Over and Over Again

As you all know, I listen to books on CD in the car (and occasionally I drag them into the house as well), audiobooks on my laptop and old-fashioned regular books!   I “curate” my library account so that I don’t have too many things from the library at once and am always happy to find a book that comes in multiple formats.  The format I am still unwilling to embrace is kindle.

A couple of weeks ago the book She Who Became the Sun sparked my interest, so I looked it up and it came in audiobook format.  Since I was getting close to done with my current audiobook and only had one other “up to bat”, I asked for it.  Loaded it and then yesterday morning, hit “Play”. 

I knew in the first minute that I had read this book before.  I was sure of it.  The title resonated but I had assumed it was because She Who Became the Sun is exactly the kind of title that intrigues me.  I looked it up on my spreadsheet and I did indeed read it in 2017!  I can tell you only the vaguest of plot outlines now that I realize I’ve read it, but it’s VERY vague.  I thought about reading it again but decided if I can hardly remember that I’ve read it, much less remember the plot, I’ll move on.  Not quite as bad as having started Devil in the White City THREE times but at least in that scenario I never read the whole book (I always bale when the maggot scene happens in the first chapter). 

Do you ever go to the fridge repeatedly, hoping to find something new there?

28 thoughts on “Over and Over Again”

  1. I do reread books sometimes, not because I’ve forgotten I read them but because I’ve read them and not absorbed as much as I’d like. I reread, for example, Beneath the American Renaissance: The Subversive Imagination in the Age of Emerson and Melville by David S Reynolds, a worthy but formidable (625 pages) volume, hoping that more would stick. I’m not sure it has but at least now I know where to look if I am trying to recall a point Reynolds made.

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  2. I always did something new in the fridge. Last weekend Husband made Parmesan Cabbage soup, really nice soup with rice in it. Last night he decided that the leftover soup needed a boost so he pan fried some very spicy homemade pork sausage we got from some friends, braised the sausage in chicken broth, and then added it to the soup. It was really good.

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  3. Rise and Shine, Baboons,

    I find the colors and shapes in the header photo to be really appealing.

    I chronically go to the fridge to seek something I forgot to buy or that we used up, but the item did not get on the shopping list. That makes me crabby. I also have a few books and movies I return to because I find the depth of the story or the characters appealing and to remind me of some life lesson. The book I often return to is one we read for Blevins Book Club—“Broken for You”. That reminds me we are all broken and reformed into flawed beings who live on. Occasional Carolyn says it is one of her favorite BBC books. Another(both book and movie) is “Ordinary People.” The lessons in the books and movies are far a more stationary than the content of my refridgerator.

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  4. Yes, I always go back to the refrigerator/freezer looking for ice cream but it’s never there! And I know it’s not there, but I still look for it. My substitute is Greek Gods Honey Vanilla yogurt. I can control myself with that and it isn’t so addicting. If there was ice cream there I would eat it, then go straight to the store and get more. Especially Breyer’s Natural Vanilla. Seriously, my heaven will have that all day, every day, and there will be no worries about high cholesterol, A1C, or all the other things that come with excess weight.

    Yes, I have started books that I’ve read before. I don’t keep spreadsheets, maybe I should. If I start reading a book I have read before, I search my memory for the plot, etc. I usually stop reading it and move on to something else.

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    1. I chose the photo because I’m sure that when I asked for the book from the library the second time, the title sounded like a fantasy title!


  5. I just referenced this the other day: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
    Rumor has it Einstein said that. But probably not.

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  6. I often open the fridge door hoping that something will be an obvious choice for the next meal. It happens often enough because I forget what we’ve had recently, and sometimes I am pleasantly surprised with two or three things that can be thrown together… Case in point, I just added the bit of scalloped corn to the soup I’d concocted, and it had the added benefit of using up two tupperware containers.

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  7. Our fridge will be stuffed full of things in preparation of Daughter’s visit. I impulsively bought a spaetzle maker on Saturday, and Husband has requested buckwheat spaetzle with the pork roast we are making in Saturday. There will be interesting leftovers.

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  8. Poem on the Fridge
    by Paul Hostovsky

    The refrigerator is the highest honor
    a poem can aspire to. The ultimate
    publication. As close to food as words
    can come. And this refrigerator poem
    is honored to be here beneath its own
    refrigerator magnet, which feels like a medal
    pinned to its lapel. Stop here a moment
    and listen to the poem humming to itself,
    like a refrigerator itself, the song in its head
    full of crisp, perishable notes that wither in air,
    the words to the song lined up here like
    a dispensary full of indispensable details:
    a jar of corrugated green pickles, an array
    of headless shrimp, fiery maraschino cherries,
    a fruit salad, veggie platter, assortments of
    cheeses and chilled French wines, a pink
    bottle of amoxicillin: the poem is infectious.
    It’s having a party. The music, the revelry,
    is seeping through this white door.

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