The new year is off to a spectacular start and I had the best reading month since I began keeping track four years ago. While the total of 15 books finished in January is not the most I completed in one month (that honor goes to October 2010 with 19 books), I read more book-pages than any single month before now – a total of 3774! The next closest for that stat would be the 2752 pages I read in March 2013. Quite a leap!
The last Monday in January is marked as World Local Post Day, originally established in 1989 as National Local Post Day. The Local Post Collectors Society decides on a theme for local posts to design stamps around each year. The theme for 2014 is the centennial of the start of World War One.
NOTE: This new series — “What About Mark?” — is inspired by a series I used on a previous blog — “101 Things You Didn’t Know About Me.” That, in turn, came about from a lesson I taught during my first year or so in Thailand and was basically a list of tidbits about myself that I don’t normally share. The earlier series was in list form. This one will give additional details and remain more or less chronological.
#1. BIRTH (Part 1): I was adopted.
It’s Saturday afternoon here in Thailand – National Children’s Day – and here I am, sitting in the computer room of one of the language schools I work at, trying to come up with something meaningful for my 200th blog post. However, I’m not feeling particularly retrospective. In fact, it’s only the 200th post for this blog. I had other blogs before, now (mostly) long-lost due to a hacked site and a few hard drive failures.
The New Year of 2014 is off to a busy start. I’ve spent most of the last week substitute teaching in one of Phuket’s largest municipal government schools in addition to working at two different language schools. My schedule hasn’t allowed as much time for reading as I would like but I have still managed to finish one book this month and another is nearing completion. I may need to read shorter books if I want to meet the goals I’ve set for myself this year!