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Will I finish my reading challenge?

I knew that this year I won’t have much time for books. I set a reachable goal of 20 books for 2014, and I’m currently halfway there.Now, I don’t actually care if I finish the reading challenge or not. It’s just something to keep me focused on reading itself.

Another thing is that I tried reading different genres this year. In the past I’ve read mostly detective books (which are and always will be my favorite genre). This year I’ve tried romantic & comedy books, young adult and even horror (yet I still haven’t finished Carrie by Stephen King). And it seems that I’ve got stuck again on a particular type of genre: dystopian-or-post-apocalyptic fiction.

Last year it was The Hunger Games books, this year it’s The Long Walk by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King) and The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner.

the-long-walk-coverThe_Maze_Runner_cover

Even if both books are similar (kids in trouble in a very troublesome future), they do leave different impressions (in my case feelings). After reading The Long Walk I felt empty. I couldn’t touch another book for a couple of days. And even then I felt I was robbed of  an ending. A different ending, anything that would’ve made things better. ATTENTION SPOILER: I didn’t  want McVries to die. I wanted something, anything to save him.

Yet, with The Maze Runner it’s different. I just finished the first part and I didn’t felt much. I just started The Scorch Trials without even blinking. I guess I was (and still am) curious of what happens next. Besides curiosity there isn’t much. The Maze Runner is very similar to The Hunger Games in my opinion. But it doesn’t have the depth of The Long Walk.

I won’t make my mind yet regarding this trilogy. After all, I still have 2 books to read and things might change.

An early morning start

I cannot believe how cold it is at 7 in the morning. It’s also dark and gloomy. I should start wearing warmer clothes.

early morning

Even so, I did it. I woke up, got dressed and took the dog out for one hour (and he still peed in the house). Besides the cold everything was OK. I mean, I love the fact that it’s dark and there aren’t many people, or cars for that matter.

I dare say it’s quite peaceful. But then again, I am walking the dog who has this nice habit of barking and growling at every person who doesn’t pet him. Yup, that’s Pluto for you.

Oh well, hopefully I will get my phone back and be able to take pretty photos of this pup of mine.

Same old, same old

I guess I’ve become quite bored of my new freedom. I’m stitching, watching movies and keeping the pets from destroying the house altogether.

Yet, I don’t have any energy to do other stuff. Stuff that girls my age do, like going out, work out and just take care of themselves in general. So, I guess I’m stuck.

There’s a good side to all things, I suppose. I mean, I am making good progress on my Grigorescu needlepoint project.

needlepoint

I’ve said that I will leave the black at the end but I couldn’t help myself. It’s taking shape nicely and I’m quite proud of it. I’ve stitched about 4-5 hours each day for the past few weeks (my back is killing me). It’s something that I’m actually proud of. If I finish it by the end of the year, that would make it a record for me. 3 needlepoint projects finished in the course of a year.

And then there are these two, Pluto and Marlanu':

Pluto and Marlanu

They seem to get along whenever sleep and food is involved. I can’t actually believe how big Pluto is at the moment. And I don’t think I’ve processed the fact that he is still a pup and that he is still growing.

Oh well,  I do have big plans for the next couple of days. I am planning on taking Pluto to the park. That’s a big task since the park is a 15 minute walk from home and Pluto is not yet used to the chaos that goes on in this big city. Still, I shall try my best.

A small but significant change

I am happy. We’ve started taking Pluto out for walks.

Pluto

We go out 3 times a day: in the morning, lunch/afternoon and evening. We’ve started slow, only half an hour each time

In fact half an hour seems just right for Pluto at the moment. He does all his business outside and that means less cleaning for me. He socializes with other dogs (the neighborhood is full of dog owners).  It also means that Marlanu’ is less stressed by Pluto.

I also love the fact that Pluto is so tired when he gets home that I can actually do more things around the house. And in all of this there is a bonus for us as well. We get our daily exercise.

A beginners guide to become a hermit

I am slowly but surely turning into a hermit.

I’ve barely left the house 2 times this week, first time it was to take Pluto to the vet and the second time was grocery shopping. Instead, I’ve spent my time watching TV shows, reading and stitching. If I keep it up I might finish two needlepoint projects in no time.

I have a little bit left from my Renoir needlepoint.

renoir needlepoint

But it’s really hard to finish it now since Pluto managed to mess up all the floss for this project. Now I have to see which shade is which and sort them out before I can finish it.

Renoir needlepoint floss

I shouldn’t complain actually about the floss. Pluto has managed in 2 weeks to wreck half the house. It was mostly electronics and cables. For example, my Allview X2 Soul phone was one casualty, then it was Johnny’s surround system (may it rest it pieces), 2 pairs of headphones, my laptop cable, 2 cables for my phone and that’s it so far.

Anyway, my second project is by Nicolae Grigorescu. It’s called “Fata cu basma rosie”.

Grigorescu Fata cu basma rosie

I know I have other projects as well that are almost completed, but these two are my favorite at the moment. Oh well, we shall see if I become a real hermit or not.