JusJoJan — A Few of My Favorite Things

3da20072-b747-43b1-8485-c1aa0a2b4761Oh my goodness. Today is the very last day of January, which means that today is also the very last Just Jot It January post of 2019.

For this final JusJoJan post, Linda has challenged us to post about our favorite thing/part/blog post of last year or last month. Talk about what we did or discovered that gave us happiness and/or success.

Alrighty then. There are a bunch of things from last year that gave me happiness. The Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship in June and the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in October. The Democrats soundly won back the House of Representatives in November’s midterm elections. My daily FOWC With Fandango prompt, as well as my weekly Fandango’s Provocative Question prompt, have been well-received.

As to this month, the New England Patriots won the AFC championship and will be heading to the Super Bowl for the third consecutive year on Sunday. Go Pats!

But what gave me the most happiness this month was seeing how the newly installed Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, totally spanked Donald Trump over his whole border wall vanity project. That was a true marvel. Nancy was masterful and Trump was totally humiliated. That must have stung Trump even more than when Stormy Daniels spanked him on his big, fat ass with that Forbes magazine with him on the cover.

It just doesn’t get any better than that, does it?

No Horse In This Race

If I don’t have a horse in the race (i.e., a favorite team that I follow closely), I will generally root for the underdog.

Take this year’s World Series, for example. The two remaining teams to meet in the fall classic were the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros. I am not a fan of either team. I would be hard pressed to name even one player from the Dodgers or Astros without Googling their team rosters. In other words, I couldn’t care less about either team.

But I am a baseball fan and I do keep up with the sport, so even though my teams were not involved in the World Series, I watched the games on TV.

The Dodgers were the favorites, which is why I decided to root for the underdog Astros. Because that’s just who I am.

It turned out to be an exceptionally exciting World Series, with the two teams duking it out in the best of seven series. When it was all over, the underdog Astros defeated the Dodgers, four games to three, to win its first World Series in franchise history.

I’m hoping that one of my favorite baseball teams will make it to the World Series next October. But if not, you can catch me rooting for the underdog once again.

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “underdog.”

Questions for Book Lovers

0A8A4739-BE56-4A79-8132-714AACBA06E0A blogger I follow, The Bag Lady, posted a series of questions yesterday for those who like to read books and I thought I’d take a shot at answering the posted questions. The original post, along with where she came upon these questions, can be found here.

Okay, here goes.

  1. Do you have a specific place for reading? Either on the living room sofa or in bed.
  2. Bookmark or random piece of paper. I read all my books on the Kindle app on my iPhone, so I use electronic bookmarks.
  3. Do you eat or drink while reading? Not usually, although I will sometime sip coffee while reading on the sofa.
  4. Music or TV while reading? Not while watching TV, but sometimes while listening to music with the volume down low.
  5. One book at a time or several? One at a time.
  6. Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere? At home.
  7. Read out loud or silently? Silently. 
  8. Do you read ahead or skip pages? No, I always start at the beginning and read to the end. No reading ahead or skipping pages.
  9. Break the spine or keep it new? Since I mostly read on my iPhone, there’s no spine to break…without breaking the iPhone.
  10. Do you write in books? One more time: iPhone. So no.
  11. What books are you reading now? The Handmaid’s Tale.
  12. What is your favorite childhood book? Would you believe The Hardy Boys mystery series? (I suppose I’m showing my age with that answer.)
  13. What is your all-time favorite book and why do you love it? Almost any book that transports me to another time and place. James Clavell’s Shogun comes to mind, as does Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy, and, of course, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Also, most of  Stephen King’s books.

Anyone else care to answer these questions?