Wednesday Wackiness…if the wackiness stands for exhaustion

I’m so tired. I got up early (didn’t want to) went on a long walk with intervals of pretty intense jogging/sprinting (zombies, you know). Took my vitamin, ate some yogurt, went to work (am now typing this at work, shh). Had healthy breakfast, drinking plenty of water, everything I’m supposed to do.

I’m just…tired. Part of it is stress, we have a big camping trip coming up over Labor Day weekend, and after my last therapy session (yes, I’m in therapy now and still trying to make myself be okay with it) I’m feeling more than ever like I need a change, something or someplace new. We’ve been talking about getting a kitten (have to check with the landlady first) or possibly pulling up roots altogether and moving to Idaho or someplace. Or both. But in the meantime, everything just goes by like normal.

If we did move, one of the things I would miss the most would be my choir. I love to sing, and I especially love to sing the challenging, beautiful music that we sing in my choir. So for a little pick-me-up, here’s one of my favorite new a cappella groups, Pentatonix:

My choir doesn’t sound like this, of course. We’re a church choir! We sound like this (yes, this is my choir):

Listen? To a book? (Wednesday Wackiness)

So it’s Wednesday! Time for something a little different to switch it up in the middle of the week.

One of my passions is reading. I learned to read when I was about 2 and have been devouring the printed word ever since. Growing up, I read what my parents had on the shelves, which was mostly classic science fiction (Asimov, Heinlein, some Harry Harrison). And now, I have books on shelves and piled in corners and stacked in boxes under the kitchen table…still mostly science fiction and fantasy, but I try to branch out every once in a while.

For the longest time, I was a book purist. I turned up my nose at audio books and ebooks because they weren’t “real books”. And then, a few years ago, I discovered the joy of going on vacation with about 30 books downloaded to my (at the time, very fancy) Palm cellphone. Now, I have a Kindle and absolutely love it.

But the biggest change for me was discovering the Audible app for my phone. Now, I can download an audiobook and have it read to me when I do my walks. I can read while walking and not be afraid of bumping into things! Plus, I get to hear things like Wil Wheaton reading John Scalzi’s latest book, Redshirts: A Novel With Three Codas. Sidenote: the book is fabulous, and there’s even a theme song by Jonathan Coulton:

 

One of my favorite ongoing series is Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. (Quick summary: Harry Dresden lives in Chicago as an openly practicing professional wizard. And private investigator. Hijinks ensue.) And then I found out that James Marsters (Spike! From Buffy!) narrates the audiobooks.

Well.

True story.

Long story short (too late!), I am now an enthusiastic ebook/audiobook convert. And if you haven’t tried either, go ahead! Give it a whirl! There’s a Kindle app for iPhones/Android phones as well as the Audible app.