Back with a (planned) vengeance

29 03 2009

Hello, readers…

I’m back.  Hopefully you haven’t forgotten about me. 

There is a reason other than general lack of interest for my recent absence.  My husband’s grandmother had a heart attack sometime around Valentine’s Day.  She was recuperating in the nursing home located in the town in which I work.  I visited her daily during my lunch period.  I had to shift the tasks that I normally accomplish during lunch (blogging, taking a walk, paying bills, sorting coupons, etc…) to the evening. 

I have a few posts planned for the next few days:

  • Musings regarding Ameren’s power smart pricing
  • A general rant on tipping
  • A review of my meal at Two25

Hopefully I haven’t lost my few readers…

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Recent reads

21 03 2009

Loyal readers, I apologize for the blogging hiatus.  During that time I read a few books listed in 1001 Books You Should Read Before You Die.  None of them were life-changing, so I will give a brief account. 

Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates is a fictionalized account of Marilyn Monroe’s life.  Mildly enjoyable, I was surprised that this book made the list over some of Oates other books. 

Main Street by Sinclair Lewis took me several weeks to get through.  The book is about Carol Kennicot, a doctor’s wife in small town America.  Set in the 1910’s, Carol is a feminist who is not satisfied with her life, her husband or her town.

 Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton is a slim volume.  I finished it is less than a day.  I wasn’t able to identify with the plight of Ethan falling in love with his ill wife’s cousin who has come to assist her with the housework.  His was abominable, so one can understand why he would be wanting affection.  Certainly divorce was much less common in the early 1900’s, but I still find it extremely hard to sympathize with anyone considering infidelity.





Acoustics

12 03 2009

The acoustics in the building I work in are amazing.  You can hear anything that is said and anything that is done.  In fact, whenever anyone urinates, I can hear the stream of their urine very clearly in my office.  Neat.