Thursday, January 1, 2015

Goals for 2015

It is New Years Day and I am thinking about my goals for this new year.  What will I do?  What will happen?  What do I want to accomplish?

All lofty questions with answers just as ambiguous, but I do know that I want to READ more this year than I did last year.  I was a teacher last year and didn't even reach my GoodReads goal of 42 books.

Here goes - bookish and not-so-bookish goals for 2015!

1.  Read More!  I think that one probably tops many readers lists.  I am setting my GoodReads Goal to 42...again...because, as we all know 42 IS the answer to Life, The Universe and Everything!

2.  Write better reviews.  I got in to the habit of simply writing a few lines on GR, and not writing a full review here on my blog.  I ran a reading challenge last year, and didn't even participate in it - and feel rather bad about it.  This year, I am not holding myself to that kind of task (except for one or two... I can't help myself!)  This year, I want to write full-on reviews for the books I complete!

3.  WRITE!  I completed NaNoWriMo in 2011, and STILL haven't finished that book!  That book is on my To-Do List, but I started a new one (still 'stuck' on the NaNo book) and am VERY excited about it and want to really work on that one!

4.  Discover new authors and new books.  I am kind of in a limbo when it comes to what to read next.  I want to get back into the reading world and see what new authors or genres that I might like.

5.  Finish the Divergent series.  I know, I know.  Some may warn me away from this.  I liked the first book, and I loved how the movie was better than the book (yes, I am in that camp).  I know that there was also a lot of controversy over Allegiant, and I want to read it for myself to see WHY.  I know that many people didn't like Mockingjay's ending, but I thought that it was perfect for the storyline.  Want to see if it's the same with the Divergent series.

6.  Be a Better Reviewer.  I love NetGalley and getting requests either from publishers or authors directly to read their books. I want to be better at reading what I do get and writing reviews for them.

7.  Self-Improvement.  Not only do I want to partake in the Self-Help Junkie Reading Challenge, I want to actually put what I read into action.  I want 2015 to be a year of Positive Change!

8.  Learn!  I am switching careers, and I want to learn more about my new career so that I can take it anywhere!  Plus, I am sure I will learn a few other things along the way.

And for the NON-reading side of the house, but I am sure I can fit reading in there somehow!

9.  Walk/Train.  I want to do some fun 5k races this year.  The first one is Insane Inflatables.  A 5k where you get to climb up a 2 1/2 story inflatable slide and bounce down it...who wouldn't want to do that!  I am sure I can listen to books on tape while training!

10.  Complete my cookbook.  This seems to be perpetually on my list and maybe this is the year that I refine, tweak, and proof the cookbook for friends and family - and maybe see if it's something that others would like!  (Guess this one is still kind of about the Written Word, isn't it?!)

Would love to hear what your goals are for this New Year! Also - looking for suggestions for New Authors and/or genres!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

2014 Wrap-Up

I cannot believe that it is already the end of the year!  I have been VERY absent from this blog this past year, and I blame it all on work!  I haven't even reached my goal of reading 42 books, which has never been a problem in the past.

Plus, I have hosted a Reading Challenge - but have not even completed it for myself!

In 2015 - I hope to do a better job at reading and running this (and other) blogs!  We shall see how it goes, though!

I want to thank all of those who did sign up for the 2014 Reading Outside The Box reading challenge that I had created!

Not only haven't I really read this past year - I have run out of words - my mind is a blank!

Here's to a year with more books and friends!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hodge Podge Old School

The Hostess!

1.  What's something you wanted to do this summer that you never got around to actually doing?

Make a quilt.  I have some great batik material, and I even have it cut into strips... and those strips are sitting in the spare room, waiting to be put into a tropical quilt.

2. Share a favorite memory of your own back -to-school days as a child.

Back to school shopping.  We lived in a small town, and I always loved going up to the Big City (about 2 hours away).  We would do lunch out and dinner out, and a whole lot of shopping!

3.  What's one chore or daily task you prefer doing 'old-school' ?

I have a little note pad in my tiny purse to write notes.  I still haven't started the habit of using my phone to take notes...then I would have to try to figure out where I put them!  Also, shopping lists are on paper - always on the look-out for cute magnetic shopping lists for the fridge!

4.  Share something you've learned in life through the 'school of hard knocks'.

hmmm.... not sure! will have to think on this one!

5.  As a child, did you mostly bring or buy your lunch for school? What was your favorite thing to find in your lunchbox?

I packed a lunch in grade school because I hated vegetables and if we didn't clean our tray, we couldn't leave the cafeteria.  Barbaric!  High school - french fries with brown gravy and a chocolate shake.  Why can't I have that metabolism again.
Favorite treat in the box?!  Hostess!  Preferably a Twinkie or a Cupcake!

6. Football season is upon us which has me wondering... how big of a sports fan are you (not just football) ? On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being 'I scream at the players through my television screen' and 1 being 'is knitting a sport?' where do you fall in fandom? 

I am clueless when it comes to sports.  I can identify them, but have absolutely NO desire to watch.  I was a Band Mom when our girls were in school.  Yes, football is a religion in Texas, but we were there for the band kids!

7. Share a favorite quote you think might inspire students of all ages at the start of a new school year.

The one I have on my wall in my middle school classroom is: "What is right isn't always popular, what is popular isn't always right."   My signature for my work email is: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."  Both are perfect for teaching young kids - for HUMANS!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Phish Food by Ben n Jerry's is THE BEST!  Especially when there is plenty of ooey gooey marshmallow cream and caramel swirl!
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