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Lucky #7!

I have officially been blogging for 7 years. I composed my very first post in 2009 during the summer between law school years when I was working as a summer associate. Here’s that post:

“I am new to the whole “working” everyday 9-5 thing. I’ve spent the last 21 years (holy moly that’s a lot of years) of my life in school, with one more to go, so the only jobs I’ve had are summer or part-time things that don’t really count. What I’ve discovered since having a big girl job this summer is I spend a lot of time trying to find things to do other than work. Don’t get me wrong, I do get all of my work done and actually really enjoy the research and such that I get to do. Yes, I’m a nerd, hence the 21 years in school thing…BUT, I can’t be productive all day long.

In my seeking to find things to do on the internets beside work, I’ve discovered several of my friends from high school and college have blogs. Being so far away from everyone, I really do enjoy reading about what’s going on in their lives. So, after much contemplation, I decided to start a blog of my own. Can’t guarantee anything I write will be remotely entertaining, but it will provide me with, yet another, means to distract me from working.”

Since that time, I’ve: graduated law school, moved to Dallas, passed the bar exam, had a few jobs before landing in my current job, which I love (hashtag blessed, y’all), moved to Austin, purchased a home, and gotten married. That’s a lot of things! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing these events, along with my daily life with you folks that have chosen to read along, but as I warned you, it’s time to move onto the next phase of life, which unfortunately doesn’t include blogging.

The blog will stay up a little while until my domain and hosting expires. So, if you haven’t looked at the Travel page, feel free to look around. I updated it while I’ve been working on publishing a book of travel blog posts. Better late than never, right?

If you do want to continue following along with my happenings, please feel free to follow me on my social media accounts:

  • Instagram: @heathermlock
  • Twitter: @hmahurin
  • Snapchat: @heathermlock

Lastly, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! To everyone that’s read or commented or followed or emailed or connected with me in another way through this blog: I appreciate you all and you have made this hobby so much fun over the last 7 years!!!!

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What I’ve Been Reading

I started trying to read The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman. I got maybe 10 pages into it before I decided it was too much to be the next book that I read after A Thousand Splendid Suns.

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So, I went in a different direction, and read two suspense/thrillers and one young adult book. They were all super enjoyable! I kept The Plum Tree on my to read list. I do very much want to read it when the timing is better for me.

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica: I think I only gave this 3 stars on Goodreads, but that’s not exactly indicative of how much I enjoyed it. It was a good suspense novel that I couldn’t put down. I thought I saw the twist coming, but it was a little different than I expected, which was a pleasant surprise. A super easy read if you need a book for summer travel.

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Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy: I read this one in anticipation of our linkup hosts podcast discussing this one. Of course both Steph and Jana agreed that her other book, Dumplin’, was better, so I wished I had read that instead. This wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t good. I agreed with Jana on the podcast saying that she found herself more annoyed with Harvey than Alice. But, I definitely found them both rather annoying. That being said, I DO really enjoy Julie Murphy’s writing style. I will most definitely read Dumplin’ and would read future YA books by her.

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Speak of the Devil (Anna Curtis #3) by Allison Leotta: I started the Anna Curtis series last year. I like these books because they’re about a female attorney written by a female attorney. The series reminds me of an episode of Law & Order: each book is about a case but you have personal relationships and stories sprinkled in. It seems that reviewers’ (on goodreads) biggest issue with this book is the interlacing of the personal relationship between the characters, but I think that’s what makes the series even more enjoyable.

16130452Up next for me: The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton; don’t Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman; and Erin’s Book Challenge.

It’s Definitely Summer in Austin

We’ve gotten a lot of rain recently, so the heat hasn’t heat us quite yet. But, WHOA, did it this weekend. It was in the upper 90s and felt sooooo hot.

We had visitors this weekend! Lindsey and her boyfriend came down from Dallas. We had Bettye’s baby shower on Saturday, so we decided to make it a full, fun weekend. When they arrived on Friday, we started happy hour, of course, and fired up the grill. L got some yummy burgers from HEB, so we grilled those and roasted some veggies. It was a yummy, low-key dinner, so then we decided to turn it up a notch by meeting up with some folks on the East side for a birthday celebration.

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We had a fabulous time. Maybe too much fun because it was difficult to get going the next day. We meet some other folks at Blue Dahlia for brunch because it was close to the shower location. Then, the girls attended the baby shower while the boys went to Cover 3 to watch soccer. Bettye got lots of good stuff, and I think she liked the cute little book that we got her at the Berlin zoo. After showering Bettye, we meet up with the boys to watch the USA win their soccer game. The bar was pretty full, and it’s always so awesome having the entire bar cheer for the same team. After a full day out, we went home pretty early but continued catching up with all the kiddos. We stayed up entirely too late drinking wine and watching Arrested Development, but it was really fun.

Sunday, we HAD to have some queso, so we did lunch at La Mancha before the Dallas kids had to head home. L and I kinda continued Sunday Funday watching Germany play soccer. It was SO cool to see all the Germans cheering in Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate since we were there just 2 1/2 months ago. Post-soccer I got back to Game of Thrones. I’m almost caught up to the current episode, which I’m pretty sure is incredibly embarrassing…

Friday Randoms

I got a facial on Monday. I haven’t gotten one in probably 2 years, and I know you’re supposed to do them more often than that. Now that I’m in my 30s, I’ll work on that. Anyway, it was fantastical. She used this clarisonic opal on my undereye, which is my biggest complaint/problem area.

Via Amazon.com

Via Amazon.com

She also used the LED light thing. I don’t know which one it was, or maybe it was the combo, but I really noticed yesterday that it was tighter and less red under my eyes. I thought maybe I should invest in this opal device, but the reviews on amazon are really not good. Maybe I’ll just start getting facials more often, instead.

Have I talked about my Garmin Vivosmart HR band on here? If not, then I will today. I’m obsessed. It’s got the step counter, plus it integrates with my fitness pal for food tracking, and you can time your workout and the heart rate monitor measures the number of calories you burned. I’m quite sure it’s not 100% accurate, but it’s been motivating me, which I think is the real purpose of the step trackers/fitness bands.

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I’ve really been on an 80s music kick lately. I think it’s because I was watching the So You Think You Can Dance auditions and one of the kiddos danced to “Cold Hearted Snake.” I remembered how much I like that song, and thus, I’m in a spiral of listening to 80s pop. I’ve been especially listening to Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T.” because it’s my favorite MJ song.

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I think if I were stranded on a deserted island, and I could only take one album (do we still call them albums??), I’d take “Thriller.” I mean, how good are these tracks:

  1. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
  2. Baby Be Mine
  3. The Girl Is Mine
  4. Thriller
  5. Beat It
  6. Billie Jean
  7. Human Nature
  8. P.Y.T.
  9. The Lady in My Life

I saw this earlier this week and it made me LOL.

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We have a fun weekend planned with friends in town, brunch, and a baby shower. It should be a good one. I think we might even get a weekend sans rain. Hallelujah!!!

Oh, and lastly, big birthday shoutout to this gorgeous broad who is celebrating her birthday today!! Happy Birthday Priya!!!

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Round the Blend

When I “started” Wine Down Wednesday, I had hoped to be more consistent with it, but alas, life kinda got in the way. But, here I am, on a Wednesday, talking about wine. SUCCESS! This week we’re drinking a red blend called Round the Blend. First off, points for the creative name. I’m a sucker for a creative name or fun label. I thought this wine had both.

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It’s a blend of basically every grape varietal, and I have to say it’s blended REALLY well. It was so smooth and easy to drink but finished with a bit of tobacco and spice, which I loooove. I’m still thinking about this wine days after I finished drinking it. That’s how you know it’s good. We got this one with our wine subscription/club we signed up for, but it looks like it retails between $14-$16. Very worth the price. One of the best red blends I’ve had. It pairs well with binge watching shows.

CHEERS!

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