I've got a new kind of challenge for today. It's a big book challenge. Sue started it, and thanks to her for the organization of it. The challenge is to read one big book (400 or more pages) during the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day. (For my overseas friends, Memorial Day is the last Monday in May, and Labor Day is the first Monday in September. Memorial Day is sort of the unofficial start of summer, and Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer.) I was immediately interested, and I went to look at my bookshelf. I have a couple of books that would qualify, although a couple of them are rereads. I have just a few that I want to read.
- Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (474 pages, reread)
- Water Bound by Christine Feehan (468 pages, reread but I don't remember much about it except that I liked it)
- Renegade's Magic by Robin Hobb (662 pages, new. I read the other two books in the trilogy, but the second one ticked me off, lol, so I haven't read the third)
- Storm Prey by John Sanford (408 pages, new. It's a Lucas Davenport book, and I've loved them all. I wanted to reread the earlier books before reading this one, but because of the challenge, I've moved it up.)
- Stolen Prey by John Sanford (402 pages, new)
And an update on school, since I brought the subject up. I DID indeed find the pens I wanted. They were at Staples. I got two packs. One is darker colors, and the other is lighter. And I got some really cool two toned binders at Sam's Club. Along with a pack of paper (750 sheets) for the printer and pencils. I also got folders and notebooks for my first year. (That's five "real" classes: Introduction to Information Technology, Computer Applications, World History I, Computer Networking, and Fundamentals of Unix. Women's Chorus doesn't count cause I don't need books or notebooks or anything for that.) The folders are all so cute (or creepicute, depending on your view). I have a baby duck, a baby tiger, a baby giraffe, a blue Tarantula, and a Praying Mantis. They're all really cool. The notebooks are green, red, blue, black, and a black and white pattern. I'm considering getting a planner too. I think I'll need one to keep myself straight. I'll have concerts to do too (part of Women's Chorus, cause what fun is it to learn the songs if you don't show them off!!!) and appointments with Heather and Barbara as well as Doctor Niebur and Doctor York. So I'll need to be more organized. Hopefully, it won't be too difficult to do. (I'm not naturally organized, so it will be work.) I got my loan accepted, and then I need to follow my health insurance waiver. (It's $902.00 a semester and I can't afford that. Also, I already have Medicare, so I don't need it either.) That will free up a big chunk of loan money, which is good cause my books are EXPENSIVE!!!!! I looked them up the other day, and the books are $31.00, $149.75, and $151.25. Ouch!!! I can rent an ebook cheaper, but honestly, I want to keep them so that down the road if I need a refresher, I can look back and remember. If they have good condition used books, I may buy those instead. I'll have to see what's available. But I feel like I'm gonna be prepared, and that's a good thing. I've never felt so determined either, lol. I WILL make this work, or I'll die trying!!! (Okay, so maybe not die, but I'll be miserable.)
And one last thing before I go today. (No, it's not progress pics. Those are coming Sunday or Monday, probably.) I had to go in to the hospital the other day for some tests. My pdoc has me on Adderal (well, the generic for it) to help me wake up, stay awake, and give me more energy. It's sort of working, as it does keep me awake. It's not giving me more energy, but the lessened depression is, so it's all good. Anyways, because of the medication, she wanted me to have an EKG done. She also requested bloodwork. So I took the scripts in to my hospital, whichis about three or four blocks away. I got the tests done (and she asked me to make sure I got them done before she went on maternity leave as her baby gift, since I'm not allowed to give her anything. Stupid rules), and then headed home to get something to eat. I had a small bruise on my arm from the blood test, but not a big deal. Nice to know I DO remember things sometimes, lol. The tech was really nice. She made me feel very comfortable with the whole thing.
Anyways, that's my news for today. If any of you want to join in the Big Book Challenge, Sue's blog is Book by Book Big Book Summer Challenge. You can still sign up, obviously. Thanks again Sue, for hostessing!!!.