30 Miles. 30 Days. & Summer Semester Complete

I haven't been running which leads (along with weight gain and back issues) to being unable to run more than brief periods of time. I've started biking, which I really don't like much, but I'm going to attempt to get 30 miles (however they come) in 30 days. I started yesterday with an 8 mile bike ride. I I've never been a huge fan of the bicycle (and forget stationary bikes) but the longer the ride, the more my tailbone hurts now. It sucks, but it's all tied together, and letting myself fall so far out of shape is a big reason the back pain is so bad.  I've tried several times to restart C25K with varied results; sometimes after running, my back hurts pretty bad and that derails the routine. So anyway, small steps and shit.

I finished Summer Semester last weekend (straight As!), 12 credit hours, and Fall Semester starts mid-August with another 12 credits. I had decided to minor in Psychology, because multiple math classes have added 3 semesters to my plan and I wanted to fill in the holes, but upon review of my transcript I'm closer to an associate's in psych, so that's where I'm going with my BSN.

I'm starting a new job on August 15th, back to being a Psychiatric Nurse, and I'm pretty stoked about this.

I have some personal shit that I'm not ready to talk about yet because (I'm superstitious) I refuse to put it into words. But I wanted to post here since it's been such a long time.

Added because there's never too much cuteness.


School is Stupid

In a previous post I wrote about leaving my last job, I stated:
Cute goat for attention.

So I said to The Universe, "Ok, Universe, let's make a deal. If I was meant to do this, it's going to happen now. I'll be accepted on the first try, none of this wait-list b.s., and if I get in, I'll see it through. If I don't get in, then it wasn't meant to be."  

So I did all the shit that I had to do to pre-apply, jumped through all the hoops, proved all the things. The letter came in the mail and I opened it. Ah, fuck. I got in. I was not elated.

But a deal is a deal.

In February I started my BSN for the second time. I had initially started at one college in 2011 but didn't finish - shitty enough, those classes don't transfer to the college I've chosen this time. Anyway, aside from from my English Comp II final tomorrow, I just finished Spring semester. For Summer semester, I'm enrolled in 15 credit hours that I'm not particularly looking forward to.


The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

So between reading The Breakdown and Lethal Injection I received an ARC book called The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.

Now, how I came about getting this book is a bit of a mystery (I'm sure there's a logical explanation, but I didn't try to hard to figure it out because I like the mystery).  One day in the mail there was a book. This alone is not strange in the least, I'm always ordering books. But I hadn't ordered this one. Or heard of the book. Or even knew of the author. (As I said, undoubtedly I had gotten onto some ARC list, etc., but fuck that because..)

It had to be an omen. 

I read this book in one night. I just.. couldn't.. stop.

Reading Books

I'm really not into (or good at) giving book reviews, so the best I have to offer you are my ratings.

Here are 6 books I recently read:


Book Review: Universal Harvester

Universal HarvesterUniversal Harvester by John Darnielle

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book isn't what it seems. I was very disappointed by that, despite the excellent writing. It just left me with questions. So, so many questions.

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Book Review: Horrorstör

Read on November 2nd.

HorrorstörHorrorstör by Grady Hendrix

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this book in one sitting. I'm honestly not sure what I expected so when I say that I found this book predictable and simple, I don't mean that negatively. I suppose that content keeps it out of the YA category, but it seemed to me that it would be far better suited there. This book was pretty good, I read it in one sitting, and I recommend it to anyone that doesn't have high expectations for a complex story. The book itself is probably worth 4 stars, but I give it 3 simply because I found it a little juvenile.

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Book Review: Bird Box

Finished on October 23rd.

Bird BoxBird Box by Josh Malerman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I first got this book I was SO excited to read it. I opened it and immediately was put off by the present tense that it's written in. The reviews were good for this book though, so I forged on. After getting used to the style it was a quick read and I must admit I loved it. Initially I thought that the ending could have been better, but the more I thought about it, I realized there's really no other way it could have ended. If you're on the fence about Bird Box, don't be. Just read it.

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Book Review: Full Tilt

Full TiltFull Tilt by Neal Shusterman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Very quick, easy read. Has humor, suspense, and personality. My first book by Neal Shusterman, but certainly won't be my last.

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