Archive for February, 2013
Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Have you ever read a book that starts weird, gets really good for a few pages and then somehow ends and you’re not sure what even happened? Meet that book:
I was really excited to read this book. When I picked it up at a used book store and read the back cover I was immediately drawn in. The fact that it was a national bestseller and award finalist upped my excitement level that much more. Once you read the description you’ll see why this book sparked my interest:
“Set in a Maltese immigrant community in Cardiff, Wales, and peopled with sharp-edged, luminously drawn characters, The Hiding Place is the story of Frankie Gauci, his wife, Mary, and their six daughters. With her “unusual gift for letting her characters’ interior lives come forth” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Azzopardi chronicles Frankie’s unforgivable betrayal: gambling away his family’s livelihood and eventually the family itself. The Gaucis’ story is seen through the eyes of Dolores, the youngest daughter and the embodiment of bad luck in her father’s estimation, condemned to bear the mark of a family that is rapidly singeing at the edges. Dolores presents an unsparing portrayal of the fear and hopelessness of childhood amid grim poverty and neglect, of children growing up without safety nets and on sunken foundations. Sustained by a tightrope tension and a stark, youthful wisdom, The Hiding Place conjures the coarse sensuality of life among the docks, the smoky cafes and bars, the crumbling homes and gambling rooms of Tiger Bay. “Astonishing and iridescent” (The Times, London).
Sounds good right? I really love novels about family drama so I figured I would love this. The book started pretty slow and with six different sisters, a mom, dad and all the dad’s gangster friends I pretty much had no idea who was who the entire book. Pair that with the fact that it was told from the point of view of super young (think 4 or 5) daughter it was hard to understand what was going on. When I finally did get a grip on the story it started to get really good-for a few chapters.
I can honestly say I don’t know what this book was about and I don’t really know what happened. When I finished it, I couldn’t summarize in my head the story or point of it all. What I do remember is constantly having to flip back pages and reread to see if I could remotely figure out what was going on. This book took be 2 weeks to finish-which for me, is a long time. It was a super slow read and when I finally finished it I just felt so…unsatisfied.
I went onto Amazon to read the reviews and it seemed that readers either LOVED the book or didn’t understand a word of it. I can see how people would love the story though-it’s well written and you can tell someone extremely talented and intelligent wrote it, but I honestly think I can’t even review the book because I feel like I didn’t even read it…
Another bummer of a book!
That’s all the nonsense I have for now!
What are you currently reading??
Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
It’s no surprise that I’m sort of in love with Muddy Monk races. As I’ve mentioned before, being injured and not able to run more than 3-4 miles blows-which means that when I do actually run those couple miles, I want them to be FUN. I don’t care about time, I could care less if I PR, I just want to have a good time with my peeps and refuel with a drink or two post-race.
And that my friends is why I love Muddy Monk races. They bring together running (trail running which is even more fun), friends, beer, music and a good time-every race.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve been thinking about sneaking in a couple 5K’s this year to see how fast my gorilla legs can take me but then I think about how I don’t want to put that pressure on myself. Why does it matter if I break 24 minutes? How will that affect my life in any way except for maybe some personal “hellz yea.” What I tend to remember are experiences where I have a blast, not ones where I put a ton of pressure on myself and then freak out, and then maybe accomplish the goal I set out for myself. I’m just not that kinda person.
I am however the kind of person that loves running through the woods while catching up with a friend (and maybe in a Conehead costume) and hanging out for the post-race party. Again, why I love Muddy Monk.
So my race calendar this year (which doesn’t account for much since I do need some stupid surgery and all to really run) pretty much consists of Muddy Monk races. And I couldn’t be more siked. My race goals for 2013 are to have as much fun as possible, drink a lot of post-race beers and hang out in the woods with my friendies (how creepy does that all sound?).
My race season kicks off next Saturday, March 9, with PUNK THE MONK and I plan on kicking Art’s bootay. And maybe Punk’n him Ashton Kutcher style in the process….I wonder how he feels about tiny little top hats… There’s still some spots left so come out and have a blast with us!
So cheers to a fun 2013 race season! Hope to see you on the trails!
And I of course am hoping I see my race doppleganger out there too!
What are your race/workout goals for 2013?
Friday, February 22nd, 2013
A few people have asked recently just what the heck Friday Searches are. For those of you newish to my blog, Friday Searches are search terms that people type into Google and somehow end up on my busted blog. Talk about the disappointment of the century. Now that we’ve covered that, let’s get to some!
- Famous man dressed as a woman (Is it weird that I’ve searched this myself at some point?)
- Glamorous running wear (I don’t know anything about that since 99% of my workout clothes are from T.J. Maxx)
- Good Charlotte greatest hits (Finally! A GC search!)
- I am done with you (What was this person hoping to find?)
- ReadySet Feast or “does Kelsey fart in her sleep?” (I think I know a friend who might have been up to that one. And yes, I do.)
- runningthewindycity feet (HAHA, trust me, you don’t want to see Lind’s feet…)
Never a dull moment on this classy blog is it? Now it’s time for another beautiful gif!
Did you watch that a few times to understand what’s going on like I did? I still can’t figure it out and I’ve watched it an ridiculous amount of times….
That’s all the nonsense I have for now!
Monday, February 18th, 2013
I’m not exactly into fashion, but I love to shop. Like I really love shopping. I have this habit of wearing the same outfits over and over again and I get bored which leads me to going out and buying more clothes-which is the last thing I need. So I did something about it. I called Loop Looks.
I knew Erin did closet consultations but I never in a million years thought that it would be as helpful as it was! I really liked her approach-she came in, sat on my bed and said, “Ok I want you to pull out anything you only wear 1 way or anything you hardly ever wear,” which was basically half my closet because I pretty much wear black- every, single day. I wear so much black that when I actually wear color, my coworkers make a point of telling me I don’t look like I’m going to a funeral that day.
After she makes some outfits out of the items you hardly wear, the girl just goes for it. The way her brain works is fascinating to me. She was pulling stuff out of my closet left and right and pairing things that I had no idea even matched. I found myself saying ‘huh, I would have never thought to match those together” after each and every outfit. Which would lead Erin to ask me, ‘well how did you wear this then?” and I answered every time ‘with a black shirt.”
But alas Loop Looks came to my rescue! And the best part is, she made me excited about my clothes instead of me constantly thinking about the next time I could go buy more clothes. She also scolded me for not understanding how to tuck shirts into skirts. I’m going to try to do that…but I just don’t understand how….
I of course am not showing you all the outfits Erin came up because there are SO many more. If you live in the Chicago area, do yourself a favor and demand she come do a closet consultation for you! She may even say it’s ok to wear a tiny little top hat with every outfit… (which she totally gave me the OK for!)
Thanks Loop Looks for helping me out and bringing some color into my life!
That’s all the nonsense I have for now!
(Click HERE to read more about her fabulous (and free!) closet consultations!)
What’s your go-to outfit??