Thursday, August 7, 2014

Monster Read-a-Thon: Update 1

It's been a minorly eventful couple of days. I am happy to report that my personal progress on this read-a-thon is much improved over the last two we have participated that's something. Some other things have not gone as smoothly.

On Tuesday afternoon, I was sewing away contentedly, enjoying some Gilmore Girls while I sewed quilt squares, when my machine decided to have a seizure. That's the best way I can describe it. The needle started trying to initialize, but instead would shimmy back and forth uncontrollably. In response, I pulled the machine apart and cleared out the amassed lint thinking maybe this had gummed something up. Nope. No improvement.

One frantic call to a local repair shop later and I hopped in the car with the machine to deliver it for some TLC. The shop I used (Johnson's Sewing Center) was amazing and they fixed my spastic machine overnight. There is still a little repair work to do, but they got it functional for me since they knew I was working on a time sensitive project. I just need to drop it back off when I'm done and they'll finish up fixing some timing issues on some decorative stitches for no additional charge.

There is a chance that my speed control is going completely out, but I won't know for sure until I take it back and the head honcho can look at it. I will seriously cry if this is the case. I love my little EuroPro. For now though, I'm back in the swing of things and my quilt is coming along pretty well.

As for reading, I've done alright. I got a bit done while sitting in the doctor's office yesterday and Tuesday's sewing machine breakdown afforded me a little extra time as well. Initially, the plan was to get this post up last night, but life intervened. Instead, we went to a local small town rodeo for the evening. It was nice to go do something as a family (even if Darian acted totally bored the whole time).

But...better late than never. Here's our reading progress so far...

Elle's Current Stats 

Currently Reading :

This one is reading really well. I should have it finished this afternoon. Much better read-a-thon choice than The Grapes of Wrath. I'm still hurting from that one.

Minutes Read Monday - Wednesday: 283 minutes 

Total Time Read: 283 minutes

Goal: 900 minutes

Pages Read Monday - Wednesday: 220 pages

Total Pages Read: 220 pages

Goal: 1000 pages

Books Finished Today: 0

Total Books Finished: 0

Goal: 5 books

Darian's Current Stats 

Minutes Read Monday - Wednesday: 448 minutes 

Total Time Read: 448 minutes

Goal: 1500 minutes

Pages Read Monday - Wednesday: 397 pages

Total Pages Read: 397 pages

Goal: 1500 pages

Books Finished Monday - Wednesday: 1

Total Books Finished: 1

Goal: 6 books.

Not too bad so far, right?

We hit Winco yesterday and stocked up on some snacks for the weekend reading we have planned. I put Darian in charge of coming up with some special activities for our weekend read, but he kind of crapped out. He didn't give me much specificity. Instead, he has decided that we'll do a 24 hour read-a-thon portion on Saturday/Sunday. Not a bad plan, but we both know he'll pass out before we finish all 24 hours. Plus...I think we need more variety and challenge. I'm going to work today to figure out some themed things we can do to make that more fun. I like to keep it interesting.

We'll be back for another update on our progress tomorrow evening. I should also have a schedule for our Saturday/Sunday reading by then.

Happy Reading!!


  1. That's so frustrating when something breaks, when we're right in the middle of using it! And I've only been to a rodeo once and it was so much fun! It was also kind of scary with the bulls-I was kind of (totally) freaking out, lol.

    1. Rodeo is totally a way of life here. We're hitting another one this week. This is the big daddy of them around here and I'm totally giddy. It's one of my favorite things all year. (Oh...and bull riding is my favorite. :) )


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