First let's start with giveaway winner shall we? Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to stop by this past weekend and enter my giveaway. Probably wasn't the best idea for me to do this while out of town as I'm still swimming in emails and there's absolutely no hope I'll be able to return the visit for everyone who came by, but wow! Thank you guys! It's always so much fun to see which books you'd choose and which books you love that I've read. Seriously varied answers! Although I think Night Circus was the most sought after book.
There were 101 entrants and when I took out the people who didn't have an email or didn't answer both questions, there were 78 entries.
The winner: Melissa from Serenity in Books.
Hey Look! Ireland in the background! And me sitting in the wrong spot of the car. Let me tell you that this never became natural and the left side of the car took some scratches from hedges... Ok, so pictures have all been edited (which I think might be more I can say about Hawaii?)...just gotta decide which to share. I know, I'm lame. But honestly, after I've sat in front of a computer all damn day, I just don't wanna do it in the evenings. Need better solution, like mental blogging. Think it and there it posts. Right?
It was so great to come home to the chickpea this week. Scott and I had a great "adult" trip but boy did we miss her--and I think she missed us too. I have a work trip in a week and I'm heartsick over having to leave again. Elle was sick for the first part of the week and then yesterday had to endure her 18 month shots, but I think she had a pretty awesome time trick-or-treating. Also, I'm just as shocked as you are at how light her hair is. I think even though summer is over it's still getting lighter!
Ugh. My heart.
I've been receiving a lot of anonymous comments lately. I don't think that they actually post to the blog, so hopefully they aren't bothersome to you. I honestly just don't get what the spammers are trying to accomplish--especially when there's no link. But one of my favorites recently was a comment that all of my other commenters seem to be brain dead. No, I'm not joking.
So, I've started Couch to 5K and 30 Day Shred this week. Kristi and Joy are keeping me accountable for 30 Day Shred and MJ is keeping me accountable for the C25K. Wanna join me??? I'm tired of carrying this extra 10 pounds around my gut. I lost most of the baby weight but then gained some of it back. Truthfully I haven't been working very hard because part of me thinks there's no point when I'll just get fat again when pregnant. But...since I'm not pregnant yet I can't continue to use this excuse.
Which brings me to another point which I've toyed about mentioning or not mentioning for a while. Yes, I thought I'd be pregnant by now. Is this something taboo to talk about? That I'm trying? Society (or parts of it) says No because what if it takes a long time or what if something happens? But what if something does happen? Or what if nothing happens? Then am I stuck in silence? And then I think that I shouldn't air my laundry out here, but after having a miserable time through one miscarriage I'm of the general opinion that women should be more open so that we can help each other. But how do we start that dialog? Lisa shared this post with me and it's been on my mind a lot lately.
At 7:00 am on October 31st, I was able to squeeze in one more pin... They're not the best looking but for 7 in the morning...whatever. :) And am I the only one who has trouble with melted chocolate? I need someone to show me how! Even though they aren't the most gourmet and I was too lazy to mess with photography to take a good picture, they received many compliments at work. I think that's because most of the partakers aren't on Pinterest.
I really really really want to write you guys up a wrap-up post, but dang ya'll! There are 62 entries!!! Y'all rocked it this month and I know there were some others who participated but didn't get a chance to blog it. You guys are seriously awesome.
Lastly, to appease your bookish appetites... I have started listening to Bleak House. I'm going to have to re-read everything I've listened to, I'm sure. But Simon Vance does have a dreamy voice! I'm also about to start Fight Club for my work book club. I recently finished The Secret History which I did not like as much as I hoped (I know I know!!) and The Art Forger which was good but not as fantastic as some make it out to be. In a perfect world I would review all of these, but in a perfect world I also would have blogged about Europe three years ago (and now you're all gasping at the fact that trip was so long ago).
Thank you for listening to my random rambles today. What random rambles do you have to share?