Time Spent Reading: 31 minutes (670)
Current Book: I Want My Epidural Back by Karen Alpert
Pages Read: 36 pages (366)

I’m tapping out. I don’t even know how I only read for just over 11 hours when I actually started an hour early and the readathon is well over 14 hours now. All I know is that I’m literally falling asleep right now, and I’ve got shit to do tomorrow for which I need to function. So I missed my 12 hour goal by 50 minutes. But I’m going to sleep now. Mmm’kay, g’night…


Time Spent Reading: 176 minutes   (639 minutes/10:39 hours)
Current Book: just finished The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
Pages Read: 100 pages (330)

I’m going to write a review tomorrow, but will update these posts to contain links to the review. In short, I liked it, but I liked it least off all Brooks’ works I’ve read so far (though I think the fact that I “pressured” myself into reading it in one sitting/day might’ve made me less inclined towards it).

Running Round-Up {9/4/2012}


I just realized I’d forgotten to write up a Running Round-Up post for today 😮 But in running news, I registered for my first half marathon yesterday. The Owens Corning Half Marathon Event is part of the bigger Glass City Marathon, which will take place April 28, 2013 in Toledo, Ohio. (Toledo’s nickname is the Glass City.) I feel the distance of 13 miles is totally attainable–I can easily run six miles now and I have just under eight months to train.

I know I only ran once since last Tuesday–I got 5 miles in on Thursday. It was just too humid this morning. Hopefully I can go tomorrow.

I’ll forego the normal smaller questions and skip right to a big one:

In which sorts of events do you run? 5Ks, marathons, etc? Or do you skip events and just go for your own bests?
I have only done one event so far, a 5K. I loved it, even though I was in last place from the get go. I still finished it with a personal best as far as minutes/mile at that distance go. I imagine I will be one of the last to cross the finish line in April, but I don’t do it for the ribbons or medals. I do it for the t-shirts and bragging rights that I CAN run that far 🙂

Sunday Salon {8/19/2012}


This week Nick and I had our first–and hopefully only–homeowning crisis. I came home from work Wednesday to find a mirror fallen off the bathroom wall, which had turned on the faucet full blast 😦 Needless to say, our basement was wet, the hallway was wet, the two bedrooms across the hall were wet, and (obviously) the bathroom was wet. But, thankfully, our insurance is giving us ample money to repair. However, the housewarming party we planned for next Saturday is postponed.

In other news, this coming week will be my last week working full time at the daycare I’ve been at since April 2011. Starting the last week of August, I will be working for my county educational service center. What that means is that I will be substituting for teachers and paraprofessionals all over the county. It’s not exactly better, financial-wise. But it helps me get my foot in the door in those various school districts, so hopefully it will help get me to a full-time teaching position sooner.

This week I finished Fifty Shades Darker by EL James. I do still need to write up a review, but I loved it 🙂 I am currently reading Fifty Shades Freed. I also decided to stop waiting on that audiobook is waited at least two weeks for and started listening to The Storekeeper’s Daughter by Brunstetter. This is an inspirational for my Inspiration Resolution–another Amish-setting and, oddly enough, it has some ironic similarities to Shunned, which I listened to a couple months ago.

Audrey Hepburn, 1929-1993

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Some of you may recall that I love Audrey Hepburn and consider her one of my role models. Well, on this day eighteen years ago she passed away. A few years ago I read a book called How to be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life, which is essentially a collection of quotes from Audrey, about many different things in life. So, as a little tribute, I will post some of my favorites quotes.

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.

This one (above) I actually have printed and framed very nicely and it’s on my makeshift vanity in my bedroom. Such a wonderful way to express what beauty is 🙂

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

Another one near my vanity.

The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.

So simple, so true.

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.

I find this to be very true, and I try to keep it in mind when I start talking about other people (especially if I don’t care for them).

Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering – because you can’t take it in all at once.

I guess my 20-or-so different diaries I kept over the years will help with this 😀

Since the world has existed, there has been injustice. But it is one world, the more so as it becomes smaller, more accessible. There is just no question that there is more obligation that those who have should give to those who have nothing.


new blog feature: WHEN I’ve Been in Books

Over on the sidebar of my blog, I have a couple of linked images to take you to Google Maps that show you WHERE I’ve been in the world, via the books I’ve read.

But then I got to thinking…

I love history and, therefore, historical fiction. While historical fiction isn’t the only genre I read–I consider my taste “eclectic”–I tend to visit different times as well as different places in my books. So, I did a little research and found out how to make a timeline using Microsoft Excel! 🙂 Now, its not exactly a looker as I can’t really figure out how to change much about the way it looks without ruining it–I’m not that computer savvy in the Office 2010 stuff.

Also, it’s not as easy to update as are the Google Maps, because I’d have to upload an actual image file each time I’d add something. So I’m going to update it at the end of every month. Nevertheless, there is now a linked image on my sidebar called “When I’ve Been in Books”. I hope you enjoy it!

And, as a sneak peek, here is what my trial run of the very few books I’ve read so far this year look like on it. Check back at the end of each month to see what has been added! (If you click it, the image gets bigger and easier to read 🙂 )