i did it. i drove the matrix to work today, and then home in stop-and-go traffic in the snow! i can drive stick shift!!!
actually, i didn't just drive home, i drove to the library...and then to the bank, quite a bit out of the way, to rescue paul who had locked himself out of the car while he was using the walk-up atm. oh, and the car was still running. he was probably only about 6 miles away, but it was rush hour, so he had to stand out in the cold for 25 minutes until i got there. on the coldest day of the winter so far, in the blowing snow. poor paul. good thing i learned how to drive stick shift!
by the way, at the library, i got:
cat's cradle by kurt vonnegut (for paul, he requested it)
cold mountain by Charles Frazier (so that i can finally watch the movie without feeling guilty that i didn't read the book first)
the book of laughter and forgetting by milan kundera (because i keep hearing about it randomly, and he's also written a book called the unforgettable lightness of being, and with titles like that it has to be good. originally written in czech, translated to french by the author, and later into english with the help of the author)
eat, pray, love by elizabeth gilbert (for nawakwa book group in february)
started on laughter and forgetting first because i'm curious. just finished finally reading one of my mom's favorites, fried green tomatoes by fannie flagg, and i thoroughly enjoyed it. waiting for the next church book group book to come from amazon, the denial of death by ernest becker, which sounds heavy but interesting - i could go for a good dose of philosophy.
so much reading, so little time!