Upcoming Releases

Goodreads’ editors released a list of upcoming releases that they are very excited about. I have linked it here.

There are a few on the list that I have already marked as want to read. I’m excited for these releases. There are 68 books on the list and about a third sound interesting to me, right off the bat. A few I know I will definitely not read.

Take a peek at the list and let me know what you think.

Oooh, I Have the Same Bookmark!

I went to the waiting room to pick up a patient for her treatment. When she saw me coming, she picked up her bookmark to mark her place. I commented that I had the same bookmark! It was a Post-It. I love using Post-Its for bookmarks because the sticky makes it more likely to stay where it’s supposed to be, especially for books that travel with me. They are also large enough to make notes on while I read, if I’m not making my notes in the margins.

The patient basically said the same thing. Then the doctor came down the hall and asked what we were talking about. I told him about using Post-Its as bookmarks. He said he does the same thing. Great minds think alike?

What to do on a day off?

I had very little planned for today, since I normally would be in Las Vegas for the MLK holiday weekend. I decided to use the time off to prep for school which starts next week. I managed to clear off the area where I do school in the garage. It had gotten buried when we had to move stuff around to get the new washing machine in when the old one broke.

I have a lot to do still, since I learned that our storage unit had been broken into at some point, and I need to get the police out with the locksmith and the property manager before I can find out what has been taken. I have no idea how long ago the break in happened, since the storage place no longer has security, and they didn’t inform me.

Anyhow, since I can’t deal with the unit until Wednesday at the earliest, I am attempting to get my reading done. I have 3 books that are almost finished. I think I can finish at least 2 of them.

I also plan to pre blog several posts so they will go out on time. I have already made a list of my school books and bookclub books that I’ll have to read between now and March. Let’s see how far I can get!

I also joined two games on Goodreads to help me move along on my reading challenge. At least a book a week. Very doable for me.

I requested books from the library and put bookmarks into my school books. I have a stack of stuff, including library books, to go into my car to start next week’s projects.

I still have to find a way to honor MLK on the holiday in his honor.

I’m mostly planned out, but we’ll see!

Happy New Year! Welcome, 2022

Now that 2021 is behind us, it’s time to set my goals.

I plan on hitting the gym more often. I need to get it on the calendar. If I could afford a trainer, I would so that I could be accountable to getting somewhere on time in the mornings since I’d be meeting someone. I can’t afford it, so I have to figure out a different plan.

I have lists set up for daily and weekly routines. I plan on checking them daily, and seeing how far I can get.

I have set my goal for the annual reading challenge at 125 books since I have been receiving free kids books a lot. I read 112 in 2021, so adding a few more won’t hurt.

I hope to finish up my degree this year. I have 2 required classes and 3 electives to finish up between summer and fall semesters. I hope I can get everything I need.

I hope to get better sleep patterns established next year. Regular bedtimes and wake up times need to be set.

Meal planning was started and ended in 2021, so we will pick that up again for this year. It’s been better when school has been out, since everyone isn’t doing as much as they do when school is in session.

It’s a lot to look at all at once, but it isn’t so bad when you realize it covers so many different parts of my life. Small chunks at a time. Here’s to 2022!

Happy NYE! Goodbye, 2021

2020 and 2021 started off all wrong. 2022 seemed like it would be more likely to be a better year, but, judging by the way 2021 is oozing out, we might have a little slippery start to 2022. I’ve learned from past experiences to not tempt the universe and say “well, it couldn’t be worse. ” because we know it can.

I’m spending today doing a little prep work for next year. I was going to spend part of it doing laundry, but the washing machine had other ideas. I went to the laundry mat yesterday, so we’re good to go for a while.

I finished my book goal last night and actually finished two other books after meeting the goal. I’m close to finishing another book, so I might do that today. Otherwise, it’ll be the first book that I finish for 2021. I’ll be thinking about what reading goal I’ll set for next year. I’ll decide by morning.

I’ll be working on preblogging so that I’ll be able to try for a post a day again, even with school in session. I know that I’ll have to get the blogs for final week up and going early so I’m not even giving it a second thought when I’m supposed to be finishing the semester.

I have 5 classes next semester. I got the reading list for 3 of them and I’ve received the books already. I might start reading them this weekend. I’ll at least attempt to clean off my school work area so I’ll be all ready for the beginning of the semester. I did a little room organizing and found a lot of things that belonged in the school area, so I have to get all of those things into place.

My goal for the year is to purge a lot of what I have hanging around. I’ve gotten several bags of papers taken to the shredder and gotten several other bags and boxes of papers ready to be sorted through. I’ll get to them throughout the year, not all at once.

I need to come up with a better exercise routine. I fell out of the gym habit when the gyms closed, so I am going to actually put gym time, menu planning, and grocery shopping on the calendar so that they will be written in pen (digital pen). It’s not quite stone, but better than pencil.

I’m not going to end this with a promise for a better year or even with a dare for 2022 to show us what it has in store for us. I’m just going to end it with the visual of 2021 oozing out and making room for 2022. Thank you, 2021 for giving us a year that was not dull, but you’re just about done. That’s all.

Stuck at 2 books left to go

I’ve been stuck at 2 books shy of my annual reading goal. I pretty much stopped reading just before finals week. I have some time to finish up the books, but I am frustrated that I can’t seem to finish books right now. I have so many books started and almost finished, I need to get them done. Who thinks I can finish both books by the 31st? How many books should I set for my 2022 goal?

From the Desk of Lady Miss┬áby Keke Palmer

From the Desk of Lady Miss

From the Desk of Lady Miss by Keke Palmer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up after seeing Keke Palmer interviewed on the Drew Barrymore show. I have followed her for years and when I saw that she was writing with Jasmine Guillory, I was so excited.

I got this on audiobook. I think I would have liked it more if I had read it myself, though. I was not thrilled with the voices that Keke Palmer used, and was really not thrilled with the personalities that she added to each character.

This book was the second of 5 in the series. I honestly think it would have worked better as one book instead of 5 novellas/short stories.

It was worth the time to read, though.

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Not Getting Much Finished

I have several projects due in the next few days, but the weekends are pretty much my only time to get things done. I get to the point that my plate is so full, I can’t concentrate on anything for long periods of time. I end up multitasking and breaking projects down. Things are slowly getting done, but nothing is getting finished.

I have 2 paragraphs of a 5 page paper done. It’s due tomorrow at midnight.

I have 2 pages of a 125 page book read. Pages 1-60 are due tomorrow at 3:30. 61-97 are due on Wednesday and the rest of the book is supposed to be completed by the following Monday.

I have one hour left of a play to watch while I read along. I have an hour completed. It’s due on Tuesday at 2, but I have to write about it by midnight tonight.

I have 1 question of a 20 question quiz done. Due tomorrow at 10am.

I have 4 pages of an 8 page short story read. I need to fill out the spreadsheet about plot, characters, setting, etc. It’s due on Tuesday.

I have a book to read for a final project. I have 50 pages left to read, then I need to research reviews on the book. I also have a reflection paper to write that was due on Friday.

I have a research proposal to write by Wednesday, for a final project that’s due on the 21st.

I have a two page paper to write that’s due on the 11th. I haven’t even thought about it yet.

I have a power point presentation to write, make slides on and record by the 7th. I have about half of my research done on this one.

I have reading to do for one last class. Due on Tuesday. More reading for it due on Thursday.

I have several book club books to read, but they are mostly done by audiobook in the car, so I am not too worried about them. I have laundry to do, dishes to do, cleanup to do. I am behind on my Goodreads reviews, but that’s not urgent. Blogging is getting done as I find things to write about. The odds and ends are getting done as I take breathers.

I have just about started a little of everything. I just cant get it completed. I’m meeting deadlines, for the most part, and I am prioritizing the stuff that needs to be completed first. It’s just a tad overwhelming when nothing is getting finished. It will be, just not immediately.