Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Missing Printer Cable, Part 3

Victory! I finally finished "Shantaram" yesterday, all 930 pages. I read in a long sprint through lunch and the afternoon, whenever I could grab a moment, so I wouldn't have to lug the book home again. I am so happy to be done with it. I feel like a great weight has been lifted.

I wouldn't say I loved it. It was easily readable, but overlong and full of a lot of unsavory characters, including the protagonist. Lots of blood and testosterone and swagger. I had hoped it would be more redemptive.

Also, I did my French homework and Dave and I went to my departmental end-of-the-school-year party last night. So I'm feeling a little less swamped than I was yesterday. I appreciated Ellen's comment that it's "easy to get overwhelmed with all the stuff we think we have to do." That's exactly right, isn't it? Think being the key word.

This weekend I'm going to do my best to whittle down the stack of magazines that has accumulated while I've been mired in that book.

And speaking of great weights being lifted, my mom reported that she has sold the piano. It was taken away yesterday. I know she's relieved, and I am too. I'm sorry I couldn't be more useful in helping her to get rid of it, but the dealer who bought it said he did remember hearing from me, so at least I made some kind of impression.

Oh, and our wayward printer cable arrived in the mail yesterday, so our printer is once again functional. Poor Dave's parents had to pay $9.45 to mail it from Florida!

(Photo: Olga likes the morning sun in the dining room.)


  1. Good Morning,

    I hope the piano finds a good home. I'm sure you did your best. I don't think I have the stamina for your book, although I am enjoying a lesbian-centered murder mystery featuring a restaurant owner as an amateur sleuth. The jury's still out but I'll let you know. BTW, Canon still makes the Elph, and I'm looking at some others besides. Thanks for the suggestions.

  2. Maybe that $9.45 will be a learning experience! :o)

    A friend told me the other day that when her sister visits, any number of things disappear. Apparently her sister's method of packing is to grab anything within the same radius as her own stuff, so a portion of my friend's laundry went out the door along of with her sister's clothes!

  3. I love the idea of that printer cable crossing the Atlantic. We have silly stuff sometimes going over to England to my in-laws as well. Recently: a tiny bag of cherry lips (sweets).

  4. The weight of that book sounds comparable to the weight of a piano.
    Glad both are dealt with.

  5. I had to smile at your mention of $9.45 to send a printer cable overseas ... I had to pay over $12 five years ago to mail an umbrella 40 miles to the next town! (Canadian postal system)

    I love that picture of your pup. Animals can get themselves into some funny poses that don't look comfortable but they seem fine with it.

  6. Shoot, I pay almost that much to mail crocheted items to people here in the states! I think I must be doing something wrong...

    Glad you're feeling less swamped - I seem to go in cycles & I try to remember that "this too will pass" - but in the moment I still tend to hyperventilate.

    Oh, & when I read Jenny O's comment I thought she said that AMERICANS get themselves into funny poses & I thought "Boy howdy they sure do!" Ha!

  7. thanks for the mention. I wondered why I had so many page views on my last post! wouldn't it have been cheaper to just buy a new printer cable?