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Well, COVID has prevented us from doing most things we do around the holidays — NO eating out & saddest of all, NO ‘Revels’. So, I kind of opted to go go all out on the Advent calendar front — albeit, for the 1st time in memory with NO chocolate calendars. Typically, somebody, who we will not name gets two chocolate calendars. This year none.
Instead, I got her the wooden heirloom one. It matches her room quite nicely. She likes it. I had to get ANOTHER jewelry advent calendar and use its contents to fill the drawers. So, I guess I got 5 calendars — actually 6 if I include one I got for a 6-year old relative.
Getting this year’s Lego advent was NOT easy. Amazon would ONLY offer delivery after Christmas. So, I had to make a trip to the local Kohl’s to get one.
I got the 2006 & 1998 on eBay. The 1998 one, the very 1st, is cool. Looks so different to the ones we are now used to.
She had 6 Lego Advent calendars prior to this. Now she has 9. SMILE.
The 2019 Advent Calendars.
The prior 6.
Two are decorations that went up
on the tree.
Some of you may have already worked this out, but it has only SLOWLY dawned upon me. OK, to be fair, I ONLY started listening to Amazon ‘Audible’ books in September of this year. So, it has only been a few months (3 to be precise) though I have gone through, as you can see from top image, 13 quite ‘hefty’ books.
I had listened to books on CD & even tape in the past — but at least 15-years ago. Much has changed in those years. That, I appreciate, is one of the reasons I am so enamored with Audible. Today’s book are not just read — they are acted out. One of the books I listened to, “The Liar’s Girl“, had 3 people reading it to do the various voices. It is no longer a monotonous reading. They act out the reading. So, they kind of add LIFE to the book & characters.
It is no longer JUST the author, BUT now — with the Audible books — the person reading it! That person needs to get nearly as much credit — & they do!
It is also the case that WHERE I listen to my books is different. That adds to the allure. I only listen, through noise cancelling FULL HEADSETS while I am walking. So, very few distractions. It is even better than listening when you are driving. I can concentrate — & I do.
I have come to realize that some books are better listened to than they would be read! I think I get through listened books faster — mainly because I am a notoriously SLOW reader. Much of that is because I like to reread sentences & paragraphs. I love words, I love structure, I love writing. So, when I read, IF I come across good writing, I reread it for the pleasure.
That I am now thinking that some books are better listened to than read is a revelation to I. To I, that is profound. So, it is now not just content. It is presentation. Forget judging a book by its cover. It has become judging a book by how it is read aloud to you.
I am still formulating my thoughts. I am putting this out to get you to think. Get your thoughts. Think about it. Thanks.
I am so embarrassed that I had never heard of the ‘INTERNATIONAL Appalachian Trail’ thought it has been around for over 30-years. What makes it worse is that during that time I have hiked small sections of the AT & living in New Hampshire I am very much in AT country.
Yikes, & to make it worse I heard about it on Facebook — albeit in the ‘Maine Hiking‘ group to which I belong. I had to ask them ‘how & why’ AT became ‘International & as ever they were very polite & helpful.
So, I wanted to make sure YOU knew about it.
So, I made further inquiries. Yes, of course, you need a passport to cross the Canadian border — & YES, the border is still closed because of COVID.
Thought you will find this useful & interesting.
I have just finished listening, via Amazon ‘Audible‘, to her book ‘Restoration‘, in a kind of spellbound awe. Given the language (which is often extremely crude) & strident style I had just assumed it was written by a man. That is one of the drawbacks of LISTENING to a book rather than holding it in your hands & reading it. It is easy to overlook who the author is. And I had not listened carefully to that part.
Wow. I am hooked. I just got the sequel ‘Merivel’ on ‘Audible’. I plan to listen to a few more.
Please check her out or at least read about her. She is 77 & still very much alive & active. Has been made a Dame. Good for her. I am glad. She is so clever & talented. I am in AWE. Just amazing. Please …. do yourself a favor.
Search ‘Biden’ & ‘Obama’.
And like Trump, at all White House public gatherings, the pope refused to wear a mask. He is a law unto himself — like Trump.
Trump has done irreparable damage to the U.S. Presidency; Pope Francis to the papacy.
Both are into promoting a cult of personality.
The pope won’t wear a mask for the same reason as Trump. He thinks it will harm his looks. He is the pope. He should not be so vain.
But, vain he is.
Search ‘virus‘ & ‘pope‘.