What I’m reading: Finished that Ring Lardner book last week, and have been un-booked for a few days.
What I’m listening to: Distant Hum, by Stella Schindler. I went to grad school with her c. 1995, but lost track of her after a few years. I haven’t looked up her up because, well, I forgot her last name. I kept coming up with “Kowalski,” and I knew that wasn’t it. When I met some old friends in Atlanta last week, one of them asked about her. One of them mentioned her last name, so I looked her up when I got home and discovered that she has a music career. I downloaded both of her records via Amazon’s MP3 store, and really dug this one. So, um, awesome.
What I’m drinking: G&T with Plymouth & Q Tonic. Drank too often during the conference last week, so I’ll take it easy this week. Funny thing about Q Tonic: I bought a 4-pack of it in Whole Foods for $6.49. Subsequently, I’ve found it in a pair of higher-end liquor stores for $7.75 and $7.99. This may be the first product that’s ever been priced cheaply at Whole Foods.
What Rufus is up to: Eating a chunk of his food-scoop’s plastic handle, because the idiotic dog-walker left it upstairs with him after feeding him while I was away. He was also up to vomiting up pieces of plastic for the next few days.
Where I’m going: I may head into the city or Princeton to visit friends at some point.
What I’m happy about: No biz-travel till March! No office till December! And meeting up with old friends during my trip last week! All happiness-inducing!
What I’m sad about: The biz with Rufus. People goof on me for being a micro-managing control freak, but in things are where they are for a reason. You move stuff out of place and things can go wrong. Leave something that smells like his food in reach of a dog who’s sitting around bored all day because his owner’s away, he’s gonna end up chewing on it. So I’m sad about the fact that I have to trust other human beings not to mess something up. But I’ve been sad about that for a few decades now. On the plus side, my associate editor is doing a great job of handling our Corporate Capabilities profiles for the big year-end issue.
What I’m pondering: Whether I’ll really get all of my to do list of house-stuff taken care of in the next few days.