Hairdo day

I went to get my hair done with my daughter. On the way there, I realized I forgot my Kindle. It was going to be a long appointment because we both were getting color. We stopped at Walgreen to pick up supplies for my daughter, and they had a drop box for expired pills. I remembered that I had a bunch of them to drop off that came from my parents house. I also remembered that I had my Kindle with the waterproof case in the car, with my gym stuff. Score! Multiple projects done! We went to Starbucks for the Wi-Fi so I could add the book I had started.

We arrived on time for the appointment, but the hairdresser wasn’t there. I texted her… she had us down for May. Ooops. She arrived 45 minutes late, but it was ok.

She started my daughter first. They sailed through the first layer of coloring. Then mine. Easy. My daughter’s hair didn’t take the color like expected, but it came out cute.

We dropped off the centerpieces for the funeral reception at the location where the reception will be held. No googly eyes, were involved. We got home just in time for me to leave for class tonight.

I almost finished a painting tonight, so I’m really feeling accomplished.

Crashing a field trip

After work today, I was going to meet my daughter and her class for a field trip to an art museum.

I left work and texted my daughter. She got a ticket for me. I was to meet her in the courtyard by the main entrance. I found parking and walked into the museum. My daughter was nowhere to be seen. I was at the wrong museum. We figured it out after several phone calls.

I got to the right museum. Found my daughter and had lunch with her. Then we found her class.

We walked around listening to the instructor. I thanked him for letting me crash the field trip.

I enjoyed my trip out. We went to the art store and to dinner on the way to class.

After class, when we got home, I realized that I was close to my fitbit goal of 10,000 steps. I paced around the kitchen and bathroom until I hit my goal. Two days in a row! The side trip to the wrong museum helped me get there.

Group challenge starting February 1 (Uno)

I am joining a group challenge that runs February 1-April 30.  We work together playing “Uno” hands against other teams.  We get points for each book we read that fulfills the criteria.  Since I am considered a slow to medium speed reader, I was placed on a team with faster readers and slower readers to even out the number of books each team normally reads per month.

I love working on the group challenges since it helps keep me on track for my annual goal.  Being accountable to a team pushes me forward.  The hard part for me is that the books don’t count if I start reading them before February 1 and I usually log my books as I open them the first time.  I can’t do that for this challenge.

I have played this game before, and the challenge to this is to keep track of ALL of the characters and locations as I am reading.  It is fun, and especially fun to work as a team to get all of the cards completed.  Here are the things I need to look for.

O (Zero)
Read a book that:
– has a 0 or Zero in the title
– has a title starting with Z
– has an author first name or surname starts with Z
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with Z
– is set in a place name starting with Z
– is a “stand-alone” book (i.e. not part of a series)

1 (One)
Read a book that:
– has a 1 or One in the title
– has a title starting with O
– has an author first name or surname starts with O
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with O
– is set in a place name starting with O
– is book 1 in a series

2 (Two)
Read a book that:
– has a 2 or Two in the title
– has a title starting with T
– has an author first name or surname starts with T
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with T
– is set in a place name starting with T
– is book 2 in a series

3 (Three)
Read a book that:
– has a 3 or Three in the title
– has a title starting with H
– has an author first name or surname starts with H
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with H
– is set in a place name starting with H
– is book 3 in a series

4 (Four)
Read a book that:
– has a 4 or Four in the title
– has a title starting with F
– has an author first name or surname starts with F
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with F
– is set in a place name starting with F
– is book 4 in a series

5 (Five)
Read a book that:
– has a 5 or Five in the title
– has a title starting with I
– has an author first name or surname starts with I
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with I
– is set in a place name starting with I
– is book 5 in a series

6 (Six)
Read a book that:
– has a 6 or Six in the title
– has a title starting with S
– has an author first name or surname starts with S
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with S
– is set in a place name starting with S
– is book 6 in a series

7 (Seven)
Read a book that:
– has a 7 or Seven in the title
– has a title starting with V
– has an author first name or surname starts with V
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with V
– is set in a place name starting with V
– is book 7 in a series

8 (Eight)
Read a book that:
– has an 8 or Eight in the title
– has a title starting with E
– has an author first name or surname starts with E
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with E
– is set in a place name starting with E
– is book 8 in a series

9 (Nine)
Read a book that:
– has a 9 or Nine in the title
– has a title starting with N
– has an author first name or surname starts with N
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with N
– is set in a place name starting with N
– is book 9 in a series

Skip
Read a book that:
– has a title starting with K or P
– has an author first name or surname starts with K or P
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with K or P
– is set in a place name starting with K or P
OR you can choose to “skip” reading a book for this cards (and get no points for this card)

Draw 2
Use the same book for two cards in this hand (and get points for both cards)

Reverse
One member of your team must read a book another team member has already read

Wild
Read a book that can fit for any of the cards in that SAME hand (i.e. you are duplicating one of the cards in that same hand)

Wild draw four
Read a book that can fit for any of the colored cards you have that month (i.e. you are duplicating one of your colored cards. Each colored card can only be duplicated once)

Colored cards
Special colored cards will be randomly provided each month. for these cards you need to read for the card number (as above) and the book must also have a colored cover for the color specified (blue, red, yellow or green)

Baby steps in goal setting

My reading goal for 2019 is 75 books. I was asked why. Because I didn’t have a lot of trouble with 62 books in 2018. The 62 was chosen as a book a week, plus ten audiobooks. I fell behind for a while because of lack of concentration after my surgery. I caught up and surpassed my goal.

I feel that a goal should be a challenge, but not unattainable. Sure, I could set my goal for 1 book for the year, and meet it almost immediately, but there’s no challenge in that. I’d finish right away and be bored the rest of the year.

One of my Goodreads friends set a 2018 goal of 2018 books. She read 10. That’s not even close. Why set such an unattainable goal? Six ish books a day? Not going to happen, really.

I do have friends who set their goal over 100. I am not yet that brave. That would stress me out, so I add to my goal little bits at a time. I met that goal, next year try a little more. Maybe in a couple of years, I’ll be over 100. Not this one.

My retiree friends have 365 books set as a goal. And make it by early December. Please note… retiree. I don’t make time for a book a day yet. Maybe one day.

75 books in 2019. I think it’s doable for me. As those of you who read me frequently know, I have many halfway finished, so I have a little head start. I can do this!

63/62

I met my reading goal for 2018. In fact, I exceeded it. I slowed down on the reading because of it. I shouldn’t, but I did.

Last night, I ended up going to sleep before 8 pm. My eyes were just too tired to read. Couldn’t focus on anything. So I just bundled up and slept. I will get back to it today.

Acquiring a passport, part 3

This part of the passport acquisition was exciting. Not much of a story behind it, though. It arrived in the mail. Plenty of time before my trip. I received my documentation paperwork and passport card the next business day.

I was able to check in for my trip with my correct info, finally! I am all set. Especially since I have my dresses and found a suitcase set for the trip. I just have to wait a couple of months until the day of the trip. I am excited!