TSS: July 2013 [Monthly Recap]

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Generally, when Ben and I aren’t living together, I read more. Not so much this summer. And I can’t even blame Evan. I’ve been able to watch plenty of television. I am still going strong with the audiobooks at least. In July, I read:

  • The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  • The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian
  • Pure by Julianna Baggott (audio)
  • Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven by Lauren Oliver
  • Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss (audio)
  • Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (audio)
  • A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear (audio)

I also reviewed The Mapping of Love and DeathAmong the MadLive by Night; and Hand Me Down.


July was my first fully month of Wordless Wednesday. You can see all of my photo posts:


I am still not dancing (though I am happily watching Breaking Pointe, Dance Academy, and So You Think You Can Dance).

I am trying to keep running, but it’s been harder with the heat + single parent thing. It’s just too hot to push that stroller. I am back up to 22 minutes of running without walking. I should probably sign up for a 5k soon…


Evan is 14 months old. I’ve survived my temporary single parenthood (Ben returns on Tuesday!) and I actually enjoyed the Evan and me time. I also finally recapped Evan’s first birthday party.

How was July for you?

5 thoughts on “TSS: July 2013 [Monthly Recap]

  1. Iris August 4, 2013 / 11:46 am

    I have been wondering if I should read Laini Taylor’s books, but given that I see you’ve read the sequel, I assume it’s save to give the first one a try 🙂

    As for the dancing and running, I completely understand wanting to take both things up again! I really struggle getting back into dance. I have taken some occasional classes last year but since spraining my ankle last summer even the basic moves are hard with one leg. It is SO frustrating. Same goes for having to start from scratch with running and wearing an ankle brace all the time during sports. But at least running is regular movements and nothing on the toes etc. It’s the ballet-y moved that really hurt and my foot still refuses to do. 😦
    I do hope you get to dance again soon! I always think of you as a very active dancer. And I just saw your picture of your pointed leg and I think that proves I am right. I wish I had such a great pointed foot (um, vague term but I find it very hard to translate Dutch ballet terms to English?)


    • Michelle August 4, 2013 / 4:14 pm

      Pointed foot works. I danced a few times a week until I was 25. About once a week until I got pregnant. Now it’s whenever. Wish I could find a good class here.


    • Michelle August 4, 2013 / 4:15 pm

      Also, the Smoke and Bone books are SO GOOD. I listened to both and the audios are fab.


  2. Sandy August 4, 2013 / 3:34 pm

    It is beastly hot (magnified by the 70 degree weather I had in IN), so much that even at like 6:30 in the morning you about die if you move at all outside. I am so glad that you and Evan had a good time, just the two of you. I have found that even now when they are teenagers, the dynamics totally change when my husband is out of town. I miss him, but the kids and I have a good time and I don’t have to worry about making dinner!


    • Michelle August 4, 2013 / 4:14 pm

      I actually did a very good job of cooking dinner for us while Ben was gone. Until this last week when I gave up. It helped that Evan and I could eat leftovers for like 4 days before I had to cook again.


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