The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men…

…gang aft agley. Borrowing the line from Robert Burns’ poem ‘To a Mouse’ just about sums up this pedometer geek’s goal to complete the thousand miles by the end of August. On August 22nd, plans were derailed when this pedometer geek fell while riding my bicycle, leaving me battered, bruised, and with a broken wrist (and two days spent doing little but visiting physician’s offices and resting).

Unfortunately, it was my dominant hand, and learning to do even simple things like eating food, brushing teeth, and writing with my right hand has been difficult (and messy). Okay, haven’t done too much of the last one, and then only signing my name to a few forms for x-rays.

On the other hand, I took a tip from Chris Rodell’s book Use All the Crayons and have tried doing things with my opposite hand in the past. I just never considered that it would become a necessity, that trying some of his tips, especially this one, would be a helpful practice in the event… For other colorful tips, check out his book.

Still healing with the help of Rob (frankly, I don’t know how I would have managed without his constant care and love—thanks, Hon, love you), but here’s a quick post (with little fanfare) of August’s statistics of walking and reading.

The total number of steps was 277,238 steps with 36,293 aerobic steps. This equated to a little more than 117 miles leaving me about 8 miles short of completing the thousand mile goal. As of September 3rd, the goal has been met, but I digress.

Twelve books were read. Ten were fiction; two were nonfiction. Seven authors were new to this reader. Various genres were read, and six books were read in an e-book format.

Four of the books were from the Set-It-Yourself challenge were completed leaving six books to complete.

In the pages-read challenge, 3049 pages were added to bring the yearly total to 20,864 pages of the 40,000 page challenge.

In August, the following books were read:

One Dom to Love by Shayla Black

Taken by Her Unforgiving Billionaire Boss by Nadia Lee

Cat and Mouse by James Patterson

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore *

The Swallow’s Nest by Emilie Richards *

The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton *

Hers to Take by Talia Ellison

Escorted by Claire Kent

Temporary Bliss by B.J. Harvey

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold *

Ties That Bind by Lora Leigh and Jaid Black

Loving From Afar by Mona Ingram

Unlike other months, no synopsis of the books except to mention that The Swallow’s Nest was reviewed on; however, I am willing to discuss any of the books in the comment section.

SIY books are denoted by *.





About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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2 Responses to The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men…

  1. Jules says:

    Falling off things, these days we don’t bounce back as quickly as we used to.
    While most, OK I can’t find any out ward bruising (the ego is still smarting), there are still some sensitive spots on this ol’ bod from when I feel of a ladder and then just a few days later down the stairs re-bruising some of the same spots. Thankfully I didn’t break anything.

    Heal, enjoy your quiet time. Most of my reading has been for entertainment. But that Crayon book sounds fun.

    Cheers, Jules

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    • I am sorry to hear that you took a tumble or two, and the bruises do linger. I am equally glad you didn’t break any bones. This is my first experience with it, and I am tired of the cast, the inability to do things I usually do, and the slowness of what I can do. I know that it is temporary, but I am impatient. I can’t believe how many naps I take especially as I ice down the cast and swelling fingers.

      As for the book, it is really worth reading. It is entertaining and fun. Just the right touch of humor and seriousness, and it can be read a little at a time. I read it several years ago, and it has been revised to over 1000 tips now. The original had 500 tips including one from Arnold Palmer. ~nan

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