My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary last week. There are no real words that can truly describe what everyone must be going through.
There are also several virtual races starting up for Sandy Hook Elementary. Here is one that I found that I thought y’all might be interested it. Sandy Hook Elementary Memorial Half Marathon and 5K. The funds from this race will go to the families affected by the tragedy on 12-14-12.
It is another one of those insanely busy weeks for us! Somehow we have more than one place to be each day. Thankfully we are the types that like to be busy and have fun with it, so let this fun week begin!!
Tonight is our local book club meeting. I love our holiday meeting, because we get to have a book swap! It is one of those swaps where you have a number, and you can steal the other person’s gift. Last year we spent the whole entire time laughing, and we hadn’t even had a drink yet! I cannot wait to have another great evening with the ladies!
Speaking of books…I finally got a chance to finish Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio. It was such a good book. I actually stayed up till 3 am to finish it…Yup it was that good! I have truly enjoyed all of Jio’s novels, but this one is her best one yet! Blackberry Winter was such a heartbreaking, enticing, suspenseful, and touching story. Jio did such a wonderful job connecting the past to the present in this moving novel. I found myself falling in love with the 2 main characters and found myself cheering for them throughout the novel. If you have not read this novel yet, I recommend you pick it up (or as a gift from Santa ). If I write anymore I will end up totally spoiling the novel for you, so I’ve posted the book description below:
Seattle, 1933. Single mother Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, goodnight and departs to work the night-shift at a local hotel. She emerges to discover that a May-Day snow has blanketed the city, and that her son has vanished. Outside, she finds his beloved teddy bear lying face-down on an icy street, the snow covering up any trace of his tracks, or the perpetrator’s.
Seattle, 2010. Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge, assigned to cover the May 1 “blackberry winter” storm and its twin, learns of the unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth. In the process, she finds that she and Vera may be linked in unexpected ways.
Before I forget…I have signed up for another virtual race! I’m going to have my 13 in 13 all done before September at the rate I’m going. The Clearwater Halfathon and Marathon virtual runs runs from January 12-27. You can complete the run all at once, or you can break it up into as many separate runs as you need to. My goal is to break up the half into 3 separate runs. Net proceeds (after costs of bib, medal, shipping, administration) will be donated to several small local non-profits to be determined, including running clubs and the Partners For Life Foundation, created by Lorraine Yaslowitz to memorialize her husband Jeff, a K9 police officer in St. Petersburg, FL lost in the line of duty on January 24, 2011. The foundation’s mission is to lend support to families who lose loved ones to senseless acts of violence.
Well, it is time for me to go workout, so I can get the rest of the cooking/baking, laundry, and cleaning done for today. Not to mention I have to come up with a dish to make for our book club meeting tonight. Any suggestions, because I have no clue what to make for once?
This mornings workout that I will be doing is an old CrossFit workout-of-the-day. As you will notice, this workout is only 15 minutes long, but boy does it pack a punch. With this workout you will complete the 3 five-minute rounds, performing each exercise for one minute. Then, rest for 60 seconds between each round. Write down how many reps of each exercise you complete. This way, when you go back and do this workout again you can see what improvements you have made and try to beat your previous score. As always…remember to stretch afterwards!