I stopped at the on my way home from work to buy raisins for the Cuban dish I was going to be making. I bought a cucumber, lettuce, spinach, a green pepper, Ruby Red, V8, a small container of ground cumin and some chicken breasts. But no raisins.

I’m reading Moby Dick. It’s for my book group. I’ve tried to read it a couple of times before and not been able to get by the archaic language and the shear volume of the volume. But now I’m finding it immensely entertaining and actually a pleasant, if not easy, read. This is good because I’ve been having trouble reading for several months now. Can’t concentrate long enough, just can’t sit still. Really can’t get motivated to do anything but play the guitar and even that’s been haphazard, with no real direction or growth to it. A lot going on lately. Nothing I really write publicly about, other than saying that the uncertainty of my job situation is making me nuts. Let me just say that I’m feeling better now.

I scheduled surgery on my left big toe for March 1. It’s felt like someone was driving a hot ten penny nail through it for about a year now. And no it’s not gout. They’re going to clean up the joint and “decompress” it, shave some bone away so it has more room to move up and down. Six weeks in a surgical boot. I’m glad it’s my left foot, so I can at least drive.

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  1. Ugh.
    The boot.
    At least it’s only 6 weeks.

    Good luck!

    PS – I liked No Country For Old Men.  Vastly entertaining.  Pace is like a screenplay which other bookclubbers said was a departure for him. Lots of great dialogue, fabulous villain.  My main criticism is that I feel like he really spells everything out for you in the end.  Explains the metaphor of entire story and thereby weakens it.  The ending was too “neat” for me…. and the hardcore McCormac fans at BookClub all were a little turned off by how cinematic is was… having not read him before i can’t comment on that.  But I highly recommend it either way.

  2. Makes it sound like your big toe is a jet engine. But, I suppose in a way it is. 🙂

    I’ve never read Moby Dick either. I have, however, read Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield which was kind of the same as far as language and place and time, but once I got into it, I loved it.
    I just finished the Bell Jar which was fantastic and now I am trying to decide what to read next. I have about 30 choices and constantly buying more.

    Last time I drove to Target for lightbulbs I left 137 dollars poorer and no lightbulbs.

    I’m glad you’re feeling better and hopefully that means the uncertainty with the job has changed for the better.

  3. people keep telling me to read moby dick.  it isn’t the language stopping me — i read a lot of literature from that era and actually like the language and the victorian morals — but the sheer boredom from reading other mellville works.  i had to read billy budd for an english class — that was pure torture. 

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