Just having gotten back from swim class, I’m a little tired. I swam 2400 meters, which is something like a mile and a third, in about an hour. That’s not fast at all as far as competitive swimming goes, but I’m improving. I do love starting out new in a sport because it’s so easy to improve in the beginning. You have to work much harder to improve once you’ve been at it for a while.
Riding is going fine, but the weather has been such that I’ve had to drag out all my winter gear and remember what it’s like to pile on layer after layer in order to stay warm. Today it was cold and windy, so the ride was extra exciting — in addition to all the usual fun a ride can be, I got knocked around by the wind and was in danger of getting hit by falling branches. In spite of the cold and danger, I had a great time up until the last 20 minutes or so, at which point I just wanted to be home.
As for reading, I realized today that I’m a bit of an idiot. I was in the mood for 19C fiction and picked up a Trollope novel (The Eustace Diamonds), a novel that’s nice and fat, which is part of the appeal. I checked the page numbers and saw that the book ends at around 380 pages. That was a surprisingly low number for such a fat book, but I didn’t think much of it and thought I could read the thing pretty fast. So I’m reading along today and I noticed I was up to 180 pages, which is pretty close to the 380 page total, but I wasn’t anywhere near the halfway point of the book. I spent a little more time flipping through the pages and realized that there are two volumes, each with their own pagination, each one at about 380 pages. Oops! The book is twice as long as I thought it was. Although I should have been able to figure that out just by looking at the thing …
But that’s fine — I’m happy to be reading something long and so far the story is quite good. Why, though, would a publisher restart the pagination halfway through the book? I can see restarting the chapter numbers at the start of the second volume, especially as many books were originally published that way. But to start the page numbers over again? I don’t like that.