The Boy and I recently finished watching 30 seasons of The Simpsons (minus 3-4 episodes that were too adult). It took nearly two years at an average of just under one episode per day. He started at Lisa’s age and finished at Bart’s age.
📚 Finished reading: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, ISBN: 9781443418195
I enjoyed this. A lot of the specific advice from her project wouldn’t necessarily apply to me or lots of other people, but it’s useful to see this as one possible recipe.
I camped 42 nights in 2019, which was fewer than normal (65 in 2018, 51 in 2017, 43 in 2016), but the locations were definitely more spread out.
📚 Finished reading: The Road to Sparta by Dean Karnazes, ISBN: 9781609614737
Great book. I read it last year, but I decided to read it again with The Boy when he chose this for his school book report. Dean sometimes takes shit from other ultra runners for self promotion, but we think he’s terrific. There’s a lot to like here.
I ran for 24 hours with a new personal best of 117.35 miles. It was a rough night, but in the morning I got to ring the bell when I surpassed my previous best of 112.33.
Melissa reached 101 miles and rang the bell for a new distance personal record. Will has covered 33 miles and only has 9 more miles to meet his goal.
Will has started his 24 hour run at Across The Years. Melissa slept a few hours and she’s started day 2. Track them here (Mel 1623, Will 1975): https://my.raceresult.com/145502/results?lang=en#0_F5FB0C
Melissa has covered 60 miles in the first 13 hours of her Across The Years 48 hour race.
Melissa has covered 30 miles in the first 6 hours of her Across The Years 48 hour race. It’s nice and cool out—good for running, less good for spectating.
Melissa is 2.5 hours into her 48 hour race at Across The Years. Follow her progress here (bib #1623) https://my.raceresult.com/145502/results?lang=en#0_F5FB0C
I made a short video of October’s 100 mile race in Kansas. Yes, it was boring. No, I wasn’t bored.
📚 Finished reading: Everything That Remains by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, ISBN: 9781938793196
I love this book. This was my fourth or fifth read through, which is probably more than any other book I’ve ever read.
📚 Finished reading: Allies by Alan Gratz, ISBN: 9781338245745
The Boy picked this one up at a school book fair and I read it with him. It was a bit gruesome and upsetting at times, but he didn’t seem to mind reading that kind of stuff right before bed. He enjoyed it and has since picked up another similar book by the same author. I thought it was fine.
📚 Finished reading: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, ISBN: 9780064401883
I read this one with The Boy as he was reading it in school. I didn’t love it, but it did have some good parts.
📚 Finished reading: How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t by Andrea Owen, ISBN: 9781580056809
I didn’t get much from this one. Admittedly, I’m not the target audience of women with low self esteem, but this was heavy on anecdotes and light on science. Very life-coachy. Maybe it would have seemed better if I hadn’t just finished the amazing Lost Connections book.
📚 Finished reading: Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari, ISBN: 9781632868329
Excellent book. So much new (to me) information in this book. Full of well cited scientific research. Audiobook read by the author was very moving at times.
📚 Finished reading: Natural Born Heroes: Mastering the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance by Christopher McDougall, ISBN: 9780307742223
Good, but not as good as Born to Run. The style of this book was nearly identical to Born to Run, though I found it much more difficult to follow the story this time. I did enjoy the story of Greek resistance fighters during World War II, it just didn’t seem very coherent.
📚 Finished reading: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, ISBN: 9780307476869
Second time through. Great book. Great movie. I’m not sure which one I like more.
📚 Finished reading: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, ISBN: 9780307279187
Great book. Third time through. Inspiration for my 100 mile race in Kansas.
📚 Finished reading: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, ISBN: 9781442403321
I read this with The Boy for a school book report. The writing style was interesting, and rather accessible for younger readers. The story was pretty good, though it did hit pretty close to home after our search and rescue adventure last summer.
Hardcover from public library.
📚 Finished reading: The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss, ISBN: 9780307591166
Where do I begin with this one? The “lifestyle design” and travel parts of the book are actually pretty good. There’s a lot of interesting advice, and much of it is even somewhat useful. The business advice, though, is a mess. Most of it seems pretty sketchy (this guy comes from the infomercial world). If you have to follow up a piece of business advise with the disclaimer, “THIS IS LEGAL!”, then you may want to reconsider your life choices.
Audiobook from Apple Books.
📚 Finished reading: The Princess Bride by William Goldman, ISBN: 9780151015443
Yes, I read this twice in one week. This time I read it with The Boy and he seemed to enjoy it as much as I did. My wife was around for parts of it and laughed out loud several times.
Audiobook from Apple Books.
Winter came a day before autumn.