The year is quickly winding down if the date on this post and the numbering of this edition of Snippet Wednesday is any indication. Wow! Where did it go? 2014 will mark Nathan's third calendar year of life on this planet. What the what?
How about I just get on with the Snippets before I depress myself anymore?
Did any of you take part in Gray Thursday or Black Friday shopping this year? I'm proud to say that I did not. Black Friday is a madhouse that I just want no part of and the very concept of Gray Thursday just bums me out. I know Dave2 made a good point about it on his blog, but I still can't support it. I did, however, take part in a couple minor purchases on Cyber Monday. An eBook and an MP3 album from Amazon. Too good to pass up. And I still had credit there anyway, so it cost even less.
Where did you wind up shopping, if at all, and what did you buy?
Katie and I are trying our best to get back into reading. It's a favorite activity of ours that has been backburnered for a little more than a year now. Funny, isn't Nathan "a little more than a year" old now? Hmmm... the coincidence is striking! Anywho. I find it funny that I am currently doublefisting a pair of books (Dan Brown's Inferno and Harry Turtledove's How Few Remain) as well as a handful of graphic novels and comic books while Katie is triplefisting some books (Inferno, Janet Evanovich's Notorious Nineteen, and Markus Zusak's The Book Thief) with a fourth waiting in the wings from our library (Evanovich's Takedown Twenty). When will the madness end? When we get reading, that's when.
What's the greatest number of books you've balanced at one time?
Two years ago, I set a goal of reading 20 books. I achieved this goal... barely. This past year, instead of reading book-books, I set a goal of reading through all the available collected volumes of Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley's Invincible comic book. Also achieved. For 2014, though, I don't want to go back to comics. I want to read books again (in keeping with the previous Snippet). So I thought about trying to challenge myself with some of George R.R. Martin's books from the Song of Ice and Fire series (that's the Game of Thrones books, in case you're not familiar with the actual series name). I've already read the first one and there are four more left. I thought about trying to read two as they are about 1,500 ePages each and my reading is still slow. But that didn't seem enough of a challenge. Now I'm considering three. But that leaves the fifth available book in a lurch and likely to never be read as a result. I'm notoriously horrible about completing book series... I still haven't read The Return of the King nearly a decade after starting the series. Normally this shouldn't be a challenge, but with a little guy running around, it is. It most decidedly is.
So what say you all... two, three, or four books?
On the topic of goals, I've been considering returning to some sort of photo challenge for myself. As I do not want to do a daily challenge as I've done in years past, I came up with the idea of doing a weekly macro photo challenge. This, much like challenges since I've owned it, will center around my iPhone. However, I need a macro lens for it. I had one from Photojojo a few years ago that I've since lost. Loved that little lens.
Should I go with another one of those Photojojo lenses for my iPhone 5C? Is there something better that doesn't cost nearly as much as some of the iPhone accesory lenses I've seen (the Olloclip lens is nearly 3x the price of the Photojojo one)?
Most of my recent posts have received single-digit comment counts. And I have to take into consideration that half of those comments are my replies to the comments left by readers.
Is blog reading dead or is it just commenting on blog posts that has suffered a painful death?
Speaking of the year coming to an end, be on the lookout for the start of my Year-End Best-Of (YEBO) lists. Oh I cannot wait. Although my movie list is going to be even more pathetic than it was last year. It's amazing how little importance going to the movie theater holds once kids come into the picture. I miss it, but I don't miss it. Yanno?
Well, I'm going to sign off for now. Adios!