Oh hey, what’s up?

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The correct answer to that is chicken butt, by the way.

The alternate answer to that after the correct answer is reading, movie watching, running and other stuff.

Reading

I’m on my 22nd book of the year, The Book Thief, which I didn’t have any intention of reading, but then the movie was released. I figure I’ll probably see the movie, I’d rather read the book and then see the movie. It’s actually a pretty good book so far. I started reading a lot of WWII-Jewish related books in college when I took a few Jewish literature classes. The stories these books tell fascinate me.

The book that I read this last month that enjoyed the most was Wild by Cheryl Strayed, I love memoirs. It was about a woman’s hike up the Pacific Crest Trail, which is a trail I didn’t even know existed.

Movies

We’ve watched a ridiculous amount of movies lately. Tom Hanks Movie Friday is coming to a close, we are almost out of PG-13 rated Tom Hanks movies. Castaway was our pick last week Friday, and then we stumbled upon Ghost (which is NOT a Tom Hanks movie). We also watched Jack the Giant Slayer, it was very good, much better than I expected.

Christmas

December is going to be a crazy month and I’m relieved that we have no plans for Christmas Day. For the first time in 17 years we don’t have to be anywhere. I hope to sleep in, be lazy around the house and then go to the movies. My husband already bought himself a new camera which was partly his own saved money, his birthday present and his Christmas present. My daughter doesn’t have any gift ideas. I really don’t either. Christmas is going to be very low key this year.

Running

I’ve been running outside on the weekends when the weather is above 40-ish degrees. My pace has improved when I compare my numbers from October to November. My next race is Disney’s Tinkerbell Half Marathon in January. After that race I’m totally free until Ragnar Chicago, that’s the only race I’m registered for.

I was not selected in the random draw for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in DC. This is okay with me, I wanted to do it to see DC (I’ve never been there), but it wasn’t my dream race. I had the ok to travel for it (alone, without the family) because my husband doesn’t agree with all-women’s races (he never has, get the man a soap box). Saving for my own travel expenses is much easier than for my whole family. I can do that with my weekly allowance if I give myself enough time.

Yup, we use an allowance system at my house. I spend most of mine on running events, running gear, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream and to dip into when we just don’t have enough to cover whatever bill needs to be paid.

My back-up plan from DC was the Trailbreaker Half Marathon, it’s local and in April, but it’s not for sure yet. This morning, my husband rattled off a list of local races that he wants to do and Dances With Dirt is at the top of the list. I’ve heard nothing but great things about it and it’ll be a great start to a summer of trail running.

Non-running

In an effort to get my daughter more active, her and I are circuit training at the YMCA. It’s going well and she seems to be enjoying it. Last night she only wanted to do the circuits, but halfway through she was requesting to use the elliptical afterwards. I started going to the gym when I was a teen (Bally’s Vic Tanny, anyone??) and I did it more because I was bored and didn’t have anything to do. Working out didn’t cost me anything more than whatever my membership was, it was cheap “entertainment”.

Sometimes I think back to how my fitness plans even began — I had nothing better to do.

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One comment

  1. I LOVED the Book Thief, and hope they don’t screw it up with the movie. I love WWII fiction a ton, though. I have the Plum Tree sitting on my nightstand, but keep forgetting about it. Maybe I’ll read that one next.

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