It’s Okay To Like Anne Hathaway Again

This weekend, I spent a lot of time working, but I did manage to have some fun on top of that. Friday night, I hung out with my friend Nouha who has been helping me study the science-based information for my Personal Training exam. We did fit in a chapter, but we spent more time catching up, which was much needed.

After work on Saturday, I intended to run, but I already had on my glasses and comfy clothes and I wasn’t feeling the motivation. Instead, I settled on it being my rest day and I put in a few good hours studying. I thought now that I’m more into the actual exercises of my studying that I was past the science and math, but turns out, there’s a lot of math that goes into cardio. Good thing I like a challenge. That night, I went to see The Intern. Decent movie, better than I expected, with a different premise, but I of course did not love the ending. I guess it’s my thing.

Remember for awhile there when people went against Anne Hathaway? I’m ashamed to say I fell for it a bit and while I still did not love the film version of Les Mis or her performance during awards season, I do enjoy the rest of her movies. Also, I’m pretty sure that if I were favorited to win an Oscar, I would be insufferable too. Sorry, Anne. We’re good now.

Having gone to this movie theater in particular, I was reminded of the time when I was in high school and cutting through an alley to get to the street over and an old woman approached me and a friend. She didn’t speak much English, but we were pretty freaked out, which made her mad and I’m pretty sure she put a curse on us. The whole two fingers to her eyes then at us pointy thing confirms that. Though maybe we shouldn’t assume it was a mean curse. Maybe it was a happy curse…

Anyways, on Sunday, I did fit in a run before work, but I’m still suffering from my feet going numb. The sneakers are still new, so that could still be the issue. I’m actually starting to suspect it’s a circulation thing. My sister and I both have oddly cold hands and feet and now that the weather is changing, I’m wondering if that’s what’s happening. I’ll have to verify with an actual doctor because it’s making me nervous!

Monday’s workout included a heavy lifting circuit and intervals for cardio. I’m in the process of mixing up my workouts, which I’m afraid will have to include more intervals in order to spice up my routine.

Now let’s talk about food. Sunday’s stir fry dinner starts things off. Grilled chicken and brown rice with zucchini, red pepper, spinach, and a spoonful of peanuts.

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Monday’s breakfast. It looks like I put a lot of butter on my waffles, but in my defense, it was hard to spread it across the entirety, so it just looks jumbled. Those berries were divine!

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Lunch on Monday. I love a good salad, but lately I’ve been preferring the hotness of a stir fry. This one includes baby spinach, pepper, tomato, cucumber, and carrots with feta, grilled chicken and sesame ginger dressing.

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This morning’s veggie-heavy scramble with chicken sausage, spinach, red pepper, and mushrooms.

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Now off to fit in a workout and get studying!

I’m Going To Hypnotize You Into Commenting on My Blog

I didn’t intend to read books all written by the same author consecutively, but as it turns out, all the books I was on the wait list for came at once. The last one I finished last week was Liane Moriarty’s The Hypnotist’s Love Story.

Hypnotism is an interesting concept, which I might compare to something like Yoga or meditation because it has a lot of the same characteristics, at least how it’s described in the book. It’s one of those things where you focus on yourself and your deeper inner thoughts, which helps you to overcome problems or feel better.

I’ve sometimes thought it would be nice if I could be hypnotized into no longer having a sweet tooth or to become immune to overeating because that would be an easy out. The bigger part of me thinks that a life without chocolate isn’t a life at all, at least for me. I do think Yoga and meditation are beneficial and help to gain better control and perspective, but I wouldn’t want a blind fix.

I really enjoy how Moriarty writes characters. Many of them are flawed, even have huge flaws, but there is no simple definition of good or bad. Because she transitions between character perspectives, the reader understands all aspects of what is happening in the story, who the characters are, and how they connect to one another.

For The Hypnotist’s Love Story, there is a character who is stalking another. It would be easy to write her off as crazy, evil, and deranged, and yet, though what she is doing is an odd outlet, you feel sympathy for the reasons why. It’s more complicated than to believe that she is evil because she is doing the stalking and he is innocent because he is being stalked. Characterization is what draws me into a good novel. It’s the difference between seeing a person’s actions in real life and taking them at face value to understanding what makes a person who they are and what they do.

So often we run into problems with one another because we can’t understand another’s thought process. We can only hear our own, and even then, we don’t always understand that cycle. For all of Moriarty’s books I have read thus far, this has been a major consistency that makes me tear through them.

Right now, I am being extremely brave. I am reading a book in the same series as the book that shall not be named because I despised the ending so tremendously. Actually, this is the fifth book that, though it takes place in the same world as that first one, it transitions between different characters. I’m holding out that the author will write another one that ties that story up, but time will tell. I’ve read all of them so far and I will say that I enjoyed the rest of them and was relieved to see that the endings were just fine. Although, none of the mysteries were all that intriguing.

Since all the TV shows appear to be following the method of breaking the season into two parts, fall and spring, and are taking winter hiatuses, I’ve been able to really get into reading. My problem is that once I dive into a book, it’s hard for me to do anything else but read. This was all well and fine during the summer when I was on break, but now I have other things to do in my life and fewer hours to get them done. I just need to remember moderation is best for everything, though if I’m going to overdo anything, I suppose reading is harmless.

Since the holiday season and starting work, my writing, besides my blog which I’ve kept up with nicely, has fallen off a bit. I have all of these ideas floating around in my head, but when it comes to executing them, I fall short. Now that the holidays are over, it will be easier to get back into a regular routine that I will follow. If I can successfully make morning workouts a thing, then I certainly think I can aim to write 1000 words a day, especially because it’s something I love.

That smash-hit novel I want to write can’t get published just by my reflecting on it. The good news is that I’m not at a loss for ideas, so once I get myself to sit down, I’m hoping the words will flow.

Let’s try to get a topic of conversation going, what’s the last great book that you’ve read?

Swept Away by Books

Last week I read toe very different but enjoyable books. One was The Vacationers by Emma Straub and the other was The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

Straub’s Vacationers took a disgruntled New York City family on a brief respite to Mallorca. The characters and their different interactions were interesting to observe. Part of the pull of this book was the enticing landscape of a Mediterranean town. It would have been even better had the author incorporated more of Mallorca’s sights and scenes into her book, though when it comes down to it, the story is all about the characters.

I went back and forth between liking then disliking each character as they grew more complex and delved deeper into the story. This is not necessarily a bad thing because it keeps you guessing about how a character will continue to react in certain moments.

To be honest, the ending wasn’t for me. I’ve mentioned before that I often am not satisfied by a book’s ending. Without spoiling, I will say that I thought it ended a tad abruptly, taking something away from the characters’ development. In fact, I would say that I was disappointed, which is worse than liking or disliking. Overall, the book was a fun, end-of-summer read that I recommend. Hopefully you aren’t as picky as I am with stories.

Kline’s The Orphan Train hooked me from the moment I began. The book switches perspectives between a present day teen and the older woman’s history as a little girl who she befriends. Not knowing much of anything about the actual orphan trains in real life, I was fascinated to see such a thing represented in fiction. Those parts reminded me of reading Angela’s Ashes, which is one of my favorite novels. Though it’s important to read and understand actual history, I love reading about different times from a fictional standpoint because it helps better understand how a person back then would struggle.

In the end, I was a little taken aback because i was reading an Ebook and it said I had only reached 80% at that point. However, I guess there was a bunch of end of the book things and the story really was over. It ended in a good place though and I was okay with how it finished.

As embarrassing as it may sound, I actually finished both of these books in about three days. They were fairly short and for me, it’s easy to get swept away into a story. I am a fast reader so I will point out that I didn’t waste away my entire day reading. That’s not an appropriate phrase actually because any time spent reading is never a waste (unless it’s for schoolwork that’s boring, but even then you are learning something, I suppose).

If anyone has any book suggestions, I am always open to reading something new!