Sunday, July 17, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? - July 18, 2016

Hello everyone!  Why do I feel like I just wrote one of these posts?  I mean, time isn't really speeding up is it?

My week was not especially eventful, but a few routine appointments through my schedule out of whack (and I'm totally a schedule person!).  This weekend, we headed back down to my home town for the Art Festival.  This is something I attended every single year growing up.  Since moving back, I've only been able to go every few years (let's just say it isn't my husband's favorite event), but I thoroughly enjoy it every time.  Yes,some pictures will be up in a couple weeks for a Saturday Snapshot post!

One especially cool thing happened while I was there. The church I grew up attending always has a booth where they sell Chi Yo, which are Vietnamese Spring Rolls (it helps that the Festival is held in a park across the street from the church!). I remember my mother volunteering to make them every year when I was a child.  I'm not a huge Spring Roll fan, but I always make a point to get one of these.  Well, when I went this time, I was recognized by the woman who directed me in Children's Choir about 35 years ago (and, by the way, she is STILL directing that choir!).  I was so touched--she has worked with hundreds of children over the years and yet she remembered me!

So, on that note, onto the updates!

This was a tough week for me, and I'm not sure why.  Other than the minor schedule interruptions mentioned above, there weren't any real obstacles.  I did the best I could, but I still felt that I wasn't at my best.

1- At least 77,000 steps a week
Sunday, 7/10 - 10,412 steps (4.68 miles)
Monday, 7/11 - 11,106 steps (5.8 miles)
Tuesday, 7/12 - 10,000 steps (4.49 miles)
Wednesday, 7/13 - 10,794 steps (5.94 miles)
Thursday, 7/14 - 12,452 steps (5.72 miles)
Friday, 7/15 - 10,029 steps (4.55 miles)
Saturday, 7/16 - 14,792 (6.65 miles)
TOTAL: 79,585 steps (37.83 miles)

2 - 2 strength training workouts a week

3 - 96 ounces of water a day
Another one I didn't meet!  I did get at least 64 ounces a day, but I never got up to 96.  But, on the upside, I am getting better about tracking my water!

4 - Complete the 30 in 30 challenge
As I said, this one will be done in July...but I am still on track with it after having to start over. I will also admit that one of my 30 minute walks this week was following my kids around while they played Pokemon Go.

Also, I've been doing some vlogs on my healthy living goals.  I only post once a week (and I film in my car--parked!--because it is the one kid-free place I have!)  I may start doing to book videos as well. In any case, you can find my channel here.

Right Now, I'm Reading:
Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale
This one is for a blog tour and reading it seems to be hitting the spot for me.  So far, it seems like light suspense, which is about where my brain is at the moment.  I will say I'm far enough into it where I usually know how such a book will turn out, but I still don't have a clue about this one--so that is something!

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Yeah, I know...I'm one of the last people on the planet to read this.  I've had it on my kindle FOREVER but, well, you know. The good news is that I am finally getting to it!

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Still fightin' for freedom....

Last Week, I finished reading:
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty (finished 7/14, review 8/4)
This is the 4th Moriarty book I've read (Big Little Lies, Three Wishes, and The Last Anniversary being the other 3) and I think this one is my favorite.  Her newest book should show up on my Kindle in the next 2 weeks, so I'll be looking forward to that.

The Valley by Helen Bryan (finished 7/15, review 7/19)
My review is out tomorrow, so I'll leave my thoughts for that.  All I'll say here is that I really should get an award for finishing this one.

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