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The Sunday Salon: Hey, Bloggiesta!

The Sunday Salon.com It’s 9:15 on Sunday night, and I’m calling it a weekend on my Bloggiesta plans. I had 25 things on my To Do List, and in all I managed to cross off all but five of them. Given that I spent Friday at work and a soccer game and Saturday prepping for a birthday party, I’d say that is pretty darn awesome.

If you’re reading this in a feed reader, take a second and pop over to the site to see the face lift I gave it. Nothing drastic, but I did update the header, change the font, move and update the columns, and move the navigation bar. I like it a lot.

In reading news, I spent a good part of this morning almost finishing Margaret Atwood’s The Edible Woman. The book is about Marian McAlpin, a twentysomething young woman who works at a market research firm in Toronto. She has a dependable boyfriend named Peter and lives a structured, calm life. After Peter proposes to her, Marian starts to lose her appetite. First she can’t eat meat, then the eggs, then vegetables, then cake. Her previously settled life becomes increasingly unsettled, thanks to her nutty roommate Ainsley, her perpetually pregnant friend Clara, and a man she meets while doing survey research, Duncan.

I’m about 50 pages from the end right now, and I just don’t want to finish it because it is soooo good. Atwood describes the book as “protofeminist,” because it was written before feminism was big, so I know I know there’s a lot of gender stuff going on in it. This is our next book club pick, so I can’t wait to sit down and talk about it with some very smart ladies — I think they’ll have a lot to say.

And with that, I have to get off the computer. My sister and I have started a “Healthy Lifestyle Challenge,” to motivate us to eat better, get more exercise, and break bad habits. I get a penalty for being on the computer after 9:45 p.m. — a bad habit that keeps me from getting to bed on time — and I do not want to lose points today!

What book are you reading today? What’s the last book you read that you didn’t want to finish because it was so good?

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  • Anastasia January 23, 2011, 9:58 pm

    I’m reading Jackaroo by Cynthia Voigt! I don’t want it to end, but I think there’s a sequel? Or two? Maybe it’s a series? No idea, but I really, really like it!

    Also, I’m digging the new layout look. 😀

    • Kim January 24, 2011, 6:20 pm

      Anastasia: Yay for finding great books in a series; that is always fun. And thanks, I like the new layout spruce up too. I took you advice to just mess around with little things, and that really helped.

  • Ash January 23, 2011, 10:06 pm

    I’m reading Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat right now. It’s pretty good. It has a kind of magazine design which makes it easy to dip in and out of. The last book I didn’t want to finish because it was so good is definitely Middlesex– soooo good!

    • Kim January 24, 2011, 6:21 pm

      Ash: Oooo, I’ve heard of that book and want to read it. I’m glad it’s pretty good – I hope you’ll be able to show pictures of the design if/when you review it.

  • Sheila (Bookjourney) January 23, 2011, 10:30 pm

    I just finished The Art Of Racing In The Rain and LOVED it!

    • Kim January 24, 2011, 6:21 pm

      Sheila: A bajillion people love that book, but I honestly have no idea what it’s about. I can’t wait to read your review 🙂

  • Trisha January 23, 2011, 10:39 pm

    Sounds like the Game On Diet! 🙂

    • Kim January 24, 2011, 6:23 pm

      Trisha: It’s sort of like that, except we set up our own points system with nutrition and exercise goals in it. And it’s not as many points to keep track of — like a max of 7 per day, depending on what day it is. So far it’s been fun (well, as fun as can be expected!).

  • Care January 24, 2011, 6:10 am

    Nice! It’s always fun when the few Bloggiesta tasks have big WOW! (in comparison to fixing dead links and stuff.)
    I got distracted by National Pie Day and didn’t do much Bloggiesta-ing at all yesterday. oh well. (go PACK!)
    and that book sounds REALLY interesting! I heart Atwood.

    • Kim January 24, 2011, 6:23 pm

      Care: Yes, it is! And the theme I have made doing the facelift stuff relatively easy — just a few tweaks and I was set to go. Yay National Pie Day — the pie you posted about looked delicious.

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) January 24, 2011, 7:29 am

    Hooray for you and your sister! Congratulations on getting so much done on your blog and taking a positive step toward a healthier lifestyle!

    • Kim January 24, 2011, 6:24 pm

      bermudaonion: Thank you! It’s nice to be able to start taking steps with someone else as support and some friendly competition.

  • Memory January 24, 2011, 6:31 pm

    Your post title has got the Macarena stuck in my head, only with “Bloggiesta” everywhere “Macarena” should be. 🙂

    Congrats on accomplishing so much during Bloggiesta! 20/25 completed tasks is an awesome total. Good luck with your healthy living plans, too!

    • Kim January 24, 2011, 6:33 pm

      Memory: That is EXACTLY what I was thinking when I wrote the post title! I think I associate the Macarena with Bloggiesta for some reason and it gets stuck in my head.

  • Erin January 26, 2011, 7:17 pm

    The blog looks great! I might have said that already, but really, it’s lovely. As for the last book I didn’t want to end…I think it was Atwood’s Blind Assassin! She’s such a wonderful writer. I have The Edible Woman on my list.

    • Kim January 27, 2011, 8:24 pm

      Erin: Thank you — I like the face lift quite a bit. The Blind Assassin was so good, I didn’t want that one to end either.