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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday Cup of #16

Sunday Cup of... is a mash up of 
The Sunday Post Hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?  Hosted by Book Date
Mailbox Monday Located at Mailbox Monday
Weekly Workout Recap Hosted by Run Megan Run
Basically it's a weekly post where I talk about books, weekly workouts, bloggy things, and possibly not so bloggy things. It'll be a weekly wrap up / news bulletin type deal. Sound good? If you want to link to your own week feel free to post in the comments. 



So after last week's craziness I'm sick. Not with the same thing as C, thankfully, I think it's a sinus infection or throat thing. Tired, fever, achy, snotty nose, sore throat, headaches, you know the drill. I used my last vaca day Thursday and spent most the day in bed, actually friday too. Hubby knew I wasn't doing well because usually I can't sleep during the day. The really sucky part is we've had some beautiful spring days this weekend, and I can't muster the energy to take the kids outside.
Hopefully I can shake this soon, I signed up for the Bad Mother Runner Virtual 5k on Gone for a Run. It sold out soon after I register. I'll be running that on Mother's Day, ironically DK got it for me for our anniversary not a Mother's Day present. He said I could sign up for another race, if I wanted as a Mom Present, but I can't decide which one I want to do. I'm currently debating on the US Road Running's Pirate 5k which is May 16th. I kinda have to make a decision soon though, what do you think?



The Fit Reader section is going to combine my weekly exercise workout and the Fit Reader post.
My goal for this week was incorporate some more weight training into my workouts. Which I did, yay!
4/24/16: 30 mins Weightlifting
15 mins Running on Tramp
5 mins Yoga cool down
4/25/16: 16 mins Yoga for when your sore
4/26/16: Rest
4/27/16: 30 mins Run on Treadmill
4/28/16: Sick
4/29/16: Sick
4/30/16: Feeling better but not going to push it. 


It was a slow week on the blog, but that's ok sometimes you need a slow week.

4/25/16: Motivation Monday
4/26/16: Teaser Tuesday
4/27/16:{Spotlight} Witch’s Cursed Cabin (Coon Hollow Coven Tales; Book Two) by Marsha A. Moore
4/29/16: Runfessions April

All links go to Goodreads pages

In my mailbox...
Nada


Email...
Griffith Tavern (Taryn's Camera #2) by Rebecca Patrick-Howard (Bought: I'm reading this series a little all over, because I got 1 and 5 as free downloads. I was struggling for something to read at work one of my new books being a DNF and succumbed to starting book 6 before I had a chance to buy 2-4. But now I get to go back and see what I missed.)



What I'm Reading...
Varney the Vampire, Volume II by Thomas Peckett Prest (Listening to)
Haunted (Harrison Investigation #1) by Heather Graham
Running: A Love Story: 10 Years, 5 Marathons, and 1 Life-Changing Sport by Jen A. Miller
Jekyll Island (Taryn's Camera #5)by Rebecca Patrick-Howard

Finished:
The Michigan Murders by Edward Keyes
The Agony That Remains: A Paranormal Investigation in America's Heartland by Brandon Callahan


So that's it for this week, hope you'll stop by next Sunday. If you like this idea, go ahead and make your own Sunday Cup of... post, no link back needed. I know some folks commented on the button, you're welcome to use it if you want. Have a great week!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Runfessions April


Ok this week because it's the last Friday of the month I'm doing Runfessions and linking up with Marcia's A Healthy Slice.

Sometimes I wonder if I really can call myself a runner. I don't go out and do races, or marathons. I don't even run outside all that much. I haven't even run over 3.5 miles, my 1 mile PR is around 9 mins although recently my mile has grown to 12-13 mins. I've only been running, not religiously, for about a year and keep getting sick, which has really taken a toll on me. So I guess it's really not that bad. But since I don't have a running schedule and don't tend to do it 5 nights a week, makes me wonder if I can really call myself a runner. Of course then I see stuff like this and smile....


Because I totally do.

I am ashamed of myself, my run times and length of runs have sucked recently. As much as I want to rack up the longer times and extra miles I just seem to tire way to fast. I'm sure this has to do with the fact that I keep getting sick, not like sick sick but run down tired nasty cold sick. It's hard to running with your lungs burning, hacking, coughing, a headache from heck, and not being able to breath right. It's like my body is rebelling against me. I really want to get back to where I was last year at this time, but have no idea how to do it.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

{Spotlight} Witch’s Cursed Cabin (Coon Hollow Coven Tales; Book Two) by Marsha A. Moore


Witch’s Cursed Cabin
Coon Hollow Coven Tales
Book Two
Marsha A. Moore

Genre: Paranormal romance

Date of Publication: 4-27-16

Number of pages: 380
Word Count: 111,000

Cover Artist: Marsha A. Moore

Book Description:

Eager to be on her own away from home, twenty-year-old Aggie Anders accepts a relative’s invitation to live in Coon Hollow Coven. Although she’s a witch from a different coven, what locals say about the Hollow confuses her. How can witchcraft there live and breathe through souls of the dead?

Aggie’s new residence in this strange southern Indiana world is a deserted homestead cabin. The property’s carriage house serves as the coven’s haunted Halloween fundraiser. It’s a great opportunity for her to make new friends, especially with the coven’s sexy new High Priest Logan.

But living in the homestead also brings Aggie enemies. Outsiders aren’t welcome. A cantankerous, old neighbor tries to frighten her off by warning her that the homestead is cursed. Local witches who practice black magic attempt to use their evil to drive Aggie away and rid their coven of her unusual powers as a sun witch.
Determined to stay and fit in, Aggie discovers not only that the cabin is cursed, but she alone is destined to break the curse before moonrise on Samhain. If she fails, neither the living nor the dead will be safe.


About the Coon Hollow Coven Tales Series

The series is about a coven of witches in a fictitious southern Indiana community, south of Bloomington, the neck of the woods where I spent my favorite childhood years surrounded by the love of a big family. The books are rich with a warm Hoosier down-home feel. There are interesting interactions between coven members and locals from the nearby small town of Bentbone. If magic wasn’t enough of a difference between the two groups, the coven folk adhere to the 1930s lifestyle that existed when the coven formed.



Excerpt from Chapter One: The Homestead

A shove of my shoulder pried the rusty hinges on the heavy log cabin door loose. I flung my blond braid to my back and peered inside. Beings and critters, alive and furry as well as undead and translucent, flew, crawled, or slithered across dark recesses of the hallway, sitting room, and stairwell.

“You weren’t kidding. This place is haunted.” I shuddered and looked over my shoulder at Cerise. She looked perky as always with her dark bobbed hair and lively brown eyes beneath horn-rimmed eyeglasses. “Were those things relations or varmints?” I took a cautious step over the threshold to escape the blustery weather and unbuttoned my corduroy jacket.
“Oh, both, Aggie. Ghosts of witch kin and their talking animal familiars,” she said and moved past me to lift sheets off the sitting room furniture.

I raised a brow, curious about what talking familiars were but was too afraid to ask. She didn’t seem to think they were bad, and I needed a place to stay.

Cerise dropped the sheets in a pile and wiped her dusty hands on her skirt. “Those sorts of ghosts are in all the homes here in Coon Hollow Coven. Maybe some animal spirits, too, from the surrounding woods. This property has at least fifty acres of forest. The ghosts are harmless, part of the family. At least no neighbors have complained, that I’ve heard.”

Eyeing corners of the parlor and the length of the hall, I wondered if I could ever get used to living with ghosts of people who’d lived here before. In New Wish, Indiana, where I’d spent my entire twenty years, we only had an occasional ghost. Usually lost souls who, for some reason, hadn’t found their peace before death took them. Most times, those folks had been tormented by darkness and experimented with black magic while they’d lived. Or so Mom told me, but I always thought that was just her way of keeping me in line.

I pushed those thoughts out of my head. I wanted a place of my own more than anything else, and not in the tiny town of New Wish where everyone knew me…or thought they did. They all said I was the spitting image of my Aunt Faye, with the same light blond straight hair, deep blue eyes, dark brows, and quiet personality. Everyone thought I’d grow up to be like her with a houseful of kids, seven or more. Fact was, they didn’t know me. I wasn’t sure I even knew myself. There was so much I wanted to learn and do that wouldn’t happen if I stayed at my parents’ home.

Cerise struggled to open the stuck window. “Aggie, can you help me here? Some fresh air might tempt a few spirits outside. This place has been vacant since my mother passed in 2009. We might find just about anything in here after five years.”





About the Author:
Marsha A. Moore loves to write fantasy and paranormal romance. Much of her life feeds the creative flow she uses to weave highly imaginative tales.

The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing, as well as other pursuits of watercolor painting and drawing. She’s been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade and is a registered yoga teacher. Her practice helps weave the mystical into her writing. After a move from Toledo to Tampa in 2008, she’s happily transformed into a Floridian, in love with the outdoors where she’s always on the lookout for portals to other worlds. Marsha is crazy about cycling. She lives with her husband on a large saltwater lagoon, where taking her kayak out is a real treat. She never has enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at stories with toes wiggling in the sand. Every day at the beach is magical!







Goodreads author page  http://www.goodreads.com/marshaamoore

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


The Michigan Murders by Edward Keyes
"Then why had he said 2:30?
Well, James had put that in his head."







Monday, April 25, 2016

Motivation Monday



Goal for this week incorporate some more weight training into my workouts.





Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday Cup of... #15

Sunday Cup of... is a mash up of 
The Sunday Post Hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?  Hosted by Book Date
Mailbox Monday Located at Mailbox Monday
Weekly Workout Recap Hosted by Run Megan Run
Basically it's a weekly post where I talk about books, weekly workouts, bloggy things, and possibly not so bloggy things. It'll be a weekly wrap up / news bulletin type deal. Sound good? If you want to link to your own week feel free to post in the comments. 



I really need a break, another sucky week. C starting feeling sick Sunday and was down with the flu all week. I had to take Monday and Tuesday off, using my vacation time, to cover it. It was totally worth it to be there for C when he was sick though. Spring is officially here and I'm suffering with allergies bad.
Ok I'm going to look for a bright side, I got to spend time with my little man, and the weather is turning nice.



The Fit Reader section is going to combine my weekly exercise workout and the Fit Reader post.
My goal for this week was to stick to the plan I posted ~Spring Reset- Stage 1 {Sort of Cleanse}~ and that went like this...

With C sick, me stressed out and PMS I started eating crap, diet blew up right in my face, but I did get some good workouts in, just not what I planned.
4/17/16: 23 mins running of tramp 1.81 miles (2820 steps)
2 min cool down yoga
4/18/16: 36 min yoga (303 steps)
4/19/16: 15 min yoga (1006 steps)
4/20/16: 10 min Standing abs workout (3485 steps)
5 min butt and thigh workout
17 min running on tramp 1. miles
7 min cool down yoga
4/21/16: Rest (1606 steps)
4/22/16: Spent the day sitting on my butt watching all the Season 2 episodes of iZombie Hulu had to offer. (405 steps)






Recap of this week on the blog....
4/18/16: Motivation Monday

All links go to Goodreads pages

In my mailbox...
Running: A Love Story: 10 Years, 5 Marathons, and 1 Life-Changing Sport by Jen A. Miller

Email...
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
Clean Soups: Simple, Nourishing Recipes for Health and Vitality by Rebecca Katz, Mat Edelson



What I'm Reading...
Varney the Vampire, Volume II by Thomas Peckett Prest (Listening to)
The Michigan Murders by Edward Keyes
The Agony That Remains: A Paranormal Investigation in America's Heartland by Brandon Callahan
Haunted (Harrison Investigation #1) by Heather Graham

Finished:
Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder #2) by Kimberly Derting
Tempting The Light by Bonnie Gill


So that's it for this week, hope you'll stop by next Sunday. If you like this idea, go ahead and make your own Sunday Cup of... post, no link back needed. I know some folks commented on the button, you're welcome to use it if you want. Have a great week!

Friday, April 22, 2016

{Review} JawBone UP Move Activity Tracker


I purchased my Jawbone Up Move in November, during a Black Friday Sale on Amazon. The Move usually runs around $50 dollars but I got it for $30. It's a very basic activity tracker, no bells or whistles. All it tracks is movement, workouts, and sleep. You have four modes, active, stopwatch, sleep and time. I find it a pain in the butt to switch between the different modes, you have to press the face a certain number of times and/or hold it. I've found it's much easier to use the app to add workouts and switch modes. The device is app based so you have to have a smartphone or device with bluetooth. I have an Android based phone and it took a couple tries to get the app connected but it finally did. The app collects the data from your Up and gives it to you in an easy to read display. You can also add you calorie intake via the app, or connect it to a third party like MyFitnessPal. I did this for awhile, but it wasn't always reliable. The two tended to have a lot of down time making my readings a bit skewed. Note if you sync up with a third party site it can read your workout data too.
When you bring up the app on the main screen you have two to three columns, one for sleep, one for activity and one for food (if your logging that.) These give you an overview of your day or night. By clicking on the column you can see more in depth data. By clicking on the activity column you can also access the workout menu by clicking the little running man in the corner and manually add a workout. Now there are only 18 different activities to choose from, but they are things that more people do for example walking, running, yoga, weightlifting and even Zumba. Downside is if you want to log something like kickboxing you'll have to log it as just cardio. You can also adjust how hard your workout was, easy, moderate, in the zone, difficult or gut buster. If you choose to use the stopwatch mode, then you have to go in and adjust all this manually anyway. Although if you walk or run without turning stopwatch mode and don't log your workout immediately the app will ask if you worked out during a certain time, but it doesn't do this with any of the others. Well it might Zumba, but I've never tried that.
Currently I only have the clip that came with the Up but you can get wrist bands. After a bit of trial, I found the best place to keep my Up is clipped to my waist when active and on my sleeve when sleeping. I considered my shoelaces when running but I'm afraid it will fly off. The clip is sturdy and hasn't given out yet, the up is in it really securely, getting this thing in and out can be a pain. Although I've only had to remove it once and that was to replace the battery which started dying in March. The Jawbone site says that the batteries will only last 4-5 months so this was expected. This does not have a rechargeable battery and takes the larger watch sized ones. I don't think this is a huge issues as you can pick up two batteries for a buck at the Dollar Store. I will warn against purchasing the white clip. If you look in the picture at the top that's shiny and new, now it is a dingy grey color.
In the last six months of having this my over all impressions have been positive. My biggest complaint is not with the device itself but with the app's Smart Coach feature. It is designed for people who want to lose weight, so even when set to gain weight it gives advice that leans more toward weight loss. The information giving is hit or miss for me anyway, sometimes I find it useful sometimes not so much.
If you're looking for a bare bones activity and sleep tracker, then I say check this one out.

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