A person can get used to routines. I know I certainly can. When I was working, my routines centered around my schedule. Now they center around Denis's. He doesn't do it often, but this week he did a favor for a co-worker and traded shifts so she could attend a special function. Instead of his Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday off (which used to be my schedule, come to think of it), he was off Sunday and worked Thursday.
What this means is that I haven't known what day it is all week.
I knew this was going to happen. I dove into my post-it notes and left myself crucial reminders all over my desk and monitors. So at least I didn't drop the ball on the essential tasks around here.
But there were the times when stray thoughts would float through my mind, and I'd find myself muddled. No, I can't set that program to record. It was on last night, not tonight! Argh!
Now I'd better head out to the corral. Or should I? Is it really Friday?
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- My Cousin Rachel: Daphne du Maurier's take on the sinister power of sex.
- I enjoyed listening to Ann Cleeves and Chris Brookmyre discussing Scottish crime fiction during this podcast.
- Famous typos from James Joyce to J.K. Rowling.
- How unrecognizable was the English language just 300 years ago?
- TSA has been testing something new: having airline passengers take their reading material out of their carry-on luggage before going through security screening.
- What lies beneath the brave new world of feminist dystopian sci-fi?
- The story of Gaelic speaking soldiers who escaped the Nazis is being turned into a movie.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- The hidden treasures in Italian libraries.
- An unexpected Viking toilet discovery leads to controversy.
- Al Capone's diamond pocket watch fetches over $84,000 at a "gangster" auction.
- Subway digging has uncovered a "Pompeii-like scene" in Rome.
- An old four-poster bed was dismantled by construction workers and given to auctioneers who sold it for $2900. Now it's been confirmed to be Henry VII's four-poster, and it now could easily be worth millions.
- Archaeologists have unearthed a massive 1,800-year-old mural outside the capital of Cyprus.
- New symbols have revealed the development of Egyptian hieroglyphics.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Watch what happens when a baby Tasmanian Devil goes out on its first run.
- How humans helped ants invade the world.
- One of the best ways to survive a 120° heat wave is to laugh.
- Horse-riding librarians were the Great Depression's bookmobiles.
- Agnes Gund sold a painting in order to start a social justice fund. You don't see many of the wealthy doing something like this!
- The wicked wit and enigma of Dorothy Parker, fifty years on.
- Sherman Alexie on not being "the kind of Indian that's expected."
- Michael Bond, the creator of Paddington Bear, has died.
- It's time to bring Branwell, the dark Brontë, into the light.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Travel magazine Afar says this restaurant in Arizona has one of the best views in the United States.
- Sure, you can get liquored up in Key West, but take this literary walking tour first.
- The story behind this haunted Arizona hotel is seriously creepy.
- Take a look at La Librairie Itinérante ("the traveling bookstore") in France.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- Which books do Americans take on vacation?
- Peek inside thousands of Soviet children's books from Princeton University.
- Nine things readers do better than anyone else.
- Harry Potter quiz: 20 years, 20 questions.
- Literary scarves, fingerless gloves, pillows, and more from Storiarts.
- Enter an archive of 6,000 historical children's books, all digitized and free to read online.
- Top ten books about lies.
That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!