Friday, May 27, 2011

misc. stuff

Ok, this has nothing to do with anything.  But I can't stop thinking about something that happened a few weeks ago, something very inconsequential.  And that was that one afternoon I was walking across 3rd street to the thrift store when I saw a book lying on the ground just outside of someone's gate.  And I almost picked it up because it looked like one of the gazillions of books that people leave on their sidewalks for people to take. 

But!  The book was What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen.  In hardcover.  And it wasn't even officially out in stores yet.  Some kid must have dropped it out of their backpack or something, right?  There's no way someone was giving it away.  Maybe? Or maybe it was some librarian-type who gets loads of free books and was done with it..  It really was in a free-book location.  Argh!  Why didn't I grab it and run??!  ..I know I have to just let it go. 

Meanwhile, I've been reading loads of fun things. I'm halfway through Libba Bray's Beauty Queens, which magically downloaded to my kindle a few days ago since I'd pre-ordered it.  Thank goodness I got the ebook version, too, cause I would have a real problem being seen with this cover on the subway.  It's not what it looks like, though, in a very good way. 

And I'm halfway through Neal Shusterman's Everfound, which so far I'm enjoying quite a lot though I can't stand that someone decided to name the series the "Skinjacker Trilogy." It just gives it such a dark feel printed all big on the cover like that.  Why not just the Everlost Trilogy?  Much better match to the tone of the books. 

And!!!!!!  I just picked up my copy of Sweet Valley Confidential from the library.  I was only number 38 on the hold list when it came out, but it seems like I've been waiting forever.  Definitely will be reading that one in the privacy of my own home, though.

Plus I chopped off all my hair and before that visited my nieces and nephews and then did other stuff and generally have had a completely terrific week off work. 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Garden!

I've been super late doing anything at all in my yard this year.  Super late.  I think I remember starting my tomatoes back in February last year.  I waited until two weeks ago this time, so they're just little sprouts still.  (Don't judge me for using one of those cheap, too-small little seed starting kits.  I had a much better, less wasteful system last year, but like I said, I've been really really lazy about all this. Paying 5 bucks and sticking seeds in the peat was almost too much.) And even though they only have a couple of tiny leaves apiece, they smell like tomato plants already.  I mean, duh, but it's still a nice smell to have in the kitchen.

And what else?  Should have done this months ago, but I finally filled an entire bed (3'x4') with dwarf sugar snaps that supposedly don't need trellising, though I have my doubts.  They're a few inches tall now.  The strawberries that didn't do much last year are back, and today I noticed the first little sprig of mint pushing through the dirt.  Soon it will take over everything. 

And, you know, the ferns and the bleeding hearts, and Japanese Maple and the daffodils, and even my tree which is the last one in the neighborhood to start growing for some reason, has some leaves now.  It's amazing that a month ago the ground was bare and now it's completely covered with green things.  Yes, I realize that's how spring works, but it hasn't always happened right in my own mini-yard.  After a terrible, long winter, watching it all happen has been making me feel human and hopeful again.

And!! Tuesday is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's annual plant sale!  So there's that.

LA Times Book Prize Winner!

The LA Times Book Prizes were announced on Friday, and the winner in the Young Adult category is A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen!  See all the finalists here.

Also!  This was already announced, but continues to be exciting: The 2010 Robert Kirsch Award, honoring the lifetime achievement of an author from the American West, went to Beverly Cleary, the best kid's book author ever! It's the first time the award has ever gone to a children's book writer, and it's about time!