Me? I like to mix things up. So when I woke up this morning feeling as if some nefarious member of the Barbapapa clan had crawled into my sinus cavities, blown itself up like a pufferfish, and then transmogrified into solid cement...
Wait. That last sentence got away from me. Do over.
So I went to my previously scheduled dentist appointment. I don't know if I'd forgotten that I was getting three old fillings replaced, as well as a new one installed. I don't know if I'd forgotten what getting fillings feels like. I just know that if I'd had any idea of what was in store for me, I would have planned my day differently. I wouldn't, say, have planned that I'd just duck out from work for an hour, then tra-la-la! skip back to work for the rest of the afternoon.
I actually LOST COUNT of how many injections my dentist gave me to freeze my face. I can tell you this: I didn't fully recover sensation for more than FIVE HOURS. Can someone do the dentist math on that?
Between my impacted sinuses, my wretched headache, my hacking cough, my badly aching jaw, and my horribly disfigured, swollen visage, it took me several hours just to differentiate the various sources of pain and discomfort located above my neck. I spent these hours at home, where I had lurched straight from my dentist's office, frightening small children and causing birds to fall dead as stones from the trees.
I was too uncomfortable to sleep. My head ached too much to read. Daytime television... it is best not to speak of that. So I whiled away the afternoon looking at pretty pictures on the internet.
This amazing shot is of the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, also known as the Bobst (or so Wikipedia tells me). It's the main library at New York University. I find it cool and slightly creepy, in a Borg ship kind of way. (Shout out to meera for busting me on my Star Trek reference earlier this week.)
[See the original photo here.]
I've heard of these people who organize their books by colour, but I'd never seen an example before. Pretty. (That was my last thought before my head exploded.)
[See the original here.]
This is a bookstore called El Ateneo in Buenos Aires. I don't believe in an afterlife, but if I did, it would look a lot like this. Plus unicorns.
[Original photo here.]
Oh, sure. Some manga has a reputation for being violent and exploitive. But look at how well organized it is!
[See the original here.]
Yikes! How did that picture of my basement get in here? (Cue wah-wah-wah-wah horn of jokery.) But seriously. This is a photo of the Detroit Public School Book Depository. I don't believe in an afterlife, but if I did, this is where naughty book-lovers, if there can be said to be such people, would end up. Nary a unicorn in sight, either.
[Original pic here.]