Hiking

One of the things I have found a new love for is hiking! When I say hiking, I mean a few to multiple miles walk through the woods, on a trail, preferably with a general notion of direction. As long as I end up back at my car eventually, I’m good!

We’ve hiked a total of three times since Memorial Day, so I’m definitely no pro, but there’s something peaceful to be found in the tranquility of nature. I swear I could walk for days in the woods filled with green or through an open field with bright blue skies above.

Our hikes haven’t been very long in distance, but we are building up to it. Even our daughter is getting into it! We did about two miles with her over the past weekend, and I think she likes it too! She was so excited to see a bridge over a river. It was the cutest thing!

We also bought water backpacks for our trips. Even one for our four year old. She loves carrying hers and drinking it out of the tube like mommy and daddy. We are hoping to make an afternoon of it one day and have a picnic, but we’re building to that. She’s still building her stamina to go longer than two miles in an hour..

Overall, hiking for us works. There is hardly any logistics or equipment to think of and remember. We just fill out water tanks and go! Bugs are a problem for my daughter (OK, for me too), but that’s why there is bug repellent right? I’m just excited to do something as a family that doesn’t require a whole lot of extra effort and towing additional equipment. On to the next hike!

Candy or Iron Anniversary

The most ridiculous thing to ever be thought of is a themed gift for an anniversary. Half of them don’t even make sense. Take year 6 for example. This year, there is a choice between candy, for sweetness, or iron, for strength. Who in the world sat down and thought, for my sixth anniversary, I want a Snickers and an anvil. Asinine!

Now, I can understand twenty-five, silver, and fifty, gold, because of our make it to those, you deserve all the riches in he world! But all the others are silly. Why does it matter? Why is there an actual list of gifts that you should get your beloved based on how long you’ve been together? What if Becky is allergic to chocolate, and Tim hates metal working? Their anniversary is ruined because they followed a list!

I digress, and move to the real point and purpose of this post. My sixth wedding anniversary is coming up. Honestly, it pales in comparison to how long we have been together in total, but I was hoping to make this year special above the rest until I saw candy or iron.

Before I hop back on that soapbox, I don’t believe I will give my husband any of the suggested, more traditional gifts, but instead, a gift tailored specifically to the man I know and love. That’s what should matter. I know my husband, and I am celebrating choosing him over anyone else, and I will do it the best way I know how, without the support of a crazy list.

Happy Anniversary, babe! I love you more!

Where have I been..

I honestly can’t say, exactly. Life has taken me where it pleases and where I am displeased. There are the things I love doing, and things I have to do. I am finding more moments of enjoyment during the long days of animus, but they are too far and few between.

One day, I’ll find the time to enjoy what I love more. One day, I’ll be able to do what I want rather than fill an obligation. If it wasn’t for the only cause that matters in my life, I’d start now. But today, and the next, and the foreseeable days to come, I’ll think of the one day that I will be able to do what I love.

Space Travel Frequent Flyer Miles

When you just want to get away, what’s the farthest place you can think of?

I bet you didn’t think of Mars!

That’s right. That tiny red planet just behind us in this solar system is your next go to destination! Venture to Jezero Crater next summer with me, and be the first martians on the planet. I’ve got my boarding pass, and more frequent flyer miles than I’ll ever know what to do with. Are you ready for an interstellar journey?

OK, in all seriousness, just my name is going to Mars, but how amazing would it be to venture to another planet as easily as signing up on a website to go? Talk about a vacation! Almost a year in space travel? Wow!

On NASAs website, you can sign up to add your name to a microchip that will be included on the Atlas V-541 Rocket that will land a Rover on Mars! Part of this Rover’s mission is to not only investigate the planet, but determine if human exploration is possible. What a time to be alive!

Sign you and your family up at the included link, and enjoy the discussion of space exploration!

Pure Barre

As I’ve said numerous times before, I need to get back in shape. Since having my daughter FOUR YEARS ago, I haven’t been taking the best care of myself as far as diet and exercise. I keep telling myself that I had a baby, my body isn’t the same, but how much longer can I use that as an excuse. (Rhetorical, don’t answer that.)

I know I need to get it all back under control, so I let my friend talk me into going to Pure Barre. I was able to take an introductory class for free, and my friend even let me borrow her Barre socks. It’s a thing.

Going into class, I honestly was trying to keep an open mind. I genuinely hoped it would be a ballet type bar class, but it was far from that. The instructor kept mentioning micro movements, muscle isolations, moving by an inch, and contracting all of your muscles. It was a lot to concentrate on. At no point though, did I feel like I was back in ballet class, warming up at the bar.

The class was fifty minutes long. My muses shook with most of the moments, a clear indication that I need strength training, but I missed cardio. The instructor kept saying the shake is good, but I felt like a vibrating chair rolling down a milled up highway with how much my muscles shook! It definitely was a work out! After class, I felt energized and ready to take on the evening. It was kind of hard to go to sleep that night, honestly.

It was a great experience. One that I will probably never repeat, but a memory, nonetheless. Some people love the classes, like my friend, but I think I’ll stick with my yoga.

Those socks were really nice though. 😁

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Amazon Giveaway of Birthright!

You heard it here! You can instantly win a copy of Birthright, the second novel in the Touched By Light series on Amazon today. Click this link!

Did I also mention Guardians, the first novel in the series, is now only 99¢? No? How silly of me!

Get the entire series straight to your favorite device at the click of a button. And be ready for the next release before anyone else. The third and final book in the Riley and Reymend story isn’t far away!

BIRTHRIGHT RELEASE DAY!

The second novel in the Rey and Riley trilogy is available today! Grab your copy of Birthright now! The Touched by Light series is just warning up!

Picking up right where Guardians left off, Birthright dives in head first to the real story behind the lies of Riley’s past full of secrets.

Why was a “retired” Council member raising Riley, pretending to be her Aunt? Why can’t Riley remember her past? Who were Riley’s parents? Can Riley and Rey ever really be together? And so much more!

Birthright brings you into the heart of the world of Light and dark. If you think you understood before this sequel, you had no idea! And if you think Game of Thrones had an epic battle, get ready for the next Great War as the battle for Riley’s soul and everything Light in this universe wages on!

Grab your copy of Birthright wherever books are sold!

Travel Agent Best Friend Wanted

Anyone know a good travel agent that is currently accepting applications for a best friend?

I’m dying to travel! I want to go on a cruise, take my daughter to Disney, go to Las Vegas, New York, and New Orleans, but I really hate planning it. Trying to find the best deal is not my thing. I seriously want to just have someone search for cost effective travel and book it for me, and tell me where I need to go, so I can just go.

In some sense, I think I’m using it as an excuse not to go. Like, if I keep waiting for the perfect time, the perfect price, the perfect deal, then I’ll book it, but here we are months later, and I still have yet to pull the trigger. I’m not afraid to travel, and man, do I want to. I’m really not sure why I haven’t done it!

So I again I ask, any travel agents need a best friend? I’ll swap a copy of my newest release on pre-order for your services!

Birthright Cover Reveal – Touched by Light series

You learned Riley’s secrets. You worried and strategized with Rey. You were introduced to the world of Guardians filled with Light and the darkness of Midnight’s shadows. You read Guardians, book one in the trilogy of Riley and Rey’s story, but this series is just starting.

I now introduce you to Birthright. Pre-order your copy today!

Riley has always known darkness and shadows were part of her world, but she hoped moving to a new town had taken her away from them. Her first semester at Bradford University is winding down. The race to save her soul is ratcheting up. Riley clings to the one person she hopes can keep her safe, but it is time she faced the truth. Her entire life has been leading up to her nineteenth birthday, a day her supposed Aunt had secretly prepared her for since childhood. With her past revealed and her fate seemingly sealed, Riley must make a decision that could very well end her life.

Reymend has lived two hundred years without breaking a single rule of the Guardianship, but the moment he met Riley, everything changed. He interjected himself into her life. He touched her delicate skin more times than he can admit, giving her glimpses into a world she knows nothing about. But, the one rule Rey swore he wouldn’t break may be the only way to save his Charge. When the greatest evil ever known comes to collect Riley’s soul, Rey has to face a decision no Guardian has ever had to make.

Movie Review: Mortal Engines

3244-11986-mortalenSo my husband and I watched Mortals Engines, and I’m hoping I can get through this without sounding as let down as I feel. I haven’t read the book yet, but the hype around this movie was just so inflated, and the movie itself just was flat. There were many entertaining elements of the movie, but somehow the storytelling aspect got lost in the midst of the beautiful graphics.

Take a look for yourself.

IMDb: In a post-apocalyptic world where cities ride on wheels and consume each other to survive, two people meet in London and try to stop a conspiracy.

Has IMDb suddenly put a word count on their descriptions? Everything description I read for a newly released movie has been thirty words or less. Strange as once again that description leaves much to be desired of what the actual story entails.

I’m not going to go too in deep with this review as there really doesn’t feel like there is much to tell. Towns/cities are built on wheels and travel throughout the broken world for resources. Why? I’m not really sure. Maybe to hunt for their supplies? They never really say. But, the mobile cities are pretty awesome! That is one detail of this movie that seemed really unique. However, there is also a stationary part of the world that doesn’t play nice with the mobile cities. Why? No clue.

The only funny part was twinkies survived whatever apocalyptic catastrophe plagued their world, and we are called the ancients that destroyed the planet with powerful weapons of mass destruction. I usually love every movie Hugo Weaving is in, and his character wasn’t far from one I have seen him play in the past, but this was not my favorite. All in all, the premise sounds interesting, but the execution of the screenplay was not the greatest.