Easter Triduum Readathon

I have off work tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday. I took tomorrow as a vacation day, am not working a Saturday this week, and the library is closed Sunday for Easter. As a result, I am planning my own Easter Triduum Readathon starting tonight and running through Sunday. Tonight, I plan on finishing Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor, which I have been reading for Lent; tomorrow and probably Saturday too, I want to read All Things Wise and Wonderful, the third part (in the U.S.) of the All Creatures Great and Small series by James Herriot; Sunday, I am keeping it light with Don’t Panic: The Official Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Companion by Neil Gaiman.

Tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., I am going to be offline and plan on going to a Good Friday service. I will be reading on a Kindle and am going to be listening to a few playlists of Holy Week music that I found and downloaded to my phone on Google Play Music, but I am not going to be on the Internet for those 12 hours.

Why I can do this is because my wife and I don’t have children, by choice, and aren’t able to go visit family this weekend. She works midnight shift all weekend and she and I both saw my side of the family on her birthday earlier in the month. I also don’t want to be going much of anywhere as I will be taking a new medication, prednisone, only for a 13-day stint, as I am starting physical therapy on Wednesday for a sore knee. I don’t know how it will affect me, although I have been given the litany of what could happen.

The litany includes the helpful advice of “BEFORE USING THIS MEDICINE…TELL YOUR DOCTOR: If you have a herpes infection of the eye. TELL YOUR DOCTOR: If have any of these health problems: A fungal infection or malaria infection in the brain.” Maybe it’s just me, but I think I would telling my doctor anyway if I had an infection IN THE BRAIN!

So both you and I are not too traumatized (only slightly traumatized, in other words, with that last thought hanging out in the back of our brains) I’ll leave you with something hopefully slightly less traumatic in keeping with the season :

Update Sunday morning, 4/21/19, 6:46 AM EDT: I didn’t make the Good Friday service, but did finish Leaving Church and started All Things Wise and Wonderful. Saturday’s plans went sideways, but in a good way as the weather was nicer than expected and the prednisone that I started Thursday morning kicked in and gave me extra energy. Highlights can be found on my Instagram account:
https://www.instagram.com/stillunfinished/. This morning, I am listening to music right now and will be reading Sunday Salon posts (and other blog posts from the past week) before reading more from All Things Wise and Wonderful. I probably won’t get to Don’t Panic today. I probably will dip into The Desert Fathers, the bookmail that I received recently from Deb Nance, the leader of The Sunday Salon. Click through to her blog to see her latest post and link up to the Salon, if you like, with your own post from today or earlier in the week. No Easter service for me because…well…Easter flowers. Sad but true.

If you celebrate Easter, how are you spending your Easter Weekend? If you’re not, what are your plans for this weekend anyway? Do they involve reading? And if they don’t, I’m totally judging you. 😉

27 thoughts on “Easter Triduum Readathon

  1. Hi Bryan,
    As other have said, prednisone is really something. I’ve never taken it, but you would not believe the energy it gave my daughter! Talk about being wired!! Hope PT helps you, too.
    As for Easter, we’re having a tradition ham dinner in a little while… my FIL will join us. He lives in a nearby senior living community and comes over for dinner at least twice when we are down here.
    I can’t respond to your comment on my blog but, to answer your question, we have been doing the snowbird thing for several years. My husband used to go back to NY a few times to work, but since he retired completely last year we spend more and more time in FL. Staring to wonder if it makes sense to sell our place up there and get something bigger here… we have A LOT more company when we’re in FL!


    1. Wired but weird feeling too. I hope PT helps too. Hope you had a nice Easter dinner today. I forgot that you said about not responding. Sorry about that, but thanks for the answer. Wherever you physically are, I’ll enjoy reading your blog.


  2. It’s funny how prednisone affects everyone differently – I’m glad you’re doing okay with it and I hope the physical therapy helps. I am almost done with my latest round of treatment for herpes in my eye. The doctor has decided to keep me on a low dose of an anti-viral medication to try to prevent future outbreaks and more scarring.

    To celebrate Easter, I’m watching Carl cook and reading. 🙂


  3. Good luck on the PT and glad to hear the prednisone is working out. Personally, I love on the medication commercials when they say “Don’t take XXX if you’re allergic to XXX.” That’s…good advice.


  4. Good luck with the PT! I worked yesterday and will celebrate Easter today by spending time in nature–probably go for a long walk with the dogs–then plan on watching some uplifting movies this evening (Under the Tuscan Sun, Julie & Julia, Pride & Prejudice are some options we’ve tossed around).

    I’m currently reading The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose who is from Australia (I’m participating in the Australian Women Writers Challenge). Reading a “tale about the New York Art Scene” is not a book that would normally attract me, but it won the Stella Award in 2017. I requested it through interlibrary loan and am loving it. It’s one of those books that’s hard to describe, but it’s about creativity, art, artists, choices, and love. Beautifully written characters. Makes me want to read more by Heather Rose.


  5. My youngest son and his wife, who live at the Northern tip of the state, are visiting in town this week, so we’re gathering at my daughter’s house today for a barbecue. It has been a while since we all got together. My oldest son lives in Prague, so can’t make it. LOL.

    My #2 son lives in LA, but has other plans. He comes through town a couple of times a year.

    Enjoy your days off and your reading. Thanks for visiting my blog.


  6. I am planning to make a nice ham together with mashed potatoes and hot rolls for dinner tomorrow. I’ll go to church in the morning and cook in the afternoon. It should be a nice day.

    I like the idea of your readathon. You chose some books that would be perfect for a readathon, I think. I read the Herriot books long, long ago, when they first came out. I remember the stories being delightful, set in a kinder, gentler time.

    I’m trying to finish up my Classics Club list. I have only six books left on the list and four of them are short. I hope to work on all of them and be finished with this list in a month.


    1. Because of Kim’s work schedule, we don’t usually have ham. And we’re not tomorrow either, but I am having a half rack of ribs that I picked up while out and about today. I’m enjoying All Things Wise and Wonderful and enjoyed the first two in the series too. Definitely needed after this week. Which one of the classics left are you looking forward to reading the most?

      On Sat, Apr 20, 2019, 5:14 PM Still an unfinished person… wrote:



      1. The classic I am most looking forward to is The Age of Innocence. The book is set in the 1870’s but it feels like a story from the 1950’s, when I was growing up. The main character is trying to do everything others want him to do, but it doesn’t feel genuine to him. I’m just seven chapters in, but it is compelling so far.


  7. It has been ages since I’ve read James Herriot! Somehow (I say somehow as I have no idea who bought the books and my parents aren’t big readers) we had the books and I love reading them when I was maybe 10-12? Have a nice offline session!


  8. My Easter weekend will be a lovely relaxing time; reading, watching a bit of telly, sitting in the garden soaking up the gentle spring sunshine and sharing bountiful meals with family.


  9. Prednisone is a piece of cake. It will make you a little amped up and you will be hungrier than normal. Good luck with the therapy. If you have been in pain it will help with that as it greatly reduces inflammation.

    EASTER. I wanted to go to the service tonight but in order for us to go as a family, due to schedules and such, we are going on Saturday at 7pm and making a night of it. Service, plus dinner. I am off from high school ministry this Sunday so I want to cook something good. I always make an apricot glazed ham but I am not feeling it. Steak and lobster sound very good right now.


    1. I hope the PT helps and don’t have to fight with insurance to get MRI, if needed. Only took prednisone this morning and already feeling it… And nice for you to go on Saturday night with your family. I don’t know, but I think steak and lobster always sound good. 😋


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