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Trip Photos + Golden Love + What I’m Reading (GONE GIRL!!!)

I arrived home yesterday sun-kissed, rested and already a little homesick. I’m so thankful for the long weekend I spent with my parents and I’m already planning a return trip to stay longer this summer. I really want to STOP these six month spans between seeing each other. Family is too important.

7.6beachI really love the routine of my days when I visit. I naturally wake up around 7 and take my time getting up. My dad will have already made coffee and I grab a cup and head out to the balcony. I sit on the balcony for a couple of hours as I drink coffee and work on the computer. Then it’s workout/yoga time. I shower up, make lunch and either eat it there or pack it for the beach. Afternoons are spent on the beach reading and napping. Evenings are spent either staying in and cooking dinner or going out for something casual. We wrap up the night on the couch watching a few shows. I read before falling asleep EARLY!

I kind of can’t believe how much I slept on this trip. A solid 8-9 hours each night and 1-2 naps on the beach each day. The last day I was there I said, “there is no way I am going to fall asleep on the beach today. I have slept so much.” Later that day I closed my eyes and woke up an hour later. Guess I really needed it!


I read two books while I was there. The first was Wonder, which is my book club selection for this month.

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

The book is written in short chapters from the viewpoint of several different characters in the book. It was really easy to read and a sweet, heart tugging and uplifting story. I gave it to my mom after I finished it the first day and she breezed through it as well and enjoyed it equally as much. I definitely recommend this book.


And second was Gone Girl. I just finished it last night and HOLY CRAP! It probably took me about 100 pages to really get into this book. At first all I wanted to do was to flip to the end to see what happened but I’m glad I didn’t. Once I got into it I could NOT put it down. I kept thinking that I’d figured it out but then it would totally throw me. All I could think while I read this was WTF!? I posted that I was starting it on Instagram and got mixed feedback but I loved the book and loved the end.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

5.7sam.jpgWhen I wasn’t reading or sleeping, I was playing with my parents golden Sam. He’s a big boy…almost 100 pounds…but all love and cuddles.

5.8sam.jpgI was reading on the beach on my last day and heard this panting sound behind me. I turned around to see Sam. My dad walked him down to say hi. As my dad and I were talking Sam casually placed two paws on my beach chair and kind of perched himself up. He was so happy in the breeze watching the ocean and the birds. The next thing I knew he decided to crawl into the beach chair with me and sat on top of me for a good 10 minutes. It was hilarious. He through nothing of it and just made himself comfy.

Love those sweet goldens. 🙂


I switched up my workouts a good bit while I was there. I ran the first day, did a strength circuit workout the second day and got in an ashtanga practice by the pool and CrossFit the third day. There is NOTHING better than practicing yoga with an ocean view and the sound of waves.

5.7crossfit.jpgI finally got around to visiting a local CrossFit box on this trip. More about the workout when I recap the week’s workouts on Sunday but it was great and everyone was super welcoming!


Overall, the whole trip was just what the doctor ordered! I’m feeling refreshed and ready to get back to it. I started today with teaching my 6:30 a.m. hot vinyasa class at Y2. The rest of the day includes cooking for my client, an in-home training session, coaching CrossFit and teaching one more yoga class.


Feeling happy, fortunate and overall just really, really good. 🙂

What’s the best book you’ve read lately? 

Have you read Gone Girl? What did you think? 

{ 17 comments… add one }
  • Elizabeth May 7, 2014, 10:01 am

    I read “Gone Girl” and really liked it, but I think I liked her other book “Sharp Objects” even more. I recently read a series (9 books right now and number 10 coming out in August) by Louise Penny. The first book in the series is “Still Life”. They are great mysteries and you’ll LOVE the characters! Enjoy!

    • April B. May 7, 2014, 2:27 pm

      I read Gone Girl and Dark Places. Both are dark but good. I’ll have to check out Sharp Objects too. It’s on my list…

  • Jenn@Mark My Miles! May 7, 2014, 10:28 am

    YAY! So glad you are back and feel refreshed. I agree, 6 month spans is too long to wait to see family!

  • Claire @ Keeping Up With Claire May 7, 2014, 10:35 am

    Goldens are the best! Their sweet personalities are so adorable.

    That looks like such a relaxing few days. I too struggle with taking breaks from work and taking time to relax and just live. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

  • Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} May 7, 2014, 11:06 am

    I am reading a book right now called Perfect Timing and I am really enjoying it. {And the author} I have heard a lot about your book and I would love to read it!

  • Katie Marie May 7, 2014, 11:21 am

    I have read Gone Girl and I enjoyed it. Definitely looking forward to the movie!

    Right now I’m reading Game of Thrones and I’m pretty obsessed. I just started book 5 and can’t put it down.

  • kiki May 7, 2014, 11:32 am

    I recently read “Me Before You” which i thought was pretty good but then i read ” The Girl You Left Behind” by the same author ( jojo moyes) and that was very good! I read Gone Girl awhile back and although i couldn’t put it down the ending left me a bit dissapointed.

  • Amanda May 7, 2014, 11:46 am

    Gone Girl was good, but her other 2 books, Sharp Objects and Dark Places, were so much better!! You shuold check those out, too!

  • Lauren May 7, 2014, 12:23 pm

    I haven’t read “Gone Girl,” but it’s on the list. I just finished an odd find and a true literary gem called “The Golem and the Jinni.” Yes, that’s right, it’s the story of oddly paired mythical creatures who find themselves alone in turn of the century New York (that’s 1899, not 1999… lol). They manage to find each other and the author weaves a magical, but also very human story that can only be described as a grown up fairytale. It’s wrought with history and fantasy and beautifully written. “The Golem and the Jinni” is Helene Wecker’s first novel and it’s the best story I’ve read in a long time. I highly recommend.

    I’m so glad that your trip was so relaxing. R&R is so very important.

  • kait May 7, 2014, 12:38 pm

    Your trip sounds like it was so relaxing and refreshing- loved the pretty pictures! I have not read Gone Girl yet, but it is on my “to read” list!

  • Emily May 7, 2014, 1:14 pm

    This looks like heaven. 🙂 Do your parents live in a condo? How do they like it?

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun May 7, 2014, 2:08 pm

    Looks like an amazing trip! I have heard great things about Gone Girl. I may have to give it a go!!

  • Jojo @ RunFastEatLots May 7, 2014, 8:52 pm

    Awwww that last pic is perfection! Glad you had a rejuvenating trip!

  • Runner Girl Eats May 8, 2014, 6:16 am

    LOVED Gone Girl and her other book, Dark Places. Such addicting reads. I am now reading the 100 Year Old Man that Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared…long title but great read!

  • tara May 8, 2014, 12:43 pm

    Yes. i loved gone girl ! it was really suspenseful and i sort loved crazy Amy ! That girl has follow through! I will have to check out the authors other books if they are better than gone girl ! i just love reading at the beach. I’m going in august and seriously i’m more concerned with what i will read vs what i will wear ! It sounds like you had a really great time ! Good for you !

  • Pam May 9, 2014, 7:45 am

    Love the beach! So glad you enjoyed your visit and you got in some beneficial sleep! I too have read Gone Girl! Liked it a lot. I am now reading Greg Iles new book. It has sweatpants me in! Can’t seem to put it down. And I agree Goldens are the best!

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