Archive | November, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

24 Nov

May your day be free of awkward moments and full of fun times with loved ones.

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Favorite Holiday TV Moments – Round 1

18 Nov

I love TV.  I love the Holidays.  Its only fair I show y’all some of my fave holiday moments from TV.

In honor of  Thanksgiving being 6 days away, I present to you More Turkey Mr. Chandler.

And Joey’s Thanksgiving pants.

Oops

17 Nov

I was greeted by this in my email inbox this morning.

I can’t say I’m surprised, here is what I have on the horizon between now and springtime.

-Nov 24:  The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot 8 Mile Race
-December 17:  Jog’r Egg Nog’r 15K
-December 21:  Jingle Bell Run 5K
-January 22:  Too Cold to Hold 15K
-January 29:  Disney’s Tinkerbell Half Marathon
-February 11:  The Hot Chocolate 15K
-March 4:  Rock n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon
-March 25:  Rock n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon
-April 15:  Austin 10/20 10 miler (Code A1020TX3 gets you $10 off through the end of the month)

Anyone else out there doing any of these fabulous races?

She’s crafty.

16 Nov

I think we are all in agreement here that all good things come from Pinterest.

I saw this little ditty on there awhile back and new it would be a fun, easy gift for all my friends turning 30 this year.

Enter my supplies.

Low and behold I turned it all into this

Give me some stickers, glue and candy and I will make magic happen, y’all.

Cardio Fest 2011

15 Nov

I declare this the beginning of Cardio Fest 2011.  My goal is to get in 30 minutes of cardio on all of my non running days.  Let the fun begin.

I headed to the gym last night for my first non-running cardio in I don’t even know how long.

Do you have any idea how much the elliptical sucks?  When did that thing get so hard?  I think I spent the better part of a year on the elliptical machine not so long ago and don’t remember it kicking my butt quite so much.  I happily jumped off when my time was up.


Um, okay, I will, thanks.

After that mess I headed upstairs to hit the rowing machine.  My goal is to hit the rowing machine for a whopping total of 1-hour this week.  At 15 minutes at a time.  Maybe next week I’ll be super buff and hittin’ it at 20 minutes at a time.

Rude.

Anyhow, I’m pretending to look forward to amping up my cardio over the next few weeks.  I’ll be spending lots of quality time with my friends the stair master, the elliptical and the rowing machine.

New Shoes!

14 Nov

I got new running shoes this weekend!

They are Brooks Glycerine 9s.  My running shoe buying schedule has looked like this:  Brooks, Asics, Brooks Asics, Brooks, Asics, Brooks.  Apparently the grass is always greener.  I love that these are a little more ‘bad ass’ looking than my last pair and I totally love that they came with blue laces.  And I love that my feet aren’t crying after runs any more.  I was definitely due for new kicks.

Onto the workout dump!

Last Week:
Sunday: 
9.13 mile run (quite a jump from the previous week’s 5.8)
Monday:
Off
Tuesday:  3.5 miles of rolling hills
Wednesday: Off
Thursday:  3.3 miles (15 minutes of tempo)
Friday:  Yoga
Saturday:  4 mile run/walk

And my to do list for this week…

This Week:
Sunday:
9.3 mile run
Monday: Yoga
Tuesday:  Run
Wednesday: Yoga
Thursday: Run
Friday: Off
Saturday:  Run

Things to do:
-Donate to Lesley‘s fundraising page for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
-Congratulate OUaL on her SUB4ORDIE marathon!
-Also, congratulate Tara on her first marathon!

Book Club Friday: The Kitchen House

11 Nov

Its been a long while, but today I’m linking up with Heather for Book Club Friday.

Today I’ll be talking about The Kitchen House.

Amazon Says:
When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family.

Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin.

Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. Lavinia finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.

My take:
I absolutely loved this book y’all.  If you enjoyed The Help, you will probably like this. Though it takes place a couple centuries earlier, there are many parallels in the two novels.  The story is told in the perspectives of Belle and Lavinia in alternating chapters.This book offers what I believe is an all too real look into plantation life during Colonial days.  Some characters endure disturbing events, some triumph, and some take a dark road.  I couldn’t put this down, and I was disappointed at the end because I was not ready for the story to be over.  Go read it.

Similar to The Help’s Author Kathryn Stockett, Kitchen House is the first novel by author Kathleen Grissom.  Personally, I can’t wait for both of their next novels.  Which I hope is very soon.