OK seriously people! I can't keep a straight face whenever I hear the Olympic commentators say the name of the Canadian coach for beach volleyball...Joe Body. Hahaha! Who has a name like that? Is it real? Or did he decide that this would help his career and he made a legal change? It just cracks me up. We have been watching the Olympics, and it is so much fun. Even archery is fun (except when Ti happens to mention that it reminds HER of a certain distressing book, then it became not so fun).
Speaking of body, I have to make a comment about an activity I have participated in the last two weeks. My friend Michele has guested me into her fitness club on Saturday mornings for spin class. I've never done spin before. But here is what I learned. If you can dig deep, and grind through torture and pain for 45 minutes and give it your all, you can burn some insane number of calories. Last week I burned 900 calories, this week I burned 1,000. I've never in my life experienced such a thing. That is my healthy tip for the week.
We continue to try to get caught up from our vacation. Various appointments, amped-up workouts getting my son ready for football next week, getting in some horseback riding, and making up our volunteer hours at the animal shelter. My daughter took a shine to a pet rat in there, and had to hold it and scratch its head, while it licked her hand. No, thanks, I refused to touch it. I love animals but rats are not on my list as a lovable animal!
I also went to our Books, Babes and Bordeaux book club where we discussed "Gone Girl". We had a large group this month, and everyone was blown away by this book. It was one of those meetings where everyone was talking excitedly at the top of their lungs, all at the same time. Good stuff. There is a reason why this book is #1 on the bestseller list. Next month we are tackling Alma Katsu's "The Taker"!!
I've been running around all day every day this week, so I'm still not doing a very good job of getting around to all your blogs. It WILL calm down at some point, but I have no regular schedule right now. So I'm not getting any reviews written nor am I reading much. I am very close to finishing "The Chaperone" on audio, and after that I am diving into "The Discovery of Witches". In print I finished (and loved with all my heart) Melina Marchetta's "Jellicoe Road". This was a Rhapsody Jill recommendation, so it was mandatory reading, and am I glad. Just read it. If I can get my sluggish butt in gear, I will write the review and tell you a few thousand more times. I'm now meandering my way through the latest graphic novel by Alison Bechdel called "Are You My Mother?".
And because I am a sloth of the highest order, I forgot to post about my winners of Karin Slaughter's "Criminal" in audio form. But I did boot up Random.org yesterday morning and selected two names from those who expressed interest, and the winners are Caite from A Lovely Shore Breeze and Ti from Book Chatter. Way to go ladies! You are going to love this one.
I hope you all have a lovely Sunday. After church, we've got horseback riding, and I am hoping that after that I'll get to Barnes & Noble and participate in a little pool floating. And watch more Joe Body.