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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Read-a-thon recovery

Well, I made it until shortly after midnight. Just as I was getting into my book and thinking that maybe I'd make it a few more hours The Bug woke up crying. I brought him out here but the book distracted him from going back to sleep. I spent half an hour or so trying to get him to drop off and when he finally did I put him back to bed. Where he instantly started to cry and woke up the Pirate. The two of us traded kids for a bit before Mike sent me to bed. It was not a good couple of hours and we have no idea what got into them. In any case, the read-a-thon was over. This morning the Bug came into bed with me and slept for a couple of hours (HIGHLY unusual!)

Here's my "stats"
Time read: no idea. A solid hour and a half in the morning, then off and on until about 4. Home from the party at 9 and read from about 10 to 12.
Pages read: 417
Books read: 1 and a half (The Missing Ink: A Tattoo Shop Mystery by Karen E. Olson and Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, Book 2) by Patricia Briggs
Blogs visited: not many!
Twitter: yes

Lesson learned: It is possible to do the read-a-thon with small children, just lower your expectations. I advise against leaving in the middle as it's very hard to regain your motivation to stay up late. I'd love to be able to make it all night, perhaps the next one will be the one! Thanks to all the cheerleaders who left such great comments, and all the bloggers who did mini-challenges and organized us all.


  1. I'm impressed that you were able to do as much as you did with young kids.

  2. Sounds like you had a rough night, especially with the kids. You did very well with the read-a-thon given all you had going on. Congratulations on reaching the end. :-)

  3. I know I couldn't have done it if family hadn't watched the boys for us, though next time I think I'm going to see if all of us want to get involved somehow.

  4. I'm sorry things didn't work out as planned, Lisa. I really missed you but completely understand. And when it's all said and done 417 pages is FANTASTIC! I didn't hit that until 8 hours in, so you must have been doing something right!

    Hope you're having a good day.

  5. Well, I think you did great! I'm impressed you pulled this off with two small kids. Way to go.

  6. "Lower expectations" - great advice to people with young children (for so many things, we should lower our expectations). Sounds like you made the most of it - congratulations!

  7. Congrats on the reading that you got done! I completely understand how hard it is to get reading done with young kids. I think you did great considering!

  8. You did a great job! I don't have any kids and I still didn't make it through the night. Although I didn't caffeine myself and I started reading in bed. That's a big NO. :)

  9. Whenever my kids do stuff like that I always think they are about to come down with something. Pump them up with some Vitamin C...just in case.

  10. Hey, Lisa! You won my giveaway for a Joshua Bell CD (at my blog). Congrats! I'll try to email you for your address. If you don't hear from me, contact me through the blog, k?

  11. It will be much easier for you to do a read-a-thon ten years from now!

  12. You did great even with the kids!


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