July 8th, 2008

Venus

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Here's a meme you've seen floating around, I'm sure. I was recently tagged by dove95 for it, so here we go:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.

Well, I do actually have a book, which is rare— I have some CDs here at the desk, and a map of Oregon and Turbotax, but this is the only book. If I were at the office, you might be getting C-code or Kornshell scripting instead. :0

On the other hand... what an unfortunate page choice #123 was! Sentence number two was the bulk of a paragraph, which meant that sentence number five was the last one on the page. I had to spill over to the next page to finish this:

"You'll stay right here, Olaf, until the others arrive and we decide what to do with you."

"I'm not Count Olaf," Olaf said, "but in the meantime, could I have a sip of this coconut cordial I heard mentioned?"

"No," Friday said, and turned her back on the villain to gaze wistfully at the cube of books.


As you might suspect, this is one of the Lemony Snicket books— the final one in, fact: "The End."

I tag none but those who wish to participate. Bonus points if you're somewhere inconvenient and have a meager supply of books nearby. :D


Venus

*koff* *koff*

The smoke is back. *sigh* The number of wildfires is increasing (lightning storms), and we're at over 300 statewide. A coworker tells me that the containment date on one fire slightly near his house has been revised to October 1st, meaning that they're going to let it burn itself out because they're short on resources and they think they've got it well-banked. Meanwhile, the air in that region (people live downwind of there!) will be affected for months. :(

Now I'm getting worried about our upcoming camping plans (next weekend) and Lauren's trip to Girl Scout Camp (2 1/2 weeks). I hope we don't have to cancel either of those. :(

Sunday, we'd planned to go to a local waterpark to make the best of near 100o temperatures. But thanks to the smoke we went to the movies to see WALL-E instead. What an adorable movie— I could rewatch it right now! Cute, heartfelt, lots of wonderful details (spork FTW!), and a nice environmental message too. :)

Our Saturday family movie was E.T., which I hadn't seen for years. Lauren (almost-11) bailed out on it, which turned out to be very smart. The painful part near the end was too intense for me, and it went on for a long time. I'm sorry she missed so much of the cuteness leading up to that, but it was a wise decision on her part.

The Fourth-of-July was great— cool temperatures for the first time ever, though everyone was still hot by the end of the morning parade. And the visit to my brother was a lot of fun, with excellent steak, tasty ice-cream-soup (my SIL didn't realize that ice-cream machines are serious about using rock salt and not table salt). The fireworks were fun, with Christopher helping to announce the entries. The finale, he somehow discerned in the dark, offered the "Maximum powder allowed by law!"

How was everyone else's weekend?