Today is the day where NaNoWriMo begins. And as indicated on their site, NaNo is about thirty days and nights of literary abandon (the goal is to write 50,000 words in the month of November!). I remember I first participated in NaNo in 2005, and then another in 2007 (or was it 2008?) and I had had so much fun doing them. Although I won't be doing so again this year (too many things going on at the moment), still I'd like to wish all my friends who are participating: Good luck and happy writing!

Apart from NaNo, today is also my husband's birthday! I gave him a dinner treat last Friday evening and we also had a simple celebration at home over the weekend - a Premium D24 eggless durian cake. Unfortunately I'm not able to post the picture here since we haven't downloaded them but I can show you the picture taken from the bakery. What can I say? It was scrumptious (even our 2-year-old daughter loved it)!

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On the reading front, I'm still reading Falling Home by Karen White. I'm enjoying reading it and Karen White is one of my favourite authors. I think the reason for my slow progress is that there are too many things happening in my life lately. My eldest daughter will be graduating from her kindergarten class soon and their school will be having a graduation ceremony in another two weeks' time; and she was being informed by her teachers that she would act as an emcee so for the past week my husband and I became her audience as she go through her 'script' again and again, LOL. And then, there is our office relocation end of this month and I have to get all my things organised and packed before the move. Frankly speaking, I am so not ready for the move in spite that my new workplace is nearer to my house and it takes about half the journey time as compared to my current one. The reason? Because I will miss the bookstore (just a 5-minute walk away) and a few of my favourite eating outlets but most importantly, I will miss these staff who have now became my friends! *sniff*

Back to my reading, I will start reading For the Love of Strangers by Jacqueline Horsfall tomorrow. This is for the Green Books Campaign hosted by Eco-Libris and I want to get it done so that my post will be ready on November 10th (considering I'm a slow reader, ha). After this, I will be reading The Art of Disappearing by Ivy Pochoda which I bought last week. This is a story about a woman named Mel Snow and a magician she met and married two days later. Is their love real or just an illusion? I can't wait to find out what happens.

Well, I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!

12 Responses
  1. Sandy Nawrot Says:

    I tip my hat to anyone taking on that writing project...50,000 words is crazy! And if you ever need a listening ear about busy schedules, just let me know. I don't know whether I'm coming or going half the time.

  2. Julia Says:

    Sound like you will be busy for awhile, Melody! Happy belated birthday to your hubby and early congrats to your daughter grad from kindergarten, I bet she is excited about it :) I hope in due times, you be able to pick up your reading speed and read more books soon. It never fun when something get in the way of enjoying our reading times, right? ;) Hope you enjoy Karen White book!

  3. Iliana Says:

    Happy Birthday to your husband, Melody! That cake looks yummy. You sure do have lots going on. I hope your office move goes smoothly and hope you'll find some great places to discover on your lunch hour at your new location! That is so important isn't it :)

  4. Ana S. Says:

    I totally understand why you're sad to leave your previous office location behind - but on the bright side, it's better for the TBR, right? :P I hope the move goes smoothly!

    NaNo participants are my heroes and heroines. I don't think I could ever do it!

  5. Alice Says:

    Happy birthday to your husband! And I echo you in wishing all who are participating in NaNoWriMo the best of luck!

  6. Melody Says:

    Sandy - Thank you! You've no idea how much your thoughts meant to me! :)

    Julia - Thanks, Julia! I hope my life will be back to normal soon, LOL.

    Iliana - There's a cafeteria in our office building. I just hope they've some vegetarian stuff there, otherwise I'd have to leave the building for lunch! :P

    Ana - It's definitely easy for my TBR pile as well as to my wallet, LOL!

    Alice - Thanks, Alice!

  7. Veens Says:

    Happy birthday to your husband, Melody! What a mouth-watering Cake indeed... I would love to grab a piece of it :)

    I don't think I can ever pen down so much in a month, let alone follow a schedule - so Hats off to all the participants of NaNo! :)

    Iknow I hated the move from our old office premises as well, I liked the easy availability of joints nearby - NOW we are near a huge restaurant, which I am not comfy visiting :)

    I hope your Daughter has a blast at her party and I am sure she will be the star in the show :)

  8. Melody Says:

    Veens - Thank you! I'm quite saddened by the move, nevertheless it's a matter of time that I'd get used to it. And oh, I hate all the packing/unpacking, LOL.

  9. a Premium D24 eggless durian cake? Sounds really interesting though I have no idea what it is. But happy birthday to your hubby!

    And congrats to your daughter on graduating Kindergarten!

    And good luck with the move. I admit I'd LOVE to be 30 minutes closer to home. It'll be tough making the 2-hour a day commute once I have a little one.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    I seem to be living on chocolate since my son was born and I think I could eat that whole cake right now! Yum.

  11. The Bookworm Says:

    Happy belated birthday to your hubby! The cake looks yummy!

    Its never easy relocating to a different work environment. You'll be ok!

  12. Happy birthday to your husband, albeit a little late. I hope he had a nice day.

    Congratulations to your eldest daughter on her graduation! How exciting. They grow so fast, don't they? How neat that she will be the emcee!

    Good luck with the move. Some of the people in my office had to move recently and it was a sad time, having to say goodbye. I admit I was a little relieved that I wasn't the one moving.

    Take care, Melody!

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