Friday, and it’s raining here. Since we’ve been almost in a drought, this is a good thing, albeit kind of weird. I hadn’t realized how long it had been without a steady rain until I noticed how Coco was so freaked out by it and realized that, since she was born back in May, when we first started getting dry, she hasn’t really experienced much rain in her life. She is fascinated and a little bit freaked out. Mostly, she just likes to stand on the deck and lick at the puddles. Which is one way of appreciating the weather, if not one I’d all-out recommend. But whatever.

Yesterday I finally finished Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated and I have to say I felt….like a moron. Seriously. I think I just didn’t get it, or something, which is probably something I shouldn’t admit but I’m all about honesty here (see Tom and Katie entry above, as well as confessions of watching various horrible reality TV shows). Anyway, because I really liked Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, I thought I’d go back to his first book, which I’d heard was really something. But I struggled with it, big time. I felt not unlike I do whenever I am coerced into attempting to watch The Lord of the Rings: my mind gets all tangled and then I get frustrated and then I get tired and need to go lie down. I felt so bad about this that I cornered my friend Philip at this event I went to last night to get him to explain the book to me, as I knew he had read it and really liked it. Which was actually a good thing, because he told me that it WAS kind of confusing, and it wasn’t just that I’m an idiot. No matter how many times people tell me that, I’m always happy to hear it. So reassuring.

Anyway, I’m glad I read it, and if anyone out there DID totally understand it from start to finish, feel free to illuminate me. (So to speak.) In the meantime, I’m planning to spend my weekend doing another editing pass on the new book (out in May, for those who were asking) reading the second Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants book and indulging in both popcorn and what looks like a great chick flick movie, In Her Shoes, based on a book I read and loved. And understood. Yes!

have a great day everyone!