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My second Lisa-less Saturday in a row

When I woke up this morning, around 9, the sky was very overcast and the air was chilly, but by noon the sun had melted the clouds, and it turned out to be quite warm this afternoon!

I've been continuing to listen to Umberto Eco's The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, but I'm actually considering just moving on to something else, because I don't find myself excited to return to it each day. The book feels rather like a publishing catalogue interspersed with some senile philosophical musings. Most of the book consists of summaries of *other* books, lists of authors' names, descriptions of old book illustrations, etc. There's a bit of plot happening, but not much, and not much characterization, either. At first I found all the book stuff entertaining, but after a few hours of it, I feel like asking, "Where's the beef?" Usually, when I put a book down and go do something else, I find myself wondering, "What are those characters doing now? What happens next?" but with this book I don't. It's kinda like taking a warm bath: it's pleasant, but it doesn't really engage your brain. I rather like having my brain engaged, so perhaps I will move on to a mystery or something.

Today is a shopping day. This afternoon (while Shannon was gaming), I walked up to Trader Joe's and bought cat food (and other random stuff: mac-n-cheese, lemonade, salad mix, blueberries, etc.), and when Shannon gets home (which should happen soon) we will be going to the grocery store on our predominant weekly shopping trip. I like grocery shopping, so today is a cool day.

Tomorrow, if I'm not sick, Shannon and I plan to bike up to El Cerrito to buy us both some new sneakers. I'm crossing my fingers. I haven't felt sick yet today, so that gives me hope!

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