Hau’oli Makahiki Hou. How was your ringing in of 2017? Did you do anything special today?
After pilin’ our plates high with this spread and food from three other tins, my mister and I came home and chillaxed. By nighttime, he and I watched Bad Moms and Mother’s Day while drinking Prosecco and savoring the rich, dark chocolate covered, sea salt caramels. We had a midnight kiss and knocked out.
After sleeping in this first day of January, my man got me out of the house to get our hearts pumpin’.
Have you heard of Stanford Dish? It was new to me. It’s a popular place in Palo Alto for recreational exercise. We had to park all the way at a nearby elementary school before reaching the gate.
Today’s hike was like interval training as there are steep inclines to walk up. While I haven’t exercised since the Friday before Christmas, I immediately jumped into power walking, passing up each group of ppl going our way. It was torture sometimes and boy did I huff and puff. But until we reached that dish, did I finally slow down and we stopped to take some photos.
It took E and I a half an hour to get up those 2 miles and then another half an hour to get back down. What an hour! Thank you, babe, for getting my lazy arse up and out.
By then the husband and I were starving! We found The Counter, a burger joint where you can order one of their unique burgers on the menu or create your own; they have a selection of meats that can be eaten in a gourmet bun or you can have the patty on a well-seasoned bed of salad. There is a vegetarian burger of course besides a kid’s menu. The two us gobbled down the sweet potato fries that had come out first and then wolfed down our burgers.
So, the first of the new year, Shelia of Book Journey, always hosts…
This time I didn’t make the whole thing of sending her a picture of me holding my book. After Christmas ¾ of our crew had cold bugs, me being the last with a slight case of laryngitis and chills so I wasn’t in the mood to gussy up and snap a photo and besides, I didn’t have a copy of what I wanted to read yet.
After being holed up in the house for most of the first week of break, E was able to take out our girls to the used bookstore and for FroYo last Friday. I asked him to look for Janet Evanovich’s One for the Money at Half Price Books. I was on the hold list for the Kindle version but you never know when the ppl in front of you got their turn so I then requested the hard copy. However, it was taking too long for my tastes being in transit so that’s why I asked him to look for the used copy. There’s our goofy Cupcake holding it to show me from the store, LOL. Score!
I plan to snuggle up in our Martha Stewart fleece sheets and start it tonight. Man, my legs and hip joints are killin’ me right now, yo. I’m waiting for the IB to kick in.
With 2017 in effect, I’m looking forward to this year’s book challenges:
Kathryn of Book Date, who hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading?, mentioned how she was going to participate in the Audiobook Challenge 2017. It’s hosted again by Hot Listens and this year will also be cohosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
For 2016 I had signed up for the Weekend Warrior (5-10) level. You know from this post I had listened to nine audiobooks by the end of the year.
This second time around I think I will go for Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15. With the discovery of Overdrive Listen, I like how I can knit or crochet while listening to an audiobook off of my laptop.
And of course I’m taking part in this one again. I am more modest in the number of books I want to read for 2017. This year my goal is 71 books, something I think is reasonably attainable.
Oh boy I am looking forward to some good reading. Are you?