As always, let’s start with the numbers.
Media consumed # (remaining/total)
Movies Watched 4 (105/161)
Books Read: 10 (102/170)
Comics Read: 26 (331/837)
Podcast Episodes Remaining: 154
I swear, I keep adding new podcast feeds to my iPod and that means that I have more and more episodes left to listen to. Or, because I get stuck on one series for a little while, others pile up. It’s a neverending cycle of podcast debt, but at least l have a ton of stuff to listen to. Therefore, I have nearly twenty more podcast episodes on my pile than I did back in the beginning of the month. And yet because these things aren’t taking up so much space in my house as, say, my comics, dealing with the unlistened podcast episodes is not as much of a hassle as it an minor annoyance.
Totals were added to in books and comics, though, because I picked up a bunch of stuff at the Baltimore Comic-Con and I also wound up with a couple of books for professional development at work. On some level, I don’t think I should add those to my total, but I guess that’s my way of keeping myself honest.
Speaking of work, this is the time in the year where things get absolutely crazy and I wind up having more on my plate than I know what to do with, even to the point where I will sometimes say that teaching classes gets in the way of me getting my work done. In fact, as I sit here typing this, I have a pile of English projects to grade and at least a week or two’s worth of lesson plans to write.
It’s pretty easy to get overwhelmed or exhausted by all of this, and I have to admit that when I look at my totals for the month and look at maybe a few months ago when I was really knocking out books by the dozen (or so it seemed), I feel like I’m not doing as well as I should be and put pressure on myself to improve my performance. Which is pretty silly when you think of it. I definitely want to work my way through all of the lists and piles, but if I’m being completely honest: A) I have an actual full-time job that is very time-consuming; B) I’m not going to have this completely finished within a year and I know that; and C) this really is a journey.
Man, I hate that word. It makes me sound like I’m on The Bachelor or something.
Anyway, as I head into the final two months of the year, I am down to a longbox of comics plus a couple of piles that I have to read. I also have the problem of most of those comics being huge runs of comics that are incomplete and I’m going to have to figure out what I want to do with them, which is either read them and decide if I want to finish collecting those runs or just offload what I have. The other lists will work themselves out, especially once I get through these work-related stacks. I’m hoping that as I finish out the year, I’ll be able to work through a plan for 2020 as well, with the hope that I’ll be able to zero out at least something by the end of that year.