Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Reader's Workout - May in Review

I was doing post earlier in the month with goals for the month and realized I wasn't hitting those goals.  So now I'm going to just focus on how the month went.

For May, I wanted to really try to make my step goal every day. Weekends are normally really hard for me (I'm lazy) but it was a busy month.  So as of today (5/26) there have only been 3 days where I haven't hit my step goal. I went on vacation for a long weekend Thursday-Monday and averaged around 13,500 steps a day.  My best day was Saturday where I hit 20,718.  Even with all the walking I did, I must have done more eating since I gained 3.8 lbs..

I started to do a modified bullet journal and it's been keeping me on track with tracking my calories. I had been slacking on tracking my calorie intake. I started the month with asking myself to track just breakfast and lunch.  I did really well with that for a week so I added a checkbox for dinner. I only required myself to track two of the meals.  Once that wasn't a problem I'm now up to tracking all three meals.

I haven't been getting to the gym, I hurt my ankle (which made for an interesting vacation of walking). I've been trying to stretch each night, but it's not going well.  I haven't seen the inside of the gym in a month, but I have a plan to get back in June. Again I'll ease myself back into it, taking care not to mess my ankle up.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Review - A Nice Little Place on the North Side

A Nice Little Place on the North Side: A History of Triumph, Mostly Defeat, and Incurable Hope at Wrigley FieldA Nice Little Place on the North Side: A History of Triumph, Mostly Defeat, and Incurable Hope at Wrigley Field by George F. Will
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a baseball fan. I wouldn't say I was a Cubs fan, but they are well respected in my family. My mother is a Cubs fan.  Every Spring we hear the common anthem of "This is our year" and every Fall we hear "Next year will be our year." I feel safe saying this chant could probably be heard in the households of many members of  Cubs Nation.  The other similar trait is the love of Wrigley Field.  I have a deep love of Wrigley Field. It is one of my favorite places to watch a ball game.

I was a believer in The Curse of the Billy Goat before reading this book, but now I fear the curse goes back even further. I fear the curse dates back to 1914 and the opening of Wrigley Field. The history of Wrigley is wrapped in so much more history.  This book covers the history of the team, the city, key players, owners and others associated with our beloved stadium.

The book jumped around a bit, but it tells an entertaining story. I enjoyed the history of baseball in Chicago and the history of the team. It was interesting to learn that William Wrigley was interested in making money, not in baseball.  His push to make money and not in putting together a winning team was the foundation of the modern fandom of this team.  Cubs Nation loves the team, but statistics show that when the team wins there is less love than when the team loses.

Most baseball fans know the story of Babe Ruth calling his shot. I knew that story, but I don't think I ever really knew that took place at Wrigley. I didn't know the history behind that game and the animosity that was brewing between the two teams.  This was a great story to read.

A not so great was the bubble popped for the idea that "Tinkers to Evers to Chance" is just a pretty poem.  While the three of them did turn a number of double plays, they were not the legends baseball myth they are sometimes believed to be, sadly.  Again the history behind the group was really interesting.

I think baseball fans, fans of any team, will enjoy this book on the history of one of the most iconic stadiums in baseball history.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Finish The Series Challenge - Kell Sabin by Linda Howard

Kell Sabin by Linda Howard
#3 Heartbreaker
#4 White Lies

Linda Howard Collection (Heartbreaker & White Lies)Linda Howard Collection by Linda Howard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A number of years ago I was on a Linda Howard kick and read everything the library owned.  They had books 1 and 2 in this series but not books 3 and 4.  I thought now would be a good time to finish the series.  I liked the first two books and I liked these two books.  They are clearly 80's romances.  They have the overly dominate older male and he pretty much forces himself onto a woman at least 5 years younger who is kind of willing.  That aside, they were good stories.

Heartbreaker was connected to the story in book 2. I kind of remembered the book but it wasn't really necessary to read this story.  Michelle and John have circled around each other for years, since Michelle was too young John kind of kept his distance.  They both have the wrong impression of each other and this time around they both are learning the truth about each other.  Things seems to be going smoothly until Michelle's ex starts trouble, of course John is there to help her save the day.

White Lies is connected through Kell Sabin and his super secret spy group that kind of works for the government. Jay is called upon to identify a badly bruised man as her ex-husband.  He's not the man she remembers but figures they government has a reason they want everyone to thin he's her ex, so she goes along with their plan.  Along the way she falls for this mystery man who can't remember anything.  As his memory comes back, trouble finds them. They both have to decided if they can build a relationship with his past now known by both of them.