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Into the Mist with Audiobooks: Running With Audible

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It is a misty morning here in Alaska as I run through the streets and trails, and so far there has been a murder of a young school girl, and I’ve been getting to know Magnus fairly well, in fact, I would say we are becoming friends. Magnus is a man of mystery to most people, partly because he is a hermit and not many people want to get to know him, and partly because they care more about town gossip and make up false stories about him.

Although I am in Alaska, where it rains more than most places in the country, the man, and the murder mystery is happening in my head, actually to be more accurate in my headphones. As I continue to run the novel “Raven Black” by Ann Cleeves keeps my adrenaline thumping, making me more excited as I continue going about my path. The thriller novel set in the Shetland Islands in Scotland makes me wish I was solving each case with Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez, chatting with Magnus about ravens, and roaming around Scotland taking in all of the sites. The thought of solving a mystery half way across the world through an audiobook delights me, and even as I run I feel as though I am part of it.

Listening to audiobooks while running isn’t quite new, in fact, loads of people have been listening to audiobooks while they were running, lifting weights, or hiking; just to name a few. For me, when I am running I have found out that I cannot listen to music while I run because the music is more of a distraction than a helpful tool, whereas the audiobooks are more of a helpful tool for me. I can concentrate on the narrator, imagine the scenes playing out before me, and can even concentrate on my pace. While I am concentrating on all of that, I have completely forgotten how many miles I have logged.
The best thing about the audiobooks that I pick I can easily access them on my mobile, having already downloaded the app, making it easier to access them before I suit up for my morning jog. Not only that, I don’t have to listen to the same old boring music that seems to haunt the radio stations over and over again. I can listen to a novel for a couple of weeks in a row (if it is a lengthy one) and will never get bored, because the story is captivating, and keeps me up in the morning as I lace up my running shoes.

Many of you already follow my book club, which I am extremely thankful that you have joined, and so it is with great pleasure to let you all know that I will be hosting an audiobook book club for those who are runners, hikers, weight lifters, or any of the like. I think it will be fun to get people into listening to more audiobooks while they are engaging in activity, to make it more fun.

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Blooming Into Our True Characters

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From the day we were born we were beginning our journey into our lives on this planet we call home, and throughout each phase of our journey we would hit some bumps in the road, at times they would have us take a detour for a brief period of time, or they would just block us until the road was prepared. These bumps in our journey prepares us and molds us into the characters that we are meant to be, into the people whom we are to become as we get older.

As children we are vulnerable and susceptible to becoming anyone’s clay to be shaped into whomever someone choses, yet as we get into our rebellious teen years (yes, everyone was rebellious to a point) we try to break free from that vulnerable clay and start to mold our own selves. Bit by bit we end up molding ourselves, with the helps of our influences and the Universe, into the people who we are meant to be, into the characters that we are meant to play on this grand stage we call life. Sometimes while we are attempting to mold ourselves we get caught up in the grander scheme of things, and try to mold ourselves into what the media and society tells us to look like, and for awhile we will attempt to do such a thing, then when wake up we realize that it was the stupidest thing to do. So we take ourselves out of the equation and begin to mold ourselves once more, successfully we become the masterpiece that we were meant to be.

However we are not complete, we take ourselves throw the mold into the burner and watch it immortalize us into imperfect perfect molds that we are proud of, and it is truly then when we realize that we have become the character that we were meant to play, the clay mold that took so long to become the object of attention has suddenly become human.

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Simple Life, Simple You: Coconut Macaroon Cookies

These delicious low-carb cookies were devoured by my coworkers throughout the day while we were working, and each person told me that they enjoyed them. These cookies are extremely easy to make, very versatile, and overall just amazing to eat. I made a batch for myself, and a batch for my coworkers.

Ingredients:

Ingredients
4 egg whites
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups coconut
½ teaspoon salt

Directions:

Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and grease lightly. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Separate the egg whites from the yolk, and combine the egg whites along with the honey in a saucepan over low heat, stir constantly ( don’t let the egg white solidify). Then remove from the heat.
Pour the egg white/honey mixture over the coconut mix. Stir until combined, but do not over stir for you do not want the coconut to be too soggy.
Spoon the macaroons onto the prepared cookie sheet with a teaspoon. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until lightly browned on top and firm. Cool, then coat with melted chocolate or eat plain.

I made several batches, a couple with chocolate drizzled on top and a batch that was just plain. They are both delicious.

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Simple Life, Simple You: Persian Orange Cake

Good evening, everyone! So today I am going to be posting about a lovely Persian Orange Cake that is very easy to make and is consisted of only a few ingredients. In fact, I made it this past weekend when I was enjoying my Saturday off from work.

Ingredients:
Ingredients:
2 large oranges, washed
6 eggs, beaten
1 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease and line the base and sides of a tin pan.
2. Pierce the orange skins with a fork, microwave in a closed container on high for about 7 minutes, turning them around after a few minutes. *I turned them every two minutes.
3. Cut oranges open, remove pips and chop roughly or pull apart into smaller pieces with fingers. * Wear some gloves, due to the oranges being extremely hot.
4. Blend oranges and remaining ingredients thoroughly in a food processor.
5. Pour batter into prepared tin. Bake for 1 hour. If the cake is still very wet, cook a little longer.
6. Cool in tin before gently removing. Dust with icing sugar.

This beautiful orange cake is delicious and makes a great dessert for the end of the day, or even as a lightweight snack. And for all of those who are low-carb, this recipe is for you.

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Imperfections (Poem)

My imperfections shine so brightly
yet you still love me,
as your imperfections are non-existant
as you live life as if you had any.
I’m such a mess I know it,
yet you embrace them,
while you step forward
reaching out for my hand,
trying to guide us into the next step.

These imperfections of mine give me small limitations,
yet you keep pushing
showing me to see over the wall,
and see the next step ahead.
I’m such a mess
I know I will be throughout time,
you show me the value of my imperfections,
and where I can be in time.

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Igniting A Fire (Poem)

Before my eyes I see the most beautiful candle,
one that attracts my soul to theirs.
Before my heart I feel an urge
to light a fire to show my love for her.

I, as a match, strike the box,
igniting a light
startling her and I at the same time.

Lighting the wick on the candle,
a fire comes into view,
growing ever so brightly
throughout the nights
until our last breath.

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Slipped Away (Poem)

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