All The Books!
I did a hard reset in April, but then this month, I decided that none of the books were interesting me. Of course, not helping has been binge-watching shows on Netflix: The Killing, the first two seasons, and Bloodline with my wife.
I do have one or two books I’m looking forward to coming out in June so maybe I can increase my number of books read so far this year from 12 to 14. We’ll see.
All The Life!
I’ll start, as usual, with an update on #reinvigorate2016:
Body: Walked to work earlier in the month when my wife was away for a couple of weeks and also went for a walk in the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, near where I live with a neighbor.
Mind: Still not losing it so I guess that counts for something.
Life highlights: Besides the walking at the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon with my neighbor Mike, he and his wife Kathy also invited us over to his house yesterday for a Memorial Day picnic. I also have been enjoying watching NASCAR races over in Mike’s garage, what he calls “The ManCave,” on a large screen TV, especially Sunday night when my driver Martin Truex Jr. won the Coca-Cola 600. The month started with my wife going away to visit family and then ended with her and I both having off an extra day this past weekend so we could spend time together. TV highlights: Bloodline, finished Season 2 Sunday afternoon, and The Killing (the first two seasons). Music highlights: A lot of good music was released this month, from Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool to Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book to James Blake’s The Colour in Anything. However, my favorite of the month is Debo Band’s Ere Gobez. They’re an Ethiopian band, whom I’m never heard of but thanks to Pitchfork, I’m really digging them. Here’s the whole album via YouTube:
The month ahead: This post is Day 2 of 99 Days of Summer Blogging, the brainchild of Melissa Firman, which I’ll be participating by posting each day through Labor Day. To see more about the event, click on the button at right to be taken to Melissa’s introductory post on it. Also this month is my birthday (June 9) and I have off the day of my birthday and the next day before having to work on Saturday. I’m also doing a drinkalong of Smokey and the Bandit, one of my favorite movies, with some friends on IRC (Internet Relay Chat – think “old school” Facebook Messenger). Later in the month, on June 25, my wife and I will be joining our neighbors Mike and Kathy as they celebrate their 25th anniversary with a luncheon cruise on Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes, in New York. And last but not least, for my birthday, I’m looking forward to finally buying a pair of Bose noise-cancelling headphones to help alleviate the tinnitus I have. I can’t wait not to hear what’s going on my neighborhood (not that I live in a city by any means, but I’m bothered by the smallest noises unfortunately so I think the headphones will help mask most of the noise anyway).
In the featured image (which if you don’t see in the feed, please go to the blog to see), from top left, counterclockwise, are Wynken, Blynken, and Nod statue in The Green in our town; Memorial Day picnic at the neighbors; book cover; TV show image; a photo I took earlier this month of a tree next to our driveway; and my neighbor Mike earlier this month at the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. He and I went out for a visit and a short walk. It was a beautiful day.
So what were the highlights of your May in life, books, movies, TVs and/or music? What are you looking forward to this month?