- Our local big chain of bookshops has finally caught on to the "buy 2 get 1 free" trend that has been going for many many years in the UK, and I'm guessing in the States, too. Just seeing the stickers makes my heart beat faster and sends a shot of adrenaline around my body. While normally I would buy one, maybe two books, I came out tightly clutching six. It is my only vice. (Honest.)
I have to love living in Belgium. The 3 for 2 section included a whole display full of English books. (Also French ones, and I think I even saw some Spanish.)
But sometimes I just have to have a book NOW even if it's in Dutch and the original was in English.
What? I'm going to read Yalom in Dutch? Yes, I am.
(Looking forward to it, ridiculous as it is. I do NOT have the patience to order the original from Amazon and wait just now.)
This next book cracks me up:
It was always my life plan to go get my MBA and become a cutthroat businesswoman. Seriously. It was.
Until I met Babes and also I realised that there was more to life than work. Or that being cutthroat is perhaps not the best quality to strive for. In any case, I don't need to bother now. I'll just read the book.
(The background in these pictures shows the colour of our brand new sofas. Nice, eh?)
- I finally started preparing for our forthcoming baby. I don't think I could have left it much later.
Babes is working very hard as well. We've decided to give Marie her own room anyway, so I'm giving up the study. For the next five months or so, I will have the nursery with all my books and a computer, but after that the baby will move out of our bedroom and I think we'll have to have the computer in our bedroom. For that very special romantic atmosphere.
My back and ankle are killing me just now. I'm doing all the "easy" jobs like loading the bookcases, sorting the laundry, hoovering and - later tonight (maybe) - painting. I'm so glad the children are at my mother's for a couple of days because I'm getting a real rest. Oh yeah.
- What gets these stains out of my carpet?
That's right, baby: wet wipes!
(I swear I'm not being sponsored.)
(And yes, I know I should get off my lazy unecological butt and get a cloth and some water instead. I did tell you about my ankle.)
- As part of the grand reorganisation of our house, I am throwing out a whole lot of stuff. Well, giving away and recycling, but it will be out of my face. We do have too much crap in this house. Getting rid of it feels so liberating that I'm considering doing it with my books as well. Looking at the bookcases I just filled, I realise I am hoarding them which is not a healthy thing. Do I really need several Dutch dictionaries, as well as English ones? Can I not throw out the chick lit I read about ten years ago? (I, too, am a mere human.)
I have some competing plans.
- I could get rid of only the horrible books - eBay or charity shop.
- I could just chuck all my books, keeping only the very best and memorable ones. Plus the essential reference works.
In this case, I could give the good books away in parcels as birthday presents, or to random friends who would enjoy them. Is this sensible and ecological regifting, or just being a cheap friend? I once got a CD from someone's collection for my birthday, and I was rather touched because it was a personal gift.
- Some kind of middle road?
What do you think? Hoard or chuck? Regift, eBay or charity shop?