56 days later, I returned to work today. It wasn't that hard of an adjustment, and I actually kind of liked it -- after spending 20 hours a day alone since Mom left, it's good to be around people.
If nothing else, the last two weeks or so have taught me that if I ever get really rich (note to self: MegaMillions drawing tomorrow), I'm going to need to travel a lot or keep a job. Lacking outside stimulation, I tend to blow off large chunks of the day staring at the walls.
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#27 -- "A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters" by Julian Barnes
I've now read three Barnes books in the last year; I'm guessing that's more than anyone except van de Wetering and Block, and it's a bit more impressive since I'd never read Barnes before. This is a collection of 10 (and a half) loosely connected stories, and while my first impulse is to say the sum of the parts is greater than the whole, I'm also going to say something I never do: I have a feeling this will gain something with repeated readings, and, y'know what, I think I'll give it that chance. It's a quick read and I have a feeling that reading it again and picking up on a bit more will be rewarding. I enjoyed it -- I have a feeling I'll enjoy it more on the third reading in the year 2014.