A trip to the mall

I don’t mind going to malls if there’s a purpose; I don’t like wandering around aimlessly, and I won’t go when it’s crowded. I do most of my shopping when stores first open.

A co-worker and I went to the Oakland mall this morning; he had to return some boots and I just went along for the ride. Along the way we stopped at Costco where I bought Ship Fever: Stories by Andrea Barrett for $8.29 U.S. This blurb on its back-cover sold me:

Beautiful stories about the wonder and work of science… In Barreett’s hands, science is transformed from hard and known fact into malleable, strange, and thrilling fictional material.

At a Borders store in the mall I bought:

What do you do when you’re bored?

I’ve been working in the U.S. for almost six months, and I tend to buy books when I get bored. I spend hours reading reviews and researching authors, then go to amazon.com and try to limit my purchases. Because I’m in the States, I’m buying from amazon.com instead of amazon.ca; books are cheaper down here. I bought these: