Why Read?

It was a pretty low-key weekend. I suppose that’s better than a Loki one…

I grilled some tasty meals on my indoor smokeless grill and I mainly did some chores, a lot of reading, piano, and martial arts. I suppose that doesn’t sound low-key, but for me it was.

It’s about time I had a weekend like that. My schedule gets really hectic sometimes and I really need to pare down to the essentials.

That’s what the current read, Essentialism by Greg McKeown is all about. I was already doing a number of the things he talks about, but I’ve learned a few new tricks from it. There are only a handful of chapters left before I finish it. Then I’ll be one book away from meeting my Goodreads target for this year.

My target is 8 books for the year because for the past couple of years, life has been too busy. I may get more read this year, but I didn’t want to put pressure on myself knowing I had so much else on the go. So far, I’ve read:

  1. The Crimes of Grindelwald by JK Rowling
  2. Wings by Danielle Steel
  3. Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  4. Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  5. Percy Jackson: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
  6. A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind by Shoukei Matsumoto

I really hope the new train works properly soon. I’m fairly sure I’ll be able to read more on it because it looks pretty smooth compared to a bus. Reading makes a long commute way better. Actually, it makes life and me better too. I can improve my empathy and reduce bigotry by reading fiction or real stories about people who have lives that are different than mine. I can learn how to deal with a problem or learn a new skill by reading self help or technical books. I can improve as a writer by reading a wide variety of genres because I can have an awesome time enjoying a story while passively taking in grammar, spelling, structure, description, conflict, suspense, and more.

I lost myself once and hardly read during that period. I went from reading multiple books a day (albeit those were Nancy Drews in my youth) to hardly reading anything over nearly a decade. It was Harry Potter that first brought me back to it. I never read them when they began because I was predominantly reading Stephen King and Anne Rice when I was in high school. I started reading them after Chamber of Secrets came out at Blockbuster.

After that, I read the Twilight series, which was a nice read to get back into it. They were actually quite addictive. I think after that I got into the House of Night books, Vampire Academy, etc.

It’s only in recent years that I’ve really taken to non-fiction books. Anyway, I want reading to be a big part of my life going forward, so with that in mind my goals have been tweaked some.

HOME

The cleaner my home gets, the more I have time for the things I love like music and reading.

After much deliberation, I’m going to get a recliner instead of a chaise as they are about half the price. I was going to get a storage chaise, but that really just encourages me to keep more stuff instead of getting rid of it. A recliner will let me read, write, and watch Netflix hopefully comfortably. It won’t be primarily used for writing, but sometimes one just wants the option to write anywhere. I’m also debating about one more vertical bookshelf. I know what I just said about the storage space, but I have a number of books yet with no shelf to live on. Some I have kicking around my bedroom because I know I want to keep them, but they can’t fit on my shelves. I want everything to be in a proper place or be gone from my space.

  • Paper: 11 pieces
  • Bathroom: Waiting to hear which day the plumber will be coming.
  • Recliner: 64%

FINANCES

  • R. Card: 73.22%
  • S. Card: 23.5%
  • OSAP Loan: 6.86%
  • Savings: TBD

FITNESS

I was so zonked after doing jodo and iaido on Sunday. My heels were quite sore by the end. Thankfully, I’m not too sore today. There is a little tightness in my right shoulder, but it’s not nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

We had newbies and they are so cute! I always appreciate when new people start. I never know if they’ll stick with it or not, but it makes me go back and work on fundamentals. I quickly learn where I’ve been slacking. It also reminds me of when I was a beginner and couldn’t remember which side of the wooden sword was my edge and moving the thing around looked really easy yet I couldn’t do it right.

  • Gazelle: 0% saved

FRENCH

I’m going to put French on pause for the moment. Not that it’s not important, but I need to get a few other things handled first.

MUSIC

My teacher was happy with my progress. I like her a lot. She teaches me some other things as needed like intervals. I didn’t fully get everything she said about them, but she said they’re really good to know for piano and for singing, so I’m sure I’ll be learning more about them.

My next lesson is in two weeks. I have to:

  • Memorize Let It Be
  • Learn Downtown Abbey
  • Choose a song from my big book of easy songs to learn next

WRITING

I have made a tiny amount of progress here, but I’m worried. I’m on chapter eight of twenty-six* and I still need almost eight thousand words! I have a plan I formulated while hopped up on way more caffeine than I normally ingest. Hopefully, it will work out!

  • The Page & The Magician: 72,254/80,000

*It’s a good thing I made sure to edit this post before putting it up 😉

R~

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