Odds and Ends

Busy workweeks are both a blessing and a curse. I do appreciate that my days fly by when I’m rushing to write copy before deadline and brainstorming new campaign ideas. On the flipside, when I get home at the end of the day I rarely have the energy to exercise AND make dinner AND write for my blog. And since I really love eating and being able to fit into my clothes, blogging is often what gets scratched off my after-work to-do list. Or, it would, if my to-do lists weren’t always lost in the bottom of my purse along with 70 pieces of gum and enough spare change that I could probably just quit my job and retire tomorrow.

Anyway, here are some odds and ends I keep thinking I should write about, but then don’t. Because of the busy.

Gone Girl

1. Gone Girl. I got a kindle for my birthday, and this was the first book I downloaded when I took it out of the box on Sunday. I’m about 78% through the book (thanks for keeping tabs on my progress, kindle!) and it seriously kills me to put it down at night. However. Everybody who has found out I’m reading it has been like, “I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR YOUR REACTION WHEN YOU’RE DONE” and it’s kind of making me nervous that this book is going to go to shit at the end. I’ve been wanting to start writing book reviews on here, so maybe this will be a good one to start with.

peaches

2. Peaches! I belong to a local grub club, and this afternoon I’ll be picking up a ton of juicy, organic, locally grown peaches. (Along with a bunch of other goodies from area farms including fresh garlic, summer squash, heirloom tomatoes, kale, and Walla Walla onions!) I’m not sure we’ll be able to go through all the peaches before they go bad, so I plan to use them up in some sort of crisp or crumble. Only I’ve never made peach crisp before, so now I’m on the hunt for the perfect recipe. So far this one from Joy the Baker is the leader, but if you have a favorite recipe please help me out and leave a link in the comments!

3. Striped top. Sometimes I get really excited over mundane articles of clothing. Like this striped top I got at Target over the weekend. It looks simple enough in the photo, but the fit is just right and the material is so flowy that I can barely feel it (a necessity when it’s 100 degrees outside). Basically it’s perfect and I want to wear it with everything. So far I have paired it with the jeans pictured above, white shorts, and tucked into a gray pencil skirt. I might have to go back and buy the yellow version.

shoes

4. Exercise. I am in a serious exercise rut. My IT band has been giving me a lot of trouble on my longer runs, so I am under doctor’s orders to reduce my mileage and focus on stretching and strength training for a while. My plan was to run 3-4 miles twice per week as well as lift weights 2-3 times per week, but it’s been really difficult to keep up with the strength training. The heat is part of the problem – the last thing I want to do after work is complete 10,000 mountain climbers in my un-air-conditioned living room while Jillian Michaels screams that she knows 400-lb. people who can do them better than me. The alternative is going to the weight room at my gym, and while it is indeed cooler in there, the guys there grunt REALLY LOUDLY and it’s  hard to focus on proper form when you’re fiddling with the volume on your iPod to drown out the sex noises coming from the sweaty guy in the Jethro Tull shirt on the machine next to you.

In conclusion: I hope “Gone Girl” doesn’t wind up sucking, I may wear only one shirt for the rest of my life, and I need you to give me your favorite peach crisp recipes.

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