State of Affairs, July Edition

Here we are halfway through August and I'm just now getting around to talking about July.  To be honest, I can't remember many exciting details about the month.  It's summer, and we are enjoying all that entails.  We stay up late, skip baths, and wear pajamas all day (well, some of us are forced to get dressed during the week--you know, jobs and all that jazz).  We hide from the heat, have movie nights, and occasionally leave the house in search of ice cream or a trip to the pool.

Yep, July was just...July.  Nothing really notable to report.

Books read:  5.5
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake--Finished from last month, reviewed here.  Definitely one of my favorites for the year.  Recommend!

Heist Society--A fun YA book about a girl and her family of professional thieves. 

Dead Reckoning and Deadlocked--Books 11 & 12 in the Sookie Stackhouse series.  I wish these books could go on forever, I love them so much.  They're just pure fun reading.  I'm a little sad the series will be ending next year, but book 12 left me eager to see how it all wraps up.

Charmed Thirds--Book 3 of the Jessica Darling series.  I read the first two a few years ago and finally found the rest from a used bookstore for a cheap price.  I was less than impressed with this one than with 1 & 2, but the last two are shaping up nicely.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry--A little slow and meandering for my taste, and especially for summer reading, but beautifully written.  Reviewed here.

Awkward is back on for the next month or two.  (On MTV.  I KNOW.  It's seriously the only time my tv lands on that channel.)  I love this show.  I'm not sure how it happened, but MTV really did something right with this one.  It's the best kind of teenage angst.

Music-wise, my girlies are obsessed with the Laurie Berkner Band.  The music is pretty catchy, and Jeremy and I find ourselves singing the tunes even when the girls aren't around.  (Embarrassing!)

Hey, I did think of one thing... July was the month I learned to slightly-less-than-hate running.  I use the term "running" very loosely, as the most helpful advice I read was to slow down.  So I'm moving along at less than a snail's pace, but it's more than I've ever done before.  The first time I went out with this new mindset, I "ran" for a little more than six minutes before I slowed (or sped up, maybe?) to a walk.  Just a few weeks later, I'm up to "running" the entire 30 minutes, something I never, ever thought I would be able to do. 

I won't say I'm in love with running or anything, but it's fun to realize I'm doing things I never thought possible.

And now that it's August, how is the last of your summer going?  As exciting as mine?


  1. I love that you are running more! Keep it up and remember that running is about YOU.

  2. Ava likes that band too. She loves the music on Nick Jr. A song came on the other day that I knew better than Ava. Adam looked at me like "how do you know this song"? I was like well I have heard it for probably 3 years now. :)

  3. yay for running :) i STILL don't love it. wondering if that will really happen....or if i will love it b/c i will finally LOOK as fit as i feel? ;)


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