We lost a great blogger last week, and in honor of Marko, I will pick up on one of his traditions (the Monday morning update) and give you one of my own each week. Mine will appear here on Wednesdays, the halfway point of the week when my mind is already engaged in the week's activities and events. I will only provide links for books. And my standard questions will differ a little bit from his, but I hope you will enjoy staying connected to me in this way. Since this is the Swallow's Nest, welcome to Nesting for Wednesday, June 10th.
Where Am I? Where Am I Going? Currently I am in Hong Kong. My next trip is scheduled for the end of this month when I will be going to Europe, starting in Amsterdam Holland. I was supposed to go to Los Angeles next week, but I am now not going to those meetings in-person, but will join via SKYPE.
What I'm Reading? I am continuing my long walk through It. I am enjoying it very much, but I have made stops along the way for other reads including Prisoner of the State (reviewed below) and related excursions to learn something about that period in Chinese history. I keep eyeing The Search for Modern China and other books related to China. Let's see if I decide to put some of those on the summer reading list I am developing. (Summer officially begins June 21st and that is when my list comes out.)
What I'm Listening To? I'm the type of guy who adds singles to my iPod, not whole albums. This week I added a classic from the Jackson Five that I surprisingly did not have: I Want You Back. I also put on two songs I heard on the radio in the States last month, Other Ways by Trevor Hall and Afraid to Fail by Josh Rouse. All three are great tunes that put a little quick in my step on the treadmill this week.
What I'm Thinking About? What to eat for dinners on this diet of mine. I do fine at breakfast (fruit) and it's an improvement that I am even eating breakfast (since previously I always skipped it). My mother would be so happy. "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day". And lunch is not a problem. I either go with the cabbage soup my beloved makes me or a veggie delight sandwich from Subway (really, it is nothing but the vegetables, not even any sauce - this always surprises the folks making my sandwich). And I have eliminated my afternoon snack, which is very very disturbing. But dinner is still tripping me up. By that point in the day I just want to splurge and eat whatever I want. I have no more discipline. Help! Any suggestions? And no, I do not cook. And my beloved isn't going to cook every night either!
What's My Opinion on the News? Tough being those two American reporters caught in North Korea, but I do believe they will be returned to the U.S. soon. It's fascinating to think about what lies beyond that border and if these two young women make it home in one piece, they will be able to tell the rest of us about it. It will be an irony since they went to China to do a story on North Korea and ended up getting quite an account!...Eery thinking about this Air France disaster. The mysterious side of me wonders what was happening to those passengers and crew in the final moments. What are their stories? Someone should write a fictional account of the events and the emotions inside that airplane as they fell to the ground (assuming they had time to know what was happening). A very frightening scenario and a reminder that flight is still a miracle. We should not cease in our prayers for family and friends of the deceased...Obama's speech, attitude, and interaction with the Muslim world is spot on correct and I look forward to seeing it following with action...Finally, you cannot imagine how desperately I want the Orlando Magic to win the NBA Finals. I don't even watch much basketball, but I despise Kobe Bryant. He is the world's biggest cry baby in sports and I would just love to see him lying on the floor crying his eyes out if (and I realize it's a big IF) the Orlando has some Magic left!
How I'm Feeling? Great! Body, soul, mind, and spirit seem to be firing on all cylinders this week.
Bonus question: what do I most want to buy and why? It's this (but I cannot afford it):
The Monticello Revolving Bookstand (US$618.00). Can you imagine how awesome it would be to have this on your desk? I've already dreamed of having it on mine. Here's part of the description: "Made of solid mahogany with a soft, hand-polished finish, the rotating stand holds five books at adjustable angles on rests that fold down to form a 12" cube." Wow!