Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hour 15 Winding Down!

I missed the mid-event survey, so I'm going to hop on the train and do it now. I made dinner for the very healthy cheese dip along with a small portion of chicken fingers, southwestern chicken eggrolls, and mozzarella sticks. Horrible but yummy, and we've been good all day long. I intended to take pictures but suddenly I realized we'd plowed through the food. There was a large bowl of cheese dip left and four mozzarella sticks. Oops!

Mid-Event Survey:

1. What are you reading right now? I'm about halfway through Gabrielle Zevin's young adult novel, Elsewhere. I think Rocketgirl is working on a Sweet Valley High novel at the moment. We've scattered to the far reaches of the condo to escape the TV noise.

2. How many books have you read so far? I'm working on my fourth. I did a good bit of waffling this afternoon or I'd be further along. I think Rocketgirl is on number six.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? I would really like to read the graphic novel, Little Nothings by Lewis Trondheim and Hall of Best Knowledge, by Ray Fenwick.

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? I insisted that Chuck leave me alone! He went to play pool with some buddies tonight, which is probably far more fun than watching me read.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Chuck's mother talks incessantly, so I generally run screaming from whatever room she's in.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? How much slower I'm reading this time around, but I was all alone last year which makes a big difference. It's great reading along with Rocketgirl. I'm excited that she's excited.

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope! The organizers blow me away with their wonderfulness every time!

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? I'm not sure. I don't feel like I'm cheerleading enough, but then again I've saved it more for the sleepy hours, too. Being online it's easier to stay awake than reading.

9. Are you getting tired yet? God, yes. I usually sack out (whether I mean to or not) around 10:00 these days thanks to work and the baby'ness. We'll see how late I can make it. I may take a nap around 2ish if I can hold out that long and then kick it in the rest of the way.

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered? Get away from the computer if you have to! I like to sink into a book for a few hours and then come back.

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