Hmm, I’m looking at this blog title and am pondering which I prefer, actual titles or dates? Using dates was suggested to me, though not explained why it was a good idea (I’m positive the explanation will be forthcoming). I decided to experiment with the dates and see what happens, though I’m not too sure about it; this is something that requires more pondering. Thankfully (Oh! Look! I’m thankful!) I like to ponder.
Today was the first snow of the season here in my neck of the woods of Wisconsin. I enjoyed watching it fall from the relative warmth of my office chair at work. I didn’t enjoy being pelted by the sleet that fell as I made my way to the mailbox, but I had my big girl undies on, and I survived.
I should have known it would arrive soon… Two weeks ago the skin on my hands started to look like parchment paper, and last week, both index fingers split open. This is a yearly affliction. Tonight, I have both index fingers dabbed with Burt’s Bees Hand Salve, wrapped in Band-Aids (I should buy stock with the quantities I go through) and then with medical tape to keep things in place. The bloody noses started yesterday; ah, the joys of winter. I’ve lived with the bloody nose issues for as long as I can remember, and I refuse to have my nose cauterized. What can I say? I’m stubborn. Okay, okay… it might not be a bad idea to have it done… but, I have a “thing” about people touching my nose.
And now… a Book Report
I love reading. I grew up in a household where both parents were avid readers and the living room had a wall full of bookshelves. I read The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger when I was twelve. I highly recommend it. Sadly, “life happened” and my reading went to the wayside the last four or five years.
Last year, I picked up a Barnes & Noble NOOK Color, and I love it. My only complaint is that its very hard to read the shiny screen at the beach. I hope they improve the next one to make beach reading a reality. Now that I have the nook, I find that my reading has increased (as has my addiction to Angry Birds) back to an acceptable level. Oh, and Barnes & Noble, could one of the future updates for my nook be an audio book feature? It’d be nice to hear the books while I’m driving.
I also started a new book today, Are you there, Vodka? It’s me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler. More on that when I finish it. I did, however, finish reading another book by her, My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands. I started reading that last weekend at my parents place, and on Saturday evening, as I started in on the book, I couldn’t help but laugh, then I had to start reading the first chapter to Mom and DH. While reading out loud, I started to laugh so hard I had tears streaming down my face.
The book is a short read, but thoroughly enjoyable, and you have to admire Chelsea Handler’s outlook on life, even if you don’t agree with her methods (I believe in live and let live, though). The editors of the book missed a few mistakes, and there was even one section where I think part of a sentence was missing, but I wasn’t lost after coming across that. If you’re looking for a fast, very humorous read, I recommend it!
My Nook, ancient now with the Nook Color that I covet…has an option to add music to it, which makes me wonder not that you’ve mentioned it, if audio books would work. I may just have to try this as the library offers many audio books online!
You would think that it would, but the text-to-speech is a different programming issue. I know the Kindle has it, but I was not enamored of the Kindle. I believe that B&N is working on a text-to-speech ability, but, I’m hoping with the older nook colors, they’ll include that upgrade in an update.