I miss reading

I was just reading someone’s blog today (where she talked about all the books she read over the long weekend while home sick) and realized that I miss reading. Reading for fun and pleasure, that is, because, rest assured, I do a lot of reading these days. But history textbooks are not so much fun and pleasure. I promise. Even when it’s interesting and I’m enjoying the subject matter and learning things… it’s still not fun and pleasure. Perhaps history reading could be classified as such when it’s biographies, re-tellings of events, or even just… any book written for the normal person. Historians, as a lot, are not terribly interesting. This, of course, is strange to me, since history is, for the most part, incredibly interesting. It’s all a matter of packaging. History can be totally boring and mind-numbing if it’s all about wars and dates and geography. Conveniently, there are people out there in the world who realized that history is so much more than that. And, of course, there’s the danger of going too far the other direction and thinking that people will find it interesting that some historical figure had the same thing for breakfast every day, and how that symbolizes… blah blah blah. There’s a happy balance in there, and I hope to find my own version of it before attempting to teach junior highers.

Anyways… that’s not what I was originally going to blog about. What was I going to talk about? Thinking…

This weather we’re having sucks. Gosh, it’s a balmy negative 3 out! Sunny, though. It was especially pleasant yesterday morning when and I went to check out the pavilion at Como Park just before 9 am. I don’t think I appropriately expressed my pleasure with the site – it’s hard to be excited about anything that early or that cold, let alone both together. It’s really beautiful – or, at least, I could imagine that it would be when not covered in snow, swept out, and decorated. Really ideal for the kind of ceremony/reception that we’re having. Even if neither of our mothers like it. They’re not paying.

Oh – the big news of the weekend (as far as I’m concerned)! I finally called yesterday to ask her if she would make my dress. She said yes! This is a huge relief to me (and a big cost savings, too). So we’ve still got our date to go looking at dresses, but then we don’t actually need to do anything until after the semester is over (I asked if she could do it in the three months of the summer, and she said she could do it in 2 weeks – excellent). Yay!

Also… watched the Superbowl yesterday. I must say… the most interesting half of a quarter I’ve ever watched (the first half of the first quarter), and the most exciting first 15 seconds of a game ever. Too bad Chicago didn’t win, but that’s the way it was.

Alrighty… back to work.

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