December 2008


Well, it’s New Year’s Eve. This would usually be the time of year that I would post an update on all of my goals from last year and set some new ones. I’ve been feeling pretty blah though. Oh, why? You ask. Well, because my boyfriend and I broke up on Christmas Eve. Breaking up during the holidays is the absolutely worst thing ever. I’m not going to write much about it because, unlike some of my more infamous breakups, I still am totally in love with Tony and think he’s an awesome guy and I really don’t want everyone to think he’s a big asshole just because he broke my heart.

So let’s talk positives. I really don’t have many except that now I’ll be on the breakup diet. I’m so excited that I might be able to fit in my skinny clothes again. Also, even though I now won’t be able to afford that trip to Thailand this summer I’m applying to study abroad for a year in Istanbul. I mean, why not, right? I’m also applying for a ton of scholarships because I probably won’t be able to afford Istanbul without a lot of monetary help from the financial aid office. If anyone has any great ideas for scholarships let me know.

Um, so I guess my goals for next year are:

1. Try to get over Tony in a positive way (aka not drinking my sadness away like I’ve been known to do).

2. Find scholarships to study abroad.

3. Get out of Sacramento for awhile.

Seems pretty simple right? As for last years goals I can tell you that I reached my goal of reading one book per week and actually surpassed it this year. I managed to get in 55 books this year (and half of Audacity of Hope…hopefully it’ll be done soon). I’ll post a best of as soon as I’m feeling up to it. I didn’t manage that half marathon because of those shin splints, but I’m going to try for it again this year, especially since my way of positively dealing with this breakup is to run whenever I’m feeling down (this also helps with that breakup diet I was talking about earlier).

The funny thing is that I’ll be in good company. Since Tony and I broke up, three of my friends have had breakups as well. I guess the anti-cupid is back in the house. Who knew?

OK, so still no reading on my part recently. I’m having a pretty tough time right now and can’t concentrate, BUT as a consolation prize you get more giveaways! Yay for you, right?

Here are the books I’m giving away:

Audio book of Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

Signed, paperback copy of Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas (my review of this book is here).

Pocket paperback of The Last Days of Krypton by Kevin J. Anderson (my review here).

If you’re interested in any of these just leave a comment below telling me which book you’d like. If you would like to be entered for all of them you can do that too. Contest closes at Midnight on New Year’s Eve. Best of luck to you all!

I know it’s been quiet around here lately and I apologize. I didn’t realize how hectic the holiday season was going to be for me and I haven’t had much time to read lately, which explains why there haven’t been many blogs as of late. I also haven’t been able to keep up with any other blogs like I normally would, but this week is finals week at school, so I’ll be finished up for a couple of weeks, which will hopefully get me back on track and back to blogging. I’ll try to get some books read and some reviews posted during my five week break from school. It’ll be such a relief to finally get some leisure reading in.

I hope you all are doing well and have a happy holiday season!

Since I’ve been out of the game for awhile I thought it would be a good idea to get a jump-start on my training for next year, which I’m calling Commitment 2009. This all really started when I found out that my university gives free fitness tests and does free nutritional analysis for students. What?! Yeah! Pretty awesome, right?

So I went down and got my fat tested, aerobicized while hooked up to a machine and kept track of my food intake for a couple of days. And I got my results today. Let’s just say, it wasn’t pretty. Apparently my couple of months without running has done worse for my health than I had thought. Granted, I have still been getting a little bit of exercise and have been running regularly for a little over a month now, BUT my healthy eating habits over the summer are LONG GONE. This translates to 32 percent body fat, an extra 10 pounds, and exceeding my calorie intake by about 110 calories a day.

On the plus side, taking out 110 calories is SIMPLE. And how excited am I that I was that close?! Most Americans are far worse at estimating their daily caloric intake so I should be ecstatic, right? However, I’m not as thrilled about the 32 percent body fat. My goal is going to be to get down to at least 22 percent which puts me in the 50 percentile range for women (middle of the road). I’d also like to lose about 25 pounds, but I’m going to be realistic and put that at 15 lbs. And, of course, I want to FINALLY take down that half marathon I’ve been talking about all year!

So my goals for this month are to a) get in touch with the fitness counselor so he can set me up with a routine that will help me reach my goals for next year, and b) run at least four times a week (I’m currently only averaging two runs per week). Hopefully this will get me in the groove so when Commitment 2009 really gets started I’ll be ready to take it all on!

What about you guys? Have you already been setting goals for next year?

Using Random.org I selected AMBER as the winner of Up High in the Trees by Kiara Brinkman. Thanks so much to all of you who entered.

I feel terrible because I didn’t get a chance to read the book club selection for this month. I was scheduled to post the review today, but with Thanksgiving and end of the semester projects due, I just haven’t had time. I also started reading Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama last week, thinking I could read it simultaneously with The Tortilla Curtain, but I got too drawn into Obama’s book and always choose to pick it up instead. I know, big mistake, right?

Anyway, I’m going to New York next weekend and plan to read the book on the plane rides there and back, so I should be posting on December 10 instead. I hope those of you who have read the book will stop by to leave your thoughts, or links to your own reviews.