What to do on a day off?

I had very little planned for today, since I normally would be in Las Vegas for the MLK holiday weekend. I decided to use the time off to prep for school which starts next week. I managed to clear off the area where I do school in the garage. It had gotten buried when we had to move stuff around to get the new washing machine in when the old one broke.

I have a lot to do still, since I learned that our storage unit had been broken into at some point, and I need to get the police out with the locksmith and the property manager before I can find out what has been taken. I have no idea how long ago the break in happened, since the storage place no longer has security, and they didn’t inform me.

Anyhow, since I can’t deal with the unit until Wednesday at the earliest, I am attempting to get my reading done. I have 3 books that are almost finished. I think I can finish at least 2 of them.

I also plan to pre blog several posts so they will go out on time. I have already made a list of my school books and bookclub books that I’ll have to read between now and March. Let’s see how far I can get!

I also joined two games on Goodreads to help me move along on my reading challenge. At least a book a week. Very doable for me.

I requested books from the library and put bookmarks into my school books. I have a stack of stuff, including library books, to go into my car to start next week’s projects.

I still have to find a way to honor MLK on the holiday in his honor.

I’m mostly planned out, but we’ll see!

An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten

An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good

An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked this up on a recommendation from a friend. I loved it! No one suspects the old lady. That’s not a spoiler, since we know from the beginning what the old lady is thinking.

The book is set up like short stories with all of the stories coming together in the end. It was wonderful and I can’t wait to read the next one!

I would recommend this to anyone who likes mysteries and doesn’t mind a little gore. Very little, but it’s in there anyhow.

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Kindle articles

Kindle vs paperwhite

Black Friday Kindle Deal

Oasis vs paperwhite kindle

New paperwhite

Paperwhite 2021

Signature edition

Above are several articles about Kindle products. For some reason, my phone seems to think that I need a new Kindle. Maybe it knows that mine needs to be reset randomly, but still works just fine?

I didn’t want to comment on every single article, but if you’re looking for a new Kindle, here’s a good place to start to compare them.

Let me write it my way

I had been getting mediocre grades in one of my classes. Part of that reason was because all of the assignments had been given to us in “fill in the table” format. What was this about? Who is the main character and what does he learn?

I was eventually given an assignment to write no more than two pages, reflecting on “Why this story is better than Shrek.” I did so and just wrote what I was feeling. I wrote in my own voice and I received an A on the paper with the comment of “this is actually interesting to read!”

If you just let me write the way I want to, we’ll all be happier.

7 of 125 completed

I’m getting a jump on my reading challenge. I’m finishing up some books now since I have a little time before school starts again.

I’m planning on getting my school books read early, too, or at least started. Once school starts, I’ll be dealing wth mostly those.

I have several bookclub books going, as usual, but I’ve taken on the organization of nonfiction and contemporary books.

I’m also trying to get some projects done at home. School begins on the 24th, so I have a little time. Wish me luck!

Soylent Green (spoilers?)

I read an article today about how much Soylent Green got right about 2022. Halfway through the article was “We won’t spoil the ending, though if you know anything about the film, it’s probably the horrifying revelation about Soylent Green.”

If the movie was made in 1973, is it still considered spoiling the ending 49 years later? I think even those who haven’t seen the movie might know that famous last line, without knowing what the rest of the movie is about.

Soylent Green Article

My feet were cold so I put socks on the baby

I had a friend who would wake up because her feet were cold. She would get up and put socks on, then go into her child’s room and put socks on him, figuring that if she was cold, he was cold. I did my own version of this the other night.

I woke up at 4am because I had to empty my bladder and because I was thirsty. While I didn’t make Molly go outside in the very cold weather, I did make her wake up from a deep, deep sleep to drink some water. If I was thirsty, she must have been, too. She didn’t argue, but she was very confused. She went right to sleep again after the unplanned outing.

Perfect Pets: Fun Short Story Picture Book for Children by Arnie Lightning

Perfect Pets: Fun Short Story Picture Book for Children

Perfect Pets: Fun Short Story Picture Book for Children by Arnie Lightning
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I got this as a freebie audiobook. It surprised me that it is still considered a picture book even though we can’t see any pictures.

The imagination runs wild in this book, trying to get a child to think of the best pets for them. All of the pets mentioned are imaginary or inappropriate.

The story is cute, but I think it would have been better with pictures. It would make a good bedtime story, though.

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Can you send me your email address?

I received an email from someone with a holiday newsletter. I won’t name names, but it was from someone I have known my entire life.

The end of the email requested my email address, since he was going to be sending these every 3 months. I do not think it occurred to him that there are better ways to request an email address than to request by email. Let’s see how future emails go.