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Noses, Babies, and Books

I don't understand how to flush out one's nose with salt water. Doesn't the water go into your lungs and choke you? I mean, you *breathe* through your nose. The pamphlet my ENT gave me doesn't say anything about this, but I am frightened. Maybe wesleysgirl knows. wesleysgirl?

On Wednesday I'm getting together with a friend who is due to have a baby in less than two weeks. It seems so overwhelming! A baby! Babies are foreign animals to me and I don't know what to do with them when one is presented to me. I can hold the tiny ones that hold still, but I'm rather intimidated by them when they reach the wriggling age. They seem determined to drop on their heads and I refuse to take responsibility for preventing them from doing so. Try to put a 9-month-old in my hands and I flee in terror. I'm not terribly fond of them at the running around and screeching age, either. I would make a horrible mom. I wonder how people can do it. And some people do it very well. The mind boggles.

I'm still reading a Jane Austen mystery, though I haven't been reading it much at all. I'm still only a bit more than half-way through. I've been obsessed with fanfic, instead. I've gotten kind of bored with fanfic these past couple of days, though, so I'm going back to the mystery. It just hasn't grabbed my imagination. I'm mostly going to finish it so that I can move on to something else. I don't like abandoning a book in the middle (as long as it's decent) or starting something new while I'm still reading something else. But I've caught myself contemplating what to read next (no decision yet), so I'm clearly bored. I've never been a big mystery fan. I just read these books because, as a fan of Jane Austen, I find them amusing. Maybe I'm just not in the mood. What I'd really like to read is some Margaret Atwood or Louise Erdrich. Maybe even some Robertson Davies. A *real* book. Shannon says that I make an unnecessary distinction between "real" books and fluff books. If I enjoy reading it, why worry about what category a book falls into? But I enjoy the different kinds of books in different ways. The fluff books are throw-aways. They require and inspire no thought, and I just read them for fun. "Real" books make me think, both during and after I read them. They can still be fun, but there's more meat to chew on.

I think I asked this before, but I've forgotten. What are people's favorite Margaret Atwood books and why? She's the one I'm considering most, but we have several (all?) of her books and so I don't know where to start. I've already read The Handmaid's Tale, The Robber Bride, and Alias Grace, but there are lots more.

Note: If someone could comment on this entry (just "testing, testing, 123" is fine -- no need to try to think of a response to what I've written), I'd appreciate it, because I'd like to test out filters on gmail. I've set up a filter for LJ stuff, but it was after my initial request for comments to test the account itself. I'm completely unfamiliar with how gmail works, so I'm still getting the hang of it. I spent a bit of time today transferring my entire Eudora address book into the gmail "contacts" section. I'll miss Eudora, but the gmail ability to label emails and search sounds nice. Not to mention the ability to check my email remotely when our net connection goes down (as it does upon occasion).



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Sep. 4th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
I rinse out my nose with salt water by using a rubber bulb (also known as an ear syringe). The water goes up into my sinuses and burns a bit, and I sometimes get a bit of a headache for a few seconds to a minute, and lots of snot comes out, but I never feel like I'm going to drown. Gravity sends the water out the same way it went in. Try not to use too much salt. I also blow my nose thoroughly afterwards. I should do it every day, and I don't, but it definitely seems to clear things out when I do it.
Sep. 4th, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)
I guess the water pressure is lighter than I expected, then. That sounds better than I feared. Thanks for the info.
Sep. 4th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
I love Margaret Atwood's books. I've actually read most of them (usually when I want to read some actual literature, rather than a romance novel.)

Oryx and Crake is a sci-fi story about life in the not too distant future, sort of like The Handmaid's Tale but with more of a message about genetic engineering and science run amok. I don't quite remember Lady Oracle (I had to look it up online) but if I recall it was funny yet unsatisfying. Life Before Man is too sad. The Robber Bride tells the story of four women and their effect on each other, and The Edible Woman is about feminism.

Apart from The Handmaid's Tale I'd say that my favourite was Oryx and Crake, with The Robber Bride next on the list. The Edible Woman has way too much symbolism (which is probably why there are so many essays written on it.)
Sep. 4th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)
Oh! I forgot that I've also read The Robber Bride and really liked it. I should edit my post and include that. I don't think we own Oryx and Crak, but I could get it from the library. Thanks for the suggestions!
Sep. 4th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
I haven't a clue how he did it, but Grandpa Caserta snorted up salt water every morning for years and years to clear his sinuses. I always thought it was a rather icky process, but he lived to be 92, so it couldn't have been too bad for him :-)
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