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The Friday Five

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It has been quite some time since I’ve done a Friday Five (apparently my last one was October 16!) Yikes!  Oh well…let’s get to it.

  1. I am on vacation!   Next week is March Break here in Ontario, and as has been tradition for the last 9 or so years, we are off to Okemo Mountain in Ludlow, VT for our annual ski week with friends and family.  It should be an interesting trip, since the weather isn’t exactly cooperating for skiing.  While Okemo makes snow and has some of the best conditions in the East right now, they can’t do much when it’s well above freezing!  The snow is melting and the forecast continues to look warm for the week (those temps are in Celcius, by the way)
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  2. From the slopes to the beach!  When we get back from Okemo, we are home for a day or so, and then we are off to Cuba for a week of fun in the sun.  We went to Cuba last year with some friends in May, and they wanted to go back.  This week works well since Easter is in there, so the kids only miss a few days of school.   We are going back to the same resort – Iberostar Mojito.  It is not the best resort we have ever been to, but it’s cheap, clean and will do the trick.  We had a good time there last year, so we’re pretty confident we will again.  Two more families are joining us this year, so we are pretty much guaranteed to have a good time!. Can’t wait for this view again!
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  3. We are smack in the middle of the CrossFit Open.  Tonight I will be hitting Friday Night Lights at our gym to do 16.3.
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    This should be an interesting one, since I’m pretty sure I can’t do a bar muscle up.  I’ve actually never done a jumping chest to bar pull-up either, so that will keep things fun!  I’m thinking I will end up going scaled for this, although, there have been lots of video’s posted on the gym facebook page of people getting their first bar muscle ups, so I may have to take a little time to give that a try.  I’m pretty sure I can be at least this graceful: (click the image to be taken to the video..it’s quite funny)
    16.3 graceful

  4. I’ve been a reading machine!  While my blogging record for the year has been pitiful, my reading game has been on point!  I finished my 20th book early this morning (after midnight while reading before going to sleep).  I’ve enjoyed all but one book that I read.  I did not like book 19 – How Should A Person Be, by Sheila Heli.  I just couldn’t get into it.  I thought about stopping, but it was supposed to be good, and I saw it on a list of 21 books from the last 5 years every woman should  by the Huffington Post, so trudged through.  I was so happy to finally be done.  In the end, I have no idea how a person should be!
  5. I’m hoping to stick to my macro plan while on vacation.  I’ve been doing a pretty good job lately of sticking within my macro ranges.  The scale has not been plummeting, but I’m feeling pretty good, sleeping like a rock, and feeling strong in the gym.  I realize that there will be some indulgences on vacation (beer and Vermont Sharp Cheddar while at Okemo) and blender drinks in Cuba, but I’m hoping I can eat well around those treats.  I’m also going to pack my workout gear for both trips. I know for a fact I will have to do at least 1 workout in Cuba since 16.5 happens while I’m there and scores need to be submitted before I get back.  I’ve got my fingers crossed that it’s a simple workout since I’m going to be at the mercy of the resort gym.  I’ve looked online, and from what I can tell, they have a rowing machine and some “free weights” which I hope means barbell and plates.  Dave Castro, if you are reading this, please make 16.5 7 minutes of burpees, then I won’t need any equipment at all!

Happy Friday, everyone.

If you are doing the Open, how’s it going so far?  

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Not Blogging. 

  
Wow.  It’s been well over a month since I’ve blogged. I think about it most days, but just don’t have the desire to actually write anything.  I really should get back to quickie posts from my phone – that did seem to make it easier to get something together. 

While I haven’t been blogging, I have been reading.  I’m ahead of pace for my goal of 40 books for the year – 12 done as of last night.   

Here’s what I’ve read so far: 

  1. Everything I Never Told You, By Celeste Ng (January 2)
  2. All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr (January 6)
  3. We Need To Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver (January 15)
  4. After You, by Jojo Moyes (January 20)
  5. If I Stay, by Gayle Forman (January 20)
  6. One Plus One, my Jojo Moyes ( January 25)
  7. Honeymoon in Paris – A Novella, by Jojo Moyes (January 25)
  8. The Silent Wife, by A.S.A. Harrison (January 27)
  9. The Choice, by Nicholas Sparks (January 31)
  10. Sheltering Rain, by Jojo Moyes (February 7)
  11. The Girl You Left Behind, by Jojo Moyes (February 10)
  12. Still Alice, by Lisa Genova (February 12)

I’m currently reading Where She Went, which is a follow up to book 5 above.  

I’m hoping at some point the desire to blog comes back. Until then, I will just keep reading!  

Have you read any good book lately?  

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Aiming for 40!

Happy hump day!  Can you see the weekend?  It’s just over there!

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If you’ve been following along, you know that I set a goal of reading 30 books in 2015.  Back on November 24 I achieved my goal.  Wohoo!!  I’ve kept reading, and today I’m on book 37, Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari.

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I really didn’t know anything about this book before I started reading it.  I know Ansari from the TV show Parks and Recreation, and some of his stand-up stuff.  I figured it would be a funny, fairly light read.  I’ve only just started, but have come to realize the book is actually based on some real research he did into modern day romance.   Here’s part of the blurb from Goodreads:

For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before.

In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.

The researcher in me (I’m a market researcher) is interested in that aspect of the book, but I’m also still hoping it’s an entertaining read.  I’ll let you know!

With a little over 2 weeks left in 2015, I’m now hoping I can hit 40 books read this year.  I’m not sure it will happen, since I am totally unprepared for Christmas and any free time I have should be spent shopping for gifts, but I’m going to give it my best shot!  Wish me luck.

What are you reading?

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What I’m Reading

I finished book #33 of 2015 yesterday – Amy Poehler’s Yes Please – and have to pick my next book.

I have heard We Need To Talk About Kevin is good, with a surprising twist. But I’ve also heard it’s a bit heavy, and although I have a copy of it on my iPad, I’m not sure that’s the kind of book I need right now. 

Instead I’m going to read something that, I hope, is a little lighter. 

  
My friend Toni recommended this book to me. I’ve enjoyed the books she’s recommended in the past, so hopefully I will like this one too. I’m a few pages in and so far, so good. 🙂  

What are you reading?

Do you have any recommendations for what I should read next? 
  

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Goal CRUSHED!  

At the beginning of the year I set a goal to read 30 books in 2015. Well, late last night or very early this morning (depends how you define 1:30am!) I finished my 30th book of the year.  Wohoo!  

Here’s what I’ve read (so far 😀) this year and the date I finished each book:

  1. Never Knowing, by Chevy Stevens (January 3)
  2. Paper Towns, by John Green (January 7)
  3. Landline, by Rainbow Rowell (January 9)
  4. The Rosie Effect, by Graeme Simsion (January 16)
  5. North of Normal, by Cea Sunrise Person (January 19)
  6. Looking For Alaska, by John Green (January 23)
  7. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed (February 4)
  8. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules, by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg (February 10)
  9. A Long Way Down, by Nick Hornby (February 15)
  10. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (February 25)
  11. The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods, by Hank Haney (March 6)
  12. The Maze Runner, by James Dashner (March 15)
  13. Funny Girl, by Nick Hornby (March 23)
  14. Holy Cow, by David Duchovny (March 25)
  15. The Girl On The Train, by Paula Hawkins (March 30)
  16. The Scorch Trials, by James Dashner (May 23)
  17. The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein (July 16)
  18. Brain On Fire, by Susannah Calahan (July 25)
  19. Eat Move Sleep, by Tom Rath (August 24)
  20. The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin (August 30)
  21. How To Be Good, by Nick Hornby (September 6)
  22. Happier At Home, by Gretchen Rubin (September 11)
  23. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty (October 6)
  24. Better Than Before, by Gretchen Rubin (October 10)
  25. Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty (October 25)
  26. This Is Happy, Camilla Gibb (October 26)
  27. The Last Anniversary, by Liane Moriarty (November 5)
  28. Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell (November 17)
  29. Dear Life, You Suck, by Scott Blagden (November 19)
  30. Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult (November 24)

I enjoyed all of these books. Some more than others, for sure, but they were all pretty good.  That being said, a few of my favourites were The Book Thief, The Girl On The Train, Holy Cow, The Husband’s Secret, and Leaving Time. 

I started book 31 today – The Humans, by Matt Haig.  I either saw it on a “books to read list” or maybe on a bookstore’s “hot reads” display, and it looked interesting, so I borrowed it electronically from the library.  I’m only a few pages in, so don’t really have an opinion on it yet, but I’m looking forward to getting into the story. 

That being said, it’s time to head up to bed and read a few pages before I call it a night!

Have you read any of the books on my list?

Have any suggestions as to what book 32 should be? 

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Too Busy Reading

I’m sorry I don’t have a real post today. I’m too busy reading!  

 
A little over 100 pages and I will be done.  This book is so good.  I should be going to bed, but instead I’m reading at least one more chapter!  

In going to be tired tomorrow! 😴

What are you reading these days?

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Reading Rainbow

At the beginning of the year I set a goal to read 30 books in 2015. Today I finished my 28th book – Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell.  

I have to say, I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t sure I would when I first started reading it since it’s fantasy and deals with magic, but once I got into it, I loved it!  

The story deals with characters Rowell created in her fan fiction novel Fangirl.  I didn’t know that’s what she did and when I was reading the first chapter I felt like I recognized the characters – Simon and Baz.  I went back to Fangirl to see if that’s where they came from, and of course, they did. I thought that was brilliant!  

I’ve actually read all of Rainbow Rowell’s other books: 

I enjoyed them all.

If you’re looking for a fun, easy read, grab any one of them.  You won’t be disappointed. 

I’ve moved onto book #29 tonight – Dear Life, You Suck, by Scott Blagden. It got mixed reviews on Goodreads. I’m only 4 chapters in, but so far I’m liking it. It’s only 300 pages long on my iPad, so I don’t imagine it’s going to take me too long to read it. Then I will need to find something good for book 30. 

What are you reading these days?

Got any recommendations?
 

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Mystery Solved

I’m done!  Tonight after hockey, while forcing myself to eat a Quest protein bar so I could come close to my macros, I finished my book, and now know the answer to the mystery of Alice and Jack!

  
This is the third book I’ve ready by Liane Moriarty.   I’ve enjoyed them all but this one might be my favourite so far. This book certainly kept my interest and kept me reading long after I should have gotten back to work or turned the light out and gone to sleep!   

I’ve just looked Moriarty up on Goodreads and it seems there are another 5 books of hers that I haven’t read yet. I will definitely be adding them to my Books To Read list. 

Before I read those though, I have 2 ebooks on loan from the library that both expire in 17 days, so I need to get cracking on them.  

 
I’m going to start with the Rainbow Rowell book. I’ve read all her previous books and really liked them. They were all very light, fun reads. Hopefully this one will just just as entertaining. 

I’m off to find out!  📖

To see all the books I’ve read this year click here.

Have you got any good books I should add to my books to read list!

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I’m Failing

I am doing horribly with my plan to write at lunchtime. I start reading my book and before I know it, lunch break is over and it’s time to get back to work. It’s not the end of the world, but it does make writing a real post a challenge if I’m always just doing quickie posts at the end of the day. 

Even now, I’m writing this on my phone while I watch Seinfeld reruns, but all I want to do is finish this up so I can get back to my book.  

I have a strange need to find out what happened to Alice and Jack!  

  
I’m giving in and going up to bed to read. 

Maybe tomorrow I will be strong and resist my book and write a real post.  

Wish me luck!  

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WODing and Golfing

So, when last we touched base, I had convinced hubby to finally try CrossFit.  Well, I’m happy to say he survived, and has agreed to try it for 2 weeks (for free) and then decide if he’s going to sign up for real.  His two weeks start next Monday (on his birthday!), and we’ve signed up for the 6:30pm class together.  I’m excited to get to workout with him, and then after class, I will take him out for a nice birthday dinner.

workout with a friend

Before we go WOD together on Monday, we get to golf together on Saturday.  We are playing in a charity tournament with our friends Pam and Mark at Wooden Sticks…an awesome “copy cat” golf course.  It has holes from some of the top courses from around the PGA.  It should be a fun afternoon and I’m really looking forward to it.  I’m going to need to watch this video for a hole by hole run down of the course.

Speaking of golf, the weather cooperated on Tuesday and I was able to get out for my weekly EWGA league night.  We missed the week before due to torrential rain, so it was nice to get out there again.  I even managed to play a decent game, shooting a 46. I think my best before was a 49.  Between that, and shooting a decent round (99) last Sunday, my handicap has dropped!  I’m getting closer to the 2nd flight.  Not sure I will make it, but I’m making progress!
27.1I’ve got my second round match play game next Tuesday.  Hopefully I can keep the good stuff going.  Fingers crossed!

Okay..bedtime.  I’m reading a new book and hoping to read a few chapters before I can’t hold my eyes open anymore.

Sweet dreams!  

What are you reading these days?

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