All the TP

Many years ago, probably around the time my now adult kids were being potty trained, Amazon started monthly deliveries. It had become apparent that with three women in the household, we would be going through a lot of toilet paper. Monthly deliveries were great so that no one got stranded without paper.

When the shortage started a few months ago, Amazon canceled my monthly delivery. We needed to figure out a way to get tp to the house. We figured out that if we ordered a large amount, Amazon would still deliver, so we ended up with a box of 80 rolls. Amazon made an error and ended up delivering a second box of 80. 160 rolls. Wow. Thankfully, we have friends and family who couldn’t get it so we were selling it to them until we got to a reasonable amount. Those boxes were still huge.

After we finished with that semi crisis, I got an email from Amazon, telling me that they changed my monthly order to double the amount, 60, but every two months. Great! The first delivery would be six weeks later, at the end of June. Perfect.

Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way. The first order arrived a week later. We again had rolls and rolls of stored toilet paper. A family member asked me to go to Costco to get her some toilet paper. I refused. She bought it from us again. Back to a reasonable amount of stored paper. Not 220 rolls that we would have had if the family and friends hadn’t needed it.

A friend gave me a gift card from Amazon to thank me for getting her groceries when I do the shopping for the house. I happened to look at the balance, and it was almost gone! What happened?

I investigated and found out that Amazon had charge an order onto the gift card and was planning on sending that original monthly order at the end of June. Oh, no way! Thankfully I caught it and canceled it before it shipped. Possibly 280 rolls. Really? We don’t need that many, even with multiple households using it.

Moral? Double and triple check orders from Amazon when you place them. Otherwise you might be drowning in tp if you’re not careful. That’s actually quite the visual there.

Bookworm points

I scored a 31.  I have done all of these things.  If you count the number of times I double bought a book, my score would be much higher.  One reason I don’t double buy as many books is that with ebooks, Amazon alerts me that I’ve already purchased it, and when.

Where do you get your books?

I get my books from a variety of sources.  Because the majority of my books are on Kindle, and from bookbub or fussy librarian (freebies and cheap), the majority of my books come from Amazon.  When a book comes up for bookclub, I look at the library first.  If it’s going to be a long wait, I will look on Amazon next.   Usually, I can wait for the library hold, though.

I look at the library book sales for series pieces that I need to finish.  I have several series where I have books 1 & 3, and I keep looking for 2.  I am patient, unless I am mid series.  Most of these books are $1 each, so it’s worth the effort.

I can’t wander past a bookstore without going in.  I tend to purchase at least one book whenever I go in, and it’s usually something I’ve been contemplating for a while.

Finally, I have a book of the month subscription, where I get the new releases.

I use a variety of sources to fulfill my need for books.  My book addiction.

Verity, by Colleen Hoover

Verity

Verity by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book, but it got very intense for me at certain places. I had to put it down and go back to it a lot. It was worth finishing, mostly because I needed to know what was going to happen.

From word of mouth, I knew the ending was going to leave me thinking. It certainly did. I think it’s going to be on my mind for a while.

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Verity

Verity by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this book, but it got very intense for me at certain places. I had to put it down and go back to it a lot. It was worth finishing, mostly because I needed to know what was going to happen.
From word of mouth, I knew the ending was going to leave me thinking. It certainly did. I think it’s going to be on my mind for a while.

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Still life at the station

As I am headed into the station, I see this still life set up. No one seems to be its owner, though. One shoe on top of the other. An orange placed next to it. The leaves were just blown in. No painter to capture its beauty.

This was toward the end of the adventure. I had gone to the main library to see what was going on today. When I got there, I realized that I had a caffeine withdrawal headache and sat in the coffee shop after I returned my books. I could see the stairs from where I was and a woman with her nose in her phone came downstairs. She managed to get to the landing, but didn’t seem to realize that there were three more stairs to go down before she hit the ground floor. Boom. Splat. Onto The marble floor. The lady started crying out, but several people gathered around and someone got the security guard. She was up and moving within a minute, but we couldn’t leave the area because everyone’s statements were being taken. Thankfully, I didn’t have anything pressing on the agenda.

I didn’t meet many crazy people on today’s adventure. The library’s town crier was out in front of the Asian art museum. No tissues hanging from his nose today. I guess he needed a change of scenery?

I passed a homeless guy trying to explain to someone that L Ron Hubbard was originally a sci fi writer and why should he be allowed to start his own religion? I was tempted to stick around for the semi one sided discussion, but decided to move along with my day.

I also saw a gentleman having an argument with what looked like a piece of wadded up paper towel. He kept picking it up and throwing it forcefully to the ground. I think he lost the argument.

I got home with no new library books. I also didn’t step foot in the bookstore. No new books came home with me. We won’t discuss the Amazon black Friday book sale yesterday, though.

Back to basics challenges

The very basic start to reading is the alphabet. I have decided that I’m going to start a few new challenges, based on the basics, to make my reading a little more fun. I’ll be working on an alphabet challenge, a decades challenge, and a month challenge.

I want to do a prize winners challenge, too, but I think that will be just a few books.

I am going to continue my way through the Great American Read list. The BBC Big Read list is here.

The shorten the stack list will be ongoing. So will the annual goodreads challenge.

I’ll be explaining each of these more soon. I am not going to wait for the new year to start. I am starting today. Most of my book clubs don’t meet in December, so that’ll help keep me on track.

The link to these challenges will be here.

Is that your real stack of books?

I was chatting with a friend who was reading Bookwormatthegym for the first time. She saw the photo of my books while browsing and I was telling her that I am not buying new books.  She didn’t understand about why I would limit my book purchases until she saw the photo.  Yes.  That’s really the stack.  Yes.  It was taken a couple of weeks ago, so the stack is bigger now.  I have a problem.  I am working on it.  This is one of my goals for 2019.  To have my stack of unread books shorter than I am.