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    Exercise and Fitness: Keep On Keepin' On

    Hovering around 185 now and am feeling great. Have had 4 games of softball and at 35 I've gained a step or two defensively, diving after balls I didn't even go after 3-4 years ago, getting to popups I never would have had, and stretching singles to doubles pretty easily just on a slightly bobbled ball. Wish I was hitting better, but it's still early in the season. Tonight it's barre class and some good stretching after. I know this isn't entirely exercise related, but I found out that my bowling team ended up taking 15th out of ~400 teams in state last month. Will get a bit of money for that, but I feel pretty proud about how well we did.
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    The Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb

    Yeah, book 3 definitely pulls them all together for a massive payout IMO. And while you'll definitely still enjoy it, you're going to miss out on all the relationships and character developments of the ships, dragons, sailors, and keepers. It was my favorite part of the book. And if you do go back, you're definitely spoiling yourself since you'll know who is around and who isn't years down the line. To each their own, but I would never recommend it.
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    The Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb

    You're doing yourself a disservice, but to each their own.
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    May - Reading 2018 - Have another?

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    What's For Dinner, Take 7

    Made a vegetarian carbonara last night that was lights out. Used nutritional yeast w/ the eggs instead of parmesan, and fried up some sliced almonds in smoked paprika, soy sauce, ancho chili powder, maple syrup, and red pepper flakes for the 'bacon'. Let that marinade for ~10 minutes, fried it in a dash of olive oil over med low heat, added 4 cloves of minced garlic for a minute, tossed my noodles in that mixture until covered, then added the egg/nutritional yeast mixture after turning off the gas and mixed it like crazy so it didn't turn into scrambled eggs. Garnished w/ a bit of parmesan and parsley. Probably the healthiest pasta dish I've ever made and incredibly satisfying.
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    Exercise and Fitness: Keep On Keepin' On

    Took a week off of barre and had my first class over the weekend. Mistakes were made. I'm still sore 3 days later, and on top of that I had my first round of batting practice on Sunday and now my obliques are on fire. It hurts to laugh. Did some yoga yesterday which really worked things out well, but I'm still pretty sore. Today I'm back at barre and taking a very easy hot hatha (stretching in 105 degree heat) class afterward which should help loosen everything before my first set of games tomorrow. On a side note, I'm hovering between 187 and 189 right now and feel pretty great about how well I've been able to stay with a reasonable diet since doing whole30. I haven't counted calories in months and am still shedding fat. Feels really good.
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    May - Reading 2018 - Have another?

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    Book series with best character development?

    This. It's better than ASoIaF IMO. 16 books, some of the most believable characters in fantasy, non-human POVs that still deliver character development, definitely the most emotional series I've ever read, and that ending.... This should be at the top of anybody's list.
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    May - Reading 2018 - Have another?

    Started up Heroes Die by Matthew Stover yesterday. ~100 pages in and so far it's really gripped me, plus the writing is just SO much better than the last book I read, which is a refresher.
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    May - Reading 2018 - Have another?

    I felt the same way. The first book was tightly written, while books 2 & 3 meander a lot more. Also, don't expect it to really go anywhere, it doesn't conclude all that well, though the ride is.... interesting. I finally finished The Black Prism and all I can say is.... BOLLOCKS!!! I actually may read the next one eventually when I'm in a Sanderson'esque mood, but good lord, going in thinking this would have anything close to good writing was a mistake.
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    U.S. Politics: The Flood Shall Wash Away The Cobbs

    Way too accurate.
  12. Why would whether it makes a great TV series be anywhere near a consideration requirement to read a book? There are plenty of recommendation threads, one is stickied, and there are at least 10 threads on the first page alone discussing great series and authors. Browse to your hears content and start picking them out. Bakker, Lynch, Hobb, Erickson, Abercrombie, Abraham, Stover, Lawrence.... those are authors just off the top of my head and all have been recommended countless times.
  13. We know that it takes a bullet train a fairly long time to get from HQ to WW. At least enough time to relax, have sex if one is so inclined, and change clothes at the very least.
  14. If anyone is interested in some of the better gems from Trump's rally yesterday, they can be found here: https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/30/politics/donald-trump-michigan-speech-annotation/index.html
  15. From his rally on what his role is in the NK talks of denuclearization.