We are almost halfway through the year. I thought it would be a good point to check in on the things that I said I would do.

1)  Read More: I have been on a frenzied reading kick this year. I joined a batshit book club, which has been the source of much angst and joy. Here is a list of what what I have read so far (which is like 85% white, female, British authors and I know I need to expand my view. I have asked a friend’s mother who teaches an international women’s studies class for her reading list):

  1. Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen
  2. Grace – Grace Coddington
  3. Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
  4. H is for Hawk – Helen MacDonald
  5. The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
  6. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling (I read this for my book club, and it is a horrible, racist piece of trash. I walked away from this book with the impression that Mindy Kaling is a terrible person)
  7. When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
  8. After You – Jojo Moyes
  9. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  10. The Monster Within – Barbara Almond
  11. The Vitamin Complex – Catherine Price
  12. The Nightingale – Kristen Hannah
  13. How Brands Grow – Byron Sharp
  14. 84 Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff
  15. Kane and Abel – Jeffrey Archer (another book club pick; another piece of trash)
  16. Beloved – Toni Morrison
  17. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
  18. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  19. Maus – Art Spiegelman

2) Train Smarter: I did hire a coach. I did train smarter. This ended in a few months of terror and serious medical despair, but that is a story for a post to follow.

3) Practice Patience: I have largely failed at this. I actually ran out of minutes on my phone this month due to a lot of transatlantic screaming (see, e.g., previous post), which hasn’t happened to me in maybe 10 years. My friend eee suggested that this hasn’t happened to her since the ’90s. Despite my best efforts, I am not a patient woman. I am trying. I am a work in progress. But in my heart of hearts, I am a control-freak and a tyrant.

4) Dog Training: We are totally rocking this. A few bags of lamb-lung training treats; a few YouTube training videos, and we were good to go. Roo sits in the lift; he sits while we collect mail and pick up packages. He walks on the leash so much better. This is a work in progress, but we are making huge strides.

5) Buy Shoes: New Balance saved me. Massively new biomechanics, and New Balance came to the rescue. Figured this one out just in time!

Not 100%, but doing okay.


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