Friday, July 8, 2011

That Old Disembodied Feeling

It's been five years since I last moved, and I'd forgotten about that odd feeling that comes with waking up in a stranger's house every morning, making coffee in a stranger's kitchen. I feel so detached from my old routines and my old self. Who am I? What do I do? Really, I was writing something?

Let's see if I can dig up enough random thoughts for a Friday Five:

  • Firstly, thanks go to my critique partner Liz, who has hounded me relentlessly this week to get back into my revisions. (I swear I'll get more chapters to you soon!) Were it not for her, I probably wouldn't start again until mid-August.
  • Google+ is out and everyone around me is going bananas for it. Are you on it? Do you like it?
  • I have never lived somewhere with hardwood floors before. I have no idea what to do with them. Do I need to buy a mop and bucket? A scrub brush and kneepads? Do these Swiffer monstrosities do the trick, or is it like rubbing a wet paper towel over a greasy stovetop?
  • Reading time has been severely curtailed, but I'm still reading Unwind by Neal Shusterman and love that I have no idea where it's going right now. 
  • I baked a cake! It looks very pretty, but to be honest the eating experience left something to be desired, as the cake base came out unpleasantly dense. In Germany you just buy your cake base in the grocery store, and thus I haven't been able to find many recipes online. Any Germans out there have a fabulous recipe for a nice fluffy Tortenboden?

Enjoy the weekend!


  1. I never liked that adjustment to a new house. Especially falling asleep.

  2. My hardwood floors get Swiffered on a (ummm... semi) regular basis and it seems to do the trick. Too bad the cake wasn't awesome cause it looks sooo lovely! Have a nice weekend! :)

  3. Yay for CPs! Aren't they the best? :D I honestly don't know anything about Google+, which is probably weird considering how much I use Google for Gmail and Google Reader. That cake looks delicious, sorry it didn't come out right.

  4. I love my Swiffer wet/dry mop. It works really well. :)

    Glad to hear your CP is cracking that whip!

  5. Blech for Google +. I can't take another social media avenue. I'll never get any writing done. Nice looking cake!

  6. I recently moved into a house with hardwood floors too! I just use a slightly damp mop. Be careful not to let any water sit for too long. I never really feel like it's all that clean, because you can't use harsh cleaners. I remind myself that they're cleaner than carpet. Probably. Right?