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Sunday Salon 11-23-14

My Top 10 List of What I’m Most Grateful For 2014

 

Today is my and my wife’s 18th wedding anniversary, so naturally that is where I will start with this year’s list of what I’m most grateful for.

What I’m most grateful for this year:

  1. 18 years of having someone to laugh, smile, frown, cry with, and not worry about dangling prepositions with.
  2. Being able to go with her to one of her sister’s wedding last month.
  3. Our first niece Grace Elizabeth born to my sister Lisa and brother-in-law Warren last month. Grace joins brother Jonathan, who just turned 8 earlier this month.
  4. Having a part-time job at a library, not only because I am around books, but also because it coincidentally gives me time to read. That is because of the hours I work, mostly at night and only one Saturday a month.
  5. As much as I love my job, I also enjoy time off, especially successive days off from work. For example, when I work on a Saturday, our director allows me to take off the previous Monday, which gives me a three-day weekend. This week, and also over Christmas, because of when the holidays fall, I have two five-day weekends.
  6.  Reading for much of those two weekends as my wife, a 911 dispatcher, works most of the time that I have off, although we do have one day off together on each of the weekends. Thanksgiving, I am participating in Thankfully Reading Weekend 2014. Christmas, I am not in any organized event.
  7. Reading “power of” books and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and trying to implement some of the principles found within those books.
  8. Discovering authors new to me, especially Michael Koryta, James Lee Burke, and Tim Dorsey, and continuing with authors I already like, especially Michael Connelly and Jonathan Maberry.
  9. TV and movies: M*A*S*H, Captain America: The Winter SoldierGuardians of the Galaxy, Raising Hope, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY, Numb3rs, LeveragePortlandia, Endeavour, Midsomer Murders, Parks and Recreation, The Perks of Being A Wallflower.
  10. Music: Sturgill Simpson, Todd Terje, Spoon, FKA Twigs, First Aid Kit, to name only 5 bands/artists I’ve been digging this year.

So what are you most grateful for this year? Share in the comments or in your own blog post and link back here if you’d like.

About Endings – And Continuations

Sunday Salon 11-16-14

M*A*S*H, Parks and Recreation, Raising Hope, Portlandia.

Recently my wife and I watched the end of these series, some, only the end for now on Netflix. Others, forever.

It has gotten me thinking about endings – and continuations – in general. This also seems apropos as we are coming up on the end of the year. I already am looking back on the year, and it’s not even over.

I like to read series, especially crime and mystery series, but I am finding with several, I am getting weary of them, about halfway, sometimes even a quarter way through them. And unlike Andi, who recently wrote about never abandoning books, I don’t always feel like finishing series. Maybe to put it simplistically, if the author, in my not so humble opinion, decided to “crap out” on his series, then why shouldn’t I be allowed to do the same?

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So does that mean if I’ve been crapping out on my blog, you can crap out on reading it? Does this mean the end of my blog? No, at least as far as the end for me. As with books, you always have the choice to “crap out” on a blog. However, as for me, I am, and will be, continuing this blog…with a new blogging schedule, of course. I hope you will continue reading it even though I only will be posting once a week.

I started the year with the goal of posting daily, then five days, then four, then three…and now one. I think it’s that I’ve decided I can combine all those posts into one, about what I’m reading, watching, and listening to, what I’m grateful for, and links that have caught my eye for the previous week. I am rethinking of renaming these posts on Sundays too, but more on that when I actually do it. Let’s just say it’s about synergy.

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Besides Andi’s post, here are some others that have caught my eye recently:

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So I think I’m going to end it, like Ti did earlier this week, with thinking about those things I’m looking forward between now and Thanksgiving:

  • First up is today as I’m looking forward to just being able to chill after working yesterday, which will include reading Sunday Salon posts.
  • Next up is, “stealing” from Ti but I’m doing the same, preparing my reading list for my Thanksgiving break as I’ll be participating in Thankfully Reading Weekend from Nov. 27 through Nov. 30. I have a few books on the shelf so far, but I’m not committed to anything yet.
  • This Friday, my wife and I are going to see a local band The Now and Not Yet play out at a bar. We went to see them this past Friday at another place and are looking forward to seeing them again this time where the guitarist will break out his electric guitar (usually they play acoustic music but for this setting, they allow him to plug in).
  • While my wife and I do have Thanksgiving off together, she has to work that night so will be sleeping most of the day. We’ll still have Thanksgiving dinner, and she does have Wednesday off as do I, so we’ll spend that time together too, especially as – and last but not least thing I’m looking forward to between now and Thanksgiving – we celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary on Nov. 23. We’ll be celebrating that Wednesday, maybe with a viewing of Mockingjay and a rare lunch together, because she’s working a 12-hour shift next Sunday. But hey, at least, we’ll be celebrating.

So what are those things toward which you’re looking forward between now and Thanksgiving? Share here in the comments and/or on Ti’s original post. Also be sure to stop by the other links I’ve provided and comment there as well.

 

The Sunday Salon: The Scattershot Edition

banner1Scattershot. That’s how my mind has been working this week so that is what you are going to get here today (Saturday morning as I draft this).

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This past Monday, it was like Christmas had arrived early as when I got to the library as both a book AND a movie were waiting for me on the hold shelf when I arrived at work. The book was The Burning Room, the 19th Harry Bosch, by Michael Connelly; the movie, The Edge of Tomorrow. Kim and I watched the movie Monday night and I devoured the book Wednesday morning and early afternoon before going into work for a short day.

And?

We were surprised by how good the movie was but how little we had heard about it. It reminded us of the movie Groundhog Day (which is one of our favorites) but with a sci-fi twist. The book, meanwhile, did not disappoint me as Connelly is coming to the end of Bosch’s career as an LAPD detective. Unlike many other mystery series I’ve been reading, Connelly’s Harry Bosch series hasn’t faltered after 10 books. The series did have one misfire, in my opinion, but it recovered unlike those other series.

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I’m a little late on some of these but I have to share a few blog posts that have caught my eye within recent weeks:

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On tap: Probably continuing Serge Storm series by Tim Dorsey that I started last week with Florida Roadkill and Hammerhead Ranch Motel. Next up: Orange Crush. Also continuing Dave Robicheaux series by James Lee Burke I’ve been reading. Next up: The Stained White Radiance. One other book: Falling Sky by Rajan Khanna, which reminded me at least in its description of a series I really enjoyed by  Chris Wooding. As I have three days off this weekend, I’m thinking a book a day. Update: As of Saturday night, I’ve finished Orange Crush  (let’s just say crazy plot twists but a hell of a lot of fun) and will be on to Burke’s book later today.