A last-minute clarification by the kiddo ("No, Mom, the North State swim meet isn't in Tupelo. It's at the Courthouse in Jackson.") has reassured me that there's no way I can participate in Dewey's annual read-a-thon, this weekend. Sigh. So, I'm going to take the weekend off from blogging and blog reading. I've found that the posting fallout from the read-a-thon can be overwhelming and it's disappointing not to be able to join in. If/when I finish books, I'll go ahead and review them. But, I'm going to avoid blog-hopping (after tonight), till Monday or Tuesday.
Some random bits and pieces . . .
It doesn't matter if you love Palin or can't stand her, this website (found thanks to the Anchorage Daily News' daily newsreader updates) is a great place to waste a few minutes and get a laugh or two. Watch out, though, the deer behind the door is a little horrifying. My favorites are the baby names and the Bridge to Nowhere. Click on them to see what happens.
I have a new photo blog, here, thanks to some fellow bloggers who have also recently signed up at Animus3 (bisha and Les). The other photographers are so awesome that this particular blog site is very inspiring and I'm getting lots of great ideas. It makes me want to go out with the camera and play. Kiddo and I spotted that hawk, at left (and currently posted at the photo blog, but it will change tomorrow) on the way home from swimming, yesterday.
This has been a low-focus week. I've had trouble sitting still long enough to make much progress on anything at all. Some weeks are like that. So . . .
Still reading The Swan House by Elizabeth Musser. It's a thought-provoking look at the 60s, racial prejudice, grief, depression . . . maybe a few too many topics covered in this particular book and a bit too long, but I'm still enjoying it and hope to finish it, this weekend.
Random Passage by Bernice Morgan -- Honestly, one of the most mesmerizing books I've read all year. So, why haven't I read a sentence in 4 days? I'm tired. My attention is flitting around like a dragonfly on speed. And, I want it to last. I'm definitely going to seek out the follow-up book.
Homeland Insecurity by Turchie and Puckett -- Initially, I thought the book was going to be all Conspiracy Theory, but it's neither outlandish nor inflammatory. Instead, the authors provide compelling history in order to explain why the FBI has been weakened by a few power-hungry politicians. So far, I'm enjoying it immensely.
Just Jane by Nancy Moser -- My third Moser book (and then I'll have to move on to her modern, large-cast books), this one a historical biography of Jane Austen. Well. Who wouldn't want to read that? My only complaint, so far, is that the style is exactly the same as that of Mozart's Sister and Washington's Lady. A slightly different perspective would be nice, but that's a minor complaint.
Just walked in (literally . . . I walked it in the door about 30 minutes ago):
Creepers by Joanne Dahme -- thanks to a giveaway at Booking Mama's blog. Can't wait to get to this one; it looks perfect for fall. But, this week has so completely thrown me off-balance that I can't say when I'll get to it.
Hope everyone has a terrific weekend. For those of you involved in the read-a-thon -- have fun! Sending you caffeine wishes and anti-eye-strain dreams.
Bookfool, not whining . . . nope, not me. Not gonna do it.