July 13: Sunday Salon: The week in review: Grateful, not grateful
Tuesday, July 15: Summertime music
Thursday, July 17: What I’m saying: Soul at 45 – from the Assemblies of God to the Episcopal Church of America. With stops in between.
July 20: Sunday Salon: The week in review: Grateful, not grateful
Monday, July 21: Summertime movies
Thursday, July 24: What I’m saying: Mind at 45 – Trying not to lose my mind.
July 27: Sunday Salon: The week in review: Grateful, not grateful
Wednesday, July 30: What I’m photographing: Wrap of 100 days of happy in July: highlights
Thursday, July 31: What I’m saying: Body at 45 – Losing myself along the way. On purpose.
I’ve decided to go slow for the summer, instead of every day Sunday through Thursday as I had been doing or at least as I had planned to do. I might continue like this for August too. I’ll keep y’all posted. This post is especially for Trish at Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity, who was a little confused by my blog layout (which is another thing I might tweak in the coming months…we’ll see) and wasn’t sure when I was posting or if I had posted.
and I celebrated birthday all month long, starting Friday, June 6, at 5 p.m. EDT, three full days (and then some) before my ACTUAL birthday at about 9 p.m. EST Monday, June 9, and running right through July 6, 2014, today..so technically not over until tonight at midnight…and super technically, not over until 5 p.m. EDT tomorrow, July 7, when I go back to work. I started with a four-day weekend and ended it with a three-day weekend this past weekend.
Did: Not much. Didn’t bike/hike as planned with wife, but did go to Pennsylvania Grand Canyon with sister, brother-in-law and 7-year-old nephew one Saturday and that was fun.
Read: Almost read one of the four books mentioned in my original post: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (maybe finish today). Also read the Rot & Ruin series by Jonathan Maberry, which was amazing, and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, which like The Fault In Our Stars by John Green started well and then finished on a downer, but was still a great read.
Watched: Wife and I rediscovered Eureka. Watched a couple of early Muppet movies that thought I had seen but hadn’t. Oh, and we watched this, Friday night:
And yes, we thought it was awesome.
Listened: Mostly Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. This is the lead-off track:
I also listened to the 40th anniversary of Prairie Home Companion last night with my wife and we enjoyed it.
Photographed: Started the #100happydays project on June 6, start of the birthday weekend/month, and while I did photograph more food and drink than I wanted, I didn’t do too badly and did actually photograph a few other things.
The look ahead for July
Here on the blog: Over the next three Wednesdays in July, I have posts planned on body, mind, and soul in relation to my turning 45. June 12: Body: Losing myself along the way. On purpose. June 19: Mind: Trying not to lose my mind. June 26: Soul: From the Assemblies of God to the Episcopal Church of America. With stops in between.
Otherwise: I really don’t know beyond that I have a four-day weekend next weekend and I’ll probably be reading…but I don’t know what yet. Watching? Probably more M*A*S*H, CSI: NY, Numb3rs, and Eureka. If anything, I’m predictable. I don’t know what I’ll be listening to yet either, but whatever it is, like James Brown says, I hope to make it funky.
So how was your June? Read, watched, listened, said, done anything good? What’s on tap for July?
Grateful/not grateful: Cutting right to the chase and the title of this post, my wife is away for a few days, from today until Tuesday night and as such, I have some time to read, binge-watch some TV shows on Netflix, crank up my “weird machine music,” as she calls it, that I like to listen to. So yes, I’m grateful she’s away – and hasten to add that she plans ahead for my food needs as I have all my food taken care of for the next few days (turkey curry with cauliflower rice – better than it sounds, breakfast casserole, chili, lunch meat and…wait for it…HOT DOGS! Woo hoo). On the flip side, though, I’m ungrateful that she’s away because I’ll miss her (tear).
What I’m saying: Not a lot this week on the blog, and with a scheduled blogging break from Monday until next Saturday, not a lot this coming week either. I’ll be back next Sunday, July 6, when I’ll do a wrap-up of June and my birthday month and look ahead to the rest of July here on the blog and in life in general.
What I’m doing: That photo above is what I’m doing here between the hours of 9 a.m. and probably noon this morning (8:54 a.m., Sunday morning, June 29, 2014 as I type this sentence: 8:55 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time), reading blogs from fellow Sunday Salon participants, drinking iced coffee, and listening to WXPN’s Sleepy Hollow.
What I’m reading: About 2 a.m. this morning, I finished what probably will be one of my favorite series read this year. Last year my favorite series that I read was by this same author. Without further ado, that author is Jonathan Maberry. The series this time is his Rot & Ruin series with four books: Rot & Ruin, Dust & Decay, Flesh & Bone, Fire & Ash. While all four were excellent, No. 3 blew me away with its ending. All I could say was “Wow.” Like his Joe Ledger series, which unlike Rot & Ruin which is finished, I just kept pumping my fist in the air…”Yes, yes, yes!” Not many books make me do it, but his do.