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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

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Weekly Wrap-up! June 13th-18th.

Personal Life:

This week has been a bit stressful for me.  My best friend Kris, lost a dear friend to cancer.  I feel for him, and want to be there for him, but we live very far from one another.

My husband has started meds that have severely messed with his appetite, making him not wish to eat.  The first day he admitted to only eating an oatmeal until I got home at 5:00 pm, and the next day tried to mask this fact by claiming he didn’t know how much he had eaten.  Sunday he said that he was outside working all day and didn’t want to over heat or get sick; but was sure he had some berries and lunch meat.  I worry because he is taking in very few calories unless I am monitoring it.  Today he had an oatmeal in the morning and small soup for lunch- 500 calories total.  I don’t want to harp or nag, but I want him to be healthy.  He says this is how he has always eaten and then he has a big dinner or he feels stuffed and lethargic all day.  He did have a lot of the pizza we had tonight (I had a portion with a medium salad, he had half the pizza).  I have tried to talk to him about this, I don’t think it’s healthy to eat so little through the day.  Certainly not for over half your daily nutrients to come from pizza.  Maybe I am over reacting… I tend to do that.  When pressed about how he eats his meals he said that people had different metabolisms and that his blood sugar had tested fine.  I know that he is on this med for blood pressure, but that he also wants to loose weight if he can.  I just don’t see how this can work….

Bookish Life:

I am currently reading Eddie Izzard’s Believe Me.  I am loving it, but have had very little time to read this week.  I feel bad because this one is also going to be a late review for an ARC- all of them probably will be this month.  I just can’t seem to catch up!

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

Amber

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Weekly Wrap-up! June 5th -12th

Personal life:

This whole “healthy living” thing is really killing my reading time!  Lol, I still can’t actually see changes in my body, but others say they can.  Maybe I am just too critical (aren’t we all?).  My weight was fluctuating a bit, but I am back on track.  I have lost 25 pounds since starting.  The things that have helped me most are:

  1. My family and buds– I have a great support team that are even willing to “plank” so that I can actually see the form.
  2. walking in parks and trails– I love it in the morning or evening when the birds are out in droves.  The sound of nature soothes me, allows me to mentally recharge while exercising.
  3. My gym– I haven’t gone as I ought to because it just isn’t as much fun for me, but strength training is important…plus I kind of like the stationary bike.  It has massage chairs as well as discount rates if you go regularly.  With these types of incentives, it is easier to drag myself there in the mornings.
  4. Apps– holy crap there’s an app for everything!  My fitness allows me to track my nutrition and exercise easily and links with Google health which does the same.  These are both free which is fantastic, because I am cheap.  I think what I like best here is the fact that it listens to my health goals and current situation and gives me daily calories and nutrient amounts that will best get me where I want to be. There are paid versions, but I am getting everything I want in the app already.  Then there’s Stop, Breathe & Think.  Back in my teen years I was big into meditation and spiritual health, but that fell off, I don’t know why.  Through these guided meditations I can give myself a few moments a day to remind myself to breathe and enjoy.  There is one to help me prepare for sleep which I actually quite like, and one that reminds us of all the things we are grateful for.  I just sit, relax and let these feelings pass through me.  At the end I always feel refreshed and grounded.  We never really consider our mental and emotional health when talking about health, do we?

Oh, and I have new pics from a few parks in town and Main Street’s Spiva  statue.

Bookish Life:

I am sadly behind on my ARC’s which makes me sad.  I was reading The Party, which is really good, but then one of my library holds came in.  I am now reading The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert before returning to my ARC’s.  I have decided I am not doing a wrap-up/ TBR this month, as I just don’t know what I am doing.  I am loving these books though!

I just realized I hadn’t written a review for The Little French Bistro yet!  I loved that book!!!  I will have to think for a bit, and will probably do this tomorrow.

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

Amber

 

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Weekly Wrap-up! May 29th- June 4th

Personal life:

20170602_165449Hey guys!  While I have been reading other’s posts, I have had zero time to post myself!  I still need my monthly wrap up/TBR and to review Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan.  I worked the last 6 days straight, and then spent time with the family.  My aunt was here so there was a bowling trip, dinner out, and a barbeque.

Warren got radio control boats for the guys to play with (seriously… boys and their toys).  I did make him promise that one was Dad’s early Father’s day gift.  He got a new position at work as head of IT, so he’s been treating himself- and me.  He grabbed my car the other day and got the oil changed, tires fixed/ rotated and a new stereo with Bluetooth installed so I can listen to my music off my phone.  It was really sweet!  Of course, I now realize that it was so that I didn’t kill him for the above boats.

As far as my healthy living plan…. there was a small snag.  I seem to have gained back a pound.  I am not going to go crazy- my weight will fluctuate as I gain muscle/ possibly retain some water.  It’s hard not to be angry at myself though.  I only want to move forward.  I got myself the above shirt, and promised myself that this month, even if I do make the required gym visits to earn the discount, I am still going.  I will incorporate my walks as well, but strength training is important as my upper body is pretty weak.

Warren joined me on one of my walks after dinner out.  We went to the park and met a new friend.  Warren has dubbed him Gilbert Gopher.  Gil was pretty happy to see people- especially when he noticed phones out.  That animal loves the camera!  It was nuts.

I also got an early morning visit to Wildcat before work.

 

Bookish life:

I slacked off here a bit.  I finished The Dark Prophecy and am working on The Little French Bistro by Nina George.  It really pulls you in from the first page!  I am loving it, but with all the craziness- news, family, workout and actual work- I didn’t have a lot of time.

trials of apollo 2       the little french bistro

I will try to catch up on posts and reviews this week, but for now, the trail is calling!

Amber

 

 

 

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Weekly Wrap-up! May 22nd to May 28th

Personal life:

First, I have dropped 22 pounds since beginning my healthy living kick.  (I still refuse to call it a diet or I will feel like I am missing out- I don’t get it either, that’s just the way I am).  After getting in the required gym visits to qualify for the discount next month I decided to start doing other things- walking the mall or at Wildcat Glades where there are nature trails.  I have also bought hand grippers and stretch bands to help me do things at home.  I think walking the Glades has become my favorite exercise of the moment.  I like listening to the birds.

Bookish life:

I finished Still Here, 16th Seduction, Keep Calm and Carry a Banana, and several X-Men comics.  I am now on the second Trials of Apollo: Dark Prophecy.

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

Amber