All Over Creation

Both the title of the book I’m reading, and where I went today.
The book is by Ruth Ozeki. I read it a few years ago and liked it well enough. The other day I was thinking of books to look for on BookMooch, and I remembered it, and remembered also that it was set in Idaho. So it was promptly mooched.

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SillyBilly has grown, as he is wont to do, and most of his pants, while fitting his skinny butt, are real floods at the ankle. Very hard to find pants for this boy. We went to the local awesome thrift store first, as they have loads of kids’ clothes. Today, not so much. No suitable pants to be found. But I did find this lovely item, for the not-very-princely sum of $35:

(If you look closely, you’ll notice that the pillows have an African wildlife motif. They will be turned around to the plain side. or re-covered, because they are a bit too kitsch for me. The kids love them, of course. Otherwise this is in the running for the Nicest Couch We’ve Ever Owned.)

To obtain this lovely couch, SillyBilly and I had to put it on hold, go across town to get Anthropapa on his lunch hour, bring him back to the store, obtain his agreement that It Will Do, go get lunch, take him back to work within the hour, then come all the way back across town again to go home, then in 3 more hours go back across town again to get him and Napoleona, and bring them all back to the store where we bought the thing and loaded it in our van, having to tie the back door down as the couch was too large to fit. Then we brought it home, unloaded it, and wedged it into our now too-full living room.

Did I mention it was raining all afternoon? And I had a splitting headache? And SillyBilly was being A Royal Punk?

But now we have some semblance of a normal living room, with somewhere for me to sit with both kids to read stories. The cats seem quite pleased as well, especially the old, fat one that practically needs a harness and some crampons to get on our bed. I sprayed it (the couch, not the cat or the bed) liberally with Feliway to hopefully trick the cats into thinking the couch is a love object, not a scratching post.

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In order to get the couch into the van, I had to finally take out the ginormously heavy crate of books that had been lurking back there for weeks. Most of the books in it were Steiner books, so perhaps I’ll dredge up some interesting stuff over the rest of NaBloPoMo.

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In case any of my 10 loyal readers are horror fiction fans, I’m giving a shout out for my old friend Marc Paoletti. Anthropapa and I knew him back when we were first married. He’s still witty and handsome, with the added bonus of now being a successful author. I just tracked him down (I laud Thee, O Mighty Google) and am waiting to hear more about his recent exploits.

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Looks like my brain was All Over Creation today. How was your day?

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6 responses to “All Over Creation

  1. Why don’t you live in Madison? I love how diverse your reading is. I read all these books and everyone looks at me like I’m completely off in la-la-land if I try to discuss… ;P So I smile and nod instead. Hah ahahhahahaaa.

  2. Denise: Hey, it’s a college town, right? Maybe we will live there some day! I’ve heard it’s pretty nice. We’ll start a book club 🙂

  3. David

    That looks like a heck of a deal for $35.

    I stopped in at a book store to kill a little time today, and left with a most curious set of selections … the children’s classic Harriet the Spy, which I loved growing up and wanted to reread; one of Christopher Isherwood’s prewar Berlin fiction books, the title of which escapes me … something about someone changing trains …and Frank Harris’ infamous monsterautobiopornography, My Life and Loves. I spent an hour laughing over the latter this evening, and it promises to be a treasure of hilarious excess.

  4. I need to go to the library today because I’m out of books to read. I’ll look for the book by Ruth Ozeki. That sounds like quite an ordeal, but worth it in the end, to get that great couch. It looks comfy.

  5. David: I might not agree with Mormon theology, but I am happy to support their thrift stores 🙂 I liked Harriet the Spy very much, too. I can still picture the illustrations, especially the one where her friends all look at her with narrowed eyes and grim mouths after finding out her secret! I just looked up Frank Harris. Sounds like a big freak, but amusing. Isherwood I really should read, as my grandmother lived in Berlin at that time.

    Dawn: It is comfy, and more resembles “real” furniture than lots of what we usually see at the thrift store.

  6. Alida

    I love a good deal.

    Also, I always look forward to your posts, but if you are going to be posting more Stiener stuff, I’m so going to be here. I’m really getting into him…wow, what a visionary.

    And…I love your new banner.

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