So, a brief update…

…for those of you still “following” me, since I have a “snow day” off work.

I’m still here…

Reading

Well, this could be under the next heading too, since I listened to this book on audiobook, but I’ll place it here. The book is/was Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story, written and read by Bono, the lead singer of the band U2. I listened to it over the first two weeks of this month, and for me, a U2 fan from way back, the only way to experience the book, complete with reimaginings of songs from the band’s catalog.

Listening to…

Watching

  • Lots and lots of Robot Chicken
  • Lots and lots of YouTube clips, including this one: https://youtu.be/QLWkl5YpiD0
  • The 2022 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, including this surreal moment (Dolly Parton and Rob Halford of Judas Priest singing together): https://youtu.be/jNkGeWVAtp8
  • Silly movies: The Wedding Singer, Can’t Hardly Wait, Galaxy Quest, among the most recent selections.

Doing

…not much, thanks to weather and work, which I’m off today, as I mentioned at the start of this post, because of the weather.

2022 #thankfullyreading Weekend has kicked off

Click on the image to be taken to Jenn’s kickoff post.

Officially the event, hosted by Jenn of the blog Jenn’s Bookshelves, began on Wednesday and runs through Sunday. Unofficially, I began this past weekend as I was/am off until Monday.

How will/did you celebrate Thanksgiving?

My wife, who is a 911 dispatcher, worked this morning, so she prepared part of Thanskgiving dinner earlier in the week. We had some last night to celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary and will have some again after she sleeps a little. Right now, as I draft this, I’m watching the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon, and we might watch some more later after she awakes.

What’s in your TBR pile of the weekend?

I started with listening to a bit of Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story, written and read by Bono. Also on my list are Paul Newman’s autobiography, The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man and the Serge Storms series by Tim Dorsey, of which I’m on the 14th: When Elves Attack. Apropos or not, the latter is a Christmas tale of sorts.

How much time do you think you’ll have for reading?

A lot. However, will I use it to read all the time? Today, not so much. Tomorrow, a little more and hopefully Saturday and Sunday, even more.

What book are you starting out with?

See above.

Are you reading print, ebooks, or audio?

In addition to listening to Bono’s memoir, I’ll be reading Newman’s autobiography in print and Dorsey’s book on ebook.

What books will you be talking about during Thanksgiving dinner? 

My wife and I probably will be talking about whatever MST3K episode is on at the moment. If you’d like to tune in, here’s a link (you even can rewind and it makes great background music):

So how about y’all? How are you spending Thanksgiving?

Starting 2022 Thankfully Reading Weekend Early

That’s what I am doing today. Officially the event, hosted by Jenn of the blog Jenn’s Bookshelves, begins on Wednesday and runs through next Sunday.

Click on the image to be taken to the sign-up post for this year’s event.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m off for “9 Days, 17 hours, 30 minutes”. I have a list of possibilities of what I want to read, watch, and listen to. This morning, I’ve already started to listen to Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story, written and read by Bono, which is on the list. Also on my list are Paul Newman’s autobiography, The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man and the Serge Storms series by Tim Dorsey, of which I’m on the 14th: When Elves Attack. Apropos or not, the latter is a Christmas tale of sorts.

Even as I’m writing this, I’m listening to Bono’s memoir. I just fell into it and now I don’t know when today I will be able to get out of listening to Bono’s tenor baritone voice accompanied by his, and his band’s, music, some “reimagined” just for this recording. I’ll leave you with a sample:

9 days, 17 hours, 30 minutes

That’s how long I’ll be off from work starting next weekend and running through Thanksgiving to the following weekend.

So what might I do with my time? I have several possibilities:

  • Bingewatch Doom Patrol, Season 3
  • Listen to Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story by Bono
  • Read Paul Newman’s autobiography, The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man: A Memoir
  • Watch The Last Movie Stars, documentary about Paul Newman and his wife
  • Continue reading Serge Storms series by Tim Dorsey

I’m also going to see my parents, who live about an hour/hour and a half away, this coming weekend. Update: Wednesday, Nov. 16, yesterday morning, the check engine light plus lights for cruise control and traction control on our 2011 Subaru Outback came on. I took it to the shop and they reset codes but they’re still flashing. Now we have an appointment, but not until after Thanksgiving. At least, it’s driveable for now. 🤞

So I’ll let you know how it all went or how it’s going later, but for now I’ll leave you with these: