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Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Trouble With Cowboys

While the title of the book is very catchy and appealed to me immediately it was the storyline that really drew me in. It's hard not to fall in love with Dylan from the beginning with all of his charm and I had no trouble at all envisioning an attractive cowboy with a big heart. Add in the fact that Annie has long dark hair (finally not a blonde or redhead as the heroine of the novel!) and I was hooked. Watching both Dylan and Annie let go of their fears was painful at times because we all can relate to the pain of a broken heart or the threat of a broken heart and what it's like to move past that. As they both let their guard down it becomes obvious that what each thought they knew about the other was entirely untrue. Annie does her best to avoid falling for a cowboy and tries to ignore the chemistry between them. She even goes so far as to date another man who has probably never even owned a pair of cowboy boots! In the meantime she's already promised Dylan that she will work with horse Braveheart in exchange for his help with her column that will no longer be discussing horses but instead giving advice on love. She assumes the man that has no trouble catching the eye of every woman in Moose Creek must know everything there is to know about love. In the end will her heart win her over and will Dylan be able to put aside the pain of a broken heart and open himself to the possibility of a relationship with Annie or will fear continue to rule their lives?

I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

Link to buy the book:

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About the Book: 

Only one pair of boots—and the cowboy wearing them—can get Annie out of the mess she’s in.

Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek’s premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for Montana Living. Money is tight as she tries to put her kid-sister through college and provide for her young nephew. When Annie’s column is cancelled, she’s given first shot at a new lovelorn column—and she can’t afford to turn it down. Only problem is . . . Annie’s never been in love.

Always resourceful, she reluctantly strikes a deal with the town’s smooth-talking ladies’ man Dylan Taylor: She’ll work with his ailing horse, Braveheart, if he’ll help her answer the reader letters.

Working closely with Dylan is harder than Annie imagined, and she quickly realizes she may have misjudged him. But her unwavering conviction that cowboys are nothing but trouble has kept her heart safe for years. And she can’t risk getting hurt now.
The more Annie tries to control things, the more they fall apart. Her feelings are spinning out of control, and her sister’s antics are making life increasingly more difficult. Annie knows she needs to turn the reins over to God, but surrender has never come easily.

When Dylan reveals his feelings for her, Annie doesn’t know what to trust—her head or her heart. The trouble with this cowboy is that he might just be exactly what she needs.
Denise Hunter
Meet Denise: 

Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!
Find out more about Denise at http://www.denisehunterbooks.com/.

Blog Tour Schedule


To celebrate the release of The Trouble with Cowboys Denise is hosting a fun Author Chat Party on Facebook. She'll connect with readers and give away some amazing prizes - including a Kindle Fire! 
Save the Date for October 11th!

Grab your copy of Denise Hunter’s latest book and join her for an Author Chat Party on October 11th at 8:00 PM EST (that’s 7:00 Central, 6:00 MST, & 5:00 PST)! Haven’t read The Trouble with Cowboys yet? That’s okay, don’t let that stop you from coming to the party! (You may win a copy!)

During the evening she’ll be sharing the story behind the book, posting discussion questions, testing your trivia skills, and of course, there will be plenty of chatting and fun giveaways – books, gift certificates and – a Kindle Fire! She’ll also be giving you a sneak peek of her next book too!

RSVP today and then come back on the 11th … and bring your friends!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Where My Heart Is

A week in Seattle without rain was too good to be true. I woke up this morning to rain and I'm sure it's cold outside but I won't be stepping outside to find out until later this afternoon. Rainy days always make me yearn for home whether it's our home with Allan, myself, and the pups or what I call "home home" with my parents and sister. Perhaps it's because we stayed up past 10 (and haven't been awake past 9 the entire week) but I'm feeling a little sappy so today I'm sharing where my heart and my head have been this morning.

It's been too long since I've seen our sweet niece Ali (young Mizuno lover at heart!)

Last time I saw my sister she didn't even have a baby bump and now she's 24 weeks!

Puppy snuggles-no explanation needed

Always hate leaving this guy at the airport and he always hates when I make him pose with his bags for a blog photo

Auburn-I'm coming home to you next weekend so be ready because it's been way too long!

"Home home" or the farm as I usually call it-cows, trees, running across the pasture, and spending time with family. No better place on earth!
Home is where the heart is and today my heart seems to be all over the place since those I love are scattered from coast to coast. Jenn, Caroline, and I have a list full of activities so I'm sure Monday will be here before I know it and I'll be on the phone headed home and missing both of them terribly. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and get to spend it with someone you love!

**Side note: If you haven't read Beth's post today I highly encourage you to do so. I just spent the past hour taking down all pictures that have the front of our house or our street number and removing our last name or any really specific details about where we live and how to find us at certain times from past blog posts. It's important not to neglect safety on your blog! I realize a crazy person can find me if they really want to and if they do the dogs and I will be ready.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Women's Half & Girl's Weekend in Nashville

This past weekend I took off for Nashville to spend the weekend with Beth, Jenny, and Vanessa, and to run the Women's Half Marathon. Before we all arrived we located the important places such as the nearest fro yo and Trader Joe's locations. I got to Nashville early to pick up Jenny and we drove around a little before going to the expo (which was disappointing) and grabbing lunch at Panera. Later that afternoon Beth and Vanessa arrived and that evening we ate at a great place just a few blocks away where we all had our fill of carbs. Thank goodness we were hungry early because there was quite a line when we went to leave.

myself, Vanessa, Beth, and Jenny pre-race
Back at the hotel we talked until going to bed at a very reasonable 9 PM. Our 5 AM wake up was no big deal and by the time we ate breakfast, got ready, and made it to the corrals it was time for the race to start. Beth and I ran together (my first time running an entire half with someone) and I'm so grateful to her for pushing me. I ran my second fastest half (2:28:58) and if not for my bathroom stop in the first couple of miles a new shiny PR would have been mine. There's not much to say about the course itself besides HILLS. Downhills and flat spots were a welcome break to running around Nashville one hill at a time.

Check out that elevation chart
This was the first race I ran without a handheld or a fuel belt and it worked out well with aid stations placed at the right spots along the course. I even ate a GU gel around mile 7 and didn't puke so perhaps my body can learn to like gels. The medal is huge and heavy and comes with a charm that can be taken off and worn on a necklace. Although the shirt is white I do like it. Our designer swag bag is one I'm sure I'll use in the future.

My favorite fellow runner: a guy with shaved legs running in a pink shirt and pink shoes and a running skirt!
After the race Beth and I easily found Jenny and Vanessa and we were excited to hear that Vanessa set a new PR and Jenny ran a great race at marathon pace. We chatted for a few minutes before walking back to the hotel and making a beeline for Starbuck's in the lobby. We spent the rest of the day doing what bloggers do best: talking, shopping, and eating. 

This was on the floor of our hotel as you walked inside and I thought it was neat

The weekend was amazing and I am looking forward to the next time we are all able to get together! On a personal level this race gave me a huge confidence boost about setting a new half PR this fall and being in a great place with my marathon coming up in almost two months.

Have you run a race targeted toward women?
Have you run a half with anyone else from start to finish?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Talladega Half Marathon

This time there will be no good, bad, and ugly but instead there will be a story. I have a feeling this post is going to be wordy but I promise it's worth taking the time to read. I set my alarm for 3:00 AM on Sunday in order to drive to Talladega, pick up my race packet, and be ready to race. I arrived before 6:00 AM and waited in line outside the race track to get in.

You know you are up too early when it's still dark when you get to where you are going
Once inside I made my way to packet pickup and then got ready for the race. At this point I wasn't feeling really good but I figured it was probably from sleeping for less than 5 hours and then driving for nearly 3 hours so I dismissed it. I met a friend who ran her first half marathon on Sunday and I hope I was able to calm her nerves by assuring her she would do fine and giving her some pointers. We started the race together and I intended to run with her and pace her to finish at around 2:30. 

Getting ready for the start
We ran a quick first couple of miles around the track and reached the second aid station (the first with bathrooms). I peeled off, wished her luck, and told her I would try to catch up. I have been very fortunate to never need to use the bathroom during a race but I made up for it during this one. I had to stop again at the next three aid stations and by mile 5 walking with brief spurts of running was all my body was willing to put up with. Lesson learned: no more waking up at 3 AM for races EVER!

This was before mile 5
I kept up this run/mostly walk pattern as we entered the track area again. I sprinted up a hill leading up to the area above the track that we would run around next. Once I ran along the covered area pictured below and came out on the loop above the track I saw an older man having some issues with his socks and shoes. I stopped to see if he was ok and he told me he was getting a blister and that he had hit a wall. This was around mile 7 or 8. I thought I would walk with him awhile and then start my run/walk pattern again.






This sweet man (who will remain nameless) is going to be the same age this year as my grandfather was when he passed away and I nearly cried when he told me his age. He talked to me about his family and his life and told me he had lived a long, happy life. I mostly listened and occasionally shared a few things about myself. I couldn't bear to leave him and he couldn't run anymore so I walked the rest of the half with this man. It's the first time I've never sprinted to the finish but it didn't feel right to take off and leave him when the time came.

I can't even imagine driving around this track!
Sometimes a race isn't about the time on the clock at the end or even the miles you run versus the miles you walk. On this day it was about living a moment with a stranger that I'll never have with my own grandparents. I hope his grandchildren take the time to run races with him before they no longer have the chance. While I placed last in my age group my new friend took home third in his and will add to his collection of awards from running over the years. For awhile during the race I thought I might be ashamed of my finishing time which I knew would be more than three hours but I'm not. No matter how many more races I run I'll cherish every minute and every mile of this one.

We drove in through here to park in the morning and ran through the tunnel during the race
I'll take my 3:11:23 finish time and be proud of it. Now to shift things and give you guys my opinion of the race itself. The course itself is not scenic but if the idea of running at a Nascar track appeals to you then this is a good one to cross off your list. I'm glad I raced it but I won't run this one again. The lady operating the microphone was incredibly annoying and she alone is reason enough for me to not run this again since her voice can be heard during all but a few miles of the race. She announced every single person that crossed the finish line and added her own little comments in here and there that I couldn't stand!

It's incredibly cruel to be up here and see people running through to the finish when you still have MILES to go
The shirt is highlighter orange. Now I love orange but this one is a little over the top. It is super comfy and comfort scores big points with me so I wore it yesterday. Allan says it attracts lots of attention and as he pointed out to me yesterday at Firehouse Subs, "All these guys are staring at you and I can't tell if it's because your shirt is so bright or because your shorts are so short." In my defense, these are the clothes I slept in and I left the house thinking we were only going to the airport and not to the office, Firehouse, and then the airport. Be grateful that I'm not posting a picture of what my hair looks like after sleeping on it for 12 hours!


The only other swag worth mentioning was a sample size of deodorant, a koozie, and a pen
Have you run at a race track before? If so, which one?
What you have you learned from a "slow" race?

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Monte Sano 10K, 5K, & 1 Mile Races

Two weeks ago I had 11 miles on the schedule for my long run and I thought what better way to get those miles in than to run all three events at Monte Sano. It was overcast the entire time so although it was a little warm the absence of the sun and all the shade from the trees made it bearable. The 10K course was a double out and back that had around a 1/2 mile of trail running on each loop which I really liked. The 5K was the same loop but only run once. The one mile was a little out and back and I covered the remaining .7 on my trips to the truck in between events and around the parking lot warming up.

My favorite view at Monte Sano
Let me take a minute to explain the logistics of running all three events. The 10K started at 8 and I finished around 9:15 and then the men started the 5K at 9:30 and the women followed at 9:40. The 1 mile started at 10:30 and then the awards ceremony started at 11. I felt like all I had time to do was run, walk to the truck and fill up my handheld, and then line up again. I wasn't worried about my time in each of the events. I was more concerned with logging the miles and keeping a pretty steady pace.

One of many trails at Monte Sano
The competitive side of me took over during the 10K when a pack of ladies (running 3 wide on the trail that we were supposed to run single file on so people could pass) commented (as I passed them by running into the ditch), "Don't worry about getting passed. She only has a 5K in her." That fired me up and I ran my second best 10K time thanks to their "encouragement".  I sprinted to the finish as I always do and passed a few people at the finish. A guy working the chute complimented me on a great sprint at the end. Nothing to speak of during the 5K until the finish. A pack of girls passed me and then proceeded to high five people before the finish line. I sprinted to the finish and passed two of them just before we crossed the line. The same guy complimented me again on a great sprint.

I'm the one in the orange in the center-notice the odd turning out of my foot

I felt great during the entire run and I knew I had miles left in me when I was done. During the awards ceremony they also gave out door prizes and I won two free burgers from Five Guys. I can't think of a better post-race meal so I am sure after one of my upcoming races we will make a trip there. This is a super cheap race and I think I paid $15 to run both the 10K and 5K. We got to chose between a tshirt or tank top and I got a tank top that screams 1980's but I love it! It's unlike any other race shirt I have.

Someone please explain to me what I'm doing turning my foot out!

Here are my final stats from the day:
10K 1:12:21
5K 39:26
1 Mile 12:00
remaining .7 10:54

Can anyone explain what I'm doing turning my foot out? I've been doing that for awhile and I can't figure out why I'm doing it.

Have you ever run back to back to back races?

With Every Letter

With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin immediately drew me in since it takes place during World War II, one of my favorite time periods in American history and it was easy to fall in love with Mellie and Tom, the two main characters in the book. The idea of writing anonymously to a solider sounds so romantic especially during the 1940's. Despite our accessibility to email and text messages in today's society there's nothing quite like a written letter I believe. With every letter (see where the title comes from) you can tell Mellie and Tom are both developing feelings beyond friendship. I thoroughly enjoyed how their relationship unfolded and the twists and turns they both encounter along the way.

Lt. Mellie Blake (a flight nurse) and Lt. Tom MacGilliver (an army engineer) couldn't be more different on the surface with Mellie being socially awkward at best and Tom being happy-go-lucky with a smile constantly on his face. As their stories unfold we discover as do they that they are much more alike than they knew. Will they ever decide to meet in person? Will Mellie be able to overcome her social issues? Will Tom finally make a name for himself that has nothing to do with his father? You'll have to read With Every Letter to find out!

I received this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

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About the Book: 




 
Book 1 in the Wings of the Nightingale series

Lt. Mellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. She is not looking forward to writing a letter to a man she’s never met–even if it is anonymous and part of a morale-building program. Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa, welcomes the idea of an anonymous correspondence–he’s been trying to escape his infamous name for years.
As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other’s true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face-to-face for the first time. Will they overcome their fears and reveal who they are, or will their future be held hostage by their pasts?
Combining a flair for romance with excellent research and attention to detail, Sarah Sundin vividly brings to life the perilous challenges of WWII aviation, nursing–and true love.



Meet Sarah: 

Sarah Sundin received the 2011 Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, and her second novel A Memory Between Us is a finalist for an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award. Her stories are inspired by her great-uncle who flew with the U.S. Eighth Air Force in England during World War II. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. Find out more about Sarah at http://www.sarahsundin.com/.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Lattes Make Me Crazy

This morning my sweet, loving husband set his first alarm to go off before 6:00. I wake up, notice it's dark, think it must be a mistake, and roll over. Within a few minutes alarm #2 sounds and I realize he is actually getting up this early (I wake up at 5 on Tuesdays to volunteer at the hospital so I sleep late on Wednesdays). I hear him stomp into the bathroom and slide the door closed. Just as I roll over again to go back to sleep I hear Lucky's tail swishing back and forth. I open my eyes and there he is with his sweet little face on the edge of the bed begging to get up. I sweetly tell him no and point him to the end of the bed to his Snoozie (that's the actual brand and I thought it was a cute name so it stuck) and closed my eyes.

Sitting on his Snoozie while I brush my teeth (it conveniently matches the carpet and is really thin so no one falls over it)
I wish I could say that I fell back asleep and woke up at a more respectable hour but no. Instead I stumbled out of bed to let out the dogs. Sasha's look reassured me that this was in fact way too early to be up and too early for her to go out into the yard. They both plopped down on the deck (without peeing or pooping) so I let them back in. About the time Allan left I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands if this day was going to turn itself around. Off to Starbucks!

Thank goodness she didn't take her anger out on the patio furniture and shred the cushions

With a venti Pumpkin Spice Latte and a slice of lemon pound cake in hand I was ready to tackle the day. After dropping off Allan's venti Caramel Macchiato (wife of the year right here!) I headed back home and thought I'd settle down on the front porch with my breakfast and a book. No sooner had I settled down and posted a picture on Instagram did the death stares begin. Sasha and Lucky looked at me with hatred for making them stay inside so after finishing the pound cake I headed back inside so they could go back to sleep and I could watch them.

my little nook (not the instagram pic because I'm being lazy and not downloading pics to my computer tonight)

An hour or so later my best girl friend called and asked me again to come with her to Seattle in a couple of weeks and hang out with her while she did job training during the day. My sweet Jenn is in Seattle now and since it's been a year since I've seen her and almost a year since seeing Caroline I jumped at the chance to spend a week with two of my favorites! Two hours later I cashed in my travel voucher from July when I volunteered to get off my flight in Boston and a trip to Seattle was officially booked! In less than two weeks I'll make my first trip to the Pacific Northwest!

Caroline & I in front of Samford in Auburn

Jenn & Allan Labor Day weekend 2011
That's not all my Pumpkin Spice Latte induced craziness made me do. I have been able to focus long enough to almost clean out my google reader thanks to the copious amounts of caffeine they put in those things. Your email inbox probably hates me right now. I also managed to type out a few coherent facebook messages, vacuum and tidy the house, and I may or may not be getting ready to register for a race whose identity will remain secret until the end of the year. Allan claims (after talking to me 10 min ago) that it sounds like I had another large coffee recently but no it's the lasting effects of my beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte. As much as I love them I'm going to have to use self control and start ordering the tall instead of the venti unless they start making a caffeine free version.

Have you ever been to Seattle? If so, what kind of fun activities do you recommend?
Am I the only one who feels this crazy after drinking a huge Pumpkin Spice Latte?

Monday, September 10, 2012

My 10 Year High School Reunion

The weekend before Labor Day Allan and I took off to Lake Martin for my 10 Year High School Reunion. I graduated in a class of 37 and was honored to be voted class president our senior year. Our committee of three planned a quiet afternoon at a classmate's lake house for all of us to enjoy a low key day with each other. We grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, rode on the boat, and relaxed in the water on floats while catching up.



Allan and I also got to spend Friday night and Saturday night at the lake house with friends. We took off Friday night in the boat to go to dinner and the bottom fell out. There's nothing quite like a party of ten soaking wet showing up at the restaurant! The classmate who was kind enough to host us for the weekend has been my friend since we were five and met on the first day of kindergarten. There were four of us at the reunion that have gone to school together since kindergarten and I sincerely hope I will still be friends when them when we are old and gray.

Notice the two different colors of Allan's shirt
Saturday night we celebrated the engagement of one of my classmates and decided on the spur of the moment to do a fantasy football league together. By the time I finally fell asleep I was exhausted and not ready for the weekend to be over. After breakfast the next morning we were back on the road headed home to the dogs and back to the real world!

10 of the 11 out of 37 at the reunion

Are you still friends with anyone from high school?

One of the new shirts that of course came out after I had graduated

Friday, September 7, 2012

On the Road Again

Honestly, this could be the theme song for the next few months at our house. In about an hour all four of us will pile into Allan's car (Sasha & I up front and Lucky & Allan in the back) and head south to the farm. My dad has a little project for us that the weather hasn't been cooperating for these past few months but this weekend it will be completed rain or shine. We are putting down a new moisture barrier under the house and I could try explaining it but the pictures I plan to take will do a better job.

Home Sweet Home

As you can see I am still behind with reading and writing blog posts but I'm trying. Unfortunately the grass did not cut itself this week (or last week) and when it's tall it takes FOREVER for me to cut so that got pushed in front of blogging. Then there's the two hour facetime call with my sister during which we looked at Pinterest and talked about what we were pinning. Throw in a few more hour long chats with some of my favorites and there goes my down time this week. The way I see it the blog will always be here and hopefully you guys aren't going anywhere so here's to living life and blogging about it when the time is right!

First game last season
Have a great weekend and good luck to your college or NFL teams of choice! I've stepped up my game and I'm playing in three fantasy football leagues this year so Sunday is going to be a stressful day for me cheering on my favorite players across the league. I can't leave without mentioning my Auburn tigers. Despite losing the first game of the season to Clemson I'm expecting to see them beat Mississippi State this weekend (sorry Melissa!). WAR EAGLE!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Where We've Been

Despite the lack of blog posts in the past couple of weeks we have not fallen off the face of the earth. We have been crazy busy and keeping the blog updated has been on the back burner. There will be several catch up posts this week but really quickly this is what we've been up to:
  • My 10 year high school reunion (weekend at the lake)
  • The boy I nanny for started back to school
  • Book Club
  • Mailing out all the prizes for the Wounded Warrior Project Virtual Race
  • Starting my 3 month pass at a local women's only gym
  • The start of college football season (Allan went to Atlanta for the AU vs. Clemson game)
  • Running a 10K, 5K, & 1 mi race last Saturday morning
  • Draft for two of our fantasy football leagues (we are doing three this year)
  • Volunteering & training a new volunteer
  • Pinterest (Allan's mom and I spent hours on there Saturday afternoon and last night Allan got sucked in too! I'm suz4au0608 if you want to follow me-leave me your name if I'm not already following you.)
Love this view at our friend's lake house


As chaotic as things have been lately we have taken the time to enjoy relaxing around the house, eating out on the deck, and spending time with family and friends. At the end of the day there's nothing that brings more joy into our lives than our family, friends, and of course the dogs.

This is how Lucky wakes us up by sneaking into the middle and then scooting on his belly up to our faces

I am going to do my best to get caught up on all of your blogs as soon as possible. Please always know that I enjoy reading what each of you blog about and I'll try not to flood your inbox with my comments this week. If you are reading our blog and we aren't following yours please shoot me an email or leave a comment with a link to your blog. Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Running for My Life






Running for My Life is a story that really touched my heart because it is the story of a lost boy from Sudan that has become a U.S. Olympic athlete. I knew without reading the description that this book would capture his life story and the reader would make the journey with Lopez from Sudan to Kenya to the United States. What I wasn't prepared for were the little details of the story that will stick with me for some time to come such as the ring his mother made that he continues to wear, trash day in the refugee camp, and how he felt making his first trip to the United States. He and his three angels ran for three days before ending up in Kenya and being taken to a refugee camp called Kakuma where he would spend the next decade of his life before being adopted by an American family in New York I could almost feel the pain in his feet that he described after running for three days. During the decade in the refugee camp Lopez became a runner with a love for soccer but if you asked him he was a soccer player not a runner. The older boys would make anyone who wanted to play soccer run 30 kilometers before they could play. Lopez would run the entire 30K without water and wouldn't even take a break afterward before going to play soccer. When he came to the United States it didn't take long for his American family to realize he was incredibly talented. That talent would help Lopez fulfill his dream of being a US Olympian in 2008 but you'll have to read the book to find out how he got there!

I received this book free of charge from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.