Day: December 30, 2020

Fun and Games Literature

Terry Pratchett: Hogfather (Annual Holiday Read)

24 Festive Tasks: Door 24 – Hogswatch, Book: Read any Terry Pratchett book or a book with a pig on the cover. So, I listened to Hogfather today … and that’s my Festive Task reads done and dusted! (I may do another couple of non-book tasks tomorrow, though.)     ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Other Hogfather-related Posts: 16 […]

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Fun and Games Lifestyle

St. Martin’s Day Procession: Germany’s November Bonfire Tradition

24 Festive Tasks: Door 2 – Guy Fawkes Night, Bonus Task #1: Post pictures of past or present bonfires, fireworks (IF THEY’RE LEGAL) or sparklers. As a kid, one of my favorite holiday traditions used to be the St. Martin’s Day processions: The holiday celebrates St. Martin of Tours (France), a 4th century Roman military […]

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Fun and Games Literature

Book Editions and Licensing: A Matter of Regional Profit Centers

24 Festive Tasks: Door 2 – Guy Fawkes Night, Task 1: Start a (publishing) revolution! What would you change / reform / get rid of in the book world? One thing that is increasingly getting on my nerves are regionally restricted licenses, particularly when it comes to audiobooks (and movie / DVD formats). Surely in […]

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Fun and Games Lifestyle

An Untraditional Christmas Tradition: A Nighttime Stroll Through My Neighborhood

24 Festive Tasks: Door 21 – Christmas, Bonus Task #1: Christine PNW’s untraditional family tradition for Christmas dinner is to gather around the fondue pot with her husband and children after spending the entire day in her pajamas and watching movies, playing video games or reading.  Do you have any “untraditional” traditions for the day? […]

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Treasured Christmas Decorations

24 Festive Tasks: Door 21 – Christmas, Task 1: Post a picture of a holiday decoration that is unique to your Christmas celebration and tell us about it. My mom and I have two sets of Christmas decorations with a special meaning: My set of Mexican and Native American (-styled) decorations, which I brought from […]

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Cats Fun and Games Literature

Festivus Scale of Strength: Weighty Books

  24 Festive Tasks: Door 20 – Festivus, Task 2: The Scale of Strength: Pick 3 of your weightiest tomes and place them on a scale.  Tell us the total weight. I used Shakespeare’s Complete Works, my copy of the illustrated guide to Houses of the National Trust, and Eye to Eye, a collection of […]

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Women’s Carnival: Sacrificial Neckties

24 Festive Tasks: Door 10 – First Day of Carnival, Bonus Task #2: Any man unwise enough to be found wearing a necktie during Women’s Carnival will have his tie cut off, as a symbolic curtailment of male rule.  Obviously, men who don’t want to play along don’t wear a tie on that day in […]

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Fun and Games Lifestyle Music

A Retro Playlist for a First Day of Carnival Party: 1970s-80s Disco & Dance Music

24 Festive Tasks: Door 10 – First Day of Carnival, Task 2: Burn a few calories from the meal above [in Task 1: your First Day of Carnival meal] and have a dance party.  Tell us what songs / artists get your toes taping.  Let’s build a playlist! Let’s go full on retro and make […]

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Cats Cooking - Food - Drink Fun and Games Lifestyle Literature

Staying Zen in Stressful Times

24 Festive Tasks: Door 12 – World Philosophy Day, Task 2: How do you stay zen / sane over the holidays or in other stressful periods?  And / Or: How did you manage to stay (more or less) zen throughout 2020 … if you did? This, too (like my favorite rainy day reads can easily […]

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Fun and Games Literature

Favorite Rainy Day Reads

24 Festive Tasks: Door 5 – Bon Om Touk, Bonus Task: List / tell us about your favorite rainy day reads. I suppose it only takes one look at my list of read books this year to determine my favorite rainy day books, as 2020 was essentially one extended rainy day: Golden Age mysteries and […]

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