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You should take the words “a book review” with a grain of salt as I don’t have an MFA, I didn’t major in English (Journalism at the time was my jam) and I’m not going to do a serious analysis of the merits of the writing and whether I thought this was plot driven or character driven.  Well, ok, on that last point, this was a bit of a mix of both although I’m sure that there are plenty of people out there who would disagree with me.
Dead Witch Walking was published in 2004. I don’t know how I missed out on this series throughout the years. Kim Harrison is the author and she just published the last book in the series last year. I think it was last year. It was either last year or 2013.  When you get to be my age, the years tend to blend together.  But I digress.  How did I not know about this series until just now.  I didn’t realize at that time, that The Witch With No Name was the last book. I contemplated just skipping the first 11 and going straight to this one. But then I would have cheated myself out of the enjoyment of Dead Witch Walking. Plus, I love a good origin story. And this is that in spades.
I found this to be an extremely entertaining read and am looking forward to reading the second book in the series. This series is definitely one that you could suggest to all those people who are asking for the “Adult Harry Potter” and what do we read now that we are adults and Harry Potter is over.  I look forward to seeing what other hijinks the group will get into in the next book. I’m happy I’ve got 11 more stories to read.  
And then of course, Kim Harrison has another series so there’s that to look forward to. I think she’s going to be one of my go to authors when I need something that isn’t too heavy but with the story girth behind the pages.

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I’m a voracious reader. Anyone who knows me in real life, or even on the interwebs, knows that I love to read more than anything. Ok, almost anything.
One area though, that I have not really gotten into reading is poetry.  I read it in school, and in college, but reading poetry on my own. For it’s own merit’s and entertainment. No, not something that ever appealed to me. But something my little girl (turning twelve next week!! Ay, where did the time go) said to me yesterday made me realize that I do like poetry.  She said her English teacher told her she is such a music lover that she would definitely enjoy reading poetry. Because what are songs with lyrics but poems set to music.  I told her I totally agreed with him and that we should find some poetry to read together as our summer project.
So what say you internet? Do we start with Poe, Whitman, or Dickenson?  Something more contemporary or even further back with say Chaucer?  Help me out! What poems do you like? 

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It seems that it’s always this way. Where you start off the first few weeks of eating properly full steam ahead.  You’ve got great choices, whole foods (actual food, not the grocery chain) stocked and ready to go. And then, I’m not sure if it’s just life or what, but something happens. You get rushed at dinner, you forget or don’t have time to pack lunch, so you have to wing it. And the poor food choices follow. Sometimes it’s just a once in a while thing. Sometimes it’s an entire weekend. Sometimes it’s night time snacking.  Whatever the excuse is, it’s there.  And before you know it, you have a week where there is a big gain.
I’ve been lucky this time around.  I did have a gain. And it was a big one, for me anyway. It took me another two weeks to get rid of that gain. When I go to the meetings, I feel really motivated and inspired. But you have to find that motivation within yourself too. At least I do. Because 7 days is a long time to go before you feel motivated again and get that weekly charge that you need to get.  I feel lucky because I’ve been able to keep track of everything I’ve been eating. The good, the bad, and the ugly.  And I’ve managed to stay within my points and managed to watch the scale slowly creep down.  I need to remember that exact feeling when I get on the scale and I see it’s gone down. Because, that my friends, is my motivation. 
I know they tell you not to live or die by the scale. And I truly don’t feel like I do. BUT, and that’s a big butt there, (see what I just did) I can’t help it. That along with how my clothes fit, is my biggest motivater.  Those two things are what keep me plugging along in this.  I was at Lifetime, at goal, at the right number. I don’t have a set, specific number. I just know the range I need to be in. And I’m going to get there again. Because I’ve done it before and I know I can do it again.
My daughter competes in gymnastics and there is this one quote that I have said to her over and over again when she’s had a rough practice. It’s something I repeat to myself when I think that weight loss is hard.   It’s from the movie, A League of Thier Own.  “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, then everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great”.  I remember this when I tell myself this is hard. And then I tell myself that it isn’t “that” hard.  Doing a round off back handspring on a balance beam. Now that’s hard.  Doing handstand fly-aways off the top parallel bars-now that’s hard.  This?  I got this.

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This time it has been different. This go ’round feels more like the time when I lost all of the weight and finally made lifetime back in 2004.  I haven’t been perfect, who is? But I’ve been totally accountable and honest and doing instead of just trying.  
It helps to have a supportive husband, but sometimes, having a supportive husband makes it difficult too.  What I mean is that he can snack. I’ve had to tell myself over and over again, that I can’t eat like he does. His job, his metabolism, everything is so different than mine. I just have to do what is right for me.  I found a great meeting time and the leader is so awesome. My next goal is going to be to get some fitness into my every day life.  That doesn’t mean every day. I tried that before and it really didn’t work for me. So I’m trying to find a balance. A way to incorporate fitness into an already busy life.  I’ll figure it out. I always do.

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