TSS: May In Review

It’s time to wrap up May!


Well, I thought I was having a good reading month, but when I looked back I had only read 3 books (two print and one audio).

Turns out, this is my new definition of a “good reading month.” I really did feel like I got a little of my reading mojo back. I stayed up late finishing We Were Liars one day. I looked forward to some alone time in the car to listen to Dreams of Gods and Monsters. And Raven Boys, though it started slow for me, turned into a real page-turner. So, I’m just going to stick with YA for awhile since that seems to be my current cup of tea.


I haven’t really gotten my blogging mojo back though, have I?

I reviewed Attachments and I tried to catch up on book reviews a little by doing three little reviews of The Cuckoo’s Calling, Astray, and Inferno. I am hoping to have at least one book review for you each week of June.


I’m itching to put my running shoes on but I know that as soon as I do, my foot pain will come back. But, it seems that all this rest has given it time to heal, so now I just have to be patient and wait for my custom orthotics to be made before I can hit the pavement again (and, by then, it will be far to hot to do so). I’ve accepted that this running season is over for me and I’ll hopefully get back at it in the fall.

I tried swimming and biking and found each to be quite the challenge. I’ve been skipping yoga (May was BUSY) but I will try to get back to a few classes when I can. Once Ben leaves on the 13th, I’m pretty limited in my opportunities to work out or dance (I’m pretty much stuck with the gym and only when the daycare is open).


I shared some more photos from our trip to DC (though I’m still not done editing them all – the problem with shooting in RAW is that every photo has to be edited). I sort of took a break from snapping photos this month, but I’m starting to feel the draw to the camera again.


Evan turned two! What a fun and challenging journey it has been so far. I can’t believe my little baby is now a little boy. I will hopefully blog about it in June (I am still waiting on some photos) but we had a very successful Mickey Mouse party for him.

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February In Review

Meant to have this up on Sunday. Nope

It seems a bit silly to do a monthly recap for February. I read a grand total of 1 audiobook. Cress.  That’s it. I also only reviewed three books: The Dangerous Animals Club, The Circle and Salt, Sugar, Fat.

I am feeling great, healthwise, though. I am still watching the scale go down and I discovered I’ve lost two inches off my waist since September. I can fit into my favorite jeans now. I really feel great.

I ran my first 8k and I’m running a 10k this month. And I’ve been pretty good at making my weekly yoga class.

I also found a new dance studio. The class I had been taking is now on the night Ben has class, so I took this as an opportunity to see what else was out there. I found a great studio and a great class.

I am still out there practicing with the camera. I became obsessed with the moon this month. And I can’t stop taking photos of Evan.

Evan is at such a fun age (I say this at every age). He has strong opinions about everything. He learns at least one word every day it seem. He loves to help me and he loves to do things himself. He is still rising early, but now he has a friendly owl to tell him when it’s time to wake up. He is finally showing a real interest in books. And, of course, he still loves Mickey.


January in Review

In January, I read 4 books: one print and three audio. But this is somewhat misleading as I finished two books on January 1 that I had been reading for awhile. So this was really a pretty awful reading month for me. Life felt extra busy and I’m not convinced there has been a single day that my entire family was healthy since Thanksgiving. So my reading has suffered.

The books I finished in January:

I’ve kept up with blogging at least.

I reviewed:

Now, at some point I will theoretically need to read more to have something to blog about. But we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. I have enough content for two reviews a week for a little while still. I’ve stuck with my new blogging plan pretty well (although I keep forgetting about the health posts on Fridays).

I also shared four Wordless Wednesday posts:

and mentioned my new photography toys.

I wrote about my 2014 goalsbecoming a runner again and accepting myself and the positive changes I’ve made, even if I’m not to my goal yet.  I went for 11 runs in January, two yoga classes (falling a little shy of  my goal there), and two dance classes. Despite the germs invading our home, I finally feel like I’m getting somewhere with running and I am looking forward to my first 8k later this month.

Evan is 20 months old now. He’s speaking in phrases and telling me what he thinks of the world. It’s amazing. I wrote about the bittersweet end of our breastfeeding relationship (which I am very much regretting after this winter’s germ invasion) earlier this month.

PS – Sorry for the lack of pictures on this post. I am having some technical difficulties with my new photo organization. I will try to have it figured out for next month.

TSS: Monthly Recap [November 2013]

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Well, this may be my worst month since the 2008 campaign. Yep. Two books. One print. One audio. And I haven’t reviewed either of them yet. Go me.

I also reviewed The Coldest Girl in ColdtownEnthusiasm; and a couple Family Reads (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Little Prince). I will try to be a better blogger next month.


I’ve been dancing a bit and running a bit. I’m still dealing with a shoulder injury so the dancing is a bit limited (you have no idea how good your muscle memory is until you try to do routine ballet steps without your arms). I did attend a master class this month with a University of South Florida professor, which was a nice change of pace.

Way back at the beginning of the month, Ben, Evan, and I ran the Blue Moon 5k in Ozona. I finished in just about 34 minutes, which isn’t a personal record by any means but made me pretty happy.


I shared a few photos this month: E is Ready for Some Football and A Couple of Photos, but I definitely lost some of my photography mojo, too. We just got back from Boston and I barely broke out the camera. Hopefully the holiday spirit (and some camera toys under the tree?) will bring some inspiration.


Evan is 18 months old and is in full toddler-mode now (he is throwing a ball at the Christmas tree as I type this). He is running and talking and whining and still a total joy…90% of the time.

How did November treat you?

Monthly Recap [October 2013]

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I meant to post last Sunday. And then I thought it was scheduled for Wednesday. And now (Saturday) I am realizing that it never actually posted. So, here you go. My October Recap. Just a little late.


In October, I read:

I also reviewed Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock.


I was forced to take a little break due to a shoulder injury (muscle memory is a killer when you’re trying to keep an arm still). But I’m back now and my shoulder is definitely starting to get better with physcial therapy.


So, with the shoulder injury, I was pretty much forced to run if I wanted to exercise. I’ve been going somewhat regularly and ran a 5k on Sunday (but that was November so I can’t talk about it until next month). The weather is nice and running has been a good way to enjoy it.


Still taking pictures. Still learning. Still lusting after new lenses, etc. I posted a bunch of photos this month: Discovery Park; Autumn in Michigan; My Little Pumpkin; City Walk; Delicious Crayons.


Evan is 17 months old. He’s just starting to talk and sign and it is amazing to be able to communicate with him better. He’s also getting up early and really starting to cry when he doesn’t get his way. But I love him anyway.

TSS: September 2013 Recap

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Quick monthly recap because it’s October 6 so it has to be done but I only have about ten minutes to do it (where does the time GO?). I won’t be linking to old posts like I usually do but I don’t think it’s very hard to scroll back as I haven’t posted much.


Apparently I only read three books in September. Two audio and one print. I knew I wasn’t reading much, but three books? Jeez. But hey, I actually reviewed two of them.


I am back in ballet class and so happy about it. My adult class is actually adults this year and she’s not holding back on us. I am usually hurting for a few days but I just feel home for that hour I get to dance.


I stopped running in August when the heat became unbearable. Then I was doing a different exercise plan so I haven’t picked it back up yet. But I am running a 5k the first weekend in November so I have about 4 weeks to get back in running shape.

Those of you on twitter will have noticed that I just started counting calories (because I can’t stop talking about calories). I’m down 2.4 pounds the first week, which is better than I expected. I am really motivated to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight (or at least close) so running will be a huge part of this.


I am still taking photos and my camera is in manual mode 99% of the time. I even went on a photo walk with a bunch of other photographers last weekend. Pictures from that will be up on Wednesday.


E is 16 months old and still an absolute delight. He’s starting to be a real little boy that I can interact with a little and it is amazing. We had a few big “firsts” this month: first hair cut and first trip to the emergency room. E didn’t really enjoy either very much.

August 2013 [Monthly Recap]

Time to wrap up September…


Oh my goodness. I felt like I was never going to read a book again for awhile there. It’s been a year since I went back to work and I still haven’t really figured out how to fit reading into the working mom life I seem to have stumbled into.

I read:

None of these jump out to me as a favorite, which may be why August was such a tough reading month for me.

I also reviewed Pure and Eleanor & Park and started the Bloggers Recommend Challenge.


I made it to a class this month. Just one. But a real live ballet class. With plies and everything. And the fall session starts this week, so I am determined to get back.


After struggling through July, I basically gave up in August. When the feels like temperature rarely gets below the 90s, even after the sun goes down, and 5 nights out of 7 end up in thunderstorms, there just isn’t much to be done. I’m frustrated because I was just getting to the point where I could run for a half hour without stopping again and now I know I’ll have to start over. Again. But that seems to be how my running life works.


Only two photo posts this month:

I’ve got the camera on full manual mode all the time now!


(Random thought: When I see the word “mom” and still picture my mom – it’s hard to apply it to myself).

Evan is 15 months old and seems to be learning something new every second. He can point to his head, shoulders, nose, and belly button when asked. He reaches for my hand when he needs help and will take my hand when I offer. He’ll give me a kiss on request. He says a handful of words, but he is wildly inconsistent with all of them except “uh-oh.” Everything used to be “cat.” Now everything is “doggie.” Including the cats. He can go up and down the stairs. He can climb up on the couch and safely get off of it again (we’re still working on sitting rather than jumping once he’s up there though). It’s so much fun watching him figure out the world.