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Monday, July 21, 2014

I Read 3 Great Books in July

I like to read books while I am on the elliptical machine at the gym, so I get to indulge my love of reading while getting healthy!  Once I start a book at the gym, I often end up finishing it in a day or two because I have trouble putting books down!

This month I have read three great books so far (no, I did not only go to the gym three times!).

No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay is one of the best books I have read all year!  I started it while babysitting one night, and I was so into the suspense of it that I about jumped off the couch when someone came home and walked in the door!  The book is about Cynthia, who wakes up one morning to realize that her whole family is gone without a trace.  The book starts when her family disappears, and then jumps ahead twenty-five years to her as an adult.  What happens next is beyond anyone's wildest thoughts!  I absolutely loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone!

Double Take by Catherine Coulter was good for two reasons.  The first reason was that I read another book by her last month so I knew some of the characters in this book.  I love following familiar characters through different books!  The second reason was that like the book above, what happens is just beyond anything I would ever think of!  This book takes you into the world of psychics and more!  I never saw the ending coming until the bitter end.  I would also highly recommend this book because the level of suspense was great and the characters were perfectly lovable or hate-able.

I didn't read the Kindle edition of Second Honeymoon by James Patterson, but that is the only image that matched my book cover!  James Patterson is one of my favorite authors whose books I always buy when they come out on paperback.  This book had me a bit confused in the beginning because so much was going on, but after a while I started to get what was going on.  Like the other two books, I had no idea how things were going to be resolved or why the murders were happening until the very end!  I had a favorite character in this book, which normally doesn't happen with me.  There was an FBI agent named Sarah Brubaker who played a pretty big role in this book.  I really hope we get to see her again because she was very likable.  If you enjoy James Patterson books, you will definitely enjoy this book!

It looks like I have read three murder mysteries in a row.  I think it's time for a comedy or romance novel.

Have you read any great books recently?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Funny Yoga Graphic

My friend found this on Reddit and sent it to funny!  Who else thinks these new names make sense?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I Love Weird Al's New Music and Videos, Do You?

I have been listening to Weird Al Yankovic since I was in high school (maybe 15 years or so).  I love his wacky, creative songs.  I always love his parodies but I love some of his originals also.  I was really excited when I heard he was going to release 8 videos in 8 days to go along with his new album, "Mandatory Fun".

The first video released was "Tacky", which is a parody of "Happy" by Pharrell.  I loved the celebrity cameos in "Tacky".  I was really amused by this video, and even more amused when I drove by 2 people who could star in the video the afternoon I watched it.

The second video released was "Word Crimes", which is a parody of "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke. I love this video so much because people who can't speak proper English drive me crazy!  That is one of my biggest pet peeves!  They should play this videos in schools and teach people in a fun way!

The third video released was "Foil", which is a parody of "Royals" by Lorde.  This song is a bit out there but I love the original song so I love the parody as well!  Weird Al really is a nut!

Have you been watching for his new videos each day?  Which has been your favorite so far?  I can't wait to see what comes out over the next 5 days!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Movie Review - Short Term 12

A few months ago, a friend of mine invited me to something called the Virtuoso Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.  I only knew 2 of the celebrities receiving the award, but I went just to do something different!  A winner I didn't know was Brie Larson, a somewhat quirky person.  Her movie clip struck me as very moving and her personality was very unique!

While looking for something to watch with a different friend tonight, Short Term 12 stuck out to me.  He is usually up for watching anything so he readily agreed to watch.  It was sooooooooooo good!  Brie Larsen along with the rest of the cast did an amazing job!

The plot revolves around Grace, a supervisor at a short term stay facility for troubled kids.  Throughout the movie, you learn that Grace has a troubled past of her own.  The movie mostly takes place at the facility, and you really get to know the kids there while also learning about what these facilities are like.

I highly recommend this movie to anyone who is looking for a really good, independent film!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dog Sitting and Walking

Whew, it has been a really long time since I have blogged but I feel inspired to write right now because I just got home from dog sitting and I already miss her.

Hunter with Outside and Outside hanging out on the couch

I have watched a few dogs in the past, but only when asked randomly by people.  After being asked to walk someone's dog over winter break, I realized I should walk dogs and dog sit more since I love it!

Loki at his house and Hunter with Loki

It is so fun to get to meet new dogs and to introduce them to my dog, Hunter.

Truman (who just passed away from cancer) and Roxy (who we watched for a while after her owner passed away)

Siddy the hyper yellow lab

Have you ever watched anyone else's pet before?  I sure hope I get to continue watching my current pet friends and to make new ones!

Zak, who I walked and took to the dog park only.

Kaleb and Keira

Sunday, January 19, 2014

I've Read 3 Books So Far This Year!

My only 2014 goal that I have kept so far is reading 1 book per week.  I have finished 3 books so far and I have enjoyed all of them a lot!

Lake News by Barbara Delinsky takes place mostly in a small town which I always love.  I have always wanted to live in a place where everyone knows everyone else - even though I would only enjoy it for a short time.  I felt really connected to the main character in the book and I was really rooting for her throughout!

Lone Eagle by Danielle Steel was an amazing love story about a young woman and the older pilot who she couldn't get out of her mind.  I love that their story spanned decades.  I haven't met that one person yet who I know I am meant to be with...but maybe one day!

I love all of James Patterson's books.  Private #1 Suspect was no different.  I loved how many story lines were happening in this one book.  It definitely kept me interested!  I think I have missed some of the books in this series so I would love to go back and read them.

Have you read any good books yet this year?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Goals for 2014

I don't really like the word "resolution", but there are some things I hope to accomplish in 2014 and I want to share them publicly on my blog so I am a bit more accountable for them.

1) I want to do more yoga.  I currently average 3 classes a week.  I would like to increase to 4-5 classes a week.
This is crow pose, and I am really close to achieving it.  I would definitely like to get there this year!

2) I want to continue lighting Shabbat candles each Friday night as I have been doing for the last few months. I started in memory of a man who passed away in our community, and I really want to continue.  It's hard some weeks because you have to light by a certain time each week but so far, so good.

3) I want to eat healthier and menu plan more.  I eat out too often and eat way too much dessert.  I'm not going to stop, I just want to cut back!

4) I want to read at least one book per week.  Sometimes I read multiple books in a week, and sometimes I barely read in a month.  I love to read, so this should be easy!

5) I want to write at least one blog post a week.  I have been blogging for years but always start and stop.  I would like to become more consistent.

I think that's about it.  I would love to hear what your goals are for this upcoming year!
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