Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bout of Books 11: Wednesday Update

Bout of Books

Three days down. Bout of Books 11 continues.

It was a crazy day today. I got a lot accomplished, but the day was not quite what I imagined it would be. I had the day off work today and while Collin let me sleep in a little bit after we got Darian off to school, I spent the majority of my day running crazy -- most of the time working on two things at once.

I finalized the tweaks on my sans-cinnamon zucchini bread recipe and baked another batch of muffins, along with a loaf of bread. Piper then ate half the bread from the cutting board after I left the room. Crazy dog loves zucchini bread.

I nearly finished the quilt I've been working on. I just have some final touches to put on it tomorrow night and it will be ready for a Friday delivery.

I also took and edited photos from a short photo session. I can't tell you more than that for now, but I have been approved to put the results up on the blog here in a week or so.

After all of that, I cooked dinner and then Darian & I (but mostly just I) participated in the Bout of Books Twitter chat. It was a lot of fun and I look forward to the next one on Saturday morning.

As for Darian, he had a pretty darned good first day of school. We called the school in the afternoon and got his schedule fixed (since he was put into the wrong social studies class), but other than that it sounds like his day pretty much went off without a hitch. Hopefully that trend continues.

Even with all of that, we did still get some reading in. Here are our stats at the end of day 3...

Elle's Current Stats 

Currently Reading :
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

I'm wishing it wasn't so darned late and that I didn't have to work tomorrow. Though fairly heart wrenching, The Storyteller is a really good book. I'd like to stay up and finish it. But...that will not be happening. I need my sleep. So it will have to wait until tomorrow.

Minutes Read Today: 217 minutes 

Total Time Read: 474 minutes

Goal: 1500 minutes

Pages Read Today: 182 pages

Total Pages Read: 452 pages

Goal: 1500 pages

Books Finished Today: 0

Total Books Finished: 1

Goal: 6 books

Darian's Current Stats 

Currently Reading: 

Minutes Read Today: 73 minutes 

Total Time Read: 869 minutes

Goal: 1200 minutes

Pages Read Today: 181 pages

Total Pages Read: 1030 pages

Goal: 900 pages

I told him that his books must be good this time since he's read more pages than minutes. He just smiled.

Books Finished Today: 0

Total Books Finished: 2

Goal: 3 books.

It's official that Darian will be gone for the weekend. He's taking off on Friday night and won't be back until Sunday evening. He says he'll be calling me for updates on his minutes/pages in the evenings, but I won't be holding my breath. I have a feeling he'll be having too much fun to find time to either read or call. Good thing he'll probably make all of his goals before he leaves.

As for me, my big push at this point is to participate in more of the challenges. I keep putting them off until the evening and then forgetting about them until it's too late and time has expired. I need to get myself on track.

All in all, not a bad read-a-thon, so far. How is your reading coming along?


  1. I didn't get nearly as much reading today as I usually do (only 100 pages) Stupid migraines. BUT I did do the challenge and the Twitter chat (hash browns ftw) hopefully day 4 will be better for me! Happy reading!

    1. Oh no! I hope the migraines don't come back. And I quite enjoyed the potatoes discussion. Good luck with day 4!!

  2. Today's my baking day, I may have to make zucchini bread now :D

    1. I've decided that I also need to try a lemon zucchini bread recipe one of these days. I've quite enjoyed playing test kitchen. It makes a huge mess, but I like coming up with something new that actually tastes decent.

  3. I hope you are able to get on track with the challenges if you want to. :) So far, they've been pretty dull to me, I did do today's. Hope you are having fun!!

    1. I saw that! I'm definitely going to need to do today's. So far, I'm having a good time, but it's weeks like these that make me wish I could just stay home and read instead of having a job to go to that sucks up all of my day time.

  4. I've not been doing all of the challenges. Only felt like participating in a few. Just trying to focus on reading as much as I can. Hope today is a good day for you! Happy reading!

    1. So far I haven't gotten in a single page, but that should change this evening. I am going to try today's challenge, so at least that will be something. Happy reading to you!!

  5. I definitely need my sleep these days - unfortunately, because the 'reading all night' years were the beeeest! - and I haven't done all of the challenges either. Some really appeal to me, others don't, but I know the ones I'm not bothered about are often the most popular so I don't feel too bad about not taking part! I definitely just want to get some pages read, and use this readathon as an excuse to perch myself in a corner for a while each day instead of getting sucked into an internet vortex for hours! GOOD LUCK, HAPPY READING, AND YAY BOUT OF BOOKS! :)
    Ellie @ Book Addicted Blonde

    1. I agree...I loved the days when I could go without much sleep and not feel beaten the next day. The internet vortex is a dangerous thing. I tend to have issues with that and ipad apps taking my free time. I need to focus. :)


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