Sunday, October 31, 2021

Stayed Home Last Night

As much as I like Halloween and wanted to be out, I was still apprehensive about going just yet. Eventually I decided not to. I had a bit of a FOMO (fear of missing out), but even more importantly, a fear of seeing unmasked and unvaccinated people. I was told the COVID booster takes two weeks to set in, and it's only been one week since I got the booster. I don't know why people thought it was safe to have celebrations. These same people cancelled such events last year. I'm now hoping that things will be better next year at this time.

As far as the work celebration went, we watched Hocus Pocus, which took nearly the whole time. Only one other person came in costume, but I barely got to see it, since we were watching the movie in the dark. Not very many came, and several left before the movie was over. 

Yesterday, I borrowed some DVDs for Halloween from the library, including the Peanuts Halloween special, which is no longer being shown on ABC. A friend asked if I got Casper, but I did not even think of that! 

Here is what I wore:



Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Words For Wednesday

It's been a long time since I participated in this weekly meme. 


This week's prompts are common phrases, phrases with a link to food.  Feel free to mix and match - or to add ones of your own.
  1. He had a chip on his shoulder
  2. Best thing since sliced bread
  3. With a cherry on top
  4. She wants to have her cake and eat it too
  5. Everything but the kitchen sink
  6. Bringing home the bacon 

A Very Punny Halloween

While browsing costumes on Amazon, Bob found the King of Hearts Playing Card costume. It was just what he wanted. When it arrived days later, he tried it on and then got an idea. He wanted to get more out of the costume. So he looked for and found his old set of poker chips and hot-glued them to the shoulders of his King of Hearts costume. Chips on your shoulders, he thought.

Bob then wore the costume at work. His coworkers wondered about the poker chips. He in turn, was a bit clueless about some of the others' costumes.

"What's with the poker chips?" coworker Dan asked. 

"Chips on my shoulder," Bob said, pointing to the poker chips. "Get it? I though it would go well with my playing card." He then glanced at Dan's costume, a slice of bread made from cardboard. The center was appointed white, with brown paint on the edge for the bread crust. In the middle was a handwritten since that read  BEST THING SINCE. "Oh, I get yours now," Bob said. "The best thing since sliced bread?"

"You got it," Dan nodded.

Another worker, Tina, was wearing a bacon costume. She had an empty paper grocery bag that was sitting on her desk. "I'm 'Bringing home the bacon'," she said, picking up the grocery bag and holding it in front of her.

"Good one, Tina," said another worker, Kim. "I wish I could come up with something as funny as all of you have." Kim was wearing a grass skirt over her jeans, along with a tropical-print shirt and fake leis. Under the tropical shirt was an orange shirt with a fake prescription label printed on it. 

"What are you supposed to be?" Tina asked Kim.

"Tropical Depression," Kim answered, pointing to the fake prescription label.

"That's a punny one, too," Tina answered. "What do you mean?"

"Yours are all better than mine," Kim whined.

"Nah, yours is great, too," chimed in yet another worker, Joanne. "Look at me, I'm just a regular old witch."

"What else could you have done?" Kim asked. Joanne just shrugged. She then indicated the renaissance costume Megan, the secretary, was wearing. "And look at her," Joanne whispered. "Not so original either."

Tina looked at the others, "I guess you can all have your cake and eat it, too." 

"And if I had thought any better, I could have put a cherry on top of my costume," Bob said, laughing. 

"And we decorated everything but the kitchen sink," Joanne said, eyeing the decorations around the office.


Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Vaccine Booster and Flu Shot

Last Friday I got a vaccine booster. I was uncertain I would be able to get one  because of my age, but the pharmacists at Rite Aid, said it would be all right. 

I had gotten the Johnson and Johnson one-dose shot in April. I kept watching for news on boosters, and whether the different brands could be mixed. At Rite Aid, there was only a choice between Pfizer and Moderna and I chose Pfizer. I was a bit are at first, but the soreness had gone down. My mom, who had gotten the Pfizer in March, also got her booster the same day.

The same day my mom and I got the flu shot. We both got it for the first time a year ago when a pharmacist at Target persuaded us to do so. This time, however, it was at Rite Aid. This shot was a little less sore than the Pfizer shot. The shot were done in different arms.

Who else has has the Covid vaccine booster? 

To Go Out or Not...

I am still uncertain about going out to some places, like the movies. I was last at our local movie theater in November 2019 when Last Christmas came out. It has been reopened for some time now, but I have been hesitant about going. Not very many movies have been out that I have been eager to see, but now I kind of want to see the The Addams Family 2.  I just rewatched the first one on DVD from Netflix. And the local theater company is now putting its production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr., originally scheduled for the spring of 2020.  In February of 2020, they put on what was their last play before the Covid shutdown, California Suite, which I got to see. I'm still a little hesitant about going to things like this, though. Has anyone been out to movies recently? Have any plays been put on in your town recently?

Although we are having a Halloween celebration at work on Friday, I am also hesitant bout going to bars and such. The kinds of celebrations were cancelled last year, but some are returning this year. This is another thing I am hesitant about doing right now. Ad for as I know, no one is holding anything at their house. My writers lab leader has held a party at her house every year. I went to the one in 2019 (I started going to the group in 2018, but missed the one that year). I have not heard anything about on this year. Many people have said trick-or-treating should be OK the year, but very little, if anything, has been said about having parties, though some are advising against crowded parties (see in link above). This is going to take some deciding. 

And I don't anticipate getting many kids at home on Halloween night. Not just because of Covid, but also because even before the pandemic hit, very few trick-or-treaters came to our house. It seems to be something to expect no matter the circumstances. As a result, I never know how much candy to get. 

Friday, October 22, 2021

Color Coded Reading Challenge 2022

 I always look forward to this one


Color Coded Reading Challenge

 
Once again the categories will be more open--the color may either be named in the title or it may appear as the dominant color for the cover of the book. For "implies color" the image implying color should dominate the cover--for instance a large rainbow, a field of flowers, or the image of a painter. Get ready for a rainbow of reading in 2022. 

General Rules:
~Challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2022 and any book read after January 1 may count regardless of when you sign up. You may sign-up any time.

~Read nine books in the following categories:


1. A book with "Blue" or any shade of Blue in the title/on the cover: Twice in a Blue Moon--Christina Lauren (link)

2. A book with "Red" or any shade of Red in the title/on the cover: The Red Queen--Philippa Gregory (link)

3. A book with "Yellow" or any shade of Yellow in the title/on the cover: Half a Yellow Sun--Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (link)

4. A book with "Green" or any shade of Green in the title/on the cover: Angel of Greenwood--Randi Pink (link)

5. A book with "Brown" or any shade of Brown in the title/on the cover: Dragonfly in Amber--Diana Gabaldon (link)

6. A book with "Black" or any shade of Black in the title/on the cover: Black Buck--Mateo Askaripour (link)

7. A book with "White" or any shade of White in the title/on the cover: Die, Snow White! Die, You D*** Fool!--Yuri Rasovsky (link)

8. A book with any other color in the title/on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, etc): Silverworld--Diana Abu-Jaber (link)

9. A book with a word/image that implies color in the title/on the cover (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Shadow, Paint, Ink, etc): The Rainbow Comes and Goes--Anderson Cooper & Gloria Vanderbilt (link)


Challenge completed on June 4

Creativity Reading Challenge 2022

 And now my last one for next year:


This challenge is about reading books on creativity, art, crafts, writing, film making, photography, cosmetology, DIY, cooking, music and any other topic that helps you live a more creative life. 



Challenge Guidelines

  • Runs January 1 to December 31, 2022. 
  • I won't be creating different levels. Read as many books as you want.
  • Books may be nonfiction, memoir, how-to, self help, coffee table books, instructional, picture books, and even fictional books if they are about people who are creative.
  • You may include books of any format including traditional books, ebooks or audiobooks
  • You may reread books. 
  • Books may count towards other reading challenges in which you are participating.
  • Sign below in the comments. I have decided not to use linkys this year.

Need ideas for reading? Here are some links to get started:

40 of the Best Books to Unlock Your Creativity

Fiction Books Involving Art

11 Essential Art History Books

10 Novels About Art You Won't Put Down


My books:

  1. Dancing at the Pity Party--Tyler Feder
  2. Lean In--Sheryl Sandberg
  3. Meet Cute--Jennifer L. Armentrout & others
  4. Life's Too Short--Abby Jimenez
  5. Twice in a Blue Moon--Christina Lauren
  6. Easy Crafts for the Insane--Kelly Williams Brown
  7. Sleeping With Anemone--Kate Collins
  8. The Fixer Upper--Mary Kay Andrews
  9. The Rainbow Comes and Goes--Anderson Cooper & Gloria Vanderbilt
  10. Music is History--Questlove
  11. The English Breakfast Murder--Laura Childs
  12. I'll Be the One--Lyla Lee
  13. The Little Paris Bookshop--Nina George
  14. River of Time--Naomi Judd
  15. Dirty Rotten Tendrils--Kate Collins
  16. Retro Rhythms--Francesca Damkar
  17. The Summer of Jordi Perez--Amy Spalding
  18. Listen to Your Heart--Kasie West
  19. Would Like to Meet--Rachel Winters
  20. People We Meet on Vacation--Emily Henry
  21. Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama--Bob Odenkirk
  22. The Homewreckers--Mary Kay Andrews
  23. Tell the Wolves I'm Home--Carol Rifka Brunt
  24. Summer on Blossom Street--Debbie Macomber
  25. The Anthropocene Reviewed--John Green
  26. The Brightest Star--Fern Michaels
  27. Book Lovers--Emily Henry
  28. Queenie--Candice Carty-Williams
  29. Postcards From the Dead--Laura Childs
  30. The Hating Game--Sally Thorne
  31. Drag Teen--Jeffery Self 
  32. The Safety Net--Andrea Camilleri
  33. Finding Me--Viola Davis
  34. Conversations With Friends--Sally Rooney

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Unabridged Reading Challenge 2022

 This is a new one to me. 


My books:

  1. Audiobook: Die, Snow White! Die, You D*** Fool!--Yuri Rasovsky
  2. Novel in Verse: Glass--Ellen Hopkins
  3. Written in an unusual genre (epistolary, transcript, mixed media, etc.): Several People Are Typing--Calvin Kasulke
  4. Nonfiction: The XX Brain--Lisa Mosconi, PhD
  5. LGBTQ+ book written for a YA audience: Jay's Gay Agenda--Jason June
  6. Published Before 2000: The Power of One--Bryce Courtenay
  7. Middle Grade Book by a Person of Color: Out of My Mind--Sharon M. Draper
  8. Read a book and watch its adaptation: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil--John Berendt
  9. Work in translation: My Invented Country--Isabel Allende
  10. Book (fiction or nonfiction) that addresses nature or the environment: Visionary Women--Andrea Barnet
Challenge completed on April 2

Epistolary Reading Challenge 2022

Another I will be bringing back next year.




The challenge will be to read books written in the form of letters, diaries, blogs, e-mails and such, either completely or partially written this way. 


Guidelines:
  • Challenge will run from January 1 to December 31, 2022.  Books must be started on or after January 1 to count.  Re-reads will be allowed as long as they are read during the specified time period.
  • Books may cross over to other challenges in which you are participating.  
  • Fiction (all genres and subgenres) and nonfiction that fit the challenge description may be read.
  • All book formats are allowed (paper, audio, electronic, graphic novels/manga, picture books). 
  • No levels.  I will let you choose how many books to read.
  • You do not need a blog to sign up.  You may keep tract of your progress on Goodreads, Amazon or other similar sites with a shelf dedicated to this challenge.  Or sign up on Youtube, Facebook, or Twitter.
  • You do not need to post reviews, nor will there be any check-ins.
  • Sign up below in the comments. I will not be using linkys this year.

Need ideas for reading? Here are some links to get started:



My Books:
  1. The Red Queen--Philippa Gregory
  2. The Time Traveler's Wife--Audrey Niffenegger
  3. Several People Are Typing--Calvin Kasulke
  4. Black Buck--Mateo Aksaripour
  5. Unfriended--Rachel Vail
  6. Jay's Gay Agenda--Jason June
  7. Meet Cute--Jennifer L. Armentrout & others
  8. Easy Crafts for the Insane--Kelly Williams Brown
  9. The Midnight Library--Matt Haig
  10. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald--Therese Anne Fowler
  11. Never Always Sometimes--Adi Alsaid
  12. Parable of the Sower--Octavia E. Butler
  13. The Rainbow Comes and Goes--Anderson Cooper & Gloria Vanderbilt
  14. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac--Gabrielle Zevin
  15. Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim--Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
  16. The Little Paris Bookshop--Nina George
  17. The Summer of Jordi Perez--Amy Spalding
  18. The Coldest Winter Ever--Sister Souljah
  19. Would Like to Meet--Rachel Winters
  20. Technically, You Started It--Lana Wood Johnson
  21. Punk 57--Penelope Douglas
  22. Tell the Wolves I'm Home--Carol Rifka Brunt
  23. The Lies That Bind--Emily Giffin
  24. Book Lovers--Emily Henry
  25. Queenie--Candice Carty-Williams
  26. The Summer Deal--Jill Shalvis
  27. Tokyo Ever After--Emiko Jean
  28. l8r, g8r--Lauren Myracle
  29. Aurora Rising--Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  30. Felix Ever After--Kacen Callender

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Humor Reading Challenge 2022

 I will once again be offering this one.




Choose a level from below.  You may go up a level, but not down.

Cartoonist: 1-5 books
Humor Columnist: 6-10 books 
Comedy Writer:  11-15 books
Stand Up Comedian: More than 15 books 


Guidelines for the Challenge:
  • Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2022. Books must be started on or after January 1 to count. Re-reads are allowed as long as they are read during the specified time frame.
  • Books may cross over to other challenges in which you are participating.
  • Any book (fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, graphic novels, poetry collections, plays, picture books) labeled as humor counts. As such, all book formats (paper, audio, electronic) may be read.
  • You do not need a blog to sign up. You may keep tract of your progress on Goodreads, Amazon or other similar sites with a shelf dedicated to this challenge. Or sign up on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc. 
  • There will be no checkins, nor do you need to post reviews.
  • Sign up below in the comments. I have decided not to use linkys this year.
 
Need ideas? Here are some links to get started:

Goodreads: Humor Books



My Books:

  1. Die, Snow White! Die, You D*** Fool!--Yuri Rasovsky
  2. Kitchen Confidential--Anthony Bourdain
  3. Several People Are Typing--Calvin Kasulke
  4. Game On--Janet Evanovich
  5. Black Buck--Mateo Askaripour
  6. Unfriended--Rachel Vail
  7. Jay's Gay Agenda--Jason June
  8. Dancing at the Pity Party--Tyler Feder
  9. Martina the Beautiful Cockroach--Carmen Agra Deedy
  10. Life's Too Short--Abby Jimenez
  11. Easy Crafts for the Insane--Kelly Williams Brown
  12. Sleeping With Anemone--Kate Collins
  13. The Fixer Upper--Mary Kay Andrews
  14. Never Always Sometimes--Adi Alsaid
  15. Unicorn on a Roll--Dana Simpson
  16. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore--Robin Sloan
  17. Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim--Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
  18. Dirty Rotten Tendrils--Kate Collins
  19. The Summer of Jordi Perez--Amy Spalding
  20. The Guncle--Steven Rowley
  21. Would Like to Meet--Rachel Winters
  22. Lumberjanes: Friendship to the Max--Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis
  23. Technically, You Started It--Lana Wood Johnson
  24. Decluttering at the Speed of Life--Dana K. White
  25. Arsenic and Adobo--Mia P. Manansala
  26. Homicide and Halo-Halo--Mia P. Manansala
  27. People We Meet on Vacation--Emily Henry
  28. The Last Chance Library--Freya Sampson
  29. Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama--Bob Odenkirk
  30. The Homewreckers--Mary Kay Andrews
  31. Lessons in Chemistry--Bonnie Garmus
  32. We Came, We Saw, We Left--Charles Wheelan
  33. The Anthropocene Reviewed--John Green
  34. Book Lovers--Emily Henry
  35. Queenie--Candice Carty-Williams
  36. The Summer Deal--Jill Shalvis
  37. Tokyo Ever After--Emiko Jean
  38. She Drives Me Crazy--Kelly Quindlen
  39. The Eyre Affair--Jasper Fforde
  40. First Trip--Cheryl Taylor
  41. The Hating Game--Sally Thorne
  42. The Switch--Beth O'Leary
  43. l8r, g8r--Lauren Myracle
  44. Drag Teen--Jeffery Self 
  45. The Last Kids on Earth--Max Brallier
  46. Thump, Quack, Moo--Doreen Cronin
  47. The Kiss Quotient--Helen Hoang
  48. The Bride Test--Helen Hoang

Uncorked Reading Challenge 2022

 I got an email about this one last week and am now signing up. This is my second year doing this one.



JAN: The Time Traveler's Wife--Audrey Niffenegger

FEB:  The Power of One--Bryce Courtenay

MARCH: Eight Hundred Grapes--Laura Dave

APRIL: Salt to the Sea--Ruta Sepetys

MAY: The Wonder Trail--Steve Hely

JUNE: Book Fiesta!--Pat Mora

JULY: Pet--Akwaeke Emezi

AUG: Tiger's Eye--Inga Clendinnen

SEPT: First Trip--Cheryl Taylor

OCT:

NOV:

DEC:

More Halloween Humor

 Some new ones this year:










And some I'm reposting from last year:











Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Mental Health Reading Challenge 2022

 




This will be returning in 2022 for a fourth year. This is a topic very important to me.



General Rules:
  • Any book depicting mental health counts, whether fiction or non-fiction.
  • Challenge takes place from January 1 to December 31, 2022. All books must be read during that time to count.
  • All book formats (print, audio, e-books) are accepted.
  • Books may cross over to other challenges in which you are participating.
  • No levels, read as many books as you like.
  • Need ideas for books? Check this Goodreads page for several lists of books on the topic.
  • You do not need a blog to participate. You may sign up on Goodreads, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, etc. 
  • Sign up below in the comments. I have decided not to use linkys this year.

Need reading ideas? Here are some links to get started:



My books 
  1. When It Happens to You--Molly Ringwald
  2. Glass--Ellen Hopkins
  3. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me--Sherman Alexie
  4. The XX Brain--Lisa Mosconi, PhD
  5. Dancing at the Pity Party--Tyler Feder
  6. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil--John Berendt
  7. Out of My Mind--Sharon M. Draper
  8. Meet Cute--Jennifer L. Armentrout & others
  9. Easy Crafts for the Insane--Kelly Williams Brown
  10. The Midnight Library--Matt Haig
  11. Ace--Angela Chen
  12. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald--Therese Anne Fowler
  13. Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald--Linda Wagner-Martin
  14. How to Be an Antiracist--Ibram X. Kendi
  15. The Rainbow Comes and Goes--Anderson Cooper & Gloria Vanderbilt
  16. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac--Gabrielle Zevin
  17. It Never Goes Away--Dr. Anne L. Koch
  18. River of Time--Naomi Judd
  19. Ordinary Hazards--Nikki Grimes
  20. Hunger--Roxane Gay
  21. The Cactus--Sarah Haywood
  22. The Coldest Winter Ever--Sister Souljah
  23. The Guncle--Steven Rowley
  24. Technically, You Started It--Lana Wood Johnson
  25. The Best American Short Stories 2014--Jennifer Egan (ed.)
  26. Decluttering at the Speed of Life--Dana K. White
  27. People We Meet on Vacation--Emily Henry
  28. The Last Chance Library--Freya Sampson
  29. Beach House for Rent--Mary Alice Monroe
  30. Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama--Bob Odenkirk
  31. Tell the Wolves I'm Home--Carol Rifka Brunt
  32. Breath, Eyes, Memory--Edwidge Danticat
  33. Into the Water--Paula Hawkins
  34. Willow Weep for Me--Meri Nana-Ama Danquah (reread)
  35. Red Heart Tattoo--Lurlene McDaniel
  36. The Anthropocene Reviewed--John Green
  37. Tiger's Eye--Inga Clendinnen
  38. Queenie--Candice Carty-Williams
  39. Somebody's Daughter--Ashley C. Ford
  40. First Trip--Cheryl Taylor
  41. Apples Never Fall--Liane Moriarty
  42. The Safety Net--Andrea Camilleri
  43. Finding Me--Viola Davis
  44. Conversations With Friends--Sally Rooney
  45. Felix Ever After--Kacen Callender
  46. The Kiss Quotient--Helen Hoang
  47. The Bride Test--Helen Hoang

Monday, October 18, 2021

Memoir Reading Challenge 2022

 


It's back, once again using a checklist. Some categories have been changed, however. To participate, you must read a minimum of five memoirs from any of the categories listed. One book can only count for one category. Re-reads are acceptable. All book formats count. 


Other Rules:

  • Books must be read on or after January 1, 2022 to count.
  • Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2022.
  • Books may cross over to other challenges in which you are participating. 
  • Books must be labeled as memoirs to count. 
  • You do not need a blog to sign up.  You may keep tract of your progress on Goodreads, Amazon or other similar sites with a shelf dedicated to this challenge.  Or sign up on Youtube, Facebook, or Twitter. Sign up below in the comments.

If you need reading ideas, here are some links to get started:

Goodreads: Best Memoir/Autobiography

Goodreads: Memoirs by Women 

Amazon Best Seller Memoirs

B&N: 50 Essential Memoirs


Here are the categories:

  1. Mental Illness Memoir: Easy Crafts for the Insane--Kelly Williams Brown  
  2. Other Illness Memoir: Hunger--Roxane Gay 
  3. Political Memoir:  
  4. Food Memoir: Kitchen Confidential--Anthony Bourdain
  5. Animal Memoir: My Patients and Other Animals--Suzy Finchman-Gray 
  6. Music Memoir: River of Time--Naomi Judd
  7. Travel Memoir: The Wonder Trail--Steve Hely
  8. Written by a person of color: How to be an Antiracist--Ibram X. Kendi
  9. Written by a woman: Lean In--Sheryl Sandberg
  10. Written by a person who identifies as LGBTQIA: It Never Goes Away--Dr. Anne L. Koch
  11. Written by an actor or a comedian: Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama--Bob Odenkirk
  12. Written by an author or journalist: You Don't Have to Say You Love Me--Sherman Alexie
  13. Written by any other celebrity:
  14. Written by someone under 40: Somebody's Daughter--Ashley C. Ford
  15. Written by someone over 40: The Rainbow Comes and Goes--Anderson Cooper & Gloria Vanderbilt
  16. Written by someone from a country different from your own: My Invented Country--Isabel Allende
  17.  One you find thought-provoking: Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood--Gary Paulsen
  18.  Made into a movie: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil--John Berendt
  19.  Graphic Novel memoir: Dancing at the Pity Party--Tyler Feder
  20.  Bestselling memoir:
  21.  Humorous memoir: Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim--Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
  22.  Fictional memoir: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac--Gabrielle Zevin
  23.  Won an Award: 
  24.  Published in 2022: Finding Me--Viola Davis
  25.  Published in 2021 or earlier: The Wind in My Hair--Masih Alinejad
  26.  Under 300 pages: Daring to Drive--Manal Al-Sharif
  27.  Over 300 pages: Ordinary Hazards--Nikki Grimes
  28.  One you want to re-read: Willow Weep for Me--Meri Nana-Ama Danquah
  29.  On a favorite subject:
  30.  By a favorite celebrity: The Anthropocene Reviewed--John Green
  31.  Free choice: We Came, We Saw, We Left--Charles Wheelan
  32.  Free choice: Tiger's Eye--Inga Clendinnen
  33.  Free choice: