I’m in!

Last moment, but I’ve joined tomorrow’s readathon.

I’ll have updates here.


Starting a bit early on Friday night as my wife and I are watching the latest adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune on HBO Max.


I’m starting today’s readathon with a favorite, Man’s Search for Meaning (but in audio). I also have two Rabbi Small series in the queue.


It is a little after noon here, and I am about halfway through my first book, an audiobook, Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl, as read by Simon Vance. I have about 10 minutes in this first of two parts and a postscript. I have read the book several times, but this is my first time listening to it. Once I’m done with this part, I’m heading out to get lunch.

1 p.m.: I’m continuing to listen to Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl, as read by Simon Vance, as I’m at a local lake just outside of town. I’m eating a literary sandwich called The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille at a local cafĂ©. It was very tasty. (There was another half of the sandwich, but I ate it.)


2:30 p.m.: After stopping by the library for a bathroom break, I saw the vestiges of fall foliage in our area and had to get a photo.

3:30 p.m.: I finished Man’s Search for Meaning. Now I’m going to take a short nap before digging into my next book, Monday the Rabbi Took Off by Harry Kemelman, which I already have started before today.

7:00 p.m.: I took a nap. I had dinner (no photo). Kim and I watched the latest episode of What We Do in the Shadows. Now I’m going down a YouTube rabbit hole.

But hey, it is literary:

8 p.m. I’m back to reading. I’m continuing to read Monday the Rabbi Took Off by Harry Kemelman.

10 p.m. I’m halfway through the book. I’m thinking about a snack, maybe charcuterie.

Charcuterie and wine (Manischewitz, but of course as I’m reading The Rabbi Who Took Monday Off by Harry Kemelman).

12:30 a.m. I finished Monday the Rabbi Took Off by Harry Kemelman. And I’m calling it good.

Mid-October Check-in

I write a little bit about this and a little bit about that. Usually it’s related to books, TV/movies, and music – and sometimes about what’s going on in my life otherwise. Today, I thought I’d talk a little more about about the latter with a mid-month check-in while also checking in on y’all.

This past week has been mostly about my health, physical and mental.

Physical

Two Fridays ago, I had a doctor’s appointment for a sore left forearm (no fall or injury, just sore). After determining that it probably is a mild case of tendinitis, she gave me a prescription for a brace, which after making sure I had the right one, I got on Thursday afternoon. I am supposed to use it for a couple of weeks to see if it helps, along with extra Aleve. So I’ll keep you posted.

While at the doctor’s, I also received a flu shot and asked her about getting a covid vaccine booster, and she recommended based on where I work (at a public library) that it might not be a bad idea. So, yesterday afternoon, I received my third dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

My wife Kim got hers this afternoon.

Mental

On Monday, I had my monthly virtual therapist appointment. I started therapy “pre-pandemic”, but it has been a lifesaver throughout the pandemic. In comparison to others, including some of you, I don’t have it that bad or really bad at all. Yes, it’s mostly in my head, especially wrong assumptions and not dealing with muddled thoughts. But as I’m learning, none of us really know what’s going on with other people you meet throughout the day, from coworkers to clients or customers to even family members, whether near or far. Practice compassion toward others as you do for yourself too.

Last Sunday was World Mental Health Day. I did a meditation with Eve from Headspace and tomorrow afternoon (for me), I plan to join her again, if not to clear those muddled thoughts I have, to at least keep them at bay or look at them without judgment. Again, I’m learning it’s okay sometimes/often to see a thought and not latch onto it and let it control you. “Ah, there it is…now moving on.”

She’ll be at Headspace on Instagram Live, if you’d like to join us for your own check-in.

Check-out

Tomorrow, as has been my custom during many Sundays the pandemic, I plan on having my own personal Sabbath. The plan, as always, is to “tune out of the news and social media and turn off my ringer and all notifications on my phone.” Tomorrow, I plan on continuing to read the next book in the Rabbi Small series by Harry Kemelman and probably watching some more Castle, with all seasons now available on Hulu.

So now checking in with you…how are you doing physically and mentally here mid-October? Reading, listening to, or watching anything good lately? Please feel free to share in the comments.

Looking back at my year in reading thus far

So far this year I’ve read 25 books. My Goodreads goal is to 50 books. I’m not sure if I’ll make it, but I’m okay with that. I’ve already read some good books.

Among my favorites were the following:

  • Invisible Differences: A Story of Asperger’s, Adulting, and Living a Life in Full Color by Julie Dalchez and Mademoiselle Caroline
  • Broken by Jenny Lawson
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir.

Out of the 25, almost half – 11 in total – were a part of the Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri, all of which I have enjoyed. Another three were part of the Rabbi Small series by Harry Kemelman, which I also have enjoyed. And four were collections of poetry.

As for what’s next for the rest of the year, I have several possibilities, including more from the Inspector Montalbano and Rabbi Small series. Three others are from the new bookshelf at the library where I work, and I have four books on hold at the Free Library of Philadelphia, which include 2 books of poetry. As is my custom, I won’t tell you the titles until after after I’ve read them or, I should say, if I read them at all.

So, what are some of your favorite books that you have read so far this year? Share in the comments.

My Own Personal Sabbath #42

Almost every Sunday since mid-May 2020 with a few exceptions, I have been taking my own personal Sabbath, where I tune out of the news and social media and turn off my ringer and all notifications on my phone. Throughout the day and/or sometimes the next day, I share what I am reading, listening to, or watching during my Sabbath.

So, today is the first Sunday of October and…

I am meditating…

…with Eve.

I am chilling…

…in The Chill Out Tent.

I am reading…

…the next in the Rabbi Small series.

So, what are you up to this fine Sunday?

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