Thursday, August 23, 2012

My Loot

I follow quite a few authors on Facebook and they all have contests when their latest books are close to being released. Usually I just have to post a comment on their website or something equally easy.  In the past year or less I have won 4 books and if you squint really hard you can see the little hamburger! The 4th book is in the mail, I won it last week and I am very excited to be getting a "pre-release" copy of a book by one of my favorite authors. I will blog about it after I read it.

The little silver hamburger charm is from "Running for Burgers". Author Julia London started a Facebook page separate from her author page for people interested in motivating each other to stay in shape, "Julia London's burger bar for readers who are fit and healthy and like to eat. You don't need to be a runner to earn your burger. All activities welcome!"

Every month she has an "I Kick Ass" contest so followers can post about their accomplishments for that month.  I won the hamburger charm for July for my little bit of motivation. I have been using my calendar and big fat red marker to keep track of when I do any kind of exercise;  walking, biking or the gym.  By visually tracking my progress I went from only working out 4 times in June to 15 times in yep, I KICK ASS and I get loot!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

August so far...

The heat finally lightened up a bit and I was able to get out on my bike last remember, Mickey?  We have a good time together but can only go about 3 miles around my neighborhood. I am surrounded by major roads that wouldn't be any fun to cross on a bike.  I am happy for the predicted 70's in the next few days as my yard is sadly in need of weeding and some clean up.

I spent the weekend at my niece's cottage.  This little princess was stuck to me like glue until her cousins made it up on Friday night.   We had a wonderful time on the lake. The water is very shallow and warm so it's great swimming.   There were 5 adults and 4 kids! Nice weekend.

Last but not least, my nephew, Jeff, graduated this week from Florida Atlantic University with an MBA!!! YAY Jeff!!! He is the first in our family to have a Master's but his brother Jon will have his in December. Amazing!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


I haven't posted in ages! Not sure why other than nothing much is going on here in the middle of this sweaty and moist summer.  This is my cousin, Jackie. We are 3 years apart and pretty much grew up together. A couple of weekends ago we spent the day "antiquing" and ended up out on the lake boating and swimming. It was a great day.  She is very generous in sharing her wonderful hubby to help me around the house. I wanted to make sure I said THANKS!

I gave up on my garden. I have a crazy cucumber plant, one cherry tomato plant the the dog it snacking off of like her own personal salad bar and this purple tomato plant.  Doesn't taste very good, not like a fresh tomato should taste.  

Looks like I am heading up north this weekend. I haven't been since last summer and it will be a bit bitter sweet.  I am going to my niece's cottage where Bob used to like to run his model hydroplane boat. It never ran very well and they had to work on it every time. We used to tease him about it big time.  I am sure it will be a fun weekend. The company is great and kids are a hoot.

That's about it for now. What are you up to?