pretty cool site while I was reading a magazine (I don’t remember which one it was) over the weekend. For $6 a month, you can borrow two paperbacks (they only have paperbacks) at a time, and your membership covers the shipping. You order 2 paperbacks, read them, and return them in the postpaid envelope they send you. Depending on your membership level, you can have 2, 4, or 6 paperbacks checked out at one time. I don’t necessarily need a membership myself, since I have about a year’s worth of books waiting to be read at any given time, but I got a "bronze" membership for the spud. She’s decided that she likes Carol Higgins Clark, and I don’t have any of the books around still. I’m all kinds of twitchy today, because my bra’s bothering the hell out of me. I’ll go for days where wearing a bra feels just fine, but then I’ll start getting all twitchy. I think it’s got something to do with the fact that my period will be starting on Wednesday. Too much information? Nah! So, my FUCKING computer was being a pain in the ass yesterday morning, even after I’d rebooted three times, so I turned it off and flounced off to read. As I passed by the kitchen, I glanced out the window and caught sight of the Bradford pear tree in the back yard, next to the shed. I had Fred buy a big pair of clippers the last time he was at Lowe’s specifically so I could prune the tree, but hadn’t gotten around to it in the last month. This gives you some idea of what the tree looked like, only it had leaves. So I went out in the garage and grabbed the clippers, went out back and spent 20 minutes chopping like a madwoman. Then I went over and chopped on the other tree, and now they both look great. If you look closely at the bottom picture, you’ll see a nosy Miz Poo sitting amongst the branches. Or see the closeup: There’s nothing that cat likes more than to be in the middle of things. The flowerbed I took a picture of on April 8th is looking a lot better these days. The rose bushes haven’t grown much, but the Petunias are just happy as can be. That’s a little hedgehog next to the planter, by the way. I bought it for $3 at the grocery store about a year ago. I slept like a rock last night for the first time in weeks. I used to sleep on the side of the bed referred to as "Fred’s side." We’d lay on our respective sides, then he’d get up and go to his room, and I’ve go around the bed and sleep on his side. During the "recovery" weeks, he stayed in the master bedroom with me a couple of times, and I got into the habit of just sleeping on my own side whether he was there or not, and I tossed and turned a lot. Last night, he toddled off to his own room around 9:30, and I decided to try out his side of the bed again. After reading for about half an hour, I could hardly keep my eyes open, so I turned off the light and turned over. I fell asleep immediately, and slept in the same position all night long. That’s the good part. The bad part is that I had a long, involved dream about cleaning out the litter box. Can’t win ’em all, I s’pose. We’ve spent the past two evenings watching Eco-Challenge: New Zealand on USA. I love that show almost as much as I love Survivor. Not surprising, I guess, since they’re both Mark Burnett shows. My favorite team by far is Team Earthlink, because two of the members of that team were on the winning team, Team Eco-Internet the year before. The captain of Team Eco-Internet, Ian, tossed two of his team members off the team, and they – as Holly Hunter put it in voiceover the first night – muscled their way on to Team Earthlink. One of the team members he kicked off is Robyn Benincasa, and he tossed her because she has asthma problems, apparently. I love Robyn Benincasa. She rocks. And I hope she kicks Ian’s ass from here to Timbuktu and back. I also liked Team GO, though it doesn’t seem they have much of a chance of winning. I hope like hell that Team Earthlink wins. Or at least Team Eco-Internet DOESN’T. Have I ever mentioned that I like reality TV? Note to self: Get life.]]>