October has been an incredibly busy month, and it has been a few weeks since I last did a Read, Watch, Play post, which is my version of the Sunday Salon. Read, Watch, Play is a round-up of bookish and non-bookish entertainment going on in my home this week. Feel free to join in and let me know what fun you have had recently!
What I’m Watching:
- Stranger Things (Netflix)- I finally finished the first season! It is rare that I watch anything classified as horror, but I’m glad I made an exception for this one. The actress who plays Eleven, Millie Bobby Brown, is brilliant. I can’t wait to see where they take the show next.
- Just Add Magic (Amazon) – An original series by Amazon, and a much better than I thought it would be. M started watching this about two weeks ago, and after walking by a few times while she had it on, I got sucked in to the series as well. Just Add Magic is targeted to tweens – the show is based on a middle-grade book of the same name by Cindy Callaghan – but there must be some magic involved, because adults seem to enjoy it equally as much!
What I’m Playing:
My first triathlon is officially in the books, y’all!!
I’m done, done, done!!! Joy, joy, joy!! I dismounted from my bike into a happy dance yesterday when I polished off the last mile for the Jimmie Johnson Virtual Triathlon!!
The JJF runs from October 1 – October 31, and is a 140.6 mile virtual race that involves a 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles cycling, and a 26.2 mile run/walk/jog. It is not completed at once, but broken up into however many workouts you need to get it done.
As of October 29, I completed:
- 2.4/2.4 mile swim
- 114.53/112 mile bike
- 26.31/26.2 mile run
For a grand total of 143.24 miles! For me, this is a MAJOR accomplishment!
What I’m Reading:
One of the best things that I read this week was not in a book, but at M’s elementary school. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and on Thursday her school participated in Unity Day. Students – dressed in orange to make a statement against bullying – took to the sidewalks around the school with messages of hope, positivity, and encouragement, to show their support for one other.
I happened to be helping at the school book fair the morning the kids went out to dress up the sidewalks with chalk messages, and it was POWERFUL. I was a victim of bullying during my middle school years, and it melts my heart to no end to have my daughter enrolled in such a safe and supportive school. Messages of hope and solidarity were literally spread from corner to corner of the school property.
Below is a small selection of messages written by M and her fellow students. I’m telling you, these kids are pretty amazing.
- “Together we can change the world. Speak up to stop bullying.”
- “The truth may hurt for a while, but a lie hurts forever.”
- “Fly away from the Haters!”
- “Never give up on life.”
- “There are so many kind, though some are blind, there are so many kind!”
- “The world is full of nice people. If you can’t find one, be one!!”
I think Mr. Browne from Wonder could find a few more precepts from this crew to add to his collection.
What are you up to this week? Let me know in the comments!