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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

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!