Sunday, August 22, 2010
Happy Sunday everyone! It's been pouring rain since before I woke up at 8 and doesn't show signs of letting up anytime soon. But that's fine with me. I've got some materials I need to read for my new job.
I'm also taking the time to pack. I'll be moving out in exactly one week and I've finally secured an apartment! This isn't the same one I mentioned last time. It's owned by the same people and located down the street a few houses, but it's $60 cheaper! It's a studio with a separate kitchen in a Victorian-era mansion with a gorgeous foyer and beautiful old woodwork. The previous tenant wanted to move in with her boyfriend but still had a one-year lease. If she wanted to leave she had to find someone else to take over, so they were hurrying to fill it. There's soot all over the walls because she liked to burn candles and incense but the landlord promised it would be cleaned up and repainted immediately.
As for packing and moving, I've made the difficult decision to leave behind an entire bookcase full of books, mostly history texts from college, a few poetry and plays, and nearly all of my mass-market paperbacks, including my complete Anne Rice and Faye Kellerman collections. It's been awhile since I've counted the number of volumes in my library but it's easily 300. But because books are so heavy they take up too many boxes; plus, I'm not sure I have room enough for two bookcases. (The apartment has some built-in shelves too.) But I figure it's only two hours away so I can easily move the books and bookshelf later.
With all that's been happening I'm afraid I didn't get much done this week. I did a post for the Horrible Dare Challenge that ended up being way bitchier than I intended. It's just that . . . I hate Glenn Beck and that book was truly horrible with the most unlikeable protagonist I have ever encountered. I hope to get Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver read and posted on this week before I leave. Right now I'm also reading Karen Tei Yamashita's I Hotel for The Front Table. For 640 pages it sure is going by quickly.
Not sure I'll be able to do a Sunday Salon next week but we'll see how things turn out.
And now for your weekly link round-up:
"He Was A Quiet Man"
Robert Stanek, Keeper Martin's Tale (illustrated, "ultimate" edition)
She Eats Prays Loves (and Goes Home) (via Feministing)
SNL's Jenny Slate Voices the Instantly Adorable "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On"
What Happens When You Slow Down a Justin Bieber Song by 800%?
What's at Stake in the Cordoba House Debate