Last weekend of summer, and the end of the second month of blogging every day. So far, so good. Things are going well on the Evernote front as well. The summary:
- Blog every day: Done yet again. I want to recognize Lisa Lawler from the Stepping Stones blog for leaving the 2000th comment here. Sorry I have nothing to give away, Lisa, but thank you. And thank you to everyone who’s followed this blog and who has left a comment since this blog has been around. You give me the push I need to keep doing this. So, this week’s entries:
- Sunday was my weekly status report. Tried to get another entry out here, but no such luck.
- Monday I talked about my grandfather’s commonplace book and discussed my plans for keeping one of my own.
- Two for Tuesday featured the band Blondie.
- I did two “odds and ends” posts on Wednesday. I had intended on just one, but hit “Publish” too soon…
- The Thursday Ten this week was ten TV shows I’d like to see return.
- I wrote about shopping for school clothes with the Holton boys on Friday.
- And yesterday, I wrote about my pretty kitty Amy and her bout of feline vestibular disease, from which she’s recovering nicely, and how happy I am that she’s still with us.
- Learn about Evernote: I’ll be starting the informational posts on this next month. I’m not going to get into too much of the fancy stuff, because I used very little of it, but I’ll make it as meaty as I can. I also spent some time this week planning out the tags that I’d like to start using with it. I’ve just been willy-nilly adding tags to things and there hasn’t been much rhyme or reason to what I’m doing. Changing the tags and the way the notes I have .
I had access to my Kindle this week, so I did some reading. One book was Along the Ravenswood by Eileen Robertson Hamer. It’s the second book in her “Chicago Stories” series featuring Seraphy Pellegrini, an injured former Marine and military contractor who moves back to Chicago and works as an architect, and solves mysteries along the way. I read the first book, Chicago Stories: West of Western, earlier this year, and developed a bit of a crush on the main character, so I had to read the next book. I had to give the second book three stars on Amazon, five stars for the concept and two for the execution of it; I think Ms. Hamer should have shown it to more beta readers and a good editor.
I’m currently halfway through Ball Four, Jim Bouton’s journal of his 1969 season with the Seattle Pilots and Houston Astros. When it came out in 1970, all hell broke loose in Major League Baseball, because unlike most baseball books published before this one, he told it the way he saw it. Rather than putting baseball’s heroes on pedestals, he brought them down to earth, and showed what happens when 25 men between the ages of 21 and 40 spend most of the year together playing a kid’s game. Seeing players as young men who sometimes got drunk, sometimes used drugs, sometimes hung around on roofs and fire escapes in hotels trying to see women in various stages of undress, and who constantly ripped on each other, the coaches, team management, and fans, all the while worrying about their health and about getting bad news, like being traded, being sent down to the minors, being told that they’re being released, etc. made the players human. Like so many other baseball fans, reading it the first time made me a baseball fan for life, and it gets more enjoyable every time I read it.
One last thing: the Scrivener webinar that I discussed a week ago Friday was this past Thursday. I got the recording and have listened to it a couple of times. I was already familiar with a lot of what he talked about, but there were a couple of interesting things I learned, that I’ll probably talk about in a later post.
Until next time, straight ahead.