Weekend reading

Well another pleasant Sunday is just about over. At least I can console myself with the achievement of having spent the day reading. I had a tough week; both of my kitties were spayed. One came out of surgery just fine. Too fine in fact, I had to rush her back to the vet the following morning because I thought she had pulled her stitches or hurt her incision. Cookie ran all over the house, jumping and climbing as if she had never had surgery. She was fine but the vet kept her for the day so I could go to work knowing she would not hurt herself. Cream was not so luck, she ended up in surgery longer than anticipated because it turns out her ovaries were deformed. Without going into the gory details, the vet had to dig everything out and almost lost her during surgery. Needles to say we had a tough 24 hours.Thank goodness for kitty pain medicine.

Last night I picked up two books from the library I had requested; Fool by Christopher Moore and I’d Rather we got Casinosand other Black Thoughts by Larry Willmore. I decided to spend the weekend reading.

Willmore’s book is a short collection of funny essays poking fun at the black culture. Willmore is not a racists, as he is a black (or chocolate as he wants to be called) writer. I found the book to be funny and intelligent.Here is an example of his humor:
Why brothers don’t see UFOs” Brothas automatically block out anything or anybody that might want to take them for a ride on a ship for an indeterminate amount of time.”
Willmore makes fun of black names, talking back at moves and The man. I laughed out loud at many of his observations. It was a nice ease into my reading weekend.

This morning I read A Rhyming History of Britain by James Muirden. It was a quick fun trip through time and wow can he rhyme. Here is some history on Edward III:
The third king Edward’s reign was stable: He even planned his own round table. Of fearless knights (with modest maids disarming them in sunlit glades).
This is a fun way to get to know the names and idiosyncrasies of some of England’s rulers.

I spent the remaining afternoon reading Christopher Moore’s Fool. The tale is set in King Lear’s court though if you are a Shakespeare fan like me, you will note the references to Hamlet and Macbeth. I could not put this book down! The character Pocket the Fool and his assistant Drool were charming. Moore can even manage to make the villains likable. No easy task when writing about murder and rape. The book, though based on The Tragedy of King Lear, should not be missed. Don’t think you have to know Shakespeare to enjoy Moore’s tale. The plot and the characters stand on their own; I think this is one of Moore’s better books.

So this is what I did this rainy weekend. I made time for myself and did what I like to do best, I read for pure pleasure. What did you do?

A gift card recycle win!

I received a call today from my local SaveMart store manager. The e-mail letter I sent to the corporate headquarters was forwarded to him. Perhaps after seeing in print his lame answer to why disposable gift cards are replacing reloadable ones he had a change of heart. Or maybe he was afraid I would start a bigblog protest. Whatever the cause of his change in attitude is irrevlent. I won a small victory for plastic recycling.

The reason for the phone call I received today was to let me know my local SaveMart will be participating in EarthWorks Systems recycle program. The corporation may or may not make it an overall store policy; they are still “discussing the issue”. I will continue to write them to let them know the blogging community is taking notice of this issue.

I feel good that on this one small issue I made a difference. I feel good that I learned by experience that yes, one person can make a difference.
I want to thank everyone who encouraged me and continue to encourage me. This issue is one that has an easy solution. It is possible to recycle plastic on a large scale. It just takes we the consumer to voice our demands to the big companies.
We can stop buying gift cards, we can save our old ones up and send them in ourselves. There are many things we can do to help reduce the amount of plastic in our landfill, we just have to do something!