Monday, March 17, 2014

2014 EPIC's eBook Awards Winner

*tosses confetti*


Category - Children

**tosses more confetti**

Katrina Hollister, her twin sister Kiara, and their quirky group of pre-teen friends find themselves playing spy during their summer vacation in the prestigious gated community of Sinclair Estates.
Not only does Katrina and her crew investigate why ginormous mushrooms are randomly appearing then disappearing when their strange new neighbor is about, but she must also deal with the up-and-coming teen sensation who moved in across the street and stole her crush. To make things worse, her mother starts dating her crush’s gorgeous father—all of which she must stop.

Later that evening, I thought back to the new neighbor. What if he really was an escapee? The thought creeped me out, so I hurried back to look out the front window to make sure he wasn’t trying to break into our house or something weird like that. I scanned the front yard area. The new neighbor was not out there, but there was another pickup truck parked directly behind the rusted black truck from earlier. Several men stood around talking, then walked to the side of the house.
I went into the dining room, peered out the side window, and watched as the men stooped down in front of the basement windows, quietly and quickly applying a black substance onto each window. The setting sun caused eerie shadows to dance against the siding. I noticed the new neighbor standing near the corner of his house, arms crossed against his chest and staring at nothing. He had a smile on his face that matched the green Grinch before he stole Christmas from the little Whos of Whoville.
Sinclair Lane just got interesting.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Running, ASICS, & C25k Oh, yeah!

As part of my New Year's Resolution to shape up. I started running and I'm actually enjoying it!

The fresh air, hearing the sounds nature, and feeling totally geeked up afterward is all worth the pain! :)

I think the hardest part is just getting out of the house and getting started. Before every run, I think I've set a Guinness World Record for excuses.

It's too hot, it's too cold. It looks like it's going to rain, sleet, snow LOL and yes that's all possible with the recent weather events in Texas.

Zen Labs CK25I think I'm enjoying it because I eased myself into it this time around vs just running like a maniac as far as I could go until I collapsed.

I followed the C25k running program. It's a downloadable app for your phone. It starts you out really slow. 5 minute walk warmup, run for 60 seconds, walk for 90 seconds, repeat. It gradually increases each week.

It's really a cool little app. I think you can even change the voice that comes on and tells you when to walk and run. It even tells you when you're at the half-way mark and it allows you to listen to music. Like I said, it's a great program to get you out there running. I'm now following my own routine along with it.

Now, a moment of silence...

I've had to retire my old running sneakers...goodbye ASICS GT-2130...You've been great.

Hellooooo New & Shiny ASICS Nimbus-15 Gel.  Holy Cow! These sneakers are like running on a cloud. They're so comfy and I have a little spring in my step just walking around in them. I got them in my favorite color. Cool, huh? :)

I'm running for health & enjoyment, but I hope to enter a some sort of race 2015. But, uh, we will see LOL!