November Literary Junkies Link Party

The near-end of November and I finally got my reading momentum going again, just in time for the holidays! Today I’m linking up with the November Literary Junkies Link Party to see what other bloggers are reading, too.

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Here are this month’s questions:

1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it.
dead water by ann cleeves
I’m reading Dead Water by Ann Cleeves, the fifth book in the Shetland Island mystery series. Yes, the mysteries are a bit formulaic, but I love the way the author describes the setting of the Shetland Islands, and the way she bounces from character to character in each chapter. I highly recommend this series if you’re a fan of murder mysteries!


2. Now that we’re coming up to the holidays, are there any books you like to return to or remind you of childhood?
Mr. Ives' Christmas by Oscar Hijuelos
I wouldn’t mind re-reading Mr. Ives’ Christmas by Oscar Hijuelos. Hijuelos was one of my favorite authors when I was in college.


3. Do you have any new books on your wishlist?
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
I’ve got a ton of books on the library hold list, including the new Man Booker Prize winner, A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. I know next to nothing about Jamaica or the attempted murder of Bob Marley (I don’t know much about him, either…), so I’m excited to learn something new with historical fiction.


4. Favorite book you’ve ever received as a gift?
 DK Eyewitness Travel Guide to Spain
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide to Spain. It’s a beautiful travel guide, not really what you’d use while on the road, but perfect for reminiscing about a past trip.


5. Favorite book centered around the holidays?
Can you believe that nothing comes to mind? I’m looking forward to reading other Literary Junkies’ responses to this one. 
What are you reading? Come link up us!


Humpday Confessions

I have put on a lot of weight.

humpday confessions - how do i lose the weight I recently put on
Here I am on Saturday, looking thick.

I have no idea how this happened…other than overeating and undermoving, I suppose. I had a goal to have a 26-in waist by Beachbody Summit in July, and when I hit my goal, I totally fell off the clean-eating wagon.

When I got home from Mexico a couple of weeks ago, I popped on the scale and was horrified to find out that I was 155 pounds. I have never weighed that much, even when I was at my Law School Heaviest. And it’s not like I didn’t know I was putting on weight; all my clothes were extremely uncomfortable, especially in the waist.

Fortunately, 5 pounds dropped off quickly (probably because I ran out of Shakeology in Mexico and was a bit…backed up), but I’m still 15 pounds over my ceiling weight of 135. I’m a  only 5′ tall; that’s a lot of weight for me! A LOT OF WEIGHT.

Now, as a Beachbody coach, I tell my customers not to worry about weight. I tell them they should focus on eating properly for their workouts, and the weight will kind of take care of itself. I’m going to try REALLY REALLY hard to follow my own advice, and not focus on the scale.

This is my game plan to get back down to a manageable size (because I had to buy one new pair of jeans in a bigger size AND they’re uncomfortably tight and I’ll be damned if I’m buying anymore)

  • Wear my fitbit again, because I like the motivation to hit my step goal (15k) everyday
  • I started a new round of Body Beast on Monday. The weight’s not going to come off with this workout, but I should drop inches and firm up
  • Eat 40-50% of my calories as protein so I can power through my workouts
  • Start training for the Hollywood Half Marathon in April

Wish me luck! I totally need it because it’s Pumpkin Spice Everything season and I like to eat.

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Confessions: The Bad Blogger Edition

Hello peeps!

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Do you know what happens when you don’t log in to Blog Lovin’ for…ages?

  • You find out that bloggers you like have had babies. That’s like, 9 months I haven’t read their blogs! #IThinkIts9MonthsMaybeTheBabyWasFromLastYear
  • 3, 678 unread posts takes a l-o-n-g time to load- like having dial-up all over again! #FirstWorldProblems
  • How the heck did I get 800+ followers? Welcome and thanks for sticking around!
  • You get incredibly envious of people’s race photos and blogged race report. I want to race again! Must train first…#SadButTrue

Thanks for stopping by and if you’re a new follower, say hello!


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#Hashtaghumpday @ Life with Lolo


Hashtag Humpday – The Grammar Edition

Nothing, nothing boils my blood like errant apostrophes.

You can must should read the rules for proper apostrophe usage here.

The important part of that article is Rule 2B: apostrophes do not belong in plurals. For some reason, the practice of apostrophes in plurals is called a “grocer’s apostrophe.” If I were a grocer, I’d be furious that such an abomination has been attributed to my entire profession.

Because this bothers me so very much, naturally I have to take photos and blog about it.


20140713-160854-58134090.jpgBody’s what? Body’s shape? Did the ad mean Bodies? I DON’T KNOW.


  20140713-160855-58135162.jpgWhy the inconsistency? If you’re going to make a mistake, own it!


20140713-160852-58132070.jpgWhy bother to look up the proper spelling of an irregular plural when you can just toss in an apostrophe?


20140713-160852-58132744.jpgOnly Apples get a compost hole. Oranges and Bananas are on their own.


 Unfortunately, our apostrophe misuse has travelled south of the border. I saw these in Mexico. 20140713-160857-58137134.jpgMaybe the bag belongs to a guy named Chip? Perhaps other bags are branded Skip’s and Buffy’s.




 The BBC got it wrong, too! See Rule 8 on this list of proper apostrophe usage.

Phew!  Time for a chill pill. Join me for the next installment in which I argue the merits of the Oxford comma. Just kidding!

#Hashtaghumpday @ Life with Lolo

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Vanity Fair Social Club #VFSC Part 2

Yesterday I returned to WeWorks to continue the Vanity Fair pre-Oscars festivities.

I stocked up on mascara and lippies…

Vanity Fair Social Club #VFSC, Chrysler, Armani Beauty, Lancome, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

I had fabulous BBQ for lunch…

Vanity Fair Social Club #VFSC, Chrysler, Armani Beauty, Lancome, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

I took another ride in a Chrysler…

Vanity Fair Social Club #VFSC, Chrysler, Armani Beauty, Lancome, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

And I won a $25 gift card to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf from Chrysler!

Vanity Fair Social Club #VFSC, Chrysler, Armani Beauty, Lancome, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

A blogger’s life is hard, yo.