Friday, August 25, 2006

Empty Garden

Day 11 - Half Marathon Training Schedule - Rest Or Crosstrain.
Rest... Well, sort of. I wouldn't say it's really a "rest" day but I'm not running or doing weights today but I'll be taking down part of the garden at the "new" old house. The squash and cucumbers are done. Once the tomatoes and edamame are done, I think I'm going to call it good for the year, as far as veggies go. I also need to take out the zinnias -- most of them were burnt when we had those extreme temps... I enjoyed them when they were in their glory and I'll reseed them next year since they attracted a variety of butterflies.

I haven't really weighed in this week, and I expect that the scale hasn't moved much, but I can see and feel some changes going on, so it's muscle -- and that's really what I'm going for. I'll do new measurements at the beginning of next month.

Just for my amusement:
I wasn't tagged or anything. I'm stealing this one off of Sister Smile's blog.

The book that changed my life:
This is a two parter. The first is Things Fall Apart by C. Achebe. As a part of Black History Classes I opted to take to fulfill part of my college history requirements, we read novels and autobiographies instead of text books. I was glued to this book, as I received a lesson in a part of History I never knew much about. It gave me a whole new perspective as a Caucasian peering into a sliver of the African culture. Oh, and I aced the essay questions test on that book, too. The second is Body For Life by Bill Phillips. That's the book that got me started on my road to fitness. I no longer follow the BFL plan to the "T," but it set the foundation for everything I enjoy participating in now, such as running in events and just being more active than my same-aged friends and colleagues. I've kept about 30 pounds off since 2001.

A book I've read more than once:
I'm not sure if this counts, but Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. It's my grandson's favorite book and it's a daily/nightly must read... over and over again.

A book I'd want with me on a desert island: Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. I love this book. It expresses some of the superstitions and folklore of part of the Mexican culture (on my mom's side) that I grew up with. In addition, it reminds me of my mom.

A book that made me laugh: The Far Side Gallery by Gary Larson. Yeah, I know it's not anything cerebral, and it's a book of his illustrations, but it's good for a laugh.

A book that made me cry:
Other than the high school Algebra book I had in Freshman year, I can't really think of one...

A book I wish had been written:
My mom's complete autobiography. She had quite an interesting life and she was one heckofa story teller. She died from colon cancer in 1986 at age 57.

A book I wish had never been written:
The same book that made me cry...

A book I am currently reading:
Aztec by Gary Jennings. Michael read this one and would constantly give me a recap of what ever chapter he just read. I need to know the finer details now!

A book that I am meaning to read:
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. One of my daughter's favorite books that I have yet to read.

Peace
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3 comments:

Angie said...

Good gawd woman, you've been busy. I should really check in more often.

Goodnight Moon is an awesome book, even for adults. I've never read Like Water For Chocolate, but saw the movie and loved it. Gary Larson...that man captures my sense of humor so well...love him.

Memoirs Of A Geisha is on my 'to read list'. I have been holding off on seeing the movie because most of the time, the book is so much better.

BTW, I love the new blog look. It looks snazzy!

Irene said...

Angie,
Just a little busy...

Like Water For Chocolate - There's even a recipe book.

Thanks for stopping by. I know you've had a lot on your plate these days.

Dori said...

I haven't read Like Water for Chocolate, or seen the movie, but I think that I'd like that book. I bought my husband the Far Side Gallery one year for Christmas, but neither him or I have cracked it open. I've read Diary of a Geisha twice--the first time I thought it was a true story! It really captivated me.