Shopping and Baseball and Car Rides, Oh My!

Hey everyone! It was nice to have one last hurrah before school starts – a trip to Detroit! This post will be a recap of the trip, and Wednesday’s post will be the eats ūüėÄ

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Mom and I headed out right after my cross country meet where I got 4th place! My time was 21:08. It was so. hot. Which figures since we ran at 12:30!

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Mackinac Bridge

After what seemed like forever, we finally made it to our hotel. We were so tired, we just went straight to bed!

The next morning we woke up ready to shop.

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We went to Great Lakes Crossing, Michigan’s largest outlet mall! I’m telling you, it has the¬†largest¬†Forever 21 you will ever go to. It’s the size of a department store. Oddly, I couldn’t find a single thing there. Crazy. Normally I’m head over heels in that store! I really didn’t get too many clothes. I don’t need any! I did get…

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an anchor shirt! I’ve been looking¬†so long for one and I finally found one! It’s from Windsor Store. I’m thinking first day of school outfit! Some more purchases:

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Victoria’s Secret actually had good deals. Running shorts for $8, tshirt and capris each $10, sports bra for $5!

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White jeans at American Eagle for $12!

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I didn’t even run that day. Walking around the mall was workout enough!

After shopping we headed to the heart of Detroit – Comerica Park!

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Go Tigers!

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The Tigers were ahead 5-2 when we decided to leave in the bottom of the seventh. Good thing we left, because literally the minute we were on the road it started POURING! Pouring like couldn’t see the car in front of you and going 45 on the freeway. Luckily we made it to our hotel safe in about a half hour!

On the way home we stopped at the Mystery Spot to say hi to my cousins Рthey own it! We also stopped to find a Geocache.

I finished two books during this road trip – “The Michigan Murders” and “Almost Anorexic”. They were both¬†amazing¬†books. Highly recommended reads.

Now I’ll just be enjoying my last day of summer – I start high school on Tuesday! Wish me luck ūüėÄ

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It’s a Yooper Thing

What? Yooper?

A¬†Yooper is someone who lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It’s the best place in the world, but I’ll save all that for another post. This is about my dinner tonight – a pasty!

What? Pasty? Not pace-ty. Not pass-ty. Pass-tee! The most well known Yooper food. A typical pasty includes meat and potatoes, but since it’s Friday and I’m Catholic, we got veggie pasties!

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So delicious and filling. Potatoes, carrots, rutabaga, celery, onions, cream of mushroom, cheddar cheese, and salt & pepper. YUM.

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My cousin Laura called and wanted to run so sure I said. It was as bad as yesterday’s run. So. Windy. She is not very fast though, I was practically walking. I’m planning on a long run tomorrow!

After I thawed out I had some ice cream! It’s been awhile. I’ve missed it. It was a nice treat!

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Vanilla with a scoop of Mint Chip and strawberries.

St. Patty’s Day Weekend! Special Plans?

I have nothing. That never happens!

What are your favorite local foods?

Book Review: House Rules and My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

How is it MARCH already?!?!?! What the heck!

It’s Friday! I love getting out of school early. So much. My mom and I are gonna go xc skiing later, then I’m going to a basketball game with my dad.

My first Fitness magazine came in the mail today! ūüôā

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I actually had a really busy week which I wasn’t expecting. I had some depression in the beginning of the week but it got better as the week went on.

                                

March is National Reading Month! So what’s better than a book review to start it off?

Jodi Picoult, House Rules

This book is about a single mom with a son who has Asperger’s. Jacob is interested in forensic science and is always showing up a crime scenes. When there is a murder, signs point to Jacob… could he be a killer?

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I honestly loved this book. I was hooked from the start. Having autism myself, I could really relate when it was Jacob’s point of view. Picoult did a tremendous job researching that. It did of course, have to have some love story in it… ew. I think Picoult likes adding that drama.

It was definitely a page turner and I really wanted to find out what happened. This story really helps people see what ¬† autism/Asperger’s are like. I give this book 4.5 stars!

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Jodi Picoult,¬†My Sister’s Keeper

My Sister’s Keeper¬†is about a young girl, Anna, who was conceived to be a donor for her leukemic sister, Kate. When Kate needs a kidney, Anna draws the line and wants medical emancipation from her parents. It’s a story about family, hope, and self-discovery.

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I probably shouldn’t have been reading this, because it fueled my depression even more. Aside from that, it was a great book. You could see every side and why they wanted what they wanted. I’ve noticed the three Jodi Picoult books I’ve read have all dealt with court. I really learned a lot about the law. They also all had a love story… not my favorite. I really enjoyed reading this and want to watch the movie now!

This book really shows self-discovery and maturing. There’s also a strong emphasis on what is right and what is wrong. How far will you go to save someone you love, even if it hurts someone else?

I give this book 4 stars. The ending will really throw you for a loop!

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I think I’m done with Jodi Picoult for awhile. I want to read Life of Pi. Yes? No?

Any book suggestions?

What are your weekend plans?

Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult

This was the first book I’ve ever read by Jodi Picoult. It’s about a woman, Mariah, who finds her husband cheating on her and her seven-year-old daughter Faith who starts seeing God and performing miracles. Soon the press is involved and now it’s a custody battle.

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I really enjoyed reading this book. Sometimes it was confusing, though, because it was from all characters’ points of view. I found that I was more interested when a part about Faith came up. I like how it revolved around God.

I didn’t like the whole love story. Ian Fletcher is a reality tv show star based on atheism. He goes to uncover what Faith is doing and him and Mariah end up having something. It was kind of predictable.

About halfway through the book I was just reading it to get it done with. All this court and television drama didn’t interest me. I really only wanted to know what was happening to Faith.

And guess what? YOU DON’T FIND OUT. It leaves you guessing!!! Me, believing in God, will believe she was talking to God. But I really wish there would have been an answer. I mean come on!

So, I would give this book 3 out of 5.¬†It was good, but not the best book I’ve ever read.

3 STARS

I’m going to read some more Jodi Picoult and see how I like her. So far, I think I do.

 

“You can believe something really hard, and still be wrong,”

-Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith

Progresso Vegetable Classics Minestrone

Since my mom was crabby tonight, we did not end up making dinner. I still had a soup craving, however, so I made Progresso Vegetable Classics Minestrone. I like that it is vegetarian. progresso

I used the stovetop and it took about 10 minutes on a low-medium setting.

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Finally time to eat! I thought it was good. I liked all the noodles, beans, celery, peas, carrots, potatoes, spinach,, and green beans. Progresso advertises that it has no MSG, which is good. The broth tasted fine alone, it was rather thicker than I expected.

So overall, I’d say it hit the spot for my soup craving. I ate the whole can, but that’s all I ate. I like how it is vegetarian, with no chicken broth or anything. It’s got high sodium, but it’s pretty hard for a canned soup not to. I would eat this again. It might be good to add some parmesan cheese or salt and pepper.

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