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NASCAR, Books and Everything Else

It’s Monday already.  What happened to the weekend???  Gorgeous weather here on the Gulf.  Husband out for daily walk in a sweatshirt of all things, and I’m doing the laundry.  So.  What happened this weekend?  A huge crash at NASCAR, here at Talladega, several books read, fun with cards and kids at the library, and church.  My glasses came in so I picked them up.  They feel odd.  It’s been 2 years since my eye surgery, so wearing them’s gonna take some getting used to on my part.  Still, those fuzzy objects in the background are a little sharper.  Going to the movies will be fun again – I was seeing movies in 3D without the 3D.  Painful.  I can still read my beloved books without the glasses so that’s a plus from the surgery.  YAY!   

Books.  I read several – did I mention that already?  Karen Kingsbury’s prequel to The Bridge (already preordered) was offered on Amazon so I snapped that and read it; Davis Bunn’s All Through the Night (awesome read!); Randy Wayne White’s Dead of Night and Dark Light; started Anna Quindlen’s Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, and White’s Hunter’s Moon.  I’ve requested the last four Doc Ford novels from my local library and then I’m done with that series.  I enjoyed those books, even with the ecology and environment preaching by White.  Since I’m not a scientist, some of the facts went over my head, but they were good conversation starters with a friend at the local library who’s a great advocate for the same causes.  There are so many good books out there that I sometimes wish I could just read by osmosis.  Then I could do several at the same time.  But what fun would that be?

I have to admit that I didn’t watch the NASCAR race, but my husband did.  When I mentioned that I knew Talladega is here in Alabama, he just looked at me and smiled.  I asked if he wanted to go to a race there, he said sure, someday.  Hmmm.  Christmas present to him – tix?  That got me thinking – Christmas is coming and I haven’t done a lick of shopping for anyone yet.  I’m confident we’ll get the job done, probably in one day.  Books for everyone!!  Wait – if you’re family, and you’re reading this – forget that!

My husband helped me put bookcase number six together for our bedroom and wonder of wonders, he agreed with me that we need a seventh.  HA!  We have a wonderful master bedroom with a huge window that would be perfectly framed by two bookcases.  Can’t wait.  Well, I can, but I don’t want to.  I’m not a patient person, which is surprising.  I always thought once I retired, I’d learn to sit back, relax and let life happen.  Nope.  But I’m learning.  If I can sit still long enough to read a book in one sitting, then something must be happening, right?

Happy Monday, y’all!!

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Sharing is NOT for everyone….

Once upon a time, I was a serious blogger.  Yep.  Now, apparently, not so much seeing that I haven’t posted in over ten days.  But, in my defense, I’ve been doing some serious serial reading.  I’ve been slogging through Randy Wayne White’s Doc Ford series, starting at the very beginning.  Still got a ways to go, but I’m getting there.  I seriously dig Ford and his sidekick Tomlinson.  I’ve also finished a stand-alone, “Come Be My Love” by Patricia Watters, a romance set in the mid-1840’s.  An easy read, even though I’m not a fan of historical romances.  This morning I started “Silver Justice” by Russell Blake.  I’m about 13% finished on my Kindle.  So far I like it – one, it’s an FBI story with a woman protag, and two, I haven’t seen an F-bomb yet in the first 13 percent.  Now, I’m no prude, but seeing that word over and over and over….gets old.  So, thanks, Mr. Blake!

But, I digress.  I happened on a website listing some books for my Kindle, and saw with horrified amusement over 15 different ways to share the news with other readers out in the reader-sphere. I recognized 3 of them and didn’t see Twitter.  So my question is, what ARE these things??  Just how many ways do we need to share information with people?  Remember the days when you copied and pasted the hyperlink into an email?  Yeah, yeah, the times, they are a’changin’.  I get that.  I just don’t get needing 20 or 30 different ways to share.  I’ll admit I do use Facebook and Twitter to share and I’ve even used Pinterest, although I’m still learning that one.  But holy hannah.  No wonder everyone’s glued to their phones and iPods, and hand-held devices – it takes them all day to share their….shares??

By the way, I got the website information through my email.  Hmmm.


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