Currently readingPosted: November 8, 2010 Filed under: All's Well That Ends Well, Book of Sand 11 Comments
In addition to Goodnight Gorilla and other board-book classics, I’ve been reading Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, as recommended by sposita. I got it on the Kindle, which I still love, and I started reading while we stayed with the Romgi’s parents. They were looking after the Bwun so well, and the Romgi still had class to go to, so…what else was I supposed to do? Oh yeah, sleep. But I did get about a third of the way through the book and it’s riveting so far. I haven’t got a clue what the rest of the book is going to be about. Or necessarily what it’s been about already. Interesting, though!
I woke up with good intentions this morning. We had a nice full night’s sleep and while I was tired, I felt like I could get a few things done today. And the Romgi brought me a Dunford, so you know my day had a good start. But by the time the Romgi left for school I’d run out of energy and motivation.
Instead of accomplishing much of anything, I read the inside of my eyelids.
It was a great story of rest and relaxation and peace and – what? The Bwun knows how to take his diaper off?
Well, suffice it to say that we had some major cleanup at our house today. But it wasn’t the kind where I could (or would) show you a before-and-after photo.
We’re into November now…and I still have 9 books to finish by the end of the year. Hmm, should I aim for a clean house or getting to my reading goal? Reading, you say? I agree. The house will never be clean, anyway. As evidence I submit our living room today:
Also, evidence of why it’s ok that my house looks like this:
One final note: I found the perfect postage stamps to use for our Christmas cards. I can’t wait to send them out.
Do you guys read anything besides my blog? I’m still taking recommendations for books by authors with last names starting with A, E, J, L, O, Q, X, and Z…
P.S. That high school picture of us I posted yesterday was pretty great! I can’t believe you guys didn’t say anything about it. Say it now.
Okay, 1) the Bwun looks just like a Dr Seuss character exiting like that. 2) Yep, jr is your toy even at the times when you don’t want to keep her. 3) Be a good parent to yourself and spend 10-20 minutes on housework before you open a book to read. 4) About that school pic: you guys look so young!! And, I wish we could have seen how many medals you had on!
I was thinking, while looking at that great pic you posted, that I am so glad that the Romgi doesn’t part his hair like that anymore. Marc just got over his high school hairdo this past year. You guys are way more advanced than we are.
I’m sad to say you aren’t the only person to comment on my hair from back then. I think all I can really say is “at least it wasn’t a mullet.”
Books! I can only say these are on Amazon’s top 100 books selection:
Michal Ajvaz, “The Golden Age” Czech literature (translated)
read any Isaac Asimov lately? =)
Zetta Elliott “A Wish After Midnight” (YA fiction) (maybe you want to count her for “Z”?)
Jennifer Egan, “A Visit From the Goon Squad”
Steig Larsson, “The Girl Who Played With Fire” “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”
Dennis Lehane, “Moonlight Mile”
Jessica Kerwin Jenkins, “Encyclopedia of the Exquisite”
Sebastian Junger, “War”
Lynne Olson, “Citizens of London:The Americans Who Stood with Britain in its Finest, Darkest Hour”
Anna Quindlen, “Every Last One”
sorry, still no ideas for X or Z. =(
ok – here’s a sci-fi that MumZ might have:
Roger Zelazny – the Amber series (starts with Nine Princes of Amber)
oh, and if you couldn’t tell, I’m all for reading the books! =)
one more Z possibility:
Richard Zacks, “The Pirate Hunter”
First off, I have to say – your kids are adorable! I love your updates.
and I now have to say that I was going to comment on the high school picture, but I was too distracted by my blonde hair.
I would recommend almost anything by Margaret Atwood, but I remember I particularly loved The Blind Assassin. There’s even a little bit of sci-fi in there.
Congrats on jr. She’s absolutely beautiful!
Mom – I took your clean-before-reading advice. But I made the Romgi help me. Does that still count?
Stephanie – haha. That made me laugh, a lot. At least Marc has finally moved on from his old haircut, even if it was delayed, right?
The Romgi – in your defense, David Duchovny had the same hairstyle.
Sposita – thanks! I got the Anna Quindlen book for my Kindle. I’ll let you know how it is!
Marylen – you read my blog? Let’s agree to just be glad we’ve ALL moved on from our high school hairstyles (yes, I’m including my 20+ colors of Clairol red and center-part).
Alicia – you read my blog too? Man, I am so popular. I’ve only read The Handmaid’s Tale, but I think I was a little too young and naive to enjoy it at the time. And I’m with you: jr is beautiful. I hope she keeps her dark hair!
It absolutely counts to include the Romgi with cleaning. The cleaning-up-after-yourself and work-before-play habits are very grown-up. Before you know it, you guys will be adults and having your own kids! (Just kidding!!)