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|This is a stock photo, but I swear the trail looked like this.|
|Stylish lady. Spoiler alert: this is after.|
|I took this photo before mile 10. I was behind that guy for a while. (Thanks for setting a good pace, guy.)|
|No longer grouchy and mean.|
|The crowd was 1,000 deep.|
|Map My Run gave me a slightly different pace from the chip timer.|
|In the beginning, I kept thinking "Wow, Chelsea Handler is a horrible person." I maintained this opinion until the last two stories. Luckily, Ms. Handler seemed to have the same opinion and I felt she turned a corner near the end.|
The audiobook was narrated by the same woman who read Orange is the New Black. In my times of deepest doubt (Story 1 or 2: "Am I going to finish this book?"), I would pretend these things were happening to Piper and it was easier to swallow.
|I read their blog, so I've seen a few of these projects in the background of posts. |
What I liked: the photos and book layout are amazing. I really loved the table of contents and how it shows a thumbnail of each project. For the most part, Emma and Elsie keep things simple. I think that's what makes them so appealing. When I read their blog I feel like I could make everything I see.
Not wild about: the tutorials were very simple. Almost to the point where I had to wonder if they had time to write the book while making all these items. Then again, if you've ever read a DIY book, chances are you can fill in the small steps yourself.
What I'd like to see more of: before and afters. I'm sure it was a result of having an outside photographer, but I would have loved to see some of the spaces before they were finished.
I'd also love to see more from their team. I think this was written before they had full time staff, but the pages with nine of the same object in different styles got me thinking: Their next book could include some of the new, more complicated woodworking tutorials from Josh (?) and several variations of smaller projects by each member of the staff - including the husbands. That would be cool.
Overall, a fun book. I didn't come out of it with any new projects, but I appreciate their not perfect approach to life. This had a lot less text than the photo book, but I'm not sure that's a bad thing.
|Photo by Fleet Feet Columbus|
|So cool | Photo by Fleet Feet Columbus|
|My hilliest course, to date|
|We're off! | Photo by Fleet Feet Columbus|
|Typical trail view|
|Alex's photo from the finish line|