Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday Malarkey

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a terrific weekend. Mine was uneventful, but I did get in some nice reading time. Wahoo for that!

Recent arrivals:

  • The Explorers: The Door in the Alley by Adrienne Kress - from Random House Children's Books for review
  • BBC Dr. Who Coloring Book - from a blogging friend who knows me well!

Books finished since last Malarkey:

  • The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains by Jon Morris
  • The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day
  • Little Known Tales in Oklahoma by Alton Pryor

Good reading week. The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains is tremendous fun and I liked the uniqueness of the heroine in The Day I Died (she's a handwriting analyst). Little Known Tales of Oklahoma was terrible, but it's a very thin book so I opted to finish it and I did learn a few things. But, the overall effect was like reading a book composed of someone's research notes on recipe cards after they'd been dropped. Literally, some of the paragraphs needed to be swapped. Still, I had a fun reading week. Unfortunately, I tried to start this week's F2F discussion book and it didn't click. So, I'll be quiet during discussion if I make it to this week's meeting.

Last week's posts:

Currently reading: 

  • The Plague by Albert Camus - My classic selection for the month. I'm 1/3 of the way through and enjoying it but occasionally a bit grossed out. 
  • My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem - I am loving this book so much that I've elevated Steinem to the category of "People I'd like to have dinner with if I could choose anyone in the world". 

In other news:  

I haven't yet read the book, but we had a lonely Easter (no family came - not even Kiddo, who is about a 3-hour drive away) so Huzzybuns and I decided to buy taco fixings and watch a movie while we ate the end result. We found The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. I don't even own a copy of the book, but I've been curious about it for years. And, I didn't realize there was a movie! It's loads of fun, although Husband did wander off because he got tired of reading the subtitles.

I think I may have mentioned that last week I was shut down for a few days when I got a pop-up claiming my computer had been hijacked. It took three attempts to shut down my windows and then I just set the computer aside until Husband came home from travel and confirmed that the message was a fake. Fortunately, we had two separate back-ups, but it still gives you an uneasy feeling when a message like that appears. On the plus side, I had a really productive week. Not having access to a computer makes an amazing difference in how one's time is used. Last week's computerless days and a story from My Life on the Road have got me thinking about changing how I do things (not to impact the blog, I should add). I periodically take social media breaks but I'm thinking about taking a break but still using Facebook and Twitter to update blog posts - just not visiting FB and Twitter, otherwise, because I like the way my time opens up when I avoid social media. Anyway, still thinking about that. We shall see.

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  1. That's pretty much what I do. I ration my time. Every morning as soon as I get up, I spend about an hour on the computer. I do anything that needs to be done on the blog, check Facebook and play a dumb game I've been playing for years, check email, then I'm usually done for the day. Outside of that, I may use my phone during the day to Google something or quickly scan Facebook but I try not to engage. It can eat up so much time.

    1. I think it takes me longer than an hour to write a post (I edit myself to death) but if I could do *just* that and posting links, nothing else online, it would make a huge difference. I'll probably try that, this week. I loved the extra time I had for reading, during those three days I thought my computer was shot.

  2. YAY - I'm glad you like the Dr. Who book! Merry Christmas Happy Birthday etc..

    1. I love it! Thank you! Such great timing, with the new season having just started on Saturday night. We watched a ton of Dr. Who, this weekend!

  3. I wish I could take a social media break but sometimes I find scrolling mindlessly on Facebook calms me down. And sometimes not so...not sure what I should do.

    1. Twitter does that for me. But, depending upon the topics most being discussed, it can also become a bit anxiety-inducting. Personally, I think it's a good idea to step away completely for a week, now and then. I deactivate my account so I won't be tempted to scroll when I get bored and, invariably, I find myself not wanting to come back. But, I always do. I'm never entirely sure why, apart from the fact that I don't want to lose touch with people with whom I have no other avenue for communication. Anyway, it's worth a try!

    2. Sorry . . . I wasn't clear. I deactivate my Facebook account and just don't bother going to Twitter. I've recently become a little bit of a Twitter addict, so I can imagine it'll be harder to set Twitter aside, the next time I go on a social media break.


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