Tradition! Tradition! Tradition!
For me, for the last several years, one of the traditions I have is to take part in Thankfully Reading Weekend, hosted by Jenn of Jenn’s Bookshelves (click on the button on right to be taken to the sign-up post). The quickest explanation is from Jenn herself: “There are no rules to the weekend, we’re simply hoping to devote a good amount of time to reading, and perhaps meeting some of our reading challenges and goals for the year. We thought it’d be fun if we cheered each other on a bit.” Follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #thankfullyreading. You can go the whole weekend or only one day. The basic “rule” is “No rules, no pressure!”
The event starts Nov. 22 and lasts until Nov. 27, which I think is new this year. In the past, I believe it’s only been Thanksgiving Day through the weekend, because I usually ended up “cheating” a bit as is my wont to do with most book blogger events and started earlier because I often take off an extra day before Thanksgiving. This year is no different in that. I’m taking off Wednesday and so plan to start Tuesday night, Nov. 22. The only day I would “have to” miss is Saturday, because I work that day at the library, which is closed Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.
Now as to why I put “hopefully” in the title, over the last couple of weeks, I haven’t felt much like reading. The last book I read was a week ago. I’m not going to lie: I have post-election anxiety and I’m having a hard time focusing on much of anything. Even TV, my wife and I are watching shorter shows: reruns of Futurama over the last couple of weeks and now Raising Hope. I was going to try a nonfiction book, Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, to help understand the election and then decided I didn’t really have the mental wherewithal to read it, so returned it to the library unread. I did read two fiction books, both murder mysteries, but the next one I have lined up is set in Sweden and like so much Scandinavian crime fiction is bleak. I don’t think I can “do” bleak right now.
I did pick up The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin from the library, but then returned that, because…well..hell, happiness isn’t where I’m at either. I should hasten to add that happiness isn’t where I’m at with my reading.
In life, I am celebrating 20 years of being married this week (Wednesday) with my wife. We both had Friday off and she also had yesterday and has today off (she usually works weekends). We started our weekend with our own drinkalong Thursday night, with margaritas and tacos, except unlike a traditional drinkalong where there are rules set up ahead of time for one movie, we watched several movies on Netflix. Our rule: a shot for every movie we “tapped out of.” Altogether, we watched eight movies, making it all the way through one. Out of the rest, the longest was 30 minutes, but that’s probably because we were tired (and drunk) so didn’t have the energy to turn it off. Our total on drinks: two margaritas on the rocks in mason jars each but made pretty strong.
Friday, we went to Cracker Barrel for lunch on a gift card we’ve had for a few years but haven’t used. We both had fish fry: she, haddock; I, catfish. Both were very good. We were going to go see Doctor Strange, but then decided we just wanted to go home. We did get a new lamp from Target, which I think rounded out our excitement for the day. Then last night, we participated in a drinkalong of Hedwig and the Angry Inch with a group of friends online. Today? Kim has rehearsal later for a production of A Christmas Carol she is in for our town’s annual Christmas celebration, Dickens of a Christmas. She has off tomorrow and Tuesday, but I go back to work and work those days. I’m off Wednesday through Friday, as mentioned above, but we’ll be together in the evening (Kim works midnight shift) for our anniversary and for Thanksgiving, when we’re having a neighbor over to join us for dinner. So life’s all good…
Now if only my reading could be good too. We’ll see what I can find before Tuesday night. Of course, I’ll keep you apprised here and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (probably, although I’ve been pretty much avoiding both except for this past weekend’s celebration). Out of the three, you’re most likely to see me on Instagram and also here. So until then…