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Subject: Linda and Kelly are Kicking Our Butts!
Date Posted: 2/21/2012 8:50 AM ET
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I was motivated to update my reading list in the 2012 HF Challenge Lists Only thread this am, and as I was scrolling down to my entry, I was casually checking out how we're all doing. Linda and Kelly, you guys are amazing----it's not even the end of February and you guys have read a ton of your selections---massive KUDO's to you both!

I, on the other hand, have completed two. Sigh. This work thing is REALLY interfering with my PBS commitments---I will need to speak to the boss about that.



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Date Posted: 2/21/2012 9:21 AM ET
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LOL...I agree Colleen.  When I see them post, it always seems worse, since they share an account..."What, LInda/Kelly has finished ANOTHER book??"

 

If only we could get paid for reading...what we want to read!

Date Posted: 2/21/2012 9:32 AM ET
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Oh, don't forget Holly, Sharla, and Carolyn -- they're in front as well. (Fortunately, it's not a race. It's all about enjoying the journey, right? Of course, some of us are just cheering -- or kibitzing -- from the sidelines.)

Yeah, Colleen -- let us know how that heart-to-heart with your boss goes.



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Date Posted: 2/21/2012 9:58 AM ET
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Linda kicked all our butts last year!

Date Posted: 2/21/2012 12:39 PM ET
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You girls! 

Mom will comment to me sometimes that she feels like all she does is read and that she should be more productive. This from a woman who successfully raised four children, influenced countless others through her long career as, first, an educator, then as a school librarian, supported her husband in a couple of different career paths of his own (including the very physical, hands on work of being a professional bird dog trainer), and successfully dealt with the little challenges life has sent her way for 72 years.

I say, "You read all you want to, Mom! You are my hero & the example by which I want to pattern my own life !!" 

As for me, reading is my chief hobby, and I don't have any other real claims on my early morning nor my evening hours, so I have quite a bit of personal reading time every day. And if the book is really good, even my other interests & obligations  tend to get less attention than they should.

You girls!

 

Kelly

 

 

Date Posted: 2/21/2012 1:40 PM ET
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I, too, have a lot of reading time every day: 2 hours 40 minutes each day on the train (round trip).  There are times that such a long commute gets to be too much, but for the most part I like it because it gives me time to read.

Date Posted: 2/21/2012 2:42 PM ET
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@ Kelly--my OP was not an indictment, it was flat out admiration!!!!!

 

PS--Boss said fine, happy to fire me so I could read all day. angry

Date Posted: 2/21/2012 3:37 PM ET
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Sharla, I have an hour and 15 minutes commute roundtrip driving every day and really wish I could spend the time reading.  I have listened to audio books sometimes, but that is just not the same as reading.  Right now, I am listening to Pimsleur Language Spanish lessions...I have done 35 lessons so far and it is really helping me with my Spanish when I am in Chile.  But I'd still rather be reading.  With rising gas prices, I considered trying to find someone in my neck of the woods to carpool with, but then I wouldn't be able to do my Spanish lessons (I have to repeat after the speaker aloud).  And even worse, if I tried to read while the other person drives, they would probably actually want to TALK to me during the drive.  Very inconvenient!  LOL!

I want to be Linda when I grow up!

Date Posted: 2/21/2012 5:29 PM ET
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PS--Boss said fine, happy to fire me so I could read all day. angry

 

Colleen - your postscript made me literally laugh out loud! Doncha just love witty bosses ?!? (Also, if you saw the shape of my house & my flower beds, and all the other tasks sacrificed on the alter of "just one more chapter," your admiration would probably slip a bit! blush )

Christa - I understand entirely - seems like driving time isn't nearly as efficient a use of time as it should be. I'm not personally real crazy about audio books, but Linda likes to have one going when she comes to see me (2 1/2 hour drive).

Sharla - that commute time, although a big chunk of your day, sounds like heaven for the reading availability it gives you. Do you read "real" books, or do you use an e-reader?

 

Kelly

Date Posted: 2/21/2012 6:15 PM ET
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I've always wanted to live somewhere with decent public transit, so I could just sit on the subway and read during my commute. It'd sure beat fighting traffic all the time! As it is, I get to work an hour early (so as to avoid the worst of rush hour) and spend the entire time with a cup of tea and a book.

And even worse, if I tried to read while the other person drives, they would probably actually want to TALK to me during the drive.

I always get cranky if someone comes into the break room while I'm on lunch, because they invariably try to strike up a conversation. I like my coworkers, but I spend 10+ hours a day talking to them. When I'm on break, all I want to do is read! And eat. But mostly read. cheeky