Tuesday, January 29, 2013

January 29, 2013 – Temporary Change In Plans

Do you have any idea how difficult it is to eat and be healthy when you feel like crap?  I suspect that you do.  So this morning I got on the scale just to see if I was at least maintaining the weight loss I had last week.  The answer, No damn It! No!  So screw it, I’ve thrown healthy out the window for today.  I’ll do healthy again tomorrow, but for today it’s all about chocolate.  I’ve started a study:  The medicinal value of chocolate and the positive and/or negative impact on head colds.  Fine there may not be a positive impact on head colds but emotionally I feel much better.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

January 28, 2013 – Cough Drops and Head Colds

Personally I rather enjoy Halls Cherry Menthol.  At this point it’s one of the few things that is helping me breath.  They also have the unexpected benefit of keeping strangers outside of my personal space.  The issue I’m having or rather the question: Is there any nutritional value in cough drops?  Obviously there is some, because they put it on the bag, but at the rate that I am using/eating them I’m going to have to start tracking them in the MyFitnessPal app.  My brother told me about the app, it’s kind of cool and makes it easy for me to track what I eat during the day, but what I find amusing is that it’s telling me I’m not consuming enough calories.  It wants me to eat 1200 a day.  I want to tell it… I’m sick, I can’t taste anything, I have minimal energy, and oh by the way I ate 30 cough drops today which would add another 400 – 500 calories to my intake, but seriously tracking cough drops just seems excessive.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

January 24, 2013 - No Snazzy Title

Jury Dury:

I got selected to sit on a criminal misdemeanor assault case, which is a fancy way of saying 2 guys got into a fist fight.  Our job as the jury was to determine if the defendant threw the 1st punch.  Seriously, this is what took 2 days of testimony and 2 minutes of jury deliberation to come down with a not guilty because the only credible witness didn’t see who threw the 1st punch.  Having said that it was interesting to see how the court system works and I’m grateful that it was not for a longer period of time.  I’m not sure I would have survived there were already several times where I had to fight the urge to roll my eyes at the prosecutor when he put on his tough guy act to berate one of the witnesses.  She admitted to lying to the police but insisted that she was telling the truth now.  Picture Law & Order leaping all over that sentiment without the finesse.  “So what you are telling us is you are a liar.”

Do you know what else I got out of jury Duty?  A head cold. Now my head is full of a rainbow of colors that nature did not intend.  I’m using the chicken soup method of recovery.  Eat chicken soup until I flush this cold out of my system.  Well that or I float away.

Working Out:

I managed to go to the gym this morning despite the cold.  It cleared my head for a little while but now I think it’s time for a nap.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

January 16, 2013 – Working Out aka Pain and Suffering

I just finished my workout this morning and I’m hoping that sooner rather than later I wont be so readily reminded about how out of shape I am.  That and I was forced to wonder how the heck those biggest loser contestants aren’t throwing up during EVERY workout, that or dead.  This was a 30 minute workout and the last exercise was referred to as a “metabolic boost.”   Well it turns out that’s a euphemism for get your cardio up until you feel like you are either going to faint or throw up.   Although I felt like both for a few minutes I’m happy to report that I didn’t actually do either.  Which brings me back to the biggest loser, thank God I am not working out with Jillian or Bob, and those contestants have to be throwing up all over the place but after the first day that doesn’t make good TV.  All I can say is (a) my stamina better start getting better soon and (b) I better show some weight loss this week

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Monday, January 14, 2013

January 14, 2013 - Spin Class

I was so proud of myself this morning.  I got up, went to the gym, worked out for a little bit and then I went to a spin class. 

This is the first spin class that I have been to in well over 2 years and frankly I was proud of the fact that I even showed up.  The nice thing about the class is that even if I can’t quite keep up with the intensity I can’t make a wrong turn and get lost or left behind.  Anyway, so there I am sweating and struggling but overall feeling really good.  Near the end of class I’m following less of the instructors’ directions but I keep pedaling and figure next time I’ll do better.  I’m still feeling like it’s a win.  Then I make the mistake of looking across the room and spot the pregnant lady and when I say pregnant I mean she looked like she might give birth any day now.  There she is going all out at the 50 minute mark and I’m feeling like I might not make it the last 10 minutes; nothing like an athletic pregnant lady to take the wind out of my sails.  My new goal is to keep up with her.  :D

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

January 10, 2013 – A Banner Day

It’s only 11:30 in the morning and I’m putting today into the banner day column.  It just started off right.  The puppy let me sleep until 6am.  I got my butt in gear I’ve established some fitness goals and have a workout plan.  Yes I did go to the gym today and worked out.  I feel really good, although the workout did highlight exactly how out of shape I am in.  I also made an appointment with one of the trainers for a free fitness test tomorrow.  I suspect that will confirm how out of shape I am.  As if I didn’t already know.

So here are my goals: 

I want to get back to being able to run 5 miles comfortably.   

I want my pants to fit nicely again

I want to feel strong.  I haven’t done any real weight lifting in the last 3 years and my body feels it.  My shoulders and back ache both of which go away when I am working out

I want to feel like I look good.

I think those are reasonable/realistic goals and I’m excited

What else.  I’m trying to get Jaime into a “Family Dog Training – Practicing the Basics” class that starts on the 16th.  We went through puppy training but I think this will help reinforce the training and help me to stay on track with her.  If she is going to be anywhere near the size they have predicted I need her to listen, which really means I need to consistently work with her.


 Did I mention I feel really good today?  I do

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Monday, January 7, 2013

January 7, 2013 - Book Review - After Mrs. Hamilton by Clare Ashton

Book Review - After Mrs. Hamilton by Clare Ashton

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 26, 2012)
Genre: Suspense


Book Description from Amazon

“Clo leads a loveless life as an escort for older women. Laura is locked in a safe marriage, but longs to break out and find the parents she never met. Two women enter the lives of these friends and Clo and Laura’s secrets, and those of the generation before, begin to unravel. Set in London and Oxfordshire, After Mrs. Hamilton is an intricate tale of secrets, obsession and betrayal.”

5 out of 5 stars

This is the second book that I have read written by Clare Ashton and I was not disappointed. 

This story which is really two possible three stories that are interrelated, are an amazing example of how people’s lives intersect and the far reaching ripple effect actions and decisions can have.  The main characters are Clo, Laura and Susan.  I found Laura and Susan’s stories interesting primarily in how it related to Clo.  Ultimately, for me the most interesting storyline was Clo’s it was both compelling and often gut wrenching. 

At one point there was a sentence that described Clo’s state of mine after a particularly difficult scene: “She was revolted by her own body and hunched her shoulders around her head, and wished she could shake it off and shed the repellent skin.”

There were so many moments in this story where I was able to relate to Clo’s state of mind that I felt compelled to finish the story while hoping throughout that there would be a happy ending for her.  This was a very good read.

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Friday, January 4, 2013

January 4, 2013 - Book Review - Once Upon A Twilight by Winter Pennington

Once Upon A Twilight by Winter Pennington
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Genre: Fantasy/Fairytale
Book Description from Boldstrokes Website
"Millicent and Malinda Hearthwell couldn’t be more different. Though the two sisters have always been close, Millicent is often frustrated by her sister’s inability to be what she perceives as mature and realistic. Too often, Malinda surrenders to her impulses, throwing herself thoughtlessly and headlong into flights of reckless fantasy.

On the day before Malinda’s wedding, Millicent finds herself dragged yet again on another of her sister’s wild and imaginative quests. Convinced that she will beseech the Fey Ones to help her escape the dull world around her and her betrothed, Malinda persuades Millicent into riding out in the forest near their home. When things do not go as planned, Millicent realizes she’s lost not only her sister in the deep heart of the forest, but her own way as well.

Just when she thinks she can go on no longer, a strange woman from the forest offers Millicent shelter from the storm. As Millicent comes to better know the generous and beautiful stranger, she begins to wonder if perhaps her sister’s far-fetched beliefs might have some merit to them after all, and that maybe, just maybe, fairytales and romance actually do exist beyond a page."
4.5 out of 5 stars
I’m tired of bitching about Winter Pennington.  I just read “Once Upon A Twilight” because it’s the only damn story of hers that I haven’t read (that I am aware of) and once again I am left wanting more.  I realize that I am becoming one of those stalker types repeatedly checking the Bold Strokes and Amazon websites to see if I missed something of hers, wishing she would write faster.  Maybe I should read slower.  It’s a tossup.

All I can say is that thus far I have not been disappointed with anything of hers that I have read.  Sure that day might come because I seem to be placing Winter Pennington on a writers pedestal but I just enjoy the way they flow and the fact that they are fantasy/paranormal but still feel real to me.  They are a wonderful escape from daily life.  I like them.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

January 3, 2013 – Random Things to Start The New Year

-          I can guarantee that I will incorrectly write the year as 2012 for the rest of this month

-          L and I spent New Year’s Day with friends playing Bunko and participating in a Yankee Swap.  Now let me explain that this particular Yankee Swap is set up to be funny, a way to re-gift something you don’t need or perhaps something that was so incredibly tacky that you had to share.  Since L and I didn’t really have anything that fell into either category she went out and found a “Santa Snuggy” which was funny.  However, the winner was a Christmas Angel ornament made out of a tampon.  Yes you read that correctly.  (1) I can believe someone actually made the thing, (2) they included a poem so that the person they gave it to would know exactly what it was and (3) the person who used it in the Yankee Swap was the original recipient of the “gift”.  I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard.  The look on the guy’s face that picked the angel, when he read the poem was priceless.  Horrified… yet priceless.

-          Jaime is growing like a weed.  The latest photo of the beastly boy and Jaime…

-          Speaking of Jaime, the girlie really enjoys the snow.  Running in it, sticking her head in the snow banks, and eating it.

-          Oh.. Resolutions.  Yeah I haven’t got any.  I mean really why would I make any?  Nothing has changed from years past.  I still want to try and be healthier, exercise more, read more.  Oh wait I can resolve to get my consulting business of the ground and running.  That is a good resolution.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

January 2, 2013 - Book Review - Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Historical, Suspense

Book Description from Goodreads

“Two young women become unlikely best friends during WWII, until one is captured by the Gestapo. Only in wartime could a stalwart lass from Manchester rub shoulders with a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a special operations executive. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted to each other.

But then a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France. She is captured by the Gestapo and becomes a prisoner of war. The story begins in “Verity’s” own words, as she writes her account for her captors. Truth or lies? Honour or betrayal? Everything they’ve ever believed in is put to the test”

5 out of 5 stars

I’m a little late coming to the Code Name Verity party but here I am jumping on the band wagon.  This is definitely on the top 3 books that I have read in 2012.  The story is based during WWII and revolves around two women, their friendship and the roles they play during the war.  One ultimately becomes a British spy and the other is an airplane pilot. 

The story is written in two parts, the 1st half of the book is narrated by the captured spy’s point of view and the second half is narrated by the pilot.  I’m not usually a big fan historical stories but the story has a great flow and as a reader I was quickly drawn in.  The difficulty in reviewing the story is that I don’t want to spoil the plot, so generically there are a few interesting plot twists and a few places where you definitely need a tissue handy.  This was well worth the read.

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