Weekly Wrap Up #144

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mv Hello Lovelies! Welcome to my weekly wrap up!

Something surprising happened this week. I kinda forgot to that my Miguel was scheduled to work in New Hampshire all week for a supervisor’s conference. Monday and Tuesday I went to work. Tuesday I got this crazy idea to play hooky on Wednesday and drive up there to see him. I already had Thursday off, so it was a like a mini-impromptu vacation. I drove out there Tuesday after work and left kinda early Thursday.

I learned two things on this trip:

  1. It can rain in New England through 3 states. It rained both there and back for me. The. Whole. Time.
  2. New Hampshire is pretty awesome and I think I want to move there.

Thursday I went to parent-teacher conferences and I learned that both of my elementary kids are pretty much awesome. I mean, I knew that already, but hearing their teachers and other specialists that work with them tell me that felt like vindication. I seriously love both their teachers this year. It was all good and I am still floating from the accolades I heard about them both. Yay!

Someone asked me what was going on with my older son and all I can say is “nothing much”. Miguel and him continue to quarrel throwing me right in the middle of “who do you love more” battles. It is as bad as it sounds. Next weekend we are cleaning out my son’s room to make space for my in-laws and setting my son up in the basement. Next week is also one year since my Miguel and I officially tied the knot. Despite that, I expect it will be a tense weekend.

My son is going to night school orientation Nov 27, so he has plenty of time to do nothing and laze around before that happens. I did get him a state ID and I am just reminding him daily to look for a job so he can be as independent as possible. OH! But my son and I had a great conversation the other night about him possibly joining the military. He wants to join the MARINES, but I want him to go ARMY. Either way I think it will be good for him.

My oldest daughter, Belle, is also talking about joining the military. Her goal is complete independence, but not in a vengeful way like my son seems to be. I worry about her. She is struggling to make her way in the world and my sister has not been a welcoming influence on her. I have told her to come home, but she is adamant about making it her own way. I hope she finds what she is looking for. Of course, I will keep you posted.


Fitness this week:

I re-started Fit Body Guide this week! I did some of the workouts last week, but this week I felt re-committed. I started off strong, but then my cardio days got all messed up. I did Lower body (Monday), Upper body/Arms (Wednesday), and Total Body (Friday). I am sad I skipped out on all 3 cardio days since cardio is what I need the most right now. I have gained 5lbs in the past 2 months and I feel like I need to get back to where I was in July.

I also started counting macros. This was not even on my radar until I realized that when I logged my food into the FitBit app it did it for me. I am seriously excited about it. I am also realizing that my diet contains WAY too much fat and not nearly enough protein. DAMN YOU DUNKIN DONUTS!

One more thing I did this week was start to track my water intake. I know water intake is important for fit bodies and that is what really got me started. Then I read this article on Bustle that someone shared on twitter.

I found more articles to inspire me to up my water intake.

So nooooow along with working out, I am going to increase my water intake. I am not hoping for miracles, but it would be nice to get rid of the bags under my eyes. Maybe I should just get more sleep. Nah! That won’t happen, who am I am kidding?


Last week I posted:

Weekly Wrap  Up #143

Review: THE END WE START FROM by Megan Hunter ★★★★

Review: THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU by Daniel A. Hoyt ★★★★★

Review: A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS by George R.R. Martin ★★★★


Next week I plan to post:

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

The Empress by S.J. Kincaid


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Special thanks to Simon & Schuster for Young Readers, Lake Union Publishing, and Crown Publishing for these books!


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By | 2017-10-28T22:28:20+00:00 Sunday, October 29, 2017|Fitness, Mind Vomit, Weekly Wrap Up|28 Comments

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Mother, Lover, Writer, Reviewer, Social Media Princess. Karen has been a blogger since 2010. She is a US Army veteran, a medical professional, and the mother of four. Karen is the owner of That Book Store llc. She reviews books and shares mind vomit for this blog in her 'spare' time. Karen lives in New England.


  1. Trish @ Between My Lines
    October 29, 2017 at 5:54 am - Reply

    Sorry to hear about the issues with your son and daughter. But delighted to hear that you got great feedback on your younger kids. I hope your anniversary is fun, and not tense like you are expecting.
    And I count macros too, but I use My Fitness Pal. Protein is always tricky, I struggle to up my intake of it all the time. But when you do, you find you’ll be a lot fuller. Well that’s how it works for me anyway.

    • Karen Blue
      October 29, 2017 at 8:49 am - Reply

      I have heard a lot of people using My Fitness Pal. You have a fitbit too though right?
      Thanks for your kind words Trish!

  2. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews October 29, 2017 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Sorry things are still so tense with your son, Karen. I hope things will get better, even with the in-laws arriving soon.

    It sounds like fun to play hooky and go visit Miguel in New Hampshire, even if it rained all the time.

    Sending positive thoughts Belle’s way. It’s hard to grow up, and I think it’s even harder now than it was when we were younger 🙁

    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading xoxo

  3. Evelina October 29, 2017 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Rained through 3 states xD that rain is… honestly bigger than my entire country!! 😀

    I had a friend over at the marines. She absolutely hated it and wished she had joined the army instead. She worked at a big ship.. Said it was boring as hell. But maybe either of those would be good for your son? It seems like it could be a place to learn some discipline, something he perhaps needs more of in his life?

    There was this good water app I used to use for my water intake 🙂 later it just formed a good habit and I didn’t even need to use it anymore.

    Anyway. Have a great week, Karen 🙂
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    • Karen Blue
      October 29, 2017 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      Connecticut, Massachusetts & New Hampshire are fairly small states to be fair. Lol.
      My son definitely needs some discipline. Now he just needs to get his GED first. Thats where the trouble will start.
      Thanks for stopping by Evalina!

  4. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity October 29, 2017 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Wow, you have had a crazy week. Glad your impulsive trip was fun. I love when things done on impulse totally work out for the best. Sorry family life has gotten a little crazy, though. Your sun is obviously trying to push boundaries and lashing out at those around him which sucks. Hopefully, he will enrol in the army or military in general as something like that will definitely help him learn limits and stretch his horizons. It sucks your daughter seems to be struggling but embracing her independence and being determined to make it on her own is good, you just need to keep reminding her you’ve got her back if she needs it and she may eventually accept your help.

    I hope you have a good week.
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    • Karen Blue
      October 29, 2017 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your kind words Becky! I appreciate it a lot. I know this too shall pass but it is so stressful right now.

  5. Jenea's Book Obsession October 29, 2017 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Hang in there, it sounds like it rough right now. But it will all even it’s self out. We will worry about our kids no matter how big or how old they are. It’s the Mom in us. And I know how it is to be stuck between the husband and the child. So, I will be keeping you my thoughts.

    The new books look good, and I will have to go and check out The Goo Liar, it is a new one to me. Happy reading.

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  6. Laura Thomas
    October 29, 2017 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Maybe your son and daughter will benefit from the military and find their own paths. That would be nice:) And how wonderful about your two younger ones. Hoping your Anniversary is wonderful and makes things brighter:)

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  7. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight October 29, 2017 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    The impromptu mini vacay sounds nice 🙂 And how wonderful that your kids have such a great impression on their teachers and that their teachers are great! I hope things work out with your older kids and their plans for the future 🙂

  8. Mallory October 29, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    New England in the fall is so pretty! Hopefully, you got to see some pretty leaf colors between all the rain? Thanks for the good articles on water intake – I’ve been slacking lately and need some inspiration 😉 Hope you have a good week, Karen and happy reading!

    • Karen Blue
      October 29, 2017 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      I should have mentioned the fall colors. Yes, they are so very beautiful. People native here tell me that this year is “less” than normal. I am still loving it. Thanks for reminding me to look on the bright side.

  9. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance October 29, 2017 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Oh, I really want to read The Chalk Man. I hope you like it! I’m glad that your two younger kids are doing so well in school. That has too feel good! I hope your older son and daughter figure out the path for them and what they feel like they should be doing. As someone who knows a lot of people who are in or have been in the military, it’s not necessarily something I’d recommend unless they REALLY want to do it. But sometimes it might be good for people, so you never know!

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    • Karen Blue
      October 31, 2017 at 10:18 pm - Reply

      I was in the Army and so was my Miguel. I currently work with Veterans and although bad things have happened to a great number of soldiers, I can tell you that they are absolutely supported when they come home. I would only recommend it because I have first hand knowledge of how far Veteran’s Affairs goes for those coming out of the military. Also, I definitely reaped the benefits of my enlistment. I gained so much confidence, the G.I. bill helped me to get an education, and I bought my first home with a VA home loan. Veterans have access to so much more help with job placement, disability pay, housing, education (even after the G.I.Bill is exhausted), and medical treatment including mental health. I think every American, who is able to, should serve at least 2 years. Our military is one of the best in the world at taking care of soldiers when they come home. No matter what you hear on television, I have seen for myself how Veterans are treated at VA hospitals. I have worked at three of them and I have not seen such dedication to holistic treatment in any civilian hospitals.
      Sorry, I feel very strongly about this because it is very close to home for me and my Miguel. Both my older two kids want to join for different reasons. I am recommending they talk to recruiters (not sign anything) and open their eyes to options and the commitments required before they make any sort of decision.
      Thanks for stopping by Lauren. I appreciate your comment. I get upset when people talk bad about Veterans without knowing all the facts. I hope the people you know who were in the military are getting all the benefits they deserve for their service. They have earned it.

  10. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction October 29, 2017 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Sorry for the tense days at home—I can definitely relate lately!
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  11. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    October 29, 2017 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Wow, it sounds like you have a lot going on. I’m happy that the younger kids are doing well. I hope you have a great week!
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  12. Geybie's Book Blog October 30, 2017 at 1:27 am - Reply

    I can feel how proud you are of your kids. Sorry about your son and how intense it will be with your in-laws visiting. Trust me I get you. I hope everything is going great this week though. Have a wonderful week. ❤️

  13. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
    November 1, 2017 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    I’m sorry to hear about your struggles with your son and I understand that stuck in the middle with arguments. There’s no way you can win that. The military sounds like it might be a good fit – especially since he has more insight through you than someone with no military connections. I can understand the independence thing from your daughter. I think that’s very admirable and hopefully like you said – she’ll find what she needs. I think my hardest times were the times that made me who I am but it’s hard to see our kids go through that. Have a great week and good luck this weekend!
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  14. Charlie
    November 3, 2017 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    I’m sorry you are still struggling with your son and his decisions. Being pitted in a love war game is awful. Have you tried family and individual counseling? A friend did that with her child and husband (stepdad) because the same thing was happening. Her words were “You speak better to the dogs than you do my daughter.” Counseling was very beneficial for her and her daughter. What nobody ever tells you about being independent is the wisdom to realize there are times to ask for guidance. I hope they both find the right paths.

  15. Local Health Clubs November 7, 2017 at 12:53 am - Reply

    Your fit body guide is so informative, thank you for sharing

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