I realize that is the worst graphic ever, but it’s all I could do with MSPaint. Please see these other folks who are much better at MSPaint than I am. I also find bad graphics to be charming. So I’ve done it! I’ve posted 100 times! And now to celebrate, I’m going on vacation. I’m heading to the beach and I cannot wait. Last night I was all jittery and couldn’t sleep like a little kid at christmastime. I would wake up and check the clock and say something along the lines of “Oh good, I can get up in 2.5 hours.” Or… “Yes! Only 30 more minutes of sleep time!!!” This is an EPIC JOURNEY because, as you may or may not know, I am carless. I will hopefully not be carless for much longer, but for the moment, I’m hitching rides all over the state. This morning my boss drove me to the town where Z lives (about an hour and a half from my house). She happened to be going to a meeting in the building across from his apartment complex. So serendipitous! Next step, Z and I are driving south until we get tired, then we’ll stop and sleep. After that, we’ll meet my parents at our rented cottage and will hang out for a few days. I still haven’t figured out how I’m getting back to my house. That will be another story for another day. Hopefuly with the help of some more serendipity. Now I’m on the first part of my epic journey, the part where I still have internet access. I’m going to try to schedule some posts, but I’ve been having bad luck with the post scheduler, so we’ll see. I promise to do the comment catch-up when I get home.
As for packing, I have a problem. Last summer when I went on this same vacation, I didn’t bring enough books. I brought House of Leaves and maybe one other book because I thought it was going to take me the whole week to read. I ended up reading it in two nights… even though the first quarter of the book had taken me six months or so. So then I was bookless and it was painful. But I think I might have overcompensated. To be fair, I brought a nice combination of library books and books I own so I don’t have to ruin library books at the beach. Sometimes I try to ignore my grandmother’s voice in my head and bring them anyway, but I always feel guilty.
Books I am bringing to the beach:
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
Beside a Burning Sea by John Shors
2666 (the first book) by Roberto Bolaño, for Steph and Tony Investigate!’s readalong
Herzog by Saul Bellows
The Mystery of Grace by Charles De Lint
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
It could happen. Maybe.
It feels so good to be on the road again. I am a nomad by birth. I have lived out of a suitcase during the summer for most of my life. The rhythm of the road and the passing of the miles, the open windows and the perfect weather early summer weather makes me so happy. Every ride is like going home, no matter where I’m going.
Because you just sat through and read all that (I’m very grateful), I am hosting a giveaway!!!! It’s the 100th Post Celebration!
All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me your favorite beach location! I’ll random.org it when I get back on June 1st. If you are already a subscriber or become a subscriber, I will give you another entry. What do you win?? Um, well, it’s kind of a surprise. Like a care package? With bookish things? I don’t want to give it away. Doesn’t that make it more exciting? Sort of? I hope so!
Happy holiday weekend everyone! Have lots of fun and eat lots of good food and enjoy the sunny weather. I’ll see you all on the first!