Doing a favor for a friend

A friend asked me to do a favor for her at 4 am today. I said no problem. Alarms all set, I went to sleep. I woke up at 1 am, and realized that it was possible she meant 4 am Eastern time. Yup! Thankfully, I realized it in plenty of time to get it done. Now I get to sleep in, feeling accomplished.

In theory, that is. I got the order done, but the card I tried to use didn’t want to work, so I had to fully wake up to figure out why and what to do. Then I tried to email her the confirmation that I’d accomplished my middle of the night task, but my address book on my email account decided that it wasn’t going to work. I had to hand type her email address in. Thankfully, I knew it, but suddenly blanked on if it was yahoo or gmail. I guessed right.

Of course, by then I had to get up and use the bathroom, because what else does one do in the middle of the night?

I got back in bed and had to find extra blankets since our heatwave finally broke and my toes were cold.

I didn’t eat much dinner because I wasn’t hungry at dinner time. I don’t want to get up and eat at this time of night because I don’t want to let my stomach think that it’s an option. I’ll drink water, so I’ll have to get up and use the bathroom again in an hour or so.

I don’t know where my purse is with my kindle on it, and I don’t want to fall asleep with my reading light on, so I decided to write here instead of read. It didn’t make me tired, though. I think I’m going to have to bite the bullet and find the purse.

Now that I’ve found the purse by getting up and turning on the light, I should be fully awake.

And I just remembered that my daughter reminded me right before bedtime that I told her I’d drive her and a friend somewhere with no parking in the morning. At least her version of morning starts closer to noon than most people’s version of morning.

It’s 2 am now. I am going to stop writing and read for a little while. Hopefully I’m tired enough that a little while won’t take me to morning. Goodnight!

Salt shaker

The woman who normally runs our front desk at work also deals with many of the kitchen tasks.  She had surgery and will be out for several more weeks.  She’s already been out for several.

Yesterday, I went into the kitchen at work and found that the salt shaker was empty.  I filled it and then I texted the front desk person, joking, telling her that she needs to drop by, since the salt shaker is empty and she needs to fill it.  She laughed.

I mentioned to some of my coworkers that I had texted.  Most laughed.  One told me she filled it last time.  One actually said, “Oh, I saw that it was empty, but I didn’t know where we kept the salt”  Really?  There are only a few cabinets, and it is sitting right on the front part of the shelf, in the cabinet above the sink.

At least some of us are self sufficient enough to figure out the salt shaker.

Good vs Evil Challenge

Another group challenge that I am going to be working on will run from February 1 to May 31.  It is several challenges and we have to keep track of points as a team.  It’s always challenging to track and post, and I always miss points on this one, but it’s still fun to be involved in the process.


Join us February 1, 2019 through May 31, 2019 for an epic battle between good and evil.

Turmoil has engulfed the Book Republic. In a period of intense civil war, Superman, Luke Skywalker, and Iron Man team up and battle the evil forces of Khan, Magneto, and Voldemort.

Each side is armed with their choice of the best books (and some of the worst). Innocent civilians like Aunt May, Vicki Vale, and Tara Maclay have been caught in the crossfire, trying to go about their reading lives.

In a last ditch effort to end the war with minimal bloodshed, reading challenges have been created. Lines have been drawn. Whose side will you be on?

Unleash your inner super hero or villain! Join us for four months of epic battles, challenges to test your courage, and lots of fun.

This theme will be a points-based theme for all of you ready to don your super-suits. If you don’t want to track points, you will be playing the role of a civilian. These innocent bystanders will not be tracking points but will still be eligible to collect badges.

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)