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I’ve hit a stump in the reading department. So I joined a few challenges at the South African Book Lovers Book club at Goodreads.

Even if I don’t complete the challenges in the timeframes, it’ll be fun to find and read books just to tick off a specific goal. Oh, and 1 book may count for several challenge lists, but in the same list each book only counts once. For example, if I read  Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief, then in the Cover challenge it can count as #16. Read a book with a lightning bolt on the cover AS well as #5. Read a book by an author whose name and surname starts with the same letter, in the Patchwork Challenge. But it CAN’T also be #27. Read 1 books with 2 elements on the front cover. E.g. The ocean and sky= water and air or #14. A book with one dominant colour on the front. Makes sense?

Why not join an online book club as well?

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Wishful Drinking

I seriously hate writing book reviews. Always have, since we had to write them up in school. Mind you, the only format I liked was the one our Std 3 teacher used (that’s now Grade 5): we had to answer what happens in chaper 4 and chapter 9 of the book we were reviewing. So you had to make sure it actually had that many chapters… maybe chapter 6 insted of 9 – can’t remember – it happened some time last century.

So, Wishful Drinking – by Carrie Fisher. I can’t say that I completely hated it – I’m just grateful that it ended when it did. I found the jokes recycled, the tone too much like a script re-written (gues that’s probably cause it IS written from her actual show of the same title) and I didn’t know who half the people were that she mentioned, bar Paul Simon, Debbie Reynolds, Liz Taylor and Steven Spielberg. And if I really cared or enjoyed the book, I might have googled them – but I didn’t so I… didn’t.

The one emotion I did experience throughout the whole book was pity. She writes that this is basically not a ‘woe is me pity party’ book; but I could not help NOT sympathising with her sad-sad situation (isn’t that a song). The thing that struck and upset me the most is that she had undergone electroshock therapy… and lost a whole chunk of her memory in the process. I think it’s the saddest thing to happen at age 52 – loose all your memories, no matter how bad they were. Those experiences mould us into what we are and who we become. Now halfway through your “so-called adult life” you have to make new ones. And even borrow other people’s memories to remember your own past.

Still, why did I read the book? Cause it was on my list, and I liked the cover. Also when I was 6 years old I wanted hair JUST like princess Leia!

Ok, ok. 1 piece of positive criticism: I like the ending. There, I said it. I liked that she reveals the REAL reason she did drugs and alcohol… and yes, I know it’s meant as a joke. Right? I mean really, right?

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As an extra motivation to keep going strong on my 101 list, and for a bit of diversion when I need it, I attempt the challenges at Up for It. Few of them overlap with my own goals, so it’s double fun. Challenge #10 is to post a 1000 word post – on anything or many things. Guess what motivated this post J . So this post will be a discussion on all the little niggly goals that are long term, or have more than one outcome, or it’s over a period of time, say 3 months etc.

# 15 Drink 2 litres of water every day
 Not as easy as it sounds. But I really do try. Easiest is every time I go to the loo I drink a cup of water. (More water means more trips too) I also limit my coffee to 1 cup in the morning and 1 in the evening. Rest of the time I drink Rooibos tea, which is caffeine free, thus counts as water! 😀

#21.   Take a bubble bath once a month (1/33)
 This is actually really tough for me. Don’t get me wrong, I do wash 😉 but I would rather shower. The idea of stewing in your own filth that you are trying to wash off just doesn’t appeal to me. On the other hand, a bubble bath is relaxing. That’s why I put it on my list – cause I need to relax a bit more. Maybe I should practise opening the hot water tap with my big toe while in the tub.

# 22 Paint my toenails every Sunday (5/143)
 I do. Every Sunday (well, it’s Sunday somewhere on the planet at least, even if it’s Monday morning at my house ;o) ) Tried all my colours so far – I seriously need to get more interesting shades. Previously I did pink, clear, turquoise and berry. This week is black. Will check out Clicks this weekend; double points and a cash voucher says I should 😀

# 30 Trade 300 postcards through Postcrossing
I LOVE Postcrossing. I get all warm a fuzzy when sending my cards, and show off my received ones to the ladies at the lab. Best new hobby that everyone should try! I’ve sent 10 so far, or more accurately of the lot I’ve sent, 10 have reached their destinations and been registered. I’ve sent 15 so far, I think.

# 34 Sew 3 items for Amelia (1/3)
 I have managed to sew 1 item. I made her a fabric book. The ones in the shops weren’t so nice, and not quite what I was looking for. So the one I made a different activity on each page: there’s a zipper, shoestring with holes to thread and tie in a bow, buttons, little bells, shapes and textures. At the moment she adores the buttons. Doesn’t matter which page I try to focus her attention on, she will always page to the buttons.

39.    Finish Amelia’s first year book
          * Get a proper memory box
 I should probably have split this goal into 2. I managed to get Amelia a nice girly, but not too girly, memory box at the Crazy store. For about R80 you get a box, a stack of scrap booking paper, stickers, letters, borders, frames, and an album to store your pages. All the accessories are colour coordinated, so you can mix everything. I’m not a hard core scrap booker – that’s the one bug that never bit me. I feel it get so expensive wit hall the tools and fieterjasies you need to get. I like the easy one for dummies; for the novice like me. At crazy store I saw 3 themes: there’s a baby pastel colours one, a black-white-bling one; and the one I got is brown-pink-yellow. The black and white is stylish and all, but didn’t quite fit with Amelia – she is a bright little tomboy girly.

# 58 Learn CSS + html to customise blogs
 I can’t find my CSS for Dummies book – but it’s at my house somewhere. In the meantime, I’ve brushed up on my coding skills, and feel almost confident enough to scratch this off as completed. The only reason why I won’t be able to customise my blogs using CSS is cause I don’t have a CSS edit account at WordPress. Am seriously considering upgrading to one.

# 64 Finish Rise of Legends The Vinci — first campaign
 I can’t find my disc! And when I looked for the game on Kalahari… it wasn’t listed. It’s a classic, and old, but I want to play it- darn it! Will look in the last place I haven’t looked yet – bound to be there right? Right?!

# 68 Collect Sookie Stackhouse series – 9 books in series so far (7/9)
 I swear I didn’t do this intentionally, but the goal says Collect, not read. Tuesday I received my 7-book box set! It literally has a box that the books fit into. Too bad the first book has the True Blood cover, and not the original one. But the content remains the same regardless.
# 91 Donate 100,000 grains of rice on freerice.com (6000/100 000)
 I’ve stolen so many goals from Opi it’s not even funny. That’s where I first came across Freerice.com. The site helps to improve your vocabulary (but they have other categories as well). And for every question you get right, the site donates 10 grains of rice through the United Nations World Food Program.
And coincidently this is also a challenge at Up for It # 9! Opicana’s challenge is to reach 10 000. I’m taking the challenge! Just over 6000 grains for me at the moment. Let’s see if I can get to 10 000 by the end of the month. If I answer 50 questions correct a day, then it should take me about 10 days to reach 10 000. Mind you it took me from 4 October to now to get halfway to 10 000. But I’ll do my best to pick up the pace.
Some of those words are really hard! I tried the French option on Wednesday – didn’t do as bad as I thought. My top level reached was 7. In the English one I once reached 50 – but that was a stroke of luck as it was a medical term, after that it was all downhill back to the 30’s, lol.

 And that’s the recap of in-progress goals I’m working on.

And also completes my Up for It Challenge # 10: 1,000 Word Post !

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