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Weekend Update + 4 Books

Happy Monday everyone! Anyone else bummed that it’s not a 4 day work week again? The weekend flew by, which I was mostly okay with because I did a lot.

Friday immediately after work, my family and Kyle drove to my aunt and uncle’s house for a quick get-together while my Grandpa’s sister was in town (from Colorado). We had a lot of fun and ate way too many desserts. (The bundtlets are an old photo but someone brought bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cakes)

dessert mini cheesecake danish oatmeal cookies dessertnothing bundt cakes

Saturday I woke up with bad sinus issues. I did NOT want to run and kept talking myself out of it. I eventually made it out of the house around noon for an easy 7 miles. Had to work off those desserts ๐Ÿ˜‰

Later that afternoon, my mom’s side of the family drove to Sacramento to haveย dinner at Cafeteria 15L for my uncle’s birthday. He will tell you he’s turning 30…at heart. It’s a long trip for dinner, but myย parents and aunt and uncle areย investors so they like to check up on things.

kyle me cafeteria 15l

Again, I ate way too much…

chicken salad dessert mango sorbet

And then Sunday was “house hunting and relaxing day.”

4 Books

10 Day You Challenge

I honestly don’t like this one. I tend to get bored with books very easily, so I have a long list of books that I have only read half of. Plus, I don’t really have favorite books, just like I don’t have a favorite movie or food. P.S. this list is in no particular order

1. The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein

As sad as this book was, it made me look at my pets differently. It also helped me when my dog passed away in 2012.

2. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

I hated being told what to read in school. This actually ruined reading for me a bit (I used to read a book a night in elementary school). Surprisingly I ended up enjoying this book even though I was forced to read it.

3. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving

4. The Hunger Games (trilogy), Suzanne Collins

I know I’m going to get a lot of judgey stares from book snobs about this one. But I don’t really care. We like what we like. This is one of the few books I’ve read in my adult life where I couldn’t put it down. This was actually a problem because I was in college and trying to study for midterms.

How was your weekend?

Have a favorite book?


37 thoughts on “Weekend Update + 4 Books

  1. My SIL got me that Art of Racing book and I haven’t read it because if it involves dogs and sad things, I cannot handle it. I’m kind of the opposite in that I’m book-obsessed, I read every chance I get and typically finish a book a day on vacation but that’s what makes it vacation to me. I got all excited last summer to pick new books to take on my beach trip ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Honestly, the book is VERY had to read. That being said, it really helped me (many months later) after my dog passed. I wish I was like that. It’s how I used to be (like getting in trouble for staying up too late and being told I had a book limit on a trip). School ruined me! I guess it’s cause I’m stubborn and don’t like being told what to do ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. You know me, I LOVE LOVE LOVE to read. Some fav’s. A tree grows in Brooklyn, To kill a Mockingbird, Confederacy of Dunces and East of Eden. Those are four as different as possible! I really loved The Art of racing in the rain . . . sobbed at the end. Another brilliant animal book that REALLY made me rethink my dogs was A dogs purpose. Randy loved it too- highly recommend.

    1. I really need to find a book that I won’t be able to put down! The Art of Racing in the Rain was one of the hardest books to read, but I’m glad I did. It definitely helped me with pet loss.

  3. Looks like a great weekend! You sure do like your frosting! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ha, I don’t actually read many books, I leave that up to the librarian wife! I’ll wait for the movie.

  4. I’ve never read The Catcher in the Rye but I’m sure that it was one of the books that I was required to read (but never did. lol) Nowadays I appreciate literature more and enjoy reading.

    Looks like you had a great weekend! It’s been warm and sunny in Seattle so I’ve been taking advantage of the great weather!

  5. I will stand by the Harry Potter series being my favorite until the day I die! Seriously, I know I sound a bit dorky but that series was my childhood ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Required reading always ruined my interest in those books for some reason. That’s why I never got through Catcher in the Rye. Wait, there are people who judge on Hunger Games? I loved that series! What kinds of bad things do people say about it? I also enjoyed the Art of Racing in the Rain. I just can’t choose one book to call my favorite – There are waaaay too many! Do you do GoodReads?

    1. Seee!!! I wish they gave us a long list of books to choose from instead. That’s how I was with the Great Gatsby. HATED it. But I’m like the only person on the planet who thinks that. I feel like I should reread it. The Hunger Games haters are book snobs aka people I don’t want to be friends with haha. No, I don’t do GoodReads. What is it??

  7. That’s the 2nd time I’ve heard someone list A Prayer for Owen Meany as a favorite book–just added it to my to-read list. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m so glad you picked The Hunger Games! I couldn’t put those down!

  8. we had such diff reactions to book day — i was hemming and hawing and half-stressing over how i’d possibly choose just 4. ๐Ÿ™‚ love how different we all are! i liked the Hunger Games books a lot but wasn’t as big a fan of Catcher in the Rye as i am “supposed” to have been as a lit major…i found Holden so whiny and obnoxious and just couldn’t dig it. i’ve heard of the others but haven’t read them…have to check em out. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Lol! I wish I was like you and was obsessed with books! I’m hoping to get back to my childhood roots and get addicted to books though ๐Ÿ™‚ Lol I was that way with The Great Gatsby. I’m like the only person ever who didn’t like the book. I feel like I should reread it.

  9. We had a fun weekend….lots of playing outside, the Zoo, bike riding – perfect weather!
    Favourite book – “going to bed book”… oh you mean…ME? Ha ha, “going to be book” still because it means the girls are going to bed and I can run…ha ha. Lame, eh!

  10. Your food pics look amazing. I am hungry just looking at them. My favorite book of all time is The Great Gatsby. I could read it a million times. I love the style of writing and the great quotes.

    1. LOL sorry!! Oh man, you’re going to de-friend me. I hated The Great Gatsby! I want to reread it though because like I said, if I was forced to read it, most likely I didn’t like it. Stubborn child…

      1. Haha! I hated it the first time I read it. Now that I look back, I don’t think I even understood it when I was 14! Being forced definitely ruins it. So, sorry…I hate A Prayer for Owen Meany because it was assigned SUMMER READING. GROSS.

  11. I was JUST thinking about how much I love Catcher in the Rye. Such a great book and a great one about coming of age, and boys…oh boys! They are certainly a different breed. I actually fell in love with this book the summer before I moved to NYC. When I got a job teaching at the rink in Central Park it was right next to the duck pond. I always thought of Holden when I would walk into the park and how he was so concerned with where the ducks go when the ponds freeze over.

  12. You will get nary a judges side eye from this girl…I love me some Hunger Games. CitR is one of my all time faves too and I haven’t read it in forever.

    Funny how dessert can sometimes be that thing that gets us out the door. It’s certainly the reason I won’t be missing speed day tomorrow.

  13. I’m the total opposite – I love to read. Usually right before bed – can’t sleep well without it. I’ve read the classics but always have room for the Hunger Games too. I read “The Fault in our Stars” recently – it’s another young adult novel – but it was amazing.

  14. OMG! After all, you are probably not my twin </3 lol! I LOOOOOOOOVE reading! It's very hard to name my favorite books because I feel I will leave someone out lol ๐Ÿ˜€ By my favorite authors are Sophie Kinsella (chick lit, you'll love her books, pinky swear! She is the one who wrote the Confession of Shopoholic series), Dan Brown (Da Vinci Code – series envolving Robert Langdon/Tom Hanks lol! but also all of his other books), Malcolm Gladwell (I'm pretty sure you'll love it too! Some suggestions are: Outliers, The Tipping Point, and The Blink). Oh and Paolo Coelho!!!! (Veronica decides to die, Alchemist, etc)… Oh, oh, oh, and Joe De Sena with his book Spartan Up! as of recently! ahahha! I think I'm a book worm after writing all of this! In all seriousness though, check out Sophie Kinsella, you will love her funny and witty sense of humor! โค xoxo

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