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I Did Whole30* in January and Here’s How It Went

*If you read nothing else besides this sentence and then immediately jump to the weight-loss part, remember that I am not a doctor and to “Consult your physician before beginning any diet, nutrition, or fitness plan.” Thanks, Google.


This was my third or fourth annual attempt at the Whole30 plan, which millions of people have found success with in a variety of ways. The primary one is weight loss, of course, or else it likely wouldn’t have the intense following it does.

And while weight loss is on my mind pretty much every day, I do try to think about it more in terms of how I’ll feel: attacking workouts more easily (including trekking San Francisco hills); indulging in rich foods sometimes, but not all the time; and exploring my relationship with food on a deeper level than “this is bad” or “that wasn’t worth the calories.”

There are a few cornerstones of the Whole30 program, which I inevitably break annually. So while I won’t get a gold star for doing it 100 percent, I do show myself some grace for doing better than the weeks or year that led up to my restart:

Don’t weigh or measure yourself in any way until after Day 30. I usually weigh myself daily – but I couldn’t bring myself to do that in the depths of 2020 when I knew I was gaining weight at an alarming rate and not doing anything to change it. I began 2021 by weighing myself weekly, just to log in my WW (AKA Weight Watchers) app, and tried my very hardest to not get overly excited about big losses or defeated from smaller changes.

Don’t even consider the possibility of a “slip.” This is entirely logical and completely doable, but I’ve previously allowed one slip for my annual Gasparilla Invades SF party at the end of January. While this didn’t happen in 2021 – and I thought I’d get through without temptation to drink – I did allow myself to slip with a taco salad on day 17. And, I felt like crap the next day so I more than made up for it in post-taco shell indulgence. I also indulged in one piece of buttered toast… but more on that later.

Eat when you’re hungry. Again, entirely logical. I was reading Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, which is fascinating on so many levels but also unpacks the French approach to mealtimes. In broad strokes, they eat at 8am (breakfast), 12pm (lunch), 4pm (snack), and 8pm (dinner), and don’t eat outside of those designations. I wanted to try this out for myself, so I ended up eating a snack at 4pm when I wasn’t always hungry or I was hungry before 8pm but made myself wait as close to the target mealtime as possible.

Now, there are a million different ways to approach this program and each person should absolutely examine their individual relationship with food, understand that an elimination/restrictive program is not a sustainable lifestyle, and everyone has different definitions of what healthy looks like for them. My experience is one of litchrlly millions and has looked different each year I’ve done it.


So, what did I eat?

Before I give you all the answers to unlocking the universe,** it’s important to note I had to change my approach to food. I had to meal plan. I had to meal prep. I knew, without a shadow of a doubt, I wouldn’t succeed if I left things to chance and hoped for the best in the moment. 

I’d seen the all-too-quick temptation of ordering pizza and eating it over the next four meals, thinking that was OK for portion control. I’d fallen all too easily in the working remotely trap of going straight from 8am until 3pm, only to look up and realize I hadn’t eaten lunch. I’d grab a snack and then have two dinners (or one American-sized plate) to make up for my missed lunch.

I thought emotional eating meant you cried into your ice cream or only smiled with a carb in hand. I rationalized away all of these things because I’ve never been thin, never had a flat stomach, never known what it meant to be slender. And I didn’t start – have never started – an approach to lifestyle change expecting those kinds of results.

But damn, did I want to feel in control of myself again.

I first referenced my spreadsheet with recipes and meal plans I’ve used before. I knew the temptation to eat or drink socially would be gone – San Francisco was under only takeout/delivery orders for the foreseeable future. (Even with this lifted, on Jan. 28, I was so close to the end I made myself stick to the plan, including this Saturday while sitting outside, masked, at bars and sipping sparkling water.)

I opened endless browser tabs with recipes. I looked for common ingredients to minimize a bottle of this or giant bag of that and have it go to waste. I invested in a meal-planning pad because writing (in case you’ve noticed) helps me commit to and be energized about an idea.

My mom agreed to try Whole30 for her first time, and we were in constant contact about recipes and ingredients. My sister-in-law has had incredible success following WW, so we three texted regularly with ideas and motivation. My girlfriends from high school and a good friend in Chicago were recommitting to WW as well, so I had plenty of humans to turn to in times of desperation or creative drought.

My meal plan each week consisted of:

  • 2 breakfast options: a quick/premade one for weekdays and more exciting one for weekends
  • 3 lunch and dinner options: three W30-approved recipes with four servings each, plus one takeout meal split into two portions
  • 3 snack options: W30-approved nuts or plantain chips, plus some protein bars – which vary in W30 approvals and can actually make you crave sugar more

Breakfast: I thought baked egg cups were a revelation until I grew very tired of reheating already-cooked eggs. I often ended up with two cups of hot coffee or one cup of cold brew, plus a Tbsp. of Silk Coconut creamer and eating a couple of eggs scrambled in the microwave (45sec, check, 45sec). Weekends with sliced avocado, air-fried bacon, or bowls of sliced fruit were worth the delicious wait.

Lunch/Dinner: I wanted so badly to be into the same meal a fourth time around but sometimes abandoned it for a quick salad or anything at all besides the same meat and veggies I’d had the past three days. I optimized my laziness for meals made on sheet pans or in slow cookers – because signing an apartment lease in February 2020 meant living without a dishwasher would be fine 🙄 I finally bought an Instant Pot last year but it’s still in the box… so I looked for recipes to crisp up veggies in my mini air fryer while meat roasted in the oven. 

Each week, I ordered one takeout meal of grilled, non-breaded wings with two side salads; and I split the entire meal into two portions. I got fancy and took advantage of a brisket add-on one week, then drooled while thinking about the brisket the whole following week. When I ordered it a second time (with a free piece of buttered toast!), I got food poisoning and promptly swore off brisket for a long time to come.

Snacks: Plantain chips and 5lb bags of Halos are my BFFs when it comes to W30-approved snacks. I also found my way to Lara Bars and RXBars, trying different approved flavors each week. These are high on my WW Points Plan (7-9 on Blue) so I felt a little pang of guilt each time (also see above re: craving sugars more).

All of this takes time. And while I don’t have anyone but myself to worry about, I also don’t have anyone but myself to count on for grocery shopping, prepping, cooking, and cleaning. I live within walking distance of a Trader Joe’s, Target, and some local markets – but with the dining restrictions in place, lines cropped up again and I’m not a fan of standing in the rain to schlep groceries from multiple places (without a car, mind you). I will absolutely throw money at the problem and am in a privileged position to be able to afford fresh food, selected by a third-party shopper, who delivers it to my apartment within a 2-hour window I select.

Of all the recipes I tried, there are quite a few I’ll keep in my regular rotation:


So, how did I feel?

Overall, as with years past, I’ve felt more clear-headed, more focused, and more energized. This is without keeping up with daily workouts, mind you. And I wasn’t boozing *that* much in 2020 considering bars were closed so much and I really don’t enjoy drinking at home alone. I slept much better on the days I got longer walks in, but even a 20-minute walk felt invigorating instead of like a thing I had to do. Turns out there’s a lot of time to fill if I stop working before 7pm and don’t eat dinner until 8.

Fruits tasted sweeter, because they were my main source of sugar. I got pops of flavor from roasted veggies and marinated meat, instead of the hollow (though delicious) taste of french fries or heavy (though delicious) taste of cream, cheese, and all of the dairy I could get my hands on.

My stomach didn’t feel distended, I didn’t wake up groggy from a restless night, and I was thinking about food constantly – but in a more balanced and mindful way. Instead of “What will I eat next?,” I was excited to try a new recipe or grateful to have leftovers and not spend $30 on delivery. ← This wasn’t how I felt every single day, mind you, but it was more often than not.

Now, the first day back from “break,” I learned about a change in my role at work. The next day, the attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol stirred up a million emotions, from anger to disbelief. Inauguration Day brought me to happy tears with every historic second of Kamala’s oath and mention of “Second Gentleman” – and then I was told promptly after the ceremony that my role was changing even more, including a change to my manager and fundamental projects.

Emotional eating had new meaning, the one that is largely agreed upon and I hadn’t considered because I wasn’t crying into a pint of Ben & Jerry’s: it’s a way to suppress or soothe negative emotions

Well, shit. Ice cream does make me feel better. But isn’t that true for everyone (besides lactose-intolerant or vegan peeps)? It probably sounds super elementary, but I hadn’t explored my emotional relationship with food because I knew “bad” foods tasted good and that was that. With my adjusted eating times, I told myself during tough work days that I could have my snack at 4pm or wait until breakfast if I’d already had my 8pm dinner and was in a glass case of emotion.


So, how much weight did I lose?

This might be the only other sentence you read, so I won’t make you wait any longer… In the course of 31 days, I lost 13 lbs. Remember: This is my singular experience, and my BMI was considered Obese so I will very likely lose weight at a faster pace than someone with, say, 5% weight loss as a goal.

I was quite stubborn about not taking before and after pictures, because I don’t want there to be a fixed “after” (and yes, without a haircut in months and feeling my absolute grossest, I didn’t want it documented on the interweb forever).

But I can say, going into February, I’ll take away the following key changes:

  • Fixed mealtimes: as close to 8am, 12pm, 4pm, and 8pm as possible
  • Recipe exploration: Even with SF slowly reopening, it feels good to create for myself more often than not
  • Understanding emotional eating: reaching for fruit or healthy snacks, instead of cookies or chips – and if I really want those, I’ll have to walk myself to the store, instead of keeping them at arm’s reach

Phew! This felt like a therapy session in itself. I’m curious if you’ve tried Whole30 or similar reset plans, and what your experience was. Do you have favorite recipes or “hacks” to make it feel less stressy?


**Nope, not gonna find that here either.

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Witty Rewind: July 2019

I thought it’d be fun to capture each month’s activities and milestones in a series called Witty Rewind. It may not be for posterity’s sake, but I hope you’ll enjoy looking back at the previous month with me.

I got back on the fitness train finally and committed to a 21-day plan through an app I tested for work, called Fitplan. I loved Brittne Babe’s plan because I have the few pieces of equipment needed and could take advantage of facilities at work, too. It also helped immensely to text a few people every day with my progress. [Workouts completed: 24]

Things were heating up in the library world as I continued my quest to read mostly books published this year. I finally got off of the waitlist for a few titles and can see why they’re so popular and well-liked. I’m really looking forward to sharing my faves in an end-of-2019 list! [Books read: 7]

The 31 days of July may be long gone, but here’s what I remember:

  1. Celebrated my birthday in wine country with dear friends
  2. Enjoyed an extra-long weekend in one of SF’s most beautiful parks
  3. Continued volunteering with the Junior League of SF through a busy summer of training events and transitions
  4. Celebrated my roommate’s birthday at a fancy schmancy, delicious dinner
  5. Was surprised with a birthday trip to Great America, California’s iconic theme park
  6. Launched the first campaign I’ve led at work to celebrate 50 years since the moon landing
  7. Hosted foreign colleagues in town for an offsite that never happened
  8. Said “no” to a few things so I could prioritize my mental and emotional well-being
  9. Saw “The Book of Mormon” when it came to San Jose and loved every minute of it
  10. Made a triumphant return to Renegade Craft Fair and didn’t buy any candles (but lots of clothes, oops)
  11. Went on some dates, kissed a few frogs, Prince Charming is still somewhere out there
  12. Saw “Up” at the SF Symphony and cried less than I expected
  13. Went wine tasting on Treasure Island but failed to participate in a book swap
  14. Showed up for a Sephora event at the wrong time … and missed the whole thing
  15. Had Irish coffees at Buena Vista Cafe — an SF tradition I never tire of

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Because I have zero photos ready for public consumption…

Witty Rewind: June 2019

I thought it’d be fun to capture each month’s activities and milestones in a series called Witty Rewind. It may not be for posterity’s sake, but I hope you’ll enjoy looking back at the previous month with me.

I spent the bulk of June cheering on my brother’s fitness progress and not doing a whole lot toward my own. I’ve fallen out of routines, de-prioritized healthy habits, and generally made excuses for my lack of motivation. For the first time probably ever, though, I’m not completely beating myself up for it. [Negative thoughts squashed: ~20]

While I still have a hard time abandoning books I don’t love, I did evolve a bit into trying shorter stories and more memoirs. I did my best to like some titles, but there were only a few standouts from the nine I consumed in June. [Books read: 9]

Weather be damned, here’s the rest of my June un-gloomed:

  1. Finished a Vegas trip with CHRISTINA AGUILERA and her first residency show
  2. Fought yet another mystery illness, perhaps my body’s way of saying “slow the F down”
  3. Celebrated a dear couple’s wedding and toasted with their champagne burro
  4. Made new friends via an Airbnb stay at said wedding weekend
  5. Caught up with former colleagues at a happy hour where pigeons shat on us
  6. Mourned the loss of the Warriors in Game 6
  7. Co-hosted a beach bonfire with s’mores on s’mores on s’mores
  8. Celebrated a friend’s birthday with putt-putt and got the only Hole in One on the 18th hole!
  9. Remembered Dad during a quiet, reflective Father’s Day
  10. Volunteered with kinders and then veterans for my company’s month of service program
  11. Attended Book Club, having not read the book for probably the first time ever
  12. Continued the tradition of seeing the “Sex and the City Live!” drag show at Oasis
  13. Celebrated my second mom’s birthday with bocce, barbecue, and beers
  14. Did some self-care work in the form of nails did, hair did, everything did
  15. Virtually celebrated my niece’s third birthday and sparkly cowgirl costume

Courtesy of My iPhoneThis is my new bff, Zoe. She’s a little camera-shy.

Witty Rewind: May 2019

I thought it’d be fun to capture each month’s activities and milestones in a series called Witty Rewind. It may not be for posterity’s sake, but I hope you’ll enjoy looking back at the previous month with me.

It should come as no surprise that my health and wellness focus has fallen quite off the rails. I battled a couple of allergy attacks, and my motivation has run away further than any ol’ 5K would get me. I did focus more on meditation and mindfulness, so I’m trying to not beat myself up about it. But when you’re an all-or-nothing kinda person, it def feels futile. [Minutes meditated: ~200]

What I always come back to for relaxation and rejuvenation is READING. I’ve been “competing” in a one-book-a-week challenge at work and smashed my goal of 13 books in 10 weeks, with a week still to go. From awful self-help advice to the horrors of Nazi Germany, it’s been quite a journey. [Books read: 7]

Here’s how else I spent the month of May:

  1. Celebrated Cinco with margaritas and Book Club
  2. Had a roomie reunion dinner at a new Mediterranean spot
  3. Happy-houred with former colleagues and enjoyed comped treats from the chef
  4. Dinner and a pop-up show in Oakland — truly remarkable!
  5. Canceled plans on canceled plans on canceled plans (I blame mystery illness)
  6. My oldest niece graduated from VPK! The pics are everything
  7. Volunteered with the Junior League of SF and prepped incoming leadership
  8. Sat out the annual Bay to Breakers mayhem (let’s say because of rainy forecasts)
  9. Ventured to OLIVE GARDEN with my girlfriends who truly are family
  10. Continued furnishing the new apartment, despite incomplete deliveries and delays
  11. Celebrated the end of the League year with dinners, drinks, wine country… you name it
  12. Saw the Monet exhibit before it left SF…
  13. …and ended the evening with a scary (though relatively minor) car crash
  14. Remembered how atrocious the insurance and healthcare industries are in the US
  15. Traveled to Vegas with a lot of aspirin and saw CELINE DION in one of her final shows

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Witty Rewind: April 2019

I thought it’d be fun to capture each month’s activities and milestones in a series called Witty Rewind. It may not be for posterity’s sake, but I hope you’ll enjoy looking back at the previous month with me.

This first paragraph has been dedicated to my health and wellness journey, but tbh guys, I’ve put all that on the backburner. Yes, I bought essential oils. Yes, I practiced some yoga. Yes, I ate a lot of kale. But to say I’m the picture of health (as much as I want to) would be an utter fallacy. [Times I thought about working out: ~50]

I did bump back up my reading list with a handful of books I flew right through. There were some peaks and valleys, some tears and laughs. Overall, I’m just glad my library card is getting so much use (and that my employer reimburses books I read for my job). They’re the real MVPs. [Books read: 6]

Here’s what else I spent time doing in April:

    1. Fighting a mystery illness
    2. Seeing a Star Wars–themed burlesque show
    3. Explaining to people what/why/who/where re: a Star Wars–themed burlesque show
    4. Wine-ing with friends after a Vegas trip as a no-go
    5. Being “those people” at said wineries and giving zero Fs
    6. Spending time getting set up for the next year of Junior League
    7. Seeing former colleagues at a ladies’ happy-hour-turned-mega-celebration
    8. Worshipping a dear friend who knows how to purge crap without judgment
    9. Brunching with former colleagues at a spot I hadn’t been before
    10. Dyeing Easter eggs and enjoying homemade lemon cupcakes with a dear friend
    11. Avoiding my old apartment during countless showings, despite needing to pack
    12. MOVING to a new apartment with a former roommate! ! !
    13. Getting my deep clean on at the dentist twice #NoCavities
    14. Toasting a former colleague as she closes one chapter for a new one at FitBit (gasp!)
    15. Reaching peak adulthood as I nearly cried when receiving a new mattress

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The only photo I have from April that slightly resembles me.

Witty Rewind: March 2019

I thought it’d be fun to capture each month’s activities and milestones in a series called Witty Rewind. It may not be for posterity’s sake, but I hope you’ll enjoy looking back at the previous month with me.

I told myself I’d try a “clean eating on weekdays” approach in March but I most certainly did not. Instead, I started on the 1st with a Mexican fiesta lunch, spent mid-March in San Diego (Mexican food capital of California) and ended the 31st with a wine-and-tacos apartment purge party. Noticing a theme? Ay dios mio. [🌮 eaten: ~20]

Despite having plenty of time to devote to reading on the shuttle and quick flights, I found myself not able to power through any reads the way I normally would. (For context, I can usually get through a book in 2-4 sittings, and a few days’ time.) That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy my March picks, but I do think I was considerably less motivated with my brain on overdrive in work summits and commitments. [📚 read: 3.5]

Some highlights from the madness that was this past month:

    1. Bowling with dear friends who moved to New York last year
    2. Celebrating a housemate’s birthday with incredible Cajun cuisine
    3. Meeting lots of inspiring and empowering women through Junior League of SF
    4. Attending a newcomer summit for work + getting uplifting insight
    5. Looking for a new apartment with a current housemate
    6. Catching up with a longtime friend during her stay in SF before she moves back to NYC
    7. Checking out a crystal fair (really!) and somehow buying only jewelry
    8. Hosting my fave former writer for lunch at my new(ish) job
    9. Happy hour-ing with other former writers and getting the tea
    10. Helping another former writer with her portfolio
    11. Spending a week in San Diego with my family
    12. Experiencing DisneyLand for the first time and seeing my nieces go wild
    13. Attending a global summit for work + meeting tons of colleagues face-to-face
    14. Exploring the Exploratorium 😉 and its After Dark series for the first time
    15. Celebrating a handful of close friends’ birthdays with drinks, dinners, brunches galore

Witty-Rewind-MarchSix people looking at the camera = a Christmas miracle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Witty Rewind: February 2019

I thought it’d be fun to capture each month’s activities and milestones in a series called Witty Rewind. It may not be for posterity’s sake, but I hope you’ll enjoy looking back at the previous month with me.

After my Whole30 high, I sadly slipped back into some old habits. It’s to be expected given my “all or nothing” attitude, but I also tried not to beat myself up too much for it. I saw some weight gain after reintroducing bread and cheese, and I scaled back on formal workouts to focus more on a StepBet at work. I feel OK, but I’ll be experimenting with a “clean eating on weekdays” approach for March. [Miles walked: 88.29]

I slowed down on reading considerably, as I’ve had to use my morning commute more for actual work time. That said, I’ve still enjoyed devouring a mix of fiction and nonfiction, from beach reads to heavier topics. Find me on Goodreads to see the latest! [Books read: 5.5]

Some highlights from the shortest (but most social) month:

  • Line dancing at The Saddle Rack for a dear friend’s birthday
  • Waking up the next morning to continental breakfast and a PANCAKE MACHINE
  • Hosting a Super Bowl party for that snoozefest of a game
  • Volunteering with the Junior League of SF and AOII alumnae group
  • Lunching with former colleagues on the rainiest day possible
  • (Not a highlight) Being knocked out with exhaustion and missing two events
  • Attending a JLSF yoga class for Galentine’s Day
  • Finding a new dentist who didn’t lecture or belittle me
  • Brunching with friends… and getting a peep show from an exhibitionist neighbor
  • MONSTER JAMMING for the fourth consecutive year
  • Starting the apartment hunt with one of my current roommates
  • Hosting Book Club as we discussed “The Last Mrs. Parrish”
  • Seeing “FRIENDS LIVE!,” a drag parody of the iconic sitcom
  • Celebrating the Lunar New Year parade from our annual Irish pub spot
  • Toasting to many birthdays, engagements, babies, and work accolades

That about does it for me. Can you believe it’s already March?! Madness, I say 😉🏀

February-Recap☠️ MONSTER JAM with one of my faves ☠️

Witty Rewind: January 2019

I thought it’d be fun to capture each month’s activities and milestones in a series called Witty Rewind. It may not be for posterity’s sake, but I hope you’ll enjoy looking back at the previous month with me.

I committed to doing Whole30 as a palate reset and general post-holiday hangover challenge. I’ll be doing a recap post in the next week or so, but I can happily share as part of this commitment, I feel like a whole new Witty! Stay tuned for more to come soon. [Lbs lost: 15.8]

My new commute means I’m getting plenty of time to read for fun. I haven’t been jumping into books for work just yet, but I can proudly say I’m already more than 1/4 through my personal goal of 40 books in 2019! [Books read: 11]

Despite wanting to get some R&R in after the holidays, my social life had a different idea. Some highlights include:

  • Hosting a NYE party
  • Seeing the Tampa Bay Lightning play the San Jose Sharks (even though they lost)
  • Sushi dinner with former colleagues
  • Annual mole patrol (AKA dermatologist appointment) came back clean
  • Finding a nail salon that looks like Hello Kitty’s dream home
  • Getting back into the dating scene… we’ll see
  • Doing yoga for a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fundraiser
  • PAID OFF MY CREDIT CARDS!
  • Sushi dinner with my fellow AOII officers; Founders’ Day for AOIIs in Northern California
  • Volunteering with the Junior League of SF
  • Hosted my 4th? 5th? Gasparilla in SF
  • Book Club discussed “Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows”
  • Attending a team offsite, culminating with dinner at La Fontaine
  • Happy hour with former colleagues
  • Crushing the first week of my StepBet because I hate losing money

Phew! If this weekend is any indication, February shows no signs of slowing down. Here’s to all the next month will bring!

Image Courtesy of MeI’m the worst at taking photos. Here’s one from January…

WitLit 2018

You may have noticed how much I love reading and sharing book recommendations. As part of my new job, I won’t be able to do that on a regular basis anymore — but I thought I could provide a quick recap of All the Books I’ve Loved Before.*

I started 2018 with a challenge to read 15 books, aiming to double my paltry performance from 2017. With the help of Libby and a newfound taste for e-reading on a long commute, I smashed that goal and read 45 books this year.

In order of when I read them, here are the books I consumed in 2018. The titles in bold are my faves:

  1. Lying by Sam Harris
  2. The Emperor’s Children by Claire MesSud
  3. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  4. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
  5. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  6. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  7. Am I There Yet? by Mari Andrew
  8. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  9. A Working Theory of Love by Scott Hutchins
  10. Shrill by Lindy West
  11. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  12. Meaty by Samantha Irby
  13. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
  14. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
  15. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson
  16. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Steig Larsson
  17. Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
  18. It’s Not You by Sara Eckel
  19. The Heart Is a Shifting Sea by Elizabeth Flock
  20. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  21. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
  22. The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
  23. Best State Ever by Dave Barry
  24. Refinery 29 Money Diaries by Lindsey Stanberry
  25. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  26. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  27. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
  28. The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
  29. The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz
  30. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
  31. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
  32. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  33. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  34. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  35. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  36. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
  37. Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
  38. The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green
  39. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  40. The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clementine Wamariya
  41. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  42. A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell
  43. Fear by Bob Woodward
  44. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck by Sarah Knight
  45. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

There are plenty I’m awaiting from the library, so I have no doubt I’ll be off to a strong start tomorrow. Happy reading, and see you all in 2019!

*Yes, I am as cheesy as they come.

Happy Halloweenie

It’s my favorite holiday — aside from my birthday, which is an actual holiday — but I digress. So, it’s only fitting I share this year’s costumes.

Yes, you read that right. I had both a personal and “professional” costume this year — not profesh like “Look at that boss lady,” but rather joining my team’s idea instead of doing my own thing for once.

I think that’s called personal growth.

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A real-life fidget spinner in the wild. I hate the trend but couldn’t ignore it.

Courtesy of me!Part of my SF team appearing as the “Stranger Things” kids!

However you’re celebrating tonight, have fun and be safe! #Boo!