I managed 6 books this month, which is a goodly bit. Especially since one book was 1200 pages, and another almost 800. That’s a lot of reading.
I read a lot of books this month. 10 to be precise, although to be fair, 4 of them were audiobooks. Work was busy this month, which meant I spent a lot of time driving (hence the audiobooks) and a lot of time waiting to be loaded or unloaded (the rest of the books). I re-read, well listened to, Gameboard of the Gods, but the rest I don’t think I’ve blogged about yet.
I ended up reading 7 books, well 5 books, and most of 2 others, as well as parts of a few more. I’m saving the unfinished books for next month though. The 5 books I read were all fiction, and the 2 others are non fiction. I confess, I got buried with the 2 non-fiction books, it’s a lot of information to take in. But, I read enough of them that I consider them finished this month.
July was a busy month. I spent the first 10 days haying, with a 2 day break for a family reunion in Sun River, Oregon. Oh, and my boss went on to another position within the company, and I have a new boss.
And did I mention Camp Nanowrimo? My goal for July was 20,000 words, and half of that was done in 3 days. My hands still ache, and I’m exhausted from not enough sleep.
One of the best movies I’ve seen on spin is Thank You For Smoking. If you haven’t see it, or read the book, it’s fantastic. In short, it’s about a guy who works as a spin doctor for Big Tobacco, and how he’s trying to build a better relationship with his son, while going up against a senator who’s deeply against cigarettes.
June was not as busy a month as May was. I only managed 3 books this month, unlike 8 in May. Still, I read some books, and they were fairly thick books, so I feel accomplished enough.
This post is for a swap on Swap Bot, which if you like to read, and like to tell people about what you’re reading, you’d probably like. Swap Bot isn’t just people swapping reading things, in fact it’s a small percentage of the swaps. But if you like to trade things with people, Swap Bot is your place.
So, last day of postcards, and I thought I’d share some postcards you can purchase online that I think are worth buying. You can get them online through a large retailer like Amazon, or through a smaller, personal seller, like Etsy. Regardless, they’re postcards I like, either that I’ve purchased, or that I’ve seen online and I covet. There are links so you can buy your own.
So, I had to work all day, and I had put up a warning notice here, to let anyone reading know that I wasn’t able to put in comments just yet. The paragraph was deleted, probably because I was impatient, so now I’m coming back and filling it it. It’s almost 8pm, so I’m doing this and going to bed.
On Swap Bot, there’s a series of postcard swaps that are a chunk of cardboard. It’s exactly what it says on the tin: you cut a piece of cardboard out, write on it, and mail it off to someone. I love these swaps, because you never know what you’re going to get, or if someone’s going to embellish the front, or put stickers on it, etc. You just never know, and it’s fun.
Okay, so to be fair, these are not my absolute favorite purchased postcards. Most of those have seen mailed out already. And, for some reason, a number of postcards I really like and still have went missing while I was scanning all of these in. You’ll have to content yourself with my favorite current postcards I guess.
As a warning, there’s a bit of language in a couple of these. Nothing too terribly bad, but enough to maybe get a PG-13 rating.
I picked this postcard up when we went to Seattle for our anniversary last year. It was one of about 25 postcard I’d picked up, because I was a couple month into swapping on Swap Bot. This one makes me giggle, and I was loathe to part with it, simply because I found it so funny. Then in April, I was going across Washington on a rural highway, and I stopped at a gas station to stretch. They were selling this card, so I bought all they had.
Today’s postcards are ones I’ve received from other users on Swap Bot. I’ve probably received a stack 8 inches thick in the year I’ve been swapping there, so narrowing it down was tough. I have more than these as favorites, but I figured I’d quit with 10, or I’d be posting postcards for weeks.
I have a soft spot for Bela Lugosi, due to a relative. Ever see Plan 9 From Outer Space? No? I don’t blame you. But I’m guessing you’ve heard of it, it’s one of the more famous bad movies. Plagued with problems, Bela Lugosi died during filming. Ed Wood cobbled together what he could from footage, including his other movies, but it wasn’t enough. So he hired Tom Mason to be Bela Lugosi’s stand in. He wasn’t an actor, he was a chiropractor. And he was my Great Uncle Bob. True story. I apparently met him, but I was very young and don’t remember. his wife, my Great Aunt Margaret, gave me my first haircut. The only thing I ever really hear from my mother aobut them was that they were convinced they’d live forever.
This postcard came to me for a bizarre/unusual postcard swap.
This came to me in a random postcard swap, from someone who married a truck driver. I love swapping postcard because you get these wonderful bits of information. According to the postcard, this is not the Milky Way, because “We tried and tried but could not stand far enough away to get the shot.” This galaxy is M81.