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You may remember that I made some pathetic efforts to silicone caulk around the back door recently, and the Junebug was fascinated; therefore, he easily identified what the handyman we saw out the train window this morning was doing.

"LOOKIT!" he announced loudly, to the entire train car. "HE HAS A CAULK GUN! MAMA, LOOKIT ALL THAT PINK CAULK!"

It was indeed, for some reason, possibly only for the amusement of those around small children, bright pink caulk.

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May. 3rd, 2016 01:27 pm
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Scott and I went to the library last night so that he could pick up a couple of things that he’d put holds on (some equipment for testing the air in our attic himself). I hacked portals and captured a few and made it to level 6 in Ingress. Cordelia was with us, and she was extremely irritated with us about the pauses for Ingess stuff. She finds it very boring.

There’s no school today because of the millage election. Basically, the school system has decided that they can’t have kids in the buildings during any election because a bunch of open carry assholes insisted on bringing guns to the polls in elementary schools during the primary election. I hate giving ground to those folks, but I don’t see what else the district could do. Small children and guns are unmixy things.

Scott’s expecting to be home on time today, so we’ll go vote then. This is a school millage to pay for mandated special education services. If it doesn’t pass, the money for the services will be pulled from the budget for everything else. I plan to vote for it, and I’m hoping that other people will, too. Millages seem to do better, locally, if they’re the only thing on the ballot, so I’m more hopeful than I might be.

I tried to watch something on Hulu last night. It hung up and stayed frozen for about forty five minutes, until I turned everything off. I don’t know if restarting would have helped. I was distracted and didn’t think to try it until it was time to go to bed. If it does that a lot, though, it’s not going to be worthwhile.

We have two books in for Cordelia at Book Bound right now. She’s desperate to get one of them (the one by Kerstin Geir) but not quite desperate to try to walk that far. She knows that her knee won’t carry her through a really long walk yet, not even with a brace on. I’m not sure that we’ll keep buying Rick Riordan books. Cordelia still hasn’t finished last fall’s Magnus Chase book. Scott listens to them on CD from the library, and I’m about six books behind, so getting things from the library wouldn’t be a great burden.

I still think it’s really weird that the library has no catalog entry for the Riordan book that came out today. They make the record when they order the book as opposed to when it arrives, and this is really something that I’d have expected them to order far in advance. I find it really difficult to believe that the acquisitions people don’t know the book is coming out. I can’t imagine that the trade publications have been silent about it or that the publisher hasn’t been pushing it.

I’m hoping to do some writing today. If I can manage it, I want to work on the Narnia darkfic. I know what’s happening with Peter. I think I know what’s happening with Susan and Lucy. Edmund, however, I’m not at all sure about. I think he might actually get the least attention from Jadis, at least at first, and then work at keeping it that way. I’m just not sure what would be going on inside his head. I’m writing from Jadis’ POV, so I could ignore Edmund if she’s going to, but I think I need to know what’s going on.

Terrible theory

May. 3rd, 2016 12:37 am
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Watching DS9 after having finished Enterprise, and I just

In the first episode of the Prophets are freaked out by corporeality and linearity and think humans must be destroyed because so aggressive, violent, etc, an inherent danger to their existence.

We know the Prophets eventually start deliberately messing around with time for outcomes they want, see: Sisko's ancestry.

My theory is that the non corporeal beings who exist outside of time and were trying to incite the Xindi to preemptively wipe out humanity--they were the Prophets, doing that while experiment with the timeline in the same span of existence as Sisko explaining that humans are totally not mass-murdering colonialist dicks, but in fact totally peaceful people who swing bats at balls for irrelevant reasons.

It was the Delphic Expanse they were trying to create. So easily could have been a translation error for this space claimed by the Prophets. Perhaps the expanse was even an early attempt at creating the interface with regular space that eventually became a wormhole! I mean, why not, sure it's been around 10,000 years, and sort of kind of probably existed before Sisko and Dax fell into it, but what is time? What is before? Linearity does not apply.

(I also theorized the shapeshifters Enterprise NX-01 met on a rogue planet were totally the Founders. How did they end up in the gamma quadrant from there? Well, the rogue planet probably like, vanished into the expanse when it evaporated, I mean, why not.)

A book list!

May. 2nd, 2016 06:59 pm
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"100 MUST-READ SCI-FI FANTASY NOVELS BY FEMALE AUTHORS" by Nikki Steele, who writes, "Do note that I’ve only listed the first book in any given series."

I think this is a very good list. I have bolded the ones I've read, check-marked the ones I own but haven't read yet, and starred the ones I especially liked. I'm feeling especially hard to please when it comes to fiction these days, and I want to reflect that, so I didn't give out very many stars. I don't mean to suggest the ones I didn't give a star to are bad, just that they didn't get me super-excited.

If you've read any of these authors, I want to hear what you liked by them!

1. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

2. The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia

*3. Among Others by Jo Walton

*4. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie


√5. Ancient, Ancient by Kiini Ibura Salaam

√6. The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich

7. Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey

8. Ash by Malinda Lo

9. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

10. The Pyramid Waltz by Barbara Wright

11. Biting the Sun by Tanith Lee

12. The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish

*13. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

√14. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

15. Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

16. Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara

√17. China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh

18. Chorus of Mushrooms by Hiromi Goto

19. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

20. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

21. The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce

22. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

23. Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop

24. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

25. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (Didn't finish the series.)

√26. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

27. The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

28. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (Probably her most "important" book but not the one I would have picked as her best or my favorite.)

29. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

30. Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara

31. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

32. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

33. The Etched City by K.J. Bishop

34. The Female Man by Joanna Russ

35. Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg

36. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip (Tried, bounced)

37. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

38. The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

39. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

40. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

*41. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling


42. The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington

*43. Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr.

*44. Hild by Nicola Griffith

45. His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik


46. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

47. The House on the Lagoon by Rosario Ferré

48. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

49. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

50. Ink by Sabrina Vourvoulias

51. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

52. The Island of Eternal Love by Daína Chaviano

53. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

54. Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

*55. The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin (This duology is excellent but I liked the Inheritance series better.)

56. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

57. Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling

√58. Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

59. The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

*60. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

61. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

62. Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi

63. My Christina & Other Stories by Mercè Rodoreda

64. My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due (Haven't read this one. I liked Joplin's Ghost though.)

65. Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin

66. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

67. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

68. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

69. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

*70. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Really like this series.)

71. The Red by Linda Nagata

√72. Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

*73. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire (Really like this series.)

74. Salt Fish Girl by Larissa Lai

75. The Second Mango by Shira Glassman

76. Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold (Have read the whole series.)

77. Shikasta by Doris Lessing

78. The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge

79. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh (Started, bounced)

80. So Far from God by Ana Castillo

√81. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

*82. Soulless by Gail Carriger (Really like this series.)

83. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

84. The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon


85. Spirits of the Ordinary by Kathleen Alcala

86. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

87. A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar (Reading now)

88. Sunshine by Robin McKinley (Have read other good stuff by her.)

89. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

*90. Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner

91. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

92. Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff

93. War for the Oaks by Emma Bull

94. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

√95. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

96. Wicked As They Come by Delilah S. Dawson

97. Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

98. The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories by Vandana Singh (I've probably read some of the stories in here.)

99. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

100. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
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So, I have lots of other things I keep intending to post about, and not enough time to do it in, but okay, let's talk about the 2016 Hugo nominees (ETA: added link, oops), because although the nominees themselves, and the Sad/Rabid Puppies, are incredibly boring, there were some related developments that were actually kind of interesting and that I want to talk about because it occurs to me that some of you probably haven't become obsessive about the Hugos don't know what's going on here.

(None of this will be news to you if you follow FFA's threads about Hugopocalyse, which I know a couple of you do. I honestly haven't really been reading that much about it aside from the FFA threads.)

You may or may not have heard that the Puppies got a bunch of their nominees on the list of 2016 Hugo nominees, including some where they're clearly hoping everyone will vote No Award again (e.g., Bujold's Penric's Demon). I have mostly been deeply bored by this. Okay, Puppies, that's nice, and now the grownups will get on with it and, you know, vote according to which things we actually like to read.

The novel ballot actually looks pretty darn good to me (though I'm really sad that Robinson's Aurora didn't get on, which is exactly the sort of thing I'd expect would get on in a "normal" year, but given that I didn't manage to read/nominate it, I can't really complain that much); the novella and novelette ballot look decent.

Then there's Related Work, which I'm not going to say anything about (except that I'm really hoping the Gene Wolfe is halfway-decent), and then there's Short Stories. Vox Day's Rabid Puppies' slate swept both, and they both look pretty horrible.

Puppies. Dinosaur erotica. Statistics links. Unicorn tears. There's room to be weird in space. Cut for length. )

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May. 2nd, 2016 08:16 am
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I’ve been watching Steven Universe. I’m twenty some episodes in, and I’m not… It’s by no means terrible, but I’m not in love with it. I will watch more because it’s low time investment.

We have two books coming in at Book Bound tomorrow, both for Cordelia. One is the new Rick Riordan book, the start of a new series. (Oddly, the library has no record of this book in their catalog which means they haven’t ordered it yet. I find that really, really strange. I mean, it’s Rick Riordan. There’s going to be lot of demand.) The other is the second book in a series by Kerstin Gier. I’m torn. I ought to save the second book for her birthday, but my impulse is to give it to her right away because I know she desperately wants to read it.

I got up with Cordelia today. She was surprised to see me and demanded to know why I was awake. She didn’t tell me to go back to bed, though, so I really don’t know what she wants me to do. I’ll have to get up with her on Wednesday because my appointment is pretty early. I’ll need to call a cab a little after 9:00.

I slept badly last night. I was too warm under the sheet and blanket and too cold under just the sheet. I was in one of those half awake states where I was both aware of my body and the blankets and all of that and dreaming that there were things I had to to in a very specific way. When I’m like that, the most nonsensical things seem logical, and I can move a bit, so I worry that, some day, I’ll actually get up when I’m like that. Who knows what I’d do then?

I’ve been sleeping without the compression pad and wearing it during the day. That seems to be working out okay. I get more swelling during the day, whether I wear the pad or not, but it seems to be less if I wear the pad. Generally, the swelling goes away when I spend time lying down, whether on my back or on my side, so I think the pad isn’t useful then. My breast still hurts a lot when I get up from lying down, though. I’m fine once I’ve been upright for a minute, but that first minute is pretty awful.

Right now, I’m debating whether to drink more water or to lie down for a while. I think sleep will win, but I’m not absolutely sure yet.
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It's now out in at least two non-US countries, so, Internet who knows me and has seen it/reads spoilers, should I see it? I originally thought I wasn't seeing this without thorough spoilers, and I've changed my mind, I just want to know the following:

spoilers only insofar as you consider trailers spoilers )
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and I can't tell if it's fatigue or adjusting to being on land. Or both.

Thanks to the extreme generosity of Chad's parents, we went with them on a Disney cruise this last week in the western Caribbean. I have been almost entirely offline as a result, and have opened half-a-dozen posts from the last page of my reading list to read and respond to, but am unlikely to go further back than that, sorry (see above).

Cruise was great; challenging solely because of the children's ridiculously narrow tastes in food, which the staff bent over backwards to accommodate, and a little because SteelyKid has a very low melting point. Also I did get a smidge motion sick but not that often. Rooms very comfortable, lots of stuff to do (even if you're not that into Disney characters), quite good food, generally a well-oiled machine. SteelyKid snorkeled for an hour and a half straight and swam with a dolphin, the Pip touched a sea turtle and went on a waterslide ten times in a row, and I smeared sunscreen on the kids at every opportunity and some that weren't and they didn't burn, go me.

Sadly I was on the same ship as Susan Egan, who voices Rose Quartz in Steven Universe, and did not lay eyes on her or, more to the point, hear her sing. (New episodes next week!)

. . . there was more, but I have no idea what right now. (Oh, wait, it was about the MCU, and therefore needs the next rock.)

(Edit: Chad has a more thorough review.)

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May. 1st, 2016 09:03 pm
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We didn’t move very fast this morning. I don’t think any of us wanted to be up and about.

Scott’s sister expected us at the church at 9:30. That was when I had set my alarm for, so her text woke me. I explained that I still wasn’t feeling very well but that we’d come to the brunch later. We ended up late for that by about an hour. I think Scott’s sister held the meal, waiting for us. She cooked four different types of egg casserole and then made chicken nuggets for me (eggs are a migraine trigger for me). I was torn— I was hungry but not exactly, and a lot of the food was stuff I worried would give me trouble.

I was kind of headachy by the time we left to come home. I really very much wanted to lie down, but we still needed to do the weekly trip to the library. Scott and I left Cordelia at home and went and did that. I have four DVDs to watch this week which is more than I really want. More things came in all at once than I expected. I’ll go first with the one that can’t be renewed; that’s a two DVD set that’ll take me about five hours.

I need to go out three times this week. Tomorrow evening, there’s a meeting at the school for the parents of middle school students. It will involve us getting some necessary paperwork, and they’re holding that hostage to make people show up. Of course, if they really wanted people to show up, they wouldn’t have scheduled the meeting for 5:30. I see a gynecologist on Wednesday, and Cordelia has PT on Thursday.

Scott looked at our expenses for March and April and concluded that we can— just barely— manage the insulation payments. Of course, that was expenses without the bills from Cordelia’s injury which haven’t hit yet. We’ll probably turn to Cordelia’s Social Security money to deal with that. There’s only $5000 left of that (the high point of that account was about $25000, so we’ve hit it pretty hard over the last three years), but that will definitely cover the medical stuff. I will regret that we won’t have that money when it comes time to send Cordelia to college, but I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

May has four birthdays, however, so it will be a bit more expensive than March or April. I asked Scott about the budget for buying gifts for Cordelia, but we got interrupted before he could answer. We’ve got two weeks to buy whatever we’re going to give her. If we want to get books from Book Bound, we need to order them this week. Amazon needs less time and is cheaper, but Book Bound is a local business, and they’re never really busy when we go in there. I worry that they won’t last.

I’m still not feeling 100%. I’m hungry, but pretty much everything I look at is repulsive. Scott made crab legs for dinner, and I usually love those, but the smell made me feel sick. I didn’t do too badly when I made myself start eating, but I had to make myself. I’m still kind of hungry. I should probably figure out where Scott stashed the crackers.

too many items on the to-read list

May. 1st, 2016 04:08 pm
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This is what I've got checked out from the library:

A paradise built in hell : the extraordinary communities that arise in disaster / Rebecca Solnit.
Dog tricks / by Deb M. Eldredge, DVM, and Kate Eldredge ; photography by Beth Adams.
MacBook for dummies / by Mark L. Chambers.
Waterwise landscaping with trees, shrubs & vines : a xeriscape guide for the Rocky Mountain region, California & the desert Southwest / by Jim Knopf.
Better living through criticism : how to think about art, pleasure, beauty, and truth / A. O. Scott.


Watership Down / Richard Adams.
Ex Machina. Book One / Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell / Susanna Clarke ; illustrations by Portia Rosenberg.
Deathless / Catherynne M. Valente.
Go set a watchman / Harper Lee.
People of the book : a novel / Geraldine Brooks.
After Alice : a novel / Gregory Maguire.
Riding freedom / written by Pam Muñoz Ryan ; drawings by Brian Selznick.
Lagoon / Nnedi Okorafor.
We are pirates : a novel / Daniel Handler.
The good, the bad and the smug / Tom Holt.
Carol / Patricia Highsmith.
The horizontal man.
East of Eden / John Steinbeck

Deadwood. The complete third season [videorecording] / Home Box Office ; Roscoe Productions.
My old lady [videorecording] / Cohen Media Group and BBC Films ; produced by Rachael Horovitz ... [et al.] ; written and directed by Israel Horovitz.
Arrested development. Season four / Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
Labyrinth [videorecording] / Henson Associates, inc. and LucasFilm Ltd. ; producer, Eric Rattray ; story by Dennis Lee and Jim Henson ; screenplay, Terry Jones ; director, Jim Henson.
Masters of sex. The complete second / Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The man from U.N.C.L.E. [videorecording] / writers, Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram ; producers, John Davis, Steve Clark-Hall, Lionel Wigram, Guy Ritchie ; director, Guy Ritchie.
Orphan black. Season three / produced by Alex Levin, Claire Welland, Aubrey Nealon, Tatiana Maslany ; written by Chris Roberts, Alex Levin, Hannah Cheesman, Lynn Coady, Aubrey Nealon, Russ Cochrane ; directed by John Fawcett, David Frazee, Helen Shaver, Chris Grismer.

What should I read instead, given that it is less than four weeks till Wiscon?

Media - April 2016

May. 1st, 2016 11:25 am
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Books )

Books: 16
  sff: 3
  romance: 10
  ya: 2
  mg: 1
Manga/Comics: 14
[community profile] 50books_poc: 10

Movies )

Television )

Inbox/Outbox : Cloudy Sunday edition

May. 1st, 2016 10:27 am
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My first week back was a mixed bag. Still quite a few things I do from the old job, boss being pricky. We now know who got my old job. It's the person I contacted and asked to see if he could see himself there. So that's a good thing. Boss made a mess of a situation and blames us (my colleague and I) for not preventing the mess. Well, we told you, you were going too fast about it and you didn't listen to us. Still, it's us that's being sent to remedial manager school. How fun that will be. sigh.

My librarian intern arrives tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it. My yard has been cleaned. Spring chores are done. I did not do that, I hired someone. He did all the yards around my house. I'm knitting three small baby blankets. One aqua, one hot pink and white and another cream and pink. Mothers are very gendered in their choices of colours for baby blanket. The last one that wasn't I knitted a very burn orange, deep pumpkin really, for a little boy. It looked amazing. How about a yellow and lime one. That would be kinda nice I would think.

Paper 16 was amazing. Lots of people but the art was a bit too pricey for me. I really liked Julie Picard's "Genies 2015" glass bottle like in chemistry labs with paper art inside. A remixing of the idea of genie in a bottle. They were not that pricey but all sold out. Eventually, maybe.

I got my tax returns. So I ordered myself a new tablet. I'll have a new iPad Pro (the regular size, not the 12") in my hands by next Friday.

Inbox (Books acquired)

Gone Girl and The Martian were 50% off in ebook last week. I haven't read them. Too popular but eventually I'll read them.

Three romances in ebooks : After a Fashion by Jen Turano ; Anything For You by Kristan Higgins and Sierra Riley's Guardian (m/m).

I also ordered in paper format : Roman Forts of the Saxon Shore by Stephen Johnson. Because, well, I got curious about it through De Souza's piracy book.

DC Bombshells #41

Outbox (Books finished)

Philip de Souza's Piracy in the Graeco-Roman World. Excellent! Really. I loved everything about it. The research, the point of view. The criticism. It's a revised version of his PhD thesis but it's still very academic in its presentation. Beware. But it was very engrossing for me. He painted a vivid image of the historical context for each period he presented: political context especially. If there were inscriptions he had them. He plundered Cicero, Dio, Appian, etc. Makes the reader want to dive into the original texts, at least I did.

In the Queue (Books I'm reading now)

Jed Perl's New Art City : Manhattan at Mid-Century.  Amazing, I'm loving every parts of it so far. American painters, New York artists mid 20th century.

Chuck Wendig's Aftermath. Post Return of The Jedi, prequel to the Force Awakens. So far, it's okay. Lots of new names to assimilate. I haven't read Star Wars pro fictions in decades.



April books

May. 1st, 2016 11:26 pm
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1) Kpop: I added a bunch of links to the k-pop post.

2) I saw Captain America: Civil War and I liked it fine. But it didn't give me the same rush of fannish feeling that I felt after The Winter Soldier (which prob says more about me than the movie, I'm sure there will be plenty of fic!).

3) April reading:

The Contemporary Foxwife - YH Lee
Proof - Dick Francis
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe - Charles Yu
1872 #1 - Gerry Duggan, Nik Virella, Lee Loughridge
Nexus - Ramez Naam
Contrapposto - Cat Delaroche
His Animal Instinct - Various
Nice Dragons Finish Last - Rachel Aaron

book thoughts )

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Apr. 30th, 2016 05:30 pm
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Cordelia and two of her friends did a movie night last night at one of the friends’ houses. I was not clear on whether or not there would be dinner. Given that the thing was scheduled for 5:30 to 9:00, them ordering pizza or something seemed like a reasonable assumption, but I found out at the last minute that there would only be munchies, so I had to scramble to get dinner for Cordelia and her best friend who was over at the time— chicken patties and green beans. They apparently tried several movies, including about ten minutes of Sharknado 3 which they found too ridiculous to go on with.

Scott did the grocery shopping while the girls were out because we weren’t sure there’d be time today. He picked Cordelia and her best friend up around 9:00 and drove the best friend home before coming home and heading pretty much straight for bed. He was scheduled to work 3:00 to 7:00 this morning, and he fully expected to have to, but they called around 10:30 to say that they wouldn’t need him after all.

Mom didn’t arrive until nearly noon. She’d had a check tire pressure light come on just as she was setting out, and it took a lot longer to deal with than she expected. She was pretty unhappy about traffic on 94 because the slow lane was going along at 80 mph with cars in the fast lane still passing them.

We talked for a while then went to Saica for lunch. I’m still not 100% digestively speaking, so eating was a gamble. So far, I’m okay, but who knows? Cordelia tried a tempura California roll and concluded that she much prefers regular California rolls. Mom had some sort of soup that she enjoyed. It was both spicy hot and temperature hot. The latter gave her a good bit of trouble.

From there, we went to Book Bound. Mom bought Cordelia some books as an early birthday present. I think that might be the first birthday present my mother has ever given Cordelia which is kind of sad.

When we got back here, Mom almost fell asleep, and she decided that, given that, she’d better start back to Lawton two hours earlier than she’d planned. She wanted to get some coffee for the road, so we all went to the Espresso Royale near the Kroger. She took her own car because that was on her way out of town. Scott and I both got ginger tea, and Cordelia got a frozen mocha thing.

I’m trying to decide now if I can manage some writing of fic or reading of library books. I’m not altogether sure I can, but I would like to. I’m just more tired than I expected. I think maybe I should have gotten something caffeinated at Espresso Royale. But who knows? Maybe what I really need is to lie down for a while. I’m not certain that I’m not sick, after all, and we have to be up earlyish tomorrow.

We’ve decided not to try to get to the church for our niece’s confirmation, but we do need to go to the brunch after at Scott’s sister’s house. It’s the closest Scott’s family is going to get to a Mother’s Day thing this year given the timing of my colonoscopy. I’m a little worried that my body’s reaction to lunch today may mean that I can’t go. That would be the sort of thing that’s happened with those family gatherings consistently for many months.

Okay. Tylenol and then lying down for a little bit. I’ll see what happens.
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I'm spending today trying to write, and catching up on Arrow. In the meantime, phoenixsleeps tagged me with this ten favourite characters from ten fandoms meme.

HP - Draco Malfoy

BtVS – Faith

Orphan Black – Sarah

Supergirl – Kara

Avengers – Natasha

Doctor Who - Amy Pond

AtLA – Sokka

LoK – Asami

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Apr. 30th, 2016 06:47 pm
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This evening I am somewhat less sorry that we won't get to do the enormous hike tomorrow. I did not know there was so much DOWN in the world. )
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me, looking at trail guide: Okay, they warn us that up ahead the path becomes "moderately vertiginous."

Pause. Geoff and I look down at the twenty-inch-wide rocky trail we're standing on, and out into the vast empty expanse of space between the trail and the facing side of the valley half a kilometer away, with patches of terraced garden plots like contour lines and occasional buildings looking tiny and lost, and the Mediterranean stretching bluely away from the foot of the land toward the horizon. To our right is the steeply rising wall of this side of the valley; to our left the unprotected and occasionally crumbling edge of the trail yields immediately to a four-hundred-meter precipitous plunge.

me: You know, it's hard for me to post pictures from my phone, but it occurs to me that I could probably tweet them. "Moderately vertiginous" is less than a hundred and forty characters, right?

Geoff: Because you wouldn't have time to finish typing. "FALLING, ELL OH --"

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