Monday, May 2, 2016

Sunday Sweats Vol. 8

Tuesday: Ran 2.24 miles + yoga for 30 minutes.

Saturday:  Ran the Race Judicata 5k!  Stupid me, I didn't turn on my Nike Running app to track my time and pace but I almost ran through the whole thing.  Trace was my partner so he needed to walk a bit, but we ran way more than halfway through so it was quite an accomplishment.  He was kinda mad at me for tricking him at the end (I told him we'll run through the last color station and then walk, but kept running after the color station through the finish line) but he'll get over it.

It was so fun, and we're already looking forward to the next color run to join in.  This week I'll continue my running routine and try to put in more yoga time.

That was my week.  How was yours?

ABC Reads: April

A:  (The) Atlantis Plague, by A.G. Riddle.  Completed January 2016.

B:  Broken Grace, by E.C. Diskin.  Completed January 2016.
C:  (The) Color of Secrets, by Lindsay Jane Ashford.  Completed February 2016.
D:  Daughter of Sand and Stone, by Libbie Hawker.  Completed February 2016.
E:  E, by Kate Wrath.  Completed February 2016.
F:  Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell.  Completed March 2016.
G:  (The) Guardians of History, by Elisabetta Cametti.  Completed March 2016.
H:  (The) Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, by Jonas Jonasson.  Completed March 2016.
I:  Ice, by Kevin Tinto.  Completed March 2016.
J:  Jackaby, by William Ritter.  Completed March 2016.
K:  (The) Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.  Completed April 2016.
L:  (The) Light of the Fireflies, by Paul Pen.  Completed March 2016.
M:  My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout.  Completed April 2016.
N:  (The) Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah.  Completed January 2016.
O:  Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline.
P:  Papyrus, by John Oehler.  Completed April 2016.
Q:  (The) Queen's Poisoner, by Jeff Wheeler.  Currently reading.
R:  Regret, by Dan Dawkins.  Completed April 2016.
S:  (The) Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin.  Completed March 2016.
T:  Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.
U:  Under the Blood-Red Sun, by Graham Salisbury.
V:  Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann.
W:  Wonder, by R.J. Palacio.
X:  (The) X, by Lorena Bathey.  Completed April 2016.
Y:  You, by Caroline Kepnes.
Z:  (The) Zookeeper's Wife, by Diane Ackerman.

The Kite Runner
I have to admit that I wasn't sure I'd care for this book as much as I did.  I literally teared up at some points in the story and that hasn't happened to me in a while.  It was slow at first and I was a little confused because I didn't really know the whole backstory about the Afghanistan war and the Taliban and everything but it was interesting to learn about.  This was a story about family and friendship and how guilt can take a toll on you and change you as a person.  At first I was disgusted with the main character, Amir, for being such a wimp and not standing up for Hassan and treating him badly, but he was just a kid when everything went down (not that it makes it better) so I can understand why he was ashamed and scared.  I wish the author would write another book from Hassan's point of view.  I loved the way the story was told and the author's style was so easy to follow and so detailed that I'm already adding more of his books to my list!

My Name is Lucy Barton
This was a short read, but a really good story.  It was a bit confusing because the narrator, Lucy Barton, kept jumping back and forth between time periods.  It hinted of a twisted childhood and told of a few traumatic experiences, but didn't actually really say what went on which frustrated me.  Most of the story takes place when she's in the hospital and then her mom visits her for a few days, which is why she jumps back and forth from her childhood to the present because she hasn't seen or spoken to her family in years and they're sort of estranged because of things that happened in the past - which, again, they don't really say WHAT things happened.  All in all, a good light read.  I actually felt bad for Lucy, because the only time she really got to know her mother was those few days when she visited her in the hospital.  Made me appreciate having a loving (though highly annoying at times) family.  Probably a really good book to read now, since mother's day is coming up!

If you couldn't tell by the title, this book was about (you guessed it) Egypt.  I'm a lover of all things ancient Egypt so of course I loved this book!  The author goes back and forth between time periods of ancient Egypt to the present setting of the story and also between the different points of view of the characters.  It was a little confusing at first but once I got into the story it wasn't so bad.  The story was mainly about Queen Tiye's brief time before she was placed in her tomb and also about a scholar, Rika, who accidentally uncovers a hidden message by Queen Tiye on a papyrus telling of where her tomb would be.  Obviously Rika goes on the adventure to locate the tomb in hopes of using the treasures she finds there to help her own cause but things end differently.  I really loved learning about Queen Tiye and ancient Egypt and also loved the fact that the two main characters were female.  As always, I was a bit put off by the romance scenes as Rika is portrayed as a smart and headstrong woman, and I found it hard to believe that she fell in love so quickly.

Talk about a crazy twisted story!  After sleeping with his agent, Dan Dawkins' life gets turned upside down and he goes down a dark and twisted path.  The main character, Dan Dawkins is absolutely insane.  I mean, you'd have to be insane to blame your wife's death, and all the murders you've committed afterwards on the lady you had an affair with.  It takes two, Dan!  I felt really bad for the people he tricked and was disgusted that he couldn't take responsibility for his actions.  

The X
This one was a quick read (finished it in a day) but very interesting.  Basically about a woman, Clarissa, who is suddenly served divorce papers one morning after her husband and kids leave the house.  He ends up taking everything from her - the money, the house, and her two sons.  She finds an odd receipt one day and hires a private investigator to finds out what's really going on and learns that her husband is actually not the man she thought he was and that he is actually the leader of a neo-Nazi organization who is turning her sons against her and brainwashing them to help his cause.  With the help of the P.I. (Bryce) she fights to get her sons back from her crazy ex-husband.  There were a lot of different characters in the story and I don't really remember a lot of their names, especially since it was such a fast-paced kind of book.  I wish the book had been longer and told more about Clarissa's ex-husband's past and what led up to him just up and divorcing her.

That's my list for April!  5 books, not bad.  Only 8 more to go before my list is completed!  And I'm just about done with The Queen's Poisoner so basically 7 more.  Hoping to finish it all in May!

What about you?  What have you been reading?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sunday Sweats Vol. 8

This post is already a few days late so I'll just go ahead and jump right into it.

Tuesday:  C25k week 3, day 1.  Jog for 90 sec., walk for 90 sec., jog for 3 min., walk for 3 min., etc. for a total of 28 minutes and 1.97 miles.  Then yoga for a total of 30 minutes.

Thursday:  C25k week 3, day 2.  Same as the previous run except I ran a little farther for a total of 2.07 miles.  Yoga for 30 minutes.

Monday/Wednesday/Friday:  Nothing.

I've been slacking on my yoga lately because by the time I get home on M/W/F it's so late already and I have homework to check, mouths to feed, and other things that need attention.  Hoping to do more yoga this week instead of just on run days.

I've also been really good with my diet and I'm proud of myself.  I did slip and have a slice of pizza on Saturday because I was so hungry and Joey decided to order a pizza and have me hold it in my lap while he drove.  But, I was actually surprised that just one slice filled me up when I used to be able to devour like 3 slices, no problem.  Hells yeah for self control!  Lol.

The Race Judicata is this Saturday and I'm excited!  I've already printed out the waiver forms and will be dropping them off and registering everyone by tomorrow.  Our whole family is going (me, Joey, Aniyah, Chloe and Trace) and our nieces will be joining us too so it's bound to be a fun time.  We're already planning our all white outfits to wear so we can get colored!

What have you been up to?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Three Things

Thanks to Lisa for today's post inspo.  I haven't done one of these "about me" posts in a while so I thought this would be fun to do, especially today when I'm kinda in a lazy mood.

Three names I go by:
Jessica (and variations of this including Jess, Ska)
Mom (or Mooooooooooom!)

Three things I hate:
Fake people

Three places I have worked:
Golf Course
Surf Shop
Law Firm

Three things I love to watch:
The ocean
My kids playing together


Three places I have been:

Three things I love to eat:
All things cheesy

Three things I love to drink:
Anything with vodka

Three things I cannot live without:
My family
Beach days
All of the three drinks listed above

Three things I am looking forward to:
Having our house built 
5pm on weekdays
My 30th birthday weekend

That's my list.  What does yours look like?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Sunday Sweats Vol. 7

Monday:  Day 1 of the Office Yoga Challenge at work.  Week 2, Day 2 of the C25k program for a total of 28 minutes and 1.73 miles.  Also did Yoga for Abs and the splits class as well.

Tuesday:  Day 2 of the Office Yoga Challenge at work.  Week 2, Day 3 of the C25k program for a total of 31 minutes and 2.12 miles.  Also did Morning Yoga Routine and the splits class again.

Wednesday-Sunday:  Not a damn thing.

I had planned on going hard last week but failed.  Wednesday was my rest day, but then Thursday came and someone had a homework project that they forgot to do that I had to stay up all night doing, Friday was Niyah's first basketball game and we didn't make it home until about 9pm, Saturday I helped Joey's mom cater a party so we were busy all day and night, and Sunday I was drained from being in the sun at Trace's baseball team's car wash that I ended up just taking 5 rest days.  Boo.

Now that Aniyah's basketball season has started, I'll be getting home around 9pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  I need to figure out some sort of schedule so I can fit some run time in.  Maybe early mornings?  Ugh.  I hate waking up though.  Oh well, I'll figure it out.  Those 5 days off made me feel bleh so I need to get active again.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Do you ever get that heavy feeling deep down in your chest?
Like an overwhelming sense of emptiness?
Where you feel as if everything going on has absolutely nothing to do with you.
Because you are nothing.

Unwanted, unloved, not even a speck of dirt on a clean white paper.
Then you think to yourself, no, I am someone.
I have people who love me...

But then of course that heaviness comes back and fills you with doubt.
You don't have any "girlfriends", you're estranged from your family.
All the people you used to be close to have found other friends.

You've gone from being outgoing and friendly to shy and reclusive.
You can be in a room full of people and still feel that loneliness.
It never truly goes away.

Sometimes you can be different.
You're outgoing and friendly and you can make a difference in the world.
Everything is light and bright and you have a purpose.

Then, as always, that loneliness comes creeping back slowly.
And it always finds you.
And now, here you are, sitting at your desk silently shedding tears,
wondering how you can feel so all alone and dark
in an office filled with loud people and bright florescent lights.

Do you ever get that feeling?
Me neither.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Sunday Sweats: Vol. 6

Another pretty good week of being active for me!  I started the week pretty strong, but towards the end of the week I got lazy so I skipped out on the last run and yoga.  Not stressed about it though, my body and mind needed a break after such a long week.

Monday:  Did Week1, Day3 of the C25k program, 5 minute warm-up and cool-down for a total of 30 minutes of activity.  Also did the Beginner's Flexibility Class which was about 12 minutes of mat time.

Tuesday: Beginner's Balance Class and Yoga Splits for a total of 25 minutes of mat time.

Wednesday:  Did Week2, Day1 of the C25k program for a total of 31 minutes plus ran/walked extra time after the timer went off for a total distance of 2.25 miles.  I was actually really proud of myself for that!  I don't think I've ever been able to run/walk that far without dying!  Also did Poses for Building Strength and Yoga Splits for a total of 22 minutes of mat time.

Thursday:  Did Beginner's Strength Class and Yoga Splits for a total of 27 minutes of mat time.

Friday-Sunday: Not a damn thing.

I'm gonna try to push myself harder this week by fitting in more run days since the 5k is coming up in just a few short weeks.  Also going to continue practicing yoga every day by doing one day of the Beginner's Course AND the Yoga Splits class to help me reach my splits goal.

How was your fitness week?  Crushed any goals or accomplishments?