Saturday, April 26, 2014

Readathon - introductory meme

I'm cheering rather than reading, but won't be doing any actual cheering until tomorrow morning my time, as I live in the future.

(Yes. The future IS so bright you'll need to wear shades.)

Anyway, on to the readathon introductory meme:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading (cheering) from today? New Zealand :-)
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? No stack, but I'm hoping to get around all the blogs on #teambutler :-)
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Mid-afternoon cup of tea tomorrow.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I'm 42 years old, I think I've taken part in one way or another in every single readathon and uh ...... I like cats.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? Same as always - have fun! :D

Friday, April 25, 2014

Readathon and health thingies

*\o/* I've been derailed this week by health issues, more on that further down.

First up, it's readathon weekend again!

I'm just cheering this time around, and I'm just waiting to hear back about my team - I've been next to useless all week, so I'm trying to gain back some ground.

Now, what follows will be TMI for some, but I need to vent - lol.

I have had the period of doom for the past 16 days. It's been at least twice as long as any period I've ever had and consistently heavy. The one bright side is that I haven't really been in pain. And I know there are women out there who suffer far, far worse than me every month, but I've always been super-regular and extremely predictable, so this has thrown me.

And with Easter and Anzac Day happening all at once, I couldn't get in to see the doctor until Wednesday. That, and I kept hoping it would stop on its own. (spoiler: it didn't).

So the doc believes I have fibroids, and gave me pills that allegedly slow/stop the bleeding. They've sort of worked. It hasn't stopped and it's sort-of slowed down a little bit.

I had blood tests on Thursday and the doc did a smear, and I'm booked in for an ultrasound at the hospital. The doc - who was lovely and patient and accommodated my weirdness (I can't lie flat on my back without getting panicky) said she wasn't worried that it was anything that needed urgent attention, because going through the hospital for ultrasounds can take a while, and I have to go for a follow-up next week.

So for now I'm just waiting, spending  what feels like all of my money on ladies' sanitary items, trying not to throw myself off a building, and trying not to snap at J and Spawn because mood swings.

And, like I say, I realise that other people have it far worse than I do, but it's my little corner and therefore I will whinge about the endless period of doom. At this point, I may walk into the doctor's office and just shout JUST TAKE IT ALL OUT I'M NOT HAVING ANY MORE KIDS TAKE IT ALLLLLLLLL.


Anyway. See you at the readathon. I'll be cheering on twitter and visiting some blogs also. :-)

Monday, April 21, 2014

It's Monday

Your meme is hosted here:

It's been a couple of weeks since I did one of these, because for a couple of weeks I was basically reading the same books - lol.

Since then, I've managed to do a fair bit, I think.

I finished Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik, A Storm of Swords Part 1: Steel and Snow by G R R Martin, Adaptation by Malinda Lo, and While We Run by Karen Healey.

I have to say, I really enjoyed all of them.

Next up was going to be part 2 of A Storm of Swords, but Gabriel Garcia Marquez died, and so I'm reading One Hundred Years of Solitude for the fourth time.

What are you reading?

Monday, April 7, 2014


 It's getting near that time again, and if you're going "huh" then go
here: and poke around.

Have a look here: at the history, and then go back to the first page and sign up. Or, you know, sign up as a cheerleader, cheerleaders are awesome.

I always fail out as a reader, so I'm going back to my readathon roots with cheerleading. Every year there seems to be more and more readers signing up, which is great and I know Dewey would have got a kick out of that, but cheerleading is important too, and I think last year there were something like 38 cheerleaders to nearly 400 readers. (Four hundred readers. There were less than 40 when this started. That blows my mind.)

So. Anyway. This April's readathon is on April 26 and I will be shaking out my virtual pompoms once again. Join me!