Wellness Update #4 – Wedding Fever

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I got a job! It’s not actually that new, really. I’ve been working there since the beginning of December, hence the lack of consistency here. Right now I’m working in retail. Bridal retail to be exact. It’s actually a lot of fun. There are parts of it that I find boring, but hey, that’s any job, and at my job I get to sell pretty dresses to mostly happy people. Sure, there’s a bad egg now and again, but for the most part everyone is nice and just generally excited. It’s a wedding! What could bad about that?

How did I end up in a bridal shop, you ask? I blame Big Red. She told me to apply for the position when we were there trying on my bridesmaid gown for her wedding and I interviewed 4 days later and got the call the next week that I got the job! All of the ladies I work with are incredibly talented and considerate of every customer’s needs and feelings. It’s sometimes so crowded in there that we don’t have dressing rooms available, and these stylists just work with what they have, sizing people left and right, suggesting a specific color to go with a complexion, recommending a certain cut of dress to complement the bride’s wedding gown. I don’t know how they do it. I just work the front desk and the cash registers, answering questions over the phone and creating appointments for people.

As far as wellness goes, I’m doing alright. I haven’t been sick since just after Christmas, which is pretty great. My acne is still there, but it has significantly lessened, and I think there may be a light at the end of the tunnel!

I haven’t run since October. I’m a terrible hermit when it comes to winter. As soon as it gets freezing outside and snowy, I go into hibernation mode. I eat a lot, sleep a lot, and read and watch television. My mom and I are just finishing up the 3rd of our 5 spring TV shows that we watch. We DVR everything and then watch it when I am home, because about 70% of the time I’m living at Big Red’s and working. Now that summer has arrived, I hope to get back out on the trails and in the pool soon, probably in another 2 weeks. “Why not now?” you ask. Well, My ankle keeps swelling up, and I’m not supposed to work out for another week or so/ until the swelling goes away, because I got my first tattoo! I’ll tell you the whole story of my escapades later this week. May has been an exciting month!

Now that we’re hitting summer, I’m going to have a ton of bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and weddings to prep for. Not only is Big Red getting hitched Labor Day weekend, but I found out a couple months ago that my old college roommate, we’ll call her The Nurse (because she is one), is getting married the weekend before her, and I will also be a bridesmaid in HER wedding! It’s going to be a very wedding-filled summer.

For now, rest assured that I am doing well, and that I am planning BIG THINGS. It’s almost that time of year again when I outline my Theme of the Year for you all and set up my plan for the year ahead. Wish me luck!

 

Until next time,

Amanda

Daughter of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy, #1) – Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurts

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Raymond E. Feist, author of The Riftwar Saga, and Janny Wurts, writer of The Wars of Light and Shadow, have joined forces to write about life on the other side of the Rift, in the land of Kelewan. Mara Acoma is about to give up her life of luxury as the only daughter of one of the most historied ruling families in the  Tsuranuanni empire and become a servant in the house of the goddess Lashima, until suddenly she is ripped from her life of choice and thrust, untested and mostly uneducated, into the dangerous game of the council that has already claimed the lives of her father and brother. Only by trusting her gut and the honor of others can Mara hope to restore her family to the position of strength and grace of the Acoma once held.

My brother’s girlfriend who loves this series and The Riftwar Saga suggested this book to him, and he to my mother and myself. I was in the middle of reading a bunch of other things, but I picked it up anyway. It started off slowly, and it took me a day or two to adjust to the universe and the culture in which it takes place. Once I understood it, the pages flew by, and I was sucked further and further into Mara’s story, and the history of the Acoma, the Tsuranaunni, and Kelewan. The world building, while culturally happening at the beginning of the book, physically and historically happens much later, rather the opposite of most fantasy that I have read.

The chapters were long, but they tended to be more like books within the book. Each chapter was a section of Mara’s life and culminated in the important thing that happened during it. Although there isn’t as much dialogue as I expected, the detailing and descriptions were stunning. Having never read any of the authors’ other works, I can’t say how their voices blended together, but I didn’t notice any style changes throughout the book, so I guess they blended well.

Overall, the book is great. I felt satisfied with the ending, albeit a little surprised there wasn’t more of a big problem for her to overcome. The ‘big problem’ is present and accounted for during the whole book, and Mara just chips away at it chapter by chapter, rather than the normal fantasy trope of training and training and then all of a sudden having to fight the big bad guy. There were twists I didn’t expect (for once i couldn’t predict what was going to happen!), and it was extremely well written. There are supposedly two more books in this series, and I will probably read them, but I don’t really have any idea where it will go from here. Reading a long fantasy book like this always inspires me towards eventually reading The Lord of the Rings, and finishing the Outlander and The Wheel of Time series, and hopefully, I’ll get to them someday, but for today, I recommend Daughter of the Empire to any fantasy lovers out there. think about it as a warm up.

HHC Rating: 4 Stars