Saturday, September 3, 2011

32 Days or so

Whew. Yesterday I was soloing as my co worker took an extra day off before the Labor Day weekend. I had to ask for help two or three times to handle urgent matters. Everything got a response or seemed like it could wait until her return on Tues. I even got to read some blogs while I was waiting for the techs to finish updating my computer and give it back to me. What fun to read about Antonia's kitchen and her rediscovery that she can do things post-children. Godspeed! In my own attempts at doing things I am trying out jogging. So far I'm doing it every three or four days. I find that I can run very slowly and nothing bad happens (knees, feet, heart, all still attached). I have never understood running before but it's hard to beat as an accessory-less exercise experience.

Best parts of new job: money and buzz. It's a busy office with lots of people busily being busy. I still think it's a pretty absurd organization often lacking in diplomacy and common sense. But I'm really enjoying plunging in and helping them bail out all these leaky dinghies. Our recently hired Chief Info. Ofcr announced the exit of one of the two directors, effective yesterday. So there is much to observe and wonder at.

Worst part of new job: fruit flies in office. Goddamn I am tired of swatting at them ineffectually. I've killed about six in a month and I just don't think that's keeping up with their reproduction rate.

It was hot and then it was hot. But September is here, when we always cool down. There is a dip of northern air a-coming: Monday's forecast high here is 72. That doesn't make any sense to me so far. The excellent part of this is that Austin is going to have a high of 90 that day. They've been over a hundred for umptioodle days so far. My mother-in-law told me last night that 103 felt sort of reasonable (they had had ~112 for a few days). Come on coolness.

Mmm cold brew coffee. I do love thee.

I'm reading A Prayer for Owen Meany by Irving. I mentioned to the retired librarian we visit that I meant to re-read that someday. And she pressed it on me so now I feel that I must. I'm liking it but a little impatient. It's been years since I've read any Irving, he is a great flavor. After that I have the next Thursday Next book by Jasper Fforde Something Rotten to look forward to. I recently read his Shades of Grey and loved it. It's set in a postapocalyptic world in a society that is caste divided by what colors each group can perceive. Really cool imagining of daily life in a very static cooperative society that shuns technology in favor of everyone staying in their place. More Welsh in-jokes: one of the rediscovered pieces of technology turns out to have instructions written in Welsh. I was almost disappointed to realize at the end of the book that he is stringing that concept into a series as well. But I *will* read the next one and I suppose I can't begrudge him the sustainable economic model. That man can plot and plot. According to his page on Fantastic Fiction Fforde recommends The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss. So that goes on my list as well. I love the Fantastic Fiction site, it's easy to use and has everything you want when you've found a great book and want to know what else that author has been up to.

I don't have time to read or write at work currently. So it's yet to be seen how the blog posting will pan out. Into the future!


Bee said...

The idea of 103 feeling "sort of reasonable" amuses me. Context is all. My parents arrived back in Texas today after five weeks of travel. I hope the hot weather is finally backing off.

I haven't read any Irving in ages. He IS a great flavor (love that description), but I'm not in a revisiting mode at the moment. I feel like I have to cram a lifetime's reading of YA into a few short months. Did you ever read Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series? I think that you would love it. The first one might be a good read-aloud for your oldest daughter.

Nimble said...

I read The Golden Compass and it set my hair on fire. I loved Lyra the liar and the alternate Oxford. And the daemons - what a wish fulfillment! I didn't care much for the rest of the trilogy but even if the other two books were penance it was worth it.

My oldest is in a library movie/book club. They read Holes and The Tale of Despereaux and watched the movies. Next up is Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. His adult novels (comic, Florida) are a not very guilty pleasure of mine so I plan to read her book when she's done.

May your reading go far and wide!