- I had a birthday (Jeremy did put 32 candles in the shape of 32).
- Ryland was in my brother in law’s wedding.
- Ryland had a birthday.
- We’ve done such a good job teaching Ryland not to touch fire that he was afraid of his candles.
- I am kind of disgusted with myself because I’ll eat really well 5/7 days of the week and then eat so badly the other two that I gain weight, as you can see.
- I still haven’t run. My foot is probably as good as it’s going to get. Now I’m just waiting for it to cool off.
- I have been doing really well with walking or riding the recumbent bike most days of the week.
- I’m on Facebook restriction until Oct. 6 because of some things I messed up, so that’s why I disappeared there, too.
- We still don’t have internet, but I decided to sort of come back because I don’t like being totally cut off from all social media.
I don’t foresee us getting internet any time soon. It’s just not something we can afford right now.
When I get online, I rarely have time for much beyond whatever is necessary for that day.
If you want to stay in touch, I’m on Facebook a little bit, or we could even text if you feel we are that close. Send me a message if you’re interested. I’ll check in a few days.
I really miss the community.
Here’s a cute picture of Ryland and me from last Saturday. It was Del Taco’s 50th birhtday, so there was cake. They gave Ryland a frisbee. He calls it cake because he got it with his cake.
I’m starting to lose weight again. I got my plantar fasciitis sleep support thing in, and after a few nights, my foot is hurting less. I hope to be able to start running again next weekend.
I need to make some phone calls to see about getting internet at home, but you know me and phone calls…
- I think we lost that wifi signal we used to pick up, so now we’re trying to find an affordable way to get internet without bundling with other services we don’t need.
- Last week Ryland kept getting gagged on his food and throwing up. At first we thought it was a weird stage, but when it got worse, I took him to the doctor on Thursday. He had strep. I had no idea that some kids throw up with strep. He didn’t even have a fever.
- He’s doing better now thanks to the amoxicillin, but he lost a lot of weight last week. We’re working on getting the meat back on his bones.
- That’s about it.
- Hi new followers.
Many thanks to marshmeloh for finding this! It’s fantastic!
Gryffindor’s house point hourglass is filled with rubies,
Ravenclaw’s with sapphires
Slytherin’s with emeralds
Now Queen J.K. has revealed what is in the Hufflepuff hourglass!
It all make sense now
I’ve been haven’t trouble with plantar fasciitis in my right foot for months now. It’s always the worst first thing in the morning (which is why I was looking at night braces today), and is the pain that has been bothering me so much on my runs.
I’ve been wondering why it’s only been hurting me (somewhat) recently. At first I thought it might be because of my weight gain, but when I was running at this weight before, it didn’t hurt like this. Then I saw this review (the full one under the stars):
Except for our den, the whole of our house is hardwood or tile, and I never wear shoes inside.
I’m going to talk to Jeremy about getting a brace and take a break from running in the meantime.
My eating is still a mess, but I have been active this week- I rode 7-8.5 mi. on the bike during Ryland’s naps Mon., Tues., & Thurs, and walked 2.4 miles today. I’ve also been pushing him around the yard on his plastic tricycle type thing. It kills my butt, and I’m only able to make 2 loops around the yard (0.07mi, haha) before I have to take a break.
Ten Reasons To Read YA (No Matter What Age You Are)
1. You like good books more than you care what section of a bookstore they’re found in or maintaining some ill-defined sort of lit cred (spoiler alert: it does not really exist).
2. You’re interested in developing your own informed opinions about various genres and varieties of fiction. The lit cred of being actually well and widely read does exist.
3. Because YA is so powerful that it’s built an enthusiastic reading culture all its own that includes both teens and adults, now in this our age of greatest distraction.
4. You’ve ever experienced something, anything for the first time, but especially one of those great big moments that help define or redefine who we are, that shape what we think and feel about love and death and life, those great big moments that change us or make us dig in deeper to who we already are. You want to feel that again. Or you want to understand it better. You want to understand what it’s like for someone else. And guess what? These moments keep happening, your whole life.
5. You like stories that aren’t afraid to put the experience of girls front and center, all different kinds of girls, and treat them as importantly as they deserve to be. (There are plenty of fine YA books starring boys and taking them seriously too, but I think we all know that finding those stories has never been a real problem, just a fake one.)
6. You like story. The pure, focused, raw stuff. It may be simple or it may be deceptively simple or it may be—oh yes it may be—complex, it may take place on a spaceship or in a mansion that houses a dark early American science experiment or in a high school, or in the future or in the past or right now. But you will have no trouble finding books that prize story, and there’s no mistaking that. And story is one the most powerful substances in the world.
7. You’re intrigued by the fact that while outsiders, aka those not well-read in YA, may try to pit fantasy and science fiction against realistic contemporary, humor against horror or girl books against boy books, most of the people in the YA community will tell you that’s nonsense and that one of the best things YA brings to the reading experience is its ability to have all those things exist side by side, often within the same book, to mix and match them with the freedom that comes from being a category more than a genre. A category that contains most genres and isn’t afraid to push at the boundaries of them and of the category itself.
8. You crave an emotional journey and whether it’s dark or swoony or light you can find an excellent example in YA.
9. You don’t dismiss reader pleasure—not your own, not other people’s. Whether it comes from delicious prose, unforgettable characters, strong voice or perfectly-executed twists, so many YA authors are masters at creating reader pleasure, while still telling whatever kind of story it is they mean to tell.
10. I could have really ended this list with number one, couldn’t I? So the TL/DR is:
You like good books.
Originally posted at the other place: http://www.gwendabond.com/bondgirl/2014/06/ten-reasons-to-read-ya-no-matter-what-age-you-are.html
Gwenda is wise. Listen to Gwenda.
Now I feel 200% better about always leaving the library with a stack of YA books.
A woman who hates you is playing the pianoforte.
You have five hundred a year. From who? Five hundred what? No one knows. No one cares. You have it. It’s yours. Every year. All five hundred of it.
A charming man attempts to flirt with you. This is terrible.
You are in a garden, and you are astonished.
Everyone in the neighborhood, including your mother, has ranked you and your sisters in order of hotness. You know exactly where you fall on the list.
A woman who is not your mother treats you like her own daughter. Your actual mother is dead or ridiculous.
Ryland eating “maynmay” wearing his hat (that he put on himself) and his “taptap” shirt.
- I haven’t run because my wrist has been hurting. Today it’s finally mostly better, but the inside of my elbow hurts. What in the world, body?
- It’s still frustrating that I’m kept from running because of upper-body things.
- I’m in the stage of taking prozac now where I get the side effects but no benefits yet. And yes, a drug can cause both drowsiness and sleeplessness at the same time. I know I need to hang on for a few more weeks.
- Yesterday morning before church, Ryland rolled off the couch when he was playing with Jeremy and cut his head right by his eye. We didn’t realize he was cut at first because he was crying with his head on Jeremy’s shoulder. Then Ryland picked his head up and we saw there was blood all over his face. The bleeding stopped after a few minutes, so we didn’t take him to the emergency room. Now he’s got a butterfly bandage with a bandaid over it.
- He’s also cutting his 2 year molars. One is through so far.
- That’s it for now.