rejectomorph (flying_blind) wrote,

Book Day

This waking up after five or six hours and not being able to get back to sleep is getting old fast. I have been awake since before nine o'clock this morning, and I've taken no nap even though I've nodded off in my chair a few times, and I will probably pass out pretty soon, but that's going to make tomorrow a real problem should I be able to sleep only five or six hours again. Not a morning person. At all.

On the other hand I might not be able to get to sleep tonight at all, if I'm overtired. That could be even worse. It would be nice if I could stay awake until about two o'clock and then sleep eight hours, but that seems unlikely to happen. I do have to go get some milk at Trader Joe's tomorrow, And crossing the busy road to get there (and get back) is less hazardous if I'm well rested.

Still, I did manage to cross it today, and get back, when I went to the Goodwill store for their half price sale. I bought nine books, for eleven dollars, which is not too bad. There are two good sized, well illustrated paperbacks about ancient Greece, one focused on art and the other on history an culture, plus a paperback of Thucydides The Peloponnesian War. Then I got a hardback of one of P. D. James' Dalgliesh mysteries, The Private Patient, and an adult novel by J. K. Rowling, The Casual Vacancy. I replaced my lost copy of Steinbeck's East of Eden, and a memoir that looks quite interesting, being about author Peter Hessler's two years in a town on the Yangtze River in China in the 1990s, titled appropriately enough River Town.

I also picked up a copy of the third edition of William H. Phillips' college level text Film: An Introduction, which I recall hearing about but never owned. It has some very positive reviews on various web sites. The last book is quite unusual, being a slick hardback published in 2003 by a ritzy California residential architectural firm, Bassenian/Lagoni Architects, of Newport Beach. It features photographs and floor plans of 35 of their projects, ranging from a moderate sized condominium to enormous McMansions, and includes both houses for developers and individual, one-off projects. The book can't really compare with most of those in the large collection of architecture books I lost in the fire, but at least it's in the same general area. And I must say it was very well designed and printed, which is not often the case with such vanity books.

For dinner I finally go around to baking that frozen lasagna I bought a few weeks ago. It was a family sized dinner, not the usual single-servings I usually buy, but I ate 1/3 of it and will put the other two servings in the refrigerator. I don't like to re-freeze frozen foods, so I'll have to eat them pretty soon. And while I didn't get to go to Safeway today a ride has been tentatively arranged for Thursday, which will be after the new ads come out. I'm hoping they'll have some better deals in the next ad than they had this week.

I'm on the verge of crashing, and there are still dishes to wash, so it's time to let the Internets go for the night. I hope to get a few minutes outdoors before I sleep. It's getting colder, and it won't belong before it will be too uncomfortable to be spending much time outdoors at night. I need to take advantage of this moderate chilliness while it lasts.

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