I spent part of the afternoon with The Boy at Children’s Express Care. He’s had a headache, low-grade fever, dry cough, fatigue and very little appetite for the last couple days. At first I attributed this to a simple cold, a touch of something, but I started suspecting pneumonia last night after over-the-counter meds weren’t doing much. A chest x-ray later, turns out I was right. Fortunately, the doctor said he isn’t contagious, so that’s something.
While we were at Express Care, The Husband texted me to say that he noticed the hot water heater leaking …so now that is shot. We had just been talking about getting tickets for Paul McCartney in Philly for our anniversary in June, but I guess we’re getting a new hot water heater instead.
The Reason for This Blog Post Title:
Like a lot of places, spring is taking its good old time getting to Pittsburgh already. It’s been cold, blustery and is making everyone just downright miserable. Yesterday it snowed a little bit. On April 25! I had to work in the morning and I was wearing a wool sweater, blazer, boots, and my winter coat (which I had put away – as in, hung up in the closet) last weekend. Such bullshit.
For me, yesterday was The Read-a-Thon of Tiny Books. I finished Deep Lane by Mark Doty; My Sunshine Away, by M.O. Walsh; Acorn, by Yoko Ono and We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The first two were already in progress; the second are both very small books. I wound up reading for 6 hours or so, including an hour of audiobook time. For whatever reason, I wasn’t in the Read-a-Thon spirit of things this time around. (That has NOTHING to do with the event and everything to do with my reading slump.)
Book Slump Broken?
Ironically, the Read-a-Thon may have ended my latest book slump. Thank God. I’ve been recommending My Sunshine Away to everyone. Loved it and won’t soon forget it.
I’m currently reading Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, who I have tickets to see on June 1 when she comes to Pittsburgh. I started this while in the waiting room at Express Care today and I am immediately hooked. On audio, I’m listening to Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, by Michael Moss.
The Week Ahead
A few fun things happening this week.
Tuesday, April 28
I’ll be reading the first page of … uh, something … as part of PAGE 3, a gathering of confirmed writers, those who “just enjoy writing,” and those who want to listen. All are welcome to attend and it is FREE! There will be food and wine, I’m told.
Borelli-Edwards Gallery in Lawrenceville
3583 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Wednesday, April 29
I have tickets to see Richard Flanagan, who won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
And a blog milestone is imminent. A a few posts from now, I will publish my 2,000th post! I never imagined that I would be blogging for almost seven years. To celebrate this event, I am planning a special announcement. So, whether this happens sometime this week or next (most likely next, but you never know), stay tuned.
Hope you had a great weekend!