Jenny Hodges. Librarian. CrossFitter. Weight Watcher. SharePoint Wife. Mom to Irish Triplets. Living in the Autism World. Tree Hugger.

23. January 2015 07:03
by jennifer

Because I'm all about them books #StartingIsBelieving

23. January 2015 07:03 by jennifer | 1 Comments

The following post is sponsored by Florida Prepaid. I received no monetary compensation and all thoughts are my own.

Because I'm all about them books, 'bout them books, 


I'm all about them books, 'bout them books,


I'm bringing READING BACK,

Go 'head and tell your parent's that....

Seriously though...

I LOVE TO READ. My oldest daughter can always be found with a book (or seven) in her backpack. I work as a professional senior level librarian for Hillsborough County. Books and literacy ARE MY LIFE! 

Countless studies show that children that read both fiction or non-fiction, will broaden their understanding of the world. Those who read have been known to have more finely-tuned brains than those who prefer more passive activities, so anyone hoping to improve their mind both psychologically and cognitively might want to think about taking up the habit of regular reading.


I'm so happy to be able to tell you today about the Florida Prepaid book fair with Barnes & Noble.

Barnes & Noble will be hosting a Bookfair at nine store locations in Florida, as well as online. Through the use of the Florida Prepaid Bookfair ID number, a percentage of each purchase will benefit the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Since its founding in 1990, the Foundation has committed to giving aspiring students the opportunity to build a better future for themselves and our state by providing college scholarships.


The idea of this partnership will be to encourage parents to enable their children to continue their education at home through books, informational DVDs, etc.


Barnes & Noble will be hosting the bookfair from Feb.6-9, and the following cities will be participating: Tallahassee, Ocala, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando. Floridians statewide can participate by shopping online. The Bookfair ID needed at the time of checkout is: 11549573


But that's not all!!


The Florida Prepaid College Foundation is having a scholarship giveaway with the primary purpose of educating Florida families across the state about the importance of saving for college and encourage them to start saving by showing them how easy and affordable saving for college can be.

–     There will be TEN winners which will receive a 1-Year Florida University               Plans.

–     The promotion will run 30 days – Jan 21 through Feb 18.

–     Accessed from:

–     Floridians can enter daily for a chance to win a 1-Year Florida University Plan

 I have already entered for my chance to win a one year scholarship for one of the #TampaTrio. Now it's your turn!!



21. January 2015 12:01
by jennifer

A day in the life of the CrossFit Librarian

21. January 2015 12:01 by jennifer | 1 Comments

I've been back to work full-time for 9 weeks. 9 weeks?!?! Time flies. So what does a day in my busy life look like? Something like this: I wake up at 4:30am, and head to my Happy Place. I'm at the gym by 5am, and get myself ready for our daily WOD. For this particular "day in the life" this was our WOD. I hit my activity goal by 6am!! Such a lovely sight. After my WOD, I head home, and generally walk through my front door about 6:15-6:20am. Usually I find my husband sitting on the couch drinking his morning cup of coffee and watching the news. When he sees me walking in the door, that's his sign that it's time for him to get in the shower to get ready for work. He generally leaves for work by 6:35am. MEN! How can he only need 15 minutes to get ready for work?  While he's showering, I get breakfast ready for Ronin. Ronin likes waffles, pancakes or peanut butter toast for breakfast. Pretty easy. While Ronin eats his breakfast and watches Star Wars Rebels, I get in the shower. I'm usually out by 6:40am, and wrapped up in my towels (one for hair, one for body) I go and wake up my girls, and while they rub the sleep out of their eyes, I make their breakfast. Ella likes pancakes. Haley likes eggs and sausage links. Even this full-time working mama still makes time to make each of her kids a breakfast of their choosing. That makes me feel good. I don't pack their lunch. They buy a school lunch. That saves me a TON of time, and I've taught the kids how to make good healthy choices in the school lunch line, and there are healthy options if you know what to look for...and mine do!  While the girls eat, I head back to the bedroom and get myself ready for work. Blow dry my hair, and based on the outcome of the dryer, either decide to wear it down, or pull it back in a pony-tail.  This was a good hair day. By 7:00am, I start the "countdown" clock for the trio. I have to leave the house by 7:20am, which means I need to leave the house by 7:10am.  So the 10 minute countdown clock begins. I drop the kids off at before care, and then I'm off on my 30 mile (each way) commute.  I ALWAYS listen to an audio book. Right now I'm listening to Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer.  It's good and it's part of a trilogy.  I need to be in my office by 8:30am, and depending on traffic, I am ALWAYS early. I hang out in the parking lot (in my car) and wait for my staff to arrive. We're not allowed to enter the building alone, so I have to wait for someone to arrive. Generally my Bookmobile driver arrives first, and we enter the building around 8:15am, and then the rest of my staff arrives. I spend the first hour of my morning getting staff set up, helping load hold items, checking time cards, reading emails, checking my phone, that sort of thing. And then the rest of my day is dedicated to upper level library management.  Sometime before 2pm, I take my #MileADay walk, sometimes 2 miles. Today was a 2 mile walk!     I eat lunch at my desk. I always bring lunch from home. A.L.W.A.Y.S. I'm on a black bean kick right now, topped with fresh tomatoes, avocado, and green onions. SO GOOD!! And then 5:30pm rolls around and I leave work, and get in my car for my 30 mile commute home. The drive home takes me MUCH LONGER than the drive down. The traffic leaving Brandon and heading north on I-75 is just bumper to bumper. Oh well. It is what it is. I usually walk in my front at 6:30pm. 50% of the time dinner is made, or in the process of being made. 50% of the time, I'm making it all. It's fine. It's okay. My husband also works a full-time job and I'm just thankful that he's able to pick the trio up from aftercare by 5:15pm and they can come home and get some outdoor time before the sun sets. So...we eat dinner. The kids sit at the kitchen bar, I eat with them, but stand up in front of them, and we talk about our day. We've always eaten this way, and it works for us. We do have a dining room table, but we prefer the informality of the kitchen area. After dinner, I begin cleaning the kitchen, and Ella does her homework. Haley does her homework at aftercare, and Ronin...well Ronin just doesn't do his homework most of the time. By 8pm homework is done, the kitchen is cleaned, and my lunch is packed for the next day. I change into my pajamas, read the kids a story, and tuck them into bed. Even at ages 8, 9, and 10, the Tampa Trio LOVES their story time! I am generally in bed by 9:00, and get up at 4:30am to start all over again. was YOUR day??    

10. January 2015 07:55
by jennifer

52 Week Reading Challenge

10. January 2015 07:55 by jennifer | 5 Comments

I often post on my blog different challenges that I participate in. To date, ALL of those challenges have been FITNESS challenges. But here's a new challenge for all my readers. This is a READING challenge. Technically you should read 52 books in a year, so one book a week. But like ALL challenges, this belongs to you. If reading 52 books in one year, or one book a week seems too daunting, then use one book for multiple weeks. You make this challenge YOURS!  I'll update this post throughout the weeks with books that I read for the challenge. You DO NOT have to read them in this order.  WEEKS & TOPICS1. a book with more than 500 pages2. a romance3. a book that became a movie4. a book published this year5. a book with a number in the title COMPLETED. Seven Years by Dannika Dark. 6. a book written by someone under 307. a book with nonhuman characters8. a funny book9. a book by a female author10. a mystery or thriller11. a book with a one-word title12. a book of short stories-COMPLETED Rogue edited by George R.R. Martin13. a book set in a different country14. a nonfiction book15. an author's first book-COMPLETED Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson16. a book from your favorite author that you haven't read yet17. a book a friend recommended18. a Pulitzer-prize winning book19. a book based on a true story20. a book at the bottom of your to read list21. a book your mom loves22. a book that scares you23. a book more than 100 years old24. a book based entirely on its cover-Completed. You Have to F**king Eat25. a book you were supposed to read in school but didn't26. a memoir27. a book you can finish in a day28. a book with antonyms in the title29. a book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit30. a book that came out the year you were born31. a book with bad reviews32. a trilogy (the first)33. a trilogy (the second)34. a trilogy (the third)35. a book from your childhood36. a book with a love triangle37. a book set in the future38. a book set in high school39. a book with a color in the title40. a book that made/makes you cry41. a book with magic42. a graphic novel43. a book by an author you've never read before44. a book you own but have never read45. a book that takes place in your hometown46. a book that was originally written in another language47. a book set during Christmas (or similar holiday)48. a book written by an author with your same initials49. a play50. a banned book51. a book based on OR turned into a TV show52. a book you started but never finished    Are you in???