I was telling the children that periodic illness is very good for one's character, because it (1) puts regular daily non-sick life in a new light and (2) makes one more sympathetic to other people's illnesses. But I don't want a refresher in those lessons RIGHT NOW, when I am supposed to be humming cheerfully in the kitchen while making mashed potatoes and cranberry jello, thinking happily about how so many of us are making the same sorts of recipes at the same time. I don't want to be making a doctor appointment this morning in case I have something contagious and we have to postpone/cancel Thanksgiving. I am not in an open, lesson-learning STATE right now, so the lessons are wasted. It's almost as if no one is in charge of such things and they just happen randomly.
Anyway. All the time I've spent on the recliner wrapped in a huge blanket has allowed me to finish this book I bought ages ago:
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How to be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran. It's the kind of funny that makes me want to buy it for my sister-in-law (the good one) and my sister-in-law's sister (also a good one)---except it's also kind of page after page about masturbation and pubic hair and porn, which seems awkward at Christmas.
I liked it, but I wished my library had had it, because it's not a book I feel the need to OWN. (I'm going to donate it to the library.) It has a lot of good points, things I felt like underlining and/or quoting. I bought it after reading this interview with the author, and it held up to what I expected, so the interview would be a good way of seeing if you too might like the book.