Monday, July 25, 2016

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? - July 25, 2016

Hello all...I usually start these posts by wondering how the week went so fast, but I don't feel like I can do that since the week isn't yet over!  I usually write up these posts on Sundays, but I'm writing this up on Friday (and will go in an update a few things Sunday) as we are going out of town this weekend to see my Father-in-Law.  I just thought it would be easier to write up all that I can now instead of trying to write while we are visiting or trying to write up a rushed post when we get back and post it late.

Okay, so let me tell you about my week. It started out like gangbusters, but by mid-week, I could barely move due to being absolutely exhausted.  I discuss this more in my weekly vlog, but basically I had to make some changes and prioritize sleep.  And, because of that, I'm backing away from the 30 in 30 challenge.  I may try it again when the kids are back in school but, for right now, it just isn't working in my family's schedule right now.

1 - At least 77,000 steps a week
Sunday, 7/17 - 13,630 steps (6.26 miles)
Monday, 7/18 - 10,220 steps (5.1 miles)
Tuesday, 7/19 - 4810 steps (2.16 miles)
Wednesday, 7/20 - 6610 steps (2.97 miles)
Thursday, 7/21 - 10,013 steps (4.5 miles)

So, yeah, you can see my crash there.  Even though I'm not doing the 30 in 30 challenge, I am going to focus on my steps and I'm hoping to have better results next week.

2 - 2 strength training workouts a week
I got one in (so far!)

3 - At least 96 ounces of water a day
I hit this mark twice this week, but I did get more than 64 ounces each day.

4 - At least 7 hours of seep a night
Yes, new of Friday, I have yet to hit this one (sigh!), but I will start tracking it towards this particular goal on Sunday, so next week will be my first update on it.

So, this week is going to be a little different.  I'm hoping to finish my current books before Monday, so I am going to list what I'm reading this week (which is the same as last week) and what I'm planning to start next.

What I'm currently (Friday) reading:
Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale
I'm over halfway done with this, but I still don't know how it ends!  Even though I think Lonsdale's voice can use some polishing (there is nothing wrong with it, I think it could just be a bit smoother), the fact that I'm still not "in the know" is definitely a plus!

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I wish I had more time to read this one!  It's fascinating so far, but I just haven't had the chance to sit down immerse myself in it outside of waiting for my kids.  Oh, one note if you are thinking about reading this.  I'm reading it on my Kindle and I really wish I were reading a print copy only because the photographs are a little hard to see on a Paperwhite.

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Still chugging along with this one!

What I am planning to read next:
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
This one is a book club book that I'm looking forward to getting into it.  I'm not planning to bring it up with me this weekend, so I won't be starting it until Monday.  Here is the summary:

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. 
Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness. 

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
This little gem is not going to show up on my Kindle until Tuesday morning, so if I finish Miss Peregrine before that, I'll probably just read some of the singles I have queued up.

Here is the summary:

Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong? 
Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.
Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite. 
Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone? 
In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm. 

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