The Sunday Salon [4.13.14]

I thought maybe I should pop in and leave you all a quick note this Sunday. Life has been extra busy and really shows no signs of slowing for…16 years? This is our first weekend where we are both home and do not have guests in a month. I haven’t really been reading much and reviews just aren’t fitting into my schedule. But I’ll bring them back soon. 

So I owe you a few book reviews. I owe you a March recap. I owe you a recap of this morning’s 5k. I’ll get there.

For now, I am focusing on Evan, work, and trying to unplug and detox a little from social media. I owe you an explanation there, too.

For now, I trust you all are able to survive without me and I’ll keep posting some photos at the very least.

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The Sunday Salon [3.16.14]

Whew. This was a BUSY week. Election day voter protection duties on Tuesday for our special congressional election. Leadership Pinellas all day Wednesday. Trying to fit some studying in for my exam on Friday. And my first 10k on Saturday. I need a nap.

The exam was by far the worst experience of my week (even more than the election day loss). I took the Labor and Employment Law Board Certification Exam. I am trying to convince the Florida Bar to call me an expert in employment law. The main problem is that I don’t actually practice the “labor” part of “labor and employment” (traditional union work). The exam was HARD. It’s supposed to be hard (fewer than 200 out of 98,000 lawyers in the state hold this certification) but this was beyond my expectations hard. I do not feel confident at all. So unless they decide to go easy on us, you very well might get to listen to me complain about taking it all over again next year.

But the good news is that now that the exam is over, I will hopefully have a little time for reading again. I am in an awful slump and I’d really like to find my way out of it. Life is still very busy (for the next three weeks at the very least) but I am hoping to find a few quiet moments to spend with a book, maybe even finishing one today.

But then again there is Doctor Who to watch…

The decision to follow up Friday’s mental endurance test (6 hour exams are no joke) with a physical one yesterday baffles even me, but I’ll save the discussion of the 10k for Friday’s Fitness post.

Now, it’s time to go spend some time with The Pull of Gravity. Enjoy your Sunday.

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The Sunday Salon [3.9.13]

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Today is the saddest day of the year. It’s the day AFTER my birthday. I have to wait 364 more days until my next one.

But, instead of dwelling on the sadness of today, lets debut some buttons!

Since my blog has become about more than book reviews, I wanted to create some buttons to easily designate each post. Since my graphic artist skills are somewhat limited, I used the A Beautiful Mess app and quickly came up with these.


Book Reviews: Pretty self-explanatory. My button is a little tongue-in-cheek given my lack of reading/reviewing lately.

Toddler Break: For those random days I feel like talking about Evan or parenting.

Wordless Wednesday: Again, self-explanatory.

Fitness Friday: You may have noticed this make it’s actual debut a few days ago. This will probably be broader than “fitness” as I said I would devote Fridays to “health” before. But I like alliteration.

And finally,

The Sunday Salon: For my chatty Sunday posts.

My hope is that you can now glance at a post and decide if it’s a topic you want to read about. And I am thinking that  eventually I may collect them by category to more easily organize things on here.

So, readers, what do you think?

The Sunday Salon [2.23.14]

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It’s Sunday again. Which means I am back to tell you how busy I am and apologize for not blogging again.

I am, somehow, still reading Independent Study, but I have fewer than 100 pages left so I may actually finish my first print book since January 1. I’m still slowly getting through audiobooks at least, and I just finished Cress and LOVED it. Now, back to Maisie.

Today I am running the 8k in the Gasparilla Distance Classic. And a few hours after that, my mom is arriving from Michigan. I don’t know if she is visiting because she wants to see us or because she needs to thaw out from the fun winter I hear you all had.

Happy Sunday, everyone.

 

 

The Sunday Salon [2.16.14]

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 Brief thoughts for you this Sunday morning:

I am currently in an awful reading slump and there is not much I can do about it. I am have read maybe 100 print pages in the last month. I like the book I’m reading. But there are so many other things to do with my time. I need one of those vacations where you sit on the beach and read all day just to catch up. Who wants to watch E for me?

The health kick is still going pretty strong at least. I’m at my lowest weight since my second trimester and I have a race next weekend – my first 8k (about 5 miles). I feel like I’m really getting somewhere as a runner again and I’m excited to see what I can do (ultimately, I’ll just be happy if I finish in under an hour).

My mom is coming to visit next week and I’m super excited. I was getting a little bummed over the fact that no one was coming to visit this spring like usual. So when she suddenly told me she was planning a trip, I was so happy. Evan has changed a lot since she saw him at Christmas and I think they’re going to have a blast.

That’s my story this week. Hope life is keeping all of you hopping, too. Happy Sunday!

The Sunday Salon [2.9.14]

So far I am having a lazy Sunday morning watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with the toddler (and maybe dozing off) while Ben sleeps in. I’ve got a cup of tea and my computer and I may even try to get a little blogging in for the week. It’s nice to have a kid who is a little more independent now. He’s feeding himself a bowl of cereal as I type.

This week, however, was not so lazy. I once again had a Monday morning surprise when Evan had a fever and I ended up working from home as best I could for two days. Then he ended up home again on Thursday (with Ben) and we discovered his croupy cold had turned into an ear infection. This kid cannot catch a break. But we’re feeling better now and heading to the park in few hours to meet some friends.

I put down Maisie Dobbs this week for a bit both because I am missing 20 minutes of the audio so I need to get my hands on a print copy and because I couldn’t wait to start listening to Cress. I am once again immersed in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles world and couldn’t be happier. I am still getting nowhere in print and doubt I will be doing any better until at least mid-march when my certification exam is over. I know this is just a little reading slump but it’s disheartening all the same.

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday. I am trying to psych myself up for a four mile run at some point today. At least I can finally see the sun again.

The Sunday Salon [1.26.14]

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So we were finally all pretty much healthy this week. We all went to work/daycare as planned (with the exception of one hour I spent in the Walgreen’s Health Clinic). I got back to exercise but not to reading. I fit in 4 runs this week to make up for missing the entire week before. I also went to a yoga class and tried a new ballet studio. I did a good job with calories and I’m down about a pound again this week.

But like I said, I didn’t get back to reading. I blame Netflix as The West Wing and Doctor Who are currently grabbing all of the attention and time I could be reading. But this has been a busy month and a little television is nice. I am dying to finish my audiobook (The Circle – Dave Eggers) because it’s really not very good. I’m hoping I have time to squeeze in a Maisie Dobbs book before Cress comes out on the 4th.

We are heading to the park in a bit to enjoy the fact that it is not 40 degrees out today. Then I am hoping to tackle some toy organization. Have a lovely Sunday, everyone.

 

The Sunday Salon [1.19.14].

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What a week. I woke up Monday with a cold. A cough and the sniffles but livable. By Wednesday, it had beaten me into a miserable, shivering mess and left me on the couch hiding under a blanket. Then Friday, I feel pretty much normal again. Which was good considering I’ve been so busy this weekend at a Young Lawyer’s conference that I haven’t even seen E for more than 5 minutes since Friday morning. Needless to say, there was no reading done at all this week (but there was a fair amount of Doctor Who watching at least).

Quick update today.

Reading/Blogging

Currently reading:

  • Print:
    • Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau
    • (I put down Bellman & Black for now after all)
  • Audio:
    • The Circle by Dave Eggers

Just finished:

  • Nada

Tentative TBR:

  • Print:
    • The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner
    • Betsy and the Great World by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Audio:
    • Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear

Health:

I thought this week would be tough because it was so busy, but it ended up being tough because I felt so awful. I didn’t work out once. And I only counted calories for the first half of the week. I am going to have to add an extra run to the next few weeks to make up for this last week if I still want to finish my 8k training before my race next month.

Here’s to a healthier week.

 

The Sunday Salon [1.12.14]

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 After a full week of blogging and even getting to some housekeeping tasks (I’m updating the About Me section and the menu options – more changes coming soon), I completely forgot to write a Sunday Salon. Two steps forward, one step back. Or something like that. So here it is a bit late on this Sunday morning.

Reading/Blogging

Currently reading:

  • Print:
    • Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield (but thinking about putting it down…anyone want to convince me to stick with it?)
  • Audio:
    • The Circle by Dave Eggers

Just finished:

  • Audio:
    • The Dangerous Animals Club by Stephen Tobolosky

Tentative TBR:

  • Print:
    • Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau
    • The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner
    • Betsy and the Great World by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Audio:
    • Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear

Health:

I was good about exercise. I ran 3 times, went to yoga once and dance once, but I stopped counting calories on Wednesday and ended up gaining 1.1 pounds. I have once again learned my lesson that I still need to count calories if I want to lose these last few pounds. I also got bad about drinking my water. But I still haven’t had a diet coke!

This week is going to be tough. I have two happy hours, a catered dinner (and a breakfast and a lunch), and a pub crawl. And I have no idea when I am going to fit in my working out with this busy schedule. And Ben misread his class schedule so I can’t go to ballet for the foreseeable future unless I find a new class (I’m looking…). Yikes.

Other Stuff:

  • This week was our ninth wedding anniversary. Hard to believe (we WERE babies when we got married though).
  • Evan and I were featured in a BabyZone gallery showing what real moms look like post-childbirth (not sure I agree with the decision to label mine a “super quick labor” though).
  • I am going to start adding a second review on Thursdays. This review will be of books I read last year and never reviewed so it will probably be shorter than a normal review. I plan on doing this until I catch up (I like to post something about every book I read).

How was your week? Sticking with those resolutions?

The Sunday Salon [1.5.14]

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I may be testing out some formats for the Sunday Salon in the next few weeks. Reading updates, of course. But talking about my workhouts/health seems to make sense, too, since those change weekly. So here is my first try.

Reading/Blogging

Currently reading:

  • Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield
  • The Dangerous Animals Club by Stephen Tobolosky

Just finished:

  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  • Parasite by Mira Grant

Tentative TBR:

  • Print:
    • Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau
    • The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner
    • Betsy and the Great World by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Audio
    • Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekannen
    • Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear

Health

I am doing really well with my resolutions. The water is hard so I am slowly building my way back to 64 ounces (4 16-oz water bottles). And the yoga class I tried to go to was rescheduled so there isn’t much I can do about that. It seems a week of clean eating and healthy living have already eradicated the 2.5 pounds I put on over Christmas which gives me the motivation to keep going. Plus, I already feel so much better than I did.

This week I have 3 runs (only 4 miles total) on the training schedule, a yoga class, and I am heading back to ballet after a few weeks.

How are your resolutions going? 5 days strong?