Mission: To Drink More Water!

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One of my 2017 New Year’s Resolutions is to start drinking 100 oz. of water daily. At the beginning of the year I was attempting this with a 16 oz. glass water tumbler, but with frequent refills I found myself losing track of how many ounces I had already drank throughout the day. To make this easier, I purchased a 40 oz. water bottle from 45 Degrees Latitude so I would only need to fill it 2 1/2 times for the whole day, and it is the best water bottle I’ve ever owned!

WaterBottleBesides it’s nifty volume size, my 45 Degrees Latitude water bottle is so well insulated it keeps my water cold for at least 12 hours or more. Their website claims that these bottles will keep cold beverages chilly for up to 24 hours and I’d believe it based on what I’ve experienced. Twelve hours is how longest I’ve let water sit inside of mine before finishing it off and it was still cold and fresh. It’s made drinking water so much easier and tastier!

Back to the subject of water intake, I made this resolution because I’ve read about the many benefits of water for our bodies and since I’ve increased my intake I’ve felt so much better internally and externally. I’m now on a mission to encourage my friends and family to increase their water intake too!

Here are the potential benefits of drinking water:

  • Alleviate back pain
  • Boost energy levels
  • Boost immune system
  • Banish headaches
  • Improve complexion
  • Improve digestion
  • Improve mood
  • Flush out toxins
  • Prevent hangovers
  • Prevent kidney stones
  • Promote weight loss
  • Regulate body temperature
  • Relieve constipation
  • Relieve fatigue

Happy New Year 2017!


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Happy New Year! I hope all your hopes and dreams for 2016 have come to fruition and that you’ve turned your attention to making the most of 2017!

I believe in making resolutions; they give you the focus to complete certain tasks. Resolutions can be made any time of the year, and should be in some cases, but it’s traditional to make them for the fresh start of a new year and it’s all in good fun!

  1. Eat well, allow for 1 cheat day a week.
  2. Drink 100 ounces of water a day.
  3. Learn and perfect one braided hairstyle a month.
  4. Learn to actively listen to others.
  5. Learn to create bath/shower bombs.
  6. Learn to ease my temper.
  7. Meditate 5 times a week.
  8. Pay off my car.
  9. Play and complete 17 video games.
  10. Practice yoga 5 times a week.
  11. Read and complete 17 books.
  12. Refrain from voicing negative opinions.
  13. Sing.
  14. Start a family.
  15. Start a garden.
  16. Start a memory journal.
  17. Start my own business.

Happy Birthday Stephen King!

stephen-kingToday one of my favorite authors, Stephen King, turns 69 and I’d like to celebrate this birthday and the next by attempting to read all of his fictional novels within a year!

If my research is correct, I believe this is about 66 books including the 11 collections, and each collection ranges between 4 to 24 stories.

Can this be done? Has anyone done this before?

I could feel daunted by the sheer number of books and their length, but one of the things I love about Stephen King is the flow of his work and how easy it is to become completely invested in the story. I really couldn’t help myself and already began reading on September 1st, thusfar I’ve finished Carrie, ‘Salem’s Lot and  The Shining. I’m feeling really positive about finishing before his next birthday!

  • Carrie
  • ‘Salem’s Lot
  • The Shining
  • The Stand
  • The Dead Zone
  • Firestarter
  • Cujo
  • The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger
  • Christine
  • Pet Sematary
  • Cycle of the Werewolf
  • The Talisman Written with Peter Straub;
  • Thinner Published under pseudonym Richard Bachman
  • It
  • The Eyes of the Dragon
  • The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three
  • Misery
  • The Tommyknockers
  • The Dark Half
  • The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands
  • Needful Things
  • Gerald’s Game
  • Dolores Claiborne
  • Insomnia
  • Rose Madder
  • The Green Mile
  • Desperation
  • The Regulators Published under pseudonym Richard Bachman
  • The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass
  • Bag of Bones
  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
  • Dreamcatcher
  • Black House Sequel to The Talisman;Written with Peter Straub
  • From a Buick 8
  • The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla
  • The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah
  • The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower Grant
  • The Colorado Kid
  • Cell
  • Lisey’s Story
  • Blaze Published under pseudonym Richard Bachman
  • Duma Key
  • Under the Dome
  • 11/22/63
  • The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole
  • Joyland
  • Doctor Sleep
  • Mr. Mercedes
  • Revival
  • Finders Keepers Second novel in the Bill Hodges Trilogy.
  • End of Watch Third novel in the Bill Hodges Trilogy.

Collections

  • Night Shift
  • Different Seasons
  • Skeleton Crew
  • The Bachman Books (Rage, Long Walk, Roadwork, Running Man)
  • Four Past Midnight
  • Nightmares & Dreamscapes
  • Hearts in Atlantis
  • Everything’s Eventual
  • Just After Sunset
  • Full Dark, No Stars
  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

2016 Game Progress

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One of the new year’s resolutions I gave myself this year is to play and complete 16 video games within this year of 2016. So far I’ve played and completed 7 games and I’m currently playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt which is a mammoth of a game, believe me!

Other games I’ve completed are:

  • Lara Croft Go
  • Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
  • Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4
  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power
  • Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

2016 Reading Progress

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One of the new year’s resolutions I gave myself this year is to read and complete 20 books within this year of 2016. So far I’ve played and completed 8 books and I’m currently reading my 9th, which is The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly.

The other books I’ve completed are:

  • Scott Pilgrim Volume 3
  • The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
  • The Black Ice by Michael Connelly
  • The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
  • Scott Pilgrim Volume 4
  • The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith