It’s breakfast time!

At 3:30 am, I got up to use the bathroom. As I returned to the bedroom, I saw that Inky was sitting politely by the food dishes. She decided to convince me that breakfast time was going to be early today. I decided that it would not. We comprised on going back into the bedroom and attempting more sleep. I still don’t quite understand how a cat that is smaller than a breadbox can take over the entire bed. We did manage a little more sleep, even though I was shoved to the edge of the bed. No breakfast yet.

Browsing for books

Banned from browsing?

The above linked article tells about a bookstore that doesn’t allow browsing. The owner feels that it is a way to lose money and a waste of time.

In normal times, I browse bookstores frequently. No. I really don’t have anything in particular I’m looking for, but usually something catches my eye. If I hadn’t been browsing, I wouldn’t have made the purchase.

I’ve been known to check my Goodreads page while I’m in the store, to see if I already have the book or if I’ve read anything else by the author. Sometimes, I’ll photograph books that I want to go back and get later. I know that having my phone out makes some book store employees nervous. I’m not really price checking. I’m just looking at my other resources.

I don’t think that browsing should be disallowed. If nothing else, it shows that people are comfortable in the store. Walking into an empty shop gives an uneasy feeling sometimes. Seeing other people in the store makes others know that the employees are friendly, and not creepy. Also, in a bookstore, there are other people to discuss books with, if the opportunity arises.

Don’t ban browsing! It’s part of the fun of shopping for books.

Don’t forget your bra!

Sometimes in the mornings I’m not quite organized. Who am I kidding? I’m rarely fully organized in the mornings. I will run around with my todo list going through my head, adding things to my pile and taking them off my mental list. Socks, shirt, pants, toothbrush, and so on.

I had managed to find a clean tshirt and threw it on, but hadn’t finished up what I was doing. I was still running around in a flurry when my daughter came downstairs for school. She saw that I was almost ready to go, so she reminds me “don’t forget your bra!”

I’d like to think that I’d remember that one on my own. At least I’d be reminded when I put my sweatshirt or jacket on? Now I’m not so sure that I’d have fully remembered on my own.

This is why I have family around. To remind me that I’m doing dumb stuff or forgetting something.

What’s your stress level?

I was asked my stress level over a Zoom meeting. I didn’t know how to answer. Because of the pandemic, it’s different from moment to moment.

Right now? It’ll be different in twenty minutes. Tomorrow will be different than today.

I think this goes along with my “how are you” post from a few weeks ago. How are you? What’s your stress level? I think we still have several months of being honest.

Why I Replaced My Kindle

Why I Replaced My Kindle

I loved the above linked article. It tells about the wonders of the Kindle.

As you know, I love my Kindle. I can carry most of my books with me wherever I go. I do audiobooks on my commute, so that helps me get through a lot more books than I normally would, but my kindle helps me get through a lot more, especially now that I can’t check out physical library books.

I’m so glad that I found another kindle lover with the author of the article. I know there are more of you out there. Speak up!

Did you mean to do that?

I was meeting a friend who asked me to stop at the grocery store on the way. While I was there, I realized that part of her instructions weren’t clear. I had been messaging her but I decided a phone call was faster.

I didn’t think much about it and I just called her through the app that we were messaging on. She answered right away. She didn’t even say hello. Just “did you mean to do that?”

She’d assumed that I butt dialed since I never phone. I didn’t. I was just trying to get a series of questions answered faster than I could type.

How often do we just message a friend and never hear their voice? It’s nice to hear them once in a while. Next time you think of texting someone just to say hi, think of calling. I think we all need as much human contact as we can get these days.