Saturday, March 5, 2011

Things I've Been Doing Lately That Don't Include Reading Books

Reading comics. Like Ghost World.

Refreshing my blogger feed, over and over.

Adding things to my Amazon wishlist that I will never buy.

I will never read that new 657-page anthology of Middle Eastern literature. But it looks good on my wishlist.

Looking up news about the new Mortal Kombat game.

Reading a lot of poetry, it seems like.

Buying cheese I can't afford at Fresh Market.

Anticipating when the actual farmer's market will sell fresh produce in the spring.

Drinking green tea and convincing myself I like it.

Reading from my cookbook collection and marking the pages of recipes I will never prepare.

Scribbling down ideas for a webcomic I want to write. Then remembering I can't draw. Or write. Or probably "web", either.

Wondering what the last sentence I just wrote means.

Trying to find that pencil I just had. Goddamnit, it was right here a second ago. How do pencils disappear like that.

Watching Teen Jeopardy and mocking the contestants who get the answers wrong. I mean, the questions.

Playing a lot of Sims 2, as if it were still 2004.

Playing a lot of Nintendo, as if it were still 1984.

Oh, the pencil was behind my ear.

Scavenging for redeemable items in my apartment building's trash room.

Listening to the soundtrack to Moon a lot, curled up underneath the down comforter I got out of my apartment building's trash room.*

Writing this blog post about nothing instead of reading Middlemarch.

Just trying to keep myself sane until all of this is over.

* It's clean.


  1. What little I've heard about this new Mortal Kombat game has created in me some level of excitement. It's been years since I've heard something about a game and thought, "I would really like to play that."

    I almost have a comic that you can look at, I just have to scan it!

    (Be well... As well as your circumstances can allow, anyway.)

  2. It's supposed to be a throwback to fighting on a 2-D plane, which is what I'm excited about. And the storyline actually sounds interesting. I think I spent half of my childhood playing Mortal Kombat 3.

    And look! I didn't turn out violent! Just pudgy and mild-mannered.

  3. One of my most vivid memories of... Winter 1994/1995, let's call it, is sitting in grade four math class and thinking about how I was going to rent Mortal Kombat 2 after school. I was thinking about doing a fatality of Reptile's (back, back, down, low-punch).

    Suddenly I was being asked what the answer to a question was. Had I been paying attention, I would have been able to answer that question about... multiplying mittens, I believe. (My answer was probably, "Uhhh...?")

    Mortal Kombat 3 was ok, and I played it a lot, but I think 2 is my favourite... Despite the glitchiness of how someone can throw you through your uppercut. (Gosh-darn that's frustrating!)

    I think the series peaked again with Trilogy. I possess some of the newer games, but some of it just seemed... I don't know, like it was asking too much of me. I don't want to do your 35-hit combo in order to continue!


  4. I loved Ghost World and expensive cheese, LOL! Great post!