So, yesterday. I'm finding now I stop to try and write about it that I don't want to talk about college... wasn't bad though, nothing happened
. I'm going to have to find out if my schedule hasn't (like everyone else's) been screwed up, before I schedule an appointment for the college placement test.
After that... I promised myself that if I went to college, I would have coffee and a trip to the downtown library, yes? So I did! This was a bit like being on vacation again, really. The library is gorgeous
. I wish my camera had survived vacation, I so wanted to take a picture of this huge decorative statue on the side of the building.
Backing up a minute: getting to the library. Well, once I figured out where it was, I had to try and find parking near it. Parking is non-existent except in parking garages, naturally, so I found one I thought was reasonably close. I was so
, think the distance between our hotel and that bus stop we were starting at. At least. Oh wait - mapquest!
Well, I didn't know this at first, I just walked out of the parking garage happily planning to walk. It was an adventure (of sorts) which was the whole point! There was a tiny coffee shop by the name of Einstein's Bagel having its opening day, and hey, there's my coffee - bonus points for not being Starbucks. ;p By tiny, I mean there was just room for the line forming inside, because they were handing out free coffees (only hot and I wanted something cold
, it was already too hot for me) and everyone was carefully maneuvering around each other - at least the line didn't take long, I think I was the only one who wanted something that wasn't free. Also, I wanted directions on how to reach Laura St., since I knew when I hit that I only had to go straight on to 303.
Up the road, and left and left... it didn't take long for me to be glad of the nice cold mocha coffee. But I made it there eventually, and that's when my face lit up. I could tell I was getting a few weird looks, but screw them - there's a giant owl sitting on two books on the side of the library. It's holding a lock and when I wondered where the key was and looked up? A few feet above the owl's head. Beautiful
There are four stories to this, where most of our libraries are one. It's huge and open and airy, and there's a tiny garden space with a pool in the center on the second floor, and the fourth floor is mostly one huge reading room! Except for a few more private rooms apparently for special functions, and a space for special displays, which is currently housing an African-American collection. And the children's section is the most perfect thing! The entrance is all (fake) tall plants, and bird song and frogs piped in, and then it splits - the very young readers have tiny almost kid-sized shelves and little mushrooms for seats, while the other half moves closer to adult-sizes, but still with the brighter colors and matching well with the kiddie stuff. So cute!
About the time my legs started to feel shaky on the stairs (there are elevators but I like the stairs, especially with that much space around them) I realized it was probably getting late and I needed to take my choices and go. Before I couldn't make it back to the car.
Haul: The Gormenghast Novels by Mervyn Peake - an incredibly thick book containing three novels and assorted essays upon the contents. I didn't realize there were essays until I started typing this, and I won't be reading any until I've read the actual books. :P
Scent of Magic by Andre Norton - I've seen this concept of 'smelling' magic before - first in Yoroiden Samurai Troopers, actually, and then Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. I am curious to see what this one's like. ^^
Pharaoh Fantastic - a collection of short stories of Egypt. Because, darnit!
The Ravenmaster's Secret by Elvira Woodruff - found in the children's section, and the cover caught my eye at first: the Tower of London, a raven, a boy's face in the moon and I thought at first of Draco.
All due back on the 18th of July.
Then ( just for me ;p ) it rained. I might have gotten a block away from the library, and no umbrella, and the books carried in my arms. They'd have gotten soaked if the Ravenmaster book didn't have one of those protective plastic covers, so I'm walking along with the other three tucked up under it and squeezed close to me because I walking a bit fast and afraid I'd drop them. My arm started to cramp up about halfway there. The whole time I'm just staring around smiling, because it was so nice to be mostly enjoying the rain, except for protecting the books. It occurred to me right off how upset I would have been if I'd still had to wear glasses, you see.
I like walking in the rain without an umbrella. Must do that again. Only sans the library books.
Well it took me forever to find my car, because I came in a different entrance than I'd left by, and I ended up feeling a bit nauseous and generally lousy, but I didn't care. Even when I got a tiny bit lost going home, and had to turn around, and stop and think how to reverse my route. None of it started to bother me until I got home, took forever getting to bed, and discovered I couldn't sleep. And I could not to save my life figure out why I could not get to sleep until I gave it up, got back up. Poked around online and started to play with the cat? And I'm looking at the cat and thinking how wired she seems, all excited that I was up and playing with her...
Wired. Coffee. *ding* You idiot, you're still full of that huge cup of coffee!!!
Which is why I had trouble getting anything done today, and felt kind of sick/sleepy/out of it the whole time. But, I got the laundry and dishes I needed done, and a whole 496 words for lost hours when I noticed I hadn't even tried and started to get stressed and upset about that. Finished off the Half-Blood Prince, and I still want to strangle Harry for assuming the absolute worst about Snape, and not even thinking of Draco, who could be dead for all we know, and just general flailing there. o.o;;
Here's to crashing and hoping I can wake up on time, because I'd love to read my YGO already and get started on my Smithsonian book, which I won't take to work since it wouldn't fit in my locker. Besides, somehow that feels too private to be dragging there
, yuck. And I have to leave an hour early for that meeting they've been putting off forever - but it really honestly looks to be happening this time. yippie.