#24in48: July 2017

Hour Zero: Intro

1. I am reading from the Sunshine State this weekend.

2. I tried to participate in #24in48 earlier in the year. I did not log very many hours that first time. Here’s to second chances!

3. I heard about #24in48 from either Instagram or Book Riot.

4. I am excited to finish Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. I am also excited to pick up Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow and Hunger by Roxanne Gay.

5. It doesn’t feel like summer to me if I am not reading a ton of books, resting by the water, or munching on boatloads of fruit.

6. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter @onthebookside. You can also find me at this blog.

Hour 1: Reading Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist


Meal Plan for Week of 05/01/2017

Breakfasts of the Week:
Scrambled Eggs
Protein Smoothies
Also, try Siggi’s yogurt. It is worth the splurge.

Protein Pancakes


Pro Tips: Mix ingredients in a blender instead of mashing banana by hand. You can use any protein powder. Also, you can make these in advance. Freeze and warm in a toaster.

Lunches of the Week:

We are continuing to have a salad a day to feel the weight gain away!

Sesame Chicken Salad- Chicken, Sesame Seeds, Cucumber, Shredded Carrot, Scallions
BLT Salad- Hard-boiled Eggs, Bacon, Cherry Tomatoes, a little Avocado
Goat Cheese Salad- Mixed Berries, Goat Cheese Medallions, Dried Cranberries, and Almonds

I try to alternate my proteins usually, but this week has gone to the birds.

Monday- Leftovers, I didn’t get to making all of the meals I had planned last week so I am catching up.

Tuesday- Creamy Garlic Mushroom Chicken with Broccolli


Wednesday- Cheesy Chicken and Veggie Rice (I will be making a double batch)


Thursday- May the Fourth Be With You!

Tom and I will probably go out this night for dinner for an early birthday dinner date.

If you aren’t us, make these Vader Taters with some Baked or Grilled Chicken or a Steak.


Munch on some Padawan Popcorn!


Some Wookie Dough for dessert.


Friday- Cinco de Mayo

I will be making or ordering Tacos from somewhere.  No recipe needed in my opinion.

My husband makes a secret Taco Seasoning Blend that is pretty magical. If you would like some seasoning, email me back and I will send you some. We have a vat of it!

Saturday- Steak with Broccoli and Tomatoes


Sunday- Leftovers or Family Dinner

Happy First Week of MAY!

Dewey’s Readathon- April 2017

Readathon is here and as always it lands on a day where I am never prepared. I can’t seem to have one Saturday that doesn’t have a plan or a place to be. Regardless, I am excited about this Readathon.

Hour 1: I listened to Gone With The Wind as I got dressed and ready.

Hour 2: I continued listening as I went on a quick library trip, and I got donuts and coffee.

Hour 3: I visited my parents to pick up some of my old books to add to my TBR! I still kept listening to Gone with the Wind.

Hour 4: I drove home listening about the life and times of Scarlett O’Hara.

Hour 5: I am still listening and working on updating my instagram @onthebookside and this blog post.

Challenge 1: Introduction 

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I am reading from the very sunny Sunshine State.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I am most looking forward to reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I am most looking forward to all the drinks, especially Sugar Free Red Bull. 

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I love readathons, despite never getting as much reading done as I would like. 

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

This is at least my third Readathon. I have learned I need to try this time more intentionally. I will try to read at least for 45 minutes out of each hour.

24in48 Update

Hour 2

I ran some errands, including paying some library fines.

I started listening to The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket. I have been doing a reread via audiobooks. I highly recommend The Series of Unfortunate Events audiobooks. They are theatrically narrated by the great Tim Curry.

I also started reading A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Campbell.

Snacks: 2 slices of bacon

Hour 3

I continued reading A Dog’s Purpose and then had my daily tea time reading.

Each day at 3:30 PM, I read a little bit of a classic off of the Serial Reader app. Currently, I am working my way through Little Women and absolutely adoring it.

Snacks: Tropical Smoothie Rockin’ Raspberry Smoothie (no sweetener) and a cup of Curried Cream of Broccoli Soup