Sunday, February 27, 2022

Still Hesitant About Some Things

The other day on Facebook, I saw  in my newsfeed something for the local stage company. It was about the auditions for the upcoming kids show Frozen Jr. Just a little over a year ago, I attended the performance of California Suite by the sated company. They had just cast their next play, Beauty and the Beast Jr, which then got cancelled when qurarantine began. It was finally held in October and November 2021. I'd wanted to see it, but eventually decided not to. And now I feel the same way about the next play.

I was hesitant about events like these once they started taking place again, and am still that way right now. I learned about a 70s dance party in my home town, another something I might have liked to have attended. But I chose not to. And the place that put on the dance party last night has events planned for Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's. And there have been moves playing I've wanted to see. I don't know when I'll feel safe enough to go to these things. It would be so much fun to do this all again. I have not been to a movie since November 2019. Even before COVID hit, there were not a lot of movies playing that I wanted to see. 

One day...

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Another Rejection and Online Traffic School

Once again, I received a rejection email for my memoir, from the last round of submissions I made for both my manuscripts. Now it's time to send them out again. Will let you know when I do and what I hear later. 

And last December, just before New Year's, I got stopped for speeding and attended traffic school online. The class was self-paced and after signing up yesterday, I immediately began the class and finished it today. I didn't pass the final test the first time, and I only got one chance to retake it. They allowed you to review the material on the site when taking the final. So when I retook the test, I looked over the material carefully. I passed this time. I had until April to complete the class, but wanted to get it done as soon as I could. And I'm glad it's now over and done. This was the first time I'd done traffic school (yes, I have had to do it before) online. No in-person classes were being held, likely because COVID is still looming. 

And now I wanted to get my taxes started soon. Another thing I want to get over and done as soon as I can. 

Things like these seem like they will take all day, but that's not always true.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

I Don't Listen to Spotify

No doubt by now you have heard about what has happened with the music service Spotify. I have never used this, or any music service, and never will. I could never get into the kinds of things. I haven't listened to much music lately. I still have my large collection of CDs that I am hesitant to let go of, though I have not listened to them much in years.

Nevertheless, I could not help commenting on on some of the posts that came up on Facebook about Spotify. One friend posted the following:

Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Queen, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Dave Grohl, Joni Mitchell, & Pearl Jam have joined Neil Young and removed their music from Spotify. Perhaps there is hope after all.

And I responded with:

I will never listen to music that way. Though it's been years since I've played any of my CDs. So many I still have since the early 1990s and I only have three of the artists mentioned above among the collection. Any guesses who? Now, if Elton John, Bob Dylan, and Yes will join those already on the list.

And I could not help sharing the following Spotify memes:

This is as
much as I want to say about all this 🙂

Thursday, February 3, 2022

February Bookish Bingo

 Here is the card for February.

My Books:
  1. Jay's Gay Agenda--Jason June (5 squares): Library Book, Physical Book, Love Story, In a Series, Book Boyfriend
  2. Dancing at the Pity Party--Tyler Feder (3 squares): Diverse Character or Author, Not in a Series, Trope
  3. A Curse So Dark and Lonely--Brigid Kemmerer (3 squares): Sci Fi Fantasy, Reluctant Hero, Free Space
  4. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil--John Berendt (5 squares): Book Club Read, Set in a Small Town, Groupie/Fan, Travel, Pet
  5. Martina the Beautiful Cockroach--Carmen Agra Deedy (1 square): Audiobook
  6. Out of My Mind--Sharon M. Draper (1 square): Dreams/Nightmares
  7. Meet Cute--Jennifer L. Armentrout & others (2 squares): Anthology, Multiple Authors
  8. Life's Too Short--Abby Jimenez (2 squares): E-Book, Hearts on the Cover
  9. Call Us What We Carry--Amanda Gorman (1 square): Free Book
  10. Sleeping With Anemone--Kate Collins (2 squares): Shelf Love, Candy/Flowers
25 squares completed on February 24

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Tribute to Jeremy Hawkins

This was the guy who designed the graphics for the annual Blogging A to Z event. Last year was the first time I had ever participated in the A to Z, though in previous years, I had seen other bloggers' posts. All that time I wondered if I'd ever join, and last year I took the plunge. As such I was not familiar with Jeremy Hawkins's work until then, but I am sad just the same 😢 I enjoyed the graphics he designed for the 2021 event. I pasted each one on each of my entries. I loved the colors he used for each letter. Each one added character to each post. R.I.P.
Click the links below to view and purchase his merchandise: 

And his website at: