I love to read the warm up posts and see how different readers prepare for the big weekend of reading fun! I especially like to compare notes with my sister Tami at Just One More Thing who introduced me to the readathon a couple years back.
I enjoy spending the week before the RAT doing a little extra housework and laundry so I can be guilt-free on Saturday at 7 a.m.
I also made a trip to the grocery store to pick up some healthy snacks and some items to prepare some meals the easy way - - - I have a roast with vegetables planned for Sunday - - - and some chicken to roast today for lunch. The hubs will be working and may not make it home for lunch so I can always resort to mac and cheese as well. Another option I chose is to put together an oriental coleslaw salad and call it good! Snacks consist of apples with peanut butter or sugar free caramel - - - or plain to share with our new puppy as a snack! I also have a cucumber and some dip if I choose and bananas and some mixed fruit as well. So - - - food - - - check.
My reading choices are all contained in this picture -
My sister and I have a book club - and she has chosen Return to Me as our October book - so that is my main focus for the day. The book is written by Lynn Austin. It is a different read for both of us - an old testament true story put in novel form - I can't wait to start! As you can see - I have my Bible ready for early morning devotions and prayer time. And - I hesitated to add these magazines to my reading list because I wasn't sure it was part of the "rules" for RAT . . . but I'm risking it . . . I actually "borrowed" these from my drs. offiice - - - while visiting there this week I found good articles in each one and decided to see if they were up for loan. Time magazine and a guide to taking back your kitchen . . . Agingcare.com talks about caregivers and Alzheimer's Disease . . . Real Simple Magazine has 76 greatest organizing tips of all time, Halloween DIY ideas and 18 easy fall meals . . . and WebMD just looked like a good resource on health, beauty, fitness, and family. Please feel free to reprimand me if mags are not appropriate reading material for the RAT! :)
Next preparation item was to find a charger for the Ipad that I am writing this post on right now! It seems that grams left her charger in the motel room last weekend - - - so after a few phone calls and a rather impatient wait at the local phone store I was set!
Lastly, and most interesting, is that I will be reading with a puppy in the house. This will prove to be a challenge I'm afraid. Hubs is having a busy season at work and so can't relieve me of my duties with the new doggie - but the weather looks promising and the fenced in back yard looks inviting - so Libby will spend some quality time outdoors with her big brother Roy.
Well 7 hours still start time so I will get this post ready to go at 7 a.m. and I will see you all back for coffee and some great fun with books and challenges and snacks and . . .
How did you plan for the RAT?
Roy and Libby