We have to shut off the internet and pack up the equipment for return. So, after this Friday, we will be offline until March 1st (we already have an appointment at the other end for cable/internet/phone hookup).
Until then, my only means of posting online will be via Twitter, which I can access by texting (we have low-end cell phones). For some reason Facebook stopped posting my Tweets, so everyone on FB is going to think I've disappeared. See my Twitter feed here
I'll have plenty of reading material during the move. I sometimes have two books going at the same time, maybe three, but currently I am reading five books.
Top on my list is What's Up Down There? by Dr. Lissa Rankin. It's about the VAGINA (and everything surrounding it). "Vagina! Vagina! Vagina!" (See this story about how she can't mention the topic of her book - Vaginas! - while on her book tour.) I just got the book last week, but am already half-way through it. It's a quick and fascinating read. Dr. Rankin puts the clinical info into a personal context with many personal stories of herself or patients. I'll write a review when I'm done. Also, I have never altered a book but I am going to have to redo the cover and use the rest of my velvet scraps to sew another Velvet Pussy.
Art at the Speed of Life by Pam Carriker is about mixed-media art. I first read the section written by Suzi Blu, and I have been flipping through it looking at the gorgeous photos of the projects. I will start reading it during the move. I've been saving it, like dessert.
I am about half-way through Tried by War - Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief. Steve requested this for the holidays, and after reading me several fascinating and amusing passages, I wanted to read it, too. The difficult personalities of Lincoln's generals are astounding.
During the holidays, I picked up Schulz and Peanuts A Biography with a gift card. This detailed biography of Charles Schulz is a great read, interspersed with Peanuts comic strips. I'm just a few chapters into it (I got distracted by other books).
Last is book #4 of the Republic Commando novels. As in Star Wars. Karen Traviss' Clone Trooper novels are very entertaining. Mostly. I love all the troopers - witty, sarcastic and fearless. However, the female Jedi Etain irritates me to distraction. She should have been relegated to the Agra Corps, but the war happened and all Jedi were promoted to the rank of General. Then she fell in love with a trooper, got herself pregnant, and didn't tell him. I wasn't the only one wanting to shove her out an airlock. I began reading Order 66 months ago, but stalled out and lost interest. I feel the need to finish it for completion. Maybe this weekend, when we will be without t.v. or internet.
Steve is reading Chris Guillebeau's Art of Non-Conformity.
I get to read it next. He's also got some light reading on dreadnoughts.
I have also been working on this art journaling piece since the first of the year. She needs a little more paint, but it's been packed, so I will wait till the other end to finish her. Appropriate given the message on the piece (Everything will work out.)
Next week we head north, to Evanston, IL and our new home. To Chicago!
Catch you on the other side.