I finished Atlas Shrugged this morning. I cannot remember the last time I read a book that left me with such a strong impression. It’s been years and I can’t think of a novel that has made me think this much. I’ve been feeling contemplative all day … what next? I don’t think the message of the book is terribly popular right now – but I think it’s right, for the most part. I’m anxious to talk about it but not that anxious to piss people off. And, after reading the book, maybe I should be more willing to piss people off? I don’t know. For now, I’m just thinking on it and going back through the book marking things that struck me as interesting or important.
In other news, I spent way too much time thinking about guinea pig cages today. We need to build a bigger cage, yet I cannot find the grid-cubes that made building our first cage so easy. I’ve passed the requirements on to Mike – I was making it far too difficult. This is his weekend project. I love a man that loves a project.
My mom lost her dear friend, Cathy this week. Cathy had been battling breast cancer (and its various evil incarnations) for years and years and years. I’m sure you all had friends’ moms that you really liked as you were growing up. Cathy was one of my most favorite moms. She was so smart and funny and just a touch of “don’t make her mad.” Her three children and her family and her friends are meeting in Pittsburgh to bury her this Saturday. Say a prayer, think a good thought, get a mammogram, plant a tree or something in the next couple of days. Everyone that ever knew Cathy will appreciate your effort.
For now, we’re trying to finish up the school year. I have to say that this, our ninth year, has been the longest and hardest. I want it to be done – but I want it to be done well. And, even as I type this, I can’t help but think most of what I’ve learned that is truly valuable was learned OUTSIDE of formal learning. If you can read, write and truly understand basic math (and maybe some Latin) … you CAN do anything.
Ugh … I’m too introspective to be blogging tonight. I’m going to go back to the massive cleaning I started (that seemed like a great idea at 9 PM) . . . It’s something to wake up to a clean, clean house, right?