Monday, March 16, 2009

Random Monday.

Like I like Monday, but waaaaaaay more random.

Blogging angers Foxie Doxie. He thinks it's a sin that I busy myself with anything other than rubbing his sweet, sweet belly.

Lil' Frankfurter? Doesn't give a shit. Because he is TIRED, people. All of this spring weather? Means longer-than-usual walks? And even when your mama carries you part of the way because your legs are approximately two centimeters long? And everybody who drives by laughs? You still get exhausted.

So, we're all cuddled up on the couch. And although my new Life Partner DVR has arrived, it's still in the box. Because I am just not up to installing new electronics.

Instead, I read an entire library book tonight. I know! Literacy? It's cool.

I read Freakin' Fabulous by Clinton Kelly, host of my Friday night steady date, What Not To Wear. It's generally a fluffy "how to be great" book, sort of along the lines of Cynthia Rowley's Swell. You know, have a good tailor; have a signature drink; throw a good party.


Turns out my BFF Clinton has a master's in journalism from Northwestern. Of the six chapters in his book, one is dedicated to ... grammar.


Now, I read a few online reviews that were all, "Grammar? Hell to the no!" But I must tell you all ... I loved it. His explanation of lay and lie is worthy of a little Xerox action before this tome goes back to the library. And that versus which? While I'm hardly a grammarian, I feel enriched.

And speaking of the library? I am currently running through every audio book by Jimmy Carter. Because he's so interesting, is a great storyteller, and reads all of his own works. I could listen to that Georgia drawl read the phone book. But I just finished A Remarkable Mother, all about his amazing mama. She went to India with the Peace Corps when she was 70! Fantastic. Highly recommended.

Is it bad that I consider my library fines to be good karma? Like, by holding on to materials too long and promptly paying for the fees, I'm actually helping the library, since funding is so scarce? Or would that just be my rich fantasy life?


LaDue & Crew said...

I think you've noticed by now that my punctuation and grammar suck the big cheese weenie. That class hour in high school was nap time. Being a creature of habit, I couldn't shake it. However, I read everything. I'm the type of person that has 5 books on the nightstand all going at the same time, from Colin Powell's autobiography to Robin McGraws "Whats age got to do with it". Crap, I had a point I was going to make but forgot what it was. It's Monday. Forgive me...

you gotta wonder said...

I love literate people! I can overlook many flaws (I'm personally a little careless with commas) but certain crimes (your/you're, their/there/they're, to/too, its/it's) send me over the edge. I'm mellowing with age, surely. Lay/lie trip me up so I may need to check out this book.

I think reading is a fabulous way to pass the time.

Iron Needles said...

I love the library. I love good grammar and good spelling. Even if I am not always guilty of both, I am always embarrassed when I discover my errors. I love literacy and reading (the latter perhaps to a fault).

I also love doxies, having carried a couple on walks myself.

And randomness. That is good, too.

cndymkr / jean said...

Library fines are fantastic. At least that's what I tell myself. Slinking up to the desk and quietly mumbling "it's over due" to the stern librarian. Then, because I have guilt I round up the fine to the nearest dollar and tell her to keep the change. What a loser.

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

Clinton Kelly wrote a book? Sounds like a must-read...well, at least a wanna-read. I, too, fund the library with my many, many fines.