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text 2017-11-17 15:44
16 Tasks of the Festive Season

Tasks complete, now going through again. 

 

 

 

 

Tasks completed in bold:

 

Task 1-Tasks for Día de Muertos and All Saint’s Day: create a short poem, or an epitaph for your most hated book ever.

 

Task 2-Tasks for Guy Fawkes Night: Post pictures of past or present bonfires, fireworks (IF THEY’RE LEGAL) or sparklers.

 

Task 2- Tasks for Bon Om Touk:  Post a picture from your most recent or favorite vacation on the sea (or a lake, river, or any other body of water larger than a puddle), or if you're living on the sea or on a lake or a river, post a picture of your favorite spot on the shore / banks / beach / at the nearest harbour.

 

Task 3-Tasks for Verteran’s Day/Armistice Day: Make, or draw a red poppy and show us a pic of your red poppy or other symbol of remembrance –OR– post a quote or a piece of poetry about the ravages of war. 

 

Task 3-Tasks for St. Martin’s Day: Write a Mother Goose-style rhyme or a limerick; the funnier the better.  –OR–Take a picture of the book you’re currently reading, next to a glass of wine, or the drink of your choice, with or without a fire in the background.  –OR–

Bake Weckmann; if you’re not a dab hand with yeast baking, make a batch of gingerbread men, or something else that’s typical of this time of the year where you live.  Post pics of the results and the recipe if you’d like to share it.

 

Task 4-Tasks for Thanksgiving Day: List of 5 things you’re grateful for –OR–

Post a picture of your thanksgiving feast; or your favourite turkey-day recipe.  –OR–

Be thankful for yourself and treat yourself to a new book and post a picture of it.

Bonus task:  share your most hilarious turkey-day memory.

 

Task 5-Tasks for AdventPost a pic of your advent calendar. (Festive cat, dog, hamster or other suitable pet background expressly encouraged.) –OR– “Advent” means “he is coming.”  Tell us: What in the immediate or near future are you most looking forward to?  (This can be a book release, or a tech gadget, or an event … whatever you next expect to make you really happy.)

 

Task 6-Tasks for Bodhi Day:  Perform a random act of kindness.  Feed the birds, adopt a pet, hold the door open for someone with a smile, or stop to pet a dog (that you know to be friendly); cull your books and donate them to a charity, etc. (And, in a complete break with the Buddha’s teachings, tell us about it.)  –OR– Post a picture of your pet, your garden, or your favourite, most peaceful place in the world.

 

Task 7-Tasks for Saint Lucia's Day: Get your Hygge on -light a few candles if you’ve got them, pour yourself a glass of wine or hot chocolate/toddy, roast a marshmallow or toast a crumpet, and take a picture of your cosiest reading place.

 

Task 8-Tasks for Las Posadas: Which was your favorite / worst / most memorable hotel / inn / vacation home stay ever?  Tell us all about it! –OR– If you went caroling as a kid: Which are your best / worst / most unforgettable caroling memories?

 

 Task 9- Tasks for Winter Solstice and Yaldā Night: Read a book in one night - in the S. Hemisphere, read a book in a day. –OR–Grab one of your thickest books off the shelf.  Ask a question and then turn to page 40 and read the 9th line of text on that page.  Post your results.  –OR–Eat a watermelon or pomegranate for good luck and health in the coming year, but post a pic first! Bonus task:  Read a book in one night.

 

Task 10- Tasks for World Peace Day: Cook something involving olives or olive oil. Share the results and/or recipe with us. –OR– Tell us: If you had wings (like a dove), where would you want to fly?

 

Task 10- Tasks for Pancha Ganapati: Post about your 5 favourite books this year and why you appreciated them so much. –OR–Take a shelfie / stack picture of the above-mentioned 5 favorite books.  (Feel free to combine these tasks into 1!

 

Task 11-Tasks for Dōngzhì Festival: If you like Chinese food, tell us your favorite dish – otherwise, tell us your favorite desert. (Recipes, as always, welcome.)

 

Bonus point for Melbourne Cup. 

 

Task 12-Tasks for Festivus: Post your personal list of 3 Festivus Miracles –OR–

Post a picture of your Festivus pole (NOTHING pornographic, please!), –OR–

Perform the Airing of Grievances:  name 5 books you’ve read this year that have disappointed you - tell us in tongue-lashing detail why and how they failed to live up to expectations.

 

Task 14- Tasks for Dies Natalis Solis Invicti: Find the sunniest spot in your home, that’s warm and comfy and read your book. –OR–Take a picture of your garden, or a local garden/green space in the sun (even if the ground is under snow).  If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, take a picture of your local scenic spot, park, or beach, on a sunny day.  –OR– The Romans believed that the sun god rode across the sky in a chariot drawn by fiery steeds.  Have you ever been horseback riding, or did you otherwise have significant encounters with horses?  As a child, which were your favorite books involving horses? 

 

Task 14-Tasks for Quaid-e-Azam: Pakistan’s first leader – Muhammad Ali Jinnah – was a man, but both Pakistan and neighboring India were governed by women (Benazir Bhutto and Indira Gandhi respectively) before many of the major Western countries.  Tell us: Who are the present-day or historic women that you most respect, and why?  (These can be any women of great achievement, not just political leaders.)

 

Task 15-Tasks for Newtonmas: Take a moment to appreciate gravity and the laws of motion. If there’s snow outside, have a snowball fight with a friend or a member of your family.  –OR– Take some time out to enjoy the alchemical goodness of a hot toddy or chocolate or any drink that relies on basic chemistry/alchemy (coffee with cream or sugar / tea with milk or sugar or lemon, etc.).  Post a picture of your libations and the recipe if it’s unique and you’re ok with sharing it.

 

Task 16-Tasks for Kwanzaa: Create a stack of books in the Kwanzaa color scheme using red, black and green and post your creation and post a photo (or post a photo of a shelfie where black, red and green predominate).

BONUS task: Create something with your stack of books:  a christmas tree or other easily identifiable object.


Task 13-
Tasks for Christmas: Post a picture of your stockings hung from the chimney with care, –OR– a picture of Santa’s ‘treat’ waiting for him. –OR– Share with us your family Christmas traditions involving gift-giving, or Santa’s visit. Did you write letters to Santa as a kid (and if so, did he write back, as J.R.R. Tolkien did “as Santa Claus” to his kids)? If so, what did you wish for? A teddy bear or a doll? Other toys – or practical things? And did Santa always bring what you asked for?

 

 

Total points: 24

 

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text 2017-11-17 15:18
16 Tasks of the Festive Season - Task 3 (Second Time) - St. Martin's Day

Pic from my Kindle library

 

 

Sorry no wine. Just smart water to help me stay hydrated. My fever was almost 100 degreesearlier. Yuck!

 

Tasks for St. Martin’s Day: Write a Mother Goose-style rhyme or a limerick; the funnier the better.  –OR–

Take a picture of the book you’re currently reading, next to a glass of wine, or the drink of your choice, with or without a fire in the background.  –OR–

Bake Weckmann; if you’re not a dab hand with yeast baking, make a batch of gingerbread men, or something else that’s typical of this time of the year where you live.  Post pics of the results and the recipe if you’d like to share it.

 

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text 2017-11-17 15:11
16 Tasks of the Festive Season - Task 2 (Second Time) - Bon Om Touk

I went to Boston on vacation in September and had a good time exploring the city. I had a terrible time with the friends I met up with, but that's because they only wanted to drink and be insufferable after that. I ended up getting annoyed and went for a two hour run and got some great shots of the water surrounding Boston.

 

Enjoy!

 

View from my hotel looking at Charles River, Boston Massachusetts

 

 

Me taking a photo at Harvard Bridge after a run in Boston, Massachusetts

 

Harbor photo taken at Gloucester, Massachusetts

 

Tasks for Bon Om Touk: Post a picture from your most recent or favorite vacation on the sea (or a lake, river, or any other body of water larger than a puddle), or if you're living on the sea or on a lake or a river, post a picture of your favorite spot on the shore / banks / beach / at the nearest harbour.

 

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text 2017-11-17 12:55
16 Tasks of the Festive Season - Square #14: December 25th - Quaid-e-Azam
Kingdom's End: Selected Stories - Saadat Hasan Manto
Manto: Selected Stories - Aatish Taseer

Book themes for Quaid-e-Azam:  Pakistan became an independent nation when the British Raj ended on August 14, 1947. Read a book set in Pakistan or in any other country that attained sovereign statehood between August 14, 1947 and today (regardless of what part of the world).

 

 

I had a lot of help with this task: I love exploring. I love going new places and I love reading about new (to me) places. So, when the task came up to read about Pakistan I got excited. Then I realised that I don't know that much about Pakistan and that I cannot actually name a single author who actually lived in Pakistan and wrote with a setting in Pakistan. (I did briefly consider Exist West, but I believe Mohsin Hamid may be writing about the human condition in general without naming a specific country.)

 

So, I asked Midu for help and she recommended to try Saadat Hasan Manto, whom I would never have come across if it had not been for Midu's recommendation! (Btw, if you're not following Midu already, check out her BookLikes Follow Friday post!)

 

The more I read about the author, the more intrigued I am about his short stories. I mean, what's not be intrigued by about an author whose openness apparently led to several trials for obscenity, who's been labeled as a rebel, and whose despair over the social and political situation he lived in led him to seek relief in an addiction to alcohol that ultimately killed him.  

 

Link to a fascinating article about Manto in The Guardian

 

I have a couple of choices of books - I found a reasonably priced collection on Ammy, translated by Aatish Taseer, which seems to include some of his most controversial stories, and I also found a collection of Kingdom's End at my library, which seems to contain a wider selection of his writings. 

 

I'll start with Taseer's collection for the purposes of the 16 Tasks.

 

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text 2017-11-16 01:41
16 Tasks of the Festive Season - Books, Tasks, and Updates

Alright, time to get organised: I'll use this post to link to the various books, tasks, and related posts. I have no idea how many of these I will complete, but thanks to Murder by Death's and Themis Athena's stupendous efforts we have a multitude of options to have fun with this. 

 

Links to the original posts: 16 Tasks and Rules 

Link to the Tasks in calendar format: November and December

 

My updates:

 

Square 1: November 1st:

All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos / Calan Gaeaf

 

Tasks for Día de Muertos and All Saint’s Day

- Book for Día de Muertos and All Saint’s Day

 

Square 2: November 5th:

Guy Fawkes Night (Bonfire Night/Fireworks Night) / Bon Om Touk (Cambodian Water Festival)

 

- Task for Guy Fawkes Night

- Task for Bon Om Touk

 

Square 3: November 11th:

St. Martin’s Day (11th) / Veterans’ Day / Armistice Day (11th)

 

- Book for Armistice Day 

- Task for St. Martin's Day

- Task for Armistice Day

 

Square 4: November 22nd and 23rd:

Penance Day (22nd) / Thanksgiving (23rd) 

 

- Task for Thanksgiving Day 

 

Square 5: December 3rd and following 3 Sundays:

Advent

 

 

Square 6: December 5th-6th and 8th:

Sinterklaas / Krampusnacht (5th) / St. Nicholas Day (6th) / Bodhi Day (8th)

  

 

Square 7: December 10th & 13th:

International Human Rights Day (10th) / St. Lucia’s Day (13th) 

  

 

Square 8: December 12th - 24th:

Hanukkah (begins 12th, ends 20th) Las Posadas (begins 16th, ends 24th)  

 

 

Square 9: December 21st:

Winter Solstice / Mōdraniht / Yuletide / Yaldā Night  

 

 

Square 10: December 21st:

World Peace Day / Pancha Ganapati begins (ends 25th)

 

 

Square 11: December 21st-22nd:

Soyal (21st) / Dōngzhì Festival (22nd) (China)

 

- Task for Dongzhi Festival 

 

Square 12: December 23rd

Festivus / Saturnalia ends (begins 17th)

 

- Book for Saturnalia

 

Square 13: December 25th

Christmas / Hogswatch

 

Book: Hogfather by Terry Pratchett  (planned read, just using this a reminder)

 

Square 14: December 25th

Dies Natalis Solis Invicti / Quaid-e-Azam’s Day

 

 

Square 15: December 25th-26th:

Newtonmas (25th) / St. Stephen's Day/Boxing Day (26th)

 

Book: Forensics by Val McDermid 

  

 

Square 16: December 26th-31st:

Kwanzaa (begins 26th, ends 31st) / New Year’s Eve / Hogmanay / St. Sylvester’s Day / Watch Night

 

 

 

Total Points: 11

 

 

 Fa-la-la-la-laaa-la-laaa-laa-laaa!

 

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