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Snapshot: April 28, 2015

Time: 9:47 pm

Feeling: Tired. It’s been tough juggling daily visits to see my mom in the rehab facility where she’s staying and all the regular every day things I normally do. And the end result seems to be tiredness. It’s not even 10:00 yet and honestly, the night owl me is nowhere in sight. I could pop into bed right now and drift off to a blissful sleep! But I’ve got a deadline coming up on Thursday, so no early bedtime for me, unfortunately.

I’ve been in a frazzled-but-don’t-know-I’m-frazzled state, more or less. I realized this today, when I got back from taking Dylan to dance and realized I didn’t make the bed this morning. You know how there are some things you just automatically do, out of habit, like brushing your teeth, or taking off/putting on your contacts? Making the bed right after I brush my teeth is one of my habit things, and I don’t think I’ve forgotten to do so for years. Until today.

Eating: A falafel dinner I picked up from a place downstairs when Dylan and I got back from his dance class. It’s so lovely having a number of places close by where I can pick up food for dinner.

Drinking: I had a glass of wine with my dinner. It was good!

Reading: I’m reading Lowcountry Boneyard, by Susan M. Boyer, for an upcoming blog tour. I’m liking it so far—a nice southern mystery, complete with a ghost (or guardian spirit, as she calls herself) to help (or hinder, depending on your point of view) our detective.

I also managed to get through more of Dune, although not enough, unfortunately, to participate much in last night’s Twitter chat for the readalong. I’m hoping I’ll be able to make the next Twitter chat but my goodness, Dune is a chunkster at over 800 pages (if you count the appendices). I figure I’ll just a read a bit at a time and see how it goes.

Listening: I finished Unleashed, an Andy Carpenter mystery by David Rosenfelt, and started started Dog Tags, an earlier book in the series. They’re fun, relaxing easy listening reads. I’m waiting for Hounded, the most recent in the series, from the library and once I’ve listened to that, I’ll have read them all so far.

Writing: No writing to speak of. But I got this fun idea today, which was nice.

Working: Finishing up an index on planning law (yes, my life is so very exciting). I’m also doing orientation later this week for that book marketing position I mentioned a while back. I’m hoping to post about it soon, once I settle into the work.

Curious about: There’s this Japanese cheesecake place on Bay St. near Dundas in Toronto that opened a few months ago and I really really want to find a moment to check it out. Only I’ll need more than a moment. Even when we were in deep freeze, there was always a long line-up outside the place.

Here’s what the line-up looked like this afternoon when we passed by:

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See the pink sign? That’s where they’re all headed. Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake.

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It must be really good cheesecake!

Walking Around While Reading

During the Readathon, someone tweeted about doing some reading while walking around, to gain some energy and beat back sleepiness (I’m not sure who it was—I tweeted so much during the Readathon there are too many tweets to check!).

Since I’ve been thinking a lot lately about getting into healthier habits, I found this idea of walking around when you’re reading sticking with me. It makes a lot of sense, because I’m the kind of person who likes to walk around the place when I’m talking on the phone.

Of course it’s not something you can really do all that well when you’re outside, but inside is a whole different story, right?

So tonight I put the idea to the test—and it works! The first Dune readalong Twitter chat is happening tonight and I wanted to get a few more pages read so I can hopefully participate (but I’m not sure if I’ve read enough yet).

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I was able to read about twenty pages while walking back and forth from my office through the ilving room to the kitchen (this is an open concept place, which made it even easier).

The best thing? Before I gave it a try, I was sitting on the sofa reading, and feeling quite tired. But now? I actually feel refreshed!

I should probably get a Fitbit and track how much time I spend walking around while reading …

Do you walk or do other exercise when you’re reading a book? Have any tips for me?

[TSS] Bookish Bliss: Readalongs

I’m SO glad I’ve discovered how much fun it is to read a book in the company of others. Fun because reading is still a very solitary thing (which I also love) but when you’re doing a readalong, it’s like being able to take a trip down the hall to the office water cooler (aka Twitter, Facebook and blog posts) for a quick chat, but with an added bonus: you certainly won’t be discussing the weather!

I’m joining in on three readalongs this month and next, with a fourth one coming in June. (One of the readalongs, alas, I’m already behind on (as in, just got the book haven’t read a thing yet, and it’s been a go for twelve days already now), so maybe I shouldn’t actually say I’m joining in on that one …)

So, first up:

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle Readalong

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I’m really really excited about this one—you can read all about it on Jill’s blog. Murakami is top on my list of “authors I want to read but oh my God they’re a bit on the intimidating side aren’t they?” and I’m going to need all the hand-holding I can get. (Strange Library doesn’t really count, because it’s more of a novella, plus it has lots of illustrations so it felt a little like reading a graphic novel or maybe a picture book for grown-ups. Although length probably doesn’t mean anything when it comes to Murakami, now that I think about it, because I’ve also read two Murakami short stories and let me just say, one of them flew right over my head. As in whoosh. I fared a little bit better with the other one.)

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle also made it to the Guardian’s list of “most disturbing novels” and after reading why it made it to the list I know there will definitely be some scenes I’ll be reading with eyes half-closed while quickly turning the pages. Because I’m squirmish like that. (My spell check is telling me that’s not a word and I should be using squeamish but squirmish feels right to me.) I have a feeling Jill is the perfect person to be reading a squirmish novel with …

So do come join us if you’re in the mood for tackling Murakami! It’s an informal readalong that runs from April 15 to May 31, so there’s lots and lots of time to read the book. The hashtag for this one is #windmeup.

And then some science fiction:

The Dune Readalong

Starting April 19, Suey, Jenni and Kami are holding a Dune readalong. I have had Dune, by Frank Herbert, on my to-read list for a very long time now. I can remember when I was a kid seeing my mom read it.

We used to have these weekly reading sessions where my sisters and I would all pile onto her bed with her, each of us with our own book, happily reading together. My mom doesn’t read fiction any more now, but when I was growing up she was a huge mystery, thrillers and SF reader. I grew up with Agatha Christie, John Le Carré, Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov scattered all over the house. So I do come by my genre leanings honestly (maybe it’s even hereditary!).

And I had to smile because this cover that Suey posted with the sign-up post:

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is the very same cover of the copy of Dune that I remember my mom reading! I love that she picked this cover instead of the one that graces the more modern edition.

There will also be three Twitter chats, which sound like they’ll be fun. The Twitter hashtag for this one is #DuneRAL. If Dune‘s been on your to-read list, too, I hope you’ll join in!

The one I missed (but maybe not):

Cloud Atlas Readalong

This is the one I’ve kind of dropped the ball on—it started back on April 1—but I’m still hoping to start Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell this month, and maybe even join in some of the discussion posts. Cloud Atlas is another one of those “I’m kind of intimated by this” books, although unlike Haruki Murakami, it’s not the author himself I find intimidating, just the book. I know this because I also want to read The Bone Clocks and I’m not intimidated by the idea of reading that one at all.

(Can you all tell, by the way, this is my year for reading outside my comfort zone?)

Hosted by Katie and April, the sign-up post is here, and the Twitter hashtag is #CloudAtlasAlong.

And coming in June …

The Misery readalong, hosted by Care! This is definitely going to be my year for reading Stephen King. I love the guy but I’ve really only read his earlier novels, so I have a lot of catching up to do.

I haven’t read Misery yet so this will be a first-time read for me. Haven’t seen the movie, either, although I always picture Kathy Bates when I think of the movie. It promises to be a fun, informal readalong. The hashtag for this one is #MiseryRAL. And you really need to pop over to Care’s post to see the really scary looking Stephen King picture she’s posted.