Not only is it in the 90s outside, but yesterday the heating system in our office went bonkers. It was sweltering - to the point that we were getting nauseous. Around 3:45, we couldn't stand it anymore and adjourned to the restaurant across the street where we discussed reinsurance pricing and Andrew and Ellen's wedding plans.
They seemed to have gotten the heat fixed, because this morning it was absolutely freezing. I sat, huddled, drinking hot tea with a sweater wrapped around my legs for warmth until I couldn't stand it any longer. I pried the cover off the thermostat and turned the temp back up around 70 from the 55 degrees at which it was set.
I can see on the Strawbridge's Billboard clock that it is 95 degrees outside. It's usually a little high, so we'll say it's really 90. It was offically 94 yesterday - set a new record - but it's supposed to be starting to cool off this weekend.
My cousin Carol had surgery yesterday, and unfortunately our worst fears were confirmed - they found ovarian cancer. They had to give her a complete hysterectomy and an appendectomy. She'll have to go through some fairly aggressive chemo - poor thing. Hopefully they were able to get everything in the surgery, but ovarian cancer is one of the worst ones. She's in our prayers.
I met with Richard and Oscar, the new contractor, last night. I had spoken to one of the people on Oscar's reference list and he spoke very highly of Oscar and his work. We took a couple of items out of the contract and finalized the numbers. Work will begin next week. Tomorrow afternoon we'll meet with Barry and tell him that he's being replaced. I'm sure that will be fun.
I went to two bookstores at lunch and bought a dozen books. Some of them had been on my list for a while, others I found while browzing around Amazon. There's something wonderful about having a whole bag full of adventures that you haven't started yet. Here's what I got:
Zazie in the Metro - Raymond Queneau
Midnight at the Well of Souls - Jack L. Chalker
The Hours - Michael Cunningham
Rise to Rebellion - Jeff Shaara
Night of the Avenging Blowfish - John Welter
Shopgirl - Steve Martin
The Bear Went Over the Mountain - William Kotzwinkle
Motherless Brooklyn - Jonathan Lethem
A Beautiful Mind - Sylvia Nasar
The Beekeeper's Apprentice - Laurie R. King
Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove - Christopher Moore
[I think I'll start with that one.]
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Quote du jour:
"Any kid who has two parents who are interested in him and has a houseful of books isn't poor.
--Sam Levenson (1911 - 1980)
US humorist, author
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