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).