New Year’s Resolution #2

Read. More. Books. (For fun, that is.)

Skulduggery Pleasant: Kingdom of the Wicked by Derek Landy

This is Book 7 in the fantastic Skulduggery Pleasant series and it certainly doesn’t disappoint! It has all the characteristics we’ve come to expect from Skulduggery and Co. – witty banter, Dickensian names, fights, chase scenes, mystery, spying, and, of course, magic.

As usual, the magical world (and the mortal world) is in danger from a big bad (or in this case, a big good) who is trying to destroy it for various reasons and it’s up to Valkryie and Skulduggery to save the day. But I think we’re nearing the end of the series, or at least near enough that Landy needs to get his ducks in a row for the big final showdown I’m expecting and he certainly follows through – I had to read the very last chapter quite a few times before I was so excited that he was actually going to go there. It involves a character that I’ve always found a little creepy for, until now, unfounded reasons and I can’t wait to see what’s coming next!

My rating: A

New Year’s Resolution #1

Be. More. Active.

Last year, I did the Couch-to-5k program and, yes, I stuck with it. In fact, in October, I ran the 5k Race Against Racism. And I didn’t die! (My mom won her age group – I was really proud of her, even though she puts me to shame.)

Unfortunately, the weather got chillier, the holidays gained momentum, and I pretty much stopped going on my thrice-weekly jogs. But after eating my way through approximately the last three months, it’s time for me to get my act together again. So in addition to my tap class and my weekly tennis workout, I’m going to start taking advantage of HK’s on-site gym and use the treadmill there until the weather warms up a bit. Today was my first day back on the program (I started over at Week 1, Day 1) and it actually felt good to get moving again. Maybe I can get trained up in time to run the Twin Cities Twosome!

Oh, and I’m taking a yoga class twice a week. I suck at it, but I’m doing it!