I am resurrecting a theme I had on my previous blog called Flashback Friday. Here, I will use St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Examen to ask for what am I most grateful this past week? I might also ask: For what am I least grateful this past week? some weeks too. This week being my first week here on this blog, I’m keeping it on the positive spin with those things for which I’m most grateful:
Friday, Aug. 1: Going to a picnic/cookout/bonfire/cast party for Spamalot, which my wife had been in the previous two weekends. It was out at the director’s cabin near where we live.
Sunday, Aug. 2: My mother turning 70.
Monday, Aug. 4: My dad helping me put the grill he, my mom, sister, brother-in-law, and aunt got me for my birthday in June.
Tuesday, Aug. 4: Receiving the invitation to my sister-in-law’s wedding to which we have been looking forward to going all year and are still looking forward to going. Also a photo of a rainbow at the funeral home across the street from where I work.
Friday, Aug. 8: Starting at 5 p.m. after work, a nearly five-day weekend since I don’t have to go back to work until 3:30 p.m. next Wednesday. Among things to which I’m looking forward for the weekend: wings, of course; being off Facebook most of weekend, except Sunday to post to The Sunday Salon; and a M*A*S*H marathon, going to church, and hiking with my wife.
I think often it is a combination of both, a synthesis of the two even.
What I am learning…
…sometimes what I am not learning again and again…
…on my own…
…and from others…
five, sometimes six days a week.
Sunday: My reading through The Sunday Salon.
Monday: My watching through my own theme with no title yet…but this title “As of yet untitled weekly feature about movies and TV.”
Tuesday: My listening through my own theme Tuesday’s Tunes.
Wednesday: My photography through the universal theme Wordless Wednesday.
Thursday: My saying…but only once a month, because I don’t have that much to say except five other days each week.
Friday: My doing through my own (and others’) theme (but used in a slightly different context) Flashback Friday where I use The Examen from St. Ignatius of Loyola to reflect on what I’m grateful for (sometimes what I’m not grateful for) that previous week.
As I’ve been doing this so far this year, I thought I’d look back at my previous month and ahead to my next month.
So first here’s how I did in July on my goals for 2014: personal, blogging, reading, and social media – with thoughts on how I can improve on these for June.
Personal goals: Still not enough exercise and still want to go on bike rides with my wife. She was in a musical Spamalot so a little busy. Me? I have no excuse.
Blog goals: On limited blogging schedule for July. Have new plans for August, but we’ll see.
Reading goals: Still no reading challenges and still reading what I want.
Social media goals: Limited on Facebook for part of the month. Weeding way through Google Plus and Twitter.
Reading: Three out of the four books I read this past month (34 books for the year) were really good. They were: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters, and ThePower of a Positive No by William Ury. The fourth wasn’t as good: Fangirl, also by Rowell, but it was good in its own way.
Watching: Series that begin with the letter ‘L’: Watched all of Longmire that is available on Netflix, first two seasons, but wished in this one instance, that we had cable so I could keep up with the show, and started a new series to me: Leverage, which was not what I thought it was.
Listening to: Richard Reed Parry’s Music for Heart and Breath. Nels Cline Singers’ Macroscope. Shabazz Palaces’ Lese Majesty. Parry is a member of the band Arcade Fire.
Here is a sample of Parry’s work:
I’m still plugging away at the 100 Happy Days meme on Instagram. Sigh. Trying to be happy and all that jazz.
Doing: I wasn’t doing much this past month, but my wife was in the musical Spamalot as I mentioned so that kept her busy anyway.
Saying: I didn’t have a whole lot to say here on the blog or otherwise IRL. We’ll see about next month.
Other: Being able to go to Spamalot with my wife’s father and stepmother.
The view ahead
I have a new (re)focus for the blog, but we’ll see if it happens. If it does, I’ll be making the grand (re)announcement Sunday here on the blog. I have no plans reading-wise. Watching? Guardians of the Galaxy, but will have to wait until next weekend to see since Wife is away this weekend as she’s going to see her dad in a play in Maryland (we live in upper Pennsylvania). Listening? Nothing that I’m looking forward to. Photographing? Keeping the course with #100happydays. Doing? Biking with Kim. Saying? Maybe a little more?
How about you? How was your month of July and what are you looking forward to in August? Read any good books, heard any good music, watched any good movies, taken any good photographs last month? And/or what do you have on tap for August?
The digital diary of Bryan G. Robinson, once known as Unfinished Person.