Thursday, April 23, 2015

Readathon On the Horizon!

Y'all, if you follow me on Twitter, you know this was one of the most challenging weeks I've. ever. had. Seriously stinky. But you know what? There's a readathon this weekend, and we are ready!

Actually, we're not totally ready. We're still working out little fingers to the bone, but we're close!

Book possibilities:
  • Two of the Penguin foooood books (little ones on top)
  • Parnassus on Wheels
  • Ethan Frome
  • The President's Hat
  • Away
  • This is How You Lose Her
  • Giovanni's Room
  • Belzhar
  • Y: The Last Man (Deluxe!)
  • Encyclopedia of Early Earth
Not pictured: the second and third volumes of Bone and about eight gazillion digital comics. 

On the actual, foodie menu: 
  • Waffles with Biscoff (cookie butter)
  • Spicy Nacho Doritos
  • A melty, yummy Chicken Cordon Bleu casserole
  • Bits and bobs: popcorn, veggies, dips, chocolate, COFFEE
What do you have up your sleeve for this Readathon? Now, I'm going to bed! See you on THE DAY! Just us...and 1,500 of our closest reader friends. 

For real. 1,500. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Sunday Salon: Rollercoaster Week!

Right this minute | Finished cleaning the house, so now I'm blogging for THE FIRST TIME IN A WEEK, which feels so weird. I've missed y'all!  I spent last Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday in Austin, Texas for our annual work conference. The accommodations were good, and so was the company. If you don't follow me on Instagram, OMGTHEFOOD. Looky....

I think I'm going to do a whole Weekend Cooking post about the Austin foodie experience, but these should hold you over til then.

First is the Magic Shroom burger from Hopdoddy Burger Bar. This was a delicious, juicy beef patty, sauteed field mushrooms, local goat cheese, mayo, basil pesto, and lettuce, tomato, and onion on their homemade bun. I didn't expect magic, really since this burger seemed a little standard to me, but the name was spot on. I also got their parmesan truffle fries, and they were a religious experience. 

The other pic is from Piranha Killer Sushi. The front is their lobster roll which is masago, scallions, shrimp tempura, ginger cream, and the whole thing topped with lobster and avocado. The roll in the back is the dancing eel which is crab, cucumber, avocado, with smoked, BBQ eel on top. 

After the conference, I spent the better part of Wednesday to yesterday feeling like crap and trying to catch up on all the things. Urgh!

Feeling | Overwhelmed! So much to do at work, for online classes which end May 7, and in preparation for next weekend's READATHON! 

Reading | I got a fair bit of reading done in Austin, and I even bought some books! No trip to Austin is complete without a trip to BookPeople, and I picked up Encyclopedia of Early Earth, The President's Hat, and This is How You Lose Her.

I'm behind on my #15in30 goal because of all the travel, but I hope between some upcoming weekends and the Readathon I can reach my goal. Right now I'm finishing off Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay, and working through This Is How You Lose Her, by Junot Diaz. 

Listening | Taylor Swift. Ain't too proud. 

Watching | Greyson picking through his birthday gifts from yesterday's party. He was soooo tired last night when everything was said and done, he didn't play with anything except his new Spiderman watch from his friend Carson. 
Blogging | Finally!
Promoting | Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! IT IS THIS COMING SATURDAY Y’ALL.
Loving | My new nails! Y'all may remember me talking about it, but Greyson and my mom share a birthday. They were both five on Friday (ahem!). When I was brainstorming what to get her, I thought NAILS! Ok, so that wasn't my first thought, but my good buddy Taelor has been getting Nexgen nails for a while, and they are simply gorgeous: natural-looking, long-wearing, not too hard on the nails. THESE were the nails I wanted and I thought my mom might like a set, too. 
Yesterday after the party, we went to the salon and both got our nails did. I got my natural length (super freaking short), in a color called "Cinderella," a creamy white with little flecks of (subtle) iridescent glitter. Mom got her natural length (ridiculously long to be real) in a pretty mauve rose color called "Champagne Rose." We both keep staring at our hands and talking about how normal they feel...not like heavy, acrylic fakes. 
Hating | That I have so many papers to grade. 
Eating | We just finished a little snack of donut holes and milk. Greyson's idea, mind you. 
Exercising | With my FitBit! I could've kicked myself that I didn't wear it to the conference in Austin. Between walking back and forth from our hotel to the conference hotel, and all the trolling of Sixth Street we did, I definitely would've earned my steps. 
Anticipating | Making my Readathon pile!

Friday, April 10, 2015


Many of you have already heard, but over the weekend, Justin DeChantal, 24-year-old son of Sheila from BookJourney, was killed in a car accident. In response, a group of bloggers got together, led by Jenn from The Picky Girl, to start a GoFundMe to raise money to donate a bench in Justin's honor at Sheila's library. She's very active at her library and has worked for a long time to get a memorial bench project off the ground, and now Justin's will be the first.

Sheila is such a positive force in the book blogging community as the host of It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and other events. She's been a great help to us at the Readathon over the years, and she's just a wonderful person and friend to all she meets. I've long enjoyed reading about Sheila's family and seeing her photos on Facebook, and my heart just breaks for her.

While the GoFundMe has already surpassed its goal of $800, any funds over that amount will still go to benefit the Brainerd Public Library.

I'm constantly amazed by the goodness in the book blogging community, and I just have to thank everyone who donated yesterday. It blew me away that you all raised the goal in just a few hours and the giving and outpouring of support for Sheila has continued.

Spread the word with the #SupportSheila hashtag.

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