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My first vacation day off of work since March 1. I felt rather…

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My first vacation day off of work since March 1. I felt rather ghastly (physically), and the heat was unpleasant, but there were plenty of treats today:

     The reason I took the day off was for having Arun's teeth scaled at the vet. And now he is back home, safe and alive. I'll admit, with the utterly awful year I've been having, that I was a bit apprehensive about this.

     After dropping off Arun, and getting a new driver's license, my third stop was the half-price book store in Maplewood. Haven't been there in years, so it was like a treasure hunt. Didn't find two titles I wanted (they're easily bought elsewhere), but I'm very happy with my 'haul.'
-The Giver by Lois Lowry, which completely deserves its Newbery Award.
-Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson, a childhood favorite I should have snagged years ago. (Also got Newbery) I hadn't realized it was first published in 1944.
-The Tough Winter by Robert Lawson, sequel to the above, published in 1954. There's such a joy and innocence to the books and the delightful illustrations that makes them priceless.
-The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White, which is my favorite of his three children's books, and since I already have Charlotte's Web, it's about time I added this one.
-The Fledgling by Jane Langton. Lovely autumn story--I'm looking forward to reading The Fragile Flag by her shortly, as it's the quintessential 'spring' book.
-The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, to follow up last week's class and be my next nonfiction read.

     I'm looking forward to getting my teeth into that lot!

     And another delightful surprise at Bergmann's Nursery--THEY HAD LISIANTHUS!!! That's been a dream flower of mine for years, but the only way to get them (aside from extremely difficult seed-growing) was via Burpee--in batches too large for the space I have. Now, at last, I can try them out!
Emotional Status:
hot awful 86 F/30 C
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On May 11th, 2007 12:17 am (UTC), silvanime commented:
I'm sorry to hear that the heat is taking such a toll on you. Is it set to be a hot summer this year?

I'm very glad to hear that Arun is still in good health.

And it sounds like it was a wonderful shopping trip today! There's nothing better than combing through a good bookstore when it's been a while. I've been interested in reading 7 Habits, so I hope you'll let me know what you think.

Do we get photos of the Lisianthus at some stage?
On May 11th, 2007 11:10 am (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
I'm just feeling yucky due to missing my pill on Monday. =P And honestly, I don't want to know what 'they're saying' about the summer. The last 3 years have been hot; I'd rather not think about it, just struggle through it.

Me too! His eyes are still a little funny from the anesthesia, but his teeth look fabulous! (and all for only $300! ;)

I'll try to remember. Might be a bit yet, as I'm in no hurry to finish my current non-fiction book.

I'll have to add those whenever I do blue petunia shots! =)
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On May 11th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
So glad everything went well with Arun. It must feel good to be have it over with.

Great on the books you were able to get.
I look up the flower in the book you gave me. Looking forward to seeing them.
Hope they do well.
On May 11th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
It sure does! Nice to have the bill too (around $300) since I could only guess what it would cost.

Lisianthus are very popular as cut flowers (they sold them cut at the St. Paul Farmer's Market), if mine do well, I'll have to bring some to work.

Have a great weekend!