Posts tagged ‘passion’

October 10, 2010

2010 Read-A-Thon

The 24-Hour Read-A-Thon event has completed, my numbers have been posted (and reprinted below), and now I’m heading back to bed. There is a definite hangover that comes with this experience, whether you read for 24 hours or just 12. But it’s a delightful fatigue, and I can’t wait to do it all over again in April! Check out my first-experience stats then click over to phrenetical to read the play-by-play as it was posted throughout the event. Then consider joining up in the spring! It’s truly a wonderful (communal) experience.
3 Hours Sleep Acquired the Night Before
12 Hours Time Elapsed Before I Could Fully Participate
4.65 Hours Spent Napping During The Event
670 Minutes Spent Reading
210 Minutes Spent Blogging
308 Pages Read
1 Book Completed
2 Magazine Issues Completed
3 Books Attempted
5 Snacks/Meals Consumed
12 Coke Reward Points Acquired
88 Ounces Caffeine Consumed
21 Tweets Posted
14 Blog Posts Published
193 Blog Views During The Event
23 Comments Received On My Blog
9 Actual Cheers Posted To My Blog (so fun!)
5 Mini-Challenges Participated In
1 Prize Won in a Mini-Challenge
Favorite Mini-Challenge: Submit a photo of something in your house that represents a character in one of the books you are reading for the readathon. Seriously? How could I resist?
character photo challenge: 'The Yankee Years'
October 9, 2010

I’m reading today!

Today I’ll be participating in the 24-Hour Read-A-Thon! I love this idea for so many reasons, but my personal motivation is quite simple: to rediscover my love for reading. I’ve let it lapse in recent years, choosing other entertainment over books and purposeful reading, and I truly do miss it when that happens. So today will be all about the written word! I also love that “print” now includes text on a screen, so I’ll be mixing up my selections throughout the day to keep interest alive and resist the urge to nap (much). Some of the items I have scheduled for the day include:

  • The Yankee Years
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried
  • Ford County
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Mud Hens and Mavericks: Illustrated Travel Guide to Minor League Baseball
  • and an assortment of magazines and blog posts that have recently piled up

A big part of the Read-A-Thon includes blogging about the event and about personal progress, as well as participating in hourly challenges designed to keep the mind fresh. Click over to phrenetical :: a state of mind to follow my read-a-thon journey.
24-Hour Read-A-Thon

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July 18, 2010

retro photo month :: day eighteen

circa 1980

There are so many great things about this photo, not the least of which is that v-neck red velour sweater that I’m wearing. Then there’s my head full of fat curls from heated rollers, and the fact that I’m turning away from the camera but laughing all the same. And then there’s the classic 70s decor of my pre-teen bedroom. Heavy drapes in harvest gold (made from some fabric my Mom can identify). White plastic shelves containing a 12-inch black-and-white television with numbered dial, a turntable for playing my vinyl 45s and the soundtrack from Saturday Night Fever, and a boxed set of The Chronicles of Narnia (my favorite books at the time). But the best part of this photo, of this room, are the sheets of paper hanging from the ceiling. What you can’t see is that each page contains a photo that was cut from a magazine, each page features scenes from Xanadu, my newest favorite movie that I had seen many times in the previous months. At this moment in time I was completely enamored with Xanadu, completely infatuated with its star Michael Beck, and I was able to sing every single lyric from the soundtrack by heart. Winter of 1980. Such a perfect moment in time.

this month’s photos

grade 6 grade 5 scouts bluebird
sisters granddaughters and the matriarch three 70s sisters sisters in plaid
sisters, circa 1972 circa 1971 me, circa 1971 circa 1970
me and my sisters back at the Texas State Capitol Senate Chamber, Texas State Capitol at the Texas State Capitol summer photo day one

Retro Photo Month was inspired by Elizabeth Dillow. Be sure to check out her own collection at {a swoop and a dart}.

May 11, 2009

5 things I want to be known for at the end of my life

1.  I loved passionately.
2.  I maintained great relationships with my niece and 3 nephews, as well as my sisters and parents.
3.  I never stopped learning, no matter how old I got or how challenging it became.
4.  I saw the best in people, and I always gave second (and fiftieth) chances.
5.  I expressed my truest self, without reservation, whether in printed words or visible behaviors. I want there to be no doubt as to who I really was in life.
P.S. You don’t need to remember that I let the grammar slide in that post title. Ha!