One of you sweet things did ask if you could get me something nice. You could, since I always love presents, but my birthday's coming up in just two-and-a-half months, and I'm perfectly happy waiting for that. :-) But in the interim, if you're feeling the need to buy a present, the Oakland public library needs books! I bought them Darwin's Radio (mostly 'cause I know the author) and a Byron: Life and Legend ('cause Byron's just so sexy), for the Piedmont branch. I used to go to that library, when I lived in Oakland -- sometimes I would just hang out and read, sometimes I would take my laptop and write. It was nice to have someplace to go where I didn't feel the obligation to buy a $3 cup of coffee in order to justify my table space -- there were times when that would have been a financial hardship. Now that it's no longer a hardship, it's lovely to be able to give something back to the library -- I felt a surprisingly intense feeling of satisfaction, buying them two books and including a little good-luck note. I hope library patrons enjoy them for years and years to come.
Okay -- off to peruse restaurant reviews, and then go get my haircut. Plan for the afternoon -- clean apartment. Send off abstract note. Cook dinner (have been eating stuffed pizza from Giordano's for days and days). Plan for tomorrow -- drive up to Milwaukee with Roshani and Zoe, to keep them company while Roshani looks at houses. Come back in good time for anniversary dinner. Plan for Thursday -- think about returning to writing fiction. It's been a while. :-)