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My Reading (or rather somewhat healthy) Week

This past 12 months, my husband has been getting really fit.  He forked out some substantial $$$ on a bicycle and goes on long rides (40-70 kms) with his mates.  He’s got a group of mates whom he work out with 3-4 times a week and he’s been really strict with his food.  As a result, he now weighs less than when we first met 12 years ago with massive arms (errr… muscles?).  A few months ago, in his bid to get me along to one of his fitness thingy, we made a deal that if I’d go regularly (once a week) to cross training, he would READ!  Ooh, there was NO way that I was going to turn that deal down.  Unfortunately, while I’ve missed only 1 day in the last 4 months, he’s only read a few pages 😦  I’ll need to remind him more often 😉

In addition to this cross training business -in the first 1-2 months, I was absolutely sore afterwards that I couldn’t wear any heels for the 3 days after training, I now seem to be getting on challenges upon challenges.  I completed the Squat Challenge a few weeks ago (it’s a killer!) and now I’m on Day 11 of the Plank Challenge.  Am really not sure if I’d make the 5 minutes straight plank on Day 30 -that sounds like a crazy loooooong time to plank.

Squat Challenge  Plank Challenge

For the past week and a half, I’ve been getting up early for a 15 min jog on the treadmill whilst eating quite healthily and giving up coffee.  I missed a couple of days here and there (made a point not to miss it more than 1 day at a time) but I noticed that these 2 days I didn’t jog, I felt so tired which meant that I struggled through the day.  So it seems that I’ve replaced my coffee addition with endorphins!  Nevertheless, I’m feeling FAB!  This is going to truly be a lifestyle change; since I’m up early, I’ll have to make sure that I sleep pretty early and this limits, severely, my reading and blogging time 😦 I’m approaching mid-thirties fast though so am really doing this for long-term health or at least, that’s my aim (not sure how I’ll deal with all the Christmas goodies).

On my 7th day of no coffee, I decided to reward myself by going onto NetGalley and chose a couple of ‘Read Now’ titles (isn’t that the best way to spoil yourself? New books for your reader without spending a cent!):

defy  almost girl

Am very excited it’s the 1st of December!  We’ve put our tree up this evening and I’m starting Game of Thrones. Woot, aiming for 30% per week for next 3 weeks so other books, unfortunately, will be fitted in between when (IF) I need a break 😉  sssh, I’m still trying to finish a couple of books I was supposed to read last 2 weeks, oops!

First Dec

What did you get up to this past week?  Have you put your Christmas Tree up yet?

My Reading (or rather Baking) Week

Phew!  Golly, I’m so glad it’s done and over with!  Over the weekend, my son had his 4th birthday party and as always, every year for the past 4 years, I’ve started baking at least 2 weeks before.  There is a theme and therefore, themed cookies and cake.  Hence, the intense pressure of it all.  I have to confess that the pressure comes from myself -The Perfectionist Queen :p

The theme this year was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and theme-related food includes:

1. Shuriken Cookies (thanks to Lizzie’s Cake Log for the tips though I used my own sugar cookies recipe)

2. Raphael (Ninja Turtle) Cake (thanks to homespooled for the instruction though I tried to make it look as if he was peeking out of a manhole but… well, it was an interesting result!)

3. Turtle Cupcakes (it was green tea cupcakes with chocolate icing which was meant to look like the shells but I didn’t have time to draw the lines)

4.  Swamp Jelly with sour worms (hubby says no one will get this reference so I’ll spell it out… Michaelangelo loves to cook and he comes up with weird & wonderful recipes with disastrous results)

The main meal itself were bought: Sushi and Pizzas (of course!).  I got some garlic bread too though as my son told me, “turtles never eat garlic bread.”  Hhhmmm, why didn’t I think of that?!

 bakefest bday

Now that it’s over, it’s time to knuckle down and write tons more of reviews (I’m so behind that my NG stats have fallen, boo!) so you can look forward to more chatter from me the next couple of weeks while it’s quiet before the Christmas festivities come blowing in.  PLUS, I’ve committed to read Game of Thrones with a couple of GR friends starting 1 December.  We’re aiming to read about 30% per week and then finish it off as we can fit it in between Christmas parties 😉  If you’d like to join in, you can find the GR discussion thread, here.

And now for the newly arrived:

Thank you, Harlequin Australia, for these beauties:

  • Right as Rain by Tricia Singer (I’m late getting into these Aussie farm lits)
  • Pawn by Aimee Carter
  • Captivate by Vanessa Garden

Thanks The Reading Room for these review copies:

Plus a number of Unexpected Approvals (!!!) on Netgalley:

Let’s not forget the WINS that arrived too:

This week, I’d be reading some looked-forward-to Romances (*sighs* be still, my heart!):

And to fit in between:

staircase sisterhood shadowplay right as rain prayer pawn dark heart captivate canton almost the descentdeliverance infamy nobody awakening