I returned the Emerson microwave to Target yesterday and replaced it with a Panasonic model with maximum wattage because I don’t want to listen to P talk about how it takes him six minutes to heat up his coffee every morning. Not that it’s not a perfectly delightful way to start the day.
My trip to Target also resulted in an economy-sized container of cheese balls, a new sweatshirt and some blocks that spell out LOVE that I found in the dollar aisle. I don’t know how this happens every time I go there but WELL PLAYED, TARGET. WELL PLAYED.
Later I picked up Caroline from school and we went to HEB because we were officially out of all the major food groups and I was begging to catch a bad case of tetanus if I didn’t invest in some new razors. And that’s when it happened.
P had written Zyrtec D on the list. In fact, he writes Zyrtec D on every grocery list I start. Zyrtec D is the York Peppermint Patties of 2010-2011. So I stopped by the pharmacy to purchase the Zyrtec D since you have to jump through hoops to get the real decongestants in these litigious times.
I requested the large box and the pharmacy tech asked me to scan my driver’s license. And then, AND THEN, I was denied. Thanks to P, I have exceeded my maximum allotment of products containing pseudoephedrine and am possibly being investigated for running a meth lab in my spare time.
So there I stood, denied and Zyrtec D-less in the pharmacy line, feeling the need to loudly proclaim that I am not running any sort of meth lab but that we live in South Texas and the cedar allergies are through the roof and we are just looking for a little relief from all the histamines.
And I think you and I both know that there is a great likelihood that P didn’t really even need a new box of Zyrtec D right now and is merely trying to create a massive stockpile in case of a decongestant emergency.
But let’s talk about a more pleasant topic.
The book club.
I’m so excited that at least four of y’all think it might be fun. And I’m also glad to see that many of you share my feeling that it needs to be something fun and light. My thought is that there are great opportunities online to participate in discussions about serious books that really make you think and contemplate life and I’m not going to reinvent that wheel. I just know that I’d like to read more books this year and this might motivate me.
So here are my thoughts:
1. I think we ought to allow 4-6 weeks to read the first book. I know everyone is busy and I don’t want this to become a source of stress. Not to mention that I am also very busy with my meth lab.
2. On the appointed day, I’ll write a post with my thoughts on the book and a few discussion questions. Everyone can participate in the comments. Or you don’t have to participate. Whatever. I’m easy.
3. I kind of have a book in mind for our first venture into book club territory but I’d love to hear any suggestions y’all might have. (I don’t want to read any books about vampires that sparkle in the sunlight.) I’d prefer for it to be a book that’s already in paperback because it will be more affordable and will keep anyone from having to wait for it to become available at the library or shell out $25.00 for a hardback book.
4. If I choose a book that doesn’t interest you in the least then you don’t have to read it. In fact, you can mock it endlessly and decide that book club is dead to you unless we choose a better book next time.
5. I don’t know that there will be a next time. We’ll just see how it goes.
I’ll announce the book selection sometime next week after I worry and stew about it for a little while. This all makes me feel a little bit like Oprah, but without the house in California, the tea room that looks out on my rose garden, and the massive media influence.