Wednesday, May 16, 2007

ETC: Blackout

Has anyone else's week been insanely busy? So busy that you might in fact describe it as IN-FUCKING-SANE? Yes? No? Maybe so? Tell me I'm not alone.

I'm leeee-aaa-ving on a jet plane (don't know when I'll be back again) tomorrow. I'm flying solo for the first time since Sam was born, and god help me, I'm giddy with anticipation. Four hours of uninterrupted reading time. Don't pinch me. Well, okay, maybe pinch me a little. You know how I like it.

I've got a stack of great books to bring with me, which almost makes up for the crushing cultural disappointment I experienced earlier this evening when 9:30 pm rolled around and I realized that I had somehow managed to MISS THE FINAL EPISODE OF AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL. This is unprecedented. In all eight seasons pardon me, cycles of the show, I've never missed a finale. If nothing else, this proves the point that I was so swearily trying to make in paragraph 1.

So I'm declaring an internet-wide blackout on all news pertaining to the conclusion of this season, until I catch the episode on a lesser network, after which we can dish to our heart's delight.

I'm serious. I don't want to hear anything. If you start talking to me about
America's Next Top Model, this will be me --> LALALALALALALALALALALALA!

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

EDITED TO ADD: I would have posted what books I was planning to read on the plane, but I didn't know for sure till fifteen minutes before I left for the airport. I ended up bringing four books with me, and then I panicked at the airport and bought one more. Because what if I run out of books?!?! (Even though my trip is only four days long.)

Here's what I brought, along with a status report:
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver - finished
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris - half read
Einstein's Monsters by Martin Amis - to be read
Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje - to be read
After Dark by Haruki Murakami - to be read
I'm a little anxious because you'll note that I only have three books and a bit left on my pile. Should I have packed more? They have bookstores here in Ottawa, don't they?


Anonymous said...

How did you manage THAT? Even I knew it was on, and I don't even have cable!

Have a great trip, we'll keep an eye out for the boys wandering the streets looking lost.


Anonymous said...

I, too, love America's Next Top Model. And I, too, have not managed to catch the finale. Thank goodness for DVRs though cause I got it captured for future indulgent viewing.

Happy reading on the airplane (can't believe you didn't tell us what you are bringing . . .).

Anonymous said...

The lead character dies.

Oops, sorry.

Sassmaster said...

I'm happy to know I share my ANTM obsession with such lovely people. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

BabelBabe said...

I envy your 4 hours, even as I know I would be more worried that the plane would crash leaving my little guys motherless and bereft, and they are all too young to remember me.....wwwaaaaahhhhhh!!!


Have a good trip? What are you taking to read?

Tammy said...

What are you taking to read?

Good question, and you'd think I would have mentioned in my post. I've duly updated.

It was so awesome reading for four straight hours. I almost managed to forget that I was sitting in a middle seat. Not that I'm not used to getting the middle seat these days, since it's generally where I end up when Rusty, Sam and I go anywhere. But they're a lot more accepting of my need to take off my shoes.

The Book Grocer said...


I'm an Australian bookstore.

Should we be friends? You sound like a healthy reader.

Marleah said...

I randomly stumbled across your blog and I love it! Just wanted to say ... I can totally identify with the fear of running out of books. Ever since I was little, I have overpacked on books *just in case*. Because seriously. I can't run out.

Have a great trip!

BabelBabe said...

I hear they DO have bookstores in Ottawa. Although they also have the Senators, so there might be exciting things to do with that...I am just saying...but you'll have to buy more for the trip home...

When going on a weeklong vacation to say, the beach, I will pack upwards of half a dozen books. JUST IN CASE. (pls keep in mind that I have three children, so it's not like I get to loll about on a lounge chair in the sand...) and I often buy more while there. so know you are not alone in your sickness.

Bybee said...

I underpacked once regarding books. It was an unpleasant primal experience I don't plan to repeat.

Anonymous said...

Bon Voyage! I ran out of books on a trip once, too, and even though there was an airport book shop, the most interesting thing I could find (that I hadn't already read) was a biography of Abe Lincoln in a magazine.