I’m continuing my Mid-Year Check-In with a short-attention-span set of updates. If there are any unifying themes here, it’s not necessarily by design.
I was winding down a week off from work when I drafted this. We had planned a few days away but called off the trip earlier this month so we could focus on arranging for Paul’s mom’s upcoming move into assisted living. On my third day off, I got news from across the country that my uncle had passed away.(This link is to my sister’s sporadically active and virtually unknown blog.) Uncle Peter was diagnosed with leukemia late last year and had gone into hospice at home less than a week before he died. Overall, I can’t say it was one of the better vacation weeks I’ve had.
Related: Sometimes a staycation is just not quite enough.
It was enough for a nice mani/pedi, though. I usually get gel manicures since I tend to be hard on nail polish, but I forgot to specify that this time. It’s not holding up too badly so far, though.
I’m thinking I should think about doing that more often.
Earlier this year my stepson introduced us to Jackbox Party Pack, a collection of group-participation video games. We play them on the TV using our iPhones as controllers. There are four editions (so far), and all the games require little to no “gamer” skills, which meets my basic video-game requirements. My favorite is Fibbage (trivia + bluffing), but we play Bidiots (Pictionary meets art auction) a lot too.
Back when I was a more consistent blogger, I usually prepared my week’s worth of blog posts on the weekend. Last year, more often than not, that weekend time was allotted to work; numbers took over from writing. I’m not working much on weekends now, but I haven’t been blogging either–you may have noticed. I haven’t been too bothered by the break, in all honesty–I’ve been reading, seeing movies, hanging out and goofing off–but I’m ready to figure out where blogging time fits in again.
Three Reasons To Make Time to Blog
Many of my favorite people and dearest friends live in the computer, and I miss them you!
Blogging doesn’t prove it happened., but it sure helps you remember whether it did. Especially when it wasn’t something you could photograph. (If it was, Instagram is a good substitute.)
I started this blog as a way to track and remember the books I read. I feel like I’ve been having a decent reading year, but I don’t have the record to back it up. Most of my 2017 reading is a blur now, and I don’t want 2018 to go down that same path.
I think I’ve finally found a book-related podcast I’ll stick with! For Real is a Book Riot podcast focused on nonfiction, which is where the books that most excite me these days seem to come from. It’s fun, smart, and co-hosted by my book-blogging BFF and three-time Book Expo roommate Kim Ukura, so I’m excited to support it.
I wasn’t sure I wanted to ACCEPT my One Word for 2018, I’ve never needed to be in recovery, but the Serenity Prayer has always resonated with me: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference I’ve always felt like the key here is the third line, but in pondering my One Word I was drawn to the […]
I had hoped to get Readings for the Resistance, February 2017 (Part 2) up last week, but job transitioning took precedence. (On that note, today is officially my first day as Chief Financial Officer at Aviva Family and Childen’s Services.) The delay just gave me more time to collect links! Is resistance happening near you? Check out The Resistance Calendar. It’s That Guy. The Resistible One. President Trump is a ‘world-class narcissist,’ but he’s not mentally […]
I have several different, but not opposing, goals for these “Readings for the Resistance” roundups. Some of the posts and articles I’ll share are practical–they advise or offer support. Some are analytical–they provide background and context for recent events. They’re stories I found thought-provoking, or provocative (not necessarily the same thing), or perspective-shifting. I collect more links over the course of a week than I include in these posts. And there are links I don’t save […]
The “Readings for the Resistance” link roundup will be a recurring feature here at The 3 R’s Blog for as long as conditions make it necessary. It may be a while, folks. My Facebook feed is even more political now than it was before the election. This is definitely not normal. Readings for the Resistance: Volume 2 of who knows how many Lifehacker | How to Make Your Voice Heard in Politics Between Elections (…and start getting ready […]
Reading for The Resistance The times they are a-changin’. I just thought I’d share a few think pieces today as we enter this new era. theSkimm‘s Guide to Going Through the Change: The Presidential Transition and the Inauguration [Washington Post] A hellscape of lies and distorted reality awaits journalists covering President Trump. (The real news about dealing with the upcoming fake-news avalanche) [LA Times] Trump’s approach might seem new, but Arnold Schwarzenegger tried it first (California’s been […]
This will probably be the last post-election reading list I share here. Perhaps the blog’s been a little too political for some readers recently. I got an email from Feedblitz over the weekend saying someone had unsubscribed for reason “02: Offensive, strongly disagree or disapprove.” I was surprisingly undisturbed by that. This is the space where I distill my thoughts on what I read and where all opinions are my own. I understand that you may […]
Yesterday, I started the process of processing. I included some links at the end of that post. I’m recycling that list here, following some other pieces I found after that went up. Two Days After: The Reactions Keep Coming On “Woke” White People Advertising their Shock that Racism just won a Presidency – Medium Rage Against the Minivan: How to talk to your kids about Trump winning the election The Self-Sabotage of the West | […]
Show and Tell Sunday Went to Church on Friday I took a personal day from work on Friday to take my dad to church. (No, the building didn’t fall down.) My mother passed away on October 8, 1999, and each year at the anniversary, my father has a Mass said for her. My sister usually accompanies him to that church service. This year, she asked me if I would take him because she had a […]
It seems August wasn’t such a great month for discussion-worthy reading–contributions were low last month, and so I chose not to run the September edition of The Book Bridge. But I will share those books in October, along with the contributions that come in with this post. The Book Bridge is open again! What book were you most excited about reading in the last month or two? Share it in this month’s edition of The Book […]
Due to low participation during September, I chose to hold publishing the next edition of THE BOOK BRIDGE till October. I’ve reopened submissions with the form in a new post–please look for it there! What book were you most excited about reading last month? Share it in this month’s edition of The Book Bridge, where we’re connecting each other to great reads worth talking about. Remember, you do NOT have to be a book blogger […]
The Go-Go’s Say Goodbye to the Road in the Place Where It Began 38 years after and not far from where they first played together in Hollywood’s punk-rock clubs, The Go-Go’s ended their final concert tour. They’ve broken up and reunited numerous times over nearly four decades, and so they’re not saying they’ll never work with each other again. But they’re all hovering around the age of 60 now, so it seemed like as good a time as […]
CURRENTLY: I’ll Make This Quick It’s a quiet three-day weekend around here, and there’s not much to tell. It’s also delightfully and unusually cool for early September in Southern California, I’m hoping to spend some time reading out on the patio today and tomorrow. I’ll get back to my audiobook on Tuesday, Reading: Writing/Blogging: If I have the energy and ambition during what remains of this weekend, I’ll write up my thoughts on concluding the […]
Currently: Happening Now Without planning it, I seem to be blogging in a week on/week off pattern this summer. And I think I like it. I know I like stressing less over whether and when I’ll have a post up. Since the upcoming week will be an “on,” I thought I’d give y’all a quick update from Sunday afternoon, here at my kitchen desk. Right now, in the house: Laundry is in the dryer. Meatballs […]
Six things on Sunday… …because I couldn’t pull together 10 things at random this week I’ve reluctantly accepted that only way to grok some apps is to just start using them. I’ve been wading into Litsy during the last few weeks and am finally getting the appeal of “Goodreads and Instagram’s perfect baby.” These are a few of the things I’m doing with it: Cross-posting #bookstagram photos Posting snippets of reviews from the blog (Litsy limits posts to […]