It’s been alternating between slow and busy this week.
I was trying to cram lots of YA books into my head before our last book committee meeting on Friday, and then after talking about those books I picked up even more books for next month. I’m not sure when I’m going to have time to get through all my piles if I just keep rebuilding them, but that’s part of the challenge, I suppose.
Our branch manager has been on vacation, so I’ve been dealing with “person in charge” stuff more than usual. Which sucks, but it’s one of the perils of the job. At least I’ve been dealing with staff issues rather than “this angry patron wants to yell at the person in charge” issues, which tend to suck even more.
I did a lot of walking on days when the weather was good, and very little when it was lousy — like getting stuck in a rainstorm yesterday and staying out of the high temps today. Today has definitely been a good day to stay indoors in the air conditioning and RELAX:
We started the day with a lovely breakfast that my boyfriend made for us incorporating the Taylor Pork Roll we got this week (because I always remember Artie Lange talking about how getting a “Taylor Ham and Egg” sandwich was a big New Jersey thing):
Then we went to visit my brother’s apartment, where he had the windows open but NO fans and NO air conditioning were turned on. My brother isn’t sensitive to the heat the same way we are; in comparison, my boyfriend and I were about ready to keel over. My mother was the same way — she would turn on the AC if she knew that I was coming over, and would make a point of telling me that SHE didn’t need it. Anyway, I’d like to point out that I THOUGHT about telling my brother that if it got too hot he would start sweating, and then he would need more Axe Body Spray … but I DIDN’T say that because I am a civilized person and I have self-control. You know, mostly.
We left his apartment and took a trip to Whole Foods, where we planned to buy some cold cuts for dinner and something small for lunch that wouldn’t require heating anything up. And yet we somehow ended up spending $169 on stuff that we didn’t realize we needed.
Now we’re back home enjoying our air conditioning and watching some On Demand movies, and we started with a documentary called The Wolfpack. We’d heard about this movie a while back and we’ve been curious to see it ever since. It’s a true story about a family in NYC where the kids spent most of their lives trapped in their apartment, and they learned about the world outside by watching movies. It was fascinating, compelling, poignant, and uplifting. It also made me want to find out more about what happened with these kids, and there is a LOT of information out there! Coming up next, we’ll be watching Red Army, which tells the “Miracle on Ice” story from the perspective of the Soviet team. [ETA: We just finished this film, and it was also awesome. My boyfriend loved it for the hockey, and I loved it for the Soviet Union / propaganda angle.]
Next on the agenda … My boyfriend booked our vacation hotel a while back — The Mills House in Charleston — and I’m going to be planning some day trips while we’re there. I also need to read some books, watch some TV (True Detective, I am compelled to watch you but you are stepping on my last nerve!) and work on some website stuff.