My 2015 reading challenge…

I love challenges.  I love books.  I love lists.  I found a challenge list of 50 different types of books to read in 2015 while Pinteresting, my new favorite.  And while 50 books is beyond my reading goal for the year (finishing 24 is my actual goal), I know that I can knock out a few at a time with only one book.  Multi-tasking (another thing I love).

So far this year I’ve finished three books:

  • Watership Down by Richard Adams (rated: 3 out of 5)
  • The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah (rated: 4 out of 5)
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy (rated: 4 out of 5)

…and so far I’ve crossed a number of items off the list:

  1. A book with more than 500 pages
  2. A classic romance
  3. A book that became a movie The Road
  4. A book published this year
  5. A book with a number in the title
  6. A book written by someone under 30
  7. A book with nonhuman characters Watership Down
  8. A funny book
  9. A book by a female author The Monogram Murders
  10. A mystery or thriller The Monogram Murders
  11. A book with a one-word title
  12. A book of short stories
  13. A book set in a different country The Monogram Murders
  14. A nonfiction book
  15. A popular author’s first book
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet
  17. A book a friend recommended
  18. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Road
  19. A book based on a true story
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list
  21. A book your mom loves
  22. A book that scares you
  23. A book more than 100 years old
  24. A book based entirely on its cover
  25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
  26. A memoir
  27. A book you can finish in a day
  28. A book with antonyms in the title
  29. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  30. A book that came out the year you were born
  31. A book with bad reviews
  32. A trilogy
  33. A book from your childhood
  34. A book with a love triangle The Monogram Murders
  35. A book set in the future The Road
  36. A book set in high school
  37. A book with a color in the title
  38. A book that made you cry
  39. A book with magic
  40. A graphic novel
  41. A book by an author you’ve never read before Watership Down
  42. A book you own but have never read Watership Down
  43. A book that takes place in your hometown
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language
  45. A book set during Christmas
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials
  47. A play
  48. A banned book
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show
  50. A book you started but never finished

I would have to say that crossing off ten items with only three books is pretty impressive (pats herself on the back).  So here’s hoping that I keep it up because, let’s be honest, one can only read so many papers about the hindgut hypothesis before getting a little stir crazy.  Amiright?!?

A list of wonderful things…

Sometimes I get caught up in complaining.  I enjoy making my complaining into jokes but really, that doesn’t make it any better.  When Dan has a bad day I ask him about three things that make him happy or make him give me a list of five reasons why he loves me (the second one is mostly for my own benefit).  So I suppose that I should hold myself to the same standard.

A short list of 5 wonderful things in life:

  1. Since fracturing my foot I’ve had to wear a post-op shoe or orthotic inserts every day.  I finally went back and picked up the newer pair of orthotics from the doctor and am able to fit them into my boots.  I’M NOT WEARING SNEAKERS TODAY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOREVER!!!  (Well, since the day of my wedding when I wore my heels because, you know, wedding shoes.)
  2. I’ve met a few amazing diabetics over the past few months both in person and online (as in, I went through a phase where I started following about a dozen diabetic Instagram accounts).  It’s a great place to talk about the suckiness of diabetes with people who truly understand and it helps to know you’re not alone.
  3. Tea lattes.
  4. I blame the Serial podcast, but Dan and I have been having in-depth conversations about morals and mindsets and experiences lately.  I love to goof around and, more importantly, to laugh, but these conversations with Dan have been strangely fulfilling and have also spread to other relationships in my life.
  5. Manicures.  I currently have a oh-crap-I-have-some-important-meetings-so-I’ll-just-do-a-quick-coverup-job thing going on.  But it still makes me feel good to have colorful fingertips.

Hope you’re all having a wonderful day…

Another quick list…

My life is wonderful.  And since I posted a quick post about 5 annoying things earlier, I thought I would make a quick list of 6 wonderful things.

1. My hair air-dried perfectly today.

2. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to accessorize more.  I wore a necklace today.

3. After a bit more searching than expected I found the gift I am giving to Dan today for his birthday.  Wahoo!

4. I am a part of an email exchange with an MD and a PhD where we all used the word “poopy” in reference to feces.

5. I made my first mug cake this morning.  Technically it was a mug muffin but I’m still putting that in the win column.

6. Pomegranate blueberry tea latte.


A short list of things in increasing order of annoyingness:

1. diabetes

2. testing of blood sugar because of aforementioned diabetes

3. pump alarms

4. pump alarms as a reminder to test blood sugar when blood sugar has been tested many times already but pump refuses to accept these numbers to calibrate itself

5. diabetes

I almost smooched her…

This morning I had my first official dress fitting for my wedding gown.  SQUEEEEEEEE!!!  Marta, my god-sent seamstress, did a little bit of this here and a little bit of that there.  Then she told me, “You’ve lost weight since last time.  We have to take it in more.”


I just complained to a friend the other day about how hard I’ve been working on my diet and training schedule to trim down and tone up for the wedding.  Not. One. Person. Has. Noticed.  Except for Dan.  But he is marrying me so he knows I require the weekly ego-and-body-image padding.


Needless to say I could have kissed Marta right on the mouth.  She made it all worthwhile.  Plus she’s making my dress beautiful and perfectly me.  I love her.

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I’m black, not brown…

I like what I like and I know what I like.  I like numbers and facts.  I like order and straight lines.  I like calendars and deadlines.  I like color-coordinating and matching.  I like high-carb and high-fat (seriously, who doesn’t?).  So when I just read a post by my good friend Justine I decided to change the look of the blog.  Now I know that when it comes down to it the design of the blog makes no difference in anyone’s life, mine included.  I didn’t even design it myself.  But it really comes back to a life theme that I have been trying to maintain for the past few years: being me.

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I am not a model, so I just post or send the picture the first time around.  No editing or take twos.  Just me in all my ridiculous glory.  (I mean seriously, could I get any worse at having my picture taken?)

I judge people who do not read for fun.  I know it is unfair and rude.  But it’s the truth.

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I love my cats more than some parents love their children.  I post far too many pictures of them on Instagram and talk about them way too much for anyone to be remotely interested anymore.  But they’re my life.  And I like it that way.

Apparently, it’s a joke in the family that I’m the worst one when it comes to money.  Perhaps it should bother me, but it doesn’t.   (Sidenote: I have started my retirement account and contribute a larger percentage of each paycheck than recommended. Boom!)

I love black and white.  In an effort to be more diverse i decided to mix things up a few years ago: the blog was brown and green, my old comforter was tan, I bought brown towels.  But it’s just not me.  So I bought a new comforter, only use the brown towels when guests aren’t around, and have changed the background theme of the blog.

At the end of the day, do all these changes really matter?  Yes.  Because I like things how I like them.  And there’s nothing wrong with that.