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Friday, June 01, 2007
The Senators are behind 2-0 in the Stanley Cup finals to the Ducks.

It's hotter than hell outside and I want to spend all weekend naked in a ice bath out of the sun. However, I'll be babysitting on Saturday and the kids will likely want to run around outside.

Gym update - had two great appointments with the fabulously perky, extremely enthusiastic "M" at the new location. She's designed a program for me and given me three steps to follow so that I can gradually increase the weight and repetitions. I'll book a follow up with her in a few weeks. Things have finally started to work out (ha ha ha).

The summer reading list is moving along. Three months and three days to go. No problem. I'm hoping actually to read more than what I've listed on the sidebar. Another book arrived via Bookmooch this week, along with another from the library so the stack of available titles to choose from is ever growing. I managed to finish off three titles in since setting the goal back in early May. I'm almost finished the fourth, Kurlansky's Salt: A World History which is turning out to be quite fascinating. I highly recommend it. I've also started on Atwood's The HandMaid's Tale. I have to admit that I'm a bad Canadian. It's the only Atwood book I've ever read - and possibly the last. It's a very intriguing subject but you can tell she's a poet; it certainly comes across in her writing style. Don't get me wrong, that doesn't mean it's difficult to read or takes away from the story. Just not something I'm used to (in case you hadn't noticed, I'm a big fan of non-fiction). Anyone else still interested in taking on the Summer Reading Challenge? UPDATE: While typing this, my fave bookstore called to let me know my special order has arrived...more books!

Speaking of books, the next round of Buy A Friend A Book week will be coming up during the first week of July. Mark your calenders.

Reminder that I'm taking part in the Edmonton Marathon in August and raising money for the Stollery Children's Hospital. If you'd like to donate to the Hospital Foundation, please click HERE. (Money is collected through the Running Room's website and if you get an error message please try again later - the link goes down occasionally).

And, my annual Run for the Cure money raising camping in support of breast cancer research is also under way. Every year I take part in CIBC's Run for the Cure, a 5KM Run/Walk. Money raised goes to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and helps support research and education, and awareness programs. If you'd like to make a donation, you can do so HERE (directly through the CIBC's Run website). Note: as with last year, for every $5 you donate, you will earn one chance at winning a great prize (to be determined later). Once I have received confirmation of your donation, I'll email you an updated copy of the finish time chart below. Each $5 will get you one pick of the possible finish times on the chart. The person who picks the time closest to my finish time without going over will win!!! (Black squares have already been selected).


Wandering Coyote said...

I don't think you're a bad Canadian because you haven't read any Maggie, though I'm a little surprised. I enjoyed The Handmaid's Tale, and The Blind Assassin was great. Avoid Oryx and Crake...I couldn't get half way through it. I never did like Maggie's poetry, but her books are usually pretty good.

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