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06 May 2013 @ 11:33 am
Now with 99% less trauma...  
There were bunches of random things I was going to post up last week, before the whole health scare over my oldest sister (who is back in her nursing home now, and still recuperating).

On to the frivolous!

I finally bought new running shoes again. This takes years, because the store I like isn't near us, but they're who can look at my old shoes and know what the updated model is (important for pronation control, since not all Asics have that). They also have a 30-day return policy, in case the shoes are somehow trashing your legs or feet. Took the shoes for an inaugural run yesterday, and so far so good. But this year's design, with the hot-pink-and-orange swirls? Looks like a carnival threw up on there. Urk.

I've finished some books. Because of the trip last weekend, I hit an all-time high of reading 6 books at once, since I didn't want to take the home books (all hardcover) on the plane: The Woman Who Died A Lot (bedside book), Flimsy, Little Plastic Miracles and Letters To Rapunzel (house-wide books, and I started the second to see if I wanted to renew it or return it to the library, since it was due), The Maiden's Grave (office gym book), Duckling Ugly (travel book #1), and Pride And Prejudice (hospital book on Kindle that fits in purse). Letters to Rapunzel was good-- it's kidLit, but fun for all ages. I reviewed it on goodreads. Flimsy, Little Plastic Miracles was also good, though you do wind up wondering (given its worlds-within-worlds setup) how much of it is fiction and how much abstracted reality. Duckling Ugly showed again why I love Neal Shusterman (YA fiction) so much. Still working on the others, and have probably already bailed on a second Jeffrey Deaver I started during the trip (I utterly loathe country music, and the book's "victim" seems overly precious. Though I do like her cheerful and oblivious stalker, who thinks he's rescuing her from her oppressive entourage rather than terrifying her (!).)

We watched Wreck-it Ralph this weekend, which was funny and had fantastic artwork (the Candyland world was terrific). Also introduced the kids to Be Kind, Rewind and its Sweded movies. SO awesome.

Now it's Monday, and the grind resumes. *sigh* I used to love my job, but the last couple of years have not been good. :(

SeaGaljocosa on May 6th, 2013 07:29 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on May 6th, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
I saw those when I Googled "Asics," and thought they were even more frightening than mine. :O

You know, my previous dead pair that's about 4 years old is gray and light blue. And before that, something similarly tame.

What is this new trend in Asics? How can "Clown Vogue" be the brainchild of anything but a person with severe colorblindness? o_O
SeaGaljocosa on May 6th, 2013 11:03 pm (UTC)

I picked them intentionally. *sheepish grin*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 7th, 2013 12:57 am (UTC)
Ah, well if you like them, then they're just fun.

But if you lean toward the less-noticeable apparel in all forms, then even mine make you think, "Well, at least they're not the PURPLE ones in that style."

Have at it, then! And make them do your bidding. :)
cindytsuki_no_bara on May 7th, 2013 02:25 am (UTC)
those running shoes look like they glow in the dark. you'll never lose them!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laugh SPNhalfshellvenus on May 7th, 2013 02:38 am (UTC)
Haha! What I can't figure out is, why the swirls down toward the inside of the shoe? WHY.

Here's another "Why?" I just fell across ten minutes ago. I need to save this somewhere:

W. and Putin, and how do you post this picture without an explanation?!?

Seriously, was it Harry Potter day at the U.N., or what? o_O
cindy: wtf? (rafi by sandradelete)tsuki_no_bara on May 7th, 2013 05:18 am (UTC)
what the hell? were they practicing to be wizards? i totally don't get that photo at all.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on May 7th, 2013 05:57 am (UTC)
It looks wizard-related to me, too. How random is that?!?

I also like that W. has a happy idiot look on his face, and Putin's body language is all "WTF?" instead. ;)
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on May 14th, 2013 05:14 am (UTC)
What did you think of "The Woman Who Died A Lot"? I am a Jasper Fforde fan but haven't been equally enamored of all the Thursday Next books. Should I give this one a try?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 14th, 2013 05:45 am (UTC)
I'm enjoying it quite a bit, though it's not quite the level of "Something Rotten" or "The Well Of Lost Plots" (two of my favorites).

As usual, there are a number of little weird details that I love. The idea of multiple parallel universes (only one of which has the French) is typical Fforde humor.

Worth checking at from the library, at least!