Literary Lundi, The Rambling Edition

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Gentle Reader,

I couldn’t think of any other alliteration.  But it’s going somewhere, trust me.  (Lundi=Monday in French.)

So today I was reading about some kind of psychological trick to help people diet.  It involves photographing everything you eat and putting it on Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest/Twitter.  (What did we do before we had to spend every second of our lives updating other people about what we were doing from behind a computer screen?)

The thinking behind this idea is that it’s like a modern-day food journal with the added element of public shame.  It keeps you accountable.  (I really think that this just serves to legitimize the “photographing your food” trend.)

I can think of NOTHING that would horrify me more, nor bore you more completely.  (Summary-I like buttermilk, there is almost nothing that can’t be improved with the addition of capers, and I try to incorporate legumes into as much as I can because they pair so well with bacon and other pork products.  Done.)

BUT-I do need to eat better, and there are other things about which I need to be accountable.  One of the things that I’ve been working on meaning to work on is less television and more books.  The hives, they are already large.  And I need to get some kind of structure on this here blog before it devolves TOTALLY into a ramble-fest.  And I feel that non-food discussion might be more entertaining.  So Monday shall be devoted to talking about what I have read in the last week.  (Full disclosure: this idea came from a new friend I made this year who is AWESOME, like my cousin who introduced us…Maybe she’ll teach me how to put cover art in here and links like in her “what I’ve been reading” posts.  Or maybe she’ll keep gestating the Looker-In-Cooker and making the World’s Most Awesome Cakes.)  (Seriously, this is one good-lookin’ family.  Shout out to my newly-fringed homegirl, Ava!  Keep it bold, dear.  Auntie Wordie loves it.)

So, on with the recap:

The light:

Catalog Living and Magazine Living.  These MAKE MY DAY.  I do believe I want my very own chair made out of deer antlers and a fuzzy pillow.  Nothing warms a room like repurposed antlers.

The REALLY light:

“Jeneration X”.  Her blog is also linked out to the side (well, it will be after I finish this).  I snort, I howl, I can never read Ms. Lancaster in front of any man, because it would totally spoil my feminine mystique.  And we would totally be BFFs, and she should seriously move down to Texas because: 1-we’re a red state and 2-we believe in monograms.  She’d fit right in.

The Agatha:

Almost done with “The Secret Adversary”.

The Crime Novel:

“Scarpetta”-I thought I was done with Ms. Cornwell, because for awhile her books took a turn into rambling and not very interesting.  (Hello kettle, I’m the pot.  You’re black.)  But I picked her back up, and she’s returning to her old, entertaining formula.

The Self-Improvement:

“Good Calories, Bad Calories” by Gary Taubes.  It totally counts because I’ve read the first page like, seven times.

The Non-Fiction:

“The Wit and Wisdom of Patrick Baude”–Santa gave me this one.  It was the first time I had seen Professor Baude’s picture since graduation, and it makes me simultaneously sad and happy to see his picture and hear his thoughts once more.  I am really, REALLY, only reading this one page at a time because I don’t want it to be done.  The world misses you, Sir.

And, of course, I’m still slogging through “Peter the Great” by Massie.  Headsup, at 928 pages, this one is going to be on the list for awhile…but it’s truly awesome.  As evidenced by the fact that I’m talking about it instead of bacon or Labradors.

And now, a first world problem:  The Kindle.  LURVE.  But I have a giant backlog of books in paper format.  And I’ve taken a look at the Kindle store for them, and most of them are not on the “99 cent special”, so it doesn’t make sense to sell them and download them to my Kindle.  So I’m torn.  I enjoy using my new technology (with some notable exceptions-my books about wine (“The World Atlas of Wine” loses something, I think, on a Kindle screen, as does the Baude book.), the books I use for my work, reference books, things like this) but in order for me to be able to use my new toy to read the latest Preston and Child thriller, I need to clear out my backlog of their other books.  So every night, a fierce battle wages-lights on for paper book reading, lights off to enjoy the precious the Kindle.  Do any of y’all have a “paper versus e-ink” decision making process?  I’d love to hear it.

At any rate-obviously, my troubles are many.  😉

Next Monday, we’ll recap what I finished, what I started, and what I’m still reading…Let’s make it a great week, lambs!



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