When Friday comes around, this will be my first full week as a former Book Buyer (I’ll never say former bookseller because as long as I can read, I’ll do whatever I can to make sure people have great reading recommendations). One weird thing about unemployment that I didn’t really expect is that your day just zooms by. This may be because I’m also acting as Mr. Mom while out of work. We pulled our daughter out of daycare, which is a bummer because she was really blossoming. This offers up a particular challenge for me because I don’t want her to stall her development. Even though Nick Jr. states they’re like pre-school on TV, I can’t just sit her in front of the TV for eight hours a day.
To keep her stimulated yesterday, we made a huge mess. For instance, we pulled all the pillows off our couch (which has been lovingly christened as Napzilla and Napzuki for each side of the couch) and used them to create an awesome fort. We played in the fort for most of the morning, and I must say I had an absolute blast.
Going back to my love of books, I think my wife and I have already passed that down to our daughter, which means I really want physical books to never go away (shop at bookstores dammit!). Her standard go-to books used to be Leslie Patricelli and Batman books. If the folks in our family ever read My First Batman Book to Lily ever again, it may be too soon. Me, on the other hand, eat that up. Lately though, her love of Batman is being eclipsed by her love for Olivia (Ian Falconer). I counted and I read it to her six times today. I eat that kind of stuff up! I even took Lily to the library to look for Olivia library books. This was Lily’s first trip to the library, and thankfully, she was in awe by the selection. I remember when I was a kid, I used to check out 5-10 books a week. I hope Lily feels that way too when she gets older.
I think this is it for tonight. I promised you all a post about my thoughts of the Borders liquidation. You’ll get it, I promise. Just not right yet. The wound is still a little fresh. I am thinking of starting up two blog though – one to cater towards folks of my old stomping ground (Babel Clash) would love, and another about being a (temporary) stay-at-home dad. Who knows, if income happens for these blogs, maybe I will be a stay-ay-home dad forever!
Also, since I am a bookseller, I want to tell you about Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines. I’m halfway through it and I absolutely love it. It’s a very clever take on zombie fiction that made me wonder why I never thought of that idea. If you have any other zombie suggestions, feel free to leave a comments!