Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Craptastic Running

Unless I am being chased by a psycho-murderer, running will never be this important to me:

Some people are quite dedicated to their sports...

Friday, May 22, 2009

Book Review: The Wilt Alternative

It has taken me over a month to finish this book and not because I didn't like it! The Wilt Alternative by Tom Sharpe was a delightful read that had me laughing out loud in some parts. This is the second of four books in the series [remember, I've read the last one out of order?] and I just love it. Of course--and I say this time and time again--I do love everything British!

In this novel, the Wilts have been taken hostage in their own home, in the end driving their captors completely bonkers. I will say that Henry Wilt's wife, Eva, irritates the living hell out of me. She is depicted as a fat, foolish lady who does [and says] the most ridiculous things. It's maddening how frustrated I get with her...and her four quadruplet daughters who are written as terrors.

This series is great. I highly recommend picking it up--IF you can find was hard for me to get the four books as they are out of print and not mainstream here in North America.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Boot Camp

I have heard of 'Boot Camp' style programs all over our city--in fact, my SIL brought it up to me a little less than a year ago and it sounded amazing. The problem was the fact that the only session I could do would be early morning [we are talking 5:45 peeps!] and no one was able to go with me! Oh, right...and the bloody course costs $275 for 30 days of intense training!!! [Did you like my use of 'bloody'???]

When my friend, Jennifer, brought it up to me yesterday due to a Tweet from our mutual friend, Afton [gots ta give cred where cred is due!]--I thought it would be a wonderful gift to ask for as a birthday present! My parents readily obliged, with certain conditions, and now I am officially signed up for the session beginning June 15!

The thought of it is nerve racking...but if it does what it claims, then the results will be REMARKABLE!!!

CLICK HERE for the deets to Boot Camp!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

*Bucket List*

I am going to be 29 in less than a month. [gasp!] That leaves one year before I close the chapter on my 20's forever.

In this last month of being 28 years old, I would like to come up with a list of 30 things to do before I am 30 years old--and that's where you come in, Reader. If you can think of anything fun/exciting/new that I can add to my list [In other words, What would be on your Bucket List?], please comment or email me your suggestions so I can pull my list together before June 2.

I have quite a few friends who will be 29 this year as well--one eight days before me [you know who you are!]--so this should definitely be a fun post!

Note: Traveling long distances [i.e. anywhere in a plane] will not make it to my list.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

O.D.D. - Checkpoint #3

Operation Dumbo Drop is still going quite well...almost been a month since I've started this mess and the results are definitely there...even if they are appearing slowly. I haven't gotten on a scale in a while because I don't want to be disappointed when it shows me -1, so I'm just going to avoid that bad situation for as long as possible ;o)

I will tell you...there is one person in particular out there who inspires me completely with this whole weight loss thing--and he/she has no idea they are doing it. This person is not only beautiful and fit on the outside, but he/she is SUPER nice, great and fun. That person deserves the biggest THANK YOU if you think I am talking about you, I probably am--and You Rock!!!

On another note--but not entirely unrelated--I would like to spit out my current frustration: What the HELL am I thinking trying to run a 5K [3.2 miles]??? I ran the treadmill today and I can BARELY get to 2.7 in 31 minutes, non stop. This is with no wind or hills...Just a flat run in an air conditioned gym. I had Hubs drive me through the actual course when we were done and there are SO many hills! I will be lucky to finish...and now I'll leave it at that.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Book Club: Angels and Demons

Book Club read Dan Brown's Angels and Demons for the month of April. I must admit, I am not a fan of this genre of book [historical fiction] and did not particularly like The DaVinci Code. I am also not a fan of movies such as National Treasure, Indiana Jones or, well, The DaVinci Code--so this book was pretty much doomed [for me] from the beginning. In fact, I was not looking forward to reading this book so much that I actually cheated and listened to it on tape to and from work every day…but the version was unabridged, so it took awhile to finish it!

Although I was shocked at the end, the book was pretty much a puzzle throughout. Langdon is a super genius with amazing timing--as he happened to be present when most of the major events occurred. In addition, he was nearly killed more than once…in reality…he would have been dead first try…he isn't a super hero for crying out loud.

I don't want to divulge too many details here…mostly because the movie is coming out in a few weeks and if you haven't read the book, I don't want to spoil it for you.

I will say, however, that the camerlengo is played by Ewan McGregor in the movie…and I can hardly wait! Plus, it is always fun to see a book that you have read acted out on the big screen…at least for me it is. Whether I liked the book or not!!!

In honor of our Angels and Demons theme, Jennifer made divine treats for today's meeting: Angel Food Cake and Deviled Eggs. YUM!!!!