The video from yesterday’s post got me all fired up (really, Jill? We couldn’t tell at all!) but I will admit that there are a few magazines that I do like to read. In fact, one of my favorite pastimes is huddling up on my bed spending a leisurely hour flipping through a magazine with a glass of wine by my bedside. And since I’m old and boring now, I tend to read magazines that cater to my middle-agedness, like Good Housekeeping, Oprah’s magazine, and Dr. Oz’s The Good Life (I actually really like his magazine – it has lots of good info and articles). Sometimes there are diet-y articles in these magazines, but I don’t even pay attention to those – I just flip the page and keep on moving. Oh and here’s the best part, I can download current issues of magazines FOR FREE through my local library using the Zinio for libraries app. I think it works better on a tablet than a phone, so keep that in mind if you decide to check it out.

In other news, my hair has decided to be curly again. The curl comes and goes and has done so my whole life. It was curly when I was a wee lass, then it went barely wavy, then in high school when I got a perm, it went from stick straight to CURLY ON STEROIDS and stayed that way for a few years. Then it chilled out and went barely wavy again until I had my last baby and then it decided to be curly again. Then my hormones leveled out and it went back to wavy. I guess I must be going through another hormonal change because for the last month or so I could not get my hair to behave no matter what I did – I blew it dry with a brush, I curled it, I straightened it…all to no avail. It just would not do anything resembling anything that I wanted to leave the house with. So one day last week when I just didn’t feel like fighting the battle that day, I half way dried it with my hairdryer while sort of scrunching it and lo and behold, it didn’t look half bad. I got several compliments that day on how good it looked – I had that whole beachy-wave thing going and I barely put any effort into it. So the next day I did some research on curly hair routines and came up with one of my own that totally works for me. And now I have curly hair again that I love!! My routine is simple and I end up spending far less time in the morning than I did before when I tried to beat my hair into submission. Letting it do its thing within the boundaries I set for it has allowed it to be what it wants to be. Also, I feel like there’s an analogy in there somewhere regarding body image and weight loss and trusting your body to be what it wants within the boundaries you set for it, but I haven’t  had enough caffeine to figure out exactly what it is yet. If you figure it out before I do, let me know.

Are you guys watching This Is Us on NBC on Tuesday nights? Oh gosh, this is my new favorite show. There’s only been 2 episodes so far, so you can still catch up if you haven’t watched it yet (I think you can watch it on or there’s an NBC app you can download too). Good characters, good plot lines, twists that make you want more. I hope they can stay on this path and keep this show feeling real. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a show that was “mine” and I want this to be it.

Volleyball is over now for my high schooler, so I’ll have lots of time in the evenings to chill or read or cook or do whatever. For the last two months, nearly every weeknight has been all about the VBall (except Wednesdays which are all about gymnastics for my middle-schooler). I won’t know what to do with myself and all my free time!! I’ve been reading when I can grab a few minutes but now I’ll have HOURS of free time. Okay, maybe not HOURS but a lot more time than I’ve had for awhile. I actually have some goals for October that I want to attend to: I’m working on putting together a book club for a few friends and myself, and I’m also working on hosting a neighborhood party for the women who live on my street. We’ve had several new folks move in and I think it would be good for all of us to get to know each other. Also, I really want to make exercise a consistent thing. I go at it in spurts – I work out for several days one week, then don’t work out again for 3 weeks, etc – and I’d really just like to figure out how to make it A REGULAR THING in my life. So those are my goals for the next month. Fun stuff, but it’ll take some effort.

I hope you have a good, relaxing weekend full of enjoyable things. Find something this weekend that makes you glad to be alive!