Magazines for Perusal

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I have magazines floating around the house. I mean to read them, but somehow I usually pick up a book instead. Not always.

With the new e-reader, I was checking out Google Books (imagine that!) and I found several magazines ready to read. They weren’t the newest editions – I think the latest was about a year old.

Another thing about Google Books is the abundance of books – but most of them are previews only. This is cool that you get to read a few pages before you purchase, but also a bit disappointing when you find a book you really want to see more of and you can’t.

I know, you’re supposed to buy it, but we can’t all buy as many books as we’d want to read. I’m sure I’d go broke if I tried.

Back to the magazines, I find I can link them and email them, but I can’t download them to the e-reader. It’s not in the proper file type for mine, anyway. Perhaps because of the high picture content?

I’m still glad I can look at them online. Maybe soon they’ll let us subscribe to them that way and read them on readers. Oooh…

During Naptime

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It’s much harder to write when the baby falls asleep on your arm. She’s warm and snuggled in and not moving until she wakes up- which means my arm will be numb. It’s getting close now.

The fun part about the baby napping in your lap is a bubble of calm settles over both of us. If only my other hand were free, I could type like there were jumping beans in my fingers. Except, you know, hitting the correct keys.

I’m back to getting through my library books and finding snippets of time to write around the domestic distractions. I also need to dig out my notebook for the lists and update them for the new week.

New weeks are good, but they fly by. I had a wonderful weekend and now I need to catch up. Good Monday to you all, I hope.

A Touch of Iowa

We went out to an Arena Football Game. The Iowa Barnstormers played the Cleveland Gladiators and lost 56-70.¬†¬†Bummer, since they’d won the previous two games.

It was an interesting first experience. The field is nearly one quarter the size, measuring 50 yards long by 26 yards wide. When the ball bounces off something, it’s still live. It takes a bit to get accustomed to the rule changes from the ‘regular’ football played in high school, college, and the NFL.

The Barnstormers’ dance team, the Storm Chasers, kept enthusiasm high. They managed a uniform change at half time, though I’m not sure why it mattered except they could wear something else.

I couldn’t find coverage about the national anthem, but I swear the singer skipped parts of it. She sang a capella, so the music wouldn’t give other clues. I asked my husband, but he had nothing to say.

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,

O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

I swear she skipped the blue part. Pretty substantial. It bothered me so much, I tried to sing it in my head, but I couldn’t do more than get to ‘by the dawn’s early light’ so I wrote what she sang in my notebook for later reference.

Which lead to me singing “The Star Spangled Banner” to my daughter this morning when she was fussy. She liked it.

This afternoon my mother and my daughter and I went to the Blank Park Zoo. Movement catches my daughter’s attention more than anything else, so she was amused by the koi who were being fed, the chickens, goats, and llamas in the kiddie area, the penguins, and the pandas.

It’s a lovely weekend and a great Mother’s Day. Must be ready to get back into the swing of things tomorrow. Watch out at Novelspot for a highlighted author (me) over the next 7 days!