Thursday, September 12, 2013

What I've Been Doing When You Thought I Wasn't Doing Anything

Truth to tell, I haven't been doing all that much. But it's still been quite time consuming.

Let's see...

Tuesday, a friend and I drove up to Glens Falls, NY to see the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit at the Hyde Collection. My friend takes a lot more time at museums than I do (she actually looks at things, while I zip around and forget what I've seen within 10 minutes). Fortunately for both of us, I know how to entertain myself. In this case, I brought my camera and took pictures of the Hyde Collection's butterfly garden.

I also brought the book I'm reading, Imperial Requiem by Justin C. Vovk. I'm about halfway through (it's a big long book) and I'm enjoying it. But every time there's a mention of Queen Marie of Romania, I stop to say, "And I am Marie Of Roumania." My father used to say that on a regular basis (although to the best of my knowledge, he wasn't Marie of Roumania or anywhere else for that matter). Since there are a number of mentions of  Queen Marie of Romania, the book is taking a while to read.

I made a Rosh Hashanah resolution so complex that not only have I been breaking it near constantly, I can't even remember what it is while I'm breaking it.

I've explained to Scooter at 4:30 AM why it's not a good idea to knock the phone off the hook at 4:30 AM. There was food in his bowl, so this wasn't a desperate plea for food, which I wouldn't have been too thrilled about either but at least I would have understood. Nor was I awake at the time, so it wasn't like Scooter figured I wanted to call someone and he was simply helping me out. No, it was just his idea of a joke. Scooter and I do not share a sense of humor at 4:30 AM.

I've  been reading the Book Of Jeremiah because I like to read a book of the Bible each Yom Kippur and Jeremiah is a very long book, so I figured I'd give myself a head start.

I pondered taking a vacation in Pittsburgh next summer, combining the U. S. Gymnastics Nationals with a Pirates game and a day at various museums. I've looked at the Pirates schedule and it should be doable.

See? Even when I'm not doing anything next summer, it'll still be quite time consuming!



Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that your having an awesome time Susan! I just finished your new Moon book and it was very good! Keep up the great work, I ready for #5!!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Thank you Anonymous.

Life is good (except at 4:30 in the morning!).

Emily said...

Are you a Pirates fan??? I'm a huge fan! This season is so exciting! They haven't had a winning season since I was 13. I've been made fun of forever! I've only been to Pittsburgh once but would LOVE to go again!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Emily-

I root for a lot of teams, including the Pirates (who are having such a good season).

I really want to go to a game there because the ballpark is so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I just listened to Kol Nidre recordings on youtube. Beautiful, but, certainly, with complexities far beyond the sound that I couldn't possibly understand for their depth.

Walter S.

Anonymous said...

Lovely photos!

Anonymous Santa Fe

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Thank you Walter S. and Anonymous Santa Fe!

Evan Gumas said...

Sounds like you are having an amazing time! I got The Shade of the Moon and finished it a few ours after i bought it! Can't wait for book 5! There will be a book 5 right?! ;) Keep up the good work!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Evan Gumas-

At this point, if there's ever a book 5, it won't be for a long long time.

So we might as well keep enjoying ourselves!

sarah said...

Yes yes yes. Susan, you should absolutely go to Pittsburgh next summer and you can't miss out on a Pirates game. All my love for the Bucs. Also, if you head to Pittsburgh, take a side trip and visit Falling Water if you've never been!

Robin Layton said...

You shouldn't miss out on the gymnastics if you can help it! I've been to a couple of national championships and I was so thrilled to go the World Championships in Anaheim in 2003. Sounds like you know how to stay busy.