Anyone who really knows me knows that I abhor drama, and I love everything to be on an even keel. I'm a girl who likes to have a game plan, stick to it, and please for the love of all that is holy, do not throw a monkey wrench into my plans! Let's take my job for instance. When you're a librarian, and you work with the general public day in and day out you cannot have a game plan. As a wise man once said - shit happens. Me? I don't like dealing with shit. I like going into work every day and knowing what lies ahead of me. That's very hard to do when you work with the public. Some librarians love that about the job. They love going into the office and not knowing what the day will hold. Me? Yeah, not so much. Give me a rut. A good, comfortable, predictable rut and I'm a happy, happy girl. I'll be honest, sitting in an office building and buying books all day is fabulous fun, but another reason I love my job? You guessed it - the rut.
I suspect I got this trait from one or both of my parents, because ever since I moved to California (four years ago now - gah!), they always fly out to visit me at the exact same time. Early September, right around Labor Day. Never fails. This year it's the week after Labor Day, September 6 - 13.
This would be fine, if not for the fact that Tess Gerritsen's publisher keeps releasing her new books right smack dab in the middle of my parents' visit. Damn them! Yep, The Keepsake, the next book in the author's Jane Rizzoli/Dr. Maura Isles series is set for September 9. For the record, Gerritsen is just about the only author I have left who is an autobuy in hard cover. And this book? Oh man, it sounds good. Really good. As in run to Borders on the 9th, call in sick to work, stay home and read all day good. Yeah, I'll be on vacation - but my parents will be here, and they're probably going to want to spend time with me and talk to me.
I know, how unreasonable can they get?
Oh well. I'm just going to have to suck it up and wait until after the folks leave on the 13th to start reading. But I'm going to get this book on the 9th even if it kills me. Because even though I won't be able to read it, y'all know I'll want to at least be able to pet it. I know, I'm sick and I need help.