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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Today’s post isn’t weight-loss related, but I know you’re going to love it anyway.

I’ve loved reading book since I was a very young girl.  My father was a huge reader of pulp fiction detective/crime novels, and my mom loved the classics (Rebecca, Jane Eyre, etc.). Since elementary school I have always had a book in my hands, and more often than not two or three.  Even when I was a crazy dot-com’er who worked from 8am-11pm on a daily basis. Even when I was in graduate school full time and teaching full time and had tons of other educational materials to read or write about.  And especially in the summer when I have a lot more leisure time to fill my mind with the stuff that dreams are made of.

As I mentioned a while ago, I have so many books on my bookshelves that I know how books all around my bedroom – on the top of the dresser, stacked on the nightstand, etc.  One of my summer projects is to go through my shelves and only keep those books that I really and truly LOVE; the rest I’m donating to the library. Because of this over-population of books, I decided that I’d like to try the Kindle.  I’ve always been somewhat opposed to digital books in theory; they don’t have that same paper-page-feel or inviting-book-smell.  They seemed cold and awkward.  The Kindle seems different, though.  It seems to have been made by people who love reading, because it is as much like a real book as any digital display can offer.  Plus it does have some pretty cool features, including a built-in dictionary, so you can look up a word super quickly.

Which leads me to announcing that my parents love to spoil me rotten on my birthday.  They bought me the Kindle (along with a cover and gift certificate for some books) and because my mom is just like me and can’t keep a present in the closet, I was able to open it last night.  (Two weeks and a half weeks early).

OMG!  I absolutely love the Kindle.  I haven’t played with it too much, but it seems to have a really user-friendly interface that works in an intuitive way.  Plus, the cost of most of the books is $9.99 or less, which is a $2 savings per novel (with the way I read, that’ll really add up).  I also like the fact that the device can hold so many books at one time, making it perfect for vacations, poolside, or when waiting for appointments.  The one thing I’m noticing is that it’s a bit slower than I expected (spoiled by the iPhone) in terms of using it to search for new books.  The lag time isn’t bad, but it’s not instantaneous like the iPhone is. Once you decide on a book to purchase, the book arrives immediately, which is cool.  I tried this two ways – buying directly from the Kindle and then buying on the Amazon site.  Each way delivered the book instantly to the Kindle. (Woot for no waiting!). The only other negative thing is that not all book are available on the Kindle as soon as they are published.  (Although lots are). Hopefully as more and more people buy the Kindle, the wait time for new releases will decrease. The pages on the Kindle look exactly like the pages in a real book – you get to choose the size of the font you want, but basically, the pages are exactly as if you had the paper novel in your hands.  I love that!

So what kind of summer reading post would this be if I didn’t include some of the books I bought last night?  I figured that some of you might also share my love of reading, and you might be interested in a few new titles to add to your own summer reading collection:

Anthropology of An American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann.

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman.

Smart vs. Pretty by Valerie Frankel.

The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan.

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman.

The One That I Want by Allison Winn Scott.

And these are just the beginning.  I have a ton of other books on my “to read” list.  Some of them weren’t available yet on the Kindle (patiently waiting), and I waited on the others, because I only want to spend so much at one time on books, ya know?  I found these titles in a variety of ways.  Some are by authors I’ve liked in the past, some are recommendations from Amazon, and some I found through Jen Lancaster’s (an author I truly love!!) newest list of summer reading.  She’s doing a different genre every day this week, so make sure to check out her blog. You can also follow all the other books I have recently read or plan to read by going to my Goodreads page. I don’t write a review on every single book I read, but I do have my thoughts on many of them.  If you’d like, add me as a friend on there so you can keep up with my reading habits all the time.

In addition to these Kindle books, I’m also reading a few other books for my honors American Lit class (I figure if I assign them summer reading, I need to read it too, right?).

What’s in your book bag?

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Lots of fun stuff to discuss today.

I had a  great weekend!
My mom, sister, and I went up to San Francisco to go on our long-awaited birthday celebration for my mom.  (Her birthday was in February, but with the lousy weather this winter and then our busy schedules, this was the first weekend we could do it).  It was a perfect day!  We took BART to avoid the traffic and parking nightmare, and it was a really relaxing way to get up there.  Plus, my sister met us along the route, so we spent half the trip up there catching up and laughing.  A great way to start the day.  The weather in SF was absolutely gorgeous, which was amazing.  We’ve been having unseasonably cold and rainy weather here, and SF is usually even cooler, but on Saturday it was in the high 70s in the City, so it was a stellar day.  We went to the Ferry Building Farmers’ Market and shops and had so much fun.  I’d been to the shops at the Ferry Building before, but never to the farmers’ market, and my sister and mom had never been to either before, so it was a really fun experience.  It was packed, which is to be expected considering that it was Memorial Day Weekend, as well as a beautiful day in SF.  The farmers’ market was HUGE, but also really expensive.  I’m glad we went just to see the offerings, but we really didn’t buy that much.  I picked up a nice syrah from the French Mediterranean and some Rancho Gordo heirloom beans.  LC commented that I bought the beans more for the packaging than for anything else, and she is 100% right on that.  I mean, how could I not:

You guys know me, I love anything with that 50s retro feel, and these beans were absolutely beautiful (as much as beans can be 🙂  They’re a pretty brownish-purple and while color.  The vendor was trying to explain how to cook them, but I finally came clean and told him that I really just wanted to display them in my kitchen, and he laughed at me.  Other than that, though, the prices were too expensive.  For example, the cherries were selling for $7/lb, which is outrageous.  I went to my local grocery store and got some delicious cherries from central CA for $3.99/lb.  Farmers’ markets are great, but you do have to be careful about the prices sometimes.  Next time, I’d skip the farmers’ market and just hit the shops, which are a lot of fun to browse.  Plus, I have some really great, much more reasonable, farmers’ markets right in my own neighborhood, so why make the drive?

Sunday I caught up on housework, finished reading My Fair Lazy (which I highly recommend), did a Wii workout, and just lazed around a bit.  I was hoping to make it to the pool, but never got around to it.  Next weekend, for sure.

Today I woke up late, read the newspaper, did a bit of laundry and other household chores, got in another Wii workout,  and then went to my parents’ house for a bbq.  I’m so thankful that I have such a great family that I get along with so well, because they really make me feel so special.

All in all, it was a fantastic 3-day weekend.

Short Week

Because of the Memorial Day weekend, this work-week is going to be really short, which is wonderful.  These past two weeks at work have been really hectic and stressful, so I’m looking forward to having a somewhat lighter week ahead.  I have a few fun nights planned which also helps make the week more bearable: I’m taking my yearbook class out to dinner to celebrate a wonderful publication, I’m meeting a friend for a much-needed coffee catch-up, and then I’m going to see Sex & the City 2 with some girlfriends from work.  I also plan to continue on with the Scale Warfare’s EA Sports Active More Workouts Challenge, as well get back into some of my other workout DVDs.

I’m still avoiding the gym for my workouts for some reason.  I don’t really know why.  I like the gym, but if I have a choice, I much prefer taking my workout outside (walking, biking, or swimming) or doing the Wii or DVDs.  Once summer hits I want to make it a point to get to the gym more often, because I’ll be able to go during off hours when it will be less crowded.  Plus, I do need to use those personal training sessions that I bought.  I have enough to take me throughout the summer, so I might as well put them to good use.

2 More Weeks!

The countdown to summer vacation has officially begun.  That’s one of the great things about teaching – I get to have a long summer vacation, just like students do.  Although I’m not going on any big vacations, I still cannot wait for summer to get here.  I have lots of fun plans, including:

  • Lulu!  My new puppy is set to arrive around June 18 and I am so excited for her to get here.  I’ve got all the goodies I’ll need for her (water and food bowls, food, treats, blanket for her crate, toys, etc).  I also found a vet that is literally 3 blocks from my house, as well as a great groomer that’s only 2 blocks away.  Now all I need is her!
  • Going along with Lulu, I am going to enroll us in puppy training classes as soon as she arrives.  Well, I’ll give us a week to get to know each other first, but then it’s going to be twice a week training for both of us.  I think it will be a great way for us to bond, a good way for me to establish myself as the alpha of the house, and (I hope) a nice way to meet new people.
  • Working out:  I cannot wait to get into Bella Bootcamp mode again.  Last summer I was able to spend hours working out in various ways, and I really liked it.  Swimming, biking, working out at the gym – I enjoyed moving my body and seeing my progression as I did.  Now I get to add two daily walks with Lulu into the mix, which is even better.
  • Fresh fruits and veggies.  I love produce, and I really can’t wait to hit the farmers’ markets in my area on a weekly basis.  It’s going to be fun to keep my meal planning fluid so I can cook things that I find at the markets.  Improvisational cooking will be a fun experiment.
  • Reading – the one item I’m asking for for my birthday (July 2) is a Kindle, and I cannot wait to get it and start reading books this way.  I’m sure you’d expect an English teacher to like the old-school paper books, which I do, but I’ve also realized in recent years that I have a limited amount of bookshelf space left.  I’ll still buy the books  that I really want to cherish, but for fun reads and books that I’m not so sure of, I’ll be able to download them much more inexpensively and bring them with me wherever I go.
  • Netflix marathons – I love getting DVDs of tv shows from Netflix because it’s great being able to watch consecutive episodes without having to wait a week in between shows.  I know I’m going to watch West Wing (I somehow missed it when it was on), but I’d love to hear some suggestions of other shows you think are must-see.

There’s so much more I could write about what I plan to do this summer, but instead of dreaming about what I might do, I think I’m going to wait and see what I actually do and then write about that.

This week’s weight loss goals

I’ve been doing really well on my water and on the EA Sports Active Challenge, but what I’ve been slacking on is journaling my food.  I think that with the blood pressure scare I just needed to give myself a week or so off of it.  Not that I’ve been eating out of control, because I haven’t, but I haven’t been thinking as much about what I am going to eat.  I still plan my meals and eat a well-balanced diet, but I haven’t been counting points for a week or so.  I will get back to the journaling this week, for sure.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am going to go in for weekly blood pressure checks until my doctor returns from vacation.  I just want to make sure to record my blood pressure, to make sure that it’s not high.  I’m still getting those terrible headaches on an almost daily basis, and if they’re not caused by bp, I want to find out what the source is.

Another goal for this week is to catch up on my blog reading.  I’ve been really bad about it for the last couple of weeks because I haven’t had much spare time, but I’m going to try to make at least an hour a day so that I can offer as much support to all of you as you have been giving to me.  Plus, I always feel so much better after reading through your blogs.

Wow, this post ended up being a lot longer and I expected, but I hope it was worth reading.  Thanks for hanging in there through all 1600+ words, and I hope you have a great week.

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