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Thursday, January 8, 2015

My To- Be-Read List

I finally finished gathering every book in the house that I haven’t read and taking pictures.  Here is what I will be reading in 2015 in the Show Your Shelves Some Love: A No Book Buying Challenge! #ShelfLove

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I guess I will work on a list but I at least wanted to post some pics.  The total count….55!!  I can’t believe I had 55 books on my bookshelves that I have not read yet.  Now, I just have to decide which book to read first????

This only includes my physical shelves.  I am going to have to work on my electronic shelves since I have Kindle books, BookShout books, Smashwords books….well, you get the idea.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Year, New Rear Fit Bottomed Challenge!!

I am supposed to be writing about breaking bad habits and failing but I am not really feeling that.  So instead, I am writing about the fact that I am participating in the New Year New Rear Fit Bottomed Challenge. 

new-year-new-rear-challengeDay 1 Challenge:  Pick a food resolution that works!

I am sticking with my no dairy unless it’s lactose free which I posted about earlier this week.

I have been lactose intolerant for as long as I can remember.  Unfortunately, I haven’t eaten the way I should for a long time.  I am not sure what excuse I have except stubbornness.  I didn’t want to stop eating the things that I like, like ice cream and cheese.  However, this stubbornness is catching up with me between stomach issues and, as I suspect, aggravation of my autoimmune disorder. Plus, I sure not feeling well is contributing to my emotional well-being, too.

But 2015 is the year I change all that!!!

To get started, I bought So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt.  I tried the blueberry yesterday. I really liked it.  I have tried soy yogurt before but I didn’t like it at all.  Not the case yesterday.  I really like the taste and the texture. I will be buying more So Delicious Yogurt.  And as a positive, I have coupons too.

I also bought So Delicious Coconut Milk “ice cream” in milk chocolate.  This is heavenly.  It tastes like a Mounds bar.  It is yummy.

With respect to cheese, I bought some but I have to make eating it a habit because I am not super excited about the texture yet. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

I got bad habits, bad habits

I have habits.  Bad ones.  I swear a lot but I don’t really care.  I;m from Massachusetts so I just consider it part of my Yankee flair.  I also peel my nails if one of them breaks or chips.  I really should file it and fix it but I’m usually too lazy.  I also think it’s because I used to bite my nails really bad for years and years so peeling them is kind of the same thing. 

The worst habit that I have though is not only a bad habit but it is also pretty yucky. 

I have plaque psoriasis.  It gets pretty bad on my elbows and my scalp.  My bad habit is that I pick at my psoriasis scaly skin.  When I pick my scalp, I also lose pieces of hair.  I’m okay right now because I have thick hair but I worry that some day that may change so I really need to stop doing that.  I guess I should add that to my “taking better care of myself” goal.NaBloPoMo_1214_465x287_HABIT

Friday, January 2, 2015

What I’ll be doing in 2015….

For many years I made resolutions and then I never followed up on them so last year I had this brilliant idea to stop making resolutions.  The only problem….now that 2014 is over, it feels like I got accomplished nothing.  I decided that also won’t work so I’m going back to setting some goals. 

2015 Goals

  • Apply to college to start in the Summer semester.
  • Make decision when it comes to work.
  • Take better care of myself by walking at least 8,000 steps a day and realistically add more until I am at over 10,000 steps; work on my flexibility by doing some yoga at least twice a week; after three months of yoga and watching what I eat and walking, transition to the Couch to 5K program; and stop eating things that are not nice to me.  (I am lactose intolerant and have been my whole life but I still ate ice cream and cheese and then just put up with being sick.  Now I resolve to stop doing that.)
  • Read some books.
  • Knit some stuff.
  • If I don’t get out of my dark place, resolve to go to a therapist.

None of these resolutions or goals are extremely difficult but I have been in a seriously blue place for the past year and I am being gentle with myself. 

The only time I have been successful with my resolutions is when I quit smoking.NaBloPoMo_1214_465x287_HABIT

Another Reading Challenge…its the 2015 Snagged @ The Library Challenge

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Since I have a Kindle I read a lot of books from my local library’s digital collection so when I read about the 2015 Snagged @ The Library Challenge hosted by The Book Nympho and The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog, I knew I had to join in. 

Reading Challenge Details:

• Runs January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015. You can join any time.
• The goal is to read at least twelve (12) books from the library. Twelve should be easy, that’s one a month. While twelve is the minimum, there is no maximum limit. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you.
• Any format will work for this challenge (print, ebook or audio) as long as you checked it out from the library it counts.
• Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, etc.).
• Crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed, including re-reads. The goal is to support your local library and save money.
• To join this challenge, grab the 2015 Snagged @ The Library Reading Challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads (so as long as you have a dedicated shelf and Felicia has created a Goodreads group), Shelfari (I’ve created a Shelfari group. You can join and post your progress within the group), or BookLikes, etc., for the 2015 Snagged @ The Library Reading Challenge. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.

Levels:

    1. Dewey Decimal: read 12 books
    2. Thrifty Reader: read 24 books
    3. Overdrive Junkie: read 36 books
    4. Stalking the Bookstacks: read 50+ books

    Goal:  I am aiming for Overdrive Junkie.