April 26th, 2015



Just when I thought my periods might be over for good, I got surprised last Thursday-- after 4 months off the pill and no evidence of needing to take it anymore. That was followed by a wardrobe emergency on Friday. Collapse )

After I got home on Friday, I spent about two hours dithering over whether to bicycle outside given the amount of wind. I finally remembered that biking on windy days is only dangerous near my office (where a gust can push me toward a ditch or into traffic). On the bike path near the house? It's mostly just annoying. So, I went out. At one point, I saw a lizard zipping across the pavement. I used to see LOTs of them, back before the egret and turkey population exploded. Now? I think they're losing the Food Chain war.

I ran most of my 5 miles on Saturday, though I may lose that 5th mile as we move toward summer. I'd hate to drop back, but I overheat so easily. Afterwards, I did yardwork in which I finally planted the bulbs I've been meaning to get to for the last 3-4 weeks. All but one of the tulips had disintegrated or shriveled in the years since I bought them, and the irises were too damp, so the results may be unimpressive.

I finished the "meh" Lisa Scottoline book and am halfway through the Fforde's third book in his YA series. I started a Pratchett novel that I may not stay with (Fantasy is an iffy genre for me), and hope to finish that gym book soon so I can start another. It has been less that gripping, let me say.

Our son's English teacher is following a long tradition of making students hate good books. To combat the rise in Spark Notes/etc. (we think?), this teacher likes to give quizzes where many of the questions involve irrelevant details. Such as, the date of a newspaper mentioned in passing that had no significant bearing on the characters or plot. The result is that, even with reading the books 3-4 times, our son sometimes does no better on the quizzes than the kids who only read the Spark Notes and not the books. Everyone understands the meaningful parts of the story/construct/characters, but the random questions are TOO random. Gah. As with most of these, our son thought the current book was pretty good, but he'll be hating it after a few more readthroughs...

We watched The Hundred Foot Journey this weekend. Sweet movie, beautiful scenery, lovely cast.

I did NOT manage to repair the catnip bat, whose stuffing is bursting out the bottom because somebody shredded the seams with her little teeth. Unless the to-be-fixed item is next to the sofa, I'll tend to forget about it. And since the cat sleeps on the sofa, I can't put the bat within reach. It's been sidelined for months now.

All right. Monday's coming, and this week had better be less hectic than the last one. I still have drabbles to finish!