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50 Shades Darker

by Meghann on May 17, 2012

I finished 50 Shades of Grey last night. For a book with a lot of ups and down (waiting to see what all the fuss was about, figuring out what all the fuss was about, getting bored with what all the fuss was about, etc.), the ending was enough to provoke me to immediately download book number two (50 Shades Darker). I’ll admit it, I’m curious to see where this storyline goes and, from what I’ve heard, the plot should pick up in book two and three (fingers crossed).

Would I recommend the book to friends and family? Probably more friends than family. I’m not sure it’s one I would encourage my future mother-in-law or grandmother to read, but if a friend was looking for something somewhat juicy to read – I would hand it over. I was actually trying to find a way to share my i-book copy with someone – does anyone know if that’s possible?

It’s also a quick read. I finished the 707 page e-book in just under a week, I’ve heard of some girls finishing it overnight. I think I enjoy sleep too much to sacrifice it for a book. ;) We’ll see how the second and third book go.

And to show just how out of the loop guys are with this book, when I downloaded the book Derek had no idea what I was talking about or even that this book existed. I read him a page or two out loud on the way back to Tampa on Sunday and he made me cut him off. He bursted out laughing and asked”Why don’t you just watch porn?” Well, they do refer to the book as “mommy porn” for a reason… ha! I still find it amusing that an erotic book such as this has hit mainstream and so many women are openly talking about it. I say more power to them! Maybe this country needs a little 50 Shades of Grey? ;)

I took the ipad to the gym this morning and read the first few chapters of 50 Shades Darker on the elliptical. I knew I wanted to read, but figured I needed a day away from running, the elliptical seemed like the next best choice. However, it’s probably been well over a year since I was last on an elliptical and I don’t know squat about them. All I really know is that it was the #1 cardio equipment of choice in college. Once upon a time I was one of those girls who would get all cute for the gym, wait 30+ minutes to hop on the elliptical, and then barely break a sweat while flipping through my latest Cosmo. awww… memories.

Today I wanted to at least break a sweat. I sorta took the same intervals I did on the treadmill on Tuesday and adapted them to the elliptical. I took it easy at 6 for 2 minutes, then upped it to 10, 12, and eventually 14 for 3 minutes. I did the last 1/3 of the workout with my legs in reverse. The intervals took me about 40 minutes and I had definitely broken a sweat by the end. Not as sweaty as running, but I’m still learning.

After the elliptical I broke out Mary’s Jello Leg Workout in the weight room. Only, she really should have called it Jello Leg AND Arm workout since my arms felt like jello too. I followed her weight increments and could definitely feel the burn. Loved this workout and loved how exhausted my whole body felt afterwards.



I had the last leftover bagel pieces from Sunday’s brunch. This was a cinnamon raisin bagel topped with strawberry jam and ricotta cheese. I’m not a huge fan of cream cheese, the ricotta is a great creamy substitute with a little bit smoother of flavor and texture.


With the bagel, I had a large apple with PB2 dip.



Time to get to work.

Have a great Thursday everyone!!

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