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Finally watched Despicable Me 2 the other day. Like the first one, it was brightly colored and fun, but (also like the first one) Wonderful Husband and I kind of wish the plot had gone in a different direction. Ah well.

We also went to the movie theater yesterday to see Deadpool. Which so very much earned its R rating (violence in spades, language, sex and nudity)... but was a hell of a lot of fun. Would definitely watch again.

Have been reading lots of books, too. Powered my way through rereading The Fionavar Tapestry trilogy, and am currently working on rereading Ysabel. I also finished Games Wizards Play, which was intriguing, and read Captive Prince. Which feels like it started life as fanfic of something, but if so, it's either something I don't know, or the author did a very good job of filing off the serial numbers. So at some point I need to post reviews of those latter two.

But for now, my new computer is not yet up and assembled, and Wonderful Husband and Squiddle and I are still in the middle of a long recovery from being sick. We're in various stages of "mostly healthy but occasionally coughing lungs out," which is not fun. I'm just hoping we're all back to completely healthy by the time we step on a plane next month.
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Our recent wanderings in the enchanted lands of Disney, Dreamworks, and Ghibli took us through rewatching The Secret World of Arrietty. Which made me think of another childhood love along a similar theme: The Littles. So I pulled out my DVDs (the 2007 release, apparently, not the 2011 release so I don't have Liberty and the Littles ;_;) and watched a couple episodes.

WOW. It is SO NICE to revisit a childhood love and discover that is has not been visited by the suck fairy! Don't get me wrong, the animation isn't up to today's standards, and the stories are directed at a certain age group and therefore have relatively pointed morals. But the show doesn't make me cringe; it only makes me like it more.

So I poked at the bookshelf in Squiddle's room, which is where all the kids' books got put, and discovered I only had three of the fifteen-plus Littles books. And decided I clearly need to decide what book series I intend to hunt for at thrift and used book stores, because I need to get lists on my phone of, say, which Ruth Chew titles I have.

My driver's license says I'm too old to read and enjoy these books.

I call it a liar.
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I've started reading Guy Gavriel Kay's Ysabel, which I knew was a sequel of sorts to the Fionavar Tapestry trilogy. Which I haven't read for fifteen or more years. Forty pages in, I just hit characters that I know are from the trilogy, but heck if I can remember anything more about it/them than that. So I'm dilemma'ing: to continue reading, or to stop until I can reread the trilogy again...?

Probably I'm going to keep reading, while I have inlaws to play with the baby, and put the trilogy on my reread list. I have them at home; surely I'll eventually find time there to reread them...?


Jan. 21st, 2014 07:33 pm
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Wonderful Husband brought home a CVS store brand version of the Excedrin Tension Headache. Oh gods I love this medication and want to marry it. Except that would be bigamy. Now to see if the dose lasts a full six hours or not....

Last week I bought a used copy of The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx because I liked it and wanted to reread it. I pulled it out of my bag and showed it to Wonderful Husband. The title took him places that are clearly internet-derived. Which I kind of expected. :)
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I've been rereading some of Bujold's novels. A Civil Campaign and Captain Vorpatril's Alliance remain my favorites, but I'm happy to report that Cryoburn improves on reread. And its last drabble still has me crying every time I read it.

Also, I went out to a pair of estate sales with my parents this morning! First I've been to since, well, the baby. I didn't get much - a couple embroidery things and a Pyrex lemonade jug - but it was fun.

Grimm, or, Fish Are Friends Not Food )

And the inevitable baby stuffs. )
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The thing about not going in to an office, 9-5, 5 days a week, is that it becomes all too easy to lose track of the days. What day of the week is it? What day of the month is it? Without that delineation between workday and weekend, it all begins to blur.

Squiddle's sleep patterns are, sadly, not improving. As in, I think I caught a couple brief naps last night when I dropped off on the glider, him held safe on my lap, between feedings. Every time I thought he was sound asleep and I tried to put him down in the bassinet, he was back awake and wanting attention within twenty minutes. Wonderful Husband has started back at work this week and has a commute to deal with, so the bulk of nighttime care now falls to me. Yesterday, four different people told him "it gets better," so we're clinging to that.

Squiddle and I have finished reading Pride and Prejudice and have moved on to Blood of Tyrants, the new Naomi Novik book, which my inlaws gave me as a birthday present. No sooner did I realize where Laurence was in chapter one than my "oh, sh*t!" meter went off. I'll be interested to see where this goes, and who (if in fact he is anyone significant) his host is....

My inlaws also gave me volume 5 of A Bride's Story, which gave me my usual reaction of "Where is the next volume? What do you mean it's not out yet even in Japanese? Waah! ;_; " It's the only manga series I'm following right now, and it says something about it that I read it twice, handed it off to Wonderful Husband, and he read it within one evening. Good stuff. ([livejournal.com profile] tainry, have you picked up this volume yet?)

I'm also starting to slowly clear off the recorded TV shows we haven't touched in nearly a year. This due probably to Marvel's Agents of SHIELD starting and giving us something to draw us to the television. Haven't watched this week's episode yet (perhaps tonight), but last night we started in on our 42-episode backlog of Grimm.
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Clarke's third law, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic," is often misquoted with the word science substituted for technology. I can picture a slightly older Hermione, deep into magical research, offering the inverse: that any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from science. With Ron looking blank and not getting what she means, because Hogwarts' education system is... well, biased is putting it kindly. There's no indication that anyone gets out of that school with higher than an eleven-year-old Muggle's mathematics education, for example.

Though science and magic aren't mutually exclusive; Diane Duane's Young Wizards universe, for instance, has the two married and melded as one, where spells are akin to long physics problems. Of course, I suspect Kit and Nita would look heavily askance at Hogwarts. Their magic is actually serious business, and they, and all their fellow wizards, are actively involved in slowing the death of the universe from day one.

I think I must poke about and see if anyone's written a crossover, and, if so, how they approached it. The basic underlying assumptions about magic and the universe are, to put it mildly, extremely contradictory....
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In browsing on the Shop Goodwill site last month, I paused on a listing.

Hmm. Kate Douglas Wiggin. Sounds familiar. Go to Wikipedia... ah! The author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. (Which, yes, I have read. Several times. And the end of it always felt somewhat incomplete to me.) Go back to listing. "New Chronicles of Rebecca." Go back to Wikipedia. Poke around. Discover that, yes, it is in fact a sequel and not just a different version of the same story. (Look up "Sara Crewe" versus "A Little Princess" for an example of two versions of the same story. Both of which I have.) Excitedly enter bid! Wait a few days. Win. Pay. Wait more days for shipping.

Get home from work. Open package. Do happy dance.

(I have both the Heidi sequels as well. Next, I shall collect Pollyanna, which was not nearly as saccharine as the Disney film based on it, and all its sequel books.)

Now, I read....
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A few weekends ago I picked up a bunch of (mostly) old books at estate sales. Which included Pickles the Fire Cat, which I haven't read since I was like six. Oh, the memories....

But I digress. Included in my purchases was a 1944 edition of The Good Housekeeping Cookbook. Now, mind, this is not one of those paltry thin pamphlets. Just shy of a thousand pages, it would make a respectable doorstop. But why I bought it (for $1.50) was for the cultural insight. This was published during WWII. It has instructions for stretching those things which were rationed (butter, oil, sugar, meat, etc.) There are sections that start with sentences like "Plucking should be done promptly and quickly after bird has stopped fluttering and is still warm."

I find this a heartening contrast to the modern slow-cooker cookbook I have also been perusing, wherein (for instance) ~75% of the chicken recipes start with "take X boneless skinless chicken breast halves"....
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So I had been rereading Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon, which I hadn't read in... well over a decade, I suspect, as a beginning to an Arthurian kick. (And I have a LOT of Arthurian novels I want to reread my way through.) But the book is, to put it lightly, not light and fluffy reading. And after yesterday's news about Sushi, I really couldn't handle more fiction that depressed me and made me wonder in a not-always-pleasant way about the universe and my place in it. So I switched over to Terry Pratchett's "Making Money," which, being Discworld and more specifically being one of the books about Moist, was guaranteed to go down quickly and easily. Which it did.

I've been having to force-feed Sushi the past few days, which involves tinned food combined with water, squirted into his mouth via a large-ish plastic syringe. He doesn't particularly enjoy it but we both seem to be getting used to the system by now. It really says something about my state of mind that it made me really really happy this evening when he sniffed at the bowl I thinned the paste in, and then ate his dinner all by himself from the bowl. (This does not mean, however, that he is let off of having the nasty beefish smelling vitamin goo smeared on his nose so that he'll lick it off.) Today was better for me than yesterday... I've basically reached the acceptance at the moment that he's likely going to die much much sooner than I ever wanted him to, and that all I can do during his remaining time is take care of him and make him as happy as I can. Thus he's getting to do things that he wasn't allowed to before, such as being on my lap in the computer room. (Where he is as I type, in fact.)
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Last night Wonderful Husband and I baked cookies. Part of this was prep for Fanime in two weekends' time: we work in ConOps and always, always bake a metric fuckton of cookies and schlep them up in our luggage for Ops and anyone who happens by to enjoy. So a week or two beforehand we usually test out recipes. Last night we did chocolate chip, which came out quite well, and tried out a new oatmeal raisin variant, which... tastes quite nice, but is very flat and too sticky for good packing/schlepping/ease of subsequent separation.


The purpose of these cookies was in fact two-fold: not only were they to test recipes, but they were to be a bribe! For tonight, not too far from our home as these things go, Tamora Pierce was giving a short talk and then signing books. So I sewed up a couple small bags (embroidered her initials on the one that was plain muslin), we stuffed them with cookies, and off we went carrying ten hardbacks between us. I haven't been able to attend one of her signings since 2003, you see.... So now all of our Tortall books are signed (save the three we haven't acquired in hardback yet and the two that are, ah, very clearly ex-library copies...) as well as two of the Circle books. Which leaves me with eight more Circle books on the shelf as well as two short story collections. She's doing another signing Saturday evening in Pasadena, but though I think Wonderful Husband enjoyed tonight's talk he will probably not be willing to be schlepped to another one in two nights' time. I will probably go alone. So, should I take six (the remaining parts of the Circle quartets), eight (all Circle books), or ten (all books) with me...?
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I picked Brisingr out of my stack of books to be read as my next title. Just reading the recap of the previous two books, I'm already wondering if I should push this one lower in the stack. The improvement from Eragon to Eldest was sufficient for me to pick up this volume as well, but... not sure I can stomach this derivative of a work right now.
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Patterns of Fashion 4. I haz it. It has color pictures, if less detail of the embroideries than I might have otherwise hoped.
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Mrmphgl. Why is it that this week, despite starting with a holiday, has mostly consisted of me feeling like the living dead? I am getting very good at the zombie shuffle through life.

So, this week: lots of rain (though it seems to be sunny again at the moment), which led to me lighting lots of tea candles, which led to me baking cookies on Wednesday after work. Which, amusingly, led to Wonderful Husband asking me when I'd had time to. Um, when I got home from work two and a quarter hours before he did? The bannister is back and shiny black now, so I've been feeling less likely to accidentally trip down the stairs and damage myself. Plus Wonderful Husband owes me a dinner since he didn't think it would be back in place before the end of the week. ^_^

I finished incorporating the edits for UM20 and submitted the revised script to the timer last night. Still working on putting all the books back in the moved bookcase. Despite filling a tub full of books to be given away, there are far more books than shelf space. I suspect this may be largely due to adding The Complete Calvin and Hobbes to the bookcase... it changed one shelf height requirement and thus threw everything out of whack. Thus far, incidentally, the trashy romance novels are on the bottom of the "space" heirarchy, and I'm getting the urge to go through the other three bookcases and purge/reorganize....
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So yesterday was lots of running around doing errands and housecleaning. Someday this domicile might be fit for formal company. (Friends... well, I trust my friends will forgive me for being a wee bit slovenly.) Among other things, last night Wonderful Husband and I finished rearranging the living room to incorporate his new exercycle. This involved moving the china cabinet about a foot to one side, then moving a bookcase full of books into the space formerly held by the china cabinet. The rule of moving pieces of furniture with delicate (china) or heavy (books) items in them is to remove the items first. So at the moment the china cabinet is cleaned, dusted, and everything back inside, better organized than it was before. The books? Weeeeeell, the books are kind of still all over the living and dining rooms, though I've taken a stab at getting some of them organized and started to put 'em back on the shelves.

The upshot of this is: we have two sets of the Harry Potter books, one British and one American. Though I like the American covers better, the British take up less space and aren't reworded in the earlier books. Therefore, if anyone would like a set of hardback Harry Potter books, with dust jackets and in mint condition, drop me a comment. We also have a second copy of the British edition of the last book, hardback, adult cover, similarly in mint conditon....

Books Meme!

Oct. 3rd, 2007 01:00 pm
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Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] camwyn.

The list is the 106 books most often noted as unread by Library Thing users. Bold is for books you've read. Italics for books you've started but haven't finished. Strikethrough is for books you found unreadable.

Read more... )


May. 15th, 2007 08:25 am
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Inspired by [livejournal.com profile] swtjemz musing that all three of the Japantowns/Little Tokyos in the USA are, in fact, located in California (which is really not that surprising when you think about immigration patterns... Asian immigrants have always historically entered the country from this side, as opposed to European immigrants who of course tend to enter from the East coast.), I went to BookOff's site to see where their stores in the USA are located. One in Hawaii (of course), one in New York (been there once), and... the other three in Southern California.

Wait... there are THREE in Southern California??

The one in Costa Mesa is quite close to me, the one in Gardena I hit once in a while... but there's also one in Torrance on PCH that I didn't know about! *a gleam enters K-chan's eye* And, as opposed to the other two which are listed as "small sized," the BookOff site lists it as "medium sized".... Not today, not tonight, but soon, I shall contrive to end up there.... O:)
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Hmm. Moebius 39 was a bit of a "curry" episode. By which I do not mean Mirai's favorite Earth food, but rather the Utena episode featuring curry. In other words, utter CRACK. But at least it was amusing crack. Am wondering why Mirai's alien sense did not start tingling when Sayuri was possessed by Serpent. Possibly because he was still hiding dormant in her at that point?

Also finished the linen Regency shift I started last night. It's from the Sense and Sensibility pattern as marketed by Simplicity and went together easily enough. I think it helps that I'd had prior experience with underarm gussets, though, as when Liz was making her version earlier this week they were baffling her. I was very confused by the grainline of the gussets though... I thought the bias was always supposed to be on the diagonal of the square, to help with freedom of movement? The chemise is currently on my dressmaker's dummy. I really need to name the poor thing. I really need to actually, like, sew the cover to fit my size instead of just pinning it to such. But at least now she's clothed. I've gained real interest in "matching" Liz's project this week due to two realizations. One is that I think I have the fabric for this dress, a lovely blue print on cream raw silk that I purchased ages ago, and the second is that I can sneak Regency outfits under the fashion radar and wear them to work! Plus with any luck the construction will turn out to be fairly intuitive.

I also stopped at the library today and checked out the last Jane Austen book I've not yet read (Persuasion), and put three books on hold... Corsets and Crinolines by Norah Waugh, The Cut of Women's Clothes 1600-1930, also by Norah Waugh, and The Art of Dress 1500-1914 by Jane Ashelford. I should probably have the first and last in my hands next week, but the middle one is checked out and one other person has it on hold before me, so that may be another month. At least they have it available for checkout at all! Seven copies in the library system and six are in the Reference system, as is the sole copy of The Cut of Men's Clothes. But for now I disappear back downstairs with interfacing and muslin and my notebook and the pattern for Armida's wedding dress, and start to figure that out... after I make up another pot of tea for myself, that is.
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There is something within the specific shape, weight, and composition of a book that has the unique ability to warp time around it. Much like way the surface molecules of a drop of water have a unique tension that keeps the drop rounded rather than flat where it rests on a leaf's surface, if you gather words and ink and paper together and arrange them in just the right the right combination, you produce a time warp effect where you sit down at six o'clock to read a few pages and the next thing you know, your Wonderful Husband is informing you that it's after nine and would you like him to heat some soup for dinner as it's too late for the stir-fry you'd planned, and you realize that something like five hundred pages have flown by and where did the time go?!

Inspired by the likes of [livejournal.com profile] kelbebop and [livejournal.com profile] snarkyllama, I've decided to do the "Fifty Books in 2007" meme/challenge/thing. I've started in on the year's books with Firebirds Rising (page count: 523), a short story anthology I bought on the strength of it having a story by Tamora Pierce in it, and am actually fairly pleased with. The worst complaint I've read online is that it's heavily biased toward fantasy over science fiction. Its subject matter ranges from human empathy to serial killers to the dangers of assumption in planetary colonization. There's a quite good story on the dangers of technology, too, but I know few if any of my friends will agree with me on its point, as I am admittedly a luddite and suspicious of the role technology has come to play in modern society. One of the most pleasant surprises was a story dealing with a second human society of little people, like in Gulliver's Travels or Mistress Masham's Repose or The Littles. It's made me interested in checking out the other of the author's works in the same universe, as well as in rereading the first two of those books later this year. And, yes, the Tamora Pierce story I bought it for was good if unusual--I'm not used to reading low fantasy from her, only high, so there was a touch of cognitive dissonance for me.

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