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Weigh in Wednesday

The Bedside Pile Up - Another Frey Household Census

Bedside Pileup
There are usually multiple reading items at my bedside table, but it's kinda gotten out of hand. Not that I mind as reading is one of my all time favorite things to do.

Here is the list of what you see in the photo from top to bottom as of 10/24/10:

At Home by Bill Bryson - a book about houses, their history and history of the things in them (from kitchenware to bed linens, etc.) This kind of book is right up my trivia/history alley. Plus I love Bill Bryson in general.

Westways Magazine (November/December 2010) - I was about halfway through reading it. (I finished it last night and it is no longer in the stack.)

Time Magazine (11/1/10) - I read this last night and it is no longer in the stack)

What The Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell - this is Mr. Gladwell's collection of articles written for the New Yorker over the last eight or ten years. Great stories and easy to read just one at a time. I've read all of Mr. Gladwell's books and eat these articles up!

Budget Travel Magazine (November 2010) - I've read this but am saving it here to remind myself to keep some of the hotel info. This is my favorite travel magazine as it's not pie in the sky. Some of those *other* magazines have articles that say "Budget rooms in Paris! Only $299/night!" Uh, not my idea of "budget."

Los Angeles Magazine (October 2010) - I have not read this issue yet, though I'm halfway through November's issue. Maybe because November is in the living room and this is buried here? Hmmmm. I love my city!

Oprah Magazine (November 2010) - I believe this will be the last issue I get of O. Kind of moving on from it as it just got repetitive and I found I wasn't actually moving forward just reading about moving forward. So I'm ditching the magazine and moving forward!

Y The Last Man Vol. 1 (Graphic Novel) by Vaughan and Guerra - Recommended by a friend, but haven't started it yet. I'm starting to dabble in graphic novels this year.

A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg - my mom gave me this and I have not yet read it. But it's by the bed which means it is much closer to being read!

Two sheets of paper -- my platelet donation info sheet from September 3, 2010. Which reminds me, it's time to donate platelets again!

Vanity Fair Magazine (October 2010) - folded open to the Sarah Palin story. I traded O for Vanity Fair this year. 

Time Magazine (9/13/10) - this was folded open to page 69 to remind me of something, but it didn't work, so now this is gone from the stack.

Envelope with 4 AMC movie tickets - my thank you gift for donating platelets in September.

Budget Travel Magazine (September 2010) - Have read it but want to save it for a few articles.

New Yorker Magazine (August 9, 2010) - open to page 74 on a story about "Charlie Chan". I no longer receive the New Yorker, just wasn't getting around to reading it weekly. I was basically paying to read the cartoons! Traded this for Vanity Fair as well.

Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky - totally forgot I had this book and am halfway through it! Distracted much? I love his work and need to return to this.

Wired Magazine (July 2010) - 1/2 way through, but removed from stack.

The Lives Of Trees by Diana Wells - my mom gave me this book and I thought it was an odd choice, but then started reading it and enjoy its random trivia/history-ness. I feel like this will help inform some character I create some day.

Parenting From The Inside Out by Daniel Siegel - This book was recommended by a dad friend of Kurt's. Kurt has read it, I have yet to. I feel like I should read it when we get closer to actually having a baby. (When we get matched.)

When The Nines Roll Over and Other Stories by David Benioff - I had the privilege to work with Mr. Benioff recently and have enjoyed reading his novels. I have not yet cracked this one, but it will remain on the table.

Linchpin by Seth Godin - I need to dive back into this book. I started reading it and it was quite slow. A friend who has read it says the first 100 pages are SLOW. (Glad I wasn't the only one who thought so.) So I need to get back to it - it stays.

Disquiet, Please! A New Yorker collection of humor writing. I got this as a gift a while back and left it by the bed to dip into now and again. I might cycle it out as I have others to dip into. Maybe it will be fresher if I take a break from it for a while.

There is an annex to this pile - the floor. Luckily the only thing on the floor is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. I have plans to move this one to the stack after removing one or two things...I would like to read it soon as I keep reading about it being made in to a movie. 

This is an epic stack of reading material and it will get smaller today. All of it I am enjoying having nearby. Going to bed is made so much more cozy by all this reading to choose from. 


Oh and the clock radio on the table is 22 years old! I can't believe I still have it.