Readers’ Workouts – 12/1


Readers workouts

Here are my steps for the week. Check it out! I actually hit my weekly goal, which is way better that I’ve been doing lately.



My current plan is to do a core workout on Monday, cardio on Tuesday (60 mins), upper body on Wednesday, cardio on Thursday (60 mins), total body workout on Friday and cardio on Saturday (60+ mins). I didn’t follow that schedule exactly, but I did do pretty well at the end of the week.

Friday – 60 minute run at the park – 5.12 miles

Sunday – walked in our town’s Christmas parade, lifted weights at home (20 minutes)

Monday – 60 minutes on the elliptical

I’m down 1.5 lbs since 11/17. My goal is 11.

We’re going to Disney World next week. I imagine my steps will be great, but I’m not counting on doing any other “workouts.”

How was your week? Readers’ Workouts is hosted by Joy at Joy’s Book Blog. Thanks!

Christmas Spirit Read-a-thon Wrap-up



xmas spirit read-a-thon 2015

I failed a bit at the Christmas Spirit Read-a-thon. I finished a few short stories, and made a bit of progress on a couple of books, but I had hoped to have more time for reading.


“Holiday Task” by Leo Bruce
“Murder!” by Arnold Bennett
“The Hazel Ice” by H. C. Bailey
“Early Bird Special” by Tracy Krimmer

Read/Listened to part of:

The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young
Five Questions of Christmas by Rob Burkhart
Do You Believe in Santa? by Sierra Donovan
Advent Illustrated by Sara Laughed

I guess nothing was really grabbing my attention, hence the jumping around between books.

Early Bird Special by Tracy Krimmer

Early Bird Special by Tracy Krimmer Early Bird Special by Tracy Krimmer
Published by Amazon Digital Services on November 5, 2014
Genres: Chic Lit, Short Story
Pages: 30
Format: eBook
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Francie excels at her job as a party planner, but can't say the same about love. When an obnoxious, but handsome, man approaches her in line at a Thanksgiving sale, she pushes him away like she always does. Can Francie put her fears aside and nab an early bird special, or is she destined to plan every wedding but her own?

I don’t go Black Friday shopping, or Thanksgiving Day shopping for that matter, but I thought reading this short story that starts off with Francie and her family in line in the cold waiting for the store to open on Thanksgiving would fit the day.

I know “Early Bird Special” is a short story, but at the end I was left with a “that’s it?” feeling. I like Francie. Her parents seem nice enough and her brother has the potential to be interesting, but there were too many things brought up and just left off. I would have enjoyed it more if Krimmer had had a bit more time to develop the characters and story. I wanted a romance and I ended up with a woman deciding she needs to give men, and one in particular, a chance, which is not the same thing.

I did enjoy it though. It was cute, it just didn’t have that complete feeling I’m looking for in a good short story. It felt more like an introduction to Francie and her world.

About Tracy Krimmer

Books have always been a part of Tracy Krimmer’s life. When she was a child, her Book It! pin was filled with stars and she won many personal pan pizzas from Pizza Hut. Her writing passion began young, around fourth grade, when her class made a notebook of short stories. She still has that notebook to this day. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, napping, or eating popcorn.

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