Pioneer, schmioneer

Yeah, we lost power in the gigantic storms last week. It went out on Friday afternoon. Let me just mention that I live in the frickin’ country. My husband’s criteria for living in a house is that we have so few neighbors that he can pee off the back deck, at any time, without anyone seeing him. Yes, my mother-in-law lives right next door to us – he doesn’t actually pee off the back deck, but he wants the option.

So, when you live out in BFE and there are only about 12 other houses on your dirt road, the power company doesn’t care about you. Not when there are 899,999 other customers (who all live in neighborhoods) without power. We had 3 field hockey games, 2 ice hockey games, 1 dress rehersal, 2 dance recitals, and a study group going on this last weekend.

On Saturday night, I told Hub that he’d better get his quarters together, we were going to the laundramat and then to the health club for a shower first thing in the morning. We were very lucky. There was no one in the laundramat and we sailed in and got everything washed and dried in an hour and a half. By the time we left, people were lining up their baskets of dirty clothes waiting for the washers to be open.

The community center/health club isn’t. They wouldn’t let me bring Sassy in for a shower because she was underage. Besides, “half the town would be bringing their kids in here for showers if we let yours in.”

“Hmmm,” I said, “I thought that was part of being a community center.”

Sassy had a sponge bath in the kitchen with water we heated up on the grill. I’m not a pioneer woman. Give me water or give me death.

Needless to say, there wasn’t much fiber going on at my house this weekend. I did have the lovely experience of reading by candle light (and managed to avoid singing my hair). I finished up The Well of Lost Plots on Friday. What an amazing book. I’m in love with Jasper Fforde. Also started and finished Black Rubber Dress, by Lauren Henderson. I can’t wait to read the other adventures of Sam Jones!

Mac, over at Go Fish has put together a summer reading list. Thinking this is a good idea, I’ve cribbed it and have put together a small list of my own. Of course, I still have several books in a bag at my house courtesy of Jillian – so those are really at the top of the list (there’s another Sam Jones mystery in there somewhere), but here’s my official summer reading list:

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, Christopher Moore

Not Wanted on the Voyage, Timothy Findley

For Rabbit, With Love and Squalor: An American Read, Anne Richardson

House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus III

What’s everyone else reading this summer?

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