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A GOOD GOOD DAY
Tomorrow is May Day. May First. Labor Day (for us Europeans) and a day off. It's the first day of the FIFTH month of the year. How does that even happen? I mean how does it happen so FAST?

The sun has finally decided, after a long sulking morning, to come out and play...though there are still an awful lot of white blobs bumbling around up there. It's still quite chilly and I suppose my hopes that it would warm up a bit so I don't have to sit outside and freeze tonight by the bonfire (I know, but you DO freeze...on one side) are dashed.

I had a phone call today that made me really happy. My friend Camilla, you know the one who lives in Poland and only comes home twice, maybe three times a year? She quit her job! And moved back to Sweden! Yay! Now I get to see her whenever I want to! (until she moves again, which she will, but we'll be sad about that when the time comes)

Karin just told me that I'm scaring her with how fast I'm typing. She doesn't see all the mistakes I make and have to back up and re-type, but still, yes, I am a fast typer. I type over 90 words a minute or so. I used to play Typershark for fun. Typing fun. How nerdy is that? I took typing class in 9th grade and I still maintain that it was one of the best things I ever did. Anyone who works with words in ANY way should take a typing class. It just makes things so much more efficient and speedier when one can type quickly. I don't know if they even offer it in schools anymore, but if they don't, it's a pity. I don't think it's on the curriculum here at all.

I bought a whole pile of books the other day and that makes me happy too, especially since a couple of them were ones I've been waiting for forever (to come out in paperback, that is) and one I didn't even know existed, by a favorite author. How I will be able to put them down and read the bookgroup book, I don't know. I love reading. Love love love it.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go boil and devil eggs, because what's a freezing cold picnic/bonfire grill evening without deviled eggs?!

A very good day so far, and tomorrow? Even better! Sleeping in, reading, going through magazines, starting Season 1 of Downton Abbey, and relaxing. How will you spend YOUR May Day?
happy
mood: happy
music: Black-Eyed Peas—I Gotta Feeling


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I will spend my May Day at work, sigh.

Ingrid tells me her classmates that attended a magnet school in the town where her current school is, all learned typing there. She feels left out because she's still hunting and pecking. I think we will have to just do an online course for her, unless there's one in high school, but already they do enough homework that needs to be typed that I think she would benefit from it now. I never took one but picked it up pretty quickly in my first "real" job after college. Data entry will do that for you. My number pad keying skills were, at one time, crazy fast. That was from the job at the insurance company where I had to enter Social Security numbers and dollar amounts, over and over again.

I can't use the number keypad at all, in fact numbers slow down my typing speed because I always mistype them :D

My May Day is a work day, alas.

When I was getting ready to leave for college, my mother signed me up for a typing course. I wasn't wild about spending part of my summer in a typing lab, but in retrospect I'm enormously grateful to her -- especially as an English major, I really used that skillset, and I continue to appreciate being able to touch-type to this day.

YAY! for new books to read! :-)

I wouldn't have appreciated the summer school side of it either, but yay for your mom!

(Anonymous)
From Megsie

Tomorrow I teach. And then Jeff's Mom is moving out and into a nursing home. I am relieved and sad. End of life is a bummer.

How can you say you got new books and then keep us all in the dark? Are you reading porn or something?

Sending love to you. xoxo

Re: From Megsie

haha! Yes, that's exactly what I'm reading, Megsie! :P

NOT.

Really good books I've recently read:
The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke
The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan
Bright Young Things by Scarlett Thomas
A Trail of Fire by Diana Gabaldon (to fill the gap!)

Books I bought that are in line to read (in no particular order):
Across the Great Barrier by Patricia C. Wrede (sequel)
The Crimson Thread by Susanne Weyn
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Lionheart by Sharon K. Penman
Devil's Brood by Sharon K. Penman
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst

Re: From Megsie

Forgot to say (books rush to the forefront, drrr)... I'm sorry to hear about your MiL moving... even if it is the right decision, and time, it can't be easy. I don't envy you that right now.

(Anonymous)
Re: From Megsie

Thank you for those kind words. It has been an emotional day.

YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE! I am so re-reading it once my semester is over so I can read the next one that I gave myself for CHRISTMAS. Only two more weeks!

(Anonymous)

Oooo! Enjoy Downton Abbey - I watched all three seasons in two days. It was exhausting but addictive!
-Heather

2 days! haha! I will have to wait for a soccer-free weekend for that! :D

I'm a slow typer and have really bad form...I'm a four finger typer, but that's up from 2! (Can you picture it?)
I did learn to type in high school, but it never really stuck and I think I went twenty some years without using the skill and lost it...was never all that fast either.
A few years back I did try to do an online self typing class, but quickly lost heart.
Oh do tell book titles. We want to share in the fun.

Enjoy Downton Abbey. I loved it.

May Day.. some "ME" time in the morning. Maybe some gardening. No slaving to the 'to do" list. Watching my grandson while Autumn works overtime in the late afternoon/evening.

No slaving to the todo list? How is that done? :P

Really good books I've recently read:
The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke
The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan
Bright Young Things by Scarlett Thomas
A Trail of Fire by Diana Gabaldon (to fill the gap!)

Books I bought that are in line to read (in no particular order):
Across the Great Barrier by Patricia C. Wrede (sequel)
The Crimson Thread by Susanne Weyn
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Lionheart by Sharon K. Penman
Devil's Brood by Sharon K. Penman
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst

Heh heh.."No slaving to the todo list? How is that done?"

Well Liz, I had to drive away in the car and park somewhere with a book for a couple of hours to do it when I still had kids at home, but now I schedule time on my calender, "ME" time. And I mostly stick to it. Then, when I do so, I have a lot of hustle bustle the day before, the day after, the evening and afternoon of... after a morning on "me" time... but it is do-able.

(Anonymous)

Glad that typing class has turned out to have been so important. My Dad insisted that all girls needed to take that class, but somehow he missed that I didn't! Although I took a business class in high school, so guess that got me under the radar. I can type, but it's 2-3 fingers, but fast for that! With lots of mistakes of course. My May Day is getting the chore list done and ready for company arriving tomorrow from Europe!YAY!!! Love, Lizardmom

Been thinking they were on their way all day! Hope they arrive on time, safe and sound!

(Anonymous)

Took the typing class..... did not stick. I am a pretty fast typer.But I do use most of my fingers. The right hand only a couple. :0

I am spending my May Day on projects.... setting up the Hummingbird, oriole, and butterfly feeders and prepping and planting my herb and produce gardens. :) Plus reading..... always reading...... maybe some Sudoku.....yeah.... oh and babysitting this morning and after school until Bryce goes to soccer practice...... and pick up Rachel from Drama/ track.... make dinner..... oh and I need to vacuum since it just came back from the repair shop.....that's it.

(Anonymous)

by the way that was your Leetle Beeg Seester.....

Come plant my gardens! :D Gardens, schmardens. I think in order for typing to stick it helps to really use it...you never had an office job or any kind of work where you had to type a lot...probably didn't help. :)

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