Well I think of this as my first day of holidays as it’s the first day I would have had to go to work. It was a nice day:)

Exercise:

I have definitely gotten into the mode of sleeping more and lounging in bed a bit in the morning. I did finally get myself out for a 7.6km walk though. It was nice in the trails. I had actually planned to go further and for that reason went the reverse of what I usually do. For some reason, I find it more difficult to go further one way than the other. The plan was thwarted however when I got by the mill and looked ahead to see the two coyotes hanging out. I turned around and figured 7.6 was just as good as 8+🤣

I had switched my run and walk today as Dennis had said he wanted to run tonight. We met up at Hyde Creek again and did the first 1.5km together. I then did six speed repeats of 500m and then just ran back and forth waiting for him to return. I couldn’t believe how tired my legs were just from so few speed repeats!!! I was happy I had stayed there when I heard how hot it was the rest of the way. I have to say I was pleased with myself when we were running back. I had it in my head that I only had to push my tired legs until I hit the start of the fence, but instead of going down to a walk, I just slowed my pace:)

I did a little bit of P90X Yoga X when I got home, but I think the 1.5 hour time at the bottom scared me off. Maybe I will do better tomorrow:)

Crafting:

I did get my hour done on the rug today:) Hopefully this will lead to me getting ahead:)

Knitting:

I also managed to get a photo of the simple preemie cap I made yesterday.

I will be spending some time tonight watching a Hallmark movie and knitting something I have knit before (another class requirement for HPKCHC). Mom if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them. I am trying to get a couple of classes done so then I can work on a sweater for me:)

Reading:

A few days ago I panicked when I realized I had two NetGalley books that needed to be reviewed by July 10th. Bring me, I sat down and figured out I would give each five days and then I determined how much I had to read each day to finish in that time. Yes I know my nerdy side is showing:)

Well the first book is, How to Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan. I suppose the fact I finished two days ahead of schedule should give you a clue how good this book is.

Wow! When I started this book it was very quickly obvious that it was different from the other Sarah Morgan books I have enjoyed. I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy this new direction she was taking.

This is the story of the Stewart women- and how one summer sees everything in their lives change.

I have to say that this book gives you all the feels- you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll gasp and you’ll sigh:)

I loved how the people and the situations were realistic and interesting. It wasn’t one drama to another, but just life during big changes.

There isn’t just one secret, but several and I didn’t see them coming! It was great to be surprised!

The pacing of the book was great! There were no instantaneous situations, but it didn’t drag either.

I also liked how the author evenly split the book between the four Stewart women.

If you love family, sisterhood or just want an excellent read, this book should be on your TBR.

Thank you to NetGalley and the author and publisher for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Movies/

I have watched All For Love today. I enjoyed Scott Bacic in this movie:). Now I’m starting on The Perfect Bride so I can watch the sequel:). I have to admit, the lead lady’s hair flapping around when exercising drives me crazy!

Have a great night!

Have fun!

AJ

30 thoughts on “The First Real Day

  1. Yay for days off!! I really need to do some P90X myself. My man got it for us years ago and especially wanted to do the yoga… That never happened. Ha ha. That Sarah Morgan book sounds interesting! Definitely different from her regular writing. Sounds more emotional!

    1. I like the yoga from about 58 minutes onwards as I’m not a big sun salutation person.
      The book was very emotional and concentrated more on the family dynamic than the romance. It was good though!

  2. Sorry, hit reply too early by mistake. 🙄

    Happy you enjoyed the book. It sounds really good.

    My friend just ran into a coyote while walking last week. She took a video while she was walking and she was really scared. I’m glad she got away without incident. You too. 😊

    1. If it had been just one coyote I think I’d have been fine, but the fact that there were two made me more nervous.

  3. sounds like summer is already treating you well. The planning of how to read the two books sounds like something I would do. If I do x then I can do y. Glad you enjoyed your book and can’t wait to hear about the other one.

      1. You have a lot going on, even on a weekend. I would love to go to bed early, but the neighbors have been shooting off fireworks nightly at 10:00 … been doing that since our Memorial Day so the law says they can shoot them off even later for holidays – I might as well not go to bed til midnight. That impacts me getting up as early tomorrow a.m. to beat the heat for walking. It is a catch-22 sometimes.

      2. Ugh I’m sorry to hear that your neighbors aren’t being considerate! I even have it when the guy upstairs vacuums too late!!! I hope you can find a way to go for your walk tomorrow:)

      3. I hope so too – the handyman said he was getting here really early this morning to be on the roof before it got too hot. I put out the yard waste bag for him at 6:30 a.m. (my conception of beating the heat and climbing onto the roof) … I could have walked and been back. Grrrrrr. Yes, the neighbors are terrible about the firecrackers and barking dogs. I would not appreciate hearing a vacuum cleaner overhead at late hours either.

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