Meanwhile I'm stuck here in cold, grey Melbourne. The sun was out earlier but it's well and truly in hiding now. And I've got a horrible cold....cough cough, splutter, sniff, cough. I'm not exerting myself too much today. I think I'd much rather be on the beach.
Tallow Beach When I did my trip up the east coast last year I spent a bit of time at Byron Bay - on the way up and again on the way down. Huge backpacker town. I stayed in a caravan park just south of town...lots of space. Plus, it was the off season. The locals were all wearing jumpers, I was in shorts, hehe. A five minute walk and I was on Tallow Beach looking out at the Pacific. Magnificent. I walked along it every morning. I was a bit too early for the whales...they are more easily seen a bit later in the year.
Sainters by 3 points. Jeez, against the bottom team they should've done better. Still, a win is a win.
Meanwhile, here in the bookshop, I was looking forward to a nice quiet day scanning the shelves ( for the database). Hahahahaha! (definitely maniacal!) Some guy just dumped 154 books on me. Fortunately for the bank balance, he took exchange/credit rather than cash. But now I've got to scan, price and shelve them all. So much for an easy day!!
Went to a friend's birthday party last night. Had way too much champagne (as usual!). I wonder if it's possible to get done for being drunk in charge of a bookshop. I wrote "welcome to the other side" on her card....wonder where I got that idea from????
Finished The Hobbit. A good lesson in what can happen when greed overcomes reason. Fortunately, Thorin and Co do come to see reason at the end. I think The Hobbit began as a bedtime story that Tolkien created to tell his own children. And thank goodness he did.
I got home yesterday and decided I wanted to read. Home alone, peace and quiet. So I picked up The Hobbit. I haven't read it for years and thought, 'why not'? I love Tolkien. He is one of my all-time favourite writers. I've read Lord of the Rings many, many times and will, no doubt, read it many more times still. But, as I was following along with Bilbo and the dwarves, I suddenly realised that the images in my head were the film versions, particularly Bilbo, Gollum and Gandalf. I find that a little bit distressing. I'm struggling to remember what my own image of hobbits was before I saw the films. Damn you, Peter Jackson!! I loved the films, don't get me wrong, but I want my own images back!!!
Boy, oh boy. It's only quarter past two in the afternoon and I've sold over $450 worth of books already today. Everything from Crime and Punishment to Harry Potter. Haven't even had time for lunch! I think I'm just going to sit for a little while. Oh shit! I just remembered.....Saints are playing, right now! That's how busy I've been, I even forgot about my boys. Eek! Okay, got the radio on the right station....I think we're winning but it's only the first quarter.