Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

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1) I had an MRI done on my back today. Now to wait a full week to get the results. I sure hope it provides some answers (and solutions).

2) Still in the process of moving. What a nightmare...though I think most of the madness is behind us. Closing in 16 days!

3) I am really struggling to "like" my job. So many reasons. I applied for 2 School Counselor jobs this week. 

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4) Our neighbor's sweet dog, Fritz passed away yesterday. Super sad. He was 12. ShihTzu. He was her life. She is unmarried, no kids. Ethan and Fritz basically grew up together. Fritz had been struggling with health issues for a while and there were a few close calls along the way, sadly yesterday there just wasn't anything more the vet could do for him. It was a sad evening. Fritz will be so missed. 

5) I'd really like to do this someday....to a few people. 

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6) Disney in 8 days. Still worried and not terribly excited. I just hope I can get around the parks pain free and truly enjoy the trip. 

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7) With the little bit of "free" time I have these days, I am juggling 3 books. Book 1: Hamilton, Book 2: Modern Lovers and Book 3: The Strays.  I had actually been reading The Strays before Modern Lovers, but ML came in through the library so I switched over to it. I was also not loving The Strays, so it was an easy switch. 

8) Ethan and I went to an Open House for a summer camp program where he will attend 1 week this summer. They have an amazing camp program but the price is 3x more than most camps, hence only going 1 week. The theme for the week will be Star Wars, so of course, he is super excited. This camp also operates as a private K-8 school and while I knew it existed, I had never visited their campus. It is gorgeous and I loved some of the things they shared with us about their school program. Ethan was begging me to send him to this school next year. It has a $14k/year price tag. Yeah, he will probably not be attending. LOL!

9) Ethan will be in a music performance tonight at a local nursing home. He is singing "Zip-A-Dee-Do-Da".  :)

10) This is a good week to work in a Catholic school...Holy Thursday is a half day and Good Friday is a holiday. So here I am in Corporate America, working all day Thursday and Friday. At least I'm working from home on Friday and getting off at 3:30pm. 

Friday, April 07, 2017

Losing At Life

I'm having a series of bad days/weeks/months and it's usually best to not write when things are like this, but then for the sake of documenting my life (for someone's consumption later?), here's a brief update.

*after $400 of orthopedic & PT bills, my back is no better. I'm scheduled for an MRI next Wednesday, which is another pricey investment, so I'm not so excited about that, but I do hope to get some answers.

*we rec'd a pitiful offer on our house, countered & then IMO were just about forced to accept if we wanted to be able to buy the house we put a contract in on. It's still a crappy offer for our current home and I'm angry about the whole thing. I need April to be over with so I can move past it all and not be angry anymore. I finally gave my realtor a piece of my mind yesterday.

*the buyer is a milleneal. he is giving them (even-more) of a bad name.

*I'm going to Disney in 13 days and am the least excited I've ever been. I chalk this up to many things...different job, back pain, house situation etc.

*I think I've come to the end of my time at Orange Theory. I'm putting my 30 days in tomorrow so I'll have 6 more classes and then be done. While I enjoy it, I just cannot afford the time or the cost to go more often and for what I'm spending, it just doesn't make sense. I'm thinking I'll go back to the YMCA and get back into going every Saturday morning and then at least 2x during the week. It'll be hard, but I'm determined to make it work.

*On that note, I was in Nashville earlier this week for work and I used the elliptical machine at the hotel fitness center both nights. Ironically (or not), I woke up both mornings FREE of back pain and even turning over etc was pain free -which is NOT typically the case. The YMCA has elliptical machines which is what got me thinking about changing my fitness membership situation. I plan to go to the Y tonight on a one-day pass and try the elliptical and see how I feel in the morning. I've had crazy pain yesterday and this morning, so it all makes sense, but this will be the true test.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

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1) First things first! I won the HR dept Cupcake Battle at work yesterday, with the Butterbeer Cupcakes. Yay!! Turns out staying up until 11pm on Tuesday night was worth it. Well, the prize is a gift card though I've yet to receive it so I'm not sure on the details of it.

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2) The moving situation has turned into a bit of an ordeal. We decided against the first house we saw after meeting with our realtor to discover that we bought our current house when the market was booming (for sellers) and so we can only expect to make $2500 on the sale of our house...in TEN EFFIN YEARS! Livid doesn't even come close to expressing how I feel about that. So basically all we would have to put into a new house is the equity from this one and since so much of it ends up going to the realtor & fees & closing costs blah blah blah, we are left with about $1.50 to put down on a bigger, more expensive house. Yep - adulting completely sucks. 

3) On that note, our realtor messaged us late last night that there is another house available in our neighborhood similar to the one we originally looked at. This one has some things better than the other and some things worse (no screened in porch). It's also 15k less, so here we are all sucked in again and off to look at it tomorrow night. This emotional roller coaster is wearing on me though, I had just resigned myself to the fact that we weren't going to be able to move and now that may change again. *sigh*

4) I'm afraid to jinx myself but my back pain has reduced in the past couple of days, though sleeping last night was difficult. I've done the dry needling twice now and plan to go again on Saturday. I think it's helping more than the actual PT moves. And interestingly enough, my PT friend is giving me different exercises than the other PT I'm going to and I'm starting to think my PT friend is correct that the other is not. Good thing is that I can do the exercises at home and quit going to PT, which will allow me to get to work sooner on Wednesdays. Win/Win. Only 49 days to the Star Wars 1/2 (and 10k) and I'm wiggin' out...really need to be better. It never fails, the FIRST time I sign up for back-to-back races and I end up with issues. Ugh!

5) I've noticed that many (all) of the "successful" women in my workplace are crazy tall. I am 5'4" and they tower over me. I know there's a study somewhere that talks about how tall women are more apt to be successful. There it is...I was doomed from the start. 

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6) I really want to make (and eat) this...but I have put myself on a strict diet...so I guess it'll have to wait.

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7) I finally started reading Hamilton by Ron Chernow and holy smokes - after reading 5 pages on my Kindle app, it says I've only read 1-2 pages...it is going to take me forever and ever to read this book. Because of that, I have decided to concurrently read The Guests on South Battery by Karen White...this is the 5th in the series and I've loved them all...though they make me want to leave now for Charleston! 

8) My book club met last Sunday and while I enjoy my book club, I desperately need another one with members in my age range....or we need to add people in my age range to my current book club. On that note, we are looking for additional members and I had/have 2 people interested. One signed up for sure and even read the book, then she emailed the day before and said she couldn't make it...family plans. That's the problem with people my age and book clubs - they don't have (or make) the time for them. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

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1. I thoroughly enjoyed this past Monday, Presidents Day AKA no school for Ethan. I worked from home in the morning and then took the afternoon off. I had a nice NON-rushed run on the treadmill followed by a trip to Barnes & Noble so Ethan could get his free birthday dessert before the coupon expired. We also left with one book: Pokemon Go Guide Book (ugh!).

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2. I started PT for my back last week and also changed from taking Ibuprofen to Alleve. Now after 2 PT sessions and 1 dry needling session, I have 0% improvement. Insert super duper sad face here.

3. My house remains in "disarray"...painting in the office is in full swing, though just about done. We ordered new flooring and it will take 8-10 days to come in. There are piles of "stuff" all over the house and I'm just about losing my mind. 

4. We are unexpectedly possibly moving to a new (to us) house. This all sort of came up out of (almost) nowhere. We have a friend who is a realtor, the house is in our same subdivision, which is awesome and it isn't on the market yet. We desperately need more space so it's an ideal situation if we can get price and timing worked out. 

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5. There is going to be a cupcake competition at my work next Wednesday. I am SO going to enter and am probably making these cupcakes. I made them a number of years ago and remember them being quite scrumptious....plus they look "fancy" with that drizzle. There are prizes too!! *crossing my fingers*

6. I moved to a new cube at work so that I have a sit/stand desk, which will hopefully help with my back pain. The cube is next to a window so that is a nice perk, however it was previously occupied by a wicked mean person so I sanitized with Clorox wipes, though I really wanted to burn some sage or have it blessed somehow. :)

7. I really wish I could get my life together enough to have a book blog. I'm not even going to try though since I can't even maintain this one regularly. Sad but true. I love seeing posts from "real people" about "10 books blah blah blah" and other fun lists. I would love to have the time to do the research into creating various reading lists like that. *sigh* I'll add that to my "when I'm retired bucket list" I guess. 

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8. We have officially entered the "do it my way" age with Ethan...specifically regarding his hair. He wants to grow his hair long(er) and also dye it blue (not happening!) like DanTDM. If you don't know who DanTDM is, he is a 24yo really rich You-Tuber from the UK and his voice is nearly constantly background noise in my house. Help me. Can I have my 4yo back please?

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9. My book club meets this Sunday and we are reading "Unexpected Lives: Books 2 & 3 of the Smith Family". We read the 1st book in the series for our meeting last month and everyone loved it so we decided to move right into the sequel. The author is a local gal in her mid 30s and she came to our meeting last month and is going to join us again this Sunday. Before reading the first book, I did not know that she is a 2nd (or 3rd) cousin to my mother's husband. Neat!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

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1) Ever feel like you just don't belong where you are? Or anywhere, for that matter? I don't feel like I really fit it at my school job of the last 6 years...I mean, I had a few friends there, but I wouldn't say it was a 100% fit. Sadly, I'm starting to feel that way about my current gig...I don't know if it's "just me" or what, but most days I feel invisible when I'm there...because maybe others there feel (think?) they are better than me or I'm not "worthy" of a greeting or a conversation. Most days are "ok" but more and more, I'm feeling this way. *sigh*
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2) I've really been struggling with back pain this year...it actually started at the end of 2016. I tried a chiropractor for a month with no consistent progress. I have an appointment with an orthopedic doc on Monday morning and I cannot wait. I need an answer. I am beyond frustrated and Tues night after work, I was so uncomfortable I was almost in tears. It doesn't help that I'm ridiculously obsessed with Fitbit and getting my 10k steps daily so I often force myself onto the treadmill. though usually only to walk since running is painful...Tuesday night though, I camped out on my couch. I don't know how people with chronic pain tolerate it. I suspect the pain may be a result of my super sedentary job...even though I get up to walk fairly often, it's not enough and it's definitely less movement than what I had in my prior job. 
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3) Ethan turned 9 years old yesterday. Whoa...crazy...time really does fly, especially after you have kids. He got quite the birthday present this week with the entire week off of school as they are closed due to illness...the entire county. Nuts! Thankfully, we are not sick. I'm taking him for his 9 year well visit this afternoon, I sure hope we don't pick up any germs while there considering there is so much sickness going around.

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4) So...I WAS enjoying a few book podcasts recently...but then over the past couple weeks the topic of politics moved to the forefront of the discussion(s). It was annoying...I wanted to hear about upcoming books, not politics, particularly since they were complaining about the latest "thing" in politics. Ugh. Anyway...i tweeted that I wish the podcasts would talk about books and not politics and one of the podcasters replied that books are 100% political....ok...either I'm completely clueless or maybe I just enjoy reading books for the "escape" piece...I'm not here to criticize the writing quality or whether the author is pushing some sort of agenda....so please tell me....are books political? 

5) We are doing some MUCH needed work on our house...my home office is  a disaster right now as the hubs pulled out the carpet and we are getting ready to paint it and then put down new flooring. I'm struggling with the disarray around the house...I have no where to put everything that is normally IN the office, so there are piles of crap all over the place...i.e. printer is on the kitchen table. I have to finish packing things up and getting everything off the walls so the painting can begin. Then there is the tackling of moving my desk out of there...it weights a zillion pounds so that won't be fun. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

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Lucky Boy by [Sekaran, Shanthi]

1) This book sounds so, so good...especially with my love for Mexico, I cannot wait to read it. I may even have to pay the ridiculous price of $13.99 for the e-book.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel by [Backman, Fredrik] Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel by [Backman, Fredrik] A Man Called Ove: A Novel by [Backman, Fredrik]
2) I have also jumped on the  Fredrik Backman bandwagon and cannot wait to read all 3 of his "hot" books. It's my turn to pick the book for the book club that I am in, so I think I will choose "A Man Called Ove"...I've heard so many great things about it and I really want to see the movie, so I need to hurry and read it!

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3) Planning to make these beautiful & scrumptious looking cookies THIS weekend!!

4) I'm taking Friday off this week and super crazy excited as I will live my DREAM "stay at home mom" life for the day. I'm working at the school Book Swap (!!!) in the morning, attending an Orange Theory class at lunchtime and then picking up E in the pick up line....maybe even IN my workout clothes...you know, like all the SAHMommies do. LOL! Actually, I hope to be cleaned up!

5) Add to #4 that there has been a bit of drama & turmoil at work this week so I am rather happy that I'll be off on Friday!

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6) I'm still loving THIS IS US!! Are you watching? You should!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

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1) I had soooo much fun last weekend scrapbooking with my mom. It always goes by too fast. I did get a lot accomplished, but of course, I'm still way behind. *sigh* I remain super motivated however and hope to make some more progress this weekend. 

2) I feel so tech-savvy with this comment, but maybe all of you already know about it...either way, don't tell me so that I can enjoy the feeling a little longer -lol- anyway, I was listening to a BookRiot Podcast the other day and they mentioned www.libraryextension.com for Google Chrome...ok this is so cool...if you install it to your Google Chrome, when you surf Amazon for books, it will tell you if the book (regular, ebook or audio) is currently available at your local library! Oh my the awesomeness! No more separate searching. There is also a button to place a hold on it at your library which takes you directly to the library site. Love this!!

3) Still loving Orange Theory, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that every single part of my body hurts. Wow, it's pathetic that even with all the running I did last year, I am in terrible shape. 

4) It's been unusually warm here so far in January. We have been in the 60s for the past week or so and will continue for about another week. Strange. Usually we get our snow in late January/early February and a few days off of school. So far, there has only been one "snow day" and it was because the back roads hadn't thawed yet. I sure did love how quickly they close the schools around here when I worked in them...now it's a whole other ballgame...but I can work from home so I'm planning on that.

5) All I want to do is bake. And eat my baked goods. But I gained weight over Christmas and cannot afford for the scale to keep going up. 

6) It's gonna be a short post this week people, I've got nothing else.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

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1) I knew it had been a while since I blogged, but I didn't realize it was almost 6 weeks ago....but then again, it was a busy six weeks.
Image result for texas images 2) We had a great trip to Texas for Christmas, saw some new places, relaxed somewhat, played more board games than I care to admit and definitely got some reading done...more in the car, than anywhere though.

3) Looking super forward to this weekend...it's girls weekend for me and my mom. We go to a scrapbooking retreat every year, it's local (downtown) and this is our 3rd year. I really need this to happen 3x a year, but I'll take what I can get. *sigh*  I am leaving work at 1:30pm on Friday and we check in at 3pm. Cannot. Wait.

4) Probably the biggest change in my life this year (already!) has been that I pulled the trigger on quitting the YMCA. It's been a thought floating around in my head since shortly after starting my new job, because I just haven't been able to get there as much. I have only been consistent with Thursday night Yoga and it's a fairly low key yoga class, so not a whole lot of calories burning there. The other factor is their child care. Ethan is 8yo and they recently rented out the (too small) room they used to use, to generate more funds (wrong decision IMO) and put the older kids (6-10yo) in an even smaller room where they SIT while parents work out. SIT. At the YMCA. Does that make a lick of sense to you? No, me neither. He started taking his iPad because there is NOTHING to do besides play the semi-broken Wii unit. Thanks, but no thanks. So the straw that broke the camel's back is that a mom showed up to the yoga class last week who has a son who does not get along with E. Long story, but there is some history there. I know this kid makes poor choices and is a turd (putting it lightly). I have never seen them at the YMCA before and of course E was stuck with this kid in the child care that night and had a complaint about the kid's behavior when I picked him up....so IMO that was the "sign" that it was time to go. And I quit!

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5)Now the best news...I joined Orange Theory!!!!! I had been wanting to do this for quite a while but with not having the child care, I just didn't know how it would work out. Since getting there during the week is next to impossible, I will do my classes on Saturday/Sunday...and maybe even a Friday night class once in a while. The Grand Opening is January 20 and so for those of us who have already signed up, we can go for FREE until Jan 19....so I woke up crazy early (4:30am) on Monday to go to the 5am class since Oscar hadn't left for work yet. I'm not a morning person, but was super excited to go to the class and I really enjoyed it. Next class: Saturday morning 8am -  a nice break to sitting all day and scrapbooking...at least I won't feel guilty for not getting much movement the rest of the day.

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6) Last night I made a stop at Barnes & Noble and it was a definitely high point to my week. I asked one of the booksellers to help me find a book for Ethan, and our conversation ended up with about 8 book recommendations for me and finding out that her and I have pretty similar book interests. It was an amazing conversation and instead of spending my $5 gift card on Ethan, I went home, loaded it to the BN website and bought The Sun is Also a Star which I have been dying to read but also too cheap to spend the $10.99...so I saved $5 off that...which totally justifies it, right? Right! My only regret, not getting her last name so we could connect on Goodreads.com!! She even asked me if I knew about Goodreads...oh yes, definitely, yes. 

7) On January 2, my husband was super motivated about replacing the floor in our house, starting with my home office carpet getting torn out, which is absolutely a mess. Today is the 12th and I haven't heard him talk about it for at least 7 days. *sigh*

8) Like many people I am sure, I put on a few pounds over the holidays and so I am working hard to get them off as quickly as possible. I was going to take a rest from the treadmill last night but when I got home I only had 6k steps, which is totally unacceptable (for us Fitbit junkies)...and so on the treadmill I went. And I pushed hard, doing running intervals like I did at Orange Theory. This morning, my knee is super unhappy. Like, walking hurts unhappy. Ouch.
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9) I had planned to start reading Hamilton on January 1...but clearly I have not. I really want to but cannot seem to pull the trigger for 2 reasons: (1) the e-book is $12.99 and (2) it's 700+ pages. Oof!

10) The most exciting moment of my weekday mornings is checking my Amazon e-book wishlist to see if there are any price drops. #truth

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

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1. We have had a real Christmas tree for the past few years and I've always enjoyed setting out to go pick one out together as a family, however, we have a small house and always have to jam said Christmas tree in the corner. I hate that and so I have made the executive decision to purchase an artificial (pre-lit!) tree this year. Specifically the one pictured, from Target. A tall, slim tree is a gorgeous tree if you ask me and I'm hoping it works better in our house. If it fits where I have imagined it to go, then all will be good. And according to Ethan, Sharky the Elf needs more places to hang out every day too! 

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2. Just finished enjoying YA book "Holding Up The Universe" by Jennifer Niven and I loved it. Like, really loved it. Truly great characters and it makes you hope and wish there were more people like the two main characters in this world. Read it. You won't regret it. 

3. I've started going to the chiropractor in an effort to get some relief from back pain. Seriously, I turned 45 in August and I feel like I have been hit by a Mack truck most days. It's definitely been downhill since August and I'm not ready to accept that. And I cannot afford to stop working out or even reduce it since I simply look at food and gain weight. Totally sucks. Anyway, I've gone 3x so far and I have experienced some relief. My right hip has also been giving me a problem so we are working on that as well. Right after an adjustment, he tests my range of motion and it's amazing to see immediate results. Whoa! I cannot wait to go to Yoga tonight and see if I notice any differences there. 

4. I'm proud to say that I got up early on Thanksgiving morning and went to the Hot To Trot 5k. The weather was perfect which definitely helped. Oscar and Ethan drove me there after all so I didn't have to fret about parking. Win! I'm a typically (beginner) runner...went out strong for the first 1.5 miles and then putzed along at the end. Not a bad time for me really, but just can't seem to come in under 35 minutes. Ugh!  *See #3 (getting old)!

5. I ambitiously signed up for a paper crafting project for the month of December. Like we don't have enough to do right? I know, stupid. But I couldn't resist. It's a List Making project. Check out @30daysoflists on Instagram. I plan on tweaking mine a bit to incorporate more Christmas-y things and such and to make it more of a December Daily project, though I just can't seem to commit fully to a December Daily project anymore. I love the books I created in years past, but again, just not enough time and it ends up making me feel resentful instead of enjoying the time....so yeah.


6. I've already been bitten by the "baking bug"...I just want to be home and able to bake all day long. Last night, I threw together a quick batch of peanut butter cookies. It's pretty much the only recipe we had all the ingredients for. I actually used the recipe for the Peanut Blossom cookies (AKA Hershey Kiss Cookies) but without the kisses. Ethan gave them 2 thumbs up. 


7. I started reading Mischling yesterday...not that far in yet. It's ok, but I think it might be a bit dark & depressing for the holiday season. I may have to re-think this decision. 

 8. I check my Amazon E-book Wishlist every.single.day to see if the price goes down on the many books I want to read. It usually happens 2x/month or so that I'll find one down to 2.99 or 5.99, which is awesome. I snagged "Everyone Who is Brave is Forgiven" for $2.99 yesterday! (It's back to $11.99 today!)I try really hard not to buy until they go on "sale". The joy  & excitement I feel in pulling up my list everyday is really crazy, but I own it.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

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1) I'm working my first "Wednesday before Thanksgiving" in the last 6 years. *sigh* At least it's super quiet and we get out at 2pm, so I guess it's not really all that bad.
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2) Hoping I have the self-discipline to wake up early Thanksgiving morning and get to the Turkey Trot. The route is fairly flat and simple, so I really shouldn't miss it, but parking may be a bit of an issue and I hate dealing with parking matters. I was thinking it was also going to be cold, but looks like it will be in upper 40s, almost 50, so that's not too awful. It will also be my last race of the year. 

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3) I received the latest publication of the Food Network magazine yesterday and holy smokes, really regretting not going to Pastry School. I want to go home and bake all the cookies. I'm thinking of setting a goal of baking (or attempting to bake) 10 new cookies this holiday season. There are a few at least in the FN magazine I'd like to try. Ten may be a bit lofty but it's worth a try. 



4) As I've mentioned before, the parenting gig is not for sissies. Ugh....I learned of a peer relations "issue" yesterday evening from Ethan - he told his music teacher and I overheard from the waiting room...I don't think he thought anything of it, but it's a HUGE issue....and now I get to work on having that resolved. I feel bad that I sent the teacher an email on the first day of Thanksgiving break, but this needs attention at 745am on Monday when everyone returns. I was so upset about the whole thing that I woke at 3am and could not fall back asleep for 45 minutes or so. That hasn't happened to me in ages. I'm usually pretty wiped out every day and don't have a problem not being able to sleep. 

 
5) Still plugging along reading "the keeper of secrets"...I'm about 70% done so hopefully I will finish it in the next couple of days. If anything, I can finish it on Friday on our 5 hour drive to SC. I cannot wait to have lunch at Poe's Tavern...and buy a new shirt there too!!! Love their long sleeve shirts. So comfy.

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6) Most of my reading time these days is coming while I'm on the treadmill or elliptical machine...I've been so tired at bedtime, that I rarely do any reading then anymore. I think this new job is (still) kicking my butt in terms of schedule. Ugh! I'm also super tired (fed up) with getting on the treadmill every.single.day just to reach my 10k steps. It used to be SO easy to get 12k or more daily. Not the case anymore and I'm getting up and going for walks during the workday too. Yesterday I finally said "eff it" and went to bed with only 8,400 steps....which secretly "kills me". Oh well...I just don't have the time or the energy anymore...and now it all makes sense why my mom never wanted to do anything after she got home from work when I was a kid. There was NO flex time. She got off at 5pm and had a 30 minute (at least) commute from Downtown Detroit. Ugh. I would hate that too.

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7) I tossed the traditional Thanksgiving desserts to the side this year and ordered a Nothing Bundt Cake this year. Red Velvet. It's going to be amazing!

8) This makes my heart hurt so, so bad. Those poor moms.

9) The struggle with Ethan to read continues. I have resorted to getting picture books from the library, usually new ones that I've read about in cyberland having won an award or such. He doesn't fight me on reading these and I figure it's better than nothing. He's reading, just not reading to his fullest ability. *sigh* I'm still buying him books for Christmas! Ha!

10) Geesh...OrangeTheory is super annoying. I called them over a year ago to inquire and (mistakenly) gave them my phone number. As much as I'd like to try their workout, they do not offer child care and are not conveniently located. They call me at least once a week! Ugh! I'm always at work when they call and I never recognize the number so I have not yet been able to tell them to quit freaking calling me, but I really need to tell them.