Books Lately Vol. 7

My reading slowed wayyyyy down in July so I’m putting the last two & a half months together into one post.  In other news, I finished my reading challenge for 2017!  I set 25 as my goal thinking it would be tough to reach as I’ve been SO out of the reading habit these days but I actually reached it in August.  

The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena

I really liked this one & finished it within a few days because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened.. even though it was kind of obvious shortly after learning the truth about Marco.  I don’t usually get too connected to characters in books but at first, I felt so bad for Marco and then when I found what actually happened, I couldn’t stand him.  This book wasn’t terrible although you could pretty much figure out what would happen within the first 100 pages.  

Every Last Lie – Mary Kubica

Nope nope nope.  Mary Kubica’s books just continue to go downhill with this one being the worst.  It was not “thrilling” in any way and in fact, I was kind of annoyed throughout most of this book.  I powered through it in hopes of the ending being something shocking or a twist but no.  Nothing.  Do not recommend.

Are You Sleeping – Kathleen Barber

Despite some of the reviews saying that this book wasn’t anything special, I actually really liked it.  At first, I wasn’t so sure about all the social media parts but it kind of added to the entire story since it revolved around a podcast.  But then I really got into the book and the social media aspects didn’t bother too much.  Overall, I enjoyed the book and thought the entire back story was really interesting.  I wouldn’t read too much into the reviews if this book sounds like something that would interest you.

All The Ugly & Wonderful Things – Bryn Greenwood

I had this book on my hold list at the library forever as it seems like all of Omaha wanted to read this book also.  I couldn’t even remember what it was about when I finally picked it up & started reading it.  I felt like the story started out a little slow & hard to get into.  But then I took the book with me on our trip down to see the eclipse and devoured it.  I don’t normally have an emotional reaction to books but this one really stuck with me.  For those of you that have read this book & know the back story, part of me feels like a creep because I know that Kellen & Wavy’s relationship was totally wrong yet I couldn’t help but want to know what happened to them.  

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

After seeing so many bloggers review this book, I put it on my hold list right away.  This type of book isn’t something I would normally read but I need to step out of my horror/psychological comfort zone.  Emotionally, this was a very heavy book to read but unfortunately, this is our country.  I think it’s an important book for everyone to read.  

Seed – Ania Ahlborn

The name of this book basically tells you what the story is about — a demon seed that gets passed on through the generations.  This was a fairly short book that kind of reminded me of “The Omen” movie.  As in, it involves a child who seems to be possessed by something devil-ish and then goes on a killing spree.  I kind of wish this book would have delved into how this demon came about as I feel like it would explain things a little better but it didn’t.  Even if you like horror books, I don’t know if I would recommend this as it was kind of dull, honestly. 

The Neighbors – Ania Ahlborn

My library was wonderful & granted my request to order more Ania Ahlborn books.  However, I was pretty disappointed by this one. For one, she continuously switched between the main character’s first name ‘Andrew’ and ‘Drew’ sometimes within the same sentence and it drove me bonkers.  Red & Harlow were like Ward & June Cleaver on steroids.  Well, moreso Harlow who seemed to “crave” the hunt for young men because of her past experiences but Red allowed it to happen.  This book just felt so out there and kind of hard to really get into.  

Have a great Monday!  Linking up with Jana & Steph!

Friday! New iPhone, Ikea, Foster Pup Progress, and Workouts

Happy happy Friday!!  

I am SO ready for a break and a day to sleep in this weekend.  I get to miss a few hours of work this morning for a check up with the dermatologist so hopefully all goes well.  But then it will be a scramble to get things done at work before the end of the day so I don’t have to come back to a ton of it on Monday morning.  Such is life, I suppose.

One.  

We just ordered the new iPhone 8 this morning!  I decided to go with all black this time instead of the white & gold.  While my 6 still works decent, the camera quality has really gone downhill.  Anyone else notice that with the 6?  Plus, I kind of want more space for all of my Spotify playlists.  🙂  

Two.

We FINALLY got the headboard from Ikea this past Sunday.  We hit the road a little after 9am and got to Kansas City around 12.  Since we were in kind of a time crunch to get back to Omaha, we didn’t spend much time in the store.  We didn’t walk through the showroom but did go through their Marketplace area and picked up a few shelves & decorations because we have been slacking when it comes to actually decorating our house.  

And then we picked up the beast before checking out & getting back on the road again.  We got home right around 5 so Curtis put together the headboard.  This also involved a trip to Home Depot for some risers to put underneath it (since we didn’t get the entire frame that goes with the headboard & our bed was too tall) but we FINALLY have something.  No more putting our phones, books, and lamps on the floor!   (Can you spot the pup bum?  He always follows me around so he had to get in the picture somehow)

Three.

In other news, BUD IS SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT.  SLEEPING.   Not getting up in the middle of the night to bark, pace, cry, whine, sob, etc.  And because he is sleeping, we are finally sleeping as well.  He’s still pretty anxious any other time but the fact that he’s not having night terrors is pretty awesome.  He & Apollo have become pretty good friends and it definitely solidifies our thought that Bud was just lonely.

Four.

I’ve been getting together with three other ladies at the gym on Tuesdays/Thursdays now to do our HIT group workouts now that we don’t have the regular class anymore.  And we all hate the Insanity class that replaced it.  Granted, none of us our trainers so we just kind of wing it but I am SO sore from this week.  Last night, we did our own version of a ‘300’ which is something we would do in class.  Except we run stairs in class but we could only run around the small track for our workout.

Five.

Am I too old for a backpack?  I have kind of had my eye on this one because I’m so sick of carrying a purse/tote bag.  I have a big tote that I use for work so I can put all of my water bottles, snacks, books, etc. but it’s starting to fall apart.  And I just hate carrying purses in general.  But I’m really drawn to this bag!  

Alright, time to wrap this up & get ready for the day.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Linking up with Andrea, Erika, Narci, Amanda, and April!

Currently [ September ]

Happy Monday!

Like usual, this weekend went by way too quickly.  Saturday & Sunday were both busy all day so I’m glad that we don’t have much going on this week!  For today, I’m joining Anne & Lowanda for the September currently link up!  

Celebrating |  Hitting my 2017 reading goal the other day!  25 books felt like a pretty lofty goal at the beginning of the year, especially since I was so out of the habit of reading.  So, I’m pretty excited that I met the goal 3 months ahead of schedule!    

Watching |  Too many Instagram stories.  It’s a black hole that I fall into almost every single night before bed.   

Welcoming |  Mr. Apollo the Beagle into our home.  We have been at our wits end with Bud and his sleepless nights.  The rescue suggested that we try to have Bud hang out with another dog to see how he does.  Apollo was being fostered by another couple but they were willing to let us “borrow” him to see how they would do together.  So far, things have been going well!  Bud seems to be a little more relaxed with having Apollo around.  The sleeping thing is still a work in progress though as he’s been waking up in the middle of the night.  However, he has been going back to sleep rather than spending all night pacing/crying.

Preparing |  Workouts for Tuesdays/Thursdays.  I know I sound like a broken record already but I am so bummed that they cancelled the class I’ve been going to for FOUR years now.  They replaced it with Insanity for now but it’s not the same. 🙁  I went to it last Tuesday night it was awful.  I’ve done Insanity in the past and remember it being a crazy intense workout but I barely sweat during this one.  And the instructor said she was going to use the same workout for the next 2-3 weeks… no thanks.  I find a lot of good ones on Pinterest but Jess has been posting some pretty good ones on IG and they are no joke!  

Photographing |  The dogs.  My phone is full of pictures of Bud, it’s ridiculous.  He’s just so dang cute, even when he drools everywhere!  

Have a great day everyone!

Long Weekend & Life Lately

Happy Tuesday!

I don’t know about you guys but I sure could use an extra day off right now.  Work is always busy the day after a holiday so I feel like I am going to be playing catch up most of the day.  But… I picked up a cute new notepad at Marshalls yesterday so that always makes work a little more bearable.  I’m such a sucker for cute office supplies.

Anywho, it was glorious to have a long weekend despite being busy every single day of it.  Friday evening after work, we took Bud out to Curtis’ parents place so he could socialize with their black lab and also because we were going to borrow their pickup to take to KC the next morning.  We ate vegan pizza & sat out on the porch while the pups played in the yard before heading back home.  I was SO tired because Bud still isn’t sleeping through the night and ended up falling asleep around 10:30pm.  Wild Friday night, that’s for sure!

We had plans to get up early & head down to Kansas City to pick up the headboard from Ikea that we’ve been putting off buying ever since we moved in to our house last summer.  We need this headboard for our bedroom since we have a king size bed & the only wall that it fits on also has the air vent on it.  It is open underneath so it would allow for air to actually move through the room rather than having to corner our bed against the other wall so that we can keep it open.  

Unfortunately, they were completely sold out of the king size white headboards and weren’t getting another shipment until today.  They had black ones in stock but white looks so much cleaner.  And black furniture sucks.  I even checked to see if they were offering any Labor Day specials but nope… still an $80 shipping charge.  Yuck.

So, Curtis took the pickup back to his parents place while I did some shopping.  I had a gift card to Sephora that was burning a hole in my pocket so I made the trek out west to the full size store at Village Pointe.  But first, I hit up Old Navy as they had 50% off dresses and I’ve been wanting one of the long sleeve dresses now.  I should have gotten a few other colors because they actually had my size in the store whereas they don’t have them online.  

 

 

But my favorite purchase has to be the black Rockstar Jeggings (which I did not take a picture of in the dressing room).  I’ve been wanting a pair of black skinny jeans or jeggings because I’ve had the same pair for three years now & they are starting to see their day.  I don’t normally shop at Old Navy for jeans because they never fit right but I read about these on another blog & was intrigued.  Jeans have not been my friend lately so when I saw these were 50% off in the store AND they actually fit, I couldn’t pass them up.  They are basically leggings but WITH BACK POCKETS.  HALLELUJAH!  They had denim ones also but they were pretty picked over so I didn’t get a chance to try them.  

And then I finally made it to Sephora where I blew my gift card on a new eyeliner pencil sharpener, mascara, and a travel size of the Living Proof dry shampoo.  Because I’m getting tired of Batiste and wanted to try something better.  After all of that, I stopped at the Restore to see if they had any decent light fixtures, mirrors, or other decorations but that ended up being a dud.  Now that it’s starting to get darker earlier, I’m realizing how awful the light fixtures are in our back kitchen area.  We think it used to be a porch but whoever owned it previously decided to enclose it & turn it into a breakfast nook but they left the light fixtures which belong on a porch, not a kitchen.  

I was in Target when Curtis called me about going to the Husker game as his friend had extra tickets.  This was just before 5:00 and they wanted to get to Lincoln by 6:00.  So, I rushed home, touched up my makeup, tried to make my hair decent, and headed out to their place which is all the way across Omaha.  We hopped in their car as soon as we arrived and ended up getting to Lincoln JUST in time for the game.  We hadn’t been to one since 2014 so it was hard to pass up tickets!  It would have been a lot of fun to go down to Lincoln to tailgate before the game but it was still a good time.  The energy in Lincoln on a game day is crazy.  Even just being downtown and not actually going to the game is exciting.  Hopefully we can get down there for a few more games this year just to hang out with them since they have season tickets.  

We ended up getting home around 1:00am and called it a night!  

Sunday wasn’t anything too eventful.  We went to the gym in the morning, grabbed a few things at the grocery store, and headed back home.  Curtis’ cousin was having some family over to grill out so we went over there around 5 and stayed until about 11.  Monday was pretty much the same except that I made a trip to Marshalls and Target in the morning before Curtis’ cousin came over as he was in town from Kansas City.  We went out to lunch at Zio’s, grabbed some groceries for the week, and came back home where I did some cleaning & overdue laundry.  Curtis & some of his cousins went to see WWE at the Century Link while I stayed home & continued to clean/caught up on things around the house.  We’ve only lived in our house for a YEAR now and I just finally put up my necklace holder.  Some of them were still in the ziploc bags from when we moved in!  

And now it’s back to reality.  I mentioned this in my post last week but the gym no longer has the HIT class at 5:30pm that I’ve been going to for four years now.  🙁  I’m going to be so lost on Tuesdays & Thursdays now because no other location offers a class like it.  It’s kind of a toned down version of boot camp classes or Crossfit because they don’t have the space or equipment.  Every day was different but we would have a “WOD” to do throughout the hour.  I love it because I feel my strongest during the class and it really tests my endurance some days.  They replaced the HIT class with Insanity now which isn’t a terrible workout.  I’ve done it a few times and always ended up dripping in sweat by the end of it but it’s all plyometrics whereas the other class involves kettlebells, barbells, etc.  

NOW it’s time to get to work though.  My stepbrother is getting married one month from now and I definitely feel like I let myself get a little too lax with food this past summer.  Curtis has been talking about doing keto again and while I don’t think I can go that extreme (especially if I’m doing Insanity classes now), I could definitely cut back on the carbs.  

Alright, I think it’s time to wrap this up for now.  Have a great day everyone!  Linking up with Biana!