Well, as most of you probably know, I had a 24 hr reading challenge planned for Wednesday!
I pre-planned and made easy one handed meals, had my books ready to go, my coffee ready to brew in the morning and from 6am Wednesday to 6am Thursday I was going to be a READING MACHINE! Check out my prep posts HERE.
Wednesday morning came, I woke at 5am and started to settle in. Coffee and water at the ready, the hat extolled my 1st read,
And my Instagram feed was warned that the game was afoot!
The first 5.5 hrs went even better than imagined! I was 70% done the book (well… I would have been further if I could stop going to my draft post to make notes for my review… But, I was enjoying the book so much and in my old age I didn’t want to forget anything!! Even if I’m going to read a crazy amount of books in a short period of time… I’ll never half ass a review! 😉)
My manager from work sent me a text asking me to work the next day *phew* at 6pm (so, still PLENTY of time to end my challenge at 6am, get some sleep, and get to work)
… Then the next text came. Also from my manager, asking if I was free to come into a meeting with her and the owner at 1pm…and everything fell apart. A meeting with my manager AND the owner?? AND, JUST ME?!
Things have been slow at my work lately. Hours of operation have been cut, people have been let go, and hours for the people left have been cut… I went from about 30 hrs, down to 11… So, this did not bode well. It was noon at this point, and there was NO WAY I was going to continue reading before I had to leave! LUCKILY, I had started a timer when I began so, just pause the timer, come back after this meeting, and continue… I’ll just have to stay awake for a couple more hours than planned, right?? EASY!!
Well, THEY OFFERED ME A PROMOTION!!! I was SO EXCITED!! I was the manager of a business for 14 years, and while I lived this newfound lack of responsibility, it’s definitely been hard to keep my mouth shut and not help out and step up… They’re going to write me up a proper job description and contract before I have to decide, but in my brain I’d already taken it!!
OK… So, back to the Reading Challenge, RIGHT NICOLE??
Then my parents called. They have just moved a little over 3 hrs away from me and had come back into town to sign the last papers with the lawyer for the sale of their house. They wanted to go for a drink with me. HOW’S A GIRL SUPPOSED TO SAY NO?? I wasn’t going to be able to see them for a while, so I HAD to go! Plus, what’s a couple more hrs added… Right?
So, one drink turned into 3 and by now it was 6pm.
THIS IS WHEN YOU WENT BACK TO THE CHALLENGE… RIGHT NICOLE??
I went back to the challenge and finished “Father Figure”!! My review post will be up this coming Tuesday, so STAY TUNED!
….. Then the thoughts started plaguing me. Did I really want to go back to management so soon after all the years of stress? What about the dissent in the ranks when I get promoted over good people who were there before me? And, would the job itself even be worth it? Plus, school! Would it suffer more than it already was??
After that, I was pretty much useless.
I read about 100 pages of “The Things we Learn when we’re Dead” (I will finish reading all of these books now), binge watched some of a new K-Drama (which was pretty terrible) and went to sleep.
What did I complete during my “24 hr” Reading Challenge??
Total Reading Time- 8hrs
Total Pages Read- 515
I’m hoping to try this again in the near future, though if I take this promotion I’ll have a lot less time!
Have you ever had a total reading fail? Or a planned day that just went totally awry? …Should I take the promotion??