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Jul. 2nd, 2015 03:19 pm
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And Scott is working late. I need to start searching the fridge and cupboards for things I can actually cook. Veggies are easy; we have leftover peas for me and leftover green beans for Cordelia. Anything else is going to take some doing. Well, I could make biscuits. We've got a couple of rolls of those. But Cordelia won't necessarily eat them. I'd try making soup, but, again, Cordelia is likely to refuse to eat it. Why has she gotten pickier as she's gotten older?

I suppose I should wait an hour to start scavenging. At that point, I can get Cordelia to give me her input and make her help me cook. Right now, the cleaning lady is here, and Cordelia is hiding in our room to stay out of the way. I don't want to start hauling out food while the cleaning lady is here because I think I saw somewhere that it's Ramadan, and I know she observes that. (For some reason, my iCal, which is usually helpful in that regard, no longer knows when any religious holidays are. I think I was getting them from the local school district, so it's possible that that particular calendar has expired.)
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Today I got to stand behind a huge waterfall, and right at the base of another huge waterfall, and almost at the base of a glacier tongue, and hop across many many glacial outwash streams, and water was the theme of the day, is what I'm saying. Today we were driven hither and thither in "super-jeeps," because the roads we were on are crossed by many small rivers that your vehicle has to ford. I'd guess that they ranged up to two feet deep where we drove through them, and were often quite fast-running.

Also I forgot to say that two nights ago we went to a local pizza joint for dinner, and along with pepperoni and bell pepper and tomato sauce and cheese and so forth, there was banana on the pizza. It was surprisingly good!

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Jul. 2nd, 2015 01:40 pm
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Well, a bit of bad news. Scott didn't get the job he was interviewing for.

He also doesn't know his work schedule for the next few days yet. He's definitely working twelve hours tomorrow and may have to today, as well. We're hoping, given the holiday, that he'll have Saturday and Sunday off, but if there is work, he will need to work because we need him to have next weekend off. Scott was hoping for a three day weekend, but there's currently work scheduled for both tomorrow and Monday, so no joy on that.

fic: Catch My Disease (tennis rpf)

Jul. 3rd, 2015 12:22 am
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Catch My Disease (20232 words)
Fandom: Tennis RPF
Relationships: Novak Djokovic/Andy Murray
Additional Tags: Magical Realism, Rivalry
Summary: At some point after the 2010 World Tour Finals, Novak becomes unbeatable. Andy is determined to find out why.

Thank you to SQ for beta-reading. :)

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Jul. 2nd, 2015 09:32 am
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I haven't even been up for an hour, and I'm already cursing Scott (he's at work, so he, of course, has no idea). There's a pile of stuff on the couch next to where I usually sit. In that pile, I had some important papers that I really, really needed to deal with today (I should have dealt with them a week or even two ago but anxiety). Scott rearranged the pile, pulling out two of the three important papers. The third one is completely gone. I've gone through every bit of the pile, and it simply is not there. It, of course, is the one bit I can't do anything without. The other two are replaceable. The Social Security forms would require some hoop jumping to get again, but I could do it.

The most likely place for the missing paper to be, assuming Scott didn't put it somewhere 'safe' is under the couch. I still can't go down on my knees without really hurting my ankle, so I can't look. I'll have to get Cordelia to look when she finally emerges from her room around noon. I wanted to get this dratted thing into the mail around 10:00.

On the bright side, my ankle seems to have recovered from last weekend. Now I have to figure out how much walking I can do without hurting it and do that much every day. I want to be able to walk to and from the bus by the end of the summer. I don't think that's an unreasonable goal.

I haven't heard anything further from my sister. I wish she did email so that I could talk to her that way. She does Facebook, but I'm not on there, and she has asked everyone to avoid talking about the breast cancer there. Calling her doesn't really work either because she never, ever answers her phone. It always goes to voice mail. She does, sometimes, call back, so maybe I should call her anyway. I know it's too soon for her to have the genetic test results, but I'm wondering if she's had the MRI yet.

I'm a little worried that our dishwasher might be dying. It's twelve years old. The last load of dishes, some of the stuff on the top shelf didn't get clean at all. The plastic stuff was fine, but all of the ceramic stuff had a coating of grit stuck to it. I couldn't see it, but I could feel it. The stuff on the bottom seems to have come out fine, at least.

We can't afford to replace the dishwasher, and it's not necessary enough for us to feel justified in taking more money from Cordelia's Social Security. Scott's suggestion is that, if it really is dying, we start hand washing dishes and using the dishwasher as a drying rack.

I'm not enthusiastic about this, in general, but a lot of my concerns are annoyance level things (like the fact that, to use the dishwasher as a drying rack, I will have to swap which parts of the sink I use for washing and rinsing. We have two basins, and all of my life, I have used the left one for washing and the right one for rinsing. The dishwasher is to the left of the sink, so washing on the right and rinsing on the left make considerably more sense). The thing that isn't annoyance level is the time that will be involved in dish washing. Scott doesn't have it, and my ankle may not tolerate it. That leaves Cordelia to wash dishes.

Scott did not end up working late last night, but he was playing phone tag with the guy from HR at the place he interviewed for yesterday. Scott waited for a return call until about 5:30 then got in the shower. Naturally, the guy called back shortly after that. We missed the call because Scott always, always, keeps the ringer off on his cell phone. It the thing had actually rung, I could have answered it and gotten Scott to take the call. I don't think he'd actually turned on the water at that point.

Somehow or another, it was past 7:00 by the time Scott emerged from the bathroom. I didn't really register the time, unfortunately for me. Scott didn't start looking at what to grill until some time later. He was hoping to make turkey burgers but discovered that we don't have any pre-made. We do have some ground turkey, but we didn't have time to do something with that last night. Scott decided to grill some crab legs. He got them on the table at about 8:05 by which time I couldn't safely eat them, not if I wanted to go to bed on time.

If I'd been paying attention to the time, I'd have gotten myself food at 7:30 rather than waiting for Scott. I don't know what I'd have eaten; we seem to be low on easily prepared things. I would have found something. As it was, I still had to eat in order to take my evening medications, but all I dared have was some plain bread. Even margarine would have been risky, so I didn't put any on.

I'm thinking to set myself a time warning on my laptop to notify me when it's, say, 7:15, so that this doesn't happen again. I don't hate the foods that are bland enough to be safe after 8:00. It's just frustrating to be eating bread when everybody else is eating crab.

June things

Jul. 2nd, 2015 06:13 pm
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The Dead Kingdom - Geraldine Harris
Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
The Silver Metal Lover - Tanith Lee

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Julius Caesar (Globe on Screen)
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Anyway my life right now is obsessing over Wimbledon. I really, really hate Channel 7's coverage. I did not need to see the Tomic-Herbert match, y'know? I'm going to be kind of glad when the Aussies are knocked out, then we might actually get some other matches broadcast.

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Jul. 1st, 2015 04:02 pm
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You know, another thing about Fury Road:
The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr
When Nux is discovered on the war rig, Furiosa roars with anger and lunges to shank him. But she can't; the Wives won't let her. They agreed, Splendid reminds her: no unnecessary killing! They throw him out of the rig instead. And Furiosa's not wrong. He was there to stab her in the back and return the Wives to a life of slavery and rape. They throw him out; and he goes back to Immortan Joe, helps his army find the war rig, and comes back re-armed to try again.

But the Wives aren't wrong, either. It would be quite easy for the movie to endorse the opinion that the Wives are being foolishly sentimental, wanting to avoid killing, because they're not hardened to the necessities of the post-apocalyptic land like Furiosa and the Vuvalini are. Furiosa says it: oh, you got shot, boo hoo, out here everything hurts. The Keeper of the Seeds cheerfully tells the Dag, "Killed everyone I ever met out here." And when the Dag says, "Thought somehow you girls were above all that," how much do I love the Keeper's wry smile, her head tilt that says silently and eloquently that if they were above all that they'd be six feet under all that by now. She doesn't have to say it. I can't get over this movie's parsimonious elegance; it's clear, no words wasted.

But what the characters say isn't necessarily what the movie says. And it's also clear that while the movie supports the Vuvalini in their casual murder; it also supports the Wives in their mercy, in their humanity, in their goal to be above all that. Because what the movie tells us is that the Wives were quite right to spare Nux. Nux is the one who gets the war rig unstuck out of the mud. Nux gives everything in the end to stop Joe's raging son and blow the rig and block pursuit and give them the chance to get home free. Generosity and mercy directly make our heroines' triumph possible.

Furiosa deals violence and death to rescue and protect the Wives. But then Angharad protects her with the physical fact of her vulnerability: she puts her body between Furiosa and a gun, she literally saves Furiosa with the power of life. The power of death and the power of life are explicitly opposed: the Dag says that Angharad used to call bullets "antiseed"; Cheedo explains, "Plant one and watch something die." So, Furiosa and Max plant bullets and watch the flowering of explosions. And without that, none of our heroines would survive. But the future is going to be the seeds planted by the Dag.

The Vuvalini, who live by violence, die by violence. The Keeper of the Seeds has never been able to successfully plant her seeds. The Dag, who rejects killing, is the one who can finally take the seeds to the place where they will grow. There is a generational thing going on here!
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.
- John Adams
Furiosa's politics and war make it possible for the Wives to move forward with philosophy and agriculture. Neither of them are wrong. And how much do I love this movie about generations of women disagreeing with each other and caring for each other? My god, compare the way Charlize Theron's character feels about younger women in this movie vs. Snow White and the Huntsman. Why can't we see a million more stories like this one?

No, instead, of course, they made a comic book prequel and got rid of every single goddamn good thing about the movie. I knew they would. There's going to be a tie-in game and I bet there's no playable female characters in it. Let us never speak of these things again. Let's just enjoy every beautiful facet of the film itself.
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It's a rainy Canada Day here. Too bad for the moving hordes here in Quebec.

I had another episode of acute back pain yesterday. It started during the night and was very acute all day yesterday. Last night was a bit better and right now it's mostly gone. We'll see how things go.

Just Finished

I did some reading this week. More than for the whole month not counting the comic books reading binge.

P.D. James' The Skull Beneath the Skin Read this mostly during last week mid-week holiday. An almost close off mystery, it takes place on an island, where everyone plays false and lies a little or a lot. The creepy factor is high but shown in a matter of fact way. That adds to the creepy factor. P.D. James makes the reader care about Cordelia and her motives to solve this mess. The resolution is a bit melodramatic.

Tarquin Hall's The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken. Vish Puri third mystery novel. What I liked most about this third novel is that it taught me things I had no idea about, Partition history, and made me want to read more about it. ndia's and Pakistan's history is shown by way of putting faces and people at the heart of it. I really liked it even if the whole cricket gambling thing was a bit over the top. A good mystery series.

Faith and Fidelity by Tere Michaels. This is a m/m romance,"gay for you" type of novel. It was pretty good and I zipped through the whole thing in about a day. I liked both Matt and Evan, the kids, the whole man we suck at falling in love relationship. I got the second novel in the series Love and Loyality which features a character that had a cameo in the first book.  Good rec from a SB post celebrating the US Supreme Court decision last week. Lots of good m/m romance recs in that post.

Nothing really yet. I have the second book of Tere Michaels series. I have a lots of good choices in my to-read pile.

See above.

Well, I got Tere Michaels' books, I downloaded Kipling's Jungle books and Kim because I did not have them and I got an urge to read Kim while reading Tarquin Hall.

That was my week.

Media - June 2015

Jul. 1st, 2015 12:31 pm
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Books )

Books: 8
  ya: 4
  sff: 3
  kid lit: 1
Manga/Comics: 6
[community profile] 50books_poc: 6

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Jul. 1st, 2015 12:33 pm
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Scott's phone interview yesterday seems to have gone reasonably well. We're a little worried by the fact that they didn't talk to him for the full half an hour that was originally scheduled, but they did talk nearly that long, and finishing the time would have kept the interviewers there past 5:00. I don't expect they were eager to do that.

Second shift at Scott's work has lost another person, so there's going to be even more overtime. Scott has been frustrated because they have a handful of competent temps who he thinks should be hired permanently, but management doesn't seem to be making any moves in that direction.

The oldest of our nieces is a big John Green fan, and there's some sort of event related to the Paper Towns movie that will be happening near our vacation rental while we're there. She desperately wants to go and is trying to talk Cordelia and the other cousin near their age into lobbying for it. Cordelia's reaction is that she's not interested in the movie until and unless she reads the book first, and she's 45th on the waitlist for one of the library copies. I'm not sure how enthusiastic Cordelia would be anyway-- She's not at all big on movies, generally, and never has been. We can't get her to the theater even for things that she's really eager to see.

Scott was going to order a larger hard drive for me, but I'm not sure if he got around to it before we lost power on Saturday. I'll have to remember to ask him. He says that putting a new hard drive into my laptop will be trivial. My current hard drive is 120 GB; the one he was talking about getting is about 500 GB, so it would be a really big difference.

My shoulder is doing a lot better in spite of my not doing the exercises since Saturday. I haven't wanted to put the stress on my ankle which does still hurt, just not as much as it did on Monday. I've been trying to walk and stand as little as I can get away with. Unfortunately, that means that the dishes are piling up, and that the laundry still needs to be put away.

Drat. Something weird is going on with our internet, but I can't get any information about it. From my laptop. Usually, I can tell, without getting up, whether or not our local network is connected to anything external, but right now, the program won't give me that information. Of course, that may well mean that there isn't a connection at all. I don't know. There is a dial tone on the landline, so it's not that. I suppose I should hack my way into the study (which is full of empty cardboard boxes) and try cycling the modem.

Oh, and suddenly we're back. I have no idea what happened.

The anniversary presents I ordered for Scott finally arrived yesterday. He seemed pleased with them. One of them is an Atomic Robo book, and the other is some sort of game book. He's now got three or four different game systems that he'd like a chance to try and probably won't end up doing anything with.

Some time when the weather is nicer (It's currently raining, I think), Cordelia will probably walk to Bookbound and buy the two Hunger Games books she doesn't own. She tried to do that on Monday but discovered that the store is closed on Mondays. She was more than a little cranky about that.

Scott might have to work late tonight. He's hoping not, but he said there was a chance he'd be working late tonight, tomorrow and Friday. If that happens, dinners will be a challenge because we're out of leftovers. Of course, maybe by tomorrow, I'll be comfortable standing long enough to cook.

Disappointed in Rebecca Solnit

Jun. 30th, 2015 10:22 pm
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I liked Rebecca Solnit's article that spawned the term "mansplain." Here she has written an op-ed titled "A letter to my dismal allies on the US left." In this post she unfortunately uses the same sort of language and phraseology ("Leftists explain things to me") to punch in the other direction and complain about people she calls "radical leftists" whom she claims are full of "bitterness and negativity."

I don't like it at all, largely because of the "us and them" dichotomy she sets up. "Please, radical leftists, spare us the bitterness and negativity; we need hope and incremental victories and you provide neither." So who is "us"? I can only assume she means people who are more mainstream than "radical leftists." So, it's a person who is closer to the majority viewpoint dressing down people who are farther away from it. That reminds me of Christians who complain that they are oppressed because people greet them with something other than Merry Christmas during the holidays.

If she were talking about people who approach the world using a negative mindset and admitted they exist in every pocket of the political spectrum, I wouldn't mind it so much. She doesn't like complainers, fine.

If she were talking about a conversational pattern where person 1 says "Such and such is good" and person 2 says "yabbut such and such is bad," and she didn't irrevocably tie it to a particular corner of the political spectrum, I wouldn't mind, because when that pattern dominates a conversation it can shut things down.

If she were talking only about people's behavior when they are playing a role as activist, she has a point: negativity can be a bad strategy and inviting positive dialogue with people who don't completely share your views is one way of practicing activism.

But she isn't complaining about people in their roles as activists. She's complaining about any situation where she mentions something positive that a politician did and someone replies by saying they did bad stuff. She complains about how people converse at dinner parties, and presumably she doesn't mean political planning meetings. So she comes across as insisting that if you're left of Democrats and interacting with people more moderate than you in any way, you don't ever get to mention anything politically negative to them. That sounds like bright-siding to me. (A word made popular by Barbara Ehrenreich in Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America.)

She then proceeds to give seriously embarassing straw man examples: "Can you imagine how far the civil rights movement would have gotten, had it been run entirely by complainers for whom nothing was ever good enough?" Does she have any idea how old that cliche that is? Does she have any idea of the huge variety of viewpoints and actions that made up the civil rights movement in the 60s and 70s? She's white, but she is a writer and the same age as me, she should at least have read one book about it or watched Malcolm X or something.

Hugo Nominees 2015: Novelette

Jun. 30th, 2015 08:01 pm
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The novelettes were a step up from the short story and novella categories, but still not exactly brilliant material. I'm on the fence about voting any of them over No Award.

"Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Earth to Alluvium", Gray Rinehart (Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, 05-2014): Old man dies on planet colonized by humans, then recolonized by aliens, and uses his death to rebel against the aliens' death rituals, in the first step to triggering a conflict between the two colonizing groups.

After the previous categories, this... isn't bad. It's got a beginning, middle, and end; it's not brilliant but it tells the story it set out to tell. It's not masterful. It's not introducing new ideas to the field, or demonstrating award-worthy levels of skill with prose, worldbuilding, or plotting. It's not that insightful about the material it's retreading. What's the difference between humans rebelling against their alien oppressors, and Iraqis in conflict with Americans? The lack of nuance is enough of a failure for me to knock this way down the rankings.

"Championship B'tok", Edward M. Lerner (Analog, 09-2014): Part two of a series about interstellar civilizations knit together by a lightspeed transmission network of... intellectual property? The story treats this as a background element to the unmasking of a conspiracy spanning millennia, but I kept getting hung up on the radiowave IP thing. It's like the backstory for Cherryh's Company novels smashed into Vinge's Qeng Ho, except without the things either of them do well. Both Cherryh and Vinge call out the lightspeed lags and the surprises that pile up between transmissions and reactions to transmissions, and how that plays out. "Championship B'Tok" foregrounds an in-system plot, which cuts down on your lightspeed lags, but treats the interstellar plot as the big reveal. It's a very distracting flaw in the story, which has sidetracked me from the dicey prose and flat characterization. If the plot and worldbuilding were better, I'd be able to overlook the prose and characterization, but that's not the case. Ambitious but flawed.

"The Day the World Turned Upside Down", Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Lia Belt translator (Lightspeed, 04-2014): the next time someone is asking what nice guy syndrome looks like, look no further! Girlfriend ditches boy, magical realism happens, Young Flower Of Untouched Innocence appears, Symbol of Our Relationship suffers at ex-boyfriend's hands, ex-BF quits this plane of existence in a way that is supposed to show how over everything he is. You can tell because he's mentally telling his ex how so very over her he is in the last paragraphs of the story.

The "romantic breakup = world turned upside down, NO LITERALLY" is actually executed well. If I were doing magical realism, I'd want to have cool ideas like that.

However, the execution relies on me caring about a Nice Guy who pines until he is totally, really over her when he discovers - gasp - there is another man in her life! She contaminated her purity by seeing another man after she dumped him!

Spare me.

It's hard to tell if this is suffering in translation from the subtle difference between the characters being jerks, and the author being completely aware of the intended effect, and the protagonist being a waste of my time because that is the author worldview. Negative one million points for Nice Guy protagonist souring my week.

n.b. this was a non-slate nomination. In the immortal word of Carolyn Hax, wow.

"The Journeyman: In the Stone House", Michael F. Flynn (Analog, 06-2014): This... isn't awful. It feels like a chunk hewn out of a larger story, but it has an acceptable beginning, middle, and end; mangles English in service of the story; and assembles the worldbuilding and characterization in a way that puts this that smidge over "Flow" where I cared enough to finish the story without skimming. The plot is, again, Ringworld natives; but it's competent Ringworld natives.

"The Triple Sun: A Golden Age Tale", Rajnar Vajra (Analog, 07/08-2014): Space cadets - Exoplanetary Explorers in training - pick a fight in a bar, get detailed to punishment duty packing up a failed project, and save the project from failing by noticing things overlooked by all other personnel assigned to the project in the last 30 years.

Wiki tells me the golden age of SF is 1938 - 1946, with some scholars advocating the '50s as the true Golden Age. My assessment is that the Golden Age of SF is twelve, when you're old enough to read adult works widely and indiscriminately, before you suss out the qualitative differences between Piers Anthony and Lois Bujold. But going by the golden age as a historic time period, the subtitle is spot on. This is from the "golden age", with the stiff prose, cocksure protagonists, and lack of grounding in actual human psychology you'd expect from that era. I started reading, I started skipping, I started flipping ahead to the end. It might not be bad, but if there's a brilliant idea lurking in there it's hobbled by the deadly words "I don't care about any of these characters, or the thing they're exploring" that escaped my thoughts a fifth of the way through.

Deryn is 4 months-old!

Jun. 30th, 2015 03:04 pm
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I've been meaning to do a write up for Deryn since she was born (and one for Dorn since his birthday, oh man). But Deryn turned 4 months-old on Friday, so this is the perfect opportunity!

More about Deryn under the cut! )

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Jun. 30th, 2015 10:23 am
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My ankle is still hurting. I'm trying to stay off of it as much as I can, but it's difficult to do. I also keep forgetting to take the naproxen when I should, even though I have it right there, waiting for me. (I just realized that I forgot to take the pill I had set aside for breakfast. Since breakfast was forty minutes ago, I'll have to find something else to eat in order to take the stupid thing.)

I'm trying to decide whether I should attempt a shower or try a bath. The down and up of a bath may be as much of a challenge as standing for fifteen minutes for a shower. I don't know. It's not like Cordelia can really help me get out of the tub if there's a problem. Maybe I should wait for this evening when Scott's home.

I got through a good chunk of my link finding yesterday. I've still got about fifty links to sort through, and then I have to do Pinboard, but I think I can get it all done before Scott comes home, assuming I start promptly.

Cordelia washed all of the laundry yesterday, but the sheets still need to go in the dryer. I will ask her to do that after lunch. I don't think it's urgent. We can't change the sheets until this coming weekend.

I'm worried that I may have upset my remixee. Someone pointed out that my remix might very easily be taken as saying something nasty about the original fic. I didn't mean to do that, but intent matters very little in such things. Anyway, I have to figure out a way to apologize.

Scott's family is trying to plan meals for our group vacation. I'm not sure what to suggest as something Scott and I can cook. Last time we did this, each family dealt with their own breakfasts and lunches, and we took turns cooking dinner. With four families and seven dinners (possibly less if some of the day trips run long, which they might), we'll likely need to do two dinners. There are a ton of food restrictions to remember and work around. I think I may ask people to send out lists of what the members of their families can't have or absolutely won't eat (our eleven year old niece won't eat mammalian meat for ethical reasons).

I called my psychiatrist yesterday to find out when my next appointment is. I got that information and then, right after I hung up, realized that I can't make that appointment. I'd forgotten that my parents want me and Cordelia to visit them that week. Oh, well, that's the first week of August, so I have time to reschedule. I'm going to add that vacation to my iCal today so that I don't forget again.

Scott has a phone interview scheduled for after work today. I've got my fingers crossed that it works out. Last time they tried, something went wrong, and they got cut off and had to reschedule. I suspect that, if it happens again, they'll give up on interviewing Scott.
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I'm reading a lot of books this year. This should come as no surprise to anyone at all.

I've signed up for the book challenge over on Booklikes and Goodreads, though I'm actually posting reviews of some of what I'm reading on Booklikes if anyone is interested... Anyway, 100 books and I've read 62 so far. This does not include books I started but didn't finish, but does include some graphic novels (which you may feel is cheating?)

Best books this year (so far) have been:

  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemisin
  • All of the Vorkosigan books (I'm up to A Civil Campaign) by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Redemption in Indigo and The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord
  • The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
  • The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
  • The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter by Rod Duncan
  • Fever Season and A Free Man of Colour by Barbara Hambly
  • City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • Range of Ghosts and Shattered Pillars by Elizabeth Bear
  • The Humans by Matt Haig
  • Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach
  • Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch
  • Feast of Souls by CS Friedman

    The more perceptive among you may realise that many of these books are the first in a series or trilogy, which means I have lots more (hopefully equally good) reading ahead of me! :)
  • What is that bright light in the sky?

    Jun. 30th, 2015 11:28 am
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    Still waiting on final details of my classes for September, but I'm keeping 'my' evening class, along with picking up something else (as yet still to be confirmed). Instead of 3 evenings, I'm going to be teaching slightly longer for 2, as I'll be at college myself on the Wednesday. Still, even if I don't get anything else consistent, I've survived so far and there's always cover and exams hours to pick up.

    Speaking of exams, my students have done me proud. We usually do exams in all three terms but since I only took over the class in January, I'd put a hold on everything till this term. That gave me a chance to see where everyone was at, get them all lots of practice at what they needed to be able to do and also catch up the new folks. We have rolling admission, so people can join any time of the year (if there's room in a particular class) and that means going over everything on the curriculum more than once throughout the year. I've got a couple of folks re-taking one of the exams next week, after very narrowly failing, but if they pass I will have pushed a significant majority of my class up to the next level. And now some of them are going 'but what classes are you teaching in September?'. ;)

    I'm picking up some mandatory training next month, as well as (hopefully) resits for the university in August, but that's pretty much it in terms of work till September. So I've decided that it's time for a major sort-out of the house, including the dreaded cupboard under the stairs. *shudders* This is not a task that fills me with joy, but it definitely needs doing - I've just recycled about 5 years' worth of carrier bags, as well as getting rid of broken electrical items that had been lurking in various cupboards. All sorts of minor domestic chores need doing and, if I'm not working, I don't really have an excuse for not doing them except for 'I can't be bothered'.

    Being an adult sucks. :P

    the summer sun

    Jun. 30th, 2015 10:50 am
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    You know, the fact that the sun pretty much never sets doesn't faze me at all; I love it. What keeps tripping me up is that when I pack my daypack for the day, I keep thinking about being sure to have warm clothes for later in the evening when it'll start getting cold, and then I have to remind myself that it's not really going to get much colder, because the sun isn't going to go much lower!

    a random note on current events

    Jun. 30th, 2015 01:05 am
    castiron: Hold still when I subject you to my opinion. (opinionation)
    [personal profile] castiron
    According to Matthew 19:9 and Mark 10:11-12, the marriage of seven years and counting between Spouse and me is an ongoing state of adultery against our previous spouses. One can reasonably question whether by Christian standards we are actually married in the eyes of God.

    There is absolutely no doubt, however, that we are married in the eyes of the law. The federal government of the United States and every individual state in the U.S. recognizes our marriage as legally valid, despite its being Biblically immoral. Any given religious leader could have refused to solemnize our marriage, and any religious group can still refuse to accept us as members unless we repent and separate; that's their prerogative. But whether or not we are considered married according to the doctrines of any given religion, according to the state we are unmistakably a married couple, and we have all the legal rights and responsibilities pertaining to that state.

    Application to current events is left as an exercise for the reader.


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