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09 May 2012 @ 05:44 pm
I had everything set up to bike to/from work today, but my alarm clock didn't go off. Gah! I've been trying to replace that thing because of its loud ticking, but the reliability issue raises the replacement priority tenfold. I almost bought a new one last weekend, but with Mother's Day coming... Yes, my family gets that desperate over presents. The grownups don't need or want anything, which drives our kids nuts.

I didn't do much gardening last weekend. Thought I was going to fix a painting-frame my parents gave us about a year ago, but I got as far as sanding off all the paint and attempting new spray paint. Ulp! Bad color, AND the texture looks grainy. Guess I'll be re-sanding, and then hand-painting. My parents never seem to understand that if they don't have time to finish a project, I have even LESS time. o_O

Christopher is going to be Hermes in an upcoming play. We looked for white bedsheets (toga) and sandals at Goodwill last weekend. Looks like I'll have to buy a new flatsheet instead, and try for sandals again later. I'm already hoarding plastic from gallon milk containers, to make wing attachments for his feet and head (rigid plastic is a really good structural material for costumes and such).

He read Flowers For Algernon at school yesterday, between standardized tests. He really liked it, despite the heartbreaking ending. I thought he'd be up half the night feeling sad over it (he's only 12), but looks like he got lucky.

I read Little Bee over the weekend. It was a little hard to start, but by the third chapter nearly impossible to put down. I can hardly describe it without revealing the plot, but it involves a refugee Nigerian girl in England. The story alternates her POV with that of an Englishwoman, and the use of symbolic threads is done really, really well—and I say that as someone who often dislikes most authors' techniques in that regard. The artistry in tying those together makes me wish I'd written that novel! I would have liked a different ending, and I despised one of the story's secondary characters, but it really was a stunning book. I recommend it!

Aaaad in my spambox... apparently, we've hit Epically Small Penis season. I'm getting about 1 spam an hour on that suddenly, instead of 1-2 per week. o_O

similiesslipsimiliesslip on May 10th, 2012 01:08 am (UTC)
Will you post a photo of the wings for his feet, once you make them? Sounds complicated!

I like "Flowers fo Algernon." It's sad but profound.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 10th, 2012 01:34 am (UTC)
I'm thinking something like velcro, or a stretchy wristband, will be needed for the feet (which could actually be the ankles). Unless we find sandals that the wings will attach to.

There will likely be a glue gun involved, too. :0

"Flowers for Algernon" is such a sad and wonderful book. We talked a little bit (because Christopher currently imagines he'll be a writer when he grows up) about how the author uses the spelling/grammar to indicate the "before" Charlie and then the progression (shown, just by the "smarter" use of language) toward increased intelligence. When the language starts to slip again toward the end of the book, the reader knows what's happening to Charlie, and that makes it all the more heartbreaking. The reader sees obvious signs of the change that Charlie himself might not have noticed, because he's on the way down and not up.

What an incredibly sad but altogether excellent book.
frostian: brothers2/croatoanfrostian on May 10th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
Flowers for Algernon had me weepy for days. That and I Never Promised You A Rose Garden.

Oh, man, memory lane!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 10th, 2012 04:16 am (UTC)
Christopher said he almost cried at school over it, and must have taken desperate measures not to. I don't know how you could help yourself, really. That is such a devastatingly good book, and so very tragic.

Memory lane, indeed!
whipchickwhipchick on May 10th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
Read Little Bee sitting in an airport last year - it was wonderful! I agree about the secondary character and about the ending :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on May 10th, 2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
:D I'm glad someone besides me has read that!

I loved the structure, and the weaving of the stories (the abruptly-ended Bible, the jeep in the jungle).

But that one character-- I was ready to kill him by the end of the book, for how incredibly "me-centered" he was (and what it cost other people). And the ending... I was unconvinced that it matched the character. She deserved better.

Sound like you mainlined it much the way I did-- hard to put down!