Thursday, November 12, 2009

Something Weird is Happening

Kootenay Lake during one of the ferry crossings. The idea suited the post.

I'm not quite sure what to make of this. Now that I'm back reading I realized that the 50 or so books on my To Be Read pile were nowhere near enough. I had to go to a bookstore and I had to get story books. Novels. Stuff talented folk made up.
Most of the TBR pile is non-fiction and that's wonderful, but I want characters and dialogue and a plot or three.
My happy if perplexing problem was what interests me now? I stood amongst the shelves and wondered what do I like? Do I still like science fiction and fantasy?
Yes. I bought the first three books in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.
What else?
Frankly, the choices were overwhelming. It's been so long since I hung around the fiction and literature section of the store I felt like a neophyte. Hell, call it what it is: I felt like a virgin.
I settled on The Shack by Wm. Paul Young to see what all the fuss is about, then Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray and decided that was enough for my first trip back in years.
When I got home I rooted through my TBR pile to pick out the novels and found I had a hardcover collection of Wilde from a yard sale last spring. Sigh. That'll teach me to rescue books and then ignore them.
It's not just reading. I don't know what to eat now either. A few months back I decided to make a point of eating oatmeal for breakfast every day. I usually manage it 5-6 times a week. It keeps my blood sugar even so I rarely crave sweets now. That is good and not so surprising. What did surprise me was it cut down my need for salt. I hardly add any to food on my plate and I rarely want to eat any salty snacks.
I'd also decided to cut out excess fat just to see what would happen. So I gave up butter and found I actually like dry toast. It was only supposed to be an experiment and it was only supposed to be for a few weeks. That was back in August.
I no longer know what to read, and by my own hand I have no clue what to eat.
It's weird, and that's usually good so I'll presume this is good, too.


Hilary said...

Appetites do change when you remove some of the unnecessary things we generally add to make foods seem more palatable. I need to take note of that again. I used to love food without the extras but now I'm in the habit of adding them again. Thanks for that reminder.

As for your reading appetite, it must be like going to the candy store for you. Summer yard sales are perfect for adding to the TBR pile. I'm glad you've crossed over (a fine pic) from your dry spell. :)

the Bag Lady said...

Oatmeal, you say.
Hmmmm. Perhaps I should try that. Although I am not a huge fan of oatmeal (not crazy about the texture), perhaps I should try some to see if it has the same effect on me - I love my salty snacks just a wee bit too much!

And congratulations on reading fiction again! I well understand the problem about there being so many choices!!

Leah J. Utas said...

Hilary that's exactly it. Once we experience what food tastes like for itself we don't need much else with it.
I have a hard time containing myself when I am around yard sale books. They look so forlorn in their boxes.
Glad you liked the pic.

dfBag Lady, used to be I could take or leave oatmeal, but it's pretty good with demerarra sugar or even--real--maple syrup. Not much can be done with the texture although you might try making it thinner (or maybe thicker) than recommended to see if that helps.
Thanks re: reading.

Reb said...

You are going to love Pratchett! A good choice to get back into reading with. Good for you for cutting out the extras. I can't eat that much oatmeal in a week...I can do two or three days, then I have to leave it be for awhile.

Leah J. Utas said...

Re, I'm looking forward to Discworld. Have you noticed anything with the oatmeal?

David Cranmer said...

I have been going through a dry spell reading lately. Well, submissions to my web site I gladly read but I am going through a drought reading fiction. Hopefully, my John D. Macdonald novel will turn that around. As for food, I just need to stop. Snacking all day is taking its toll.

Leah J. Utas said...

David, the dry spells end. Not much you can do while you're in one.

Barbara Martin said...

I had breakfast at a friend's this morning who made me oatmeal with milk, cinnamon and honey. Very tasty, and oatmeal is good for a person.

As for appetites, I tend to wait until I'm hungry before eating. That way I don't eat unnecessary food to pack the weight back on. Dry toast can be divine, though one in a while I like a pat of butter on it (better than margarine).

Once I'm moved I'm sure I'll get back into reading more as my reviews have lagged.

Leah J. Utas said...

Barbara, haven't tried it with honey yet. You've given me an idea.
And butter kicks margarine's sorry ass.

Frank Baron said...

Leah, your last sentence reminded me of one of my favourite lines from the late, great, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson: "When the going gets weird - the weird turn pro."

(As one pro to another, enjoying plain toast is really weird.)

Leah J. Utas said...

Why Frank, that's the nicest thing anyone's said to me in years. Thanks.