I’ve been collecting things to give to the folks that come by and take things. I’ve not gotten too far in filling the bag but here it is what I have in the bag:
- A book called My Mother, Your Mother: Embracing “Slow-Medicine,” The compassionate approach to caring for your aging loved ones. A geriatric doctor suggested it back when my dad was ailing. I didn’t get past the first page.
- Four pieces of plastic on which to string Christmas lights
- A fabric coaster filled with cloves and decorated with snowmen. It was a gift from a student.
- An old GPS device
- An Otter Box case for an old phone
- Two briefcases
- Two sets of light-activated candles
- A case for my tablet that I don’t like
- A bunch of thank-you cards
- A cheat-sheet for statistics
- A cord on which to hang a nametag
- Some Moleskin padding, regular
- A pack of replacement fuses for Christmas lights
- A battery powered controller for something I gave away another time
- A small photo album
- A pair of clip-on reading glasses
- An old walking tracker and its plug
- 7 Stretchy silicone tops for containers
Declutter 2018 count 80:
- 29 things in a bag
- 32 Dan Bern Posters
- 2 crystal unicorns, broken
- 9 letters from Sue
- 1 Loon Magic sweatshirt
- 1 shedding scarf
- 1 pair of fingerless gloves
- 1 wool underlayer shirt
- 1 birthday poster from Sue
- 1 baby shower thank you card from Chris and George
- 1 Christmas postcard from Auntie June and Uncle Harold
I was excited to see that Robin Sloan was writing a new novel. I enjoyed Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore and Ajax Penumbra 1969. I put Soudough on hold at the library and when it arrived I opened it right away and was consumed by it immediately. I read it morning and night and the middle of the night and during breaks from work.
Let me just say now, before I forget, Robin Sloan is one of the best writers I have read. His stories (he’s only written two novels, a novella and a prequel to one novel) are charming, but not cloying. He writes humorously at times — but not overtly so. I guess you’d say he has a “dry” sense of humor, which — to me — is the best kind.
Sourdough is about Lois, a young programmer who moves to San Francisco to work for an automation company as a coder of software for robotic arms. One evening she orders take out and her life changes dramatically.
I think my life might be changing dramatically because of this book. While I am not a coder, I do work long hours in front of my computer. On Thursday I made pizza dough for our out-of-town guests. I alternated between working at my computer and making the dough, letting it rest (time for work), kneading the dough, letting it rest (more work). It was such a productive day on both counts that I want to do that again — except with bread instead of pizza dough.
I have some questions for Mr. Sloan though:
In Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore Google is named. However, even though Google is probably used in Sourdough, Sloan calls it “the expedient search engine.” He also calls other obvious Internet entities “the expedient [insert their purpose]” and I wonder why.
Okay maybe that is the only question I have for Mr. Sloan.
I, along with multitudes, found The Girl on a Train an enjoyable read. We read it for book group and it was a pleasant change from some of the difficult books some members prefer.
I’d seen Into the Water by the same author mentioned on Good Reads and Amazon so I put it on hold at the library. I finished it yesterday morning, after a fortnight of slogging through a town-full of characters telling first-person stories about suicides, inappropriate love affairs, witches, abuse and misunderstandings.
I rated it 3-stars on Good Reads because I liked some parts of the book, but I think Ms. Hawkins could have told this story better without so many unreliable narrators getting in the way.