Girls, I know, I know. This is just plain crazy. With today’s post, I have written and published three days in a row. It is going to snow. Hey, wait! It is snowing, right here on my blog.
I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to link-up with another one of my favorite friends, Sheila at Making the Most of Every Day. Talking about what we are reading, watching, listening to and following. RWLF, if you will. Being home sick definitely has its blogging benefits.
Actually, I am reading lots of different books. At school, I am reading versions of “The Gingerbread Man”, including The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires, illustrated by Holly Berry (not to be confused with Halle Berry). And The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst and Gingerbread Baby (no The) by Jan Brett. Everybody’s getting in on this action. Maybe I should write The Gingerbread Grandma. Runs away from everyone with her walker. I might be onto something.
Any of these Gingerbready books would be fun Christmas gifts.
Also reading a children’s chapter book. Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos. Kind of slow going because I am actually having to READ it. Not listen to it.
The setting for this book is a real community called Norvelt in southwestern Pennsylvania. So this is kind of historical fiction-semi-autobiographical because Gantos actually lived there. Norvelt was created as part of the National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA which happens to also be my mother’s name, Nira) of 1933, after the depression. It was a communal type of homestead program promoting cooperative living. The book is good but that darn reading thing is slowing me down.
Reading The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey on my phone. If reading a book is slow for me, imagine how slow reading on a phone must be. Yeah. That slow. And the book is kind of freaking me out a little. Other than that, I am going great guns with this one. According to BookShout, where I uploaded/downloaded – whichever – the book, I only have 10 hours 10 minutes and 21 seconds left on this book. And I just discovered I can read it on my laptop. YES! I just knocked that time down by at least ten minutes.
Ok. Time for a confession. Everyone I know including Sheila with whom I am linking-up today, loves “The Gilmore Girls”. So PC and I tried it, but we couldn’t get into it. I still want to give it another try, maybe next time I am sick. So I guess that is something I am not watching.
We are watching “This is Us” and some of us are watching “Sister Wives” and “Married by Mom and Dad” (PC). That’s some quality programming in those two little nuggets.
Would attending a Trans-Siberian Orchestra performance fit here? Or maybe under listening? Whatevs, we did go see them on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Neither of us had been before and we were really impressed. I was sick…oh, really?…in fact, went to the clinic the following day. That’s how LONG I have been fighting this stuff. But the concert was energizing and electrifying.
If only temporarily.
Actually this thing could fall under reading, too. I am listening to this fabulous book on Audible. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. So. Good. In fact, I listen to it on my phone at school while I shelve books. Not only to shelve books, but I am taking every single book off the shelf and putting it back on the shelf. Sound redundant? It really isn’t because so many of them are in the wrong place.
Anyway, Lilac Girls is so compelling that I don’t want it to end. I am purposely not listening to it so it will last longer. Like this week when I have been sick, I could have finished the book right up. But I am dragging my feet, even having my phone read it at a slower pace so it won’t end.
This is Kelly’s debut novel and it is masterfully written. I am savoring every word.
Follow the leader? This category always stumps me. It would seem that I should be following someone in order to be able to successfully write something here. But I am not sure who or what I should be following. Let’s see, I know. I started following someone new on Insta and Facebook. Would that count? Ooops, I lied. I thought I was following them but I wasn’t until right now. I am now. Nuhda Boutique in El Paso. My Prince and I went to the boutique last week for “Drink and Draw” (kinda like “I Painted That”). We had such fun. Drew and painted a Christmas scene.
And I discovered that they will be offering all kinds of art workshops in the new year. Drawing. Calligraphy. Some weird stuff that they said would be creativity-inspiring. You, too, can follow Nuhda. On their blog and Facebook and Instagram.
And there you have it. My RWLF for the month. I need to get a handle on this follow business before January’s link-up. Probably need to finish up some of these books, too, and maybe start looking for something to listen to and watch. Suggestions invited, encouraged. What are you RWLF – ing this month?
We were supposed to go to the musical “Elf” tonight when my Prince got home from Kentucky. I got dressed and put on my makeup. We stopped at Wendy’s for a bite of dinner and wound up coming back home. Neither of us really felt like braving the cold and the crowd to go to the play. Sad.
Pulling up the covers and putting this day to bed. Have a restful weekend, my friends. I hope I will, too.
Eskimo kisses (with the eyelashes),