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I’m so sleepy and that’s because I stayed up to watch the emmy’s. I love awards shows.  My Mad Men won Best Drama but Jon Hamm was robbed an emmy.

I’m having a blog identity crisis.  I don’t really know what I’m doing writing here. I mean, I love talking about Shy and her stuff.  I like writing book reviews but I don’t read fast enough to be consistent. Plus, I read a lot of crap that I just don’t even think anyone cares about.  I write about weight loss and exercise but I definitely don’t do that “right” enough to be consistent and again, who needs a blog about how I don’t eat anything all day but some popcorn at the theater, a venti skinny latte and a handful of onion rings. That was yesterday’s food intake. Oh yea, and the bowl of cereal in the morning.

I read so many cool blogs and I know I love to write, but I’m not sure if this is the right forum for what I want to write. Maybe I should just write the novel. It’d be easier to have an emotional meltdown if it wasn’t going to be published. It’s why I don’t do anything but have generic Facebook status updates.  Everything I read says that you need to pick a topic for your blog and stick to it. Maybe that’s my problem. I’m all over the place with my posts.

Then there is the reason I started blogging in the first place. As a place to have an open political discourse.  However, I do very little of that.

*Le Sigh*

I guess I need to think about it.

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Yesterday was a really fun day.  I had chores to take care of in the morning. Which I did. Then I had this for lunch

That’s a salad with tomatoes and a cubed Boca Burger (tomato mozzarella flavor) and some Ken’s vinaigrette dressing.  Those are baby carrots on the side and a bucket of water. Yep, that’s my phone too, as I really have an addiction problem. I can’t leave it behind anywhere. I’m trying to get better about that.

After lunch, we headed to Shy’s gym as she had an exhibition to go to. She had so much fun, but I honestly think I had more fun just watching her go at it! She truly loves gymnastics. She watches it on tv all the time. I’ve got to look into seeing where there are some competitions coming up so she can watch. With the Olympics in two years, there are bound to be some going on.

In the "pit"

Close up to the pit

balance beam work

The Monkey Pose

After that we ran a couple of errands, nothing exciting, and then came home.  Movie night was delayed due to the appearance of a baby lizard that Shy rescued and now is living in a cup on her nightstand.

More coffee this morning and it’s going to be a lazy, stormy Sunday.

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I’t’s a chore morning kind of day. I’m going to do chores around the house this morning. And drink lots of coffee. I spent part of this morning though laying in bed and watching a Dr. Who episode with my daughter. Her wrapping her little arms around me and watching tv with me. Best way to wake up in the morning.

Coffee Calls!

I’m also going to have a bowl of Special K Vanilla Almond cereal for breakfast. That with some light Vanilla Soy Milk instead of regular milk.  I’ve got to keep (start??) counting calories.  I don’t think I’m going to make my goal that I want to get to by the end of September, but I can definitely get close.

I went running/walking with Debbie yesterday on the treadmill. That was great, and I was able to run more than I thought I would be able to. Plus, since I was on the treadmill I was able to work out the walking time with high incline intervals. Basically, I sweated my ass off. Well, not really, because there is so much junk in that trunk that I’ll never get rid of it. And truth be told, I don’t want to. I’ve finally come to terms with my body shape and how I look. This is me, if you don’t like this, then that’s fine. But doesn’t mean that I should try to change it.  Luckily, I’ve found a bloke who likes it.

As long as I eat healthily and exercise, I’m going to be happy with where I am. (of course, this is absolute and total bullshit as everyone knows I have a certain scale number in mind and I’m going to be a miserable bitch until I get there). However, I’m not going to get negative about it or make a big deal about it. Especially in front of my daughter. I don’t, DON’T want her to have any kind of body issues. It’s been truly depressing at certain points in my life, and my job is to try and spare her that kind of suffering. It won’t be easy, because of the media and how they portray how women should look. But that’s another post entirely.

Wow. <stepping off of my soap box>  I suppose it could be worse. I could have brought up Beck, the idiot and what he’s planning in DC. <stepping away from the polarizing conversation>

I’m still reading the same things I was a few days ago. Perhaps if I focused on one book at a time I would complete them quicker. Neither of the books I’m reading are going to be worthy of a review from me. One is of course, Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkabahan, and I don’t think that I need to review that. I mean, don’t most people already know the premise behind the books and the writing style of JK Rowling?   It’s sure to be fantastic.  The other book is a cheesy fan-fic mystery series called Frankly My Dear, I’m Dead by Livia J. Washburn. It’s ok, but nothing spectacular. Other than the main character is an annoying idiot.  I’ll finish it, just because I want to know who done it, but I won’t be picking up anymore of this series.

I think I’ll read book two in Alan Bradley’s Flavia series so that when my beloved comes over I can give them both to take back with him. Those books are GREAT!!

I’m off to pick up the house, laundry etc. Then the gym (gymnastics) with the little one. Hopefully, I’ll have some fun pictures to take.

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So here is what we have been up to. Pictures I promised and pictures you should get!

Summertime Fun

It was hot out that day

This is the baby I talk about

My Jon with said baby

splish splash

Loves her some gymnastics

I have to do WHAT??

And off she goes

Time for coffee

Enjoy your Friday!!

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So after writing the blog post on what a book review meant to me, my most favorite podcast Books on the Nightstand discussed this same issue in one of their segments in this weeks episode.  I liked what Michael  and Anne said about their show being a recommendation show not a review show. Mostly because Michael felt that since he didn’t have an English degree he wasn’t qualified to do a review. I don’t agree necessarily with that. I don’t think only English majors are qualified to write an analytical review of a book.  But really, that’s neither here nor there, I just thought it was a cool coincidence that they decided to tackle that topic in their podcast the same week I wrote about it.

I’m going to have an early night tonight as my beloved is not feeling well and is already down for the count asleep. The time difference lends to this happening every now and again. I’m trying to ignore the crazy.

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As you may (or may not) know, I follow a lot of book bloggers on twitter. And off twitter for that matter. Most of them are great.  I also have been known to write a review from time to time.  I was discussing book reviews with a friend of mine (who also participates in book blog) and we decided that there are a few bloggers who don’t review the way we do, or have what we expect.

Which got me to thinking what do I expect? Well, I know one blogger (who shall remain nameless) who pretty much has a two paragraph review system. A cut and paste from the publisher’s summary and then a relatively generic summary that could be said about most books (or audiobooks in this case). The characters were (or were not) well developed, the performance was lyrical, the prose well-written. Yea, yea. I’m reminded of that Seinfeld episode, Yada Yada. Tell me WHY you find the characters well-developed, what characteristics do they have. How did the author describe them to you? I want to be able to feel the warm breeze on my skin or smell the sweat dripping down the guys/girls forehead as they work a lock. Whatever, these are examples, but my point is I want to know if your senses are stimulated by the writing, by the prose.

Did you turn each page with anticipation and did time stop while you read the book?  These are all questions that I’m looking to have answered as I read a review. And these are the kinds of things I want mentioned.  As well as when I’m writing a review, I want to give you these descriptions. And in order to do that, you need to include some details. I believe its possible to provide details without including spoilers.

Anyway, that’s my take on how I approach book reviews and what I look for in them. TO that end, what am I reading? I’ve got several books going on at once depending on my mood.  First is Frankly My Dear, I’m Dead, which is a fanfiction book by Livia J. Washburn. It’s a quick and light ready. The other book I’m reading is Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. I’ve decided to try and read all the books and watch all the movies before the final two movies come out. The first one comes out in Nov 2010 so I’m not sure if I’ll make that cutoff but I’ll definitely make the July 2011 cutoff for the final film.  That one I’ll have to make since my beloved will be here by then and he has already told me he WILL be there at the first showing.  The other book I’m reading is Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaason.  I’m also perusing the Oxford History of England. Those of you know me are not surprised at this.

I’m off to get ready for work, which does not include blogging or writing or reading. Which is a damn shame.

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I’m hoping it gets better.  That is all.

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