I swear I didn’t fall off the face of this Earth after I last posted. I’m ALIVE!
Things here have been busy, as they usually are this time time of year.
School started, soccer started, L’s dance classes started, MY dance class started (more on that in a minute), Fantasy Football started, and half marathon training has picked up. There was also my annual girl’s night out and Melissas came to visit.
Dude. When did they get so big????
This MIGHT be my favorite picture of us…ever. Even better than my favorite Chicago picture.
As much as I complain about how busy I am, we do much better when we have routine and when we have way too much to do. It forces us to enjoy the quiet time we do have – and even enjoy sitting at the table catching up a few times a week.
As I mentioned above, for the first time in MORE than 20 years, I am taking a dance class. Last year, a few of us joked about taking an adult hip hop class and apparently they didn’t think we were joking, because I’m taking it. AND there’s probably going to be a recital. SAY WHAT? Talk about getting out of my comfort zone! It’s fun even though I’M SURE I look ridiculous.
This quote is kinda my mantra right now and in some ways helped push me (along with my friend Jackie) to sign up for this class. Not I think I’m great or that dancing for fun is taking a risk. I do however, believe I am learning something about myself — how to embrace my inner idiot. In running news, I ran a little more than 70 miles last month – with the hopes to run closer to 100 this month. It helps that my everyone in my running group is training for a marathon.
I am not remotely sad that I am not running one (OK, maybe a LITTLE nostalgic about Chicago, but if anything it fuels my fire to run it again next year!), but I love enabling people to run — and to run their first marathons. I volunteered to run up to 16 miles with my friends too, because I am nice (ha!). More than 16 miles involves taking ice baths and I’m not interested in doing that right now.
As for racing — I’m still not really focusing on speed because it’s too damn hot. I’ve done a few “fast” runs where I hit a few sub 9-minute miles in 100% humidity, but then I turn around and run extra slow miles even though I feel like I’m working my ass off. It’s humbling, that’s for sure. I’m looking forward to the cooler weather (that can arrive ANY FREAKING TIME now) to see what I’m really capable of. I feel like a PR could happen this year.
And finally — I keep wanting to do a post on books I’ve read lately (and recommend) but I haven’t had the time. So, you’re getting a list instead:
1. In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Read this! I read it in about 36 hours. It’s a “fun” read in that it doesn’t require a lot of thinking. It’s Gone Girl-ish without being infuriating. The characters didn’t annoy me like they did in Girl On the Train (which I also read and didn’t really love, but didn’t hate). I feel like I can pick up the plot twist about 80% of the time and I did not expect this ending.
2. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
I loved, loved, loved Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians and this is a great follow up. Read both if you haven’t read the first one. It’s like an Asian soap opera (these books would make an excellent TV show!).
3. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
This book was so incredibly disturbing, I decided I could not handle going on a cruise ship after reading it (Note: Don’t read this while on a cruise vacation). Erik Larson doesn’t disappoint though and even though you KNOW the ship sinks, there is an element of surprise. The German submariner perspective is interesting as well.
4. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Aziz actually annoyed the shit out of me at times on Parks and Rec, but I love his standup. However, this book was a huge surprise. It’s really well thought out and he (and his writing partner) did so much research! I am not dating (thank goodness), but I enjoyed reading about how dating has changed (for the better AND the worse) in the past 20 years. The book is sprinkled with Aziz’s humor as well as heartfelt stories about his dating life and his parents (who have been in an arranged marriage for more than 30 years).
5. In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
I have deep, deep love and adoration for Judy Blume. One of my favorite books growing up was written by her (Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself — I honestly don’t know why I latched on to that one so much, must be because the main character moved to Florida in middle school?). I also really loved Summer Sisters (if you haven’t read that one – you should). So this book was a TINY bit of a disappointment for me. HOWEVER, it is a true Judy Blume book and I still enjoyed it. It was just a little…depressing? A little lengthy? A little verbose? Maybe a little all of those. It was also a slow read. Not her worst, but definitely not my favorite. By the way, when I was reading this book, I discovered that THIS GIRL has never read a Judy Blume book in her entire life. I mean, how did she learn about getting her first period???? I’m obviously still not over it.
Soooo on that note… Does anyone have any book recommendations for me?? Did I mention I’ll be in Mexico in less than 3 weeks for vacation? I need some good reads!!