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2nd March 2012

No Fridays at Home today, though I will in all likelihood spend Friday at home. 🙂 Between jury duty Monday and Wednesday and prepping for my students’ midterm exams next week, I am tired. As promised in last week’s Fridays at Home post, this weekend I cleaned out my closet, did a ton of laundry, cleaned out my office, and scrubbed my floors: I’m talking on my hands and knees scrubbing. 108-year-old wood floors don’t play around. I can sweep and mop, but once a month, I have to do a good old-fashioned scrubbing with Johnson’s Oil Soap. They’re looking pretty darn good.

Let’s suffice it to say, I slept well this week. I don’t really dream, or at least I don’t remember my dreams, but sometimes I have great ideas when I’m asleep or in that half-awake/half-asleep state. I knew I wanted to do a new feature on the blog – bookish but not just a review. Then it came to me: a bookish advice column.

What is a bookish advice column? Well, just like a normal advice column, I need readers to ask questions. Silly questions, real questions, serious questions, it’s up to you. I, in response, will do what I do in real life. Relate it to books (or, as I often do in the classroom, to the show Friends). Got a man problem? Let’s break out the Jane Austen, if only to show you what not to do. Someone stole your lunch from the fridge at work? Let’s see how Pietra Brnwa from Beat the Reaper would handle it. You get the picture.

So. This is collaborative. I need questions. You can comment in this post, or if you want to be anonymous, send me an email at thepickygirlblog@gmail.com. Depending on the amount of questions I get, this could be weekly (maybe on Saturdays) or more sporadic.

Ask away, dear reader.

P.S. If you come up with a stellar name for the feature, you might just be rewarded…. (hint, hint) The best I can do so far is Dear Reader (which I love for the Jane Eyre-ish note to it but not sure it’s quite right. Plus, it only addresses my half of the advice).