Review: Behind her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Louise, a divorced, single mother, meets David in a bar and is instantly smitten. Unfortunately, it turns out David is married and her new boss. By some odd chance, Louise becomes friends with David’s wife, Adele. The affair with David continues but little does Louise know how far Adele will go to keep her husband. 

Wow, what a book! This whole story was full of mind games and I didn’t expect it to end the way it did. If you have the chance, I highly recommend the audiobook. I have this weird fascination with accents and the British accents in this story were just lovely. If you like suspense mixed with a large dose of crazy, this book is for you. 

Mid-month check in


It’s crazy how November is already half over. Thanksgiving is next week but and a Christmas music has already started. I personally refuse to listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, just can’t do it.

Anyway, it’s been an interesting month so far. I was in Monterey over the weekend for the Big Sur Half Marathon and I really enjoyed it. The end of the race didn’t go well but the views along the course were beautiful. I may do it again next year just, I’m not sure yet.

I was doing well with my interval runs until about mile 7, that’s when my calves started cramping. Each time I started running, I’d feel a cramp start. Because of the cramps, I had to walk the remainder of the race. I barely made the time cut off but I made it! The medal was nice, different from my other race medals.


I think I’m done with races for the year but I MIGHT do a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. There are a couple local ones so I wouldn’t have to go very far.

I’m down almost 17lbs and am hoping to make it to 20lbs soon so I can reward myself. I told myself once I reached 20lbs, I would buy myself a Pandora charm bracelet and each goal I reach after that will be a new charm. So, 3lbs to go! I’ve been mostly doing the treadmill at home but recently started going back to the gym to switch up the cardio. I’m planning on doing kettle bell workouts soon once my kettle bells arrive. I love working out with them because they can give you a full body workout and you just need one kettle bell.

 

As far a reading goes, I’ve surpassed my original goal of 60 books. I’m trying to see if I can finish 100 before the end of the year. I’m at 78 right now. I’m finishing up 3 books right now so I might make it, maybe.

 

 

Even though Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet, I’m already looking forward to December. My brother and his family will be here to visit for the  holidays and I can’t wait to see my nephews again. The oldest one has been reading up a storm and I want to buy him every book I see that might interest him, but he already had a ton of unread books so that will have to wait. He called me this afternoon to tell me he finished one of the books I bought him a couple of months ago and it made me smile. He was so excited! He even made a bookmark for himself so he won’t forget what page he is on. That is one of the reason I love working at the library, seeing the joy on patrons’ faces when they find a book they really want to read.

Anyway, the library is closing soon and I need to make my rounds so I will be back another day.

Happy Wednesday!

 

 

I’ve been MIA

Gooood Morning!

I didn’t realize it had been almost a month since my last post. Oops. 

Things have been pretty busy now that my nephews are in town. I was off from work last week and just hung out with them. It’s been quite entertaining. At 2yrs old and 6yrs old, they’re both full of energy. I give much credit to the parents out there, especially when it comes to meltdowns. Oh my goodness, Ray (the 2yr old), will fall out over the littlest things! It’s funny and frustrating at the same time. 

Even though I’ve been keeping busy with the kids, I’m still getting workouts in. I have an ortho appt for my shoulder next month so I’m mainly just doing cardio and lower body workouts. I miss weights!

In addition to my DietBet, I’m also currently doing a StepBet. I can’t remember what week I’m on but this has kept me moving and making sure I meet my daily steps goals. Playing Pokémon Go has helped too! 


I made a vision board for myself the other day. I’m using it to track my weight and weekly goals. I’ll also wrote a motivational quote each week. It’s super simple right now but I like how it came out. I have a photo of Serena Williams because she is my body inspiration. The paper heart is from my first round of the 28-Day Jumpstart with the Fitgirls Guide. Haha, I tried to blur out my childhood wallpaper. 🙂

On the reading front, I’m still reading a lot. I’m currently 11 books ahead of my Goodreads goal. 


I had to leave Uprooted by Naomi Novik unfinished. I just couldn’t get into the story. There were many good reviews and I really wanted to like it but it just didn’t happen. 

Currently Reading

An Echo of Bone (#7) – Diana Gabaldon — I love the Outlanders series so much I don’t want it to end!

Glass Sword (#2) – Victoria Aveyrd — I enjoyed the first book in this series but have yet to get hooked to the second book. I’m only about 60 pages in so there’s still time. 

Cress (#3) – Marissa Meyer — just started this one but I loved the first two books and I don’t think this one will disappoint. 

Alexander Hamilton — Ron Chernow — I’m embarrassed to say I’m still reading this! The book isn’t boring or anything but I keep getting drawn to my fiction books. I’m aiming to finish this by end of August. 
Have an awesome day, Friday will be here soon!

Back from my Vacation 

  
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I’m back from Florida and oh my goodness I just want to sleep for a week. While I had a great time at Disney World, each day wore me out. To top things off, my nephew was teething and was petty much miserable the whole time. He has molars coming in, one on each side, poor kid. 

I did a ton of walking each day so I hope that will help counteract the food I ate while I was there. Unless you had reservations for the restaurants, quick-serve places were our only option. We did end up eating in one restaurant at Epcot, The Garden Grill. It was pretty good and gave me the chance to eat some vegetables. 

Disney World is massive and I can see why people plan their trips many months in advance, especially those with children. The prices for everything are high but I expected that. Most of my money went towards food, lol. I didn’t really buy any souvenirs. 

Now that my vacation is over, I feel like I need to do a super clean eating week just to get myself back on track. Chicken, veggies, all that stuff that will bore me after a few days. Definitely need to hit the grocery store soon. 

Books

I finished two books while I was in Florida, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Both were good, but Landline took a while to get me hooked. Red Queen is book 1 of a series and I’ve already put a hold request for the second book, Glass Sword.

I’ve been reading a lot lately and I love it. I’m at 19 books so far, 4 books ahead of schedule. I’ve been getting a ton of book suggestions in one of my reading groups on Facebook but haven’t had a chance to put them on my Goodreads list yet. 

I don’t go back to work until Monday so I’m going to read as much as I can. My ideal day would be a book, a papasan chair (I will get one someday), and tea. 😀

Anyway, I need to go unpack and do laundry. Happy Thursday to you!

Happy Valentine’s Day 

Hey!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ve never been a huge fan of this holiday but I couldn’t help but show off this cute photo of my dog, Roco.

I started my day off this morning with three short workouts on my treadmill. I’m so glad I bought my treadmill and signed up with iFit. There are so many programs and routes to to choose from that I look forward to a different one each time I workout. Right now I’m trying to figure out how I can get in a run or walk in the morning before I go to work. I start work at 6:30am so I’d have to be up and ready to workout no later than 5:15am….that’s rough! I’m a night owl so no matter what time I know I need to wake up in the morning, I can’t ever go to sleep at a decent time. Ha, maybe I should sleep in my workout clothes! Is that even a thing? I should be able to do it at least twice a week.

So, right now it’s February and here in California, I have yet to see El Niño rear it’s ugly head. We had rain one week and then the next week temperatures were in the high 80s. The weather has been so weird this winter that I’m blaming it on my recent allergy outbreak. Normally I don’t have any issued with allergies but this last week they knocked me on my ass. I really do hope we get some real rain soon because I’m tired of this February heat. We have to deal with hot temperatures in Spring and Summer already. Come on Winter, show your face!

Reading Challenge

I’m on track with my challenge! So far I’ve read 8 books this year and I’m on a roll. Last night, I finished Breakable by Tammara Webber last night and I loved it. It’s the second book in the Contours of the Heart series. I read the first book, Easy, back in 2012. I read it in one day, that’s how good it was. After finishing Breakable, I really wanted to know what happened after the story ended. There is a third book, Sweet, but it doesn’t have anything to do with the two main characters in the first two books. I plan on reading it eventually.

As far as my current reads right now, I’m still listening to Alexander Hamilton. I usually only listen to it while I’m driving since when I try to listen at work, because there’s so much historical information, I find myself not fully grasping what is being read. I’m really enjoying the book though! I should have purchased the ebook a while ago when it was $9.99. Now, Amazon has it priced at $12.99, bah! Oh well.

My other current reads:

The Frozen Dead — (yes, I know I was reading this a while ago, but it’s been a slow read. I tried the audiobook and the narrator did a horrendous French and Swiss accent).

The Fiery Cross — I am loving this series. I started watching the Outlander TV series, and man, do Jamie and Claire have some great chemistry! I am finishing up season 1 and need to figure out how I can access Starz so I can be ready when season 2 starts.

I have to start Big Little Lies soon since I have a bookclub meeting in a couple weeks. I also have several ebooks checked out from San Francisco Public Library so I need to get those read before they have to be returned.

Anyway, I’m off to the gym now. It’s leg day, my favorite.

Enjoy your the rest of your Sunday!

 

 

Day 8 and other ramblings

Hello, Hello

It’s Monday and day 8 of my second round of Whole30. Everyday I ask myself why I am I doing this again? Seriously, this round seems much harder than my first round and I can’t really explain why. During my first round I was super diligent about checking labels and not eating out. This time, I’m still checking labels but I’m not as hesitant about eating out this time. Maybe because I know what I can order and what I can’t? I don’t know. Either way, I can’t wait until I’ve completed the 30 days.

I signed up for a DietBet with my sister-in-law and in order to keep track of how much I have left to lose, I will be weighing myself periodically. Yes, it’s against the rules but I don’t want to lose my money (again) so I’m willing to make this sacrifice. This particular DietBet has 11,825 players! I’ve lost the two previous DietBets I signed up for so I’m looking forward to NOT losing this one. The fact that I am doing Whole30 should help me out.

While I was in Georgia visiting my brother, I was able to work out several times thanks to their home gym and their kick-ass treadmill (more on that later). It was nice to have someone to workout with since I normally just go to the gym by myself. I actually didn’t eat terribly while I was there. My dad cooked a lot so we didn’t eat out too often. However, I did make sure to visit Cracker Barrel and The Waffle House. The Waffle House was good!

Now, the treadmill my SIL has is just awesome. It’s a Nordictrack X9i and the features are amazing! It goes up to 40% incline and -6% decline, you can pick different routes to run and the treadmill will adjust accordingly, workouts with Jillian Michaels, and so much more. I did a run one night and chose a route on Mt. Rainier. It was awesome. I loved this treadmill so much that I plan on getting one for my house, eventually. Perfect for doing HIIT at home.

As far as my latest workouts, I finished my first week of the Thinner, Leaner, Stronger program and will be starting week 2 after I get off work tonight. I like the fact that it’s using barbell and dumbbells versus weight machines because I feel like I get a better workout. Right now I’m lifting 3x/wk and trying to get in cardio 3x/wk as well. My SIL is doing the program with me and it’s great having her support.

Other Ramblings

*I finally watched Mockingjay, Part 1 last night — it was pretty good and now I can’t wait to watch part 2.

*I’ve been watching a lot of New Girl. I’m trying to catch up so I can watch the current season. Right now I’m on season 2. Schmidt is my favorite.

*Carlsbad half marathon this weekend! I’m a little nervous since it’s been a while since my last half was back in October 2014.

*If you haven’t watched Jessica Jones on Netflix, check it out. The show was really good.

*I’m currently reading Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, The Frozen Dead by Bernard Minier, Humans of New York: Stories.

Have a great night!

 

 

Hello, December

 

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Hello!

It’s been a while since I did an actual update post since I haven’t really had too much to write about. Last month was pretty busy and this month will be too, especially now that the holiday season is here. It’s crazy how there’s only one month left in 2015! I say this every year but time really is going by too fast. There are many upcoming events that I am excited about.

The one thing that bugs me about myself is I can’t seem to reach the goals I set, even the little ones. Sometimes I think it’s because I try and do too much when I know it won’t all be possible to get done in one month. Revisiting my November goals, I met a couple but not all of them.

*I still haven’t finished Thinner, Leaner, Stronger and this is mainly because I’ve been reading a ton of other stuff, fiction of course.

*Didn’t get many miles in. I DID get quite a few strength training workouts in though so that’s better than nothing.

*Didn’t even start on cleaning my closet. My closet is a bit overwhelming so that may need to be done one section at a time. I don’t think I could do it all at one time.

Anyway, here’s a recap of last month:

Went to Vegas for my boyfriend’s birthday. I’m not a huge gambler but I did have some luck at the Blackjack table.

My own birthday was on 11/19. I don’t care as much about birthdays as I used to but it’s always nice when I get birthday phone calls and text messages.

Celebrated Thanksgiving with my parents and cousins. I was off work from my main job at the Regional Center for 5 days and it was wonderful. I still worked at the library but since those shifts were short, it wasn’t too bad. I also ate way too much that weekend, lol. I know I wasn’t the only one though. Also, I’m not big on Black Friday shopping since I worked retail for 11 years. I bought a few things online but that’s about it.

Also on Thanksgiving Day I did some volunteer service with one of the local groups in my area. My friend Brandie and I delivered pre-packed Thanksgiving meals to many families and the experience was both humbling and heartwarming.

In addition to volunteering, I also did the Mustache Dache Virtual 5k. The packet came with a race bib and fake mustache. I took a quick picture with the mustache after I finished running. You can check it out on my Instagram. The mustache was super itchy.

Books read in November

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

The Martian by Andy Weir

Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

I’m aiming to finish 6 books this month, so far I have one down.

Speaking of reading, we’re coming up on the end of the Pop Sugar 2015 Reading Challenge and out of the 50 categories, I was able to mark off 23. There’s another one next year and I may attempt it but I doubt I’ll make it through the whole list. As long as I get to read, I’ll be happy.

Finally, here’s a super cute video. Even if you hate this song, you can’t help but smile.

Have a wonderful weekend!