Monday, November 22, 2010


I returned this morning from San Diego at 4:40am. Is this a a good excuse for recent silence?

I've moved on to 24/72 - Earth and High Heaven by Gwethalyn Graham (1944).

And I'm getting ready for a Thanksgiving weekend in Pennsylvania. I already bought the cat's dinner:

It has turkey, gravy, blueberries, cranberries, sweet potatoes and more! I hope he appreciates it!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

23/72 - I haven't forgotten

I finished Man Descending weeks ago.

I'm now on 23/72 - Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan (1945). I had to buy an old, old copy off Amazon marketplace because Amazon told me this was out of print. Then I learned it is still in print in McClelland & Stewart's New Canadian Library. But that's only in Canada. BUT STILL. My used copy is a hardcover, and I don't like reading hardcovers. And it is also a 60 year old hardcover, and I feel like it might crumble any minute since a 60 year old hardcover doesn't travel in my purse very well.

Can I say something about the New Canadian Library? I really don't like the redesigned covers. I know these books have never had very nice covers, but seriously M&S (or Random House) - you can do better. Is it impossible to make these look cool? Is Canadian literature antonymous with hipness? Take a page from Penguin - especially the Penguin Deluxe Classics and most especially the Penguin Hardcover Classics. I guess, generally, M&S covers aren't usually very nice. And I'm sorry, McClelland & Stewart - I love your books! And anyway, I also work in publishing, and I happen to work for a publisher that also has less-than-stellar covers, so I'm no better than you. But let's do better! For real: sometimes I think about buying books *just* for the nice cover. No joke. I don't judge them by their cover, but I love the cover and want to buy it and not read it. Maybe if the New Canadian Library looked better they would sell better? I mean, really, how many of those books are only in print because students are forced to read them in school?

Anyway. Ok. And just because:

Saturday, November 6, 2010

new stuff!!!!!

We were in Atlanta last week for work, so I haven't had much to say, except about how damn cute my cat is. And that Atlanta is kind of boring. The Marriott Marquis there is hypnotizing on the inside though.

I'm still watching some houses, hoping that some fairy-godmother will gift me lots of money for a down-payment, but it seems unlikely. I also keep meaning to buy lottery tickets but then forgetting.

But I've had some small satisfactions this week. I bought a couple awesome furnitures, a chair:

And a side table/record holder:

Actually, this photo of the side table really doesn't do it justice. It's very cute, and even I was surprised at how much I liked it (I bought it sight-unseen off the internet).

The chair! How many chairs does anyone need, you wonder? I like chairs. I like them a lot. One day when I buy my house it will be filled with unique side chairs.

Buying things and stuff is so very, very satisfying.

This morning H. and I went to Ikea. H. had this *crazy* idea that I would go crazy and fill our cart with Ikea crap. I don't know where he would get an idea like this - its like he doesn't even know me! Anyway, he's lucky that I forgot my glasses and had to pee because I could hardly even bother to look at anything in the "marketplace" section. We went for two things: curtains and a frame. And we got them. Pretty simple.


Frame (poster bought seperately):

We had some really dark brown blackout curtains in the bedroom before. I enjoyed them because they made my afternoon naps so much more delightful. H. hated them from about a year before we moved into the apartment. They were very dark, and very brown. And they made the bedroom look very seventies. These Ikea ones are quite a delight, and they make the room look so much better!

Finally, a note to my fellow Ikea patrons:

Dear World, Especially World with Young Children,

Must you bring your young children to Ikea? Must they run around like maniacs unattended because you are deciding which $5.99 Vajayjayst├ąd would look great in your den? Can't you stop them from jumping up and down on the white couch in the As-is section? Maybe I wanted to buy that wchite couch, and now it has tint footprints on it. Isn't there a ball room to lock them in? Ikea is no place for children. Hire a babysitter. Buy them a $1 stuffed bear and they will forgive you.


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