24 Festive Tasks Door 8: Penance Day

Tasks 1, 2, 3, and 4 completed. Points = 4


Task 1:  “Confess” your book habits.  Dog-earring?  Laying books face down?  Bending back the spines? Skimming?  OR: Confess your guilty reading pleasure, or comfort reads.


The book "habits" listed are book CRIMES in my opinion, so I'll go with confessing my guilty reading pleasure.


Currently, my guilty reading pleasure isn't books. It's book blogs. Specifically book blogs that spork books I read and didn't like, and books I will likely never read. I especially love blogs that spork bad erotica like 50 Shades and the Crossfire series. I read these sporkings when I'm sick/having trouble concentrating, and the bite-sized bits of literary scorn invariably cheer me up. I know these books are beloved by some, so I feel a little bit guilty for cackling over snippets of dialogue and repetitive sex scenes, and I'm not sure if there's a non-awkward way to explain to people I'm crying with tears of laughter because a guy named Gideon Cross in a super popular novel describes his own semen as creamy and seems obsessed with it, so I tend to read these blogs when I'm alone.


Task 2:  It’s “Pennants” day according to MbD’s husband:  post a picture of your favorite team’s logo / mascot and the last time they’ve won a championship (or not).


I'm not much of a sports fan, but I suppose my favorite team is the Gryffindor House quidditch team, and as far as I can tell from movie stills, their emblem is just the House crest. To my knowledge, they last won the House Cup in 1997.



Task 3: In centuries gone by, penance would often end up in what might be described as a very extended bad hair day (complete with sackcloth and ashes). Tell us: What’s a bad hair day to you – and what (if anything) do you do about it?


Hah! Nice twist on this one. My bad hair days are the days I wash my hair. I only do that two or three times a week. It feels lovely and soft when I wash it, but it also becomes completely unmanageable until my scalp gets a chance to produce more oil. I don't like putting product in my hair, so remedies are restricted to sloppy buns, scraggly braids, and total denial.


Task 4: Early Christian spiritualists would sometimes do penance by spending time in the desert. If you’ve ever visited a desert region (or even live there), post a picture and tell us about it. Alternatively, post a picture of sand dunes (NOT with water in the background!).


I grew up in Utah, a large portion of which is arid desert. Some of it is pretty spectacular, like Arches National Park and Bryce Canyon. This is a picture of Goblin Valley, which doubled as an alien planet in Galaxy Quest, which is one of my favorite movies of all time.



Book:  Read any book concerning a man / woman of the cloth, a book about a character hiding a guilty secret or searching for absolution.