I’ve been trading postcards and care packages back and forth with my friend Elyse @ Just Murrayed ever since she moved away to BC. Now another friend is moving to Halifax and so I’ve made her my East Coast postcard pal. This made me realize how much I love getting mail, so I joined Postcrossing to start sending and receiving postcards from all over the world. I’m super pumped! Are any of you on Postcrossing?
My newfound postcard hobby has me walking over to the mailbox and post office a lot lately, so at least I’m getting out of the house for something other than work. I have been working in the store a lot this week, which means a lot of lifting and bending. I have been trying to remember to stretch more since I spend a lot of my down-time and time at Job #2 sitting.
Do you do office chair stretches? I feel like a total dork doing them. I would rather just go for a walk or something.
As I’m sure a vast number of you have done this week, I started reading A Court of Wings and Ruin. I hoped to get through at least one of my ARCs for the Clean Sweep Challenge, but that hasn’t started off as smoothly as I expected.
Seriously, what is wrong with me? I can’t seem to find the motivation to go to the gym. I have all these great bookish t-shirts to wear, so many reasons that I know I should go, but I see the rain out the window and find another bookish thing to search on the internet and it all falls apart.
Exercise: completing 10 squats whenever the mood strikes… my legs are KILLING me! Walking down stairs is agony!
Food: I’ve been making healthier choices when it comes to what and how much I eat. I switched my regular lunch burrito order up for a burrito bowl (that cuts 120 cals) and only eat until I feel full. None of this “you must clean your plate” crap that I was fed my entire childhood. My husband seems confused about why I am not eating the same amount of food as him. Hopefully he will learn soon and stop making giant portions.
You may have noticed that I started putting emojis next to some of the book titles. I’ve decided to start highlighting the Canadian authors that I read with this adorable maple leaf (🍁). I’m also going to start putting this little book icon (📔) next to books that I received an ARC for or bought in a fit of retail therapy. Anything with a bookstack/shelf icon (📚) is something I borrowed from work, Scribd, or the library. TBR mountain is really about 50% books I own and 50% books I want to own.
I was a total lazy butt this week. I could have gone to the gym on Monday and Friday, but instead spent my time looking up bookish holidays and author birthdays to put in a calendar. The nearest I got to being active this week was when I walked around the mall with a friend for the day.
My weekend has been spent in the office, so I bought myself a pre-made kale salad and some veggies to ensure that I don’t go out for fast food. It’s the nearest I got to being healthy this week.
I’m really trying to post regularly again, so I’ll also be returning to this wonderful linkup by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. For a while I wanted to create a new blog about my workouts and the audiobooks I listen to while doing them, but honestly, it just makes sense to add them to this meme and keep everything in one place.
The hubbie and I went to the zoo on Monday which meant that I got 10,000 steps in before 1pm! The weather wasn’t the best, so most of the warm climate animals weren’t out and about, but we still had a good time.
On Thursday I was supposed to go to the gym in the morning but had to take it easy because I’m still getting over a cold and my lungs aren’t working so well.
I haven’t done one of these posts in a while, so I thought I should do a bit of sharing from my previous week and let you know what I have planned for next week.
READING: I’m caught in between two books and I can’t figure out which one I want to read! There’sThe Hanged Man (Her Majesty’s Psychic Service, #1)by P.N. Elrod that I bought ages ago when I saw that one of my favourite authors had recommended it. Or there’s Worlds of Ink and Shadowby Lena Coakley, which I received from my company to read and review. I keep going back and forth between the two of them trying to see if one will catch my interest more than the other.
LIFE: My healthier living plan seems to be on track. I’ve been visiting the gym regularly, got up the courage to get the fit test done, and have been logging all my foods to see how bad my eating habits actually are. In the last couple weeks I’ve lost 5 pounds, so I’m feeling pretty good about everything.
READING: I hope I can figure out what I want to read. I have so many great books still waiting for me. I might try some non-fiction next just to change things up a bit. I really enjoyed reading a couple of the contemporary fiction books that have come my way lately, so I’m going to try something real to see if that will help me get back into reading every day.
LIFE: I’ve been trying to get my book hoarding under control, and I’ve found a new outlet for passing off my books in a couple girls at the office. They both like to read, so I’m planning to bring in a bunch more books to see if they are interested.
Review: This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup
Review: 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad
I forgot to post something yesterday for NaBloPoMo, so I’m going to do two posts today to make up for it. First off, for Sunday Post, let’s talk about all the audiobooks I’ve been sampling this week!
My Scribd account is definitely getting a workout with all these audiobooks. I figured out how to find the books listed as Unlimited, so this week I’ve been checking out anything that appeals to me right now.
At Home by Bill Bryson – I’m about half way through this but gave up because I realized I wasn’t paying attention to all the details. I love books about facts, but this one might actually need to be read just so I can look back at lines that I didn’t quiet understand.
The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman – I was alone so it was safe enough to give this NFSW book a try out loud. I’ve had a few giggles listening to this one. It’s narrated by the author, so that’s always fun. There have been a few sections that I thought ran on a bit too much, and others that weren’t long enough. I’m not totally sure if I’ll finish it, but for now I’m enjoying the off-beat humour.
I Suck at Girls by Justine Halpern – I’ve been on a bit of a humour kick with books, so I thought this one might be a good fit. I only vaguely knew what it was about, but was happy to see that Halpern continued to write about his dad. The swearing in it was a bit too much for me though, so I don’t know if I’ll come back to it. I’m no prude, but I also think that we can use better word choices.
Cutting A Dash (Eats, Shoots & Leaves) by Lynne Truss – I may have a BA in English, but I am definitely not a grammar nerd. I thought this one might be interesting, but was turned off by the fact that it isn’t actually the book Eats, Shoots & Leaves… instead it’s the radio show that inspired the book. It was still somewhat interesting, but I really don’t like listening to talk radio (even when it’s out on the street) so I gave up after about half an hour of listening.
This week I had a few bookish adventures and even managed to get out of my reading rut. I realized early last weekend that I might actually be in a non-fiction phase, which explains why fiction has been extremely difficult for me to enjoy. Anyway, here’s what happened this week…
I have been super excited about seeing Jenny Lawson again ever since she announced her tour dates a few months ago. I texted everyone I thought would be interested, and made sure they all got invites when the Facebook event was put up.
I rounded up the troops and we all headed out to Indigo Bay & Bloor early because we knew it would be absolutely packed. We were right….
Our butts were numb by the end of the event, but we were lucky enough to get seats in the first place. We were there 2 hours before the event and only just managed to get seats. She read from her new book, and did a wonderful Q&A, and throughout it all we laughed and had a great time. She’s such a wonderful inspiration for people dealing with mental illness. She took a moment to talk to each of us when we went up to get our books signed, and is seriously the best about understanding how difficult it can be for introverts to approach someone who they admire.
Elyse (JustMurrayed) and I decided to check out one of the author events held by the Toronto Public Library. It was our first foray into this type of event, so we didn’t know what to expect. We figured that an event in TO would gather a crowd, so it was a huge surprise when we got there to find no one in line. The chairs were empty, and neither of us felt comfortable being there for authors that we didn’t even know. Elyse picked up a few books to check out from the library and we made our way over to Indigo Bay & Bloor to wander. I bought some books that looked interesting and came home happy.
Hopefully next week will be full of more interesting bookish adventures. What did you do last week? What’s your upcoming week look like? Don’t forget to check out all the other great Sunday Post blogs linked at Caffinated Book Reviewer‘s blog.