Looking Back: July

Looking back at this blog, I noticed that I am generally posting only a couple times a month, one of them being the "looking back" theme. Ah, well, such is life!! Just like everything, blogging and/or writing comes and goes and right now, I am happy with life and feel that I am getting things done, even if it doesn't include keeping up with this space! I do miss the connection that I have with many other bloggers, but I am keeping an eye on many of your blogs, even if I am not commenting!!

And now, welcome August; goodbye July.

Running: July was supposed to be a bit of a higher month for me. However, it ended up being one of my lowest months in a very long time. Lack of training, an injury and an unfinished race (sad recap to follow) meant that in July I ended up running only about 106 miles. On a good note, I started riding my bike to the BART each morning and afternoon. It's only about 1.8 miles each way, but it adds up to about 15 - 20 miles a week of biking. In addition, I am starting a 2 x per week HIIT class, which are about 30 - 45 minutes each.


Reading: You can see the skew and maybe the reason my mileage was low when I tell you that this month I read 11 books. Okay, really I read 10 and a half. I started the Bone Clocks and just could not get into it, so I set it down half way. Some of my favorites were:

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

Travel: I started the month off in central Oregon, on our annual "girls trip", which includes my friend, her two daughters and her Mom, except this year it was also her dad, her brother and her sister's family, which included three kids and a husband. It was a loud, crazy houseful but it was a lot of fun. I even took the boys trail running with me twice and they enjoyed the change of scenery (they are road runners and cyclists). I also went to Tahoe for TRT.

Otherwise: My other two weekends were spent painting and sorting and organizing around the house and then finally having a housewarming party, which was a hit. It was fun to finally get all the friends together, especially since there were some friends I haven't seen in a while, due to all the running and working and home stuff. I ended up having a lot of extra beer, but I am sure I can find a home for it!

If you came to my housewarming party, what kind of drink would you bring? What book should I put on the library wait list? 


  1. Wow - 11 books! That is amazing! I read 8 which is quite a bit for me! I am glad that you liked Still Alice so much. That is one of my go-to recommendations! I haven't read anything stellar lately so don't have any books to recommend. I've read some good books lately, just nothing that has really blown me away...

    I am glad you found time to have a housewarming party! And it's always nice to have some extra beer. :) Since I don't drink beer, I would probably bring wine to your house warming party.

  2. I'm glad you're enjoying life too much to blog about it! That's always a nice problem to have.

  3. The Scarlet Pimpernel has been on my to-read list for literally 9 years. It's time I finally get around to it!

  4. I'd bring a nice shiraz, I suppose...and I recommend Testimony (Shostakovich) and Do No Harm (Henry Marsh).

  5. Hurray for taking time to read. I need to do more of that myself!

  6. I can't believe you read 11 books! That is really really awesome. The most I've ever read in one month was 7 books AND that was with listening to two audiobooks. How much time do you spend reading a day?? Are you just a crazy fast reader?

    I would bring a bottle of wine to your housewarming party!


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