When you meet someone or are standing with an acquaintance with nothing to talk about (or if you have nothing to blog about -- ahem), the weather's always a safe conversation, right? And the weather here has given me plenty to talk about. It's been springy and sunny, then rainy and cold, sun then clouds. And windy. It's been really windy.
Strike one. I was wrong. The weather might be safe, but it's pretty dull.
I need to call the Guinness World record accountants, because I may be on the verge of breaking a fiction reading record. I am always reading more than one book at once, but they are usually different genres: a novel, a memoir, a children's chapter book, and maybe a non-fiction book or two (and not ever ALL of those at one time). BUT according to my nifty reading journal in which I've been recording my reading habits over the last six months -- these are all the books that I'm currently reading (defining current as in-progress, and having read it in the last two-weeks):
- The Moon by Night with Amanda for Read Together although she finished it over a week ago
- Pieces of Georgia aloud to Amanda for Read Together. I'm happy that we are making good progress with it
- The Incredible Journey
for Children's Classics (dog stories, April 14). I also convinced Amanda to read this with me, and she also finished it well before I have.
- Cutting for Stone
- Things I Want My Daughters to Know
- The Spare Wife
Oh I see you've glazed over, so as a good conversational tactic, I will change subjects and ask you a question.
We are about to start a bathroom remodel. Do you know anything about bathrooms? Remodeling them, that is? Picking out fixtures and tile? Is there anything that you'd caution against.
I really like the look of some of this Datile Slate for the kids'/guest bath. I'd use it on both the walls and the shower wall. Do you want to see my samples? I like the Sunset Glory and Autumn Mist and Indian Multicolor. I'm a pretty casual person, so I think I like the natural look, but might it bug me in the long run?
I know that we'll love the results, but the getting there is no fun for me (picking a contractor -- done, picking all the pieces -- not done, dealing with the mess and noise -- not even started).
Now I've left it to you -- give me your feedback. Speak honestly, even though it's just small talk. Do you have a horrific remodeling story to share? Perhaps a bit of encouragement?