My Copy: 9780553573428 (image from bn.com) Well, it took me a couple of months to get through this one (I blame gardening and having to go back and re-read things because I had to set it down for a week). But then the past few days I had some time off I didn't expect. And … Continue reading A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3), by George R. R. Martin
I'm stuck in a situation where I have to work open to close several days in a row. I've got two more (thankfully shorter) days of this to go, and the list of things that I should be doing is ever increasing. Storm violence led to a lack of sleep (which I'm itching to get … Continue reading Sometimes, you just have to let yourself be lazy.
I wasn't feeling very good today, just general tiredness from the storm the night before waking me up several times. I finished most of my notebook regarding plants I'm working with and any specs and instructions I can find on them, and then went to check on what I already had planted versus what was … Continue reading When “you get what you pay for” means you’ve lost not just money, but time as well.
I admit, I love my orange juice. It's one of the few things I tend to crave when coffee or tea just aren't doing it, and especially when I'm really thirsty and sick. I'm not a huge soda person (most of the time, anyway), so orange juice is really a morning thing I love to … Continue reading Stevia & me don’t get along; or, a minor setback in trying to be sugar-smart.
I thought I was in the clear. After working in the morning and a short detour to try and relax (it didn't work because I didn't have much time, and a lengthy phone call about practically nothing from mom that I still don't get), I set off for the offsite job. At least the traffic … Continue reading Fighting the Fog, part 2…
I've lost count how many times I've started this 12 week program, only to stop around week 4 or 5 (I made it to week 8 at one point. It's not like it's a crazy boot camp or anything like that. Rather, it's that even though I wanted my creativity to flourish and take over, … Continue reading Beginning “The Artist’s Way” morning pages… again.
At least, it sure seems that way in the media, but the more I read, the more it's about 50/50 in negative and positive coverage and reactions. This is something I can't understand, because you have to feed the baby when it's hungry, and breastfeeding is one way to do it. In the evolutionary sense, … Continue reading Q#120–Why are a lot of Americans squeamish about moms breast-feeding babies in public?
It's been an insane week. I've been doing all I can to wind down and relax a bit, maybe play guitar and piano to try and relieve some tension. But when the brain won't shut up, sometimes I'm stuck doing mindless things. Or at least they should be semi-mindless. If I was smart, I'd have … Continue reading Getting that all-important sleep in, even while stressed to hell…
My Copy: 9780060184711 (image from bn.com) Ever since I was a little kid, and Jaws was my favorite movie (still is, actually), I've been curious about sharks and Naval ships. That began with the scene of Quint telling about the Indianapolis disaster. I don't care if I've seen it 200+ times, I will stop what … Continue reading Abandon Ship!: The saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the Navy’s greatest sea disaster, by Richard F. Newcomb (with intro & afterward by Peter Maas)
I suppose we can chalk the negativity you're about to read to some kind of "law of higher expectations." I expected to like this play, because I love history and I've read and heard a lot about Cleopatra and Marc Antony since I was young. Yes, everything was contradictory between fiction and non-fiction, and sources … Continue reading “The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare