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New Year’s Resolutions

Quite some time has passed since my last post in November!

After the readathon, my husband and I worked our way through the holidays. We hosted Thanksgiving for the first time ever and had way too much delicious food, celebrated our one year marriage anniversary in December, and attended a friend’s wedding two days before traveling home for Christmas!

After all the excitement we just spent a fun night home by ourselves for New Year’s Eve and played some new boardgames we got as Christmas and anniversary presents. That night I decided I wanted to actually make some New Year’s Resolutions since I usually stick with ‘Keep not smoking’ as my typical resolution.

Resolutions For This Year:

  • Read/Listen to 52 books
  • Workout (Using SMART goals of course)
  • Finish an old crochet project

Last year was a busy year. Right after getting married at the end of 2018, our dog had a seizure, my husband’s mother passed away, and we totaled our car. And that was just the first few months. After that things slowed down and somehow picked up at the same time. I got a new job which is awesome and I love it, but I’m exhausted when I come home! With that, 3 choirs with weekly practices, and a weekly crochet group, I was finding little time for reading. I only ended up reading 12 books last year. TWELVE!

This year I’m using an app called Bookly to help me create and track reading goals. I like the way it creates infographics based on your reading speeds and how it can tell you how long you need to read each day to finish a book by your goal date. It has lovely ambient sounds in the app which are relaxing while reading. (Light Rain is my personal favorite). I like tracking my progress this way because, as a statistician, it’s kind of in my nature. Not to mention I still like to go on Goodreads and Litsy for fun! This is all helping me keep up with reading so far; I’m doing pretty well having finished 6 books, but I’m only 1 ahead of schedule according to Goodreads so I better pick up the pace!

Here’s an example of a Bookly Infographic:

Note the reading speed. Pretty slow, but that’s okay. I like taking my time with the good ones!

I’m not doing as well with working out. I decided to break my workout goals up into quarters to help me keep up with it and increase it over time.

Quarterly Workout Goals:

  • Q1 – 30 mins, 3 days per week
  • Q2 – 30 mins, 4 days per week
  • Q3 – 60 mins, 3 days per week
  • Q4 – 60 mins, 4 days per week

I wasn’t able to keep up with the Q1 goal in January, although I did workout more than I have in a while and was surprised to find I wasn’t as out of shape as I expected. I’m keeping up with my goal so far in February and having fun watching shows while mixing up treadmill, elliptical, and free weights.

I’ve been crocheting away as well, but my goals is to finish at least one of those old projects sitting in the closet! Right now I’m rotating 4 projects so that when I get bored with one I can just pick up the next which helps to maintain progress on all of them instead of giving up!

Current Crochet/Knit Projects:

  • Tessellation Blanket
  • Knitted Velvet Scarf
  • 63 Square Sampler Blanket
  • Kaleidoscope Blanket

These are all newer projects for me, but I have some that have been sitting in the closet for more than 5 years. Besides finishing these 4 projects, I MUST FINISH ONE OLD PROJECT OR DIE TRYING! (Apologies. That escalated quickly).

Welp, onward and upward! Here’s to 2020, a new year, and some new goals. I hope your year is filled with joy and laughter!

Posted in Readathons

Readathon Stats and Lists

The readathon ended about 2 weeks ago, but I never posted my follow up stats and fun lists. Here are some random lists of info I tracked!

BOOKISH INFO TRACKED

BooksAuthorsPages ReadPrev StartedFinished
Tales of Beedle the BardJK Rowling92YY
Eye of the WorldRobert Jordan127YN
The ShiningStephen King178YN
HPCoS: IllustratedJK Rowling41YN

APPROXIMATE ACTIVITY TIMES IN MINUTES

Time Reading840 minutes
Time Online300 minutes
Time Sleeping180 minutes
Time for Other Commitments120 minutes

OTHER FUN INFO TRACKED

Foods/Drinks I Enjoyed
Double Shot Espresso
Steak & Cheddar Microwave Burrito
3 Clausen Mini Kosher Dill Pickles
2 Turkey Clubs
1 Bowl Black Bean Soup
Herbal Hibiscus Tea – 6 oz
Water – 72 oz
Random Words I Enjoyed
Sagacity
Wily
Codicil
Juggernaut
Mayhap

Based on my random stats and lists, I could improve next time by spending less time online and more time reading! I also think using an app like Bookly or a bookmark that doubles as a timer could help me focus and become less distracted during my reading. I’m usually a very slow, easily distracted reader which shows in my pace of approximately one page every two minutes. Staying focused by using a timer to keep me in check might help me increase my pace. Finally, no more large meals! After the soup and sandwiches I tanked big time and, although they were delicious, I definitely should have spread them out.

I do lose a bit of time to tracking this random stuff, but it also helps me stay awake and interested in what I’m doing! Here’s to more readathons in the future and more random info tracking!

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End of 24 Hour Readathon and Closing Survey

So how’d I do? Let’s answer the closing survey questions to find out!

  • How would you assess your reading overall?
    • Not great, Bob! I did finish one book and read chunks of three other books, but I think I could’ve read more with a different strategy.
  • Did you have a strategy, and if so, did you stick to it?
    • So my strategy was that I didn’t have one. I figured any time I was getting tired, I would just check the internet and see what my fellow readathon-ers were doing. That was a terrible idea! I think I spent the same amount of time on the computer as I did reading! Next time, I will only allow myself to check the computer every four – six hours instead of whenever the heck I want. Also, as I mentioned in a comment on one of the hourly posts, big meals make me tired! After I ate a huge dinner at 6 PM it was a constant battle to stay awake for the next 14 hours! Perhaps I’ll stick with constant healthy snacking next year and see how that goes. In the end, I still feel okay about this readathon because it’s all good fun. I like the trial and error involved in figuring out my winning strategy and I like that, despite not reading for 24 hours straight, I read for longer than I have at any point in the last nine months! I started a book blog and actually kept up with it during the readathon too (Yes, this was part of the problem, but I’m glad that I tried it). Now that I know how fun and easy blogging about my favorite subject can be, I think I’ll stick with it! Here’s to more book posts and readathons in the future!
  • What was your favorite snack?
    • Although dinner totally dragged my reading down and made me super sleepy, I love hot soup when I’m freezing and no one can go wrong with a delicious turkey club. Not a snack, but the best thing I ate yesterday by far!

 I’ll break down how many pages/books, what foods I ate, and any other lists I kept track of during the readathon in another post. I can’t wait for the next readathon. Next time, I’ll prepare!

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End of Hour 16 (24 Hour Readathon)

Welp, I’m definitely spending way too much time on the computer trying to figure out this blogging thing. I thought technology was my friend. (Wow, if that sentence isn’t already taken I swear I’m posting that for the spooky sentence mini-challenge)

Here are some posts I participated in. I don’t know when. The hours, they’re blurry.

Reading Buddies

Halfway Done!

Where are you at?

No more computer! MOAR READING! πŸš«πŸ’»

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Mid-Event Survey (24 Hour Readathon)

Answering the mid-event survey questions in an attempt to fight the head lolling:

  • What are you reading right now?
    • The Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • How many books have you read so far?
    • I’ve only completed 1 book so far, but I have sampled 4 books total
  • What book are you most looking forward to in the 2nd half of Readathon?
    • I have yet to pick up Lethal White which is still on my to do list, but I’m also feeling the itch to pick a book I haven’t read before off my shelves at random and just start reading. Perhaps I’ll try that soon!
  • Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
    • The interruptions are self-imposed to avoid falling asleep. Any time I’m feeling sleepy, I check the interwebs or take a walk around the house. Otherwise, my husband and doggos have left me to my own devices.
  • What surprises you most about the Readathon, so far?
    • I’m always surprised where and when my wall hits. Given how difficult I’ve found it is to put time aside for reading, I can’t believe how hard it is to stay focused today! To be fair, reading for a few hours each day is probably much healthier than 24 hour stints, but who cares? It’s fun!

In keeping with my theme from the beginning of the day, I’m reading another Harry Potter-related illustrated edition.

Hitting a wall in the middle of the readathon.
Hoping my fave pals in Harry Potter will help me get my second wind!

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