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1 November -- already!

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:

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.


Glad you're better!

I didn't know there was such a thing as a read-a-thon. And probably a good thing, too... I suspect I'd find it altogether too easy to read for 24 hours straight.