Greetings and welcome to the Between a Walk and a Hard Pace Edition.
This weekend’s Full Moon is The Full Pink Moon named for the wild phlox that is allegedly blooming somewhere. It is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon (check) and the Egg Moon (ok, whatever) and the Fish Moon (Sweet Baby Jesus why? Why a fish?). Whatever Moon you decide to enjoy, please do enjoy. Thank you.
Finally feels like Spring doesn’t it? Those beach days can’t be far behind. Soon we’ll be donning shorts, sleeves optional shirts and bathing suits. It also means it’s time to start thinking about what all those sweet, sweet Comfort Carbs we’ve been downing like champs whilst trying to get through the hell that is winter have done to our physiques.
It’s time to put getting into some sort of shape a priority because you can’t wear a big ole sweatshirt on the beach.
In short People, it’s Reckoning Time.
Some people like to train for an event to help that situation. It gives them a goal to work toward that feels more meaningful than that next size down. You may begin small with something like a 5K and work your way up to something a little longer.
And then some people can’t be bothered.
People! If you resemble this remark then I have your event.
Boerne Texas is holding their first .5K run.
That’s right and it’s not a typo. It’s a .5K run. Billed as “The running event for the rest of us” and with the tag lines “anyone can run or walk a short 500 yards” and ‘underachievers welcome” it is just the sort of thing you may be looking for if you are one of those people for whom a regular 5K is just too much. It’s basically a race that is roughly the same thing as running through 3 subway cars.
Of course, you’ll want some race swag to brag to your buds about around the water cooler on Monday morning. Some of the goodies that you get for running/walking the 500 yards are a free beer prior to beginning of the race and upon completion, a t-shirt, a coffee and donut station at the 250 yard mark which is also the designated smoking area, prizes for best costume, and of course that ridiculous oval sticker you can put on your automobile proclaiming your .5K achievement to your fellow motorists. There is a VIP option for an additional entrance fee but the beauty about going in on this level is that you won’t need to run/walk at all, still get your free beer/donuts/coffee and you will get a bigger medal than the hoi-polloi who are running.
The event is sold out this year and that is really great news because it is not just a race but a fund raiser for a terrific charity called Blessings in a Backpack which provides meals to elementary school kids who may be going hungry on weekends when they don’t have access to their school meal programs. You can read more about the race on their website.
So if for some reason you are near Boerne Texas this time next year and decide to participate, please take pictures and let us know. A huge thank you to Karyn A who alerted me to this one. Thanks, Karyn!
This week we have some high-rent revenge, a thriller, coffee, cancer and a classic.
Let us begin!
Mal is here this week! Hello Mallory! “I just devoured Eliza Kennedy's Do This For Me over the weekend, and I don't regret it at all. Raney Moore is a high-powered attorney in NYC and, dare I say it, seemingly "has it all." She's constantly pinging back and forth between partner meetings, conference calls with clients, watching reality television with her teenage children, and the dutiful twice a week sex with her husband. When said husband cheats on her, Raney calls in her most trusted paralegals to destroy his life. One cancels his credit cards, one hires a moving company to empty out their Westchester home, one hacks his twitter account, and a final hires a cadre of clowns to meet him at the airport. What follows is only more destructive habits for Raney. Readers will bounce back and forth between being disgusted by our heroine and rooting for her, laughing all along the way.”
And Kaitlin from the Rock is here too! Hello Kaitlin! “Hellooo! I just finished Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins. I loved every minute of it! It's a psychological thriller, following the apparent suicides of several women in an infamous pool in a river in England. The pool was used long ago to drown alleged witches, and the waters continue to haunt the townspeople today. But the last two suicides, a mother and a teenage girl, are a bit more suspicious. The story jumps from narrator to narrator, following the viewpoints of the women's family members, the detectives looking into the cases, and other people in the town. This story had me guessing right to the end, with twists and turns the whole way through. I highly recommend it if you're looking for a suspenseful read!”
Jeanne has two things this week which is a relief. “The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers tells the true story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a young Yemeni American who tosses about in California for a way to be industrious and successful. College wasn’t the answer, too expensive and he didn’t fancy himself a student. Then he happens upon coffee, and he becomes a student in a big way. He learns everything he can about the bean, the farming, the exporting and the process. He travels to Yemen where coffee originated in the 15th century. He risks his life, prisons, bombs and very scary men with AK-47s who don’t care about his coffee. But Mokhtar is convinced that he has a wonderful product that celebrates the farmers of Yemen. I found myself appreciating even more the price of my beloved morning cup of coffee.
I listened to Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved, an audiobook made so much richer as it is read by the author, Kate Bowler. In this new memoir, Bowler, an assistant professor at Duke Divinity School, experiences a conflict of faith as she confronts terminal cancer at the age of 35. She provides the reader a lot to ponder as she reveals her thoughts on prosperity gospel, about which she has previously written. It’s also the story of her family and friends who are right there with her. She is in love with being a new mother with her childhood sweetheart, and now faces the likelihood of leaving them. She cherishes each moment that she has while experiencing the horrors of treatment, pain and insurance. This memoir is told with wit, honesty and love."
The Always Fabulous Babs B revisited a classic this week with The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. “I haven't read this book since high school since it was required reading so I decided to give it another go after reading an article in the NYT Book Review recently about the book. I'm so glad I did as I gleaned so much more this time around about the story. The story I remember was of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan and of the lavish parties on Long Island in the early 1920's. After years of underhanded dealing and shady business, Gatsby is wealthy, popular, feared, respected and still in love with Daisy who is now married to wealthy Tom Buchanan. On West Egg, Gatsby hosts glittering parties where old money and new money engage in raucous revelry together. He owns the newest, most exquisite cars and a wardrobe to match his new social station. When he meets Daisy again after 8 years, he sees only the girl he fell in love with. He cannot understand that she isn't the same person she was because so much has occurred in her life; she has been married for a number of years and she has had a child. The accumulation of days spent shaping herself to her husband and caring in her careless way for her child has changed her from the girl she was. But Gatsby's love for her girlhood means he can hear only the youth in her voice, and he is deaf to the age in her words. Maybe the very social class that embodied the dream Gatsby wanted for himself was predicated on exclusion. Gatsby was doomed from the start-he'd been born on the outside and would die on the outside. The very sad ending to this book left me with a lot of thoughts."