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16 October 2011 @ 01:02 am
I keep thinking that soon I'll catch up on livejournal--reading and posting--and I was so close to getting through my inbox (30 left--that's practically nothing!) but suddenly all these plans and surprise-you're-doing-this events caught up with me.

Since returning from Alabama I met with my minister about writing a PR piece (newspaper) about her 25th year as minister for the congregation, visited two libraries to renew and join and then somehow managed to buy books (Thursday); I made it through most of my inbox, got through old house belongings with my mother and brought them to the congregation's yardsale, then helped organise it and bought books (Friday); I woke up in the morning (7.45am), volunteered at the yardsale until it closed at something-past-two, helped pack it up and lug things to cars and bought books (Saturday/today). (I also bought a set of husbands [as they're called] for my mother and me, mine in blue and hers in tan. My new husband matches my new throw-rug [green and blue circles, very dorm-like] which I purchased Friday night for $1. I was also given an old school desk chair [with the surface attached on one side and a shelf underneath] which I am incredibly excited to bring up here and use. My minister was also surprised and then entertained to hear I had purchased a husband.)

It has certainly felt like a lot. Tomorrow I've got service at 10 and I'm meeting with the other minister and the youth (high-school aged teens) for what will probably be a very informal religious education gathering--less religious education and more...hanging out. Teens aren't generally renown for their ability to wake from slumber on weekend mornings (I should know), so any who specifically request that a Sunday morning gathering is reinstated must be pretty darn dedicated. Makes me proud, since I used to go every week. Also makes me proud that a few of them requested me--perhaps I do have a calling somewhere, somehow. (: I believe Rev. Ann would like me to talk on my experience as a senior youth, which shouldn't be too difficult. After that I may head to Providence to meet up with my friend group there again and possibly stay over 'till Monday, provided I am home by Tuesday morning at 10am to go visit with my grandparents. Hopefully Tuesday evening will offer me the opportunity to catch up on LJ--or catch up on something--as Wednesday may mean it's time to go with my mother to meet up with my uncle. Then I should hopefully be free to get back to doing tasks like catching up.

I'm sure I will have a book-buying post later (especially since I bought books in Orlando, too... *shameface*), but I thought I might plead my case here that I had perfectly good reasons to buy the books. You know, beyond them existing in an adjacent space to my person. You see, they were on sale. Seven books for $5 at the Orlando bookstore? Then paperbacks for $0.25 at the library? Then $1 for hardcover, $0.50 for softcover and $0.25 for children's, with the money going to my own congregation? Then $0.25 for all books and a whole bag of books for $2, when I certainly know how to stuff a bag? Well, I couldn't resist. By Irma's curling toes, I couldn't help it.

Plus, for the first time in a long while, I am not moving internationally any time in the foreseeable future. There must be some perks. An actual library of books I love and books to read so I might love them (or not) sounds like a perfect perk to me!

Not that I need explain this all to you, of course, for none of you would ever have an icon like this one. And it certainly isn't the reason an icon such as this one exists.

Alright. My mother decided that this evening we would drink wine and clean (successful), which lead to watching Sound of Music on VHS (less successful, but completed) so I am exhausted. Off to read Judi Dench's And furthermore by candlelight (eeei I love libraries for having books like that!) and sleep before church. It seems a busy-bee Kiwi may be the best way to be.


"The bluebird sings a lullaby; the firefly gives a light; the twinkling stars are candles bright; sleep, Faeries all, Good Night."
[Elizabeth T. Dillingham; "A Faery Song"]
zeezofbadfaith on October 16th, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
You bought MORE books? Kiwi, you're my hero. <3

You know, I often complain (now) that I don't have time for myself. What with two jobs and a ton of stuff to do... but I never have time to stop and wonder what I'd be doing if I didn't have anything to do. Though, you know, I miss studying.

Good luck on your week ;)
Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on October 16th, 2011 01:36 pm (UTC)
Of course I bought more books! I think climbing chairs and searching every shelf of the Orlando bookstore clearance section only reminded me of the excitement of searching high and low for treasure. :D Goodness, I can't even count how many I've bought in the last while, now, what with the bag of books; I'd have to go inspect the collection on and in front of my previous reading chair.

Two jobs and a ton of stuff to do is a lot. And, I think, for a while being super busy is nice--it gives a person a sense of identity and value, makes one feel responsible and needed. I think that's wonderful. But after a while it can get tiresome and that feeling of identity can change. Usually some sort of balance has to be found between being too busy and too bored (not busy enough--at least with interesting things) so that one has time for oneself. Otherwise many of us seem to go a bit bonkers!

When I don't have anything to do I'm not very happy (see: hurricane power outage and even then I could have invented things) but I did enjoy the medium place of not having much to do but having a life!to-do list that I was working on. I'd like to get back to that in a bit. :D
music_is_breath: book_girlmusic_is_breath on October 16th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
Hehe I love this post! :D
Yay for that much book buying, is there a better way to spend your money? I hardly doubt that.
And never ever is there a need for reasoning about buying books. ;) I just can't wait until I finish this last paper and finally get around to read something just for fun again.
I hope you'll have an excellent time to enjoy all of the!
Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on October 16th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
Awwr, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

I seldom think there's a better way to spend my money than buying books. Occasionally buying candles, but that's usually just so I can read books by candlelight.

Good luck with your last paper! I think one thing that happened to me recently is that I realised I can read for my own pleasure again. I thought, I don't have any books to read for a dissertation! And if I read a classic, I don't have to write an essay on it! Now there's the ticket.

I'm sure I'll enjoy all of the books thoroughly. :D I hope you do, too, when you get to them!
music_is_breath: bookmusic_is_breath on October 16th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
Everytime I'm reading books with only candlelight on, I'm having my mom's voice in my head saying how unhealthy it is. ^^ Can't really believe it really is, but you know the things we hear when we're young... So I always end up turning another light on.

Thank you! I really need that, since I spent the last two weeks writing one for which I confused the due date and now it is completly useless. :(
I know! Isn't that super fantastic? I bet though that now without the academic pressure you'll find things to write essays about even more easily. ;)

Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on October 16th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
Mmm, although I'm strange and have never paid too much attention to the things I was taught young once I've decided I don't find them true. If there's little or no logic, I'm not likely to keep them with me.

I've had a number of people say that to me, though. I use two tall stick-candles though, spaced enough apart that I can see everything quite clearly, and I've never had any sort of problem with it. In fact, together they're lighter than quite a few desk or night-stand lamps that I've seen. Every time that someone has chided me for reading by candlelight, they've eventually retracted their statement once they saw my set-up. My candles light up the whole room, though perhaps not as brightly as some lamps--but those ones tend to hurt my eyes anyway, as my desk lamp is doing now!

*Grins.* Oh, yes, I imagine I'll start unintentionally writing essays again. I used to do that. It's unfortunately easy to forget that essays don't have to be school-related and are just another means of collecting and expressing information!
albalark: Not Enough Booksalbalark on October 17th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
Welcome back, dearie! Glad you made it home from 'Bama OK, though I know that Lash is missing you. :-)

(I also bought a set of husbands [as they're called] for my mother and me, mine in blue and hers in tan. My new husband matches my new throw-rug [green and blue circles, very dorm-like] which I purchased Friday night for $1. LOL! You threw me for a mo - I've never heard them called that before (however, you can't fool me - I knew they weren't the real thing because they cost waaaaayyyyyy too little). ::snerk::

By Irma's curling toes, I couldn't help it. This made me giggle outrageously. I know *exactly* how you feel. ::points to icon and rolls eyes at self::

It seems a busy-bee Kiwi may be the best way to be. It seems to me that a busy Kiwi (without overdoing it ::g::) is a happy Kiwi. So have a lovely, productive and happy week ahead! xxoo

Edited at 2011-10-17 12:48 am (UTC)