2022 Book Resolutions:
I gave up reading challenges a couple of years ago and haven’t looked back. But I have been reflecting of late on some personal reading challenges, one being, finish that series. I have a few (*a lot) series that I haven’t finished. I have all the books here on my shelf, but I’ve just never gotten around to actually finishing them. The majority of offenders are the third book in a trilogy, but I also have a few longer series that I’m only part way through. I would like to try and focus in on this and spend some of my reading time this year finishing them off.
Another personal challenge is to read more from my classics book shelf. I have some beautiful classic editions on there and each one has been bought with the intent to read, not just display. The first one I’m going to tackle is The Woman in White, a story I am familiar with, from having watched an adaptation a couple of years back, but the book has remained unread. This I will set out to address in January/February.
2022 Personal Resolutions:
I’m really not one for making New Year resolutions. However, in the spirit of oversharing, this week has been one of deep reflection for me. In March of last year, I quit my job with the Education Department and decided a change was in order. I applied for and was accepted into a Bachelor of Speech Pathology, a four year full time degree. I have since had a couple of casual jobs and have settled into working at Big W, which surprisingly (for me), I actually really like. Now, the thing is, last year, when the proposed study was just something I was doing ‘next year’, I was all for it. But next year is now this year, and after looking through the course material and thinking about the next four years of studying and how that might look in terms of the disruption to my current life, plus a lot of really deep thinking about myself and what I do and don’t want to do, the study is in the don’t want to column. And I’ve decided that I’m okay with that. I already have two degrees and further certificates. I was a career advisor for 10 years and I know the value of education. But I also know the value in being on the right pathway and wanting to do what you are doing. So I withdrew from the course and felt this enormous weight I didn’t realise I’d been carrying just float away. I have always been guilty of thinking I need to be doing more, being more, striving for more. Maybe I can finally just look at my life and how far I’ve come through so many changes in such a short time and breathe out with relief and gladness, content in the satisfaction that I am living a good life and making the most of each day as they come. I am definitely a different person now than I was in March of last year and I’ll probably be a different person again next year. And I think I’m actually okay with that.
What Zeus has been up to:
Well, Zeus has been doing some reflecting of his own. Specifically, reflecting on the fact that just because the garage door malfunctions and opens of its own accord, you don’t need to run away. After a frantic 45 minutes of searching and panicking and crying and thinking he was surely dead from being hit by a car, I saw Zeus directly across the street walking up the neighbours stairs. I called him home, called the search party off, and called an electrician to fix that damned door. All’s well that end’s well…but even so, a little loyalty and obedience wouldn’t go astray Zeus! Here is Zeus, reflecting on his own behaviour…or reminiscing about that time he hung out at the neighbour’s house?
What I’ve been watching:
TV has been about watching one thing with my daughter and another thing with my son. Which I love. With my son, I watched The Tourist on Stan. Very good. Plenty of plot holes, but still a great Aussie show. He loved it and we enjoyed watching it together.
With my daughter, I watched season two of Emily in Paris. We both agreed it was better than the first.
Speaking of my daughter, she flew back to Brisbane on Friday only to be informed on Saturday that the college where she lives is closing on the 16th for a month on account of the current Covid outbreak. So she will drive back home end of next week and we get her for a month at least. I can’t say I’m disappointed!
What I’ve been reading:
This week was a disappointing one, reading wise, with these two books.
Things are looking up though with this one!
Until next week! Stay safe, read plenty, and be happy.