So California has rain and we have sun…Hooray. I suppose. The fearful mudslides may now materialize in CA, but I hope not.
We had a smidgen more snow yesterday…all gone today. I added a new weather APP to my iPhone so I know the weather report faster than ever…as if I can’t look out the window. APP #1 was stuck on Austin Texas for a while but now on Washington DC where it should be. APP #2 is still stuck on NYC, but I expect it will sort itself out soon. I also downloaded a local county APP which looks promising….See a tree down, report it, need snow removal report it. You might say I am APP Happy.
This week, having completed my February Challenge, the Margaret MacMillan book on the period before WWI, I began reading Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 (both listed below in the Goodreads thingy). Clark looks at the period before the war, and begins by examining problems in the Balkans. (More on this interesting book in a later post.)
Okay, I know the Balkans are not everyone’s favorite topic, but during the 1990s, I read a dozen or so books on Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Serbia, Sarajevo etc. (In those days, I worked in the Ethnic statistics subject area at the Census Bureau and was preparing foreign-born categories for the census. War torn areas always produce ethnic groups in the US.)
Among the books I read were:
1/ Bridge Over the Drina, a work of fiction about Yugoslavia by Ivo Andrić who won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
2/ The Haunted Land: Facing Europe’s Ghosts After Communism, by Tina Rosenberg a journalist;
3/ Bosnia and Hercegovina: A Tradition Betrayed, by Robert Donia and John Fine, professors of history at Michigan.
I want to read Tuchman’s Guns of August and Samantha Powers Problem from Hell. We were assigned the latter in a history class on Human Rights, but I never finished the book. I have both on my Kindle, but won’t return to the latter before the end of the year. I plan to read Tuchman’s latest book The Proud Tower: Portraits of the World Before the Great War in a month or so, and then I may read her book on the Great War in August. I was going to read MacMillan’s 1919 in July, but will put that off until later…maybe 2019?
So, am I doing much besides reading and doctor’s appointments? Not really. I had my quarterly blood draw yesterday and see my bone surgeon tomorrow. The phlebotomist noted, “Unlike the ninety-nine percent of my patients who look away when I draw blood, you don’t.” Blood is blood, I said, and I thought to myself, I raised kids, do you know how much blood I saw?
Except for mysteries, we don’t watch much TV, and when we do, I am usually crocheting my new Afghan, not looking at the TV. I sorted out my yarn two nights ago and sent Hannah a box of miscellaneous skeins today. I suppose I am a homebody these days, and I like it like that.
Tomorrow’s dinner = fruited pork roast from the new weight watchers cook book. I’ll get it into the slow cooker before I see my bone surgeon.