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Achievements all round!

Published August 4, 2017 by reachandflexibility

180.2lbs. That’s what I weighed in at this morning. I am so damn close to the 179 healthy BMI. I had a few weeks of relaxing as the summer holidays began but the last 2 weeks or so I’ve been back and better than ever. This makes a total of 64lbs down.

So achievements. I’ve spent 1 1/2 weeks internet free. It was meant to be 3 weeks but it slowly crept back in and I’m a slave to it. It’s my lifeline to the world. In that time I’ve :

  • Managed to finish “Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits” by David Wong. Good if you’re into that sort of thing which I am.
  • I’ve started reading “The Fifth Mountain” by Paulo Coelho, which is a very different genre from the other but still one I would recommend.
  • I’ve completed Persona 3. Took me 3 attempts to get through this as I just kept losing interest but I finally did it.
  • I’ve started crocheting again. They’re not completed projects but its a start after months away.
  • I’ve started writing again. Well I say writing. For our Pathfinder game, I’m the group’s Bard so I’m keeping track of the weekly adventures. It’s good fun. Very accurate….
  • I’ve finished, that’s right FINISHED C25K! Yesterday, in the rain, I managed 5km in 34 minutes. It was probably the first run where I actually had a pace rather than just dragging my legs along and it felt so good.
  • I’ve spent time with my husband and daughter. We’ve done trips to the beach, the zoo and on the train to a town not too far from us.

It’s been great. It’s been a long few weeks due to the demands of a 3-year-old but it’s been nice having the whole family together. We were preparing for Beth to go back to school on Monday but it looks like it may be a few more weeks together as today she has come down with chickenpox. So far she seems fine, just spotty but we’re pretty prepared. What we are not sure about is whether I’ve had it before or not so it should be a fun few weeks.

Soon though I’ll be back for my second year of university and I’m so excited so go back. Sad of me I know, most people savor the holidays but I need the routine and the pressure of deadlines to keep my mind active. And not only that but I’ll be doing my first teaching practice soon. Excited!!!

Anyways, Back to the demands of the toddler.

Books and more books

Published December 27, 2013 by reachandflexibility

So I realise I’ve been a pretty terrible blogger the last few months. I only ever seem to update when I’m not in the right frame of mind. Most likely because that the time when I need to voice everything to have it all make sense. I’ll post today though and it won’t be a downer. Currently at 16 weeks and 5 days, still suffering with morning sickness (which started in the second trimester, all the books fucking lied!). Still exhausted all the time and due to my tubbiness not really looking pregnant at all. Joy. I however only fit into 1 pair of my trousers and the new maternity ones typically came in a skinny fit. Why they make skinny jeans for us fatties I’ll never know. Anyways all going well, next scan will be the 22nd – the anomaly one and fingers crossed we can find out the gender too. Exciting times really even if I do worry :p Right though, enough about that I wanted to go on about books today.

I read, not millions of books like other readers but I will read. I unfortunately have an easier time with films and the internet than books though so very rarely will I get to the end of a book in one session. I don’t like the Harry Potter books. I find them to be too clich├ęd, predictable and poorly written. For children, fair enough but adults need to get a grip I think. Yes I do get a lot of negative feedback on this opinion and it’s probably the only argument me and Kim ever have. I however do love fantasy books. The LOTR trilogy & Hobbit are amazing books, I was bought the Chronicles of Narnia for Christmas this year and I’m just reaching the end of the Neverending Story. (A movie that I’ve seen 100’s of times). My point is though as much as I read I find it very difficult to find 1 series or 1 author with who I’ll stick with. Kim on the other hand will devour everything he enjoys. The Honor Harrington series for example. I read the first (On Basilisk Station) but couldn’t get around the authors style even though I did enjoy the book. This year though things changed for me. A long while back I bought a book on a whim thinking it looked cool. It called to my sense of mindless action in books and it didn’t seem to take itself too seriously. I judged it purely on the cover and back blurb, took it home and forgot about it for 6 months. This was the book –


Eventually in the summer this year I picked it up and finished it. Never have I finished a book and thought “hmm… so where is the squeal?” I then realised what I had read was actually the third in the series which explained my confusion at some points but it still read really well. Lots of over the top action, cool creatures to fight and the lovely Franco Haggis to imagine. Well what came next was pretty unexpected. I went out and bought the other 3 books from the series as well as another from the author Theme Planet. Now I don’t do this. I need variety in my books. The only real author I do this with is Chuck Palahniuk and that’s because his books are very different but still interesting. Andy Remic however caught my attention. Even though the majority of the books were the same, I enjoyed them greatly. I could only explain the Combat K series to Kim saying it was like a cross between Fifth Element, Starship Troopers and Pitch Black. A weird mash-up that surprisingly works.

Now I babble in this blog for the first time in months because I think people should read this series. It might not be for all and if you’d rather something more serious then the David Weber Honor Harrington books will suffice. But be prepared they do have a lot of back story explained in them and a lot of technical talk. The author really does like building up the world. Go for the combat K series if you like mindless sci-fi action, bad-ass characters and movies that have awesome soundtracks. I know if this series got made into a movie the soundtrack would be awesome.

Not sure why I felt like blogging about all that today. Probably to give some insight into my reading habits as a gamer or to hype on further about a series of book I greatly enjoy.

Oh will also mention 1 other book people should read if they like the weird and wonderful – John dies at the end. There is a sequel too but not as good. Probably because it’s more survival horror than it is just weird.

So yeah hopefully they has broadened people’s reading horizons. It’s certainly got some of my fan-girlism out of the way.

“When you vote, you are exercising political authority, you’re using force. And force my friends is violence. The supreme authority from which all other authorities are derived.”

Jean Rasczak – Starship Troopers