This week included the NeedtoBreathe concert at Campbell University (excellent), ice cream at Sunni Skies (also excellent), learning how to feed and change a baby (educational), lots of great company (superb), and a whole lot of working like a dog.  At work, we’re running a 1000-attendee conference at the Raleigh Convention Center this week, so last week was spent scrambling like mad things to get everything done.  I will be one happy camper when Tuesday finally comes to an end.

I hate April Fool’s Day: my feelings are expressed well by this Chainsaw Suit comic.  A whole day in which I can’t trust anything anyone says?  How perfect!  Unfortunately, my coworkers really get into the spirit of the day.  Several people “quit,” one made it look like my computer was frozen, etc.  All of which might have been a little more amusing if it weren’t the busiest month of the year at my company.  Still, I will admit that the note on the printer saying that it only accepted voice commands from now on was a little bit funny…even more so when someone caught my supervisor yelling, “Scan!” at it.





Books: I finished A Passage to India at last, and overall I did enjoy it…but I was plagued by the feeling that it could have been better.  Forster’s characters are symbols, and as such their individual actions as characters don’t always make sense.  He tackles very large themes and reduces them to relationships between individuals, which seems like it could work–but it seemed to fall a little flat.  I’ll be seeing the movie soon, I think, and the trailer already makes Miss Quested look ten times more interesting than she was in the book.  In the novel, there’s a line something to the effect that the issues Miss Quested brought to the fore were so much larger than she herself, people tended to forget about her as a person.  Sums up the whole book, pretty much.

I’m reading The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams now, which is so far excellent.  I loved Watership Down, was sorely disappointed by Shardik, and have had my faith restored by Plague Dogs.  I’ll admit there are a lot of Watership Down parallels, which may account for some of my affection for the story (there’s a practical-minded dog and a slightly crazy dog, a la Hazel and Fiver), but it’s unique enough to stand on its own feet.  The novel tackles experimentation on animals and several other heavy issues, and since I tend to read during meals, that’s occasionally been an icky experience, but it’s very worth it.  I still have quite a ways to go on it, so I’ll report more when I’m finished.