Monday, April 21, 2014

Two out of Three Ain't Bad

One of the few acceptable reasons for a 3:30 am alarm is an extra night in Chicago.

An upside* to a middle seat is the warm comfort of two strangers surrounding you while you read The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber.**

A consolation to an indirect flight via Atlanta is the book and cafe shop in Terminal B called Cafe Intermezzo. Surrounded by walls of various paperbacks, little wooden tables and chairs fill up the interior. It's my favorite place for an au lait or cappuccino and a croissant if you have an hour to spare.

* I'm stretching for this one. There really are no consolations to a middle seat. None. Unless you are giving either the aisle or the window to your love as an act of unconditional devotion or as a trade-in for a foot rub.

** Let's be realistic. The book is 32 pages. That's enough reading for the ORD tarmac territory if you're lucky.  It's a good read, but a tiny bit short.

Friday, April 18, 2014

I Didn't Hear a Peep


"For Children: You will need to know the difference between Friday and a fried egg. It's quite a simple difference, but an important one. Friday comes at the end of the week, whereas a fried egg comes out of a chicken. Like most things, of course, it isn't quite that simple. The fried egg isn't properly a fried egg until it's been put in a frying pan and fried. This is something you wouldn't do to a Friday, of course, though you might do it on a Friday. You can also fry eggs on a Thursday, if you like, or on a cooker. It's all rather complicated, but it makes a kind of sense if you think about it for a while." 
- Douglas Adams, Salmon of Doubt

Author's note: I had a fried egg on a Friday.  I think I'll think about it for a little while.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Queue for a Read

I'm starting to build my book list for spring and need to catch up on the GBC reads in addition to a few that I've been gifted.  Here's the latest queue in case you've missed it:

APR: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron

MAY: Your choice of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen or Death Comes to Pemberly by P.D. James

JUN: The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida (translated by KA Yoshida and David Mitchell)

JUL: The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King

AUG: The Goldfinch (start early, it's a big book!) by Donna Tartt

Have a great week!