"I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves." Anna Quindlen
I've been going between Are Men Necessary and Oprah magazine (July) for the few minutes before I fall asleep every night. I wake up at 5 most mornings for work so every minute of sleep is precious. But so is reading since it makes me feel normal, so far away from home.
I brought one guide book to Mexico with me since I'm working, not on holiday. It was a quick grab and now I wish I had more time to choose. (or was in a better book store.) This one is for all of Mexico and does have a big section on Mexico City, but it is still quite light in the details department. A colleague here said he found an english bookstore, so maybe I'll check it out in my minimal downtime and find a better one.
The other book I carry with me every day is my Spanish/English dictionary from high school. It comes in very handy. My spanish is improving every day. I try to speak spanish most of the time but get really stuck on verb tenses! Frustrating. Yet I still get my message across and mostly understand what is being said back. I have learned how to say "please speak more slowly."
I finished reading Ask The Pilot and still recommend it highly. I started to read Are Men Necessary? by Maureen Dowd and have only read the intro before falling asleep last night. I look forward to more.
My pick up time this morning is a very civilized 9am. So I am going to set up a new blog for my photos from Mexico City. I was going to pile them in here but thought better of it.
By the way, I love when you use the spell check on blogger -- it always shows you the word "blog" as wrong!
I'm now in Mexico City and will be here for a while. I have brought a stack of books with me for the few moments I have between working and sleeping.
To catch up: I read The Bourne Identity. It was very late 70's. I liked the movie version a lot better.
At the Montreal airport I bought "The Devil Wears Prada" and whipped through that right quick. It was funny and brutal and I want to see the movie. Well, I actually bought the book to read because I figured I wouldn't get a chance to see the movie for a while. Great summer book.
At LAX, in between checking in all my bags and crying on my husband's shoulder, I bought (he bought for me) a magazine (Newsweek with Johnny Depp on the cover) and a book called Ask the Pilot by Patrick Smith. Good/easy/funny book about all things flying. I laughed out loud a few times. The book comes from his column at Salon.com which is here.
I'm almost done with this book and will then move onto something else.......but I'm not sure what yet.
I'm also reading Entertainment Weekly with Superman on the cover.
Later I'll post some photos from Mexico City. It's all about color here.
I'm off to Mexico City on a work adventure. I'll be there until September some time. I'm excited but also sad to miss summer here with my husband and our good friends. And I had just planted the tomatoes! Bummer that I'll miss them.
I went to the bookstore to get a book/map of Mexico City and did I leave with only that? Oh no. Nope. No way. I bought a new journal (just coming to the last pages of my current one), a couple of cool notebooks for the job upcoming and also a copy of The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig. You may recall that I have on my "reread/never give away" shelf a copy of his book English Creek.
I will probably take the new book (and a bunch more books) with me when I go down to Mexico. I'll be working like mad, but reading before bed, even just a few pages, is a must.
Yesterday I went to Borders to buy one book as a gift. I came home with that gift and also with six more books! Do I have a problem? I guess if my problem is I love to read, it's not a really big problem. But still...
Here is what I bought:
*The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
*Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
*Casual Lex (An Informal Assemblage of Why We Say What We Say) by Webb Garrison
*The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner by David Bach
*Lies At The Altar (The Truth About Great Marriages) by Dr. Robin Smith
*You're Wearing That? (Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation) by Deborah Tannen
I started reading both Casual Lex and Bourne Identity yesterday. Casual Lex is a fun book about word/phrase origins. Good fun.
Bourne Identity is great summer, no brainer reading and quite different from the movie (which I liked a lot.) What I like better about the movie is that he doesn't force Marie at gunpoint to help him (as he does in the book) and so when she does, they are on the same side. I have only gotten a few chapters in but I suspect that even after holding her at gunpoint and threatening her life, she will decide that really, he's okay. I like the movie version better.
Foucault's Pendulum was recommended by good friends after we went to see the Da Vinci Code. I look forward to that.
The others are books that I heard about on Oprah (Lies at the Altar), NPR (You're Wearing that?) and because I bought his first book (Automatic Millionaire Homeowner) and he's on Oprah. I like David Bach. Very down to earth, common sense.