Sunday Morning Coffee

I know. You’ve been longing for one of these. Here goes.

  • First off, question. Does anyone have a good pizza dough recipe to share? I’m trying to find one that my husband will like. I’ve been using plain old Pillsbury and I’ll be honest: it’s not the best. His issue is with the texture. Mine is with the sweetness. I want something that will provide a thin crust, crispy all over. Nothing doughy.
  • Batman. Vanishing.
  • This is one of my pet peeves as well. I sometimes wish that people who ask these kinds of questions could understand what it’s like to suffer from chronic health issues that don’t always manifest themselves in a way that is visible to the general public. I mean, I could make that happen, but seriously you do not want that. For the record, I would love to be able to participate in things every time a person asks me to. The issues I have suffered from are one of the reasons that I rarely, if ever, volunteer my time or spread myself too thin with obligations. You get really tired of disappointing people after a while.
  • The aforementioned is another reason that I hate it when people flake out on plans with no reason.
  • Great post from The Happy Housewife on surviving a deployment when you have small children. I have a few friends in this boat and I thought they might find the article helpful.
  • While you’re over at The Happy Housewife, take a look at her recipe for Salmon Turnovers. I can’t wait to try these!
  • This week I missed meeting The Pioneer Woman at her book signing in Oklahoma City. *cry* But watching this video made me feel a little bit better.
  • A little shoutout to Miss Melissa and all the other NaBloPoMo participants joining in this year! I think this is my second year? Can’t remember. I’ll check my archives. Maybe I should have done that before writing this bullet point and floundering around like an imbecile. But that’s why you love me, right?

Readathon – October 2009

Decided (a bit last minute) to take part in this year’s Readathon. Want more info? Click here. Twenty-four hours of reading starts…NOW! (3:30 4:00 pm CST, delayed by phone call)

And because now does seem like the appropriate time to revisit that fateful day…enjoy.

me & nicholas sparks!

And do you know who this author is? (awful, very late night picture of me :/)
Me and Pat Conroy

Kicking things off with some intense determination to finish The Unbearable Lightness of Being (which I really don’t like that much).

My stack of books:
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
The End of Alice by A.M. Homes

Friday, October 23, 2009
5:00PM
– Read for almost one hour, completed 37 pages. Need to pick it up. All these #readathon tweets are distracting me!

(Breaking for dinner and some quality time with Kevin.)

Saturday, October 24, 2009
9:58AM
– Slept late. Starting at 10:30am.

11:31AM – Woohoo! 67 pages in 50 minutes. Book is picking up and I’m almost done. Taking a quick break to make some tea.

11:40AM – Back to reading. Going to finish The Unbearable Lightness of Being and then onto A.M. Homes. Will probably need to escape to Avonlea some time today as well.

12:30PMThe End of Alice is Weird. Pretty quick read though. Twenty-eight pages in 25 minutes. Making some snacks right now for me and for Kevin, who is sitting in a pile of papers that he’s grading. Still suffering a pretty bad backache. I don’t know if this is at all related to the illness that’s been plaguing me over the past few days or if it’s the result of being in bed all day yesterday. Ouch.

1:40PM – Yeah, good writer, not so sure I recommend this book to anyone though. I may have to review this when we’re all done. 32pgs/30mins

3:30PM – Pace of the book is picking up. I think I have something figured out about the plot and where it’s going, but we’ll see. Taking a break from this to start New Moon. Need a refresher before the movie. 70pgs/60mins

5:00PM – Got in a little of New Moon. 22pgs/20mins

7:40PM – Finished The End of Alice. Weird. 132pgs/120mins

(Breaking for some lasagna and catching up on mini-challenges)

11:45PM – Packed it up for the night. When the next one rolls around I will plan a little better and be prepared. Finished up with 24 pages of The Birth House in 15 mins.

TOTALS
Time spent reading: 370 minutes
Pages read: 422