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If Friend, we greet thee, hand and heart.
If Stranger, such no longer be.
If Foe, our love will conquer thee.
-Old Welsh Door Verse

Monday, July 21, 2008

Compartmentalized Again

I have drafts of three long posts saved.

None of them are worth posting. Mostly whining. Mostly too much detail on what is a pretty boring life right now.

I'm trying to get the organizing done that I've neglected during the school year (or rather, for the last four or five school years). I have actually been throwing stuff away, believe it or not (I believe it because I'm still grieving over a couple of things).

When the organizing gets too tedious I've been reading Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. A colleague says this is her "favorite book of all time" and has been encouraging me to read it for years. My husband listened to it on audio, then bought me a copy in paperback because he wanted to share the experience. My sister-in-law dismissed it with, "Oh, the rape-and-pillage book." I found it a tedious read so alternating reading it and organizing worked out pretty well. It was fascinating the way Follett was able to give a tour guide's account of the building of a cathedral (and how all the architectural engineering elements work together) coupled with an account of daily life during the middle ages. Politics are interwoven throughout as well. The historian in me loved all that. But I found it difficult to find a sympathetic character to latch onto and so the story didn't grip me. Which was good because I have too much to do to get totally into a book right now.

Speaking of which, I'm out to the garden while it's still overcast (June gloom finally got here). I got the fairy garden cleaned out, now it's time to plant flowers.

1 comment:

Chiloe said...

I hate to organize (can I whine about it here? lol ) I don't have time to read ... but I do stitch ;-)