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Lenni Reviews: “Escape Velocity” Jason M. Hough

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*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

*This review is cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.

After the destruction of their ships, Captains Skyler Luiken and Gloria Tsandi with their crews are stranded within enemy compounds, scattered and separated with no escape and surrounded by the Scipio; having survived a huge attack, and now must find a way to find their comrades, defeat an armada, and get out alive.

Despite the flurry of characters, this is an interesting space opera with some high handed concepts that feel bigger than they really are. Other than my personal curiosity about the previous books in this series, this one stands alone just fine. It’s enjoyable, the characters and writing kept me interested but not enough to get truly lost in it and I found myself easily distracted instead of engaged. It comes in, does its thing, then it leaves fulfilling its task. Not bad, though. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Ghost, The Owl” by Franco and Sara Richard

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

*This review is cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.

One night, an owl spies the ghost of a young girl skipping across the swamp and goes to investigate. Despite the advice of his fellow owls, he decides to help the lost ghost figure out why she is lost and the mystery of how she died.

Despite being predictable, this is a beautifully drawn, sweet story. The art is a treat for the eyes; soft and flowing when it needs to be and crisp and scary when it needs to be. The detail is fantastic so, even though this is a pretty standard ‘find out why the ghost died so they can move on’ story, it’s so pretty, it should be seen.

The ending is a bit abrupt and I would say this is too dark for very young kids but I enjoyed it and give it a 3.9 out of 5!

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Well, this sucks…

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So…

Remember when I moved the thing? Yeah, I think I strained my back. Because it’s less like I did a week of P90X now and more like “You dipshit. You’re not 25 anymore.”

I can blame this on age all I want but I am pretty sure I strained my lower back. I am sure now, people who know me well are making big boob jokes and that’s fair. I do have a large bust and they do put strain on my lower back.

But some lazy self-diagnosing has deduced that I need to take a decent rest and not push myself in order for my lower back to get back to normal. What sucks is the Zombies Run virtual race ends on April 30th.

I am NOT missing that, I don’t care if my spine is actually protruding from my skin.

This means I am going to be doing some light walking, I have a mini peddler under my desk at work and I will be using my bike desk that I bought. I should use it more often but to be honest, I go run. It’s my thing now, it seems.

Go figure.

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Today’s Workout? I moved the thing!

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This is the infamous bit of furniture I moved last week (if you followed my workout whining on Instagram) and in that move, I got it out of the kid’s room, down to the first floor of the house and onto the porch. Now, where I live, I gotta call special pick-up to have things such as this taken away. My neighbors must have LOOOVVEED having this thing sitting on my porch for days until I could put it out this evening…

Anyhoooooo, the very nice woman I spoke to at the sanitation office said to put it out Tuesday night and like a dutiful member of society, I obliged. I didn’t hurt myself but there is some lingering soreness there so I took it easy, did a short round of Ninja on the Atlas Shape, and the first day of this Belly Fat Blast 28 Day Challenge… Thing. Since I have said plenty of times how my belly is a part of my body that bothers me.

The first day was not so bad. I’m not gonna say my back was happy about any of this but it didn’t make me run to the painkillers either. And honestly, I’ll take ANYTHING that will shrink my middle. Or at least my lower middle so my jeans will fit again.

I will say that something I’m doing is working because I went to my friend’s house this weekend and got a bunch of jaw drops as to how my body has changed since the last time they saw me. The muscle definition I have gained is physically visible to people who know me and that’s kinda awesome! Even with the setbacks of various knee issues and my Advil Adventures; all the time I spent on running made a difference. It mattered. And I gotta say, that’s fucking surreal to me.

And I still have some glorious scars from that which itch from time to time. I take them as reminders to not push it too far. Which is why I didn’t jump on the treadmill today. I have way too many people who will show up at my door and put me in the hospital if I don’t put myself there so, don’t shame me too badly for giving it a break today.

And, as sitting in this chair typing is annoying my back, I’m going to bed early like the lame thirtysomething that I am. I’ll be a badass tomorrow.

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Today’s Run: A Zombie Cult?

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Sure. Why not?

I felt a little slower today. I hit mile one in 14:50 and mile two in 30:53. Not bad, keeping it in the same pace average. What was more important is that when the mission was done, I felt like I could go another mile to complete a 5k. And since the race starts in 10 days, that’s a really good thing.

What sucks though is my allergies are already in full effect. My eyes are all itchy, my nose won’t stop running, and the coughing interferes with my breathing when I run. I’m already doubling up on my meds to make it stop. It’s all over the news that this allergy season is gonna be terrible so I’m not surprised. I’ll just have to deal with it for the next few days till the medicine kicks in.

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Today’s Run: They got the Crown Jewels!

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Today I ran the training mission for this month’s virtual 5k! I finished the first mile in 14:30! But after that, my back started really hurting me from moving that dresser/closet out of my kid’s room the day before yesterday. I can’t exactly remember what the second mile was (I need to put a notepad in the gym…) but the second mile was faster than my last run.

It seems 3.7MPH is still a struggle for me but I gotta push through it. I shouldn’t expect a difference in my stamina so fast but I’m betting my aching back had an impact.

Now, as for food:

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At my kid’s request, I made a tray of lasagna and we’ve been nibbling off that since last night. It may not be pretty, but man, is it just amazing comfort food. The best is when I’d take a bite and catch a bit of chopped, roasted garlic.

And I didn’t forget about the “Japanese” soup I made the other day. I wrote down the steps and took in progress pictures so I will post what I did to make it soon.

This week made me tired. And not just from moving furniture! But I have 4 miles left to go this week! Gotta log ’em in!

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Today’s Run: 2 outta 3…

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I upped my speed as planned and I finished my first mile in 15:03!! I hit mile two at about 30:10. However, I was flagging in that third ten-minute stretch. I only made it to 7 minutes before I had to slow it down. But hey, that’s what it was like when I bumped up my speed the first time.

My heart rate was up, I maxed out my reps, and I am feeling pretty damn proud of myself! I’m sure in a couple weeks, this speed will be as easy for me as 3.5. I’m betting the weight loss I’ve had has helped me so far and this push will help me lose more so I can get to where I want to be.

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Today’s Run: It may be time to push it…

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I seem to be keeping my pace around fifteen minutes all the time and I’m not feeling as run down after. This obviously means I need to push myself a little harder.

I’m thinking I’ll keep the Run to Ten thing and just up my speed from 3.5 to 3.7. The last time I upped my speed a few weeks ago, I went from 3.2 to 3.5. It may not seem like much when you look at it but it shaved two minutes off my mile once I got used to it. And the whole point for me is to complete my miles faster so a 5k doesn’t take me an hour. That way starting to train for a 10k won’t seem so impossible.

As for food, I made pulled pork over the weekend and I’ve been nibbling at it. Super salty but so worth it!

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Today’s Run: It sucked.

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Between my back aching and my head pounding, I didn’t want to bother at all today. But I did it anyway.

Part of this journey is understanding there are some days that you won’t want to workout, you won’t even want to move and those days aren’t about breaking a record; they’re about just moving. I was all cramped up, had a splitting headache, backache… And I got on the damn treadmill and moved my ass.

That’s why this run is a supply mission and not a story mission.

The entire run was just one big blech. Next time will be better!

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Lenni Reviews: “Bettie Page” Vol. 1 by David Avallone

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is recommended for older readers.

*This review is cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.

In this collection of “secret diaries,” we follow our femme fetale, Bettie Page, as she dodges the cops, secret agents, and cult members all while trying to make a living as a model and movie star of B movies with aliens… All while helping beat the bad guys.

This book is a whole lot of cheese and I kinda love it for that. I am an absolute sucker for pin-up art and all the guest art and the comic itself is lovely to look at; even with the batshit crazy ideas. However, there’s this sensation of being in a glitter bomb; shiny, pretty, but confusing in all it’s bright colors and movement. At the end, I had to re-read it all because I didn’t remember what exactly happened. Gotta give it a 3 out of 5 for that but it sure is pretty.

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