Friday, February 27, 2009

Back to work!

Still have beads all over the house and work but I guess it's time to get back to work. Just updated the calendar (look over there, no, to the right) and have some great events scheduled!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

"Mardi Gras makes me tired."

One of the drawbacks to running your own business, is the conflict between needing to be at the shop versus anything but work. The little ones' faces when I told them no parades on Saturday was enough to make me delay opening the store until Tucks had stopped rolling.

Back on track today with regular hours thanks to Ms. B, but make no guarantees for the next three days, other than definitely closed on Mardi Gras. May stagger in on Lundi Gras afternoon depending on much I enjoy Bacchus. Ash Wednesday same as before only probably even later in the afternoon.

Sorry for the lack of professionalism but as my mister says "Everyone should get a pass during Carnival."

Give me a call at 352-0096 to see if I've stumbled in and a Happy Mardi Gras to all!

***Title courtesy of my 3 year old.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Funny Books

Abebooks just listed the Top 10 Funniest Books According to the British. Our little known New Orleans book made the list:

Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
Catch -22 by Joseph Heller
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome
Wilt by Tom Sharpe
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall by Spike Milligan

People often ask me if they would "get" Toole's book if they don't live in New Orleans, well, clearly one doesn't have to even live in the country to find the humor of it all.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Books for disaster times

I received a very kind email from a friend under the heading "Books for Bushfire Relief" from another booklover's blog regarding donations to the Australian bush fire victims.

I quote the blogger: ". . . a writer by the name of Tali Lavi is organising a project involving books being donated to victims of the Victorian bush fires. She is also asking writers to donate signed copies of their books. So if you are a published writer with spare copies to hand, or anyone with some spare books about the house, please think of donating." The writer Tali says "I've been wondering what I can do for those people who have been affected by the terrible fires that have raged through Victoria. There are so many stories of devastating loss and those fortunate to be left with their lives are lacking any possessions." Tali goes on to seek donations in order that "our stories and the stories of others will help them to see through the smoke and transport them to other, more beautiful, places than the ones they might occupy now."

Okay, here's my problem. Sending books to people in disaster areas is a mistake. The teeming towers swaying overhead in the flooded and gutted East New Orleans Regional library illuminated the futility and uselessness of STUFF in terrible times. In my humble opinion, the library would have been better served with a check rather than a box of paperback John Grishoms and the cost to ship same. Can use books when there are no floors, no walls, no shelves.

Australians would be better served by donating money to a recognized and respectible charity.