Monday, September 3, 2012

Music, Books, Miles of August/Goals for Sept.

I loved stealing Music, Books and Miles from Lisa in July, so why not do it again in August? 


Well, I still love all the songs I loved last month. Don't worry, I have a few more to add- all brought to you by the satellite radio station The Highway which my family can attest to the importance of this satellite station in our Yellowstone rental car. Thank you fantastic country station for calming us all down on the days of driving, sometimes right next to cliffs. 

Cruise, Florida Georgia Line- I like to call this song "you make me wanna roll my windows down" because that is a more fun name, I think. 

Take a Little Ride, Jason Aldean 

Time is Love, Josh Turner



I had a great month of reading, which I will credit to summer vacation, and the fact that I really liked all the books I read so I wanted to keep reading them. I read 7 books this month (and finished another on September 1st), and I gave ALL of them 4 stars. I swear I didn't do that on purpose!


Hotel1 Bossypants1

Looking1                      11thhour1


Gonegirl     Hide1



Like I said, I really liked all of these books. Gone Girl was crazy, but definitely held my attention, especially in the second half. Bossypants and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? were similar, both funny and better than I expected. I'm pretty sure I laughed out loud several times during Bossypants, sometimes in public. Hotel on the Corner is a book I have been meaning to read for awhile and it was a great, historical fiction, love-story/coming of age book. Great month of reading. 



Total miles running and biking: 97 (up from 70 in July)

Swimming accomplishment: Swam 1 mile!

Biking accomplishment: Did every single bike ride with a friend!

Running accomplishment: Worked back up to a 5K with no knee pain! 


August Goals Recap

I managed to surpass my reading goal and keep up with my foam rolling (which my knee appreciates). I also incorporated abs a lot, but did not do any yoga. My biggest accomplishment of this month was definitely staying calm about school starting. This was my favorite August I can remember in awhile and there was no August breakdown at all. Wahoo. 

September Goals

1. Keep up with running, swimming and abs. I'm not promising biking. My bike and I are in a fight right now. 

2. See at least two friends per week and e-mail/call or text with one faraway friend per week. Caroline counts as a sister/friend. Working out with friends counts and earns bonus points. I love how social I am in the summer and I know I'll have less time but I still want to make it a priority. 

3. Read 4 books. Again, I'll have less time but I'd like to keep up with my ultimate relaxation. 

4. Stay calm and positive. This goal could be rephrased as: when in doubt, drink wine. There is no problem a Bud Light cannot solve. 


Tell me some great music, books or miles for you this month. 




  1. Haha I like how I get my own call out. Awesomee. I also love Cruise, Lisa Gardner books, and the fact that you avoided the August breakdown!

  2. One of my biggest fears with teaching is I won't have time to read for fun anymore (I consider that pretty cool that is a big fear though ... says I'm happy in the classroom! ha!). I will just have to make it a priority and read before bed like I normally do.

    You read A LOT! I really need to read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. It's been on my list for ages now!

  3. I've read about half those books - Mindy and Tina's are definitely two of my favourite memoirs to date (also loved Caitlin Moran's).

    'Hotel' I thought was a pretty good read as well, if not mindblowing. Have never read James Patterson - isn't he like today's top selling writer?

  4. Oh fun, I am glad you did this recap again. I posted mine today, too! :) I like the songs you picked out, too. Especially Time is Love. That song has a great beat to it.

    You read a TON in August! I thought I read alot but you read even more. That is awesome! I still need to read Gone Girl. eBooks keep becoming available and I have to dash through them before they are due again. Hopefully I get a lull in October so I can check that book out as everyone is raving about it!

  5. Wow, you did a lot of reading! I really liked Hotel on the Corner. I read it last year, along with several other WWII books, and it was interesting to see all the different perspectives. Did you read The Invisible Bridge? The Postmistress? The Book Thief? I think they were all book club reads. But if you haven't read them, you should!

  6. Which book was your favorite? I NEED a new book and I dont know where to go. I have heard mixed things about Gone Girl.

  7. I am curious to know what Gone Girl is about. I have heard of it a few times now. I'll have to look it up on Amazon. I already have a few other books that I already downloaded and haven't read yet though...too much going on!

  8. Wow you and Lisa read so much. I want to start doing these recaps next month but I do not think I'll be able to keep up with you too :P