I am thinking that this year is going to be the year of micro-blogging. Short, sweet, to-the-point. I miss sharing here but often get bogged down in the stress of not enough words and “I can’t post this, it is not a FULL blog post.” So I am hoping to get over that, I guess it is perfectionism, by doing micro posts and reviews all year. Today’s topic: Hoopla.

Hoopla has just been adopted by our local library and it is wonderful. It is:

“is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV!”

I am thrilled with their graphic novel selection and the fact that you can double-click on any panel and them scroll through panel by panel. I hated reading Graphic novels on my tablet because the other things I had tried only had full-page viewing and there was so much zooming in and out. Since January 3 I have breezed through most of Joe Hill’s Locke & Key.I have favorited all of the Buffy comics and Fables.

I have looked at the audiobook selection and have decided that renewal of Audible I was considering can wait. The e-book, movie and music selections seem great and up-to-date. The only disappointing selection for me was TV. But since I am knee-deep in Netflix, Hulu and Amazon that is not an issue for me. However for the things I want to watch Hoopla is integrated with Chromecast, so it is super easy.

If your library has Hoopla I highly recommend it. If not start asking why not now.




Last year was quite a challenge for me. I had made some major progress on personal issues and then in early 2016 things fell apart a bit. My gotos did not work. I was injured and all of the progress I made running, both in physical ability and weight loss, was gone. I realized that I also was not reading like I was before and it was not that I didn’t have time I was not making time. I had all the excuses in the word but I couldn’t even bring myself back to the love to the book.

So toward the end of 2016, when things when all to hell for the people around me, I realized we are no promised anything. I realized that I had to get back to doing and being the person I was becoming in 2014. I liked her. I mean I really liked her. So part of that is narrowing my scope and doing only what brings me peace. As you can see on the sidebar January 1’s run was Week 0. I have a written plan for 2017 for running. There is a half marathon I want to try for in April, if I miss that, because avoid injury is top on my list, then I will be on the look out for another later in the year.

As for reading, I have narrowed my challenges down to bare bones: number of books, pages read and number of graphic novels. I love challenges and if you do too check out all of the different ones at A Novel Challenge, but I am keeping it simple this year to find my way back.

What are you leaving behind in 2017 and what are you making room for?