JLS (jlsjlsjls) wrote,

Notes on the day so far ...

Going to the grocery store on a Monday afternoon was a good theory ... be in and out when it's quiet and the staff will have had the morning to get the shelves all freshly restocked after the weekend's depredations. Well, half-right anyway ... it was nice to be able to meander slowly and explore the dark corners of shelves rarely visited, seeing what all those odd items are without being bashed by the carts of impatient, after-work shoppers. That part was fun. Sadly the restocking theory didn't hold ... lots of areas of bare shelf or of remaining product at the back of the top shelf, out of reach of all shoppers under eight feet tall. Restocking carts parked everywhere and staff running around with restocking carts, but realized after seeing same staff and carts in various aisles that that's all they were doing ... running around. Looking busy, but not really doing anything. Maybe it really IS company policy that this must only be done during the afterwork rush, when the staff can have a proper in-store-traffic-jam-creation competition.

On the slightly more fun side, finally read Heather Mallick's Cake or Death : the Excruciating Choices of Everyday Life, which has been sitting in my to-read pile since forever. And sitting there on purpose ... I wanted to read it on a day when I could go from cover to cover and really enjoy it, and today was the day. It's a better book than her first, Pearls in Vinegar ... I think because "Cake" is a collection of new essays written especially for book publication, with time to hand-craft and polish to a fine glow ("Pearls" is collected newspaper pieces from her time of cranking out a weekly column ... still excellent, but sometimes a little rushed). "An Open Letter to My Writer's Block", written when the whole project came to a temporary screeching halt when near completion, is worth the cover price all by itself. And her attempt to list all the things in the world to be legitimately afraid of ... well, you may never come out from under your bed again (I think it's still safe there. Provided the bed isn't under your chimney ...)

I'm as glad that I waited to read this as I am that I've finally read it ... Mallick is meant to be savoured. :-)
Tags: reading

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