Sunday, January 26, 2014
No thank you
On Monday the 20th I wore shorts. On Friday the 24th school was canceled because of SLEETPOCALYPSE2014!!!1!1!! Tonight I grilled chicken on the patio. And now look at this weather forecast for the week ahead:
In other news, I need someone to explain Trader Joe's to me. I finally went to the one in Austin, which opened in September, and apart from a $5 bottle of port (what could go wrong?!) and a couple of cans of coconut cream, I didn't see ANYTHING that I wanted to buy. What do people like there? Is it cookies and crackers and stuff that I don't eat? Should I have taken a closer look at the produce department? What am I missing, here?
And can we talk about books for a minute? Why is Guns, Germs and Steel so boring? I expected to LOVE this book; I see it quoted all the time and the premise is actually really interesting to me, but every time I try to read it, I fall asleep. It's written like someone's extremely boring college thesis. It's repetitive to a degree that I find absolutely maddening. And the questions it keeps asking and answering are not the questions I actually HAVE about the subject at hand. Thumbs down to YOU, Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond, with your fancy gemstone name. THUMBS DOWN. TO YOU.
I have ditched it in favor of Stephen King's The Shining, which of course is a paragon of intellectual wonderfulness, haha. But at least it doesn't put me to sleep. Actually though, I've had to ditch (temporarily) The Shining to re-read Orwell's 1984 so I can help H with her English homework without trying to duct-tape together all the brain cells I've killed in the 32 or so years since I first read it. The things we do for our kids, eh? And for the record, 1984 = less boring than Guns, Germs and Steel. That's right. I said it.
And now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to buy a parka because apparently Texas is in the Arctic Circle now. Sheesh.