The Fault In Our Stars

And friends it’s time for my last book review from the honeymoon.



Let’s just say I’m not writing about this one last because it was my least favorite.  I read this book in less than 48 hours, was left in tears, and was moved enough to leave it at the apartment we stayed at in their little “library.”  I hope someone else picks and up and is moved in the same way I was. . .


The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green, follows a young girl, Hazel Grace, through her battles being a teenager.  The one difference in young Hazel’s story?  She’s also battling Stage 4 Thyroid Cancer with metastasis on her lungs.  

Sounds like a dark premise, right? Sure, it is, but it does not make the it a dark story.  Even when her illness restricts her to home schooling, carrying around oxygen, and struggling to move around without being winded, Hazel stays triumphant.  

A part of Hazel’s treatment (and pacifying her concerned parents) is going to a support group once a week.  For Hazel, this is really her “social” time, as regular schooling and social activities are a challenge for her.  At one of these groups, Hazel meets a young man, Augustus Waters and is immediately intrigued.

You see, Hazel hasn’t allowed herself to get close to many people, as she feels like a “ticking timebomb” ready to go off and destroy all of those left in her path.  That is, until she met Augustus.  The relationship between the two develop through mutual tragedy (cancer) and a love for specific books.  For Hazel, that book is An Imperial Affliction, by the Dutch author Peter van Houten.  A tale that is left unfinished and has beautiful tortured the young girl since her first reading.

The peak of their romantic tale is a trip to Europe to meet the author and learn exactly what happened to the characters in the story.   You see the story haunted Hazel due to her own concerns with health and what will happen to her own family when she has lost her battle.

Hazel’s entire world takes a turn this trip, not only from meeting this idol of hers but also finding out Augustus may be hiding something from her. . .


Like I already said, within 48 hours I found myself crying, smiling, and bleeding from my heart for the characters in this story.  To read such a jarring story of love from the emotional teenage perspective is moving, saddening, but moving in such a unique way.

John Green paints such an amazingly raw and true picture that this story is guaranteed to stick with you long after you put it down.   It’s something in fiction that you really just don’t see that often anymore, and I cannot recommend it enough.  But come prepared with tissues!

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A Busy Two A Day

::I apologize this was supposed to go up hours ago::


First off: Thank you all so much for your love on my 5 Year Anniversary post yesterday afternoon.

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It really has been an amazing 5 years with this boy and I wouldn’t change it for the world :).

Zach and I are planning on celebrating tonight (It’s also our 6 month wedding anniversary tomorrow), but because we had thought he’d be out of town this week, we were out of food last night as well.

What does that mean?

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Denver Brew Co and Yatzhee night!

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Of course, I killed it.  Thanks to some lucky last minute yatzhees, but Zach kept himself in the running through out our mini tournament.

We brought Masterpiece deli with us again last night. . . but unfortunately the lighting was terrible so I passed on taking a picture.



While that is a professional picture (obviously), know that this is one of the best sandwiches you can find in Denver.  Without a doubt.

A perfect way for the two of us to enjoy each other’s company and reasonably priced good food for our 5 year 🙂


My day wasn’t all beer and good food though 🙂 Wouldn’t that be nice. . .

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Yesterday was the first two-a-day I attempted since Europe and getting sick.  And I’d say it went pretty darn well.  I started the day off with a 3.5 mile treadmill run.

Workout of the Morning: 3.5 mile speed work

  • 800 warm up
  • 800 speed
  • 400 cool down
  • repeat times 4 minute the 800 warm up

I’m starting to get spoiled with my runs outdoors lately — so mentally this was a tough run.  BUT, the speed work definitely does spice up any treadmill run.

I then of course had my normal 9-5’er. . . nothing spectacular there.  BUT — the hubby and I did manage to get outdoors for a second, and HILLY run before our beer and sandwich night.

I took a bunch of pictures, but unfortunately right now I cannot find my camera cord (We didn’t take my phone this time, took a real camera.  Upps).  I’m hoping it’s at work and I’ll be able to edit this post soon with fun running pictures :).

Workout of the PM: 3 mile hill run

It was 3 miles of trails and hills that left us both exhausted but confident that Spring and Summer training are around the corner!

This Morning

Following my recent norm, this morning (my late morning) started off with a nice 2 + mile walk with the Gusman to shake out my legs.

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About 2.14 miles into the hills of the Highlands were the perfect way to stretch out my legs for my rest day.  I’m also planning a short walk and NTC app stretch routine during my lunch.  I’d say that’s a pretty successful rest day, yes?

Feeling good on this Thursday, and hope you all are, too!  It’s a beautiful day here in Denver so all my locals, hope you’re able to get out and enjoy it a little bit!

Question of the Morning:  What’s the weather like where you are?   Is it beautiful?  Crappy?

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