‘book review’ Category
April 15, 2013 by Katie
Hey everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend! I certainly did! As I mentioned Sunday, I didn’t run the Muddy Monk Double Down 10k, so my Saturday was slightly less hectic than I’d anticipated. I still had our Chicago Blogger Book Club and my law school prom to go to!
Before I get started, I just wanted to say GOOD LUCK LINDSAY!!!!! She’s running the Boston Marathon today and we are all so proud of her! She works so hard and has been so excited to run Boston (and qualified the past two years!). Send her speedy vibes!
Book club this month was hosted by Sierra. The group was a little smaller than usual (we were all missing Lindsay), but we still had a great time! Obviously there was a delicious spread of food:
I brought this Lemon Herb Cauliflower Bean Dip from Edible Perspective. I had to buy fresh herbs for this thing… haha but it was actually really quick …
April 3, 2013 by Katie
So today I’ve got a couple fun things for you, but we’ll start off with my very first juicing experience!
My cousin is moving and getting married (so rude… leaving me) but while cleaning out her apartment she gave me her juicer! (as well as a life-time supply of brita filters and Energy Gels – she’s a runner as well). Personally, I’d rather have my cousin, but the juicer is cool too.
The juicer is Breville’s Juice Fountain Compact. It was pretty simple to operate, although I’m pretty sure I’ll have to work on my skills…
My kitchen looked like I’d just mowed the lawn. Things got a little crazy.
My only complaints about the model are 1) things flew up out of the chute before I had a chance to put the food pusher in the top and 2) there were lots of parts to pull apart and clean. Not super when you don’t have a dishwasher, but not horrible. I did enjoy that it sounded like I was flying a space ship or something when I turned it on! Haha it had an intimidating whirring sound…
March 29, 2013 by Katie
HAPPY FRIDAY! I hope you’re all excited for the weekend, I certainly am because I have NOTHING planned! Don’t you love those weekends? Open to anything, especially relaxing. I may or may be doing to school work… but we’ll just ignore that for now.
While I was on Spring Break I did… NOTHING for school and it was fantastic. I took the week as an opportunity to throw myself into reading for fun and guess how many books I both started and finished by the end of the week?
Yep. I read five books over spring break. Two are for book clubs coming up soon (see bottom of this post if you want to participate in the Chicago book club), and the other three I am reviewing here in this post!
I reviewed Wither, the first book in Lauren DeStefano’s triology, this past summer, but just now got my hands on the second and third book! I had put my name on the waiting list over the summer, but it took 3 months and by the time I got the email saying I could pick up Fever, I was already out of town for…
February 3, 2013 by Katie
Today’s greeting is in honor of my future… cousin in law? Is that a thing? Anyway, it’s polish. They aren’t getting married until this summer, but I went to a shower for them this weekend!
As I mentioned in yesterday’s goal post, I want to get back into strength training. I’ve found that not having a race training plan to base my workouts around has made things difficult for my type-A personality so I decided to use my own advice and come up with a workout schedule, which I’ll post each week. I’m sure you all missed my picmonkey weekly workout images, right?
Monday – 1.75 mile run plus a Jillian Michaels workout video
Tuesday – Rest day (traveling all day and then going straight to an evening class)
Wednesday – 1.75 mile run + Jillian Michaels Video (or strength at gym)
Thursday – Cycle class if I get up early enough (it’s at 5:30am) or Zumba…
January 21, 2013 by Katie
Happy MLK Day! Well, Happy Monday for those who don’t get the day off! I hope all of you had (are having) a good weekend. I mentioned in my post Sunday that I arrived back in Chicago on Saturday, just in time for book club with some other Chicago bloggers! Wouldn’t miss this for the world!
This month our book of choice was Heartsick, by Chelsea Cain. Because the book is about serial killers, we joked about bringing cereal dishes… haha get it? Only a couple girls came through though. I was hoping to make something but I had about 45 minutes, so I just grabbed a bottle of wine…
Book club this month was hosted by the lovely Kelsey:
And we actually had what I think was a record attendance – 15 bloggers! Normally it’s the same group of us every month, but we got a few new faces this time, and we actually discussed the book! A day of firsts.
January 20, 2013 by Katie
Hello from CHICAGO! I’m officially back in Chicago, ready to start my LAST semester of law school on Tuesday! I can’t believe 2.5 years ago I showed up scared but so ready to conquer law school. Now I’m about to graduate, but with zero plans for the future. However this time I’m pretty okay with not having a plan, I just need to have faith (and of course do some job searching).
As the title says, today’s post is about two heavy books I’ve read recently. Although by heavy I don’t mean weight, I mean emotionally! Normally I switch back and forth between more intense books and fluffy books. However I happened to grab these two when I was packing for my trip last week, so that’s all I had to read!
In case you missed it, here are the recaps of my whirlwind of a week:
Day 1 in Denver…
January 7, 2013 by Katie
I hope you all had a great weekend! I know I shouldn’t complain since I get 4 weeks off school, but I feel like time is flying by way too quickly! Haha okay, I’ll stop. While at home I’ve been getting in some reading. Mostly I’m working my way through Anna Karenina (only 1/3 the way through…) but I also got a chance to read It Starts With Food, written by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig.
The book outlines their plan to change the way you eat and feel. It’s not a diet, but lifestyle change. I was very interested when I first started reading, since they claim that the diet can significantly help with many symptoms and diseases during the 30 day elimination diet period, such as diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure, acne, fatigue, asthma, IBS, celiac disease, depression, Lyme disease, and many many more.
January 6, 2013 by Katie
Well hello there! I hope you’re all having a great weekend! I’m having a pretty relaxing one here in KC, not too much going on! I thought today I’d take the opportunity to fill you in on things going on in my life, and things that I’m loving right now!
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December 30, 2012 by Katie
Hey everyone! I can’t believe the year is almost over! Seriously! I’m hoping 2013 will be a great year for all of us, it will definitely be a year of change for me!
Anyway, today’s post is a look back on all the books I read in 2013. Don’t worry, I left all those law school books off this list. Those might bore you to death… I also have two new reviews for you, and two to come since I’m working on reading It Starts With Food, and Anna Karenina.
The first review is Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult.
I. Loved. This. Book. Reason 1: It had a great story and kept me very entertained, I was DYING to know how it ended! Reason 2: I love wolves and there is so much information in this book about how wolf packs function. I just thought it was fascinating.
The story follows a family that was torn apart many years ago. The father studies and lives with wolf packs, spending more time with his wolves than…
December 4, 2012 by Katie
Hey everyone! I hope you all had a good start to your week! I had a fun but rough one with Tina’s tabata workout yesterday morning! WHEW! But in such a good way, I loved it!
I promised a re-cap of my busy and fun Saturday, so here we go!
On Saturday morning I headed out to Oak Park for Core Power Yoga, and afterwards I met up with Chelsey for breakfast at Delia’s Kitchen. The omelette I ordered (Mediterranean with olives, spinach and feta) was AMAZING! It was so light and fluffy, and huge! I also had hash browns and gluten free toast on the side…