Author Archives: Amanda

About Amanda

Writing. Family. Books. Crochet. Fitness. Fashion. Fun. Not necessarily in that order. Note: agender (she/her).

What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat, by Aubrey Gordon

This is a book about anti-fat bias and the pervasiveness of fat-shaming, diet culture, and discrimination in our society. Let me start by saying something very, very honest: Reading books like this one make me want to claw my skin … Continue reading

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Wellness Wednesday – A Battery of Tests

I’ve mentioned before that it seems like everything is happening all at once, now that things are happening generally. Over the last few weeks, I’ve had two different sets of bloodwork, three sets of x-rays, an ultrasound, and visits with … Continue reading

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An Unusual Love Language

By now just about everyone has heard of the five love languages**: words of affirmation, quality time, physical touch, acts of service, and receiving gifts. If I had to choose a single personal love language – because honestly, I respond … Continue reading

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Sunday Coffee – Why I Don’t Read Diet Books

I love health, nutrition, and fitness books that focus on science and aren’t trying to sell diets, but miraculous, cure-all diet books? No. Sometimes, though, I check them out from the library for a particular reason and have to skim … Continue reading

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Quarantine Diaries – Weeks 55 and 56

Still sitting in equilibrium here in SA. There’s been little news or developments, and we’re in a race against this disease with vaccines now… Week 55 – March 26 to April 1 205,777 cases, 3,152 deaths, 190 seven-day rolling average … Continue reading

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Wellness Wednesday – Hikes of 2021, #24-29

Lots of state parks this time around! I’ve been doing a bit less over this period as I’m trying to protect my foot, still waiting for my MRI and to find out if it’s broken or has soft tissue damage … Continue reading

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Becoming Odyssa, by Jennifer Pharr Davis

Subtitled: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail. In 2005, Pharr Davis was just out of college and not sure what to do with her life. All she knew was that she wanted to hike the entire Appalachian Trail, solo, and … Continue reading

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Sunday Coffee – Podcast and Song Recommendations

Last year, I found my first ever Podcast that I enjoyed – Real Life Ghost Stories Podcast. Since then, I’ve found two others. The first is the weekly Unsolved Mysteries podcast, which only began this year. The second is The … Continue reading

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March 2021 Wrap-up

What a weird, weird month. Most of March was actually pretty nice. I had a lot of good moments, learned some things about myself, had tons of birthday celebrations, etc. Ambrose got his first job, Jason and the boys got … Continue reading

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Wellness Wednesday – 23 Years

Before I start this post, I want to talk a bit about the “new” WordPress. Yesterday, WP converted me over without permission, and I lost the ability to choose the classic editor. I despise the new editor. It’s so buggy. … Continue reading

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