Sunday, April 29, 2007

Hi

Hi, y'all. Long time, no post. I know. Sorry. Busy at work + lingering yucky stomach ailments + low motivation = no blog posts.

Catching up on my Spring Reading Thing......since my last post, I've completed all the books on my list. My friend Sarah told me that when I finished Voice in the Wind I better have book 2, Echo in the Darkness on hand because I was going to want to dive right in. She was right. I finished Voice in the Wind one day last week on the train and drove straight to the library to get Echo in the Darkness. So good. I'd highly recommend them.

Now, I'm re-reading all 6 Harry Potter books in anticipation of Book 7, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows being released this summer. So far I've finished book 1 and am about halfway through book 2.

Not really anything else to tell....just living life, learning how to maintain a yard through the spring/summer (not loving it, but it's one of the burdens of home ownership, I guess).

In a few minutes I'm off to my small group bible study, then to pick my friend Kelly up at the airport. Have a great Sunday evening.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Curves

I really don't like to exercise. But, I like food -- a lot. And not the really good for you food. I like fried stuff and chocolate. So, if I'm going to get healthy, I decided that it was time to start a real, committed exercise program. And I just found out that my company will subsizide a 12 month gym membership at any fitness facility (previously, it was only at a certain chain).

So, I joined a gym today. I've never done that before by myself. Yes, I joined onto my friend Jenny's YMCA membership for a little while, but I've never walked in somewhere and joined. I've always been intimidated by gyms. It's either a class at a set time period or you have to figure out how to use all the equipment by yourself. Neither of which is very appealing to me or fits well into my schedule.

So, today I joined Curves. It is only women. It is a set circuit of resistance training with cardio between. Two times around the circuit is 30 minutes. And I got a pretty good workout for the first time. I think I'll be a little sore tomorrow.

My plan is to go straight from work. If I come home, I won't want to leave again - plus they close at 7:30. One reason I don't do well working out at home is that once I'm home, I don't want to change and workout. So, going on my way home is really the only way I'll do it.

Or I'll get up and be there when they open at 5:30 am. Which would put me back home around 6:15 - enough time to shower and get ready for work to still make it pretty much on time. I'd rather do this option, but I'm afraid my snooze button might continue to call my name. Plus, I'm not sure how well my body moves first thing in the morning.

I think I'll alternate the options for a while to see which really works best, then settle down to a routine. Some of you out there, please email me in a few weeks and ask me how it's going. I'm gonna need a little accountability to keep it up.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

20/20

I went to the eye doctor today for my first regular exam since my LASIK surgery. Good news! I'm still at 20/20!! And besides the fact that I can still see great, the doc said that my eyes are healthy too. Whew. Glad to have that confirmed. Not that I was really worried - I'm still seeing just fine. It is just nice to have an authority tell me that.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Brrrr

It was SO cold over the weekend.....and it snowed!! I went home for Easter and the high was 30 all weekend long. Saturday it snowed lightly off and on all day. Fun weather to have, but not on Easter weekend!

When I got home today, it was 53 degrees in my house. Brrrr!!

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I finished a couple more books:

Heartburn Nora Ephron -- decent book, but I do prefer her screenplays. I was on the elevator one day as I was finishing this one up and a lady in my building just was so excited that I was reading it and told me how "outstanding" the book was. I wouldn't agree with her assessment - it was only passable. But I did finish it.

The Pocket Muse: Endless Inspiration Monica Wood -- I got this thinking that it might provide some blog ideas....alas, it was more for the "real" writer. So, I really just skimmed on through.

Alexandria & The Morning Star Nick Bantock -- continuation of the series. Excellent. Will definitely need to put these two on my list to own and re-read the whole series several more times.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Trip to the Library

When I was younger one of the highlights of summertime was trips to the library. I remember sometimes leaving with 20+ books. I feel like I'm reverting to a younger me.....

Dropped off the last three library books this afternoon and came home with 8 more:

currently reading:
Heartburn Nora Ephron

on tap:
Voice in the Wind Francine Rivers
Where is Joe Merchant? Jimmy Buffett

The Pocket Muse: Endless Inspiration Monica Wood
The Forgetting Room Nick Bantock
The Museum at Purgatory Nick Bantock
Alexandria Nick Bantock (book 5!)
The Morning Star Nick Bantock (book 6!)

If you aren't familiar with Nick Bantock, he wrote a wonderful unique series about Griffin and Sabine, two people who exchange letters and illustrated postcards. I was introduced to this series in high school and was astonished to find there are two more books!! Plus he wrote several other things, which I decided to explore also. I'd recommend the whole Griffin and Sabine series to anyone. It's definitely a stretch for your imagination.....

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Reading update.....

Finished:

Lord John and the Private Matter -- I absolutely love Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. This book carries forward the character of Lord John Grey from those books. Sad to say, I really didn't like this book. If you've read the Outlander series you know the particulars of Lord John and his lifestyle preferences. This book explored that part of life much more than I really enjoyed. Plus, the book just didn't draw me in. So, I wouldn't recommend it and I don't think I'll be reading any more in this series.

The Accidental Bride -- decent modern romantic fiction. Wouldn't read it again, nor would I really recommend it, but it was okay.


Currently reading:

A Salty Piece of Land by Jimmy Buffett. So far so good - different than what I "normally" read, but I'm enjoying it so far. Not quite as quick a book to read, though. We'll see how it ends up.