Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Mileage Goal 2012 update

This year, as of tonight, I am at 363.07 miles. My goal is still 400 miles.

That means I have 36.93 miles left for the year.

13 days left means 2.85 miles per day to meet my goal.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Mileage goal for 2012

As of November 5th I have ran 316.18 miles in the year 2012.

My goal for this year for mileage is 400 miles.

To meet my goal of 400 miles ran this year I need to complete 83.82 miles before December 31st.

There are 56 days left in the year.

That means I need to average 1.50 miles per day.

I am hoping to get back into running and had a successful day today. Hopefully this is the start of getting back on track to meeting (and beating) my goal!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Christmas cards from Shutterfly!

So... I don't usually make my Christmas cards this early... but when I received an email from Shutterfly with a promotional 10 FREE cards, I knew I had to start Christmas cards a little early... At least 10 of them, right?! Shutterfly has FANTASTICALLY great personalizable Christmas card designs and I am happy to say I have purchased my Christmas cards for going on 3 years now. I would HIGHLY recommend them to you and anyone else who is looking for a creative and personal way to send out Christmas cards to your friends and family.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Just Closed...[Gone Girl]

Gone GirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I actually REALLY liked this book. It was not at all what I expected it to be and that is definitely not a bad thing. I liked how they transitioned back and forth between the two main characters and it was definitely easy to follow. A very psychological book and look at the demise of a marriage, the secrets people hide, and the horrors that can arise when people go off the deep end.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Just Closed...[Beautiful Ruins]

Beautiful RuinsBeautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.

And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion—along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow. Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams." [Book description via amazon.com]

Now for my review. I LOVED this book. I won't lie, it was a little hard to get into at first, but after it got going I devoured it. The last book I read "The Red House" did a poor job of linking multiple story-lines. This book did a FANTASTIC job. Even with going between stories it did so in such a fluid way and the author really connected the characters all to the main story. I was very moved by the book. I felt the happiness, the sorrow. I even caught myself tearing up at points. This story really captures the realities of life and how things can be so "beautifully ruined" and how while things may not often go according to plan, they often go in the ways that they should, even if its not what we initially hope for. Sometimes it is what we need.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Just Closed...[The Mansion of Happiness]

The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and DeathThe Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death by Jill Lepore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really liked this book. I thought it was an interesting way to write a "history" of rather mundane things. I would say that at times it was a little bit too technical, which is why I gave it 3 instead of 4 stars, but other than that, I really liked it!

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Just Closed...[The Red House]

The Red House: A NovelThe Red House: A Novel by Mark Haddon
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was expecting more from this book. Not that I read anything by this author before (so I wasn't expecting like another such and such book or anything). But I did read great reviews. It wasn't that this was a bad book. It was just an "ok" book. It was a quick read which was nice, but it was too disjointed between the characters. It would jump from one person's perspective in one paragraph into another's, and that made it hard to follow for me. I also found myself confusing characters because of this... I think it was a good mix of characters and it made the overall "plot" good, but the subplots were often badly written. This is why I only gave it 2 stars.

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