For a Very Important Date! No time to say “hello” Good bye! I’m late! I’m late! I’m late!

Well, no, not really, but it’s going to be a Very Close Thing. See, I have deadline knitting on the needles, and it’s all coming due in May.

Due Next Week:

I have a baby sweater I have to finish today so I can give it a wash and light block before I have to gift it Wednesday. It’s worsted so it’ll take a day or two to dry. There should have also been booties and a hat, too, but I doubt I’m going to make it. Well, the booties might make it. Maybe. We’ll see.

I have a Very Large Special Project which needs a lot of work done to it this week. And it’s being gifted on Thursday.

Due May 26:

I have a pair of fair isle mittens (my first colorwork ever) which need to be finished. I’ve knit the first and am about two-thirds of the way done with the second.

At least one cowl (hoping for 2, but it should be 3) out of worsted, but I don’t have a pattern for them. Might be winging this one. How hard could it be? Why are you laughing?

In my fantasy land, I’m also knitting 2 hats. Really. Stop laughing. It’s rude.

A Shaelyn shawl in black which also needs to be washed & blocked so it’s dry by the 26th. I have 1 1/2 more pattern repeats to do.

So the upshot is once I get through next Thursday, if I manage to get everything done I need done by then, I’m in good shape. The mittens will only take a few more days of concentrated knitting, and the Shaelyn is my purse project, so it will move forward steadily. The cowls & hats SHOULD only be about 2-4 days of knitting each, so…*fingers crossed*

And on top of all of this, I have school, appointments, and a number of books to review.

Of COURSE I’m not slipping into Holiday Knitting Delusions. What makes you think that? This is totally doable, right? 

Right???

*crickets*

Uh-oh.

Love,
Lynda the Guppy
aka Delusional Guppy

11:09 a.m. (6+ hrs in) It’s Read-A-Thon day! Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check my last post for more info. And no, I’m not crazy, and yes, I can count. Because of the time differences, each time zone starts at midnight Read-A-Thon time, not our local time zone time. This actually works to my advantage, as I’m a total night owl.

I’m not really competing as I know a lot of the participants are. Instead I’m using it as an excuse to clear out some of my TBR pile, and kickstart my reading again. I’ve been in a bit of a slump. 

Since I woke up this morning I’ve read a whopping….one….book. LOL Diana Palmer’s Wyoming Tough. I know. I know. Diana Palmer. What can I say? She’s my total guilty pleasure. I know how formulaic they are, and I know they’re total throwbacks to the old Harlequin/Silhouette style, but I love ’em. They’re like the cotton candy of books. They look good in theory, but once you get your hands into that sticky mess it’s hard to stop, and then after you’re done you wonder what they heck you were thinking. Still…I enjoy them.

This book actually surprised me. While it had the typical Diana Palmer standards (virgin heroine, asshole hero, false accusations, not NEARLY enough hero grovel), it seemed more updated than her usual fare. At least this time the heroine wasn’t 18. She also wasn’t the docile innocent her heroines tend to be. This one was strong, self-sufficient, and had been raised by her outspoken mother and fierce father to stand up for herself and take crap from no one. Which is exactly what she did. The hero, for his part, wasn’t quite as much of a jerk as her heroes normally are, which was a bit of a relief. I also saw hints of books to come. I hope Darryl finds someone to tango with. I liked him a lot.

I “competed” in one of the Mini-Challenges. This one was hosted by Reflections of a Bookaholic. This challenge said to turn to page 32 in the book I’m currently reading and pick the most entertaining phrase to complete the line “I would rather read than ________ any day!” Sadly, my best choice was “I would rather read than call me Tank any day!” Someone else entered with something from Jenny Lawson’s book, and, really, how can you compete with frozen snakes? 

Now…off to check out what’s next on the TBR list. Maybe the next one will be a review book. Hmm…

Oh, and I’ll be updating regularly, so don’t think you’re losing your mind. LOL

Read on!

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Reading Machine 

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