Friday, February 12, 2010

What Better to Do in a Blizzard?

And I'm only half kidding when I say blizzard! Dallas got 11 inches of snow over the last day or so, and it's beautiful! I'm in the throes of my second day off work, and I could not be more excited. I already had a buttload of papers to grade, so I'll actually have a chance to finish those by the time midterm grades are due at midnight.

But what else does one do in a Texas blizzard? Reading! Duh!

I have a few books on the go right now. First off, I've been working my way through This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, by Marilyn Johnson. You know the one: the cutie with the super-brarian on the front cover from my sidebar. It's an interesting book, and Johnson's voice is conversational and fun, but I'm not tearing through it as quickly as I might usually because I already learned much of the info in library school. Still a good one, though.

I started and haven't moved forward with Jeffrey Eugenides's Pulitzer winner, Middlesex. I think I've only read about 12 pages. It's OK so far, but it hasn't yet grabbed me by the proverbial nosehairs, so we'll see how soon I really get involved. I read and loathed The Virgin Suicides, so I'm just hoping I enjoy Middlesex as much as the rest of the world seems to.

Finally, I picked up Salinger's Franny and Zooey last night. I whipped through the Franny portion in no time, and I'm off and running with the Zooey part. So far I like the first bit more than the second, but I have a lot to go, so I can't pass judgement too quickly.

If you're wondering where the snow pics are: they're coming! I need to bribe Chuck to take some more really good ones with our Nikon.

On an unrelated note: BABY NEWS!

I had an ultrasound on Wednesday, and we're officially gestating a sasquatch baby. I'm 31 weeks along, and our chunky monkey already weighs 4.5 pounds. Apparently he's big for his age: big head, long legs, etc. I'll probably be knocking on 9ish pounds by the time his due date rolls around. If that's the case, I'll trade off a kidney for a c-section. I'm just sayin'.

For now I'm off to finish those blasted papers, and we have Rocketboy's birthday to celebrate today. It's a busy week and weekend. Chuck and I had an anniversary on Wednesday, his mom's birthday was yesterday, Rocketboy is today, and then Valentine's Day is on Sunday. Oh, and his uncle is coming to visit from Saturday to Tuesday. Whew! I make myself tired just thinking about it. I'd better go read while I have a chance!

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