This past weekend, I expected myself to get a ridiculous amount of work done. (Didn't get to all of it, so I'm actually taking a break from more work right now to write this. I am hoping for a nap tomorrow night. Or just a good night's sleep. Anyhow....)
Instead of forcing Pic to stay home with me and sit around (so healthy) for two straight days, we went to the library for a few hours on Saturday.
I love our library. As I worked, Pic read to a dog and played with some musical instruments. She also sat with me for a while, glued to a screen, which is less than ideal, but it wasn't a whole day of screentime as she waited for me to work. So there's that.
But the dangerous part of the library...the books.
I might own, ahem, thousands of books, but there are still times I don't want to read anything from my shelves. And for the last two months, I've barely done any non-work-related reading. (This is not something I deal with well.) When I'm at home, I can only think about work.
But at the library this weekend, I stocked up on books that I certainly do not have time to read right now. (Apparently I just needed a shift in location to feel excited about reading for pleasure again.) I love how ambitious the library makes me. I love the bright areas full of books that just look so wonderfully tempting.
So as I was walking out of the library already more than laden down with work stuff, I was also juggling a few books:
- Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin - I'm sure I'll end up buying this one - I still read The Happiness Project somewhat often, and I'm thinking I'm going to want to read this newer book again several times
- The Stone Reader: Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments edited by Peter Catapano and Simon Critchley - yes, I just returned this one very recently, but no one else had checked it out in the last week and a half and there are a couple of essays I want to copy to share with people I work with
- Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings by Craig Brown
- The Invention of News: How the World Came to Know about Itself by Andrew Pettigrew
- Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein - I've read an excerpt of this one before, so I figured I might as well check out the whole thing
- The Story of Thought: The Essential Guide to the History of Western Philosophy by Bryan Magee - this is a DK book, but I swear it was in the adult section
Those last four books were near one another on the shelves. And they were where I was expecting to find The Stone Reader, which ended up being on the new arrivals shelf.
So given the vast amount of work I still have to do to get through this week, I'm not sure when I'm going to read all of this. Except, well, I've started Rubin's. It's reading quickly.
Ah, but in four more days I'll have a little more time to dig in, and I'm sighing in love with that idea.