Welcome to the 81st Edition of My Sunday Post!
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News at Home
I’ve had a busy week and it was a good one, so thanks for all the good wishes! Monday was my step-son’s birthday – he turned 15! I can’t get over how different he is from the little 5 year old I met 10 years ago. He’s a good kid and I’m proud of him, but I’m so not ready for him to be growing up! We spent Monday evening at his mom’s and that’s when I gave him the poncho he requested. I’m going to show you a picture of him in it – but I must note: He choose the colors and the pattern. It’s what he wanted – not exactly what I would have made. He goes to the beat of his own drummer (and we love him for it):
That was my first project where size mattered and I actually had to reduce the pattern because he’s so damn sknny. So I’m proud of how it turned out. We also went out for dinner Friday for his birthday – his restaurant of choice was Olive Garden (yay! I love that place).
We had a good time, though he did get into one of his moods because we all (his mom, his dad, and me) teased aout his hair needing to get cut. His hair is a constant battle – we don’t mind that he likes it longer, but we do insist on frequent trims to keep it looking less like a Q-tip. Hopefully, now that he’s 15, we’ll see a miraculous transformation and he act like an adult about his hair. LOL!
We also finally made the decision to sell the truck this week and took her into CarMax. We’ve had her for 5 years – we got her because we knew we’d have to move at least twice with my going to grad school and we didn’t want the added expense of Uhauls. Well she saw us through 8 moves in the last 5 years, not to mention 9 trips between Dallas and St. Louis (almost 700 miles each trip). She hasn’t been perfect – heater and air stopped working and we had to do this little battery trick so it wouldn’t die when the truck was off – but she never once broke down on us, which we especially appreciated when we drove through the night a few times between St. Louis and Dallas. So it’s bitter sweet letting her go, but it’s time. We drove her maybe 4 times in the last 2 months because we use my mom’s car more. Our truck was bad on gas (as all trucks are). So at 285,000 miles our 1998 F-150 is gone 🙁 I’m writing this Saturay morning, but we’re planning to go out this afternon and *hopefully* buy a car. Our goal is to get something roomy enough – I’m 5’11 and plus size (putting it nicely lol) – but also gas efficient enough for when I start having a daily commute.
Oh and my mom finished another coat for Buffy! She’s been planning on doing this one for a while, but other projects had to trump it. Isn’t it the cutest thing though?
My mom has plans for a sherlock holmes type hat to go with it, with holes for her ears. She probably won’t make that for a while, but I’ll share when she does 🙂
I’ve been in a major reading slump. I’ll be finishing my yearly reread of Pride & Prejudice tomorrow (well Sunday – so today for you) and it just hasn’t been as enjoyable as usual. I think because I’ve really been fighting to not lose myself in grief this year and while that’s worked really well – I think I’ve had to disconnect myself from the book a bit to do it. I’m really looking forward to watching the A&E version of the movie today (Sunday) though, as is my tradition! Besides P&P if you were to go to my goodreads currently reading shelf right now, you’d see:
I typically read no more than two books at a time, but I couldn’t get into anything for a while. So these are the books I started, didn’t want to DNF so hope to get back to… with the exception of the Huss book! Thank goodness for J.A. Huss y’all! I finally was desperate and sent a begging tweet & FB message to Bookworm Brandee to borrow Block (Social Media #3) on Thursday. By time I went to bed I had finished it, already begged her to also send me Status (Social Meida #4), and finished it! Reading slump over! I’m currently on Profile (Social Media #5) but I highly suspect that I’ll be finishing up Home (Social Media #6 – last one) by time this post publishes. And then I think I’ll be ready to get back to my other books 🙂 Phew! Crisis averted! Thanks Brandee and J.A. Huss!
We’re also making progress on our COYER plans for the summer – Michelle has finished the first logo! Want to see?
So mark your calendars for May 16th so you can sign up to join us this summer!
I had a really good week – I kind of hurt the muscle at the top of my leg (is that the groin muscle? I’m so bad at science….) doing some leg exercises on Wednesday so I took it easy and skipped the blogilates on Thursday and Friday. But otherwise, going strong! My mom actually had to take in a bunch of my clothes (thank god she can do that!) several inches this week. Yay!
My steps goal this week is an average of 6k steps a day – still working my way back up to 10k steps.
30 day slim arms challenge day 4
Steps (in addition): 12,170 (that’s the day I did all that dancing)
30 day slim arms challenge day 5
Steps (in addition): 6,702
50 minutes water aerobics class
30 day slim arms challenge day 6
Steps (in addition): 7,318
30 day slim arms challenge day 7
Steps (in addition): 8,975
50 minutes water aerobics class
30 day slim arms challenge day 8
Steps (in addition): 10,153
30 day slim arms challenge day 9
Steps (in addition): 6,364
50 minutes water aerobics class
30 day slim arms challenge day 10
Steps (in addition): 9,145
Average steps: 8,690 steps/day (woot! made my goal!)
Days counting calories: 7
Book budget money earned: $2
Last Week on the Blog
- [5 Apr] Sunday Post | 80th Edition
- [6 Apr] My Bluegrass Baby by Molly Harper ★★★★
- [7 Apr] Why do YOU book sniff?
- [7 Apr] Task It Tuesday Week Two
- [8 Apr] Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover ★★★★½
- [9 Apr] “The Reckoning” S1:E9 | Outlander Thoughts
- [10 Apr] The Death Cure by James Dashner ★★½
- [11 Apr] My TBR List | April 2015 Results
This Week on the Blog Look For:
Sunday Post | 81st Edition
Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean
Book of the Year | 1st Quarter Picks
Task It Tuesday Week Three
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
“By The Pricking of my Thumbs” S1:E10 | Outlander Thoughts
House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter
Voices of Audio
Because of the way I read blog posts some of these might be more than a week old, but there still good!
Angela Addams visited Rabid Reads to ask Is it possible to have too much romance?
Jessia @ Rabid Reads has a new-ish feature where she checks out new covers and talks about them. Check out the lastest covers: Fiction Police: New Covers From Ilona Andrews, Clay & Susan Griffith, Nora Roberts and More
Chapter Break is celebrating! Go wish them a happy 2nd Birthay!
Ramona weighs in on the Clean Reader Controversy.
Heidi asks Why do you comment on blogs?
Coffee and Characters is also celebrating – go wish them a Happy 3rd blog birthday!
On a Book Bender shares Recommendations for Historical Romance Newbies
Another blogoversary! Go wish The Reading Wench a happy 1st blogoversary!
The Book Nympho’s latest Talking Between Reads asks: What the $&#@ is Women’s Fiction?
Added to my Shelf
*picture links to Goodreads*
How was your week?