Thursday, October 6, 2011

Random Thursday/Friday in October

Anybody besides me getting tired of the Republicans' war on women?

I work in an academic library.  This semester, there has been a noticeable turnaround in the attitude of the student population.  They are more focused, more polite, and visit the library in greater numbers.  I hope this is because of a change in admission requirements and not just a fluke.

My boss retired.  The rest of us are sort of flopping around like fish out of water, trying to hold things together with a skeleton staff.  We've had a meeting with the administration and things should start happening in the not too distant future.  Keep your fingers crossed that everything goes well.

I know it's a little early to be talking about this, but Richard and I will be hosting the family at Thanksgiving this year.  Just like the dinner we had with them in March (or was it April?), we are looking forward to it.  Since my father-in-law passed away, there will only be seven places at the table rather than eight, and he will be missed.  I hope everybody has a good time anyway.  I know the food will be good (main course, deep-fried turkey). 

Even though I am a PC user, I was sad to hear of Steve Jobs's passing.  It made me want to go out and buy an iPad 2 in his honor.  What a genius!  I do have an iPod, so I'm not completely anti-Apple.  And I'm seriously contemplating that iPad 2. 

My friend Julie is having a beer-tasting this weekend.  I don't drink beer, so she's going to make me a Cosmopolitan or two (or ten).  Seriously, though, I'll probably stop at two, as I will be my own designated driver that evening. 

I got a little tired of taking Amazon's recommendations for books to download to my Kindle.  I started reading about five of them and got bored with every one.  So I am now reading a hardback copy of Dick Francis's Gamble, written by Felix Francis, his first on-his-own mystery since his father died.  I guess I wanted some variety.  I have a feeling that if I finish reading several of those Kindle books, I will be glad of it.  Maybe I was just missing mysteries.  I've put a few mysteries on my Christmas wish list. 

Speaking of Christmas, Richard and I blithely go through most of the year spending our separate disposable incomes on things of our own choosing, but as of October 1, there is a moratorium on both of us buying ourselves anything until after Christmas.  You never know what your spouse is going to come up with for Christmas gifts, hence the moratorium.  However, I told Richard he could spend money on camping gear ("Why, Mr. Richard, you know I don't know nothin' 'bout no campin' stuff!") and I can buy clothes.  Anyway...

The diet is going along nicely.  I can no longer stuff myself at mealtimes.  I would probably be in physical pain if I did.  And it was not even hard to decrease my food cravings.  I guess because I'm eating a more balanced diet and eating more low-calories things that fill me up and keep me satisfied longer.  Yay Duke Diet! 

The weather around here finally dropped out of the high 90s.  We've even put a blanket on our bed!  A couple of mornings it was down in the low 40s when I got up at oh-dark-hundred.  We just had more insulation added in our attic, and the other day Richard said he wished it would get really cold so we could find out if our house stays warmer. 

Okay, is that random enough for you?  I guess I was just feeling talky.  Take care.  Read a mystery.


TheUnSoccerMom said...

Liam's in Thomasville will have a chocolate tasting in Nov! I hope I get to go... they will be pairing the chocolate w/ beer.. BUT they said if you're not a beer drinker, they will have wine on hand. :o)

TheUnSoccerMom said...

oh! I did pre-order the new iPhone 4s today. Not b/c of Jobs but b/c things just worked out this way....

Yay for hosting Thanksgiving! I did it last year too and it was a bit stressful, but worth it...

I'm so glad for the cooler temps here too. Have a great weekend! :o)

Genie Smith Bernstein said...

Been wondering about Gamble - let me know if you like it. Loved all his father's books.