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Of course, everyone always responds to this with a “you don’t look your age”, or “come on, you aren’t old”, or “40 is the new 30.” Well, if that’s the case then I want to be 30 again. I started school this week and I realized that I was the oldest in the class.

When a student was talking about how his Dad attended the same college as the professor and the professor says, “when?”, and the student says between 80-83 and the professor says, “oh, that was before my time.” To quote Seth and Amy from SNL, really? Really? Although, I myself didn’t graduate high school until ’87 but still, glancing around the room, I’m pretty sure I’m  the oldest.  What’s my point? Well, I guess there really isn’t one, other than the fact that this was a first for me. I’ll adjust and eventually become comfortable with this. Just in time for another birthday. Better than the alternative, right?

I also went to have 48767623 gallons of blood drawn to determine if any of my minor ailments add up to something.

In my reading challenge, I’ve been slow on the reading lately. I finished one book, but it wasn’t one on my list. I’m currently reading one of the books on my list. I also have quite some reading to do for school, so I’ll have to focus on that tonight since after I do the reading I need to post my thoughts on a discussion. This one credit class that I am taking is going to wind up being more work than the 3 credit class I’m taking. Whatever, it’s all something I am interested in, so it will go fast and flow easy.

I think I finally found a name for how I eat. Check it out. Vagueatarianism

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I had a couple. First, to follow the 90/10 rule. This is the premise that 10% of what happens to you is completely out of your control and that the other 90% is how you react to that 10%.  There is a good example somewhere and I’ll see if I can find it. But I’m determined not to explode and react to the things that happen to me if I can’t help it. Especially if the reaction is disproportionate to the event. This is a day to day resolution as I don’t know how easy it will be.

The other resolution is to live the healthiest life that I can live.  I’m obviously, based on my weigh in chart, not doing so well with that. However, I am going to stand up and say that the number on the scale is only one measure of someone’s health.  So, this the half-way mark of January I reiterate my goals for the month.

To make cognizant food choices

To exercise 2x/week

To journal nightly one positive thought/event of the day.  I want to emphasis the positive and happiness that I have in my life, not my shortcomings.

I’ll also try to upload more pictures.

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I saw this from Lost in Books blog, who saw it from Bart’s Books.  It’s pretty straightforward. Read 20 books from 10 categories over the year of 2010.

It’s pretty easy and I bet, for the most part, I’ll be able to use books I already own. Why do challenges you may wonder? Why not?

Rules:
  • Read 2 books from each category, making a requirement of 20 books total.
  • The categories are intended to be loose guidelines only, if you decide it fits, then it fits. (Apart from those marked **)
  • Categories marked with ** have tighter rules, and these must be followed.
  • Each book can only qualify for one category.
  • Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
  • Books read from 01/01/2010 to 12/31/2010 are eligible.
So, on with the categories
1.  Young Adult
Any book classified as young adult or featuring a teenage protagonist counts for this category.
2. T.B.R. **
Intended to help reduce the old T.B.R. pile. Books for this category must be already residents of your bookshelves as of                      1/11/09.
3. Shiny & New
Bought a book NEW during 2010 from a bookstore, online, or a supermarket? Then it counts for this category. Second-hand           books do not count for this one, but, for those on book-buying bans, books bought for you as gifts or won in a giveaway also           count!
4.  Bad Blogger’s ***
Books in this category, should be ones you’ve picked up purely on the recommendation of another blogger count for this                   category (any reviews you post should also link to the post that convinced you give the book a go).
*** Bad Bloggers: Is hosted by Chris of Stuff as Dreams are Made on.
5.  Charity
Support your local charity shops with this category, by picking up books from one of their shops. Again, for those on book-             buying bans, books bought for you as gifts also count, as long as they were bought from a charity shop.
6.  New in 2010
This category is for those books newly published in 2010 (whether it be the first time it is has been released, or you had to wait      for it to be published in your country, it counts for this one!)
7.  Older Than You
Read two books that were published before you were born, whether that be the day before or 100 years prior!
8. Win! Win!
Have a couple of books you need to read for another challenge? Then this is the category to use, as long that is, you don’t break      the rules of the other challenge by doing so!
9. Who Are You Again?
This one isn’t just for authors you’ve never read before, this is for those authors you have never even heard of before!
10.Up to You!
The requirements for this category are up to you! Want to challenge yourself to read some graphic novels? A genre outside your       comfort zone? Something completely wild and wacky? Then this is the category to you. The only requirement is that you state         it in your sign-up post.
Sounds totally fun, right?
MY REVIEWS:
Cat 1: Young Adult
1. Pretties by Scott Westerfield
2.  Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer
Cat 2: TBR**
1. B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton
2. C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton
Cat 3: Shiny & New
1. Old Friends and New Fancies by Sybil G Brinton
2. Girl Next Door by Elizabeth Noble
Cat 4: Bad Blogger’s **
1.  Handmaiden’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
2. Beowulf on the Beach by Jack Murnighan
Cat 5: Charity
1.  Empire Falls by Richard Russo
2.  Light on Snow by Anita Shreve
Cat 6: New in 2010
1.  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
2. Game Change by  John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
Cat 7: Older Than You
1.  Emma by Jane Austen
2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Cat 8: Win! Win!
1.  Animal, Vegetable, Mineral by Barbara Kingsolver
2. I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max
Cat 9: Who Are You Again?
1.   Heartless by Alison Gaylin
2.  Stealing with Style by Emily Jenkins
Cat 10: Up to You (I have no idea yet what I will pick here)
1. Watchmen by Alan Moore/David Gibbons
2. John Adams by David McCullough

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