Thursday Thoughts (on a Friday) 38.0: July-August Recap

As promised way back in July, life continues to only get more busy. However, I do still enjoy this hobby, so I’ll continue to post things as I get little pockets of time.



I have officially surpassed my reading goal for the year! After falling short of last year’s goal of reading 52 books I only pledged to read 35 books in 2014. Apparently this wasn’t ambitious enough because I’ve already read 42 books this year! I’m honestly very surprised I’ve been able to read that many books considering how busy I’ve been. But then again, what better way to unwind after a long day then to kick back with a good book?

Books read:


1. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

2. The Giver by Lois Lowry

3. Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss


1. Intuition by Allegra Goodman

2. True Believers by Kurt Andersen

3. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

4. A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin

5. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

6. A PhD Is Not Enough! by Peter J. Feibelman

7. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson


I’ve come to accept that I’m not going to make 1000 miles this year.


It’s o.k. because really any physical fitness that I’m able to squeeze in is better than none at all! My goal now is to try to beat last years total–872 miles. Currently I’m at 535 miles for 2014…so I’ve got my work cut out for me! I’ve also started incorporating toning/resistance training back into my workout routine–also a positive step!


It’s been awhile since I’ve had any interesting nail art to share with y’all. That’s not to say I haven’t been painting my nails, I just haven’t had as much time to experiment lately. But have no fear, I have a great manicure to share with you today…from July:


‘Scuse the imperfections. I took this right after I finished…

Every fourth of July I tell myself I’m going to do an awesome flag manicure, and this year I actually did it! It was a lot of work, but it was worth it.


Fun things I did in July:

*Note: I did many fun things in July. Apparently I was having so much fun that I forgot to take very many pictures. Blogger fail.

1) Enjoyed a nice dinner at the Davis Street Fish Market with K


Fun things I did in August:

1) Attended my 10 year high school reunion

Insert obligatory “I can’t believe it’s been that long” comment here. But really, it’s still hard to believe it’s been 10 years. It feels like I just graduated from high school yesterday, and yet also like it was five lifetimes ago. Anyway, I went home for the reunion and had a pretty good time. First we had a tour of the high school which has changed pretty drastically since I left it 10 years ago. They have a new gym and weight room, new band, choir, orchestra, and drama rooms, a coffee shop (?!), and a bank (?!). The auditorium even has a balcony now!


We also attended the get-together in the evening:


The ladies


Ladies + Gents


I swear I haven’t gotten any taller guys

Overall, I’m glad I went back and got to see the school and some good friends!

2) Grabbed drinks with friends at Rogers Park Social


Hello bright lights!

3) Had a nice visit from K while I was in Washington D. C. on a research trip




That’s all for now! Until next month then…Just Kidding! I hope…

Hope you have a great weekend!


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. biblioglobal
    Sep 20, 2014 @ 11:23:02

    Hope you enjoyed Half of a Yellow Sun. That’s a book that really blew me away. BiblioBoyfriend read Salt, Sugar, Fat a while back. Apparently it was a good book, but it made him really difficult to go grocery shopping with afterwards!


  2. exlibrisheather
    Sep 21, 2014 @ 09:25:56

    I loved Half of a Yellow Sun–it was one of the best books I’ve read all year. I had a similar reaction after reading Salt, Sugar, Fat (it’s probably kind of hard not to). It also motivated me to try to make more things from scratch (like bread)!


  3. Geoff W
    Sep 22, 2014 @ 09:58:19

    The nails are great! Also, I didn’t realize we were so close in age, my 10 year reunion was last fall (2003). Are you going to post a response to Madame Bovary? I found I really enjoyed it, and was not expecting to.


  4. exlibrisheather
    Sep 22, 2014 @ 15:03:41

    Me either!!! I live in a little bubble so I always assume people who have real jobs are older than me, but in reality it’s weird that I’m in my late 20’s and still in school. 😦 Did you end up going to your reunion? We had a pretty small turnout at mine. I plan to write a response to Madame Bovary someday. That book was a real roller coaster for me in terms of how I liked it. Ultimately I also ended up liking it more than I thought I would, and it’s a book I found myself still thinking about after I finished it. Homemade bread is the best!!! I wish I had time to make more of it!!!


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