This is what I saw a few minutes ago:
Yikes! I don't know where the snow factors in when it is 38 degrees, but whatever. It is still a tad bit warmer than yesterday morning. I'm pretty sure rain is in our forecast through the weekend. Sigh. I love a good rainy day now and then, but 4 or 5 in a row becomes a bit much.
And...I won't be able to retreat into the depths of rabbit holes on the computer. Today is the day I have to ship my laptop down to Charlotte to be "refreshed." Actually, everything on my laptop will be copied over to a new laptop which should be delivered to me on Friday. There is nothing wrong with my laptop...but my company won't let you keep one longer than 3 years. It is usually a very smooth and fast process: today a box will be delivered to me by UPS...I'll pack up my laptop in it and ship it back out via UPS. Tomorrow "they" (my company's IT folks in Charlotte) will transfer everything and set up a new laptop for me and ship it out to be delivered to me on Friday. Two bright sides to this are: 1) I will not be able to run my weekly financial reports Thursday morning and 2) I will not be able to participate in conference calls on Friday. Woo-Hoo!!
Meanwhile, it is Wednesday and time to link up with Kat and her Merry Band of Unravelers to talk making and reading. Be sure to head over and check out posts - I've gotten so many excellent suggestions of books and things to make. Always inspiring!
After finishing up the Goldfinch socks last week I (naturally) promptly started in on another pair of socks. This will be another pair for moi (because one can never have too many handknit socks) and they are a bit on the crazy side:
It does look a bit like a party! A Rainbow Party! This is sock #1 and it is finished through the heel flap (eye of the partridge). Next up I will turn the heel and head down the foot. With no computer to distract me, it shouldn't take too long to finish this one.
Reading is a different story. I guess I have been in a reading funk, or a funk in general. Nothing is working for me.
First I tried Lessons in Chemistry but I just could not do it! Nothing in it seemed plausible to me. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure there was inequality in the workforce back in the early 60's (just as there is today), but my Dad was a research chemist and working in a lab at that time. He had nothing but high praise for the women working alonside him. So, I could not stomach the book. Plus I did not care for the writing style.
Next up I attempted Spare and couldn't get past page 26 when Harry mentions his 13th birthday in September of1997 and receiving an Xbox. I don't think they were available until a little later (maybe they were in Europe though??). Anyway, I found this book to be terribly whiny. Just my opinion and I admit to being very tired of the whole royal family. (We even stopped watching The Crown - too much!)
My third attempt was The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper which I thought would be a nice, pleasing book to read. A good palate cleanser if you will. But...it was just too slow moving for me and I grew bored.
So, I've picked up Middlemarch again (which IS good...but terribly long) and I'm waiting on several books to come in at my library. I also have a lot to choose from on my own shelves, so I'm sure I will find something to entice me before too long.
And that will be a wrap for me! I hope blogger has straightened out and that I will receive any comments via email. It is frustrating to have things set up correctly (or so it appears) but not have it work! I've got a busy work day ahead of me and then a bit of free time! I'll see you back here on Monday - have a good rest of the week and weekend!