I have been challenged to read The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan in four hours. If the challenger wins, I purchase that person a book. If I am victorious, the challenger bakes me a double batch of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. This Saturday, for four hours, I will be lost in the world of Greek and Roman mythology. Bathroom breaks and snack runs count in the four hours, so I will not be drinking anything for twenty-four hours before this reading marathon.
Challenges Not Resolutions
I have decided to give myself a few challenges this year.
1. I want to read 25 books by December 31, 2014. You can keep track of my progress by looking at the header at the top of the page. Every time I finish a book, I will display it on the easel with other finished books off to the side. I actually have finished Gunner’s Run by Rick Barry also, but my father-in-law is reading it, so I can’t display it.
2. As I said in last year’s New Year’s Resolutions: I want to be able to put either one foot or both feet behind my head. Right now, I can get them to the top back part of my head.
3. My family’s intake of high fructose corn syrup will be cut in half. High fructose corn syrup is not evil. I am, however, concerned by how much my family consumes. So far, I have started buying a brand of bread and a brand of ice cream that do not contain this ingredient. We all, also, are cutting our soda pop consumption to four or less cans/week.
4. Our family will save $2,000.00. How? I have read that the average family throws out $2,000.00 worth of groceries/year. I am making a concentrated effort to make smaller meal portions and to use up leftovers. Cutting our soda consumption will also help this endeavor.
5. I will sneak a cat into our house and see if my husband notices. (Another one I didn’t accomplish last year.)
6. For a maximum of one hour each week, I am going to do some type of service for a random person. This could include writing a letter, sending a card, making and delivering a meal, babysitting without pay. . .The rule is that it has to take a maximum of one hour–no minimum. If each person made this their personal challenge, think how the world would be affected. Only an hour or less, one time a week. . .
7. Within the year, I will read the Bible all the way through. If I read three Old Testament chapters and One New Testament chapter a day, I can do this. I have read through using this method, and I would like to do it again this year.
8. I will find an agent or publisher for my book so it can appear on my shelf within the next two years (average time it takes to get a book out after accepted).
Those of you who know how fast I read already know the odds of me finishing 550 pages in four hours. Those of you who know whether or not I make a bet unless it is pretty much a sure thing also know the odds of me finishing 550 pages in four hours. You can post whether or not you think I can do it below.
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