A Twist of Citrus

General: Labor Day Weekend 2011

2011-10-02 21:10:43 UTC by

Wow! The weather man said it was going to be just miserable weather for our long weekend, but man was he wrong about today! It's Monday here and everyone has the day off for Labor Day. I find it kind of amusing that both the Australian and American summer seasons begin with more or less the same long weekend. Although to be fair, it's much earlier in the spring than Labor day would fall in the US. The temperature is hovering around 65 and the sun is out, full force. We sprung forward this weekend, too, so we get an extra hour of sunlight to enjoy.

I am so completely stoked about that last point, because until about a few weeks ago, if I left work at a normal time that meant the sun had already set, and the day felt like it was already over. Now when I leave the sun should still be out with the day in full light. I will feel like there are things left to accomplish and be able to be much more productive.

Back to the present, though. I'm sitting outside on our newly renovated porch with beautiful new black railings and grey-brown pavers. The sun is shining down hard and warming me despise the slight chill in the air. In short, I am in heaven. I simply cannot wait until the weather turns the corner to Summer and I am able to go down and lounge by the pool all day, taking in all the warm sunshine and reading a good book. I've already bought a few in preparation. On this Summer's reading list so far:

  • Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Any suggestions for other books to read this summer, readers? The terry pratchett book is just for fun, I've already read To Kill a Mockingbird, but that was back in High School, and I'm very excited about Catch 22, because I've heard good things about it. Has anyone read Kurt Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle"? I think I also ought to read that. Also, I haven't read any of the dystopic novels, so maybe I should add Brave New World to my list, too. I don't want to get too ambitious though, and spend all summer reading instead of writing in Scenes from a Future Memory or working on the website. We'll see how well I am able to juggle my free time.

Speaking of which, I need to go write the next chapter for SFFM.

Enjoying this weather,

—LL