Gone Girl **** (WARNING: A FEW POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!)

IMG_1788I’ve finally finished another book. It feels like I say that every time haha. I guess I should come up with a new intro 😛 Or start reading faster/more. Anyway, today’s book is called Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I’m sure most if not all of you have either seen the movie or read the book by now. I’m usually the one who reads the book well before anyone else, but apparently I’ve fallen off track in that department. Anyway, I really really liked this book, and it wasn’t what I expected it to be. I do have to admit, that halfway through I couldn’t stand it any longer, and I did Wikipedia the shhh out of it haha so I knew the plot twist before I finished it (I should really stop doing that…) but to be completely honest, it wasn’t what I had expected AT ALL. Gillian Flynn does a superb job at making the main female character creepy as eff, and at the beginning I thought the husband was a terrible human being, but by the end I completely switched my views.

Synopsis:

On the day of their 5-year anniversary, Nick’s wife, Amy randomly disappears without a trace, leaving only a few clues and a destroyed living room. An investigation follows and all evidence is piling up towards Nick.  After Nick and his sister discover the final clue in his traditional anniversary treasure hunt, Nick determines that his wife is actually trying to frame him, so he then goes on to try and hunt her down and prove his innocence. Amy is a true psychopath, manipulative, controlling, and shows no remorse.

Although it throws me off that Amy was in fact the villain, it’s a breath of fresh air to be perfectly honest. It’s crazy to think that there probably are women out there who are actually like that, and that poor men get sucked into relationships with them.

Anyway, I definitely recommend this book to anyone! So please read it and let me know your thoughts!

Happy reading!

Trinda

My Life Lately (Mid-January to Mid-February)

Mileage for January 2015: 44.86km

Mileage for February 2015 (so far): 4.94 km

Mileage for #100DaysofMiles: 48km/161km (30miles/100miles)

Mileage for #2015in2015: 50km/1623km (31miles/1008miles)

Unfortunately, I’ve fallen off the wagon when it comes to weekly updates. Sad, I know, but that seems to happen. I do things for a few weeks, lose interest. It’s like I have ADHD or something.

Anyway, the rest of January was pretty low-key. I continued to run (at least until it started snowing, and never stopped) and even got my fastest 5k time in about a year! (36mins!) It all started when I went out for a run with 2 other ladies. I find when I run with other people that my next few runs really pick up the pace. I tend to get lazy when I run by myself, so having people there to push me to do more really helps my speed.

5.2k with Lisa and Isabelle
5.2k with Lisa and Isabelle overview

That WAS my fastest time, and then I went for a run and surprised myself with another fast 5k (which is currently my PB for the year), and there was even a big hill halfway through, and I managed to power up it, AND still maintain a good pace!

My PB for the year (so far)!
My PB for the year (so far)!

I kept up with yoga, and decided to make it my journey to take pictures of my progress as I went along. I fell off that band wagon as soon as I stopped running unfortunately, so I only have 1 or 2 pictures. But I’m definitely going to attempt to practice twice a week for now.

Crow Pose. I hope to get both feet off the blocks sometime in the future!
Crow Pose. I hope to get both feet off the blocks sometime in the future!
Baby Grasshopper pose
Baby Grasshopper pose
Camel Pose with blocks. I want to work on back flexibility
Camel Pose with blocks. I want to work on back flexibility
Another Crow Pose
Another Crow Pose
I've been taking a Yoga for Runners class, which has really been helping with my stretching.
I’ve been taking a Yoga for Runners class, which has really been helping with my stretching.

I also found some pretty hilarious yoga pictures too!

I want a t-shirt that says this
I want a t-shirt that says this
My new excuse at work
My new excuse at work
Pretty much why I have a hard time at yoga classes haha
Pretty much why I have a hard time at yoga classes haha

Then the snow started. We had 3 large storms dump 30cms each over a span of a week. Needless to say, I did nothing but shovel, and watch it snow for that time period.

How I felt after all that shovelling.
How I felt after all that shovelling.

I drove to Halifax during one of the lulls in the storms, as I had to go to a funeral, but unfortunately, my friend and I ended up getting snowed in anyway, and couldn’t make it 😦 I did get to spend some quality time with her and her pup Dawson!

He decided I should move my arm anymore....
He decided I shouldn’t move my arm anymore….

Halifax got mostly freezing rain during that storm…However, I got home, and this is what I came to. Looking it up online, I saw we got close to 125cms of snow in about a week and a half. NOT COOL MAN, NOT COOL!

The only place Ghost and run freely.
The only place Ghost can run freely.

We found out on February 6th, that MrRBW’s sister had a little baby girl! And it was on his father’s birthday! I would post a picture of the baby, but seeing as it’s not my child, I don’t want to be spreading pictures of an infant without permission. But all I can say is SHE’S ADORABLE FOR A NEWBORN! I’m happy to say that baby and Mama are home safe and sound, and there were no complications. I’m more excited than MrRBW as it’s my first niece (and technically, his too)! However, MrRBW is certain that he will only see that child a few times in her lifetime. But I’d like to make more of an effort, but we shall see in the coming years.

On Sunday, we celebrated my dad’s birthday by going out to dinner, and then eating cake back at home. It was great to spend some time with my family, and celebrate another year with them. This also happened:

You'd think she was going to get fed or something....
You’d think she was going to get fed or something….
We told her to go lay down, so instead she turned around as if to say, "see I'm not begging!"
We told her to go lay down, so instead she turned around as if to say, “see I’m not begging!”

I counted out the weeks to my first 5k race of the year (April 19, 2015!) and realized, that if I want a PR, I should definitely start training now, so I’m using a mixture of the HighStride App and Coach Jenny Hadfield’s Intermediate 5k training regime. I ran 4.94km yesterday on the treadmill, and did well up until about the 20min mark, and then I started to die out which isn’t so bad when I hadn’t been running for 2 weeks. It certainly wasn’t my fastest run, but I’m only beginning 🙂 I’m making it my goal, that this round for training, I’m really going to make an effort to crosstrain by hopefully swimming, or using the stationary bike at the gym.

Anyway, that’s my life lately! Hopefully, I’ll get back on track and continue with my “Week in Review” posts 🙂

The Gargoyle ****

The Gargoyle-Andrew Davidson
The Gargoyle-Andrew Davidson

It’s been a loooong while since I’ve finished a book. Do any of you readers feel guilty when it takes you forever to finish a book? As if you’re insulting the author, or letting yourself down by not taking the time to sit down and read? I always feel that way. Unfortunately, my life is over-run with the internet (mostly Netflix. A terrible addiction, I tell you!), which eats up most of my day, and a big reason I’m a procrastinator. Anyway, time to come back from that tangent, and get on with this post.

I finished Andrew Davidson’s The Gargoyle on Monday, I started well before the new year. It’s about 450ish pages long, and yet it took me almost 2 months to read! Which, I’m sure to some of you seems like a normal amount of time, but honestly, I could’ve been through it a lot faster if I had put my mind to it. It’s not even that I didn’t like the book, and was just dragging my feet about ending it, I just wasn’t that into reading. I go through stints where all I want to do is read, but after about 3-4 books, I get tired of it, and don’t read as much. But on GoodReads, I created a goal to read 24 books this year (double my last year’s goal!), it certainly seems scary, seeing as I’m already about 2-3books behind schedule. So I really need to back away from the Netflix, and start reading more in my spare time. The good thing, is I’m going to include my Audible books in that goal (if I ever finish the 3rd Game of Thrones audiobook…. -.-). Dear Lord, another tangent. Perhaps I need more caffeine…Back to the book at hand. This book has a strange macabre feel to it, even though it has nothing to really do with death, or murder. I just go this creepy vibe off it. I think also it has a deeper meaning than what I got out of it, but alas, I am a concrete thinker, and those abstract ideas just won’t come to me. I know they’re there lurking in the hidden depths of my brain, but my fishing line just hasn’t hooked it yet. I need enjoy it, as I could really get into the characters and their stories (even though I did have to skim over some parts as I was getting impatient…whoopsie!). I can’t say I really identified with the characters, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

This book is based on a man’s life who was a drug addict porn star who got into an unfortunate (or a fortunate more like) car accident that caused him to have 3rd degree burns over his entire body. While recovering from his burns, a woman visits him in the hospital who says that they have known each other for hundreds of years. They develop a relationship (albeit a strange one) and she tells him stories (which all tie into objects that she gives him as gifts). I guess the meaning behind the title, that she carves out his true personality just as an artist carves out a gargoyle out of a hard piece of stone, so that when he’s revealed, although he is ugly in the physical sense, his personality is true and honest (Wow, I just surprised myself with how insightful that comment was!). Anyway, it was a great novel, though not based in reality (which sometimes, one needs). I would certainly recommend it to anyone who wants a more abstract book, that makes you think about the possibility of past lives.

Now, I get to start Gone Girl! So far, I really enjoy it!

Week in Review (January 5-11)

Another week in the books! The weather has been terrible lately, but I’m proud of myself because I still got out there and ran (only 1 gym run last week!)

Mileage for this week: 15.91km

Mileage for #100DaysofMiles: 27km/161km (17miles/100miles)

Mileage for #2015in2015: 27km/1623km (17miles/1008miles)

MONDAY

It was insanely cold and blustery (60km/hr gusts!!), so I decided that instead of getting hypothermia/frostbite I would run inside at the gym (this is the day I found out that my gym pass was expiring the next day…WHOOPS!). I’ve decided to make it my goal to run at least 5k 3 times a week when I’m not training for a race. After my run, I came home, did some yoga to stretch out (I’ll do a post about my favourite yoga videos, I also have a pinterest board for yoga!) I’ve been following (but have been slacking) Yoga With Adrienne’s 30 Days of Yoga Challenge, so that’s one of the workouts I did after a general yoga for runners video. After, I tried something new for supper…and lemme just say, it was delicious! 😀

Overview
Overview
My old yoga set up. MrRBW got a weight bench and mat, so I've had to rearrange. I'm not one of change, so it's been a process...
My old yoga set up. MrRBW got a weight bench and mat, so I’ve had to rearrange. I’m not one of change, so it’s been a process…
Red pepper with an egg in the centre, with some avocado on top!
Red pepper with an egg in the centre, with some avocado on top!

TUESDAY

First night back at ladies’ curling! We’ve been on a losing streak lately (although we’ve all been making some pretty wicked shots!) so hopefully the new year will bring new chances to win! I was exhausted when I got home so into bed I went with Ghost and it was snuggle time!

Snuggle time with me and Ghosty-lady!
Snuggle time with me and Ghosty-lady!

WEDNESDAY

It was freezing cold out (a balmy -16C), but thankfully no wind, so I decided that I would bundle up and run with Ghost outside. I had to wear: long sleeve shirt, zip-up hoodie, jacket, toque, neckwarmer, mittens, lined running leggings, pants, and my Saucony Gortex Trail shoes. I was warm, but I felt like the Michelin Man…Ghost seemed fine, but we had to stop a couple of times and take out the melted icy-snow from between the pads of her feet 😦 So I’ve decided no more runs with me unless it’s 0C or higher. The poor thing would also stand on 3 legs at the lights or crosswalks while we waited. I felt terrible! After that run I decided to look into lighter but warmer running jackets (I found a good down-filled jacket that was on sale at Joe Fresh! It’s not meant for running, but it does the job!), as I felt huge and sluggish. I was sad, because I used mapmyrun to map out my run, but I forgot a part of it when I got out there, so I didn’t get my full 5k in 😦 After that run, I worked 3-11, where I got to spend a large portion of my night at Tim Horton’s while one of the youth was at cadets. I got to eavesdrop on old people, which is fun, but I’m fairly certain they were all hard of hearing, so it was also quite loud.

Overview
Overview
What we looked like on our run!
What we looked like on our run!
My face while listening to loud old people
My face while listening to loud old people

THURSDAY

Not much to report. I worked 3-11 again. It snowed. A LOT. So it was a pretty terrible drive home, but I made it. I also had to prepare for my night shift on Friday night, so I stayed up until about 3:30 am.

FRIDAY

I woke up to a nasty, sleety day. I decided against running outside as the weather consistently got worse, so I prepared myself for another run at the gym. I even got a treadmill workout all planned out from fitnessandfeta! (I have another pinterest board for running). But, alas, when I arrived at the gym, it was actually closed, so I didn’t get to do anything that day! 😦

I've never tried this workout, but I assumed it was going to be hard as Hell, but very rewarding.
I’ve never tried this workout, but I assumed it was going to be hard as Hell, but very rewarding.

SATURDAY

Consisted of sleeping. I was going to run, but I can’t remember why I didn’t. Probably the weather and unplowed sidewalks. It obviously was an eventful day if I can’t even remember what I did! HA HA Oh wait! I had my first Yoga for Runners class! It was a great way to stretch out, and I must say I really do enjoy holding poses for longer to get an even better stretch. I don’t know about holding hard poses (ahem, plank) for longer, but when it comes to restorative yoga definitely a must! When I got out it was very snowy.

SUNDAY

I was going to get up and run with GRC, but I looked outside, and at the sidewalks, and decided that I wasn’t going to take my chances, and waited until later to run. I wore my new down-filled jacket and was snuggly and warm! However, I should’ve wore an extra layer on my legs, as they went numb very quickly, and a neckwarmer/scarf to cover my cheeks. I told a friend I ran 6.4k outside, and because of the slush in places when I got home I wanted to lay down, but it was too cold outside so I didn’t.  Part of my run was a slight downhill, but because my run was an out and back run, when I turned around I had to run uphill in slushy, soft snow, so needless to say I ended up walking parts until I could see bare sidewalk again. It was frustrating to say the least. Not to mention, snow kept piling up in the tread of my trail shoes so I was getting frustrated with knocking that out too. I’m glad I got out there, but I definitely hate that aspect of winter running. But I try to remember that every tough run means an easy one is coming soon.

Overview
Overview

That was my week! I’m hoping I can get 3 runs in this week too, so wish me luck that the weather remains good.

My 2015 Fitness Challenges

I’m not sure if I’m overzealous (as this seems to be a pretty common theme) or crazy, but this year I’ve signed up for 2 challenges (fitness/running that is). One is easier than the other thankfully… the challenges are: #100DaysofMiles and #2015in2015.

#100DaysofMiles

So, a few days before New Years, I saw a 2015 #100DaysofMiles challenge put on by “I ❤ to run”, so I decided that I would try to influence my friends who run/walk/are active to do this challenge with me. The challenge can be taken two different ways:

  1. You have to walk/run 1 mile for 100 days until you reach 100miles
  2. You have to have 100 days of activity (walking/running/biking etc)

I’ve decided to do both ways. Currently, I’m at: 18km/161km (I converted the distance into km as it makes tracking WAAAAY easier) OR 11miles/100miles.  Activity-wise, I’m at 4 activities/100 activities.

If you’re interested in this challenge here’s the link for the Facebook challenge.

#2015in2015

So this challenge is CRAZY. Basically, they’re challenging people to do 2015 miles in 2015. I don’t think I could EVER achieve that kind of mileage, so I joined up using another person, so I only have to run 1008.5miles (or 1623km). I’m not even sure I’ll achieve that much, but we shall see, seeing as I want to run a half marathon in October (and seeing as it’s my first, I’ve been advised to start training 4 months in advance, which means I’ll be doing some pretty long runs come June-October). With this one, I’m actually including anytime I go for a walk, walk the dog, or if I use a stationary bike, as I think that will be the only time I’ll ever get to that kind of crazy mileage. Broken down that means I have to do 135.2km/mo–> 33.8km/week. I’m going to be a bit light this month (and perhaps the next few months)…But hopefully, once the weather is less snowy, I’ll be able to run further.

Currently, I’m at: 18km/1623km OR 11miles/1008.5miles. Wish me luck on this one you guys, because I’m definitely going to need it.

If you’re interested in signing up for this crazy challenge, here’s the link.

Question:

Are any of you doing a fitness challenge this year?

New Year’s Resolutions/Commitments

I don’t typically do New Year’s Resolutions, only because I KNOW I’m going to fail or give up very quickly. I decided this year that there are a few things I should work on, even though they basically both boil down to laziness (I can run 5k, and yet when it comes to certain things, I’m very lazy!). I read a blog post by Fitness & Feta recently that talks about using the word “commitment” instead of resolution. To sum it up though, she believes that resolution makes it sound like you are trying to fix something that is currently broken, which she thinks (and I agree) is a very negative way to start off a new year. It’s a hard mindset to move away from. Instead of using the “won’t” and “can’t” phrases, we should start using positive phrases: “will” “more” “start”. Anyway, this is a long-winded introduction to what my New Year’s Commitments are. I currently have 2.

1. I will complete 1 thing on my to-do list before browsing the internet (or doing whatever other activity I use to procrastinate)

  • I’ve noticed as of late, that I’ve been really slacking on my house cleaning and general to-do’s. It’s mostly because of procrastination. I enjoy having a clean house, and not being late (whoops…sorry about not sending those Christmas cards, guys!) on doing laundry, etc.
  • So my plan of action, is to complete at least 1 thing on my to-do list before sitting down and enjoying the internet/Netflix. So far, it’s been very hard, and I haven’t really been successful, but baby-steps right?
  • I’ve decided to use this plan as I’m trying to see it as a reward-based system. When I complete a to-do, I can reward myself with so many minutes of internet browsing (I really should set a time limit, because that’s when procrastinating is going to start haha).

2. I will keep in contact with friends who live out-of-province or in another country

  • This one is a biggy. One of my best childhood friends lives on the other side of the country currently. I really miss her, and sometimes we go weeks (and even a month!) without any word from one another. I don’t make friends easily (or so I think) so I really need to cherish and keep the ones I have. This one will be a toughy, only because it involves not only myself, but also my friends.
  • I’ve decided that I will contact ChildhoodBestie at least once a week to check in (mostly like via text). I have two friends who are out of the country (in Germany and Poland to be exact) and I will contact them both at least once a month via Facebook messenger/email and let them know how my life has been.

I know these Commitments will be difficult, but I’m hoping for baby steps. I’ll give you an update in about 3 months time to let you guys know how things are going.

Week in Review (December 29, 2014-January 4, 2015)

Another week is finished…I thankfully didn’t work as much this week, so I got to recuperate with MrRBW and Ghost and my family, as well as ring in the New Year with a good friend and her dog.

Mileage for this week: 13.19kms

Mileage towards #100DaysofMiles: 8.71km/161kms (5.41miles/100miles)

Mileage towards #2015in2015: 8.71km/1623kms (5.41miles/1008miles)

MONDAY

I got a run in (and took a runfie). I’ve definitely got some bronchitis/asthma-like symptoms going on still especially when I run outside, but I still enjoyed the run either way. Ghost also joined me. She’s been doing so well since we bought a harness and new leash for her. She still gets super-excited when meeting other dogs (she assumes all dogs want to automatically play with her, so she tends to lunge forward at them to sniff and greet), but she’s improved leaps and bounds since we first adopted her.

Overview
Overview
My runfie stating I was preparing for the #100DaysofMiles challenge
My runfie stating I was preparing for the #100DaysofMiles challenge

TUESDAY

I’m skipping this day. Nothing interesting that I can remember happened…Other than going out for supper with my family and then seeing the Hobbit in 3D. Let’s just say, I laughed extremely hard at the trolls bashing head first into brick buildings. And also Radagast the Brown is my spirit animal.

WEDNESDAY

Ah…New Year’s Eve day…We woke up to it snowing. Which is pretty in it’s own right, but when you have plans to drive 2hrs (and considering Nova Scotia’s lack of snow removal the last few years) it’s not a welcomed sight. Thankfully it stopped, so MrRBW, Ghost and I prepared to venture to Halifax to ring in the New Year with UniBestie1 and her beautiful dog Dawson. I was a little weary at first because Ghost is quite overbearing, overly excitable, while Dawson is the opposite. But thankfully, it all ended up fine. Ghost put Dawson in his place (he kept trying to steal her food. She was having none of that), and they played happily. Unfortunately, Ghost did end up humping Dawson multiple times (we think out of excitement and possible anxiety), but Dawson accepted his fate and moved on. We celebrated New Years by eating a ton of delicious food, drinking some amazing wine (Yellow Tail Moscato, and Moselland Ars Vitis Riesling), and playing Mario Party, Mario Cart, and watching Jem and the Holograms. We went to bed early because UniBestie1 had to work in the morning. Unfortunately, no one (including the dogs) slept well that night, as the people next door were yelling until about 3am, and there was also a domestic dispute around that time. All in all, it was a great way to spend New Years.

Ghost looking pleased with herself over humping Dawson. Poor Dawson looks defeated.
Ghost looking pleased with herself over humping Dawson. Poor Dawson looks defeated.

THURSDAY

I participated in the GRC Resolution 5k Run. When we started it was below 0 and snowing and then it warmed up considerably and the sun came out, so unfortunately I was over dressed. I thought I was going to die near the end as I was so overheated, and my breathing was suffering…but there was an awesome reward of chili and other delicious food! That evening, we headed to Mom and Dad’s for a ham dinner, which was delicious (my mother really outdoes herself with her cooking!). After sufficiently stuffing ourselves, we came home to vegetate in our food comas.

Overview of the Resolution Run
Overview of the Resolution Run
On the way back, really struggling...
On the way back, really struggling…
At the beginning, looking fresh
At the beginning, looking fresh
Ghost moustache you a question: how was your 2014?
Ghost moustache you a question: how was your 2014?

FRIDAY

It snowed a nice pretty fluffy snow. MrRBW was able to capture a great photo of the sun shining on the tree out front. Unfortunately, but the end of the day, it had gotten quite blustery, so the snow was blowing around and causing some nasty drifts 😦

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SATURDAY

Back to the daily grind. I worked 8am-4pm. Thankfully, we got to take some youth to the gym, so I got a good treadmill run in. My calves were burning though as I used some running shoes I haven’t used in awhile (Saucony Grid 5’s).

Stats
Stats

SUNDAY

Not much to report, I worked 10-10 so my day was surrounded by work related things. It was nasty weather though, and I almost hit a deer on my drive home. Other than that uneventful 🙂