Zombie in Love

1982067_10102502654432283_198930371_nThis weekend I had the pleasure of selling Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Scott Campbell, at the Newmark Theater downtown. Why was I selling a picture book at a theater? Great question! The Oregon Children’s Theater was debuting Zombie in Love, the musical! Not only was it the world premier, to make the event even more special, Kelly DiPucchio was there signing books! She was really sweet, and the audience was SO excited to have her there. Embarrassingly, I was not prepared for the throngs of zombie lovers, and actually sold out of books. I didn’t get to see the show–we also had another event going on at the same time so it was busy busy (Sorry Kelly, I didn’t get to say thank you because I had to run! THANK YOU!), but EVERYONE leaving the theater after the first performance was SO happy, so I’m going to go ahead and tell you that it was FANTASTIC and you should try to go next weekend if you can.

The picture book is also fantastic. It’s a picture book about a zombie trying to find love! What isn’t to love about that (ha.)?! It’s funny, and creepy in all the right ways, and I would definitely suggest you stop at your local children’s bookstore and grab a copy.

 

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I’m Still Here! (Weigh-In)

I swear I’m still here! It’s just been very very busy in Bookshop Girl Land. Between two jobs, two writing groups, a book club, writing a book, and having a social life, something has to give. The blog isn’t the thing that’s going away, I promise, but I definitely have fallen behind. Watch this space for more updates on books, food, and stuff, later this week. For now just a quick “Hi I swear I weighed-in on Thursday!” recap.

Starting Weight: 176.6 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 167.6 lbs
This Weigh-in: 166.8. lbs
Difference: -.8 lbs
Total Difference: -9.8 lbs

SO CLOSE TO TEN POUNDS. But I’m not celebrating yet. I have eaten SO MUCH SHIT this week. A burrito the size of my head, lots of beer, mac and cheese, egg sausage sandwich…and on and on. It’s been a challenge and busy week (I know it’s only Monday, I’m thinking Thursday up until today = my week, for whatever reason), and I’m just not good at juggling all of these balls AND eating well. But sometimes you need an off week to keep you motivated. And honestly, all of those times I fucked up with my food choices, I felt HORRIBLE AND GUILTY AND DID NOT ENJOY MY FOOD. So, lesson learned. I am in control here, and I need to get back on track. I’ve already decided to make myself my priority this week, so from the post forward, I’m going to do start taking care of myself.

I’ll be back shortly with other updates! Hope you’re all having a good week!

Thursday Weigh-In…on a Saturday

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Yep. I’m an asshole. I gained weight this week and refused to blog about it. Let’s go straight to the numbers, shall we?

Starting Weight: 176.6 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 166.8 lbs
This Weigh-in: 167.6 lbs
Difference: +.8 lbs 
Total Difference: -9 lbs

Sigh. It’s FINE. It’s only .8 lbs. And it’s kind of a ridiculous story. But maybe hearing about my own neuroses over .8lbs will make you all feel better about yourselves so here goes.

I couldn’t make it to my normal Thursday Weight Watchers meeting because my work schedule changed, so I thought to myself “well, I could go to the 5:30 meeting, but my weigh in is at 12:30 normally, and I’ll probably weigh more at 5:30.” So I didn’t go to the meeting because I was feeling annoyed. But I DID end up going in to a WW store and getting weighed, but only because I weighed myself at home and it looked like I was down a pound… not so much. Apparently between my apartment and the store I gained weight. Which is BS, and my scale is just off compared to the WW scales–which is why I went to get weighed in the first place because I want a consistent reflection of my progress, from the same scale. So anyway, I was annoyed, but still actually pretty happy because I’m still in the 160s, and no shit people’s weight fluctuates and it’s going to be FINE. And then the next day I got my period…which explained a) my insanity and b) my gain.

In summary: I gained weight. But not really. I still feeling like I’m making progress, and if nothing else, this little bump is inspiration for me to do a better job of tracking this week. So there you have it. Hopefully my TMI will help you feel better!

Lately

I have become obsessed with Whole Foods/New Seasons hot bar foods. I have no idea how to track these Weight Watchers points, but a bite here and there can’t do toooooo much damage, right? Really, I should be making the salad bar my new BFF, but it’s too damn cold.

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Post Bar Method brunches:

Smoked salmon pretzel at Nuvrei.

unnamed-7Chilaquiles at Isabel.
unnamed-3Both are fantastic brunch spots and deserve their own reviews, but then you’d discover how great they are! It doesn’t hurt that they’re both around the corner from Bar Method. Speaking of which…

New socks!

1653291_10102477619612263_457140323_nYes, my Bar socks are proposing to me. And I will marry them.

Lastly, and most importantly. I went to a Blazer game…and met Blaze! Yes, our team has a CAT mascot. Because we are AWESOME.

1385005_10102483493780383_1245413317_nIf you can’t tell, I was really excited to meet Blaze.

So in hopes of encouraging all 5 of my readers to speak up and join in the fun that I’m having, I’m going to try this whole daily question thing.

Question of the Day: What have YOU been up to lately? And more importantly, if you could meet any team mascot, who would it be? I would obviously pick my man Blaze. But if I could meet any other mascot it would have to be the Phillie Phanatic, simply because I remember seeing him from afar at games as a kid, and he’s a weird green blob, so that’s pretty cool.

 

Midwinterblood

midwinterbloodThe moment this book won the Printz Award I put a hold on it at the library (yes, this bookseller uses the library…I have to or I’d be broke!). I finally got my copy right before I left for a business trip, and  pretty much read the entire thing in one sitting on the plane. Which I suppose means that it was a page turner, but mostly that’s because it is in short sections which just make it easy to get through. Midwinterblood, by Marcus Sedgwick, tells the story of Merle and Eric, starting in the future and moving back in time throughout centuries of love, death, and interconnected relationships, until you reach the beginning of their story, a tale from the viking days.

I’ve seen this book compared to Cloud Atlas before, so I’ll just say that when the thought came to my mind I was a bit annoyed at the lack of originality. That’s not to say you can’t take something that’s already been done and make it your own original concept, or make it awesome despite the similarities. I’ve never read Cloud Atlas, but I was not a fan of the movie, I thought it was too heavy handed with the DEEP MESSAGE. While Midwinterblood isn’t heavy handed, it is really weird. It didn’t sit right with me. In some of the stories Merle and Eric are brother and sister, and in some they’re mother/son. I realize there are different kinds of love, but I wasn’t satisfied with how this was dealt with. The concept of the book, and the connecting stories, were intriguing in theory, but the reality fell flat for me. I kept waiting for the Amazing Epiphany and ended up disappointed.

While Midwinterblood is an interesting book, I don’t understand how it won the Printz Award–an award for acclaimed young adult writing–when there wasn’t a single teenage in the entire novel. Maybe that’s a separate issue–what makes a book YA?–but it’s definitely one worth discussing.

Midwinterblood didn’t meet my expectations. The writing was strong and the stories were interesting, but as a whole I feel like it could have been more riveting, and Sedgwick could have had more fun with the concept.

Thursday Weigh-In, Travel Edition

This week was a tough one! First I was snowed in for three days, and then when I finally made my great escape, I was on a work trip, surrounded by cake, cookies, and wine at every step. The hotel catered every meal, and it was a challenge, but I survived! In case you’re wondering exactly what I ate while surrounded by hotel food, here’s a snippet of the food posted on my tumblr (carlyeatsfood):

Not too shabby. There was also some wine and some cake. I’ve found that my mindset really has changed, thanks to weight watchers and tracking all of my food. When I find myself facing a challenging food decision I remind myself, “there will always be another piece of cake. Is THIS the piece of cake you want to indulge in, or should you wait for something better?” And generally, I wait. And then when I do find a piece of cake, or whatever, that I do want, I’m ok with it because I’ve said no to like 5 other pieces of cake (ok, I’m not normally surrounded by that much cake, but you get the idea!). Honestly, simply being mindful has made a huge decision.

So here are some tips about eating when traveling for work (not for pleasure! If I was in Hawaii I’m pretty sure I’d throw my WW app out the window!):

1. Pack snacks. A baggy full of nuts, a few protein bars, if possible some cheese or fruit. I failed at this, thanks to Snowpocalypse I didn’t make it out to the store before my flight. I did have some nuts but ended up never eating them.
2. When in doubt, get a salad. There were many carby, meaty, heavy options and I generally just told myself it wasn’t worth it and stuck with salad. Boring, yes, but I wasn’t overwhelmed by the bad for me options if I knew I could stay on track by simply not taking them into consideration.
3. Let yourself indulge. At some point, you’re going to crack if you keep avoiding ALL the sweets. So let yourself have a treat every so often, or if you’re anything like me, you’ll go from eating no cake to eating ALL THE CAKE.
4. Embrace the hotel gym. This was a first for me! Never in my life have I used a hotel fitness center, but after sitting around in meetings all day, I actually wanted to go to the gym. A few miles on the treadmill and I felt less guilty about the wine later. It’s all just a balancing act, really.
5. Drink water. I carried my water bottle from meeting to meeting, and staying hydrated definitely helped keep the munchies at bay.
I know you guys know all of these already, but hey, I’m here to help! Or really, just to brag, and sound like I’m smart, when really, I’m afraid that my weight loss success is going to start getting harder and harder and I’m eventually going to go running into the loving arms of Ben and Jerry. But so far, so good.
Starting Weight: 176.6 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 169.0 lbs
This Weigh-in: 166.8 lbs
Difference: 2.2 lbs 
Total Difference: 9.8