This weekend, I had the opportunity to sit with two groups of people, and we spent 20-30 minutes talking about different foods and the gastric distress they now cause us. You know, foods we once loved that no longer love us back.
I was struck by two things during these conversations:
1. Everything starts going downhill at 35 (or 33, I guess, depending).
2. I am officially an old person.
When I was growing up, I would ask my great-grandmother why she never went to senior centers to hang out. And she told me that she had no interest in being around a bunch of old people because all they would do is talk about their aches and pains. And that was what she had no interest in.
I have turned into a person who sits around and talks about her aches and pains. I have turned into an old person. I am not technically old, btw, and I recognize that. But I am officially old.
Last week, I posted:
- Pi(e), Papers, and Pork #sol17
- Lessons Learned for Next Time #sol17
- Nerding Out #sol17
- The flower that blooms in adversity and all that #sol17
- Picking Favorites (mostly about reading and teaching)
- Long day, failed pie #sol17
- I woke up like this #sol17
Last week, I read:
Well, that was bleak. It was also surprisingly hopeful. So, yeah, definitely a story for our times.
I liked Lauren, and I love that writing is a source of strength and serves as an outlet for her. Also, Earthseed makes perfect sense to me. Though I choose to believe in God as all that is good in the world because that is also a thing that persists/is constant, I found myself nodding along with a lot of the verses of Earthseed as I was reading.
I’ll definitely be checking out the next book.
2.5 stars, rounding down
This one was just okay for me. Though I liked the illustrations in general, I found the flow of the text and breakout words hard to read/follow at times. Also, the way the text was written made it seem like Jesus was yelling all the time.
Currently, I’m reading:
Okay, so I am reading a book, but I don’t think I’m going to finish it so I’m not going to mention it here. I like it fine; it’s just not what I’m in the mood for. After finishing The Parable of the Sower, I’m really in need of something fun and light, and none of the books have that airy quality I’m looking for yet. So I may have to do a comfort re-read to shake myself loose. I’ve already put one such book by my bed but haven’t started it yet. I guess I’m still waiting to see if a new book grabs me? We’ll see what happens as the week goes on.
And because one daily writing challenge wasn’t enough, I am going to participate in the A to Z challenge again this year. For that challenge, you post about something that corresponds to a specific letter of the alphabet throughout the month of April. Most people organize around themes, and I am no different. Last year, my theme was fannish pursuits. My theme for this year is a little different. Or is it? Drumroll please…
My theme for this year is going to be gratitude. So during the month of April, I will be posting at least one thing I am grateful for each day that starts (or relates to) the assigned letter. And just to get this out of the way right now: I am grateful for my family and friends, so I am not planning to dedicate any letters to my mom, dad, daughter, specific friends, etc. since they are givens for me.
So yes. Gratitude. That is my theme.
Have a great week, everyone!