Time flies when you’re having fun

**I swear I thought I posted this last week — but clearly I didn’t hit the correct button**

Soo I’m still here! I’ve been terrible at keeping up with at least one post every other week and I can’t even promise I’ll do better, 😆. March is in full swing and things have been pretty busy for me. Work is going great, I love my job. Summer Reading is coming up and this will be my first time organizing for my library. Previously, when I was a Library assistant, all the full-time staff worked on planning and preparing and I just followed their directions. This year will be different since I’m in charge of both children’s and teens but I’m excited.

I’m behind on my reading challenge but should be almost caught up once I finish the three books I’m reading. Since I work with kids a lot I’m trying to read at least one juvenile fiction book per month. I finished Oddity by Sarah Cannon a couple weeks and it was really cute. The main reason I chose to read it was because I loved the cover. I’m currently in the middle of reading The Wishing Spell (Book 1 in The Land of Stories series) by Chris Colfer and it’s ok. I’m having a hard time staying focused on it but I know it’s a popular series for juveniles. After I finish The Wishing Spell, I will be starting Wishtree by Katherine Applegate.

Anyway, I’m off to enjoy my Saturday, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Review: Winter Journey by Diane Armstrong

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I finished this one a few days ago and I’m surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It’s not my usual genre, but I’ve had the Kindle version for a while so it was time to finally read it. As I normally do, I paired it with the audiobook so I could finish it quicker. The audiobook was great because I couldn’t pronounce any of those Polish names and cities without it. The content was heavy and I went through a few different emotions while reading it — anger, sadness, and disbelief. I still don’t understand how people could be treated that way! It’s not even something I should have to understand because it should have never happened in the first place.

Based on a true story, the story revolves around Halina Shore, a forensic dentist who has been chosen to take part in a war crimes investigation in Poland. The investigation brings up many questions and makes her question everything she knew about her childhood and her own mother . Born in Poland, she emigrated with her mother to Australia when she was a young girl  but whenever she would ask her mother about any family members or what life was like back in Poland, her mother would either change the subject or just not answer the question. Many secrets were revealed and disgusting crimes were uncovered. Although some of the story was obviously made up, I did enjoy the different side stories that developed because they eventually all tied back into the main story.

 

Peace out, 2017

There is about an hour until the year is officially over and I’m currently binge watching Blacklist on Netflix. I haven’t really done any kind of partying on New Year’s Eve in a long time and I’m OK with that. I finished a book earlier and plan on watching TV and reading for the rest of the evening. I’m so old!

As far as reading goes, I read 77 books this year. I only tracked a couple children’s books even though I read several per week for story time at my library. For next year’s challenge, I thought about counting every single book I read, including children’s books, just to see how many I’ll read in a year, BUT I feel counting the children’s books is cheating. I just think it would be interesting to see all that I read in one year, children’s books included. Once the 2018 challenge opens up, I’ll decide what to set my number at. Obviously if I include children’s books I will set the number high 🙂 In addition to the Goodreads challenge, I’m doing a few other reading challenges as well. Right now I’m going to try Flourish & Blotts (someone from one of my Facebook groups created this one but I haven’t found a website yet), 26 Books Challenge with Bringing up Burns (I’d saved a prompt for this but I think it was for a previous year, she hasn’t posted the one for 2018 yet), and 2018 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge. More than likely I’ll add one more. My goal for some of the challenge categories is to choose from books I already own — I have enough of them.

There are several goals floating around in my head and eventually I’ll write them out but right now I’m going to enjoy what’s left of 2017 and pray that 2018 is good to me.

Happy New Year!

 

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 

  
Hello!
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!