It's been snowing something wicked here this week. Kentucky finally got a real winter, but all wrapped up in 4 days. Certainly good business for all the apparel industries out there. I have spent my time wisely with this cabin fever, reading, eating, and attending social media gif/meme parties on Facebook (like a good little millenial). The latter sounds ridiculous, but it was funny and actually happened. If you are still on Facebook, then you should totally start one. I prefer “The Office” gif parties myself, because Dwight.
Anyhow, I read three books since my last blog post; "What IF", "Our Numbered Days", and "The Child Finder". All three books were wonderful, and if you look to the right of this post, you can see links to the Goodreads reviews for each of the books.
“What If” is a book of serious scientific answers to hypothetical questions (got that from the title), by Randall Munroe. I got this book as a gift from my children for Christmas. My kiddos certainly know how to use my amazon wish list. This book was absolutely fabulous, with actual scientific answers to questions like “Is it possible to build a jetpack using downward firing machine guns?” Munroe is an engineer, a former NASA roboticist, and cartoonist. He really knows his stuff and has a wonderful sense of humor. This book is a “questions and answers” book, like a coffee table read. So, you can’t just sit down and read it, unless you are a weirdo, like me.
“Our Numbered Days” was a poetry chapbook, or just a very small book. My good friend gave it to me, and I absolutely fell in love with the authors writing style. It was written by Neil Hilborn, a button poetry author. This guy really throws your emotions for a loop. He talks about depression, OCD, love, and loss. It’s real stuff, so be prepared to have some real feelings, if you read it. I love reading work like this from men, because you know men can be sensitive people too, and I like to be reminded of that from time to time. There was a line in one of the poems “Liminality”, that really resonated with me. We are all searching for answers, and Neil presents the questions that so many of us are afraid to ask. What is the way to heaven? “The way to heaven is here; in your last moments. These half seconds before your soul shivers out of your bones.”
The last read, I literally just finished yesterday; “The Child Finder” by Rene Denfeld. It was a book that I didn’t really want to read, because I didn’t think it fit into my genre of reading. I have never really been a mystery reader, but let me just say, that getting out of your comfort zone in anything is a good idea, anytime. I have been trying to be more open with music, books, and art lately, so I wanted to give this book a shot. I am glad I did. It was beautiful, terrible, and magical all at the same time. It was a wonderful recommendation from a good friend.
One upside to the snow is working from home. I am thankful to work for a company that allows me to work from home when the weather is terrible, or if my kiddos are sick. I spent the majority of my day actually doing real work, but I did kick back in my PJs and eat some bacon and watch Netflix too. The downside to working from home, is you eat ALL DAY LONG. I definitely went over my calorie count that day.
I just started another Kurt Vonnegut book, "Player Piano". So, I'm off here to read it before bed. Thanks for wasting some time here guys. Goodnight.