1. I just finished this book:
It's a YA novel that I'd heard a lot about on the internets and was touted almost as highly as The Fault in our Stars. I'll admit it took me longer than I thought to get into this one. The beginning was a bit slow and somewhat overly cheesy for me (as YA romances tend to be, but admittedly that cheesiness is usually what keeps me coming back for more). But as I kept reading, I became more and more interested and invested in Eleanor and Park's story and ultimately really liked it. No spoilers here, but this is one of those books that just kind of ... ends. With loose ends and no real conclusion. I really dislike those kinds of endings in books. I mean I just invested DAYS of my life reading all your words on all of your pages and you're just going to leave me like that?! There better be a sequel here. And I can promise you this - when I write my first book, whether it be the next Great American Novel or a children's picture book - there will be a neat and tidy definitive ending people!
2. Came across this video of the one and only TSwift serenading a little boy in the hospital. Just one more reason she is my favorite ever:
3. Was at the park with my NannyKid this week enjoying the sun and sand(box) and a perfect stranger told me he thought I was a really great nanny! DAY MADE I love my job, but even more than that I just love my kids and am invested in making sure every day is the best day it can be for them :)
4. Last night I was lifting free weights in the ladies gym (I don't do my free weights in the main gym because that area is overrun with meatheads and their grunting is just too much for me), and a nice older woman approached me because she wanted to know if I could show her some exercises for the back of her arms (tris). Can I just tell you HOW excited I was to give her some one-on-one demos and instructions on how to do this?! I kept it simple and just showed her overhead extensions, kickbacks and dips. Then had her try each while I watched her. Well I'm quite sure this was the Universe calling me out to get started on my PT certification. Why exactly have I been putting this off for the past two years?!
5. I am addicted to cherries. It's becoming a problem. I eat them every day. I really don't know how I'm going to survive when it's no longer cherry season. Or for that matter, when all the summer fruit goes out of season. It's really not fair that we run out of peaches, blueberries, watermelon, sugar snap peas and everything that is good and right in this world after summer, and are expected to exist solely on apples and oranges for 9 straight months. Just another reason I need relocate to a warmer climate.
6. I just read this article on my Runner's World Facebook feed, in which they made the RW Half course flatter and faster this year by taking out some of the hills! Oh sure, the year after I run it, they make it flatter. This kind of has me considering running it again this year to see if I could better my time. Sooo, this one may be back in the candidate pool for my fall race. If the hills scared any of you away last year, this just may be the year to get in on the fun in Bethlehem. Come run in my hometown! Even if I don't run, I'll show up to cheer you on and give you the grand tour of the Christmas City! DO IT
7. Came across this on my FB feed from a distance runner and plant-based nutritionist I follow, and life really is that simple:
That's all for now folks. The end :)