Leaves of Change
Thursday, September 01, 2016
So even with an extra 30days I managed to not finish the 15day fit mamma challenge or 30day ab challenge. I met my 10,000 13 days. However, I'm much closer & on the days that I wasn't doing these challenges I was getting physical activity. I think if I wasn't using my phone as my pedometer I would have met this more, but such is life. I also got in much more yoga this month. I haven't worked on any specific poses just flexibility training. As of today I have 2more days in my original 15day fit mamma & 4days left of the 30day challenge. I did follow a meal plan & go meatless 1day a week!
My big plans for September are to actually finish these 2 darn challenges! I'm going to start up the 15day fm once it's complete & my goal is to get thru it a 2nd time this month. I'll also start up another 30day ab challenge. I'm really focusing on my abs because I was told that a stronger core would help me keep my pelvis aligned. I was also told that not stretching enough before & after workouts was ot helping me any so, I want to do flexibility training with each workout & do some Namaste yoga at least once a week. I'm also going to aim to get those steps at least 15days this month with my walking partners.
Now as for what else went on in August:
The Clasp * * * I received a copy of this book as a GR giveaway & was excited to read it as I have previously enjoyed this author's essays.
Sloane delivers her variety of millennial wit throughout. If you're looking for an ending that fully redeems these somewhat annoying characters you won't find it, but I think that's the point. There's a nostalgic sadness that runs through this, but not unbearably so.
Shades of Grey ****Decided to reread this & as usual with Fforde I found even more to chuckle at & ponder than before. This isn't your basic young adult dystopian society. The satire is cut with humor & the details are more than sprinkles on the cake. If you came for the coming of age rage against the man you'll stay for the many layered world Fforde deftly paints.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: This is the sort of stuff that gets comedians nominated for Oscars. Fantastic movie. Definitely need to read the book on which this is based.
Suicide Squad: This was one of the best bad movies I've seen. It wasn't consistent or coherent, but there was a playfulness that still made it enjoyable. Harley Quinn & Joker should have been given their own movie. The characters could have been introduced in a way not used by the Babysitters Club (you know what I mean, Stacy is from New York. She has juvenile diabetes & loves fashion. Mary Ann is quiet & shy. Her mom died, but her dad remarried. Etc) & if you can get Will Smith to act less Will Smith that would be great. Cara Delevingne is not getting enough love for her performance. She was my favorite character (Harley's a close 2nd) & actually showed some depth. They seemed to want to be an action movie with a conscience, but that was a hard sell since they're the bad guys.
Stranger Things: We jumped on the Netflix bandwagon & watched this last week. This is 80s nostalgia at its best. It's only 8 episodes that tell a clear story & we get just enough answers to feel satisfied, but looking forward to another season. The kids are amazing. Barb is all of us & Steve is the Jean-Ralphio of Hawkins Indiana. Get your eyeballs on this people!
The Nice Guys: Not bad, a little too long. Nothing special.
The Huntsman: Ugh! I love these 3 women so much, but this movie was a mess! A prequel & a sequel that made little to no sense.
Social: As you may have seen on social media platforms my daughter turned 16! These past couple days have been super weird not having to drive her around, but also kind of great.
Career: So I've been going on about an interview a week & it finally paid off! Monday I was offered a great opportunity. Next week I start orientation. I'll still be in healthcare, but this job comes with some perks I wasn't getting at my previous position. I'm nervous & excited!
Here's to change!