There is a poll happening, so make sure to take the time to read, comment and vote for your favorites - https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1064361.html
After all, you'd want them to do the same for you! :)
The sign-ups are continuing for a little bit. No one has signed up since I officially extended them, but there are still folks saying they will. We will see if that happens or not. At this point though, it doesn't hurt to leave the door open and see who might wander in.
At the Week 1 deadline though, that door slams shut and everyone is locked in! *cue spooky music*
We went to the Pelikan Pen Hub last night and I've got to admit that it ended up being a lot of fun. Nerdy folks sitting around talking about pens, inks and plenty of free cookies. (Not to mention gift bags with free inks, notepads and stickers just for showing up - and the pens they ended up giving away as door prizes. I won some cool notepads)
These events are only once a year, but if you have any interest in any of those things, it was a good time - people around the world getting together on the same day, at the same time (well, that time in their time zone) and talking about the same thing. Even if you don't love pens, it's still a really powerful idea.
I'm still not as into it as my wife is - but the one thing that really draws me to these events is getting to see her find her tribe. I arrived before she did (I took the bus from work, she drove) and when she got there she had that look on her face like she wanted to bolt. I had already chatted with some people though, and I slowly got us into the room and situated off to the side. One older lady sat down near us and started talking... and by the end of the night my wife was making the rounds and pretty much talking to everyone. Being given the space to acclimate and the chance to engage in purposeful conversations about shared passions - that's really all any of us can ask for out of a group situation.
I love being able to be there to witness it. It really is one of my favorite things.
The rest of my weekend is going to be focused on getting stuff done around the house, and trying to finish my library book. My system doesn't have fines anymore, but after two warnings about being late, your account is locked. I just got my second notice. :O It's a newer book and the system only has a couple copies, so I wasn't able to renew it before someone else put it on hold!
Hopefully I can finish it this weekend and move on to the growing stack of other books I've checked out.
And yes, much to the annoyed protests of my wife about how reading on electronic devices is so much easier - I prefer having the physical book in my hand. I like turning the pages and the weight of it.
Anyway - how is YOUR weekend going and what cool Introductions have you been reading that you think deserve a special mention to make sure other people check them out?