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Reading Time

Linking up with Steph and Jana on their 3-year anniversary for Show Us Your Books ... I think this is only the 2nd time I've joined in though. Usually spend my time reading everyone else's posts and adding still more to my GoodReads TBR list. 
I'm currently in my annual week of zoning out and catching up on reading, vitamin D, and leaving all my stress behind (or as much as possible). Imagine the look on my face when I realized 2 hours into the 10 hour drive that I'd left my stack of books at home for this week. No worries though ... plenty on the Kindle and plenty of things to do or not do this week.

As mentioned in August's list, finally finished the series again. If you don't like Stephen King, you might not like the series. If you do like Stephen King, this is the series that 90% (or more) of his books tie into at some point - even if just a mention or phrase. Read the series in anticipation of seeing The Dark Tower movie that came out in August. Then I sa…

when suddenly ... October!

All together now: How is it October already?!

It's all good though ... this is one of my top-10 favorite months of the year.

At work - October means we're in the 4th quarter and since I do payroll and taxes, I'm already prepping for year-end and W-2s and it's just too soon for thinking about that nonsense.

Finished off September with the Indy Women's Half. Ran it for the first time last year and it was raining the whole time, so my earbuds cut out and my phone's interval timer stopped working on me and I had stepped in a pothole/puddle at mile 2 so I squished my way through the next soggy 11 miles. Basically not a good race. This year - no rain, nice and cool, using my handy-dandy GymBoss interval timer for consistency (run 4/walk 1 - minutes, not miles). And since the training plan called for 18 miles that day, attempted to run 5 miles when I got home because I'm a glutton for punishment ... apparently. Running for 2+ hours, then driving home, and then pi…

Thankfully Thursday - #10

And once again, linking up with Rebecca on this post. Thankful for the ongoing reminder to keep being thankful. :) And also thankful that it's Thursday and the the weekend is almost here.

Thankful for good neighbors (along with coffee and books, this one is a frequent item I'm thankful for) - I'm pretty sure that we would have moved years ago had we not been blessed with the neighbors we have. It definitely isn't the house that was keeping us in one spot (though we were house-poor at that time and couldn't really afford to move when we wanted to) - but having the neighbors that I do and with what's going on with life right now, I'm glad they're in my corner. To be able to call on them in a moment's notice and be able to trust them in case my kids need something ... they're the best.

Thankful for multiple family members in my kids' lives who can divide and conquer when I can't be at a band concert at one school AND the choir concert at a…

Thankful Day #9

This is going to be short (like me) and sweet (not me) but I didn't want to wait to post it. Trying to link up with Rebecca but as I'm at a conference (and not paying attention) we'll see if it works.

Thankful for social media and the ability to find out about friends in disaster zones. My friend who was in the potential path of Hurricane Irma was definitely in the path of Hurricane Marie. With a 15 minute warning, they packed a carry on for each of them and got on a military transport plane evacuating other law enforcement officers and families to the mainland. They are currently loading up on food and favorites not available in the US Virgin Islands. Prayers to them as they await word on what's waiting for them when they return. I was also able to make contact with a friend in Mexico who lives in the area of the devastating earthquake -- she and her family are safe. They're concerned now about friends missing and aftershocks.

Thankful the way my world has gotten…

Thankful Thursday (#8?)

Thankful Thursday - (skipped last week, but it doesn't mean I wasn't thankful!)

And linking up with Rebecca -- so I'm going to start off with being thankful for the blogging world and new perspectives and friends. My reading list is ever-changing but constantly growing as I 'meet' new bloggers out there. Some are based on running, some on books, some on hygge, some on life-in-general, some I'm not sure how I came across them, and even one on a video game that I'll never play and/or understand.

New glasses (finally) -- It was time for a change. And I look "smartish". #opticalillusion

Race registrations - I don't know why I get so excited about signing up for a race. Logging in early ... counting down till registration opens ... freaking out because I can't get my payment info in correctly the first time and I just KNOW they'll sell out at the cheap price ... all for naught. I'm in! If you want to join in, there's this link ... 2…

What's New - Sept version

Thought I'd try the 3-things list for a change. And linking up with Kristin and Gretchen this week/month.

What I'm eating -
Kind of boring. 

Current obsession is yogurt and berries for breakfast. Found some French-style yogurt ... divine. And it comes in little glass pots ... quel charme! Eggs ... because they're thankfully still in abundance. Need to start freezing some for when the girls decide to go on hiatus for the winter.Leftovers and freezer- or pantry-meals ... gradually cleaning out the pantry/fridge/freezer in preparation for an upcoming freezer-meal-put-together time with friends.

What I'm drinking - 
Coffee. Always coffee. But for the three (main) ways I drink coffee? 

Regular brewCold brew (homemade, preferably)French press (reserved for weekend enjoyment)
What I'm reading - 
Received A Beautiful Work in Progress from Kindle Unlimited? Kindle First? And I was several chapters in before I thought to check out who the author is and she happens to be of fatgirlru…

Thankful Thursday #7

Today's list of thankful tidbits ... (linking up with Rebecca)

Upcoming long weekend ... but why are the weeks before a long weekend the longest ever?

Vision ... it's one of those things I don't think about until I don't have it or have problems with it. As luck would have it, I get to the eye appointment with overcast/rainy skies and I have to leave with bright sunny skies. Boo to dilation drops but yay for no problems and no change to my prescription for another year!

Clearance endcaps at Target ... I've been wanting a stainless steel cup for hot/cold and am too cheap frugal to get a Yeti cup and too uppity to go to Walmart to get one of their knockoffs I keep hearing about. Yay for Target endcaps and finding my new favorite cup! Side note: I wasn't taking a photo of the price for documentation ... my eyes were still severely dilated and I couldn't see what the price was. Had to click and zoom. No shame. Also of note - remaining school supplies are 90% o…

Thankful Thursday #6

Gradually figuring things out here but linking up with Rebecca again.
This week's items are of a photographic nature - just to mix things up.

These legit taste so much better than Tagalongs. 
It was NOT a good day when we found these at a downtown bakery. 
I mean, it was good ... but not in a "let's find healthy eats at the farmers' market" kind of day.

Imagine my surprise when I stopped by for a visit with my mama and found her roommate watching the Cubs on TV while drinking a brewski. Her family keeps her well-supplied with good German beers. And I seriously don't consider this place a "nursing home".

I guess when the wiper blade looks like this, it's too late.

New windshield wipers. Because you don't realize what you're missing until you can't see when it's raining. Also thankful that the guys put the new wipers on for me. #shortpeopleproblems

New running shoes. Also thankful for Amazon gift certificates ... these babies were free.


Thankful Thursday #5

After last weekend's horrific scene in Virginia, I'm definitely thankful for friends who won't back down when idiots think they can instill fear in our communities.

But for the basic thank-yous of the week ...

Absorbent desk blotters ... because coffee and gravity aren't always the best of friends

Healthy pugs -- but what's up with Frannie being a senior now? Time flies ... pugs do not. Word to the wise. Just kidding, it was only Frannie's annual checkup and Spade's bordetella booster and nail trims for both because it takes 4 people to hold Spade down. #bigboy

Frannie -- happy as can be ... but still trying to escape.
Spade ... this is his normal face. I think he's happy here.

Big salads - I'm trying the mason jar salads this week. Apparently, a quart jar is the equivalent to Elaine's Big Salad on Seinfeld. Best day was when I used fresh garden salsa as the 'dressing'. Also thankful for coworkers with gardens and sharing their fresh-made …

Thankful Thursday #4

Keeping it simple this week - just wanted to get this posted before I forget! 
Family mealtimes  Coffee (told you it'd make a frequent appearance on these lists) Downtime with the kids  Sunrises during morning runs Sunsets during walks with the kids and pugs Fresh eggs Books Texts, calls, emails, and IMs from friends near and far Lotion and lip balm - really. Cinnamon toast (and the 15 year old who asks me to show him out to make it the way my mom taught me) Games with the 13 year old (and that even though her phone was blowing up with texts and notifications, she said "it's Mom/Allie time right now")
Many more ... but saving for another week :)

Reading! Books! -- Show Us Your Books (link-up with Steph and Jana)

This is my first time linking up on the SUYB posts, but I recommend going to Stephanie's and Jana's link-up and checking out everyone else's suggestions/book lists. My list isn't very interesting ...

Here's my thing ... on days when I just don't want to do anything, I still read. I have to read. Well, I try to read. Life circumstances have had a way of sapping me more than I realized. So ... I miss reading as much as I used to, but I'm getting back to it.

I don't read fast and I don't read a lot, but I do have to read something daily and definitely right before bed. It helps push out all the busyness going on inside my head and lets me relax - no matter how exhausted I may be, a few paragraphs and I'm ready for sleepytime. Can't get that with TV or staring mindlessly at my phone before bed.

What I've actually been reading thus far this year (pretty pathetic list, actually) ...
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling - 4 stars - to…