Sunday, April 29, 2012

30 days, 30 photos

Back in early March, I started my 30 happy photos Thing and I finished up a few weeks ago.  I tweeted the photos as I took them and now, I have 30 photos of awesome stuff like cupcakes and my rubber boots and my open sunroof and taking a walk with EDP & Penny.  I've posted all the photos, if you want to see them.  

I did find that it was easy to find something that made me happy every day.  But a lot of the time, it was something that I couldn't take a photo of - like the smell of the house after someone's been in the kitchen all day or how the first warm day of spring feels.  But, at the end of the month, I did have all my photos so this Thing is done.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Thing 1's Book 2: Survivor

This book was awful.  Sorry Steve.

Community chest? Nope - community garden!

Yay!  I joined a community garden!  Yay!

I was really excited to put this on my list but worried it would have to come off.  I had started thinking about joining a community garden when I lived in Waterloo and found a website that had dozens and dozens listed.  Then we moved to Guelph and I thought it would be easy to find one here because Guelph is big on agriculture.  But that was not the case.  The city did start a pilot in 2010 but it doesn't seem like it's really taken off.  There are only about 6 in the city right now and only one is even remotely close to us. 

But I found out a couple of weeks ago that there was a plot for me there!  My plot is A3 and it's 4 feet wide by 16 feet long.  Last weekend, I paid my fee and helped to get the garden ready for the spring.  I still have to do some work on my plot but hopefully, I'll get out soon to do that.  And in a few weeks, I can start planting.  Yay!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

So long read-a-thon

The read-a-thon is now done.  I didn't even come close to being up for the full 24 hours but I hadn't planned on that so I'm not overly disappointed.

In the end, I ended up reading for 9 hours and 25 minutes and listening for just under 3.  I finished two books (A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle and Days of Reading by Marcel Proust.)  I made great progress on my current non-fiction read (Competitive Strategy by Michael Porter) getting from page 20 to page 87.  I also read half of a murder mystery called Shot Through Velvet by Ellen Byerrum.  Oh, and my audio is Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk.

And now, before I head back to the sofa to read (what?  I'm sick and I'm enjoying the murder mystery!)  here is the end of event meme:

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
None, really - I didn't push myself to stay awake.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
No, because this is such a personal interest thing.  Though, I'm rather enjoying Shot Through Velvet - good for anyone who likes a light mystery.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Honestly, I wasn't that tuned in this time around.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
Again, I wasn't that tuned in.

5. How many books did you read?
See above.

6. What were the names of the books you read?
See above.

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
The one I'm still working on - Shot Through Velvet by Ellen Byerrum

8. Which did you enjoy least?
Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk.  If it wasn't a book for my 1001 Things in 101 Days project, I'd scrap it.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
N/A

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Yeah, I'm likely to participate again.  If I had the whole day, I'd read.  I think next time, I'd like to be a cheerleader, too.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Read-a-thon check-in

Well, it's been almost 8 hours and I haven't checked in yet so I figure now is a good time.  I've had a very relaxing morning/afternoon on the sofa.  I started my day by finishing A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle and then read a bit of Competitive Strategy by Michael Porter before switching over to an audio of Chuck Palahniuk's Survivor and then started a printed version of Marcel Proust's Days of Reading.  So far, I've spent a total of just under 3 1/2 hours reading and 2 hours of listening.  I've also had a fantastic nap.

I figure it's also time to do a mini-challenge so I'm doing the book staging challenge from Midnight Book Girl.  Happily, my book title seems pretty easy to stage - my current read is Days of Reading so I've propped it up with my book lover's calendar and a couple of books.

And I'm off...

The hour is upon us. And it's time for introductory questions!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I haven't made a stack.  I'm free-styling all day.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
With being sick and on a soft food diet (due to jaw surgery two months ago), I have no snacks planned.  Man, I'm really doing this by the seat of my pants...

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
By day, I'm work at an insurance company on the investments side of things.  By night, I'm a dog-owner, a drums-learner and a book-reader.  Oh, and I just completed my second degree!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
The last readathon was my first and I stayed up all 24 hours.  This time, I'm really just using this 24 hour period to read as much as possible.  I won't be checking the blog or mini-challenges every hour but rather when I feel like it and I'll be napping/sleeping, as well.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Read-a-thon Part Deux

Remember last October when I did that 24 hour read-a-thon and actually stayed up for the full 24 hours and annoyed you with my horribly un-entertaining hourly posts?  Yeah, I'm doing that again tomorrow.

I've re-read my round-up post from October and it's right in line with what I plan on doing this time.  I'm not going to push myself to stay up for the whole 24 hours - especially since I'm sick.  And I'm going to focus more on my reading and less on what's going on around me.  I'll keep my eye things but mostly what I'll be trying to accomplish is to have a 24-hour period focused on reading.  I'm not planning out what I'm going to read like I did last time (which is what most people do) but rather, I'm going to just pick up whatever I feel like whenever I feel like it.  Again, since I'm sick, I think this is a good approach.

 So I'm heading off to a restful, rejuvenating & relaxing sleep.  See you at 8 for check-in.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

March 2012 Recap

In like a lion and out like a lamb REALLY describes how my March was.  This month has been a busy one but it's now died down and I'm sooooo happy for that.  The biggest thing keeping me busy was school work on top of regular work.  It's a busy time of year for me at work and the last month of the term is always nutty.  I had an assignment, a test, a paper and a mini-lecture - which doesn't sound like a lot but that's only two classes.  But, Thursday was my last day of classes and I handed in my paper on Friday and now I'm just waiting for my exam and then I'm DONE.

Despite all this busyness, I finished off two things - I started backing everything up on my Mac and I went  restaurant-free for 30 days.  Backing everything up on the Mac was super easy and Time Machine is the absolute coolest thing ever.   Not eating out was also fairly easy due to my soft food diet.

I did also make some decent progress on some of my other things:

  • I finished Smash & the Code of the Woosters from my list of 12 book recommendations.  
  • I got my handwritten letters off really early this month.
  • Drum lessons continue and are still super awesome.  I'm looking forward to having more practice time now that classes are done.
  • Debt is going down and in entirely NEW news, my TFSA is going up.  It's still not at the level it was when I transferred it out of my GSOP but at least it's going in the right direction.
  • I've been a rockstar with getting my notes scanned.  All of my notes from my Project Management certificate are done and I'm about halfway through my BA.  Of course, the notes from my BComm make up the vast majority of the notes but still, it's good progress.  
  • Penny and I have walked 126.5km so far.
  • My TBR is at 47 books which is two books less than I started with last April.
  • I've listened to 272 of the Rolling Stone's 500 greatest songs.
  • I've been taking pictures of things that make me happy and tweeting them with the hashtag #amonthofhappy.
  • I've donated 58,000 grains of rice
  • I'm almost ready to strike graduating off my list but am going to hold off until my transcript says I've graduated.  

I'm at 21 Things finished now, which I'm pretty happy with but I'll need to pull up my socks for April but I'll have a lot more time, especially after April 14.