Hang on, they didn’t mean wine did they? In the buy nothing new this month campaign I mean. It did say medicines and essentials were on the okay list after all. Anyway if you bought six bottles you got 10% off, so you can’t go wrong there.
And I went to the library to borrow some magazines instead of buying them. Because magazines are a huge waste of money. They are here anyway. You pay about $8 for a magazine. Mind you the ones at the library are old and crap but I just like to flick through something while I’m having lunch.
Anyway, I was waiting to use the self checkout thing at the library. Why oh why do I always get stuck behind the woman with three kids who lets all of them scan in their own books while they all slowly count how many they have. Oh that’s right, that was me. Well let me tell you I have received payback for that many many times over. So I’m standing there, waiting, waiting and this little girl comes and stands beside me with her books, she was about ten. And when the people in front of me in line moved on this little girl said to me – oh, you can go first. And I’m like, really?, thanks, that’s great, seeing as how I was actually here before you and all.
But I fear I’ve made bad choices. You’d find that hard to believe if you saw how long I spend at the library choosing books. I wander around looking at them all, I read the Title, the back cover, the inside cover and the the first paragraph. (If its about dogs or horses I read the last paragraph just to make sure they’re not dead.) I check out the new releases, the young adult new releases and all my favourite authors in case they have released something new. I ask the librarian if she’s read anything good. Sometimes that’s not a great idea because once she gave me this enormous old book about the history of London starting from day dot until now. And then I felt like I had to read it in case she quizzed me about it later.
So I’m really going to start doing what I said I was going to start doing months and months ago. I’m just going to go in, not look, just grab. I’m just going to pull out ten books and take them, no matter what. I’ve said I’d do that before but I’ve never actually been able to bring myself to do it. Because I could end up with ten crap ones. But then again I could end up with ten great ones. The only thing I’ll check is if I’ve read them before because I mark all the library books I’ve read. Just a little pen mark on page 20. That’s my birthday. And the librarian told me to do it, which I found quite shocking really.
Oh look, it’s 5pm. Time for my medicine.