This week went by pretty fast, and unfortunately it’s almost Monday again. Given this is a two day blog hop my procrastination kicked into overdrive. It was on the fence last weekend where I got my post in at midnight; right on the cusp between Sat/Sun. With everything I had going on this weekend I thought I would “take advantage” of it being a weekend long hop. Though, considering some post two full lists (one for each day) there is a decent chance I’m “doing it wrong.”
I try to be a rule-follower whenever possible, or at least when I know my actions may be placed under a microscope to be judged, ridiculed, and ripped apart. Then again, maybe not ;-)
- Under the Dome. I never read the novel, but I’m always game for a Stephen King inspired mini-series. I hope to read the book afterwards as I’ve found a lot is left out in transition. Given this is a 13 week miniseries (hour long episodes), though, I’m hoping they get most of it in. There have already been some scenes and/or plot points that make me question the characters involved, but I’m taking it in stride. The important factor to me is that it airs on Mondays, which is Grandma Day.My grandmother and I used to watch the Monday night line-ups together (Heroes, Chuck, How I Met Your Mother, Castle) whenever possible. As time went on, the networks jumbled things around, shows were moved to new nights (usually to die off), and some (like Heroes) became difficult to endure. Eventually we stopped watching anything, being Castle was on late and I didn’t like a two hour waiting gap. That two hour gap still exists, but I’ve made a commitment to watching the series with her to recapture some of that pastime. I enjoy it and I know it makes her happy, so it’s a win-win.
- Controversial topics. This may seem like an odd thing to be thankful for, but I’ve touched base on it offhandedly before. These topics of life, love, religion, politics, morals, etc etc provide the grounds for discussion, learning, and understanding. Sometimes the discussions/debates can get pretty heated depending on the individuals involved and their level of passion. Passion isn’t a bad thing, but if no room is left open for considering/understanding of another’s point of view, it leads to a brick wall pretty fast. I’m always fascinated by controversial topics, and do my best to be open to listening to a multitude of opinions revolving around them. This includes listening to/reading the various sides each story may have.
- Sore muscles. Another odd thing to be thankful for, but they indicate to me that I’ve actually pushed myself exercise-wise enough that I’m breaking down and building muscle.
- Self-deprecating humor. Those who know me know this is an area of humor I feel I may excel in. If you can’t make fun of/laugh at yourself, I guess I feel you shouldn’t make fun of much else. I’m in full understanding I am no where near perfect, and understand I sometimes do/say some really stupid shit. Doesn’t everyone?
- Winning! I may not have tiger’s blood or Adonis DNA coursing through my veins (or do I?), but it appears I do sometimes have those “win” moments. I’d like to thank Catherine Stine of IDEA CITY for hosting the giveaway. While I was really hoping my guess about a red critter resulted in the win, I am just as grateful for the rafflecopter’s randomness win. Having knowledge my response made her laugh does more than I could hope for really. Looking forward to reading her book Ruby’s Fire (though I feel the need to get the first beforehand, even if the second works as a standalone of sorts).Check out the Apocalypse Blog Hop, it looks to be chock full of great giveaways. At first, I thought you needed to have giveaways of your own to join in, but believe I saw alternate ways to participate. Whew... a lot of links...
- Quiet time. Maybe not completely quiet, I like to have my music playing. It’s nice to have some time to myself where I can focus on reading and/or writing. I’ve found my focus seems to waver pretty easily, especially with the interwebs at my fingertips. I may have to invest in some stereotypical getaway where there is nothing but myself and an internet-free laptop to work on some fiction. Possibly at some remote cabin or resort. Hopefully sans any Stephen King creepiness.
- Movie Trailers! Most of you know I’ve begun my Trailer Tuesday blog series and if you aren’t aware yet of my obsession, you soon shall be. I try to focus on the “coming soon” variety, but it’s nice to know if there is a lull I shouldn’t have an issue finding some suitable fillers.
- Almond milk. It’s a bit healthier for me, and I switched to using it months ago. I found out there was a chocolate flavor offered on a recent shopping trip. A friend tried a similar product from Trader Joe’s and said it was amazing. Granted this was a different brand, I had to try it out, and so I bought some this weekend and it is delicious. Unfortunately, with the sugars, not as healthy, but it’s too late now... I’ve already had a taste. It’s pretty much all downhill from here.
- Free offerings. A tenant needed some help getting back into the building today, and in discussion I found he would be moving out. He proceeded to offer me a computer desk, chair, coffee table, end tables, and boxes of books. So now in my apartment, which I’ve just recently cleaned and reorganized, I have a pile of new things in the middle of the living room. Not sure how thankful I am of that part...
- Boxes of books! I won’t be keeping all of the books I’ve just aquired, but I think I found a gem or two within them. I know “Odd Thomas” by Dean Koontz is one that I’ve wanted to read for a long time, but the Koontz collection I received from my grandfather was missing that series. With the movie coming out, I think it would be great to read the book before seeing the film adaptation. Or maybe that is a recipe for disappointment?
No spoilers please! ;-)
Have you read (or are you watching) Stephen King’s “Under the Dome”? What do you do with your alone/quiet time? Ever read the “Odd Thomas” series by Dean Koontz? If so, is it one you recommend?