Saturday, February 12, 2011

EBooks vs Paper Books, Memory Loss, and Exploding Toilets

I completely forgot to post my {Friday Photo Bliss} photo yesterday, mainly because I had no idea it was Friday.  I have had so much going on that the days become a blur and I am really exhausted.   I think I will be a 100% housewife this weekend and my house in shape and worry only about my family.  Funny, I used to dream about being a successful rich businesswoman or famous scientist, and now I dream about being a simple housewife before computers. 

Thank you so much for all of your comments and advice on my post about whether I should invest in an EBook device.  So many great comments, and now I am more confused than ever. :-) I have to confess I went to the library yesterday and checked out a huge pile of books and felt so happy and serene, so perhaps I will wait on the electronic devices for now.  There is something to be said about holding a real book and I don't think I am ready to move on quite yet.  But when I make the plunge I will let you know what I ended up buying.

I found another great book from my husband's childhood stash.   I didn't think
I could find something more fun than Miss Pickerell and the Geiger Counter, but I believe I did.  Who wouldn't look at the cover of the Case of the Exploding Plumbing without wanting to read it?

Not only do you have such lovely cover art (it really draws you in, doesn't it?), but who wouldn't want to read a mystery about exploding plumbing.  It appears from the cover to be the toilet that is exploding, and that must be very exciting.  Especially if it happened before flushing...  Sorry, that was gross and has a lot to do with me living in a house full of boys.

And the best part about this book?  It is one of a series!  Perhaps there is "The Case of the Smelly Refrigerator",  "The Case of the Sticky Gum on the Shoe", "The Case of the Huge Laundry Pile on the Bed", or "The Case of the Mysterious Poop on the Garage Floor".  You know, I could write this series. 

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend.  I need to brave the cold and let the chickens out.  And feed the dog and the two cats.  And clean the disgusting chick cage.  And have the boys feed their parakeet.  And finish a load of clothes.  Maybe I need to be a simple housewife before computers, with a maid.  ;-)


  1. I am so with you on holding your book. I love having a book in my hands and know that I can never give that feeling up.
    How wonderful to find your husband's books....what a treasure.

  2. Oh my gosh, I LOVED the Encyclopedia Brown books as a kid!!! I think I read them all. LOVED them. And now I kind of want to go to the library to check them out to read them again. :o)

  3. as far as the book vs ereader goes- I think it would be FABULOUS to have an ereader to carry around and have all those books at my fingertips. HOWEVER- i spend so much time glued to my computer/phone/tv/etc... I think i like have that break when i do get to read. I love to play with paper and I like to read PAPER! :)

    and that book is encyclopedia brown!!! I used to read those as a kid! you didnt?

  4. Encyclopedia Brown was one of my favorites as a kid! Good stuff!

  5. How I love real books. I love to have them piled around me when I am sick. I love to turn the pages slowly to build suspense for my grandson when we are reading or real fast when the story is just too exciting. Ebooks don't get dogeared from all the children in the family that have loved the book and I can't imagine a kid going to sleep with an ebook...okay I can but it wouldn't make a good picture.

  6. I love this photo of your son. I thought the bookshelf made for a great background so I tried to re-create this shot with my own son. I'm having trouble though (I'm a photography newbie). Can you tell me what lens you used and what your aperture was? How close was your son to the bookshelf?

  7. Hilarious post! Great picture too! :)