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I'm all aggravated this week, my shoulders up around my ears and shooting pain down the muscles of my neck. Work is making me crazy or rather certain someones with no real way to resolve the issue. Thankfully tomorrow is Friday and while I'm not exactly GLAD that my family is going away for 3 days without me, I can't deny the idea of 2 days of absolute peace-and-quiet slugville are quite appealing at the moment. QUITE. Have fun, y'all! Don't let the door hit you on the way out!

I read a sad book and it made me cry. It made me laugh, too, and it made me angry and fierce and tender and thoughtful. Now I'm re-reading the author's other books, all of which I've loved, and if you want to experience some fantastic writing, even if it's sad, pick up An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken. It's our last book group book of 2013, and even though book group isn't until November 7th, I couldn't wait anymore to read it. It's a super fast read and I gobbled it down in the course of about an hour, and it only took me that long because I had to keep putting it down to blow my nose and wipe my eyes. I hope that if something that tragic ever happens to me I will be able to handle it and write about it with as much grace and directness and humor and love as she did.

The wind picked up today, and it's been raining. The clouds were moving fast along the skyline and there was a rainbow at the bottom of the hill as we drove home from Lund today. "It's in Eslöv!" exclaimed Martin. "No way," I said, "that just ain't's in Örtofta." But then as we got to the bottom of the hill and turned right toward Flyinge, the rainbow slipped to the side and behind us. A few minutes later, as the road curved slightly, it started pacing the car on the right hand side. "It's doing the same thing the moon did the other day," I said, "It's STALKING US."

Martin scoffed at me. "The road is turning, Mom."

"Whatever. It was behind us and we're hardly turning and in a minute it will be in front of us's freaking me out the way heavenly objects keep swinging wildly through the sky. Can't they show some decorum??"

Martin just rolled his eyes, but a few minutes later, as the rainbow swung in front of us again, I was able to cry out, "SEE???" and then giggle madly.

It was only half a rainbow, though. The left half. I wonder if people in Veberöd were wondering why they only had the right half.
mood: aggravated
music: UB40—If It Happens Again


Well, you've really gogt me going on An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination now. I'll have to look it up on on the library catalog to see if I can get it.

Celestial bodies are stalking you now Liz. Wow. That's interesting.

Enjoy your 2 days of "absolute peace-and-quiet."

I'm rereading her earlier books now: so good!!

My library catalogue site is messed up : (
I've been trying to get over there to check on this since yesterday, but I will keep trying. I love your recommendations, Liz.

I'm currently reading a Joshilyn Jackson book after you posted that link about the dead worm font that I think was on her blog. After this one, maybe I'll check out Elizabeth McCracken.

That dead worm font post was HILARIOUS. I love her books. I can't even pick a favorite among them, they're all so good. And she has a new one out now!

From Megsie

*Sorry about the aggravation*

I love that heavenly bodies are stalking you! You must have a bit of heaven in least I think so!

I have heard about that book, but only the title, which is intriguing. I don't know if I can handle the emotional upheaval right now though. And, who am I kidding? I don't have time to read anything except blog posts and an occasional facebook stalk in between grading endeavors.

What I really want to do is SLEEP.

It has turned cold here too. I had to scrape my car this week, and the temps are barely above freezing in the morning. Hibernation is calling me. I wish!

On that note, have a WONDERFUL sluggy weekend! xoxo

Re: From Megsie

It's about a stillborn baby, so beware. BUT totally worth reading, honestly. And it's short and quick...though it will stay with you. Not the sadness, exactly, but the way she handles it.

I would like to sleep too, but my body seems to be against the whole idea. Waking me up at 5 a.m. every day, and refusing to go back to sleep. Stupid brain!

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