+ \o/ for the Senate voting to repeal DADT
+ Check out this interesting discussion about whether language shapes thought.
+ Every time I’ve gone to B&N lately, I’ve bought things other than books. When I look at books, I end up putting them on my wishlist or downloading a Kindle sample to decide if I really want the book or not. Obviously B&N is still making some money off me as a consumer — bought Elf on the Shelf, a puzzle, a Moleskin notebook, holiday cards, etc. — but if I’m not buying their books, what does it say about their success in their primary market?
+ I’m contemplating writing fan fiction for the first time ever. There’s a plot bunny bouncing around my head and it just won’t die. Not even an emailed exchange with my sister got it out of my system. I blame this tumblr.
+ Mailed a package to Texas today, and it should arrive in plenty of time for the holidays. The line to mail packages? Only three people long. The line to pick up packages at the other window? Wound around the waiting room and out the door. Fortunately for me, all the packages I ordered were delivered by UPS and my neighbor signed for them (he’s retired, and takes deliveries for several neighbors).
+ Saw an intriguing recipe for potato chip cookies, must find it again and experiment tomorrow. Must also go get one last gift — a gift card to a restaurant, because I’m stumped for a better gift for my brother and SIL; I did send them doggie cupcakes from here, but wanted to give them something more.
+ I’ve been pretty good about not buying paper books, or any books except pre-orders done pre-holidays, but I broke down and finally ordered a copy of Yo, Juan de Austria from Abebooks. I should have bought a copy when I first saw the book more than a year ago, when I was in Madrid, but I assumed it would become available sooner or later in the US and didn’t want to add it to my luggage. Mistake. Still not available in the US yet or translated. (TBH, I doubt it will be translated, since I’m not sure that Juan of Austria commands a great deal of attention from English speakers/readers.) So I ordered a copy from a Spanish bookseller online. The shipping…is ridiculous. My own fault.