Since going through the wringer here at work, people have said that I have changed. They say that I’m not as smiling or as friendly as I used to be. This is true. I am not that person. I have, in fact, reverted back to my High School days. When I was in high school, I was very aloof and didn’t say much of anything to anyone. I did talk to my friends and I was open with my friends, but if you weren’t in my immediate circle, I was not going to open up and say much of anything and if I did it was usually sarcastic in nature.
I worked hard to get myself to be more open, to smile more and to be more friendly. It was very hard work. Now, it’s very hard work to revert back to my more reclusive self. All’s well that ends well, I’ll just have to keep it up. Now, when ever I want to speak in a meeting, I just think “No! Stop! Stop it! No!” until the urge passes. I sometimes bite my tongue. Nana always said MYOB (Mind Your Own Business) and so, if there’s anything that doesn’t effect me directly, I don’t have an opinion on it.
I know that many of you are readers. And, I know that many of you are big time readers. I love to read. A long time ago I began tracking what I was reading because I began to repurchase books to read (accidently) and that is the biggest waste of money, ever. So, I started going to Living Social where they have a section to log and review your books (as well as Albums, Beer, Movies, Restaurants, Slopes, TV Shows, Video Games & iPhone Apps). You can search based on Author, Title or ISBN and you store based on ISBN. I can Add to my collection by “Already Read” “Reading now” and “Want to Read”. AND, you can label if you own the book, borrowed the book or other labels. Plus, after you log on and register, you can link to your Facebook account. You can also print out a list, to keep in your purse/wallet of the books you’ve read so you don’t re-purchase. ‘Course, if you have a smart phone, you can just go to the website and look it up.
Another problem with reading all the time is the amount of books I’ve already read just laying around with nothing I can do with them. That’s when I found my money saver Paper Back Swap. You log on books, your first 10 gets you 2 credits. After that, when ever you send out a book, you get a credit, and you get one deducted when you ask for one. You pay for the shipping of the book, but you ship media mail, so it usually costs around $2.30, that’s 1/3 of the price of paper back now a days. You can print a wrapper from PBS, but I decided to purchase mailing envelopes, it’s easier than trying to tape an 8.5 x 11 around a book. THAT’s like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall.
So… happy reading. I’m starting Stalingrad by Antony Beevor this weekend. It’s going to be excellent. It’s about the Siege of the Nazi’s when they invaded Stalingrad in 1942-1943. I’ve seen several documentaries on this Siege and am excited to read the book. You’d think Hitler would have learned from King Charles & Napoleon, but no, he thought he could do it.
Have a good weekend, if I don’t write you before then.
© ‘Fizz’ 2009