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Finished Sean Astin's book; it alternately made me fonder of the LoTR films, and want to strangle Sean Astin. I mean, he's a good guy, but sometimes, argh.

Now, to start Middlemarch. (Angry about something unrelated to books.)


- Confirm that storage company is not still charging me.
- Make a cover for the linens shelf.
- 11/21 purchase fancy whiteboard.
- f/u on bookshelf situation
- Align bank accounts and configure dir. dep. (need Jack & a saturday morning to coincide)
- Old 401k/New 401k (rollover/start)
- rake leaves
- get a craft room chair (terp trader?)
- return boots to zappos on receipt of ups label
- PICK UP DRY CLEANING (tomorrow morning!)
- check oil/fluids in car
- return gene's cooler
- clear email inbox
- get the SQL book (11/21 as well - next paycheck)


- Visit parents for tgiving. Return with cedar chest.
- Brown rug rescue.
- the final 3 fillings.
- attic fan
- trim bushes
- renew ms/bitch subscriptions
- do something with boxes of tech notes and crap
- xmas card list


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Nov. 11th, 2004 03:07 pm (UTC)
I read this as part of a Studies in the Novel class--supposed to be a general genre study, but my professor sprang on us Emma, Middlemarch, and Little Fucking Dorritt. I think I would have appreciated Middlemarch more if it had been *literally* easier reading; our edition used an old-fashioned font, very small, and letters seemed to fade on the page. Even the lines were spread longer than usual on the page--not something most people notice, at least not consciously, but it's the kind of thing that can make for a real headache reading such a substantial book. When dealing with a book of that subtlety and length, these small annoyances became almost excruciating.

So anyway . . . Not all Middlemarches are the same, and make sure you get a nice clean edition. :)
Nov. 11th, 2004 03:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Middlemarch
I got the mass market paperback (a dying breed, apparently) and it does not appear to have any of these problems. The other members of book club hopefully will see your message and be wary. Some might be victim to the whims of the library or used bookstore however. :)

Thanks much for the tip!
Nov. 11th, 2004 03:08 pm (UTC)
- trim bushes

I have some tools for this, if you need. As I sort of like trimming bushes. But ssshhh, don't tell anyone.
Nov. 11th, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC)
W00t! I may approach you about bush-trimming at a later date. *snigger*
Nov. 11th, 2004 03:38 pm (UTC)
It made me like Astin and all celebrities by association in an odd way. Like, wow, you really are just a grumpy little mensch like all the rest of us. Cause he comes off badly in his own book as often as not.

Still think he needs to create a blog and take on wilwheaton.net.
Nov. 11th, 2004 03:42 pm (UTC)
I guess I was expecting total humility - and my god, it was this bipolar adventure! I'm awesome! I suck! I'm awesome! It's funny - I had the opposite reaction - it made me even more repulsed by celebrity culture.

I love Wil Wheaton's blog even though I never read it for whatever reason. I bet there's an rss feed for it, too. Wil just always seems so... I don't know how to put words to it. He's less spastic with his weird in-between-celebrity musings. He also never talks about wanting to take over the WORLD.

I am glad I read the book though. It was absorbing!

OH but now I so have to watch the Frighteners again. :) I looooove John Astin.
Nov. 11th, 2004 04:02 pm (UTC)
Ha, yeah... well, I think I could relate to the bipolar self-esteem thing, so took it as a sign of normal mediocrity. I have certainly had plenty of weeks that vacillated from I'm so cool I'm going to be president! to I suck so hard I can't possibly be trusted to tie my own shoes.

Damn. Now everyone's going to hate this book, and I recommended it so highly. Oops.
Nov. 11th, 2004 04:13 pm (UTC)
I really didn't expect anyone to read the book other than LoTR fanatics or Sam Gamgee fangirls. :) And if they hate it it will TOTALLY be my fault. But I do have 2 people lined up to read it next, so worry not. :)

You know what I related to most? His hearty midwestern-style family values. :o Well, they have a little Hollywood twinge, so they are not that hearty. :)

Nov. 11th, 2004 04:49 pm (UTC)
there is: wilwheaton :)
Nov. 11th, 2004 05:16 pm (UTC)
hey there! thanks very much! :)
Nov. 11th, 2004 03:54 pm (UTC)
Middlemarch: man, it took me years to read it, but once I was ready - it was almost life-changing. It's just a beautiful book.
Nov. 11th, 2004 04:15 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I am glad to hear it. I hope it doesn't take me a year, though, since I only have until Jan. 10th. :) It's for peril_book_club. You could come to our discussion if you wanted!
Nov. 11th, 2004 05:18 pm (UTC)
Astin's doing a book signing on the 21st. If you're interested, I have the details.
Nov. 11th, 2004 05:43 pm (UTC)
I might be, if it's not too far away. :)
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