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People, it is the middle of November.  Seriously.  This means that I need to get my act in gear to start prepping for the holidays.  And now that I actually have time this year – no finals, no homework, no mandatory daily participation in my online classes – I’m hoping to be super-prepared.  (***snorts with laughter***) Yeah, right.  In my mind, I think how wonderful it would be to be as organized as Martha Stewart, but I do realize that I am inherently lazy and will probably be rushing to send out cards before Christmas…again.
Anyway, how was your week?  I feel like mine was a complete blur.  I had a business trip that took me away from home for two nights.  Those things leave me mentally and physically exhausted, and I have yet to figure out why.  It took me at least one day to recover.  Then, my husband and I started carpooling to work.  We might as well take advantage of us working for the same company, right?  Unfortunately, it means getting up about thirty minutes earlier so that I can get to work an hour earlier, which is when he needs to go into work.  I don’t mind going in early because it is wonderfully quiet, but the loss of sleep?  That’s going to take some adjustment!
Our upcoming week already has me exhausted too.  Today, the kids have a piano recital right smack dab in the middle of the day.  Tuesday is ballet class, an H1N1 vaccine clinic for the kids and the first day of our new carpet installation.  Wednesday brings piano lessons, and Thursday brings Connor’s first band concert.  Friday starts the indoor soccer season, and Saturday sees us attending a make-up piano lesson.  Whew.  I’m sure our second day of carpet installation will also be some time this week too.  I’m opting not to clean the house this weekend knowing that the dust and dirt from the old carpets will be flying.  Since school never gave me the opportunity to do any spring cleaning, which means my house has not seen a deep cleaning since the day we moved in almost five years ago, I plan to give my house just that.  I have to literally take everything out of each room anyway, so at least the furniture movement portion will already be accomplished!

On the reading front, I was able to finish two books this week and made great progress on my book club selection.  I’ve started Thad Carhart’s Across the Endless River.  It is a fascinating read.  I would love to be able to finish it tomorrow but know that I have to pay bills and empty out at least one room.  Did I mention the first two rooms we are doing require me to move my entire library?  But I digress.  I’ve been working through my review copies but am getting ready to purge my brain with something light and fluffy.  I’ve got a few new vampire books that have caught my eye, but I do feel obligated to get through these review books.  They’ve been sitting in my TBR pile for so long, I feel horrible.  What do you do in these situations?  I think I’m down to one really old one, one not so old one, and two that I received this week.  (I’m not counting the two I received through the BBAW.) 

Speaking of books, one of the books I read and reviewed this week involved a discussion of bibliophilia versus bibliomania.  The difference is that bibliomaniacs feel an overwhelming urge to amass books, whether it is rare books or books in general.  I always thought that I just enjoyed books, that I wasn’t obsessed.  I have to report that I have since realized that this is just not true.  I am a full-blown bibliomaniac.  This week, while on my business trip, my co-workers wanted to stop into a bookstore to pick up a book for the plane trip home.  Never mind the fact that I had brought four novels with me to read for a three-day trip, I warned them not to let me step foot in a bookstore.   What happens when I do?  I walked out of there with five more books, only one of which was for my son.  I would have gotten more had I had more room in my suitcase.  Yes, I know that I should really go to the library, but I don’t have the time to go to one, and I am a book snob.  I like owning my books, not borrowing them.  So, I think I have a problem.  Please tell me I’m not the only one!

What are your plans for the week?  I hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday and even better week to come.  Happy reading!

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