Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Austin Teen Book Festival

Am I going to see you in Austin this Saturday for the Austin Teen Book Festival??! Check out the load of authors that are going to be there!!

Scott Westerfeld is the keynote speaker, and I'm so pumped to hear from such a successful author. And also very pumped to finally own a copy of Lola and the Boy Next Door, and to meet Stephanie again! She pretty much rocks my book world. 

If I have cell service, I'll be reachable via Twitter @kristincreative. I'll be the one with the pile of books in my arms o_O

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Five

1. There's a box of soup mix in my pantry with a serving size of TWO TABLESPOONS. Are they serious? Two tablespoons? FOR SOUP? That's not being eaten any time soon. I read my labels in the store now.

2. I actually got some writing done this week! Wednesday I managed to squeak out 1,500 words. Hopefully I'll get another nice chunk written this weekend!

3. Switchfoot's new album comes out Tuesday!! CAN. NOT. WAIT.

4. Lots of new shows are starting up. The Vampire Diaries is off to a strong start, and I'm enjoying The Secret Circle and Revenge so far. Parks and Rec is just as hilarious as always, as is The Big Bang Theory. Castle's premiere left me going, eh. Glee was another let down for some reason. I guess my expectations were too high for those two shows. Looking forward to checking out Hart of Dixie, Once Upon a Time, and Smash when they start. Maybe Grimm too. Can't decide about Tera Nova...

5. Tonight will be a blast from the past! I'm going with Heather to see HEART! Well, Def Leppard is the headliner but I only know the one song. Heart was MY BAND as a youngster, and was also my first concert. If I remember correctly (which I honestly might not, because I was around 7) the line-up was Blind Melon, The Black Crowes, and Heart. I've been a concert addict ever since.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fitness Check-In (Week6)

*Disclaimer: Please forgive the negative bits of this post. Everyone needs to vent sometimes, and this is my time. ;)

How's everyone doing? Any fantastic results to share? Please tell me, because I'm in that frustrated stage again where nothing is happening. Clothes still fit the same, weight hasn't changed, no inches lost, calorie intake all within daily goals. I know it takes a long time but dang, I can't wait to share some excitement already. I'm like a broken record and these weekly posts feel like downers that I force optimism into. I don't want to force my optimism, I want to RADIATE natural optimism.

I already had a dream/nightmare about my HS reunion. I'm pretty sure it took place in the Hogwarts' dining hall. Snape was there. So was Danny Elfman--I almost cried. Lots of teachers, former classmates from my class and younger... and everyone was skinny but me.

On a chiropractic note, I had my first cracking yesterday. Who knew it wasn't scary at all? All those jitters for nothing. Seeing the X-rays was pretty cool. I knew I was crooked but WOW. No wonder I'm hurting. Can't WAIT to feel better from this!

Thanks to KM for reminding me the benefits of intervals while doing cardio. Wore me out this week, but I like it! Thanks to Courtney (she's a new blogger, give her a follow!) for her personal training expertise and encouragement, to L. Diane Wolfe for sharing all that great information with me, and to Deana Barnhart for needing these posts just as much as I do. You all help me not to give up, and I hope I'm returning the favor to others. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday Five

1. I went to the chiropractor today for the first time ever. Nothing crazy yet, since it was the initial visit, but apparently I'm pretty crooked. I look forward to getting cracked and feeling better!!

2. To the woman that drives the same route as I do to work in the morning, WAKE UP EARLIER! Seriously, five minutes or less is all it takes to put your makeup on at home in front of the bathroom mirror. It won't be my fault when you poke out your eye with your mascara wand when I honk at you to STAY IN YOUR OWN FREAKING LANE. When you're behind the wheel, driving is your JOB. Not putting on your makeup, not texting or checking your email or updating your Twitter status. That's great you care so little about your own life to drive like an idiot, but I CARE ABOUT MINE.

3. Wow that felt good to get off my chest.

4. Does anyone else counting calories feel hungry, like, all the time?

5. Netflix just added Felicity to their instant offerings, and while it's not Bones (WHERE ARE YOU SEASON SIX?), it still has some great moments. Best quote so far is from Ben: "There's like this wall, in my head. On one side there's the part of my brain that understands things and absorbs things. On the other side of the wall is poetry." Ben... I'm with you!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fitness Check-In (Week 5)

It's like I'm immune. No real measurable differences this week. I can't dip any lower than the two pounds I keep fluctuating with. And I'm not losing crazy amounts of inches either. This week, I lost .25" in ONE arm? What the double hockey sticks is that about? This slothly progress is making for one frustrated girl. But really... my body doesn't understand the concept of a week. That's a brain thing. That's a thing man created to mark the passing of time. I can't logically expect my body to do what I want each week if it doesn't work in those terms. I hope it catches on soon though, because my accountability friend is running out of ways to say, "You're getting SO close to that point where it gets easier." Oh yeah? Do you want a slap? ;)

And once again I will sing the praises of the smart phone app MyFitnessPal. It makes counting calories SO easy, I can't even tell you. Now I know beyond a doubt that I'm not overeating, which SHOULD make meeting my goals that much easier (this is purely theoretical... because, well, the goals are still very far from reach).

Here are a few changes I made this week: I'm drinking a LOT of water. Well, it feels like a lot, but it's eight cups a day, which is what we're supposed to be drinking. I haven't noticed it do anything for me yet except add several extra trips to the restroom throughout the day. I've also increased the weight in my strength training by 5-10 pounds on a couple machines because they were getting too easy.

A trick I learned this week: If you listen to music while trying to count strength training reps, and lose count easily (like I do) because you're singing along, just picture a clock. In your mind, move the clock hand to each number. I go to 13 so my hand goes all the way around the clock and stops again at the 1. Now I can mouth the words to my songs (because there really is no stopping me from doing that) and keep track of my reps!

How are your workouts coming? Any progress to share so I can slap you(r back)?

On another note, these are the books I have left for swapping if you're interested.

Instructions for a Broken Heart Liesl & Po 

Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culberson (ARC)
Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver (ARC)
Clarity by Kim Harrington (SIGNED ARC)

Red Riding Hood Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, Book 3)

Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions (shorts stories by popular YA authors - ARC)
Red Riding Hood by Blakley-Cartwright/Johnson (Paperback, not the cover shown above)
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead - Vampire Academy #3 (Paperback)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

One down... five left

Enthralled seems to be quite popular! Therefore, it is gone. Here's what's left.

Wanna swap?! Whatcha got?

Instructions for a Broken Heart Liesl & Po Clarity (Clarity Novel)

Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culberson (ARC)
Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver (ARC)
Clarity by Kim Harrington (SIGNED ARC)

Red Riding Hood Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, Book 3)

Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions (shorts stories by popular YA authors - ARC)
Red Riding Hood by Blakley-Cartwright/Johnson (Paperback, not the cover shown above)
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead - Vampire Academy #3 (Paperback)

Seriously? No one wants to?

Wow. You know it's been a long time since you've visited your own blog when you can look at it and say, "OH YEAH! I MADE MY OWN BUTTON!!" I'm not sure if anyone would want my button on their blog, but just in case, I've got one now!

At first I wasn't sure I liked it, but now that I've forgotten about it for a week, I think I just might keep it around for a while. :) Seriously, I apologize for my blogging neglect (mostly for my lack of visiting YOUR blogs and commenting). We've been dealing with these blasted wildfires here north of H-town and it's had me a week bit stressed. No, I haven't been directly affected, but my parents have been packed up and ready to leave their home (the house I grew up in) at a moment's notice. They've had a couple close calls, even housed some evacuees this past weekend, but the fires are slowly getting under control and hopefully we'll get some rain early next week!

Anyway, back to the matter at hand. Last week, I posted that I had some books up for swap. I'm not sure if it was just a bum day/time to post it, but I didn't really get any takers, and this surprised me... because some of these books are quite good and (I thought) sought after. So, giving it one more try. Here are the books I have available. Got anything you're willing to trade?

Instructions for a Broken Heart Liesl & Po Clarity (Clarity Novel)

Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culberson (ARC)
Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver (ARC)
Clarity by Kim Harrington (SIGNED ARC)

Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions Red Riding Hood Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, Book 3)

Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions (shorts stories by popular YA authors - ARC)
Red Riding Hood by Blakley-Cartwright/Johnson (Paperback, not the cover shown above)
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead - Vampire Academy #3 (Paperback)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fitness Check-In (Week 4)

How's it going everyone?! This last week has been insane. INSANE I tell you! Those of you who live in Texas know what I'm talking about. These fires are devastating. My parents live very close to one of the fires and have been close to evacuating twice since Monday, and some of our friends have had to evacuate.  These firefighters are such brave people. Prayers with them and those affected.

So this week, I stayed away from the gym Thursday through Tuesday. My back has been bothering me some (I think it's a combo of sleeping wrong and sitting at a computer all day every day), so I let it rest for a good chunk of time. I'm making an appointment with the chiropractor soon (nervous!!).

The weight is still fluctuating like crazy (I'm convinced each of my newly sculpted calf muscles are several pounds each!), but measurement wise, I'm finally seeing results! And a GREAT way to track calories and exercise is with an App my friend showed me called myfitnesspal.

It's totally free and really easy to you. You can even scan the barcode if you're eating something with one, and it has all the info already--just select serving size. You can even have friends on there and comment on each other's statuses. (I'm a nerd, I know... but it helps to have buddies!)

How are your goals coming?!

Monday, September 5, 2011

When Blogging Friends Get Agents

Happy dance! Blogging friend Amy Sonnichsen from The Green Bathtub landed herself an agent!! Head over to her blog and share in her excitement!!

When one of our own is offered representation and is one step closer to getting their work on a shelf, I'm so energized and inspired. It really really is possible. We just can't give up! Keep writing!

Congratulations, Amy!! And thanks for inspiring the rest of us to keep going!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday Five

1. A friend of mine has one of those calorie burner monitors (must research those today) and she reports 800 calories burned in 2 hours of house cleaning. I cleaned the house pretty much all day yesterday, so... that's exciting caloric news.

2. The fall season of TV shows is coming up! The 7th season of Bones starts in November, and I hope to be ready by then. Just started season 4 and can I just say "NOOOOO, DR. ADDY ARE YOU STUPID?!!!!!" Sad face.

3. The Vampire Diaries starts in like, two weeks. CAN. NOT. WAIT. (Yes, that deserved it's own number)

4. Why are there so many book signings AND a teen book festival coming up? Don't they know I'm drowning in my TBR pile??

5. In case you missed it, I have more books up for swap, including these ARCs. Check them out here.

Instructions for a Broken Heart Liesl & Po Clarity (Clarity Novel) Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fitness Check-In (Week 3)

I recognized a few motivating factors this week for us gym-goers. Notice all the people already in shape? The girls with the toned arms who aren't even flexing, yet you can just tell they have great muscles. The ones wearing those adorable little workout outfits I'm 30 pounds from being able to fit into. The one on the machine RIGHT NEXT TO ME that's CRUISIN with no signs of slowing. I matched her pace and kept up with her for quite a while. If she can do it, so can I.

Then yesterday I hopped on the elliptical apparently right after someone got off, and saw that she burned over 650 calories. Um, yeah. I burned 671, well over 100 more than my normal daily goal.

It's also equally motivating to look around and realize I'm the smallest one in my line of sight. Yes, they may have farther to go than me on their fitness journey, but they're going to drop that weight quicker than I am. So I push to keep up with the quick losers, and push to get to the slim and trim level of those already there.

The quantitative progress still isn't there, and now that I've finished week three, I'm still super frustrated about it, but I get it. I do. My body doesn't know what to do about me. It's definitely changing, just not enough for me to notice yet. But one day, I will notice. And that will be a GREAT day.

A friend likened it to pushing a boulder up a hill. You push and push and push and it's hard and it hurts and it doesn't seem like you're getting anywhere, then suddenly, it rolls. The weight will fall off. The work will pay off. Getting up that hill seems to take forever, but if you don't keep going, you won't get there at all.

Calories burned on the elliptical this week (assuming the calibration is correct): 2,802

How are your fitness goals coming?