Diving Into 99 Days of Blogging Tomorrow

99-Days-of-Summer-BloggingInspired by a friend who recently did a #100DaysBlogging project, Melissa Firman is doing something similar: 99 Days of Summer Blogging (click on the button to be taken to Melissa’s introductory post) because there are 99 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day. So starting tomorrow and through Monday, September 5, 2016, along with Melissa, I plan on blogging every single day.

Unlike Melissa who has 206 posts in draft, which I think is commendable by the way, I don’t. I’m starting from scratch, but have an idea of what I might write about each day. I’ve already been posting daily on an app called Journey for the last few months about what I’m most grateful for each day and I might adapt that, although I might be posting the next day instead of late at night. I really haven’t decided yet. I might even do a few ahead. I already have one for Tuesday, my monthly wrap-up, that I have started.

Why else do it? Because I know I can and I enjoy projects like this. One year, I did a 100 Days of Happiness project and then this year already I’ve done over 100 days for keeping track each day of what I’m most grateful for. I also want to journal more, even if it’s a paragraph a day or a photo, as long as it doesn’t default to just a photo every day. Maybe along with me, you’ll find some nuggets of wisdom too, although some of it just might be foolishness too. Who knows? We’ll see together over 99 days.

And if you want to join Melissa and me, please do. Melissa won’t have a Mister Linky for each post, but just asks that you mention her blog and use her button, if you want, with posts. I don’t know if I plan on using the button every time unless it’s smaller, but I naturally will mention the inspiration every time.

As for this weekend, I gave a preview on Friday of what I had planned and so far, so good. My wife and I are in the middle of Bloodline, Season 2, and will wrap that up this afternoon. So what are you doing this Sunday and if American, any big plans for tomorrow’s holiday? Us? We’re going to a picnic with neighbors.

Okay, being honest here, NONE OF THE BOOKS!

The tagline for this blog is “…with all the books I want to read, all the life I want to live.” But I’ll be honest that for the last month or more, it hasn’t been any of the books I want to read.

None of the Books!

I wiped the slate clean last month in hopes that my reading would be reinvigorated. After all, “reinvigorate” was/is my word for 2016. However, it’s remained stagnant as I’ve picked up a few books here and there and then left all of them DNFed. I know there are some who talk about DNFs, but I don’t. I guess if I don’t feel they’re not worth my time to finish, they’re not worth my time to talk about either.

It’s not that I don’t have resources to find new books. I literally have “shelf-read,” i.e. made sure in alphabetical and numerical order, the entire library where I work. The only exception is the children’s room. I also have browsed through Overdrive at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Our library is a small library, so maybe 50,000 in our entire collection. The Free Library of Philadelphia has at least 10,000 ebooks available online, if not more.

Even with all those choices, I’m not finding anything that is grabbing my attention. That I must read.

Adding to the malaise is the weather, rain mostly, but even some sleet, snow, and hail thrown in this past weekend. Then Netflix binge-watching. First, it was Criminal Minds by myself while my wife was away on vacation, The Killing with her, now that she’s home. We finished Season 2 last night, and wow, what a mind screw. And when I’m not binge-watching, I’d rather be listening to new music and playing Solitaire than reading.

To be honest, having tinnitus hasn’t helped either, because with the ringing in my ears, not constant but enough of the time, plus that little noises in the neighborhood bother me too, all I can think about is quieting all of that. I’m looking forward more to my being able to order a new pair of Bose noise-cancelling headphones (for my birthday June 9) than I am to any book that is coming out. Only 15 days until I can order; they should arrive by June 10 or at least the weekend.

Seeing about events like BookExpo America, Bout of Books, and Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon on Twitter also doesn’t help. I see others zooming through books like they’re going out of style, which maybe print books are (maybe they aren’t either, depends on who you ask), and wonder why that’s not me. However, I’m not blaming any of you for enjoying your reading or reading 20 to 30 books or more per month, while I’m reading one or two. I’m not blaming me either. It’s just the way it is right now.

With that said, I’m not looking for answers. I’m just letting you know where I am and why I haven’t been blogging as much as in the past.

All The Books! All The Life! April 2016

All The Books!

4163411After a hard reset, I finished two books, both by Walter Mosley, the first two in the Leonid McGill series: The Long Fall and Known To Evil. Okay, but not OK enough to want to continue the series. I liked the Easy Rawlins series by Mosley, but this one, not so much.

Reading soon (maybe today): The Big Short by Michael Lewis.

All The Life!

So an update on #reinvigorate2016:

Body: Went for a walk out in the Grand Canyon earlier this month and then have been walking to work some.

Mind: Not losing it. So I count that as good.

Soul: Need some.

Life highlights: Kim’s birthday (celebrated with next door neighbors). Walk in Canyon. New rug. New couch (both of which came from same next door neighbors). Mowing the lawn. Movie highlights: Spotlight. The Big Short. Ratatouille. TV highlights: Bloodline. Music highlight: Lemonade by Beyoncé. Lowlights: The death of Prince and a 12-year-old girl locally in a hit-and-run. The combination (not surprisingly) have depressed me.

MV5BMTQyMzExMzAzMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDEzNzk1OQ@@._V1_UY268_CR0,0,182,268_AL_The month ahead: Wife is away for a week. To start month, I’ll be walking to and from work. Good, to start day and only a mile away. Bad, when been on feet all day and don’t want to walk home. To end month, I have last two Fridays off, one, because I work on Saturday, the other because I’m taking off the Friday before Memorial Day to give myself a four-day weekend. In between is unmapped. Only thing on agenda for now is will be watching Criminal Minds while Kim is away (visiting her parents, mother in New Jersey and father in Maryland for a week) because she doesn’t like the show. By the time this post goes live, I probably will be up to the beginning of Season 10.

So what were the highlights of your April in life, books, movies,  TVs and/or music? What are you looking forward to this month?

Currently | Kitchen Table

Location | Kitchen table.

Time | Between 9:40 and 10:24 a.m.

Drinking | Iced coffee.

Eating | Nothing yet.

beyonce-lemonadeListening to | Nothing yet, but soon, probably while I’m reading others’ Sunday Salon posts, Lemonade by Beyoncé as I got a three-month trial of Tidal a few months ago (ends early next month) when I wanted to hear Kanye’s new album The Life of Pablo.

Reading | Right now? The words that I’m writing. I did read two books over the last two days, the first two in the Leonid McGill series, The Long Fall and Known Evil by Walter Mosley. I don’t know if I’ll continue or not, because the series isn’t as strong as his Easy Rawlins series, which I’ve enjoyed for the most part. I do have The Big Short by Michael Lewis out from the library and it’s short so I might read that this afternoon.

Watching | We did watch The Big Short recently, which I knew nothing about and we were pleasantly surprised, so surprised that I decided to pick up the book (obviously). I have Room out from the library, but my wife doesn’t want to watch it and I don’t know if I’ll get to watch it before I have to return it to the library or not. We’ll see (or not).

Blogging | Earlier this week, I decided to do The Hard Reset on my reading and so far, it’s working as evidenced above.

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From last year. Ugh.

Dreading | Mowing the lawn. It has to be done and today, for the first time this season, but that doesn’t mean that I’m looking forward to it, because I’m not. I hate mowing the lawn, especially now with tinnitus. It just ramps up my tinnitus. I’m looking out the window right now and well, the grass isn’t getting any shorter. Doing it this afternoon because my wife is sleeping right now (third shift) before she gets up to go perform a monologue this afternoon in a play.

Anticipating | Having the lawn done later this afternoon.

So what are you up to today? Reading, watching, listening to, blogging, dreading, anticipating?  Did you participate in yesterday’s Readathon? If so, how did it go? I did my own readathon on Friday as I was off Friday, but had to work yesterday.




The Hard Reset


Since the beginning of the year, I have read NINE books. With nothing on my Goodreads to-read list or my holds list of ebooks at the Free Library of Philadelphia or of the small stack of books I’ve taken out from the library grabbing my attention, it’s time for another hard reset.

What that means is that I’m pushing the button and starting over with a clean slate. Goodbye, to-read, hold, and wish lists, and stacks of unread books. As of Sunday morning, I have deleted all the lists online and today I’ll take back all the books to the library when I go to work.

In the past, I’ve done this and read one book at a time as a book catches my eye. Has it worked the multiple times I’ve done this? I honestly don’t remember, but I figure that it can’t hurt.

Contributing to my ennui on books are a few things:

  • A failed attempt at reading Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Actually failed several attempts.
  • Netflix binge-watching. The struggle is real, y’all.
  • Not reading what I want, but what others want. Starting with Hamilton and end of the year “best-of” lists.

Also contributing to my ennui is just ennui in general. Le sigh.

Have you ever had to do a hard reset on your reading? If so, how do it work for you?