It was a good holiday weekend full of hard work! Not a lot more reading done, unfortunately, but I did finish “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” and it was enjoyable. As I said on Goodreads, I was hesitant to read it, thinking it would be sad and heavy, but it really wasn’t! It was sweet and told mostly from the perspective of a 12 year old boy and the 50 year old man he becomes. It was nice.
I started listening to “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” today, and it starts out hard to listen to! It starts out with the Prime Minister being visited by the Ministry of Magic and then Snape meeting with Bellatrix and then a lot of newspaper headlines. I don’t think we see Harry until chapter four (maybe three), so it just feels different than the other books. Thankfully it’s shorter than the last few, so I should be able to rip through it!
I also downloaded my second library e-book! A Diane Mott Davidson book, just for fun. I’ll have to see if I can get the last few books on my Spring Reading Thing list from the library. Not many left! Yay!
Well, not many days of work left, that’s for sure. It’s amazing how much better I feel after time away. I am dreading the next three days – well, maybe dreading is too strong, but I’m really hoping for strength to get through them. I have a LOT to do!
And the days go by… and the blogging doesn’t happen! Well, maybe 22 days isn’t too bad of a lag, but I think it is. Mid-May was a very busy time, as “Take Note!”, the choir I am in, had a lot of rehearsals and performances over an 8 day span, with busy weekends and weeknights before. It was a great time. The third time I sang “Please, Mr. Postman” I really nailed it. I should have front-loaded that work rather than being in panic mode. But panic mode usually works for me, so c’est la vie! I’ve had quite a bit of time off (for me) and haven’t been cranking through the books too much but have read a few.
I got official and final word Tuesday night / Wednesday that my position at work is being cut due to budget reasons, so the last five or six weeks I have been in crisis mode mentally. I’m so “in my head,” as I call it. Introverted. Immersing myself in meaningless tasks. Choosing audiobooks or podcasts over live conversations. These last few days at work will be difficult – it’s hard to say goodbye over and over again – so I am looking forward to it being behind me. June 7 can’t get here fast enough. And all of this brings to point something I learned about myself after the flood – I really can only do one big thing at a time. I couldn’t look for a new house until I sold my old house and had actually signed the papers. Likewise, I can’t focus as much as I should on looking for a new job until this job is wrapped up. So although I am going to pretend that I will do some serious job searching and applying tomorrow, most likely I will find some putzy jobs to do and then learn more about my rights through the union. Hopefully soon I’ll be ‘normal’ again. Ha.
But I have finished a few books since I last wrote. I am half done with “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” and really liking it. It’s quite easy to read, which is unexpected. I thought it would be heavier, but maybe I’m just not there yet. I hopefully will finish that soon. I finished listening to “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (see above comments about immersing myself in audiobooks) and was amazed at how much I don’t remember from reading the book! But it was nine years ago that the book came out, so that’s a long time. I’m sure I’ll remember less about book six and I already know that I remember very little about book seven (it was the last book I read before my house flooded and something changed in my brain that day and that book disappeared – along with a little sanity!). I am pretty sure I’ll reach the goal of reading the books before July 19 so that is exciting!
And I also finished my very first e-book loaned from the library! I checked out one book, just any old book I could get, as most had a waiting list, and I didn’t like it. I couldn’t tell if it was the book I didn’t like or the e-book that I didn’t like. So I waited and finally got one I wanted to read (“Twenties Girl” by Sophie Kinsella) – a light and fun romp – and I ripped right through it! It was easy to read and a good, fun book. The 14 day loan period from the library is a little pressure, so hopefully the others will come spaced out good enough for me to not panic! I read the book in less than three days, but I had to stop reading “Hotel…” which I didn’t like to do.
And so I ramble. I must blog more so that I don’t have quite so much to say! Yikes! I’ll just update my “Spring Thing Reading List” below and be off to read!
Wow. I was blogging pretty regularly for a while and then I stopped! I’ll tell you what happened. A few things, actually.
Reason #1- I got an iPad 2 from work. Less need to sit at the laptop or desk top and less convenient to blog on the iPad. I now read all my blogs, read tweets, search the library website, check email and facebook, and play Words with Friends all on the iPad! Tonight I downloaded my first library book to the iPad! Who has time to blog! 🙂
Reason #2 is that I received some news that kinda rocked my world a few weeks ago – they are looking at cutting my position at work for next year. It’s been an emotional roller coaster. Tons of sadness, a little anger, and growing excitement at what may be. Every day at work is emotional because it is hard to talk about it with coworkers. Hard to think about not working with them and the district families anymore – after 18 years of being there. But I’m thankful for the support I am feeling from coworkers and parents so my new coping strategy is an attitude of gratitude. I hope it helps me sleep at night. 🙂
Reason #3 is that Easter happened! Monday night (5/2) when I crawled into bed, I realized that it was the third night I’d slept there since April 20. I went to Mom and Dad’s for quite a few days during my break from work and then we left last Thursday for a trip to Denver for a wedding! It’s a lot easier to blog when I’m home and alone.
So with all of this going on, my house is suffering. Tonight I dealt with the piling up of clothes and tomorrow I’ll have to tackle the mail and dust. As I said, I also tackled downloading an e-book from the library tonight. That was quite a task.
So about the iPad. It’ll have to go back if/when I leave my job but I really think that I will need to get my own. I have the nook, kindle, and iBooks apps on there. Overkill or what? And then to download library e-books, I had to download Overdrive and Adobe. They don’t work together? I’ve been wondering about just getting a nook or other e-reader, but I might just need the whole iPad she-bang.
And now about books (and maybe a movie) – My Spring Thing reading list is below – and there is progress! How fun is that? I just finished “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” and it was good. Not super good, but good. I liked the characters, was confused about the inclusion of some of the characters, but would like to meet Major Pettigrew. Or just travel to England. 🙂 Before that I read “The Hundred Foot Journey.” Can’t remember if I blogged about that, but I liked that book, too. Again, not life-changing, but good. I really need to get some good Indian recipes in my repertoire.
On Easter Sunday Marissa and I went to see “Water for Elephants.” It was good, but not nearly as good as the book (of course). You just don’t get the emotions and tensions that you get in the book. The characters were pretty well cast, although I didn’t picture the main guy to be as cute as Pattinson. 🙂 But it was true to the story.