Media - March 2015

Apr. 1st, 2015 08:08 pm
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Books )

Books: 3
  ya: 2
  romance: 1
Manga/Comics: 5

Movies )

Television )
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Yep. Snow tonight. 1 to 2 centimeters and then 12 Celsius with sun on Friday. Back to snow on Saturday between 6 to 12 centimeters. Crazy weather here.  It grates on my mental health.

Just Finished

. ess stellar than his first work on the subject. He traces the portrait of the contemporary art market after the 2008 crisis but not as well as he did in the previous book and covered the period before 2008. Quite a few things were repeated from the first book, remixed but at core same facts. It gives a feeling of déjè lu to the work. Still Thompson's style is clear, accessible and over all interesting.

Miss Peregrine's peculiar children. Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Jean. Graphic adaptation of the novel.  As good yet different. A good way to get back to the series and get ready to read the second book. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it as much as I did if I hadn't read the book first.Reading this without any ideas of the story and universe might not be as enjoyable.

Dans l'atelier de Rembrandt. Well written. It gives a complete overview of the way Rembrandt taught, ran his "atelier" and students. The techniques, the cursus. This a window into how artists learned and grew at the time. Illustrated with glossy, color pictures, reproductions of Rembrandt's drawings, paintings by his most notorious students and how themes and subjects were intertwined between Rembrandt own creations and his students' creations. Recommended.




The Chinese Lake Murders by Robert Van Gulik. This is the next title in my reread of the series. I read these in the 1990's and they are still very good mysteries. I don't have any memories of this one. It's like reading something new.

Truly by Ruthie Knox. Contemporary romance set in New York. It's a good in between book. So far it's pretty good.


I still have 1 ILL that I have to read this week-end because it is due back next week. It's on Rembrandt again and the way he ran his 'atelier'.

I also have Le Cas Sneijder by Jean-Paul Dubois for book club mid April.


The book club title.

La déesse des mouches à feux. Geneviève Pettersen. Also for a future book club meeting.

Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo. Because it was on sale in ebook.

Sonali Dev's A Bollywood Affair. Recommended by Smartbitches.

Also Sarah Mayberry's newest series Brothers Ink. The first book is free right now on Amazon Canada and the second book has been out for less than a week. Mayberry is one of favourite and get the new title out right away. She writes really good contemporary romance.

Also I've ordered the up coming Ms Marvel volume 2. April 7th. I can't wait. I took the opportunity to add an order for volume 3 expected in June.



oh, well trolled, sir or ma'am

Apr. 1st, 2015 02:13 pm
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My favorite iOS calendar app, Sunrise, was recently acquired by Microsoft. You can imagine that I wondered warily whether it would become, shall we say, less awesome than it had been as an independent app. Well, today they have laid all my fears to, um, hilarity.

To our friends and Sunrise users.

Following our recent integration into the great Microsoft family, we have more news to share with you today! Brace yourself, this is going to be exciting.

We have been working hard for the past few weeks and are happy to say that we have finally succeeded in bringing back to life one of the most famous artificial intelligences of all time, a.k.a Clippy.

After almost 10 years of unemployment, we are offering Clippy the job it always deserved. Right inside your Sunrise calendar as your very own personal assistant.


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Apr. 1st, 2015 10:48 am
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The sudafed helped the headache a bit. The dratted thing is not gone yet, but it's eased. I've just taken Tylenol in hopes that that will take care of the rest of it. I'm also drinking a lot of water even though that means trips to the kitchen. I can use the walker for those as long as I drink my water in there and don't try to bring anything back to the living room.

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Apr. 1st, 2015 08:45 am
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I've had a headache since some time yesterday afternoon. When Cordelia got home, I had her fetch me the Tylenol. That didn't help. Later, I had Scott get me an Amerge; the headache felt like it could be a migraine because it was all on one side of my head. Unfortunately, that didn't help either, so I had the headache all night with the expected difficulty in sleeping. I did notice, though, that, when I lay on my side opposite where my head hurt, the pain eased a little. Given that, I tried a sudafed first thing on getting up. I really hope that helps. I don't want to take anaprox because I'm taking aspirin already (one a day to help prevent blood clots due to immobility). The only thing I've got left to try if the sudafed doesn't help is alcohol, and I would really rather not, especially since I don't think this is a tension headache.

Scott made it home by 4:00 yesterday. He wasn't ready to go to the school at 4:50 when Cordelia wanted to leave, so I sent her off on her own. I just made her take her phone with her. She didn't want to because she hasn't got pockets in most of her clothes and hasn't started carrying a purse yet. Scott left for the school before 5:15. They came home a bit after 7:00, and Cordelia pulled up her group's PSA online to show it to me. I got the impression that they had fun making it, and they even shook their camera to try to simulate an earthquake.

In spite of the headache, I got some writing done yesterday. I've reached the point where sex is happening (and maybe shouldn't). I'm inclined to summarize it rather than detail it because I don't feel that detailing it will add anything to the story. I might be wrong, but that's the way I'm leaning. There is explicit sex in another chapter, so it's not that I don't want the story to go there if it needs to. I just don't think it does. Then I have to decide if that ends the chapter or if the other stuff I was originally intending to put in still fits there.

I still haven't completed my FATE character. At this point, I don't think it's going to happen before the game session. Maybe I can do it in between when Scott gets home and when the game starts. Of course, if this headache doesn't go away, I will probably just crawl into bed rather than playing.

My foot has been hurting more. I suspect I'm walking on it too much. Unfortunately, I can't figure out a way around that. I am getting better at using the walker. I'm hopeful that I'll do okay with that going to the mammogram appointment tomorrow.

The clinic called yesterday to confirm my appointment. I mentioned my foot, but the person I was talking to didn't think there was any way around standing on both feet for the mammogram. I guess I'll just have to be a bit obnoxious about it when I get there. They must have some sort of way to do one for people who can't stand up.

Scott's sister says she's pretty much over her stomach bug. She's back at work (she works part time for the United Way) today. That's something of a relief. I could take a cab, but it would be awkward, and the timing would be a lot less under my control. Now I just have to decide whether or not I'm up to going out to lunch with her before the appointment. It would be really nice to get out of the house, but it would also be challenging to manage it.

March music and opera

Apr. 1st, 2015 11:17 pm
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Conor Oberst, Felice Brothers
Rufus Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche
Orfeo and Euridice

thoughts )

March reading

Apr. 1st, 2015 09:42 pm
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Flying Finish - Dick Francis
Rat Race - Dick Francis
The Chevalier and her Lady - Cat Delaroche
The Magpie Lord - KJ Charles
Dawn Wind - Rosemary Sutcliff
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Copperhead 1 - Jay Faerber and Scott Godlewski
Cuckoo Song - Frances Hardinge
Busman's Honeymoon - Dorothy Sayers

thoughts )

phenology

Mar. 31st, 2015 11:27 pm
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Four baby great horned owls have fallen out of their nests and made it to the raptor center so far this year. Three of them fell with their nest, which was in a hollow cottonwood branch. Two of those have been returned, in a basket, to where the nest used to be. The parents, who had kept bringing food to the empty downed branch, have been seen visiting the basket, so they are probably fine. The third has a broken leg, so will be staying with us for a while.

The fourth came in separately, covered with blood, but no visible wounds. There was blood in the cage the next day and the day after, but not today, and its mouth is not as pale as it was.

Avian flu has been discovered less than 150 miles from us, as the Canada goose flies, so every week we get new instructions on how not to transmit disease. New vocab word: fomite, an inanimate object (as a dish, toy, book, doorknob, or clothing) that may be contaminated with infectious organisms and serve in their transmission [the much maligned toilet seat is a remarkably ineffective fomiteā€”M. F. Rein]

Scott & Bailey

Mar. 31st, 2015 02:20 pm
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Last night, while cooking, I watched the final episode of Scott & Bailey. I'm very sorry that there's not going to be any more, but I'm incredibly pleased with how it ended!

ETA: I was sure I saw a reasonably reliable source (like, a page on ITV's site, or something like that) saying that the fourth series was the last; but now I can't find it. So I hope I'm wrong, and there will be more!

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Mar. 31st, 2015 11:36 am
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I spent yesterday writing, link finding for [community profile] metanews, and playing solitaire. There really wasn't anything particularly interesting going on.

I'm tending to sleep quite late the last few days. I think it's because I'm sleeping poorly. I keep moving my foot and ankle wrong so that they hurt a lot. Specifically, I tend to stretch in a way that pulls on all of the things that I'm wanting to keep still. I do it when I'm half asleep, so it's hard to remember not to do it. If I remember to keep my foot flexed when I stretch, it's not so bad, but if my foot is pointed, it hurts lots, and when I'm relaxed, my feet tend to point.

The further I get into the stuff I'm currently writing for the Harry Potter AU, the less sure I am that this section really belongs there at all. I'm not sure that the person instigating it would really think it was necessary or helpful. He might get the same effect more easily just by giving the other character a kitten. That would be less dramatic and/or traumatic, but it may well make more sense. The way I'm currently doing things, a scene that I originally meant as a bridge has grown to about 3000 words. I like some of the backstory I've put in there and some of the character development, but... I'm just not sure.

Scott's sister and her kids are sick with a stomach bug. I don't know what that means for her helping out with my mammogram appointment on Thursday. Scott thinks she'll be well enough by then to come down anyway. I need to ask her what she thinks. I can always take a cab if I have to. I have been wondering if I should call the Cancer Center and let them know that I will need to sit during my mammogram if it's at all possible. They probably have facilities for that, but those may not always be available.

Scott is expecting to have to work late tonight. I'm not sure if that's just general pessimism or if it really is likely. I'm hoping that he doesn't have to. Cordelia should have at least one parent at Expo, and I really, really can't go.

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Mar. 30th, 2015 01:30 pm
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The wastebasket next to me has started to smell, probably the result of me putting banana skins in there every morning since Friday. I prefer to put such things in the kitchen garbage, but that's too far for me right now. It's also too far me to empty this wastebasket. I'll have to wait and have Cordelia do it when she gets home in an hour and a half. Of course, it's possible that what I'm smelling isn't the wastebasket but is actually the kitchen trash. I hope not because we can't do anything about that until Scott gets home, whenever that may be.

Hopefully, Scott won't have to work late. We need to cook chicken tonight, and I don't think I can get Cordelia to do that. First, she's freaked out about the idea of touching raw meat. Second, she dislikes chicken passionately and isn't likely to want to participate in making it dinner for the next several nights.

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Mar. 30th, 2015 12:20 pm
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I'm a little worried. It's a minor thing, but it would be an inconvenience, especially right now. Basically, the sound on my laptop is fading in and out unpredictably. It doesn't vanish altogether, just gets very faint and then comes back and then fades again. I spend a lot of time listening to music while I'm home alone. It makes me feel less alone.

If I can't play music on my laptop, my other option is to use the TV and the DVD player. I've got most of this music on CD. I just can't currently get to my CDs (the walker won't fit into the study what with all the junk in there, and music isn't important enough for me to do without the walker).

I don't think the sound going on my laptop would be important enough to pay to get it repaired, especially not given how long I'd be likely to be without a computer (and thus internet access and the ability to write easily). I'm not sure how old this laptop is. Three years? Four? Older? We really can't afford to replace it any time soon.

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Mar. 30th, 2015 10:53 am
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I took a bath yesterday evening. Getting into the tub was relatively easy. I didn't manage it entirely without putting weight on my right foot, but I came as close as I could. Getting out again was much more difficult. I couldn't do it on my own. After the water had drained, Scott had to get into the tub with me and lift while I used my good foot and both arms to push up. I think this means that washing my hair again will have to wait until next weekend. I'll do a washcloth bath Wednesday or Thursday just so that I can stand myself. My hair was awfully tangled when I got up this morning-- It took me three times as long as normal to brush out the knots, and I'm not sure I got all of them. I think it's largely due to washing it in a bath as opposed to in a shower.

Scott and Cordelia went to the library around 2:00. Scott has put the barcodes from our library cards on his cell phone, so he didn't even have to carry my card or Cordelia's card. I had a few CDs waiting and two books, one an interlibrary loan book. I was afraid Scott would forget the interlibrary loan book because it requires going up to the front desk to get it, but he remembered.

I'm having a hard time leaving the chores to Scott. The dishwasher has been full of clean dishes for three days now, and the sink is piled high with dirty dishes. Scott only brought half of the clean laundry upstairs. That's enough for me to find clothes for today, but it bothers me. Also, I want very badly to put away my laundry, but I can't. I'm not sure I can ask Scott to do that because I'm very particular about how my stuff should be. I also want very much to change the sheets on our bed, but the clean sheets are in the basement, and I couldn't do it anyway. I hesitate to ask it of Scott (he doesn't care if the sheets get changed) as it's usually a two person job.

I was better about staying off my bad foot over the weekend because there was pretty much always someone around to fetch me water or food or my meds. All that I had to do was go back and forth to the bathroom. I'm thinking seriously about getting up with Cordelia so that she can make me coffee and carry my breakfast banana into the living room for me. I don't much want to, and I know she'd be annoyed by it, but it might be the best course of action.

I am a little concerned that I'm putting weight on my bad foot while I'm just sitting around. I'm not sure how to avoid doing that, however. The weight of my leg just naturally rests on my foot.

I did a good bit of writing yesterday, maybe as much as three pages. I've added a complication that I'm not sure I'll keep. It may be one thing too many, and I'm not completely sure the characters would go there. It's potentially interesting, but... I'm not sure.

Scott finished writing up a general overview (without mechanics) of magic for the FATE game. I haven't read it yet, I must confess. I really should since my character uses magic. I also need to spend some time figuring out my character's skills. Everybody else had that done more than two weeks ago, and the group will meet again this Wednesday. I'm just not very motivated to do book work. Plus, all the stuff I need is in a part of the dining room that I can't access while using the walker.

Cordelia's teacher just got back to me-- It's okay for her to attend the Expo on her own if Scott's not ready when it starts. They are willing to let me use the elevator, but Cordelia thinks me going would be a bad idea since it will be nothing but walking around, looking at things. I'm just glad she doesn't mind. I'm not sure exactly how they'll be able to display the projects on tables. If I'm recalling correctly, Cordelia told me the project was to make PSAs about earthquake safety.

our thermostat seems to be broken

Mar. 30th, 2015 12:50 am
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in a refreshingly unusual way for late winter/early spring: it's twenty-eight degrees in here (82F) and the heat will not go off. We finally gave up on trying to fix or reboot it and flipped the circuit breaker to kill the furnace. Guess we're calling a repair person in the morning!

Now we're wide awake...

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Mar. 29th, 2015 12:04 pm
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I completely forgot while I was writing earlier-- Last night, Cordelia got a nasty splinter from our hardwood floor. She was just walking along (probably dragging her feet a bit) and the nasty thing went straight through her sock and into her foot. It was bad enough that she was bleeding after Scott removed it. Scott wants to get some small rugs to put over the trouble spots since we can't really afford a more aggressive solution. (He was pricing out alternatives last night, and the cheapest one he found was $4000. I think he was looking at floor replacements, though, so refinishing would probably be cheaper.) The main hesitation right now is fear of making it more difficult for me to use my walker to get to the bathroom.

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Mar. 29th, 2015 11:50 am
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This whole staying off of my right foot thing would be easier if putting weight on the dratted thing hurt. It doesn't. Well, it does when I'm wearing the boot, but just sitting still hurts when I'm wearing the boot, so I don't think it's because I'm putting weight on the foot. I don't think the boot is supposed to hurt, so I wonder if I'm putting it on wrong. It may simply be that it's designed to put pressure right on the bits of my foot that hurt when touched, just bad luck, really.

Staying off of my foot has been easier this weekend with Scott and Cordelia both home. It's still hard for me to ask for the things I need, but when I do, they're always willing to help out. Scott's actually learning what meds I take when. He's a little annoyed that I don't keep the bottles turned so that the names are visible. I just know where I keep everything. (I have turntable in one of the kitchen cupboards.)

Scott, Cordelia and I have to spend some time brainstorming things that Cordelia can prepare for dinner if Scott has to work late or otherwise can't cook. If we have leftovers, she'll be fine, but if we don't... Well. She's very resistant to the idea of handling raw meat. I'm also going to have to come up with ideas for lunches for the week after next. I think Cordelia's capable of making packaged mac 'n' cheese, and pre-cooked chicken patties are fairly easy. But that's only a couple of days. I need lunch for her for the six days when she's off school and Scott's not home.

We are going to have Easter dinner with Scott's sister's family and her husband's family (at his parents' house). It's nice that they're willing to include us, but I kind of wish we were going to stay home. The whole thing would be overwhelming without the difficulty of my foot. With that, it's really daunting. We're supposed to bring a loaf of bread (I'll have Cordelia make that and Scott cut it) and broccoli. I'm not sure how many people will be there. It might be as many as twenty. I like Scott's sister's in-laws fairly well. They're nice enough people, and we see them several times a year (Christmas, Easter, sometimes Mother's Day, Father's Day, Thanksgiving). They're closer to Cordelia than my parents are simply because they see her more. When I was pregnant with Cordelia, Scott's sister's mother-in-law hosted my baby shower.

Scott and Cordelia went out and got us all frosties last night. That was a nice treat.

Part of me still hasn't admitted that I'm not going to the library with Scott and Cordelia today. I know I'm not going. It would be foolish to go. I just find myself wanting to leave the house.

Normally, I'd shower today. Scott and I are still discussing how to manage me washing. We've talked about buying a stool that will fit in the tub and not be damaged by getting soaked. We've talked about me taking a bath instead of a shower. I suspect I'll end up taking a bath, but getting in and out of the tub will be nearly impossible even with Scott's help. There's just no way to do that without putting my full weight on each of my feet in turn. Scott's sister's mother-in-law suggested that I just not wash for the duration, but I don't think I could stand myself if I did that (not to mention that other people probably wouldn't want to be around me).

Cordelia seems to have had a good time at the Girl Scout thing yesterday. She hasn't told us much about it except that she enjoyed petting a baby goat and was grossed out by a cow with a hole in its stomach. She came home with a balloon animal that she promptly unknotted. She's been trying to whip the resulting very long balloon through the air and finding that it just won't move fast at all, no matter what she does.

I managed a little writing yesterday. I'm about halfway through a bridging scene on the way to the scene I really wanted to write, but I'm finding that there's necessary stuff in this scene, too. There's something that I think is going to happen that I'm not sure I want to have happen. It might make for more complications than I want to deal with, and I'm not completely sure it's in character. I'm not convinced it's not, though.

dog fud

Mar. 28th, 2015 11:14 pm
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I have a big dog, who has been eating Wellness Core, and a little dog, who has been eating Newmans Own, which, I learn from that review site, is not actually a very good dog food. I get both dog foods delivered by Amazon Subscribe&Save. Last month Amazon couldn't get any Newmans Own, so I have been mixing some Wellness Core into the little dog's food to stretch it out. This month, Amazon does have Newmans again, but at $35.11 for the 12.5-lb bag that they charged me $20.32 for, last shipment.

I've been feeding them different foods because I assumed that the little dog, who is really very little, needed a smaller kibble size. But he is eating the big dog's kibble just fine. Is there any reason not to feed them both the same (better quality) food?

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