Sunday, July 5, 2020

Quiz: What Carnival Ride Are You?

Now this I agree with. I always loved riding a carousel. 
(quiz here).

You Are a Carousel

You are young at heart and a truly playful person. No one would ever accuse you of taking life too seriously.
You are definitely in things for the fun. You find joy easily, and you are often building up anticipation for your next adventure.
In relationships, you tend to want to be babied and taken care of.
And while you may be a bit high maintenance, you are incredibly loyal.

Your life is simple and satisfying. Each day you treat yourself to something you enjoy.
You have a lot of emotional attachments, and experiences are extra vivid to you.
You tend to be nostalgic and sentimental. The past is important to you.
Comfortable around all living things, you have a special connection to animals and children.

At your best, you are whimsical, free spirited, and creative.
Even if your schemes seem a bit strange, they usually work out wonderfully.
At your worst, you are spoiled, demanding, and impossible to satisfy.
You've been known to act like a brat if you aren't getting your way!

Friday, July 3, 2020

Chapter Break Bingo – July 2020

The annual emoji-themed bingo for July is now up.

July Bookish Bingo


My books:
  1. Rani Patel in Full Effect--Sonia Patel (7 squares): Library Book, Physical Book, Multi-Word Title, Diversity, Beach, Feast
  2. Boy Meets Boy--David Levithan (5 squares): Ebook, Not in a Series, Blue on the Cover, Free Space, Made You Cry
  3. The Garden of Small Beginnings--Abbi Waxman (4 squares): Shelf Love, Book Club Read, Made You Laugh, Cake/Pie/Dessert

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Quiz: The Sunglasses Test

I agree with most of this.

Click here for the test.

Your Sunglasses Say You're an Artist

You are clever, unique, and a total nonconformist.
Your sense of fashion is based on your own personal creativity.

You need to be shaded from the mundane parts of life.
You feel sunniest when you can express yourself freely and without judgment.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Midyear Reading Post



I've come to do one of these posts every year now. My book total this year so far is 128, with another currently in progress. Needless to say, the pandemic has been the reason for so much reading, though it has not been unusual for me to reach this many or something close to it at this time of year. This year, things have been a bit different, as I have read more digital books while unable to access the library. I was glad when the curbside pickup began this month. In March, I returned all the library books I had out then, intending to read from my stash at home for a while, right before the shutdown began. My timing was good on that one. It was after that that I began reading the digital ones as well with those I already had at home. I thought that reading longer books like  The Stand and The Passage would take at least a week each, but I got one done in five days and the other in four. It should only be obvious how much time I have had to read in the last three months 🙂




I have also finished several of the year-long reading challenges I am doing this year.  The What's in a Name one was the first I finished. With only six categories, I seem to always finish that one first. But I also finished it in early March, before the lockdown.

The following challenges have also been completed. I was glad to find some e-books and to order some Zip Books that I nedded to fill some of the categories. Finding a book beginning with X was another something I managed to do just before the lockdown. And I was glad to find one beginning with Z on Overdrive, something I was worried I wouldn't find once I was unable to access the library. This thought entered my mind just as the shutdown began and before I first accessed Overdrive. And I had similar thoughts on finding books with colors in the titles, but that too worked out. And Zip Books was helpful in finding books published this year, a commonly occuring prompt.






Nonfiction


Pink and Dizzy


And there are several others for which I am just one or two books short of finishing. On two there is the prompt "a book you read in high school," which I am struggling with. I'm trying to remember what I read then! It doesn't say one you had to read in school, though that is what it seems to imply. Just recalling what I read then at all is driving me crazy! 

I've already picked out what to read for my monthly prompts for July and for Erin's 13.0 Challenge that starts on Wednesday. More often, I like to decide as I go along, but decided early this time. I've already picked up two needed books from the library and the rest have been chosen from home and from the library's digital collection. I wanted to get the books I got  (picked them up last Thursday) before someone else did, and it had been  hard waiting for nextmonth to begin. I'm trying to limit how many trips I make a month for the curbside pickup sicne we still have to stay at home as much as possible. I'm now awaiting the day I can go back inside the library.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Halfway Through the Year and...


Yes, I would love for that to be true.

Some of you may not believe it's already summer, and I can say I have been feeling that way. It's been like one long vacation since mid-March. And now the calendar is just days away from switching to July. Sad that the 4th occurs on a Saturday in the time of the pandemic. And it's not the only holiday occuring on Saturday this year.



That is true. This also includes a Friday the 13th in November. And the lockdown began just after Friday the 13th in March. And Halloween is on a Saturday this year. This would, under normal circumstances, be great for kids trick-or-treating, but I now wonder if any will be out there this year. Probably no parties this year, like the one I went to last year ☹️ Was looking forward to that again. I also just read that Spirit likely won't be opening its annual temporary stores this year. I guess we should have see that coming. Too bad; it could have opened in the local empty Kmart building.

And now I'm not sure about decorating the porch for Halloween this year or even dressing. Around August, Halloween stuff starts turning up in stores, making me excited. But this year I'm not so sure. No parties or potlucks at work this year. We were hoping to have another themed party this summer, but that will not be. Like everyone else, we're hoping to be able to do this next year. 

And I won't get started on the presidential election, also occuring in November, 10 days before Friday the 13th.

Monday, June 22, 2020

2020 POPSUGAR Summer Reading Challenge

Every year I do Popsugar's annual reading challenge and this year they are offering a summer edition.

  1. A book with "summer" in the title
  2. A book with a summer drink or cocktail on the cover: Driving With the Top Down--Beth Harbison
  3. A book that takes place in your favorite (or dream) summer destination: 13 Little Blue Envelopes--Maureen Johnson
  4. A book about a vacation
  5. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist: Boy Meets Boy--David Levithan
  6. A book with an item you'd find at the beach in the title
  7. A book with a body of water or pool on the cover: City of Islands--Kali Wallace
  8. A book set at a resort or hotel
  9. A book with a release date in June, July, or August of any year: Wilder Girls--Rory Power
  10. A summer-set thriller
  11. A book involving a summer romance
  12. A book about Black history in America
  13. A scary book you'd read around a campfire: The Passage--Justin Cronin
  14. A book that takes place during the summer before high school or college
  15. A book that takes place in a beach town: Angora Alibi--Sally Goldenbaum
  16. A book with "sun," "sand," or "waves" in the title
  17. A book with sunglasses on the cover: Rani Patel in Full Effect--Sonia Patel
  18. A book about camping or summer camp: Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy--Noelle Stevenson
  19. A book classified as a "beach read"
  20. A book that makes you nostalgic for summer (rereads welcome)




Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Library Curbside Pick Up

Image from library website.



I was so glad to hear that my local library is offering curbside pickup after three months of being unable to borrow physical items from the library. Even though people still can't go inside, it is great to be able to borrow books again. 

The curbside pickup began two weeks ago, but I did not begin using it until last week. I was able to return the books I had orderd through Zip Books over the last three months. The bookdrops on the sidewalk in front of the library had been closed once the lockdown began in March. Just before then, I had returned all the books I had had out up to that point, intending to read books from home, which I ended up having to do for most of the last three months. It was after the lockdown that I decided to try reading digital books via the library website. Then I got impatient and ordered some books I was eager to read, from Amazon. 


To get books via the curbside pickup, patrons must request items via the library website database and put them on hold. An employee will call the patron once the requested items become available. When the customer arrives, they will alert the employees with a text message and the employee will place the items on a table in front of the library for the customer to pick up. 

I've done this twice already and think it's a great idea. One "con" is that it only takes place on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Even so, the bookdrops are open on Mondays. It runs 10AM to 5PM. No Sunday service, even though the library began opening on Sundays starting last year. I enjoyed being able to go on that day. Another "con" is that one cannot look at books on the shelves to decide if they want to borrow them. This was a habit of mine before the lockdown that I hope to get back to doing one day. But for now, I'm glad to be able to borrow library books after three months of not being able to do so. 

I'm also not sure how many books I plan on borrowing at a time, to avoid having to drive down so often. We still have to remain at home most of the time. So far, I've only borrowed nine items since curbside delivery began, six last week and three this week, and am waiting for another Zip Book order. But I still have plenty at home I want to read.  

Does anyone else have curbside pickup from their libraries?

Monday, June 15, 2020

Back, One Day a Week

Slowly getting back to work at the mental health activity center....

Since the end of May, we have been meeting once a week at the center. The mnetord are getting paid for two hours each Wednesday. I'm so glad to be back even only for one day a week. No classes right now, especially cooking, which will take a while to get back on the schedule. Though our boss may have a discussion topic for us each week. and we can still talk with each other about whatever we want. We still have to stay six feet apart, with only one person per couch or table. And we must have face coverings on. We haven't been allowed to take out the books or DVDs yet. I'm getting anxious about that one, particularly the books. And only a small number of people are allowed to come each time. Temperature checks are being performed upon entrance.

It was great to see the place again after two months away. And to see the others as well. Our interactions may be limited, but just getting to see everyone again is great. This is our gradual reopening. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Possible Dystopia Tales Based on 2020?


I can now imagine that the pandemic will be the subject of future dystopian novels as well as personal memoirs, though I can assure you I likely won't be one of those writing such things. And depending on future circumstances and what mood I am in, I may not be eager to read such things should they surface. 



Yeah, where are the zombies and the aliens?

I must admit reading dystopia during this time seemed a little scary at first, when the lockdown began. But since two reading prompts I had this year were a Stephen King novel and a book over 1000 pages, I chose to read The Stand at the end of March, since it was already at home. Now one of my summer reading prompts is "a pandemic or outbreak" and I plan to read The Passage by Justin Cronin, another book already at home. And I just ordered Wilder Girls by Rory Power from Amazon. This one is about a quarantine. I had been hearing so much about this one that I wanted to read it.





Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Chapter Break Bingo – June 2020

The new card for June is here.


June Bookish Bingo

My Books:

  1. The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires--Grady Hendrix  (6 squares): Library Book, E-Book, Free Book, Not in a Series, Missing Person, Anti-Hero
  2. Sunset Beach--Mary Kay Andrews (7 squares): Shelf Love, Physical Book, Outdoor Activity, Father, Detective/Cop,  Landscape on the Cover, Highly Anticipated Read
  3. The Liars' Club--Mary Karr (5 squares): Coming of Age, Real Person, Memory, Book Club Read, Travel
  4. 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas--Marie-Helene Bertino (2 squares): Book on the Cover, Special Abilities
  5. Pure Joy--Danielle Steel (2 squares): Audiobook, Tattoo
  6. The Gap of Time--Jeanette Winterson (3 squares): Retelling, In a Series, Free Space
25 sqaures completed on June 9

Monday, June 1, 2020

Planting Sunflower Seeds

Early last month, I found something unexpected on a chair on the front porch. It was a pack of sunflower seeds, a bag of potting soil and small plastic pot. There was also a newsletter from Behavioral Health. I did not know that these had been delivered until I saw them on the porch. I then texted my boss and she said that she was the one who brought them over. I had missed her.   

I have to admit, I've never been into gardening and was hesitant about planting the seeds. But finally, about a week after I'd gotten the seeds and soil, I planted them. I used a flower pot we had at home, because I felt the one my boss had left was too small.





The top photo was taken last week and the bottom one this morning. This is how my sunflowers are doing so far. It's been fun to watch the plant grow.  More pictures will come when the flowers grow even more.

BTW, all the clients received a pack of seeds and newsletter.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Book Challenge by Erin 13.0

Book Challenge by Erin 13.0 - General Rules
  •   First and foremost, have fun. Don't stress. No one is being judged, graded, or penalized. Even if you finish only one book the entire challenge, if you enjoy it and it's an accomplishment for you, then that's awesome.
  •   The challenge will run from JULY 1, 2020 to OCTOBER 31, 2020. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on July 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on October 31 will count. (We live in different time zones follow this according to your own time zone.)
  •   Each book must be at least 200 pages long. Audio books are fine too.
  •   A book can only be used for one category, and each category can only be
    completed once. If you want to switch the category of a book, or change the
    book you originally chose, no worries.
  •   You can read your books in any order you choose.
  •   Rereads can be used only once. If a book you love fits into a category, go
    ahead and visit it again. Read it in its entirety. But, only do this once for the
    challenge.
  •   The admins will create a photo album for each category with links to books
    chosen. Please comment on the photo for each of your books when you finish reading them. A comment can include a review, a rating, a recommendation...other readers want to hear what you thought of your choice. (If you need help with this, let me know...or there is a file attached to our group explaining what to do.)
  •   There will be 10 book categories with a possibility of earning 200 points. That’s 10 books in four months. For some of you, this will be a BIG challenge; for others it will be easy peasy. It’s all for fun, remember!
  •   There will be a bonus round, and it is completely voluntary for those who want a little extra challenge, but don’t worry about that until the bonus round is officially announced.
  •   Book categories will be posted June 1st to give you time to gather books in preparation.
  •   After the categories are posted, please post a preliminary list with books of your choice according to their categories on the facebook group page by June 15th (if possible). If you need help with a particular category or want a book suggestion, we as a community of reading enthusiasts can help each other. (Late entries will still be accepted.)
  •   The first three people who finish the challenge will be invited to contribute a category for the next challenge.
  •   The following will get a small prize from me a WILD CARD random draw for all who complete the bonus round, and a WILD CARD random draw for all others who complete the 10 book challenge. Plus, everyone who completes the challenge will gets all sorts of recognition and support!
Book Challenge by Erin 13.0 Categories
5 points: Freebie Read a book that is at least 200 pages:
Wilder Girls--Rory Power
10 points: Read a book that starts with “S”
  
10 points: Read a book with a preposition in the title: 
The Garden of Small Beginnings--Abbi Waxman


15 points: Read a book that is an odd number edition in a book series 

20 points: Read a book set in a different country than the one you live 
  
20 points: (selected by Debdatta) - Read a book with a female police officeror detective as a main character : 19th Christmas--James Patterson
  

25 points: (selected by Carly) Read a (fiction or non-fiction) book with an immigrant as a main character: Rani Patel in Full Effect--Sonia Patel 
  
30 points: (selected by Darlene McN.) Read a book with one of the following words in the title: thing, nothing, anything, something, everything

30 points: Since our challenge ends in October Read an October themed book:
Separation Anxiety--Laura Zigman (mental health)

35 points: (selected by Vinay) Read a book with one of the following words in the title: city, town, village, district, county, state, country, kingdom:
City of Islands--Kali Wallace

If you are stuck on any of these categories, ask for help or recommendations!
Also, a great place to look is at the photo album in this group of the previously selected books. GOOD LUCK! 

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Change in the the Weather


I can't believe the calendar is about to say June. It's been 11 repetitive weeks since the shutdown. But if that's not confusing enough for some people, the weather today in my hometown is gloomy, with rain predicted. Yes, after about four or five days of a heat wave, and a cooler day yesterday, it is gloomy outside. I get exhausted easily in such weather even in the middle of the day!

No rain as of yet and none is predicted after today. I can recall at least once when it rained at the end of May, and at least once in June. Not normally expected. 

It's beginning to feel like it did in March just before the shutdown began. It was raining the Sunday before then and for several days into the lockdown. Is that what this means by "March, Part 4"? Though we did get some hot weather in April and May in my area. Now I'm anxious to see what the first week of June is like.

UPDATE: (1:07 PM Pacific Time): The rain just now began, not too long after I originally posted this.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Heat Wave and Holiday Confusion

It really has been feeling like the unofficial start of summer. Weather has been in the 90s the last two or so days in my neck of the woods. Not unusual in California at this time, but it's just adding to the time confusion some are having (see this post). 

As you all know, Monday was Memorial Day, the first legal holiday during the shutdown. I went to Safeway on Monday, attempting to pick up my Prozac prescription. When I got the the store, the pharmacy was closed. I looked and saw it was closed for the holiday. I nearly forgot it was Memorial Day. Under normal circumstances, such a holiday just feels like an extra Sunday. But every day since mid-March has seemed like a holiday! 


Today I saw this photo:



Well, doesn't it seem like this is true? Some probably feel like that last three months have blurred into one. 

Only four days left in May now.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

More on Reading Digital Books

After using the Overdrive (the Northern California Digital Library) for two months now, the site is now constantly busy. I have one book checked out until June 10 and have not been able to click on it. Another "con" I have discovered of this site.

I had not considered trying the Cloud Library for my local library until just last week. I have since read one book this way (which had a six-month wait on Overdrive) and am in the middle of reading another. I have also put two on hold, both of which will be available in 20-some-odd days. 

The "pros" I have found to the Cloud Library is that is free (obviously!) with my library card and there are some books I have found on this site that I did not find on Overdrive and as I said above, one that has currently has a six-month wait on Overdrive was readily available on Cloud Library. The "cons" of course are that I have to look at the screen for so long and some titles are not available (but that can be expected). Thank goodness the Zip Books program is still running. I just received another book from this (haven't read it yet) and currently have five out, waiting to be returned to the library upon its reopening. And of course I still have the ones at home that I have bought over the years and have yet to read, along with the recently ordered ones from Amazon. 

And I have the ones downloaded from Project Gutenberg onto iBooks. This I have been using for about two years now and as with books bought from stores, I tend to "collect" books this way and have some I have not yet read. The "pros" to this site is that it is free and that books can be downloaded and be read whenever. No return dates. The "cons" are that it is only older books, not the place to get recent releases or current or recent bestsellers. Many such books can be found on Overdrive and Cloud Library. But there may be a wait time. I'm personally surprised that some of the books with a long wait on Overdrive don't have the same wait time on Cloud Library.

As I have said before, I still prefer physical books and am anxious to get back to the library. But when that happens, I will not give up digital books altogether. I will still read maybe one or two a month if I can't find the physical books at the library and if I don't want to order a particular book by Zip Books. Either way is free and you can't beat that. I'll only buy a book if I really want it as was the case with those I just got from Amazon.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Summer Reading Challenge 2020 @ Messy Middle

I will get as many as I can for this one.










It will start on June 1 and run through August 18, 2020. To enter, read seven books from 25 categories.

What is different?

  • Pandemic, anyone? For some you’ve already been reading extra, for others, the past few months have dinged your ability to concentrate and read.
  • You may have less access to libraries.
  • So, you might need this challenge more than ever to get your reading mojo back. BUT you might have less access to libraries and may need to borrow books from friends and family.
  • In recognition of the graduations and weddings that were planned and the medical personnel impacted, students, teachers, and parents doing school different, and those in isolation who had a very different than expected first half of the year we have four “COVID-19 Special Categories.”

What is the same?

  • Many categories will be similar because reading is reading. But you will notice a few new gems
  • Counting a book of more than 700 pages as two books.
  • Choosing a penalty book within the first week of the year. A penalty book or category you declare I will read or be penalized. The last two summers I have selected a penalty book and it worked! I read books I’d been meaning to read for ages and I am all the richer for reading them. This year Abigail Adams by Woody Holton is my penalty book. Can I tell you how many years I’ve meant to read this book?! This is the summer!
  • Like last year, if you do not read your “penalty” book, you will subtract two books from your total.

What’s in it for you?

  • All who comment on August 18-21st with the names of the books they read will be entered to win one of ten $10 Amazon gift cards.

Drumroll . . . here are the categories!

In recognition of the graduations, weddings, medical personnel, and those in isolation who had a very different than expected first half of the year we have four COVID-19 Special Categories:
  1. A book with either something old, something new, something borrowed, or something blue: 13 Little Blue Envelopes--Maureen Johnson
  2. A book with a nurse, doctor, or other medical personnel: The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires--Grady Hendrix
  3. A book with a teacher, student, or classroom: Wilder Girls--Rory Power
  4. A book about a pandemic or outbreak: The Passage--Justin Cronin
In Recognition of the Joy of reading:
  1. A Biography
  2. A book I already own: 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas--Marie-Helene Bertino
  3. A book a friend recommended
  4. A Young Adult book (YA): Rani Patel in Full Effect--Sonia Patel
  5. A book with a great cover: Sunset Beach--Mary Kay Andrews
  6. A book of poetry: The Complete Poems of John Keats
  7. A memoir or autobiography: The Liars' Club--Mary Karr
  8. A graphic novel: Spinning--Tillie Walden
  9. A book for professional development (loosely defined): I Really Needed This Today--Hoda Kotb
  10. A book longer than 700 pages (counts as two books)
  11. A book with a verb in the title: Driving With the Top Down--Beth Harbison
  12. A play: Fences--August Wilson
  13. A book about a country or culture you have never visited
  14. A book about history: Dead Wake--Erik Larson
  15. A book that won an award: Boy Meets Boy--David Levithan
  16. A classic: Twelfth Night--William Shakespeare
  17. A novel 
  18. An audiobook: Pure Joy--Danielle Steel
  19. A book with an animal
  20. A book less than 100 pages
  21. A book you want to discuss with others
My Penalty Book: The Garden of Small Beginnings--Abbi Waxman

Signs as Disney Princesses

Today on Sandra's Blog:



I am a Capricorn and the fact the Belle reads a lot seems spot on. I don't really have a favorite princess among these. 

My local stage company was going to be putting on "Beauty and the Beast Jr." for its spring kids show this year. I was considering seeing it. I was also planning to see the local high school production of "Grease" that was supposed to be in March. "Beauty and the Beast" was going to be in April and May. Don't yet know the fate of that one. 

I have seen most of these movies only once and have not seen the live-action ones. I don't yet know if I'll ever bother. I got to see "Frozen 2" free at my library in March before the shutdown. 



Sunday, May 17, 2020

Mental Health Month




One thing I've been missing because of the lockdown is being at the Mental Health Center. I've worked a peer mentor since 2016 and always enjoy being around the others who come. I'm missing it even more this month since May is Mental Health Month. We usually have some event for the center during this time. 

Usually I go into the office and see my psychiatrist on screen, known as telepsychiatry, with a nurse or case manager assisting. But for my most recent appointment, a nurse called me at home and I spoke to the telepsych doctor over the phone. My next appointment is in June, and of course no one knows what things will be like then. 

I'm not scared to admit that I've had more panic attacks and have felt a little more depressed during the lockdown. Admitting such things is part of reducing the stigma of mental health. I also fear I will have agoraphobia as a result of the now-two-month shutdown. Getting to the store when needed is even more of a chore now. I've been eager to get out in the world, but am now apprehensive of such. I won't even get started on my state and county's gradual reopening. But I am looking forward to everything getting better.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Just Can't Wait Too Long for Some Books

Some things I just can't wait long for, and that includes some books. Since no one yet knows when the library will reopen, and some titles have a six-month wait on Overdrive, it can seem like it will be forever before I can get to some titles. So I gave in and ordered some books from Amazon the other day.

I had heard about this book and was eager to read it. According to my library's website, it was checked before the lockdown began. I had to see if they already have it before I can get it from Zip Books, and when I saw that they have it, I looked on Overdrive and put it on hold. But I got tired of waiting so it was one of the titles recently ordered on Amazon. 



I have read a lot by this author. In the months before the lockdown began, I had seen this one at the library and knew I was going to read it, though wasn't aiming to do so until summer. And it too had a six-month wait on Overdrive (I often get the feeling the wait will be longer than that). So I decided to get this one as well.



And here's one I've been waiting to read forever, according to my Goodreads account. It was only available as an audiobook on Overdrive and I can only take some much audiobook listening each month (and this is one that's more than 10 hours long). Since it's an older title, I was able to get it cheap on Amazon.

But I am trying not to be too greedy so I will still get some titles via Zip Books. I have three out now and another on order. This one wasn't on Overdrive and I wasn't too eager to read it, but still wanted to.



And the are some other titles I want to read, and will probably get via Zip Books. Again, I have three books out from Zip, and am wondering how many I will accumulate before the library reopens. And of course no one knows when that will be. 

I do still have some titles on hold and two (covers below) are now on a wait of "about two weeks." As such, I'll gladly wait for them to become available, just to avoid accumulating too many books at home. As long as I've got some already at home, it will be worth the wait.






Sunday, May 3, 2020

Chapter Break Bingo – May 2020

Here is the card for May.

May Bookish Bingo

My Books:
  1. The Vintage Teacup Club--Vanessa Greene (6 squares): Physical Book, Shelf Love, Not in a Series, Mother, More Than One POV, Contemporary Fiction
  2. Life, the Universe and Everything--Douglas Adams (6 squares): Set in Outer Space, Sci Fi/Sci Fi Fantasy, In a Series, Set in the Future, Made Into a Movie or TV Show, Thriller/Suspense
  3. Convenience Store Woman--Sayaka Murata (3 squares): E-Book, Library Book, Independent Publisher
  4. March: Book One--John Lewis (4 squares): Orange on the Cover, More Than One Person on the Cover, Squad/Team, Overcoming Adversity
  5. Identical--Ellen Hopkins (1 square): Audiobook
  6. The Jetsetters--Amanda Eyre Ward (4 squares): Free Book, Book Club Read, New Release, Free Space
  7. Windhaven--George R.R. Martin and Lisa Tuttle (1 square): More Than One Author

25 squares completed on May 17

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Loner During Lockown

I'll admit I miss getting out lately, even though I am more of an introvert. The center where I work is one such place I miss as it's a way for me to get out and fell comfortable around others who attend and also work as peer mentors. We've all been acquainted for some time now and I miss being near them all three days a week. And I miss going to the library, as I've already said.



I've often thought of myself as a loner, which I can still say I am, though I've gotten more used to being around others. There are still times I tend to do things alone if the need calls for it. Last fall, one of my fellow mentors gladly accompanied me to a play in our hometown, but was unable to do so again this recently (the only play our stage company has been able to hold this year took place in February before the lockdown began). But since I wanted to see this play, I was happy to do it alone. But if others can come, I'll be glad. 

What is really weird is how little I'd been going to places such as movies and bars before the lockdown began. Now I can't go at all. I was getting somewhat used to not doing such a thing before was I unable to do so at all. It sort of worked out for me, though I still miss doing it every so often, even if it will be done alone.

The most I can do to get out of the house lately is just to take a drive around town. I got a new car last December and am trying to get some mileage on it, though there have been days I have not driven. Not much to see in our empty town. 

I've been wondering how extroverts have been handling the lockdown. Some whom I know, I can just see them hating having to stay away from others and disliking using Zoom to talk. But they have to do it under the current circumstances. No doubt extroverts are suffering the most from being shut in. But the same can be true of some introverts.

Even I as an introvert haven't bothered trying Zoom. I attempted to download it, but flaked. And I'm not sure about trying again. My writers lab has been having Zoom meetings and I have been unable to participate. The lab will soon be on break for the summer, and as with everything else in the world, no one is sure when we will back in the regular world. The lab will start again in September, but right now we have no clue if it will be in person again anytime soon. I am going to try to write something to email to the other group members to read and critique if time allows. I'm glad to still have this option.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Hot Weather

Many of you have probably seen memes like this recently:







The last two months have seemed longer than usual. It's been six weeks since I last worked, yet it has seemed like an eternity. Lately, the way I tend to remember what day it is is by what is on TV each night and when our neighborhood gets our garbage picked up (on Fridays, meaning we have to place ours out the night before). 

As though all this weren't confusing enough, another thing has been happening lately in my neck of the woods--Hot weather. Not unusual for late April in California as it has happened in the past, but it's just adding to the time confusion. Some are asking colloquially, "What month or day is it?" and now they can ask "What season is it?"

Anyone else having hot weather in their area? 

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Born Under the Wrong Sign? Part 2



Again, the one for my sign just doesn't seem to fit me. I try not to judge books by their cover. Unless having to read a book "with a red cover," "with an animal on the cover" or some prompt like that counts. But that's not my idea. So I'm not really judging in those instances. Sometimes I see  movie before reading the book, mostly if I don't know about the book. But I have tried to read the book first. I've only read one "Harry Potter" as of yet. Overdrive has it this month without any waiting, and I took advantage of that earlier this month. I don't dog-ear books, even those I have at home. Bookmarks all the way! I would never read the end first or lie about finishing a book. I never forget to return borrowed books or try to read too many at once. I'll admit it's been a while since I gave ebook a five-star rating on Goodreads, but it has happened. I can't ever recall not finishing a book. Spoil books for others? Never. So where do I really fit in this premise? I guess I don't. How about you?