Family and Life:
Ah, a three day weekend. But not just any three-day, this is Veterans' Day when we acknowledge the official end of World War I and honor veterans of all wars. On Veterans' Weekend I always think about my grandfathers who fought in WWI and WWII and my great-grandfather who fought in WWI (all under the UK flag).
In addition, I go down to our wharf and honor the vets who put up 3,000+ crosses on the beach representing the US deaths in Iraq during our current conflict. (They stopped adding crosses at 3,000 because it took too long to put up and take down each week.)
This month marks the eight-year anniversary of the display called Arlington West and they had people reading the names of US soldiers killed Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the names of some Iraqis and Afghans who have been killed.
And we've got the USS Milnius in town for five days.
Somehow the four-day week we had seemed crazier and longer than the five-day weeks!
Books and Reading:
I have completed all the challenges I set out for myself this year (see details below), which feels really good. I haven't decided yet which ones I'll do in 2012 yet.
Do you have any good challenge suggestions for me?
- Awesome Authors Challenge hosted by Alyce at At Home with Books--I read 14 books (actually, probably more, but I forgot to list some)
- Middle East Reading Challenge that I hosted--I read 13 books
- Mystery and Suspense Reading Challenge hosted by Book Chick City--I read 14 books
- One, Two, Theme hosted by Joanna and Alex--I read 8 books to cover my three themes of the Middle East, Uganda, and Dance
- POC (people of color) Reading Challenge hosted by Pam, Katy and Ari--I read 54 books!
- Reading from My Shelves Project hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea--I read 34 books (my goal was 12 so I am super happy about this)
- What's in a Name 4 hosted by Beth Fish Reads--I read at least one book in each of her 6 categories
- Where are you Reading Challenge hosted by Sheila at Book Journey