I know that I need to finish posting all about our trip to Ireland. I have hundreds and hundreds of photographs to sort through and upload. I have notes both hand-written and in simple text files on my computer. I have postcards and brochures and tour guides. I just have been very busy in the month since we got home and finishing my blog messages about Ireland have been a lower priority.
So what have I been doing? Well, first of all I've been reading. Although I took my Kindle and the loaner BeBook Mini with me to Ireland, I didn't spend much time reading except during the flights. I made up for that in October, however, by reading 17 books during the month—four of them in a 24-hour period as a participant in Dewey's Read-a-Thon for October. I blogged through the Read-a-Thon over at my Reading Blog. The individual posts:
- 07:01: Dewey's 24-hour Read-a-Thon
- 10:24: Read-a-Thon Update
- 13:03: Another Read-a-Thon Update
- 14:51: Read-a-Thon Pause
- 15:53: Elsewhere in the world
- 17:24: Hit my first dud
- 19:36: Dinner-time reading
- 21:01: 14 hours and going strong
- 23:19: Status at Hour 17
- 01:15: Six hours to go
- 03:11: Time for a mini-challenge
- 05:09: Down to the wire
- 06:40: Winding it up
- 07:34: 24-hour Read-a-Thon summary
And the other big thing in October was having my gall bladder removed. Two nights in a row, I suffered extreme chest pain and took myself to the emergency room the second night. When they ruled out a heart attack, they started looking around for other causes and with an ultrasound, they discovered that I had gall stones and the gall bladder was infected. So I was admitted to the hospital, received IV antibiotics, and at 7am on Sunday, 18 October, I was wheeled into surgery and the surgeon took out my gall bladder. I had a very fast recovery with very little pain and only a moderate amount of discomfort. Was back at work in a couple of days and even took my next business trip on the 27th.
I can hardly believe that it's already November. Thanksgiving is 3 and a half weeks away. Christmas is a month behind that. I have two new [almost] daughters-in-law carrying my soon-to-be-born grandchildren. Lots to do.