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17 February 2010 @ 04:23 pm
Pseudo-Spring Is In The Air!  
We've entered our annual False Spring here, and it's gorgeous. Highs in the mid-60s to almost 70, lots of stuff in bloom. We usually get a week or two of this, and then back to winter until sometime in March/April. But it's warm enough to enjoy biking outside now, instead of girding up for it!

Speaking of biking, I've mostly been without a cyclometer since Christmas. First the batteries die, and I replace them and there's a mini-revival. Last year, all was good. But this year, my CatEye model finally lost its brains (like its predecessor). At that point, it's hosed—you have a stopwatch and nothing else. I've tried to get a replacement, but everything now uses "Automatic Timer," which means that your ride is never really over—even when you're warming down or walking your bike. You can't turn the data-gathering off. I consider that a "non-feature," and it pisses me off to be 4+ weeks into this without having a replacement. I bought one, which turned out to be an Automatic Timer model (manual stop/start is on the "higher-end" version which Performance Bicycle does not sell). My husband tried to buy a ridiculously expensive and overengineered one that supposedly had a "sleep" function, but as far as I could tell that was a "lap-timer" and trying to navigate the controls while riding was horrific—it always assumed I wanted to gather information for Bike 2 (mid-ride? Seriously?) instead of changing to a different display.

Fine. I bought a low-priced GPS watch and bike mount from amazon.com. Now I'm eagerly awaiting its arrival...

Haven't been watching too much of the Olympics, other than figure-skating. Too many "Dude" sports for me—snowboarding versions of things that are more interesting to watch skiers do.

I HAVE been reading finished Everlost by Neal Shustermann, as recommended by wendy. It's fascinating, and really different from the two comedy books of his that I devoured and reviewed for Amazon.com ("The Schwa Was Here" and "Antsy Does Time").

And this weekend, we watched The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada, which we both enjoyed. The non-linear storytelling adds an element of mystery to it (there is still some mystery remaining at the end), and the theme of friendship and loyalty is very appealing (plus, it has Tommy Lee Jones, one of our weaknesses).

LJ, WHY are you randomly emailing me notifications of payment for v-gifts I bought at Christmas? Purge the queue already and move on!

ETA: Now 2/3rds through Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. Really interesting!

I can read Sam's mind: SPN: Sam Librarywendy on February 18th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
Are you enjoying Everlost? It's such a cool story imo, I hope so!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on February 18th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
I really am. It's so inventive and different! I was talking about it with my husband last night, and raving over it.

Sadly, I'm having to hide it away from my son (the kids have been at their aunt's out of town, but they're back today). Death and sadness are very touchy subjects for him, and I think the first couple of chapters would be too much. But he'll enjoy it when he's older!
alienmom: heart leafalienmom on February 18th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
False Spring

yep, having that down here too (by Fresno). i've had my windows open, feel spring cleaning coming on! LOL

love tommy lee jones too! i'll check out that movie.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Heart - greenhalfshellvenus on February 18th, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
I guess I'm not surprised-- you're just a little farther down the Valley (which explains why you get the same dreadful heat in the summer).

Do the farmers near you panic over it? Every year I read articles along the lines of "Oh noes! Almond trees blossoming early! The rain will wash away the blossoms and ruin this year's crop!" Except that it happens every year, so you'd think they'd be used to it. Heaven knows, I count on it coming in late January to mid February, and it virtually always does!

devon99 on February 18th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
*glares at you and your pseudo Spring*

It's snowing here again!! Snowing!! OMG, will it never end?

*grumbles and glares extra hard for added effect*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sad Penguinhalfshellvenus on February 18th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
Bleh. I lived in Illinois for three years, and the winters there can be 5-6 months long, with about 5-6 months of summer (heat AND humidity) on the other end.

I got SO sick of the snow. In that kind of cold, it never melts off until Spring. It just packs down and gets dirtier and icier (and the snowdrifts get taller) until it drives you completely nuts! Around February, with another 2-3 months of it left. :0