- Fizzy Thoughts: A few books, some bitching, and hanging out with farm animals

A few books, some bitching, and hanging out with farm animals

Monday, July 30, 2007

Today I read A Thousand Splendid Suns.


It was good. I don't feel compelled to say much more, because it's gotten all sorts of press, and most people like it. Plus, I'm sure I'll be writing more about it for Readers Without Borders.

I also finished All Over Creation today.

This is not my typical type of book, although it does fall into the odd category. It was an impulse buy last week, and I'm not entirely sure what I think of it. It raises some scary points about genetic engineering of food, but none of the characters were quite likable. A few came close, but then they'd go and do something stupid. I find it hard to like a book when I don't like any of the characters. If you want to get freaked out about what you eat, I'd recommend this book.

Lest you think all I did today was sit on my butt and read, I'll add that I walked for 1/2 hour on the treadmill (while reading A Thousand Splendid Suns), I did laundry and actually folded all of it (this is huge...it usually languishes in the dryer for days), I went to the grocery store (and bought what is probably genetically engineered food), and I pulled out my suitcase, because I leave for Italy in 4 (count 'em, FOUR!!!) weeks. And I found some likely candidates for books to take along, because I cannot be on a plane for 14 hours without a book. Still don't have the clothes picked out, but I know what books I'm taking.

In other news, I currently look like Rudolph, which is seriously pissing me off, because I got the sunburn being somewhere I didn't want to be in the first place. Of course, it's my fault for forgetting the sunscreen, but I can still be pissy about it. Had we (high school friends) gone to brunch like originally planned I wouldn't be sitting here with a nose slathered with aloe, furiously wishing for the red to fade. But no, I had to cave to wishes of others and listen to my mom. In other words, I agreed to go to a picnic at a park, because that's what works best for everyone with kids, and I had to not flake out, because my mom was putting a guilt trip on me. Next time, I'm listening to Kate. And wearing my sunscreen. And when people are 1 1/2 hours late and at a different park than originally planned, I'll listen to my instincts and blow it all off.

On a positive note, the weekend was not a total bust. I stuck to my vow to walk. I went for an hour walk out Old Morro Creek Road on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Saturday morning was lettuce planting day. The workers had the Spanish-language radio station cranked, so I had tunes while I was walking down this straightaway. And then I passed the farmhouse, which means I got to look at the horsies and goats, and the goats are so cute they always make me smile. Especially when they wag their tails when I walk by. No goat pics, but here's one of the horses:

Then HB took me out to dinner to Taco Temple on Saturday night, which made blowing off the 20 year high school reunion totally worth it. Evidently it was quite a party, but I haven't felt any regrets for not going.

1 comment(s):

MackAttack said...

thanks for the post, Jill! i like your pictures. :)

In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. ~S.I. Hayakawa

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~St. Augustine

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
~Mark Twain

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