Reader Update

While on vacation I *finally* finished The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.  (Ummm, yes, I began it in April, I think!) The book started off slow and didn’t grab me, so truthfully it was placed off to the side.  However, once again Picoult has delivered a heart-wrenching and thought provoking novel with twists and turns.  This book has several themes running through it along with historical information about the Holocaust.  I found the book to be intense when reading about the Holocaust and I just couldn’t put it down.  Throughout the story, it left me with many moments sadness and times of joy…a roller coaster of emotions indeed! So yes, I highly recommend The Storyteller.

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Next on the list is These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf.  Now if you’re not familiar with the author Heather Gudenkauf, you should read her books, especially if you like Jodi Picoult.  Both authors have similar writing styles. I have also read The Weight of Silence by Gudenkauf.    I just started These Things Hidden but it has instantly pulled me in.  I’ll let you know my final thoughts and reactions when I’m finished.

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The last thing I would like to tell you about is The Free Library of PhiladelphiaIf you live in Pennsylvania and you have a public library access card through your local library, you can sign up to get a library card for The Free Library of Philadelphia.  I love using the Free Library of Philadelphia because I love to read e-books on my Kindle Fire.  The Free Library of Philadelphia allows you to download your e-books, for free of course, and you can have them on your e-reader for *three* weeks.  I can also get e-books at my local library, but I can only keep them for two weeks and they do not have as large of a selection as The Free Library of Philadelphia.  Check it out and check out my Goodreads widget on the sidebar of my blog for other suggested readings.

Happy Reading!

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Runner In Recovery

You know the familiar and overused cliche:

“When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!”

Well, I’ve been making a lot of lemonade lately!

This post is long overdue, and that’s mostly because I really am in denial about my inability to run.  You see since May 10th I have been suffering from plantar fasciitis.  Unfortunately, the bad days have certainly outnumbered the good days, but the fantastic news is that my foot has gotten better, although it is not healed!   Disappointingly,  the few times I have attempted to run my foot has rebelled in a MAJOR way and I have suffered significant set backs. 😦

Pinterest Inspired, of course!

Pinterest Inspired, of course!

So what have I been doing to try to stay on top of my game?  First off, I have reluctantly turned into a swimmer.  Check out my *beautiful* swim gear!



Our school district has a spectacular pool available to the community members, so Matt and I usually head on over in the evenings.  I swim for a 1/2 hour and complete around fifty laps.  Mind you, I consider a lap from one end of the pool to the bulk head.  What I like about swimming is that when I am in the pool my foot is completely pain free and I feel great after the swim.

Ahhh…. here I am in the pool swimming my favorite stroke, the breast stroke.

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Swim, Swim, Swim!

I have also taken up riding my mountain bike.  I am able to ride around the various neighborhoods in my area and I have even taken the bike on the local rail trail (where I ran the Bob Potts marathon in the spring of 2012).  I usually ride around ten miles and I absolutely love riding on the rail trail!

Ready to Ride

Ready to Ride

Since I have taken up biking and swimming Matt thinks I am secretly training for a triathlon!  Ha! Ha!  But, no thank you!  The thought of riding a road bike scares the livin’ daylights out of me!

Last but not least, I have been trying to keep up with my strength training.  I am doing BODYPUMP two to three times a week.  While BODYPUMP does cause pain in my foot during the exercises, my foot usually does not rebel after the workout.  With this being the case, I’ll continue to push myself with my strength training.

Kia Kaha - Be Strong!

Kia Kaha – Be Strong!

Well, I have these beautiful new Brooks Ravenna sneakers patiently waiting for me to take them for a real run.

My New Brooks!  Love Them!

My New Brooks!
Love Them!

So in the meantime I know I need to be:

Pinterest Again!  Thanks, Alicia

Pinterest Again!
Thanks, Alicia

Because I know that:


What do you do when life hands you lemons?

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