Thursday, May 16, 2013

Cool. Stuff.

Hey, good people. I wanted to drop in and share a little bit of what I've been up to.  I particularly wanted to share a few cool things I've been doing/using in my "me" time. Be warned, though, that my cool and your cool may be completely different - he!

Staying Accountable
I kinda scaled back on my fitness routine last month. My schedule was crazy and making time to exercise was even harder than it was before. Naturally after my schedule finally became normal again, I was rusty.  The last thing I wanted to do was go run or workout. Well...in comes GymPact

This little gem of an app (no pun intended) has really been holding me accountable. What's really cool about GymPact is you actually make money if you stay true to your goal for the week.  I should add that this app is NOT meant to be a big money maker (I've been using it for three weeks, and I've only made about $7.50). It's meant to simply help you meet your goals (while making you a dollar here and there while you're at it). It's for ALL FITNESS LEVELS. Go check it out (and if you use my referral code, we'll both get $5. Code: tbarGerri)!

Big Library Read
I started reading the novel for the Big Library Read last night. The book is The Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone. I've never read this author (not my typical genre), but I LOVE the idea of people worldwide reading the same book at the same time.


And so far, the book is pretty good. Go here to learn more about the Big Library Read.  Visit your local library's Web site to download your FREE copy of the book (join the fun)!

Nehemiah
Speaking of reading, I took a break from my own Bible-reading plan to study Nehemiah with the girls over at She Reads Truth.



Again, there's something about reading/studying with people from all over that fascinates me. It's a 21-day study, and it's only three days in.  Go here to jump in!

BookGorilla
Okay, clearly I'm a nerd because just about everything I'm sharing today involves reading. This one is too good not to share, though:



Have you heard of BookGorilla.com?  Well, it's kinda awesome. If you love reading, you need this in your life. BookGorilla sends you a daily list of free and hugely discounted Kindle* books (catered to your tastes).  I rarely purchase books, so I'm always looking for the "free-free." I've started a pretty neat library just from the list of free (and highly reviewed) books I've found through BookGorilla.com.

Do you remember that library Beast gave Belle?  Let me refresh your memory:


Am I the only one who's always been fascinated with this scene? I mean, lucky girl, right?? Thanks to technology, I'm building the virtual version of this.  And I'm having a lot of fun doing it.

So anyway, I wanted to share these cool apps and sites with y'all. If you didn't find anything cool in this post, then you should really check your coolness. For realz.

(I kid.)

On another note, the season finale of Scandal is about an hour away. I've gotta go do my breathing exercises to prepare. I have NEVER watched anything on TV that has caused me to forget to BREATHE, y'all. If my husband finds me passed out on the floor tonight, then y'all know why. I have a feeling tonight's episode is going to wreak havoc on my heart, soul, and overall well-being. Yes, it's like that.

Enjoy the rest of your week, peeps, and have a great weekend!

Love,
G

Edited to Add:  Saw this on Twitter last night:


This is exactly what this show does to millions of people every Thursday night.  Last night's season finale...I'm still in shock.  Shonda Rhimes and her team are BRILLIANT.  

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