Daily Archives: April 8, 2011

Notes & G is for…

Other than RoW80 and A to Z, where am I:

The second part of Chapter 40 is up at Pas de Chat.
Posted a review-ish thing of Prospero Lost at Reading Notes.
Speaking of Reading Notes, I’m going to participate in Dewey’s Read-a-thon tomorrow. I’ll be updating all day!

This was the last week of spring league. Mario’s Magic Mushrooms ended the season with one win, but 7th seed on Thursday night. Ended up in the same pool as the team Eric’s on. Next week, we start playoffs and next Saturday will be finals. Which means I need to get more exercise lined up. We’ll probably go out to Intel disc again. I ran/hiked Tempe Butte on Monday. It was nice so that’s probably something I’ll add to my agenda until it gets too warm.

Finally, officially, moved the computers around. I now have "Oblivion" in my office space and "Continuum" shifted over to my side of the backroom (where I’ve been working since January). Eric’s new computer, "Luck," Is still sitting semi-assembled on the backroom table in troubleshooting mode. Unfortunately, the keyboard from my office space is attached to "Luck" and I have the elderly Eric-cootie ridden keyboard. I have been assured that this will be remedied in the very near future.

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G is for Goals

There are two ways to set goals:

You can set a goal that will be easy to achieve. The advantage is you can guarantee yourself a victory. Satisfaction at getting a job *done*. The disadvantage is that you might not achieve as much as you can achieve.

You can set a goal that will stretch you. The advantage is that you might get more done than you thought you could. The disadvantage is that you might fail to reach your goal, even if you end up achieving more than a conservative goal. That can be disappointing. Or you can prove that you can do more than was expected of you and have to live up to higher expectations.

I know there is virtue in the latter, though I am not overly fond of that kind of goal. I developed as a schooly over-achiever. Failing to achieve a goal is painful. I’m always gaming myself, weighing how much of a compromise I can get away with. And I get complacent and happy with the small amount I get done. I need to work on this.

Read-a-thon Post

Recap:

I read for 21.5 hours with a couple naps. At 2am on Sunday, it wasn’t fun any more and it was time to sleep. Read 492 pages. Consumed 1634mg of caffeine. Finished Sleight of Hand. Won a book! (I picked Heidegger’s Glasses by Thaisa Frank.) Had a great time. 🙂 Big thanks to everyone at Dewey’s Read-a-thon for organizing this twice a year!

Day of:

Starting at 5am on Saturday, April 9th, I will do my darndest to read for 24 hours straight. I will not be alone.

Why am I doing this? Because too often I don’t take the time to engage in something I truly enjoy.

Below are a few of the books I’ll finish/start. I doubt I’ll finish any books cover-to-cover because I am a really slow reader. Last year, I read around 500 pages and ingested 1425mg of caffeine.

This post will be updated all day on Saturday, about once an hour.

Katherine’s 2011 Readathon Book Montage

Sleight of HandJo's Girls: Tomboy Tales of High Adventure, True Grit, and Real LifeThe Flight of the Eisenstein (Warhammer 40,000)Doomsday BookThe Serpent and the RainbowA Game of ThronesQ's Legacy

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