a school in Colorado…. it’s pretty heavy stuff.  I am already considering if this is a “to-share” book or audible, I am less than half through, but it is brilliant.

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

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Weekly Wrap up! October 21st- 28th

Personal life:

This week leads up to my favorite holiday working retail:  Halloween!  Having always adored dressing up and playing make-believe as a kid I love to see all the little ones in their costumes- they are so proud and excited.  Plus they are just so cute!!!!  I usually work well after dark falls in hopes of my coworkers that are parents getting to go home and take part in their kid’s trick-or-treating run.  Once home, we put on Nightmare Before Christmas or Kiki’s Delivery Service and see if we get any trick-or-treaters.  If I dress up at all it’s something comfy- last year I wore my Wonder Woman onsie and this year I have a Batman shirt and cape that will probably do.  I  want to be warm, comfortable and modest at work.  I had been looking at the google image stock photos (be sure to check for usage rights!) when I found the above beauties.  I really liked them.

Bookish life:

I got another check from the eBook settlement- this one was small but still reminds me that I have bought far too many books in the past- and won’t be stopping.   There are, after all, worse addictions.  I also got credit in my Barnes and Nobles account.  Now, last time I tried to argue with them and get them to send me a check because I no longer do business with them (they force you to have a card on file in order to access your books- claim it’s for security…. my point is, I already bought the book!  Once they took money out of my account without my consent and refused to make it right I got a different tablet- had been on a Nook and building a library of literally hundreds of books using them exclusively for years- and went to Amazon).  They refused and I bought some eBooks.  (I hate them now, but if I don’t use the credit they get to keep it… how does that hurt them?)  This time I bought several paper books- Gareth Hind’s graphic novel rendition of Beowulf, Learning to Swear in America, by Katie Kennedy and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.  I have already loaned out Learning to Swear… because I also have it in eBook and wanted a “to share” copy.  My copies of Poe, Turtles All The Way Down and The Little Prince are also out right now.

I have also gotten halfway through Outlander on audible.  I love certain aspects and loathe others- for instance, why is everyone fixated on raping Claire?  Even without all that there’s a lot of sexual content and I listen to this in the car sometimes…. I know the other cars can’t hear but it’s embarrassing!  Am I being silly?  What kind of books do you guys listen to?

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

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Weekly wrap-up….. who am I kidding? Let’s just admit that it’s been too long.

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Lord love a duck, where have I been?  It feels like ages since I chatted y’all up and I miss you guys!   I try to keep up with everyone’s posts and awesome book recommendations (heaven knows you can never have too many books).   I find that I have numerous books that I have yet to review- why?  Mostly because I  have been distracted as all heck.  For one, I finish a book on my Kindle app and the sweet dear asks me if I would like to buy the next book in the series.  Seriously?  Why, of course I would!  *Proceeds to open the new book and begin to read* Seriously, this is why my incredibly intelligent husband can bribe me with book cards to do his chores lol.  

    So I have slowed down on the weight loss, but can see results.  From where I started at 236 pounds I am down to 192.  I have gone down two sizes and feel good about it for the most part.  Warren is still kicking my butt here, but then I am not as rigid as he is where calories are concerned and I don’t bike 10 miles at least three times a week.  I do my walks, often on a treadmill now if  I work too late.

Bookish life:

     I am obsessed with Sophie Kelly’s  Magical Cats Mysteries.  The characters, charming town and just a bit of who-done-it… what’s not to love?  I am on book six now, and only have seven left ( I accidently read book 8 first).  After this, I may have to find a new cozy mystery series- preferably with four legged side kicks- any suggestions?

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So that’s me, what’s up you?

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Where have I been?!?!

busy busy6Guys!  I am so sorry about the radio silence here!  I have tried to keep up with the posts of those I love and active in the community, but it feels like forever since I posted an update myself.

The end of August was a lot of fun for me, but also very stressful.  My husband had known forever that we were going to take a mini vacation and see the solar eclipse in all it’s glory.  He just didn’t know where.  Because he could not guarantee clear skies and good weather ahead of time he decided we would not be booking a hotel room, but actually decide where we were going (ie he would decide where we were going) the night before we left.   I begged and pleaded but to no avail.  Due to the amount of people that also wanted to see the eclipse I figured this meant I would be sleeping in a car for at least one night if not two.  Luckily he chose the St. Louis area where I had O’hana.  My beautiful and gracious cousin Kim loaned us the use of her house at the last minute while she was in Tennessee.   It was amazing!  Also, because of her kindness my husband was able to strike something off his bucket list- a helicopter tour of St.  Louis.  Pics will follow, but he has the best ones.  If you are ever in St.  Louis, MO. see as many museums as possible.  Most are free save parking, and they are exceptional.   We saw The Science Centerzoothe museum of fine arts, and the botanical garden (there is a charge here, but worth it).  I actually want to do a post that is just all the pics we took on our “skycation”, but have to get the ones Warren took and find out if I am allowed to post pictures of art from the museum- not sure of copyright law there.

Once home I was happy but exhausted and had fallen out of my routine for gym/walks.  We walked more in St.  Louis than probably ever, but I hadn’t had to wake up early and make plans around it.  This month has seen a large drop in basically all my health goals due to the “normal” illness and catching a bug later.  I am ashamed to say that I will not be making my gym goals, and will start fresh next month.  Happily I am not gaining weight, but I am not really loosing either and need to get back on track with exercise.

My birthday was the 19th and I am now 35.  Warren got me a little mp3 player for audio books ( currently listening to Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich), and an amazon card for added book funds.  Ulta, bless them, sent me a coupon for a nine color eyeshadow palate (free!).  Mom and Dad got me a bowling ball and shoes (I suck at bowling, but enjoy the weekly hang out and permission to eat pizza with the O’hana), as well as a wooden pendant made by a local artist The Wooden Doerr.  It was a lot of fun!

Now I am reading Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco and enjoying it immensely!  I am excited to get back to my normal routine and keep up with my healthy living goals.  I missed you guys!

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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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