Friday, August 08, 2014

Summer Books

I have read lots of great books this summer, there is nothing that beats sitting outside in the sun reading! Here are the books I have finished so far, as well as a quick review/synopsis of each:

Lone Wolf- Jodi Picoult

I just finished this book and I really liked it!! It took me a little longer to get into than other Jodi Picould books, but once I got into the story it was great. It is about the difficult decision that has to be made by a brother and sister after their father has been in an accident that leaves him with a brain injury. The point of view in the story jumps around, mostly from the brother to the sister, but you also get the point of view of their mom and her new husband. Each chapter has a flashback from the father, who spent most of his life immersing himself into different wolf packs, trying to become a member of them in order to study them. One thing I really ended up liking about this book was how much I learned about wolf packs! In true Jodi Picoult fashion, there are twists and turns that keep the story interesting.

Divergent Series- Veronica Roth
I have had the first book in the series since last summer, but wasn't able to get myself into it! Once I sat down and read the first couple of chapters, I was hooked! I read the first 2 books in 2 days, but the last one took me a couple of days to finish. If you enjoyed the Hunger Games books, you will definitely like this series. I am looking forward to seeing the movie, has anyone else watched it?

Unlucky 13- James Patterson

The 13th book in  the Women's Murder Club series. I mostly enjoyed this book, but I must say that the last couple of books in this series have been a little off. The way the characters talk and just the style of writing is so different from the beginning of the series, it seems like the books are being written by a totally different author. It is too bad, as I love the original James Patterson style. Anyone else read this series and agree??

Where the Stars Still Shine- Trish Doller

This book was really great! It is about a girl, Callie, who is kidnapped by her mother when she is young and spends her life running from town to town trying to avoid being caught. When her mom is arrested, Callie is sent back to live with her father who she doesn't really remember. This book follows her adjustment after moving in with her father and his new family.

The Guilty Plea- Robert Rotenberg

This was probably my favorite of the books I have read so far this summer. Its a murder mystery that seems like it's a simple one to solve, however like any good murder mystery there are a few twists that keep you guessing!

My Life Next Door- Huntley Fitzpatrick

This book is an easy read. Sometimes the mindless, young adult books are just what I am craving! In this book, the main character Samantha comes from a family where everything is always neat, tidy, and orderly. She falls in love with the boy next door, whose family is the complete opposite. After a terrible accident, she must make a decision about where her loyalties lie.

I am looking for a few more books to read before the summer is over, any great suggestions for me??

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Summer so far/ Valley Girl Tri race recap


Last post = April 14th... that was a long time ago! Between teaching, trying to finish some courses I was taking, and being extremely boring, I felt like I needed to take a blogging break. I am done teaching for the summer (obviously), I am FINALLY done my courses, and now that summer is here (ahem, halfway over), and I have some races coming up to train for, I feel like I am slightly less boring!

So far this summer has been great! The weather has been amazing, so my days have been spent hanging out by our (inflatable) pool, going on walks with the dogs, and reading alllll the books! I will do a summer book recap post asap!
The pool :)

My parents built a sand volleyball court, so we have been playing a ton of volleyball too.

I've been getting to hang out with my favorite little man a whole bunch too, auntie's house is so much more fun than daycare!

We've also taken a couple of quick trips to the States, one to Bonners Ferry for the 4th of July fire works....

And one to Eureka to watch the rodeo!

I also did a sprint tri in Spokane a few weeks ago, the Valley Girl Triathlon. I had never done that race before, and I will most definitely be back to do it again! It is an all women event, which is super fun. The lake we swam in was so warm, it was incredible. Even jumping in at 7:50 in the morning in only shorts and a sports bra, I didn't even have goosebumps or anything! My swim time was 11:50 for 1/3 of a mile, which I was incredibly happy with after not swimming since the Wasa Tri last year... oops!

My bike time was not so good, the bike starts on an uphill and I could not for the life of me get my shoes to clip in!! A volunteer finally took pity on me and came and held the back of my bike seat so I could clip in, but I lost a good couple of minutes there. The bike course was beautiful though, rolling hills and gorgeous countryside helped it to go by fairly quickly. The best part was the downhill slope to end the bike ride! My bike time for 12 miles was 48:09.

My run time was actually impressive to me considering that it was too freaking hot out and I walked through as many shade patches as I could. It was a weird feeling because my legs weren't tired, and my lungs weren't tired, but I was so overheated that when there was shade, I had to walk! I try to do all of my running super early in the summer because I hate the heat so much, but I guess I should practice running in the heat and maybe my body will get more efficient at cooling itself. My run time for 3 miles (even with all of the walking!) was 30:36.

My overall time was pretty average, 1:37:12 which was good for 19/55 in my age group and 160/523 overall. What really killed my time was my transitions... they were horrible!! I had the worst time getting socks on my socks on and getting my shoes on! My total transition time was almost 7 minutes. I have made the executive decision to take my clips off and put my regular pedals on for my next tri because there is no way I am making up the time I am wasting changing shoes twice (and failing at clipping in) by having my clip shoes on!

I am registered for another sprint tri in Spokane on Aug 17th, the Wunderwoman Tri. I've done it twice before and it is probably my favorite race ever! It is put on by the same company that puts on the Valley Girl one and I just love it. They have so may cool booths set up at the finish line of both, there is delicious pizza at the end for all participants, and the cutest finisher's medals. My momma is doing that one with me, and I am really excited for it!

My friends Michelle and Kirsten came along to cheer me on, I just love those two!! We made a girls weekend out of it and did lots of shopping too!

I am looking forward to the last month of summer... and getting back into a regular posting schedule!
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