The Nerd Journals

Filling up journals as proof of my meager existence.

Why do you date your journals in the year 10,000?

I first discovered the Human Era calendar in December 2016 from the YouTube channel Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell.  The idea of adding ten thousand years to our calendar to acknowledge how far humankind had come truly resonated with me.  To pay my respects to my ancestors who hunted and gathered their way to developed agriculture and buildings is important to me, so I respect them every day when I write in my journal and begin the year date with a one.  I recommend checking out the video below for more information.

Microbus Journal Part 4

Hello friends, I hope you are all doing well.  Today I am posting the final installment of pictures from my Microbus journal by Peter Pauper Press.  I hope you have enjoyed the pages that I have selected to share with you on my blog.  Before my birthday next week, I’m going to be completing my current journal and I look forward to sharing some pictures with you from this book, as well.  In the meantime, I have been trying to figure out the perfect journal for the next chapter in my life.

The Easy Way To Mindfulness

2/5 stars

This is one of the few, maybe even the first, book I’ve read on mindfulness. I’ve been intrigued by the topic for quite a while but I’ve only done some light research on the Internet. When The Easy Way to Mindfulness became available on NetGalley I was very excited to give it a try, however, after finishing it I think I am more disappointed in this book despite it’s few nuggets of wisdom and exercises it offers. I feel this way because the book was mostly aimed at heavy addictions. Despite this, there was some information that I can still use and implement in my life.

More than anything this book felt like an advertisement for Allen Carr and The Easyway to Stop Smoking. While how to quit smoking mindfully sounds like it may help some people with the mental part of their addiction, there is still a physical aspect to their addiction (nicotine, sugar, booze) that needs to be overcome. I think that needs to be acknowledged more in the book.

Also, even though I don’t have an addiction I do consider Carr referring to addictions as “little crutches”. I found it offensive and I don’t even have a “little crutch”. Methinks Carr should rethink how he speaks to people.

The Last Policeman

4/5 stars

I have to start out by saying I am so happy that even though this book is a part of a trilogy, it doesn’t rely on me reading the next book to get closure of the story. I would feel perfectly comfortably stopping here if I decide to never read another book from The Last Policeman, but I enjoyed the story and the characters enough that I may return to the story again someday.

I love the concept of this story- the idea of a pre-apocalyptic murder mystery gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. This book combined the best elements from these types of books- humanity, fear, a collapse of society, not knowing whodunnit at the end and getting to read about the good guy as he finally puts the pieces together and springs into action. This book even fueled my fire of enjoyment of conspiracy stories.

But I’ve got to say I didn’t really like the main character, Hank Palace. In this first-person narrative, I found myself getting so frustrated with him and decisions. I feel like his heart was in the right place, desperately trying to solve a murder case, but the way he went about it was horrible and did some unredeemable damage to mostly innocent people. His character was well written, though, and that’s why I still enjoyed reading his story.

(I had rated this book three stars until I wrote the second paragraph and the tingles told me to give this book 4 stars instead of just 3.)

Microbus Journal Part 1

I’ve been putting off posting photos of my Peter Pauper Press Microbus journal because I wanted to post all of the pictures at once.  I guess I underestimated how busy life can be and how long it actually takes to edit photos (especially if you’re not certain what you’re doing, like me).  Instead of putting it off any longer I decided to go ahead and release pictures in batches.  Without further ado, here are ten pictures from my recently completed Microbus journal.

Paperchase Misprinted Journal

 

I found this photo on Reddit (/u/BellisBlueday) of a journal that was misprinted by Paperchase and sold at a discounted price as opposed to discarding them all.  I thought this was a great idea for Paperchase and I wanted to spread the word.  There are many people (myself included) who wouldn’t necessarily be bothered by this misprint due to my overabundant collection of stickers and washi tape.  Also, it’s a nice reminder to know that companies are run by humans and mistakes happen; it’s how we come back from our mistakes that truly matter.

Incoming September; Outgoing October

I spent some time over today and yesterday replying to the snail mail that I’ve collected since mid-September. If you see a letter you sent me in the pile above, I have finally made the time to sit down and reply to you. Expect something from me within a week. I’m also sending out an unexpected surprise for someone- I hope they like what I send!

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