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THE LOST WEEKEND
23 July 2007
What do you write about when you only do one thing all weekend and everybody will be angry with you if you talk about it?
Walt went off to Mass this morning and when he came home, he took one look at me and said "I guess I won't suggest going to the gym until you finish that."
"Good guess," I answered, my brain already filled with cruciatus curses and patronuses and horcruxes.
As promised, Amazon.com delivered my copy of the most anticipated book in my memory on the morning of its release. I didn't know it had come until sometime after 1:00 p.m. because I had fallen asleep and had taken an inordinately long nap. I must have been exhausted because not even the knock on the door by the UPS delivery guy or the dogs' barking at the knock on the door by the UPS delivery guy had awakened me.
I immediately immersed myself back into in the world of Harry Potter. It wasn't that I was so eager to read the book, or that I was immediately caught up in the action. In fact, it probably took a good 100 pages to "hook" me. Unlike many Potter fans, I have not read the books many times, I have not discussed the thing to death, I couldn't remember what happened at the end of the last book (other than that Professor Dumbledore had been killed).
So the first part of the book, which assumes you remember all that stuff, was just pages I had to get through before I got hooked in the story itself.
But J.K. Rowling is an amazing author. There was a point -- I can't even tell you what that point was, because I am not aware of it -- when I was suddenly as hooked as everyone else, and life ceased to swirl around me until I finished the book.
I came up to feed puppies, and to feed me (though I ate breakfast 2 hours later than usual, and it was mid-afternoon on Sunday before I thought about lunch, which is really saying something about the lure of this book!)
I finished the book around 5 p.m. and realized I had not remembered to take anything out of the freezer for dinner.
In between there was heavy duty, hard core reading, the use of some tissues in the most emotional scene in the book, and a sense of tremendous admiration for J.K. Rowling when it finally came to an end.
Not to give anything away, but at different parts of the book, I suspect you will think of: Dick Cheney, Nazi Germany, and The Wizard of Oz, among other things. At least I did.
The puppies have become remarkably proficient at solid food, almost immediately. Tattoo still has to be reminded that the idea is not to lick her food off of her brothers' backs, but to put her own face in the bowl and eat.
I switched to a rectangular bowl, which works a little better, though Goro still thinks the best way to eat is to wallow in the food while his siblings try to nibble around him.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
After a big meal, a puppy needs a nap
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