don’t know about you, but I like to watch some YouTube. I have people I follow, unfollow, and find someone new to take those I unfollow place. I hate, HATE, loathe even, the new YouTube over the last few months. Where to begin with this writing rant? YouTube used to be just videos. Every now and then you had ads. I’d watch on a PC with AdBlockers and extensions to hide those. I’m watching more on my Roku. The last few months every channel, every video has ads. Those ads are a lot longer now. No skipping. I can’t watch a 10 minute video anymore without 15 breaks for ads.
In previous years, I’d made a list of 10 books I wanted to own, and read, for the first time. I hadn’t done one in a while, so I broke out a new list in December 2020. With that list, I put the own aside and focused more on the reading aspect. I got a couple for my own library. As always, I didn’t complete the list. I never do with these things. I had the intention of doing another one for 2021, but cutting the list down to five. Instead, I’m just going to scrap the idea.
Christmas is long forgotten. The New Year is here. Halloween is a long way in the future. Still, I thought I’d give a brief update on my October Halloween themed blog project for 2022. I have material for three of the projects I had on my list. Of those three, I picked one, and I actually got a jump on it before the new year. As of this writing, I’m a third of the way through. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but it’s a big endeavor, a big project.
The new year, and hopefully, not another foul year of the lord, 2022, is upon us. One of the things the new year brings is another Reading Challenge from the fine folks over at GoodReads. I love the end of the year wrap-up they do where they give some interesting stats over your reading year. This past year of 2021 marked the sixth year I’ve taken the challenge. I started in 2015 and missed the mark by a single book. I wasn’t really sure how this whole process went. Since then I’ve reached my goal every year, often by several books, save 2019. For a reason I don’t recall, I didn’t take the challenge that year. In 2021, my reading goal was 15 books. Basically, a book a month or so at the goal. My total came to 22, with two being “DNFs.”
Winter may sit on the seasonal throne, but its reign has been quiet. December felt almost like Spring in weather during both day and night, and except for the bare tree branches, one might think it. The new year brought a new turn in Winter, and it reached out its icy claws with a vengeance. A few short days into January, the mountains received their first true taste of Winter. While frost had covered the ground a few select times, this was more.
What happened to country music? Not that I’m a huge fan, but I listened to it in the early 90s when I was in elementary school. I like bluegrass, Southern Rock, and a few things from the “Golden Age,” and “Outlaw Country.” My fiancé, Crystal, listens to it now. On New Year’s Eve, in needing something to watch until midnight, the best we could find was a country music special to rival the Dick Clark thing. New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash. This special aired on CBS from Nashville. I have to say, I had no idea who most of these people were. The thing that got me, and I was most surprised by, was the way the performers looked.
As 2021 draws to a close, so does my sixth full calendar year of blogging. I never wanted my blog to be a certain way, or fit a certain genre. I started this with the goal of creating a space where I could post an eclectic mix. Look for more creativity as a new year begins.
For those of you who don’t know, my Life & Stuff series is where I write more personal pieces. Pulling back the blog and giving a glimpse of what’s going on in my life for good and bad. This time with this piece, it’s good. Great, even. I proposed to my girlfriend Crystal on Christmas Day, got down on one knee, gave her a ring. The whole bit.
Seems to be a yearly piece I write at this particular time of year. I think as a kid you love Christmas. Then, maybe about high school, maybe a touch after, you kind of outgrow it. At least that’s how it was with me, and I’m not going to get into my reasons here. It doesn’t really matter, I suppose. Still, I’m not the best at receiving gifts. I’m not the best gift giver. I never know what to get the few people I actually bother to shop for, but I try. Christmas, well, holidays seem to add more stress. Especially in this day and age. The Christmas Spirit, or Lack Thereof. Maybe? Yes. Maybe. It always helps when you have someone special to spend a holiday with, especially the winter ones. I have that someone special again this Christmas, my girlfriend, Crystal.
Ollie’s? Have you heard of it? Got one close to you? It’s like a “big box” discount store. Not a dollar type store. Maybe more like a Big Lots! My mom used to take me to that last one all the time when I was a kid. Dragged is probably the better word. My girlfriend loves Ollie’s. We found one close to me, and a few weeks ago while doing the weekly shopping, decided to stop and let me see the “wonder.” As soon as we walked in, there was a pretty decent book section. That’s what we’re dealing with in this piece. A book haul from Ollie’s. So, let me tell you what I found. As soon as I walked by, I saw the complete H.P. Lovecraft hardback that got stolen. Better yet, it was half-price of what Amazon lists. Like 1,00 pages. Score. Right next to it, another 1,00 page tome in hardback, a complete Edgar Allan Poe.Baby, go get a buggy. To round it out, I also found an “autographed copy” of “Good Ol’ J.R.” Jim Ross’ first autobiography. Not only did I clean three books off my Amazon list, but I did it for like half the price, even more on Ross’ book. So, what exactly did I get that I’m excited about, and how much did I save? Also, two of these books are possible Halloween blog project review.