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vacation, and books

I've taken about half of this year's vacation days and scattered them through the calendar.  Sometimes with purpose.  I think tomorrow's purpose was supposed to be the UW Library book sale.
I decided to go to last night's pre-sale...then work did that thing that it does...I abandoned my desk at 7pm and got to the sale 33 minutes before close, then purchased in haste.
After, head-injury D and I had a fine leisurely dinner at Dottie's, as is tradition.  Then I went back to work.
Got home about 2am.  Was back online (working from home) this morning at 7:30.
I might go back to the sale tomorrow, when prices are lower, if Z decides to go.  Or Saturday, to get a $3 sack of fiction for Mom.
I don't have to use vacation time to take tomorrow off - the hours have already been worked and then some.

Highlights of this year's haul:

  • Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Musicians; Volume 9 (of 14).  Suede-bound, vividly hand-illuminated, #669 of 940 copies.  $3.50...plenty of wear and tear but intact.  I could attempt to acquire an entire set, bit by bit, just for the thrill of the hunt.

  • Studies in Documentary; Alan Lovell and Jim Hillier.  I intend to read this one first; it has a section on Humphrey Jennings, and I'm still working my way through Pandaemonium

  • Psychological Evaluation of Children's Human Figure Drawings.  Dated and unsettling,with plenty of illustrations.  When I was in...I think third grade...an incident prompted a visit to school by someone who asked me to draw my family.  Neither Mom nor I ever found out the results - all I know is that the adults left me alone through the rest of elementary school.

The first two were located by head-injury D before I got to the sale, and he politely snagged them for me.

  • The Border and the Buffalo:  An Untold Story of the Southwest Plains.  1938

  • 97 Orchard:  An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement.

  • A Guide to Homeopathic Practice; Designed for the Use of Families and Private Individuals. 1885.  This book is packed with words I've never seen before.

  • A Tibetan-English bible.  Although I'm not religious, I have a hobby of collecting odd or unusual religious texts.

  • The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior:  The Intersecting Lives of Da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Borgia and the World They Shaped

  • The Victorian Countryside, volumes 1 and 2

  • 1 Dead in the Attic; Chris Rose

  • How We Die:  Reflections on Life's Final Chapter; Sherwin Be. Nuland

  • The Incas of Peru; Sir Clements Markham

  • Three Acres and Liberty; Bolton Hall.  1907.  I think I will give this one to Z., who has had a foul workweek and longs to escape to the hills.

  • A History of American Life.  Volume 9:  The Quest for Social Justice.  1931

  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses; Tom Standage

  • Hockshop; William R. Simpson

  • Liquid Jade:  the Story of Tea from East to West; Beatrice Hoheneger


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