Weekly Wrap Up

Last week just flew by! No sooner did I recover from the road trip through the southwest and I was off to Providence Rhode Island for like a hot second. I got back home on Friday morning and promptly proceeded to hit In n’ Out and then went home and passed out. I totally thought I’d sleep more than an hour but nope. Thanks to the time change the weekend before and then the time zone changes I was out of sorts.

Also, I’m not one to sleep on planes. For the life of me I just can’t manage to pull it off. I might take a quick cat nap for 15 minutes and then I’m back to being wide awake. So, with a cross country flight you have a lot of time on your hands. I tried getting some work done, tried editing photos, tried reading, etc. but we had some turbulence, especially on the way back and I struggled with some nausea. Instead I watched a few movies, listened to parts of an audio book, read when I could, and tried to use the time the best I could. I managed to get through the following:


  • The Debt – “In 1965, three Mossad agents cross into East Berlin to apprehend a notorious Nazi war criminal. Thirty years later, the secrets the agents share come back to haunt them.” imdb.com
  • The Fifth Estate – “A dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.” imdb.com
  • Harry Brown – “An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend’s murder by doling out his own form of justice.” imdb.com
  • The Ides of March – “An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.” – imdb.com
  • The Best Offer – “A master auctioneer becomes obsessed with an extremely reclusive heiress who collects fine art.” imdb.com


The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet by Robb Wolf – “Do you want to lose fat and stay young, all while avoiding cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and a host of other illnesses? The Paleo Solution incorporates the latest, cutting edge research from genetics, biochemistry and anthropology to help you look, feel and perform your best. Written by Robb Wolf, a research biochemist who traded in his lab coat and pocket protector for a whistle and a stopwatch to become one of the most sought after strength and conditioning coaches in the world. With Robb’s unique perspective as both scientist and coach you will learn how simple nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes can radically change your appearance and health for the better.” amazon.com I’m over halfway through and really enjoying this book. It’s been a nice follow up to Grain Brain and I’ve added several more books to the readying list that are health and nutrition related. I’m hoping to finish this up by the end of the month.

Hal Koerner’s Field Guide to Ultrarunning: Training for an Ultramarathon, from 50k to 100 miles and Beyond by Hal Koerners – “PREPARE FOR YOUR MOST EPIC RUNS!

In ultramarathons, there isn’t much room for mistakes. Don’t learn the hard way-get a jump on training for an ultramarathon with Hal Koerner’s Field Guide to Ultrarunning, a comprehensive handbook to running 30 to 100 miles and beyond, written by one of the most experienced and recognized athletes in the sport.

Hal Koerner is among America’s best ultrarunners. In this smart, down-to-earth training manual, Koerner shares hard-earned wisdom, field-tested practices, and insider tips to help you prepare for your ultra. You’ll find guidance on exactly what you need to know to train for your race, including:

  • best gear for ultrarunning
  • fueling and hydration guidelines
  • choosing an ultra
  • trail-running technique
  • first-aid advice
  • beating altitude, storms, and heat
  • race-day game plans
  • crew and pacer tips
  • mental strategies to get you to the finish line

The guide offers three detailed training plans to prepare for 50K, 50-mile to 100K, and 100-mile ultramarathons.

Start your ultra with confidence and finish it strong with Hal Koerner’s Field Guide to Ultrarunning!

Hal Koerner has raced ultramarathons across the globe and set fastest known time records on the Colorado Trail and the John Muir Trail. He was featured in the 2011 film Unbreakable: The Western States 100 and in 2014 was called “The Happiest Runner on Earth” by Outside magazine.” amazon.com

I’m over halfway through this as well, and I’m itching to run and run and run. It’s making me want to move out of the city so that I can get closer to the dirt track trails that will lead to many an epic run.

Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story In the History of Exploration by David Roberts – “On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface.

Mawson was sometimes reduced to crawling, and one night he discovered that the soles of his feet had completely detached from the flesh beneath. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizably skeletal, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, “Which one are you?”

This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders. It is illustrated by a trove of Frank Hurley’s famous Antarctic photographs, many never before published in the United States. 24 pages of illustrations” amazon.com

I’m only about a quarter of the way through – this one is going to be a bit of a struggle as it’s pretty dry so far. It’s reading a lot like the history books from my college days. It sounds totally fascinating and I am hoping that the writing improves.

Will Write for Food : The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More by Dianne Jacobs – “The success of Julie & Julia highlights the newest trend in food writing: blogging. Noted journalist and food-writing instructor Dianne Jacob has revised her award-winning book to include a chapter covering all the how-to’s of food blogging as well as updated resources and new information on working in other wildly popular genres, namely cookbooks and food memoirs. Incredibly timely, this new edition of Will Write for Food is the must-have for every foodie who wants to put pen to page or hands to keyboard.” amazon.com

50 pages in and getting more sucked in by each page – all I want to do is cook, eat, and write, all day, every day. I’m hoping to have this finished by the end of the year!

Let’s see what else got accomplished last week… I got my hair cut finally. I’ve been putting it off for weeks and finally went and chopped it off. I’d say this is hair style number three this year and it might be my favorite. We’ll have to see how it holds up to running this week. Haha!

Finished Season Five of Game of Thrones. Oh, my gah! Let’s just say that after episode eight I had to go look at puppies on Pinterest. Those damn white walkers are scary!

Worked on my Freedom Race project and even gave Lexi a bath. She now smells like Tangerines.

It was a busy week and I’m gearing up for another one. This week I’m planning on tackling such fun projects as:

  • Cleaning the carpet – okay, so this isn’t that much fun but it needs to be done
  • Blogging daily
  • Editing photos
  • Ordering holiday stamps
  • Working on binding the 24 hour quilt
  • A couple of DIY painting projects
  • Freedom Race project
  • Etc.

What’s on everyone’s agenda for next week?




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