I truly think I could die from boredom today. It's some times like these where I don't understand the value of having me fly to this conference, pay for my meals and lodging here and all that jazz, for me to smile and hand out tchotchkes. [Side note...I love free sh*t just as much as the next person, but do you really need to shove me out of the way as I am setting up my booth so you can get a free pen?!?! Rude.]
Don't get me wrong, I understand the importance of having a presence at important industry events, but I think I am just selfishly thinking about how being here is putting me WAY behind on things back at the office and am not seeing the trade off.
Anyway, I gave up and went back to my room to grab my laptop so I could at least try to get a little bit of work/emails done during my "down time." And things seem to be a little quiet back on the home front...in an eery sort of way. Am concerned it may be a calm before a bigger storm....
But until I get hit with that mess, let's kill some time with a blog post, shall we?
Four Books. I would like to tell you that this is going to be really intellectual or enlightened, seeing as I was an English Major and spent the better part of my college years with my nose stuck in some novel. But it'll probably be run of the mill. Sorry y'all. I blame the fact that I am tired and bored for my lack of more provocative choices.
1. Little Women by Louisa Mae Alcott. I read this when I was fairly young and I clearly remember reading it in a day. It's my first recollection of when a book truly captured my entire attention and I couldn't put it down.
2. Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger. I feel like most people aren't even aware that he wrote anything other than Catcher in the Rye. But I loved this collection of short stories and how he was able to create beautiful stories and rich, often heartbreaking characters, in such a short number of pages. I remember one of my first visits to MVP's apartment I spied a copy of this on his bookshelf and took it as a very good sign.
3. Corduroy by Don Freeman. Loved this book when I was little and it also made me incredibly (and irrationally) fearful of being locked in a department store by myself overnight.
4. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. A beautiful story with so many lessons to learn and insights to gain from it. If you haven't read it since you were small, I highly reccomend re-reading it as an adult.