Glasses, Books, and a Trip

Yep, I went ahead and did it again.  I haven’t posted in at least a week.  Bad blogger.  I have no excuse either because there have been quite a few blog worthy moments lately including The Boy finally getting his glasses!  I present to you. . .

The Professor…

Yeah, I know.  Cutest. Kid. Ever.

He actually doesn’t mind having them on his face.  I think the fact that he can now see clearer has outweighed any discomfort they may cause his nose or ears.  The frames themselves are one flexible piece of soft plastic and so have no moving parts to bend or break.  I’m almost jealous enough at how cool he looks in them to go and get myself some frames just to fit in.  19 months old and he’s already so much cooler than his daddy.

Liam took his first walk down to Sabin Point.  A small park on the coast of the Narragansett Bay a few blocks from my parents house which is only a few blocks from my house.  He was unimpressed with the experience as he was visibly upset by the odor of low tide.  We were able to sneak up to the largest gathering of swans I have ever seen in my life though.  I counted at least 80 but they were always moving around so don’t quote me on that.   It was great fun.

Write a lot, Read a lot.

The time I had usually set aside for posting to the blog was the late night (early morning) hours that I would spend watching Liam (or more accurately watching Liam’s equipment) overnight.  Midnight to 4am was my productive time.  Though I’m usually exhausted from a long day and the TV would be distracting me and calling out for me to stop thinking and just absorb.  After my last post about the library I turned it off.  I have stopped watching TV during those hours and with it I have also stopped turning on the laptop.  I’m reading again instead.  Finally.  I used to have one of those Goodreads widget in my sidebar to keep everyone current on what I’m reading but I don’t want to clutter up the new place with those things so I’ll try to post a list every now and again on what I’m working on.

In the past two weeks I’ve been tearing through books and graphic novels at a pace I’ve never achieved before.  Here’s a list…

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Bone:  Out From Boneville by Jeff Smith

Bone:  The Great Cow Race by Jeff Smith

On Writing by Stephen King

The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

Admittedly 5 of the 7 are graphic novels but a few of them actually took me longer to read than the 300 page Anansi Boys since the visuals prevent me from getting into that flow over paragraphs of prose.  I’m trying to quickly get through some of the well known classics of the graphic novel medium that I had missed out on all these years.  Which is why I’m currently a few chapters into Moore’s V for Vendetta.  As far as non-fictionis concerned I’m about 100 pages into Sarah Vowell’s Wordy Shipmates which is about as funny, captivating and entertaining as a book about the Puritans can possibly be.

In King’s On Writing he repeats often that the only secret to becoming a writer is to read a lot and write a lot.  While I have not written much in the past week as evidenced by the lack of output here, I have read a lot and I’m enjoying every page.  I’m hoping one thing will lead to the other.  We’ll see.  While I’m working on it though I’ll take all the suggestions and recommendations you can throw at me.  Not saying I’m gonna rush out and read each and every one but I’m always on the lookout for a new book to read.  As you can tell I’ve been stuck in a fantasy world for now, which may or may not change to some other interest soon.  I don’t exactly understand the changes of my tastes.  Alternative histories are high on the list as well.  I’m new to the Steampunk aesthetic but I like it after only reading The League. . . and Cherie Priest’s Bonecrusher.

What about you?  What are you reading and why?  Should I give it a shot?  Let’s hear it.

Time to sign off.  I’ll try to get a few posts in this week as we prepare ourselves for our fist overnight trip with Liam.  New Jersey and Karin’s family await as Liam will finally (I think I’ve used the word finally waay too many times in one post) be able to meet so many friends and family members who have only known him only through his vast online presence.  We’re all looking forward to it even as we calm our nerves at the preparation involved.  The medical supply service has been notified and they will be dropping tanks of oxygen off at my In-Law’s house so it will be there waiting for us.  We have at least two of everything needed just in case, and we’ll be borrwing my Mom’s SUV to give us enough room for all the supplies.  Of course, Karin and I may have to ship our own clothes down there a few days early because I don’t know where we’ll find the room for our own stuff but that’s cool.  We’ll just sleep in what we wear down there if we have to.  This is going to be a fun adventure.  The first of what will hopefully be many trips for Liam out of town.

2 comments

  1. Can’t wait to see you guys! Oh and I’m reading Follett’s Pillars of the Earth – I’m really enjoying it but it’s taking me FOREVER! It’s so detailed that finding time to get engrossed is difficult, but I’ll get there before I watch the mini-series!

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