First the Free Stuff:
OK, I may be diverting readers to somewhere else with this one, but there is a website devoted to freebies and frugal people (who isn't frugal these days) called, wait for it... Frugal-Freebies.com lots of free stuff, contests and discounts and they do free stuff every day.
Three men: an editor, a photographer, and a journalist are covering a political convention in Miami. They decide to walk up and down the beach during their lunch hour. Halfway up the beach, they stumbled upon a lamp. As they rub the lamp a genie appears and says "Normally I would grant you three wishes, but since there are three of you, I will grant you each one wish."
The photographer went first. "I would like to spend the rest of my life living in a huge house in St. Thomas with no money worries." The genie granted him his wish and sent him on off to St. Thomas.
The journalist went next. "I would like to spend the rest of my life living on a huge yacht cruising the Mediterranean, with no money worries." The genie granted him his wish and sent him off.
Last, but not least, it was the editor's turn. "And what would your wish be?" asked the genie."I want them both back after lunch," replied the editor, "the deadline for tomorrow's newspaper is in ten hours.
This week I am starting Lavinia by Ursula K Le Guin. In The Aeneid, Vergil'shero fights to claim the king's daughter, Lavinia, with whom he is destined to found an empire. Lavinia herself never spoke a word throughout the poem. Now she has a voice in a world when Rome was a muddy villiage near seven hills.
Slow start to the week, but it ended well - added a chapter to Deliberate Acts, added an installment to Lifeblood, and finished the first Act of Staying Alive.