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24 May 2014 @ 11:54 pm
I was going to post an entry about a week ago, but my Saturday fell apart, my parents visited clear through Monday morning, and this past week got derailed.

Going into last weekend, I was within 30 pages of finishing three different books, and polished them all off: The Twelfth Card (a mystery, Lincoln Rhyme series), The Man Who Ate The 747 (cute, and never became as heavily a romance as I'd feared it might), and NOS4A2. That last book was just fascinating. Joe Hill is awfully hard on his characters, but they prove themselves to be resilient. He takes ordinary-seeming people and puts them through impossible events and challenges, and somehow they find it within themselves to survive. He's also extremely creative. Based on the title (sound it out!), you might think you know what NOS4A2 is about, but that turns out to be a loose abstraction of something entirely different.

Now that those are done, I'm reading The Gods Of Guilt (Michael Connelly, in the Lincoln Lawyer series), American Gods (so far, liking it less than "Anansi Boys"), and some Jack Reacher novel is waiting for the gym. I'm trying to finish up the one Connelly so I can get to Trunk Music (in the Harry Bosch series).

HalfshellHusband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary this week. It was on a week night, so fairly subdued. We did not make plans in time for going away this weekend (we forgot we could potentially leave the kids by themslves now), and were going to spend a nice day together today... but life turned upside down midweek when his brother had a stroke and went into the hospital. He had a number of other strokes after that, even on blood thinners and medication, but (*crosses fingers*) does not seem to have suffered permanent damage. All of that has slowed down to where the hospital might release him tomorrow. Scary as hell. We're just glad he seems to be doing okay.

Everything else is just kind of blurring together, for now...

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bleodsweanbleodswean on May 25th, 2014 02:21 pm (UTC)
Things do sound hectic in that disturbingly blurring way. Sorry, hon.

Happy Anniversary. It's an achievement in these modern times and you both should be fiercely proud of yourselves!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 26th, 2014 02:16 am (UTC)
Thank you! I can't believe it's been 25 years already, and I hope we are able to have at least 25 more. He's one in a million. :)
heliokleia: POOH IC - HUGSheliokleia on May 25th, 2014 05:47 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary, my dear Mme Venus!

So you've been very busy, hm? Oh dear... My best wishes to your b-i-l and hopefully, he'll be OK again very soon.

So you're enjoying the novels of Lee Child & Michael Connelly too, then? JOLLY GOOD, Mme Venus, because they both are two of my favourite novelists in the thriller department as well.
- Though, I like Harry Bosch</b> more then his half-brother Michael, I love to read both their adventures. Not to forget our dear Mr Reacher, of course, hehe... ;)

So again, my best wishes to you and your family, sweetheart and I hope you're having a more peacefull week.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 26th, 2014 02:20 am (UTC)
Thank you for the kind thoughts, on all fronts! My BIL is home, and seems much better. He was very lucky.

I think Lee Child is a good read, and I've noticed that he-man Jack Reacher has no problem with strong women (he'll work with whoever helps him, and he doesn't underestimate their input) or characters of color. It's lovely.

I adore the Harry Bosch books SO much (I finished the Michael book, and have now started Trunk Music). I must say that "The Gods Of Guilt" was better than the last Lincoln Lawyer book I read. Suspenseful, and I was interested in all of the characters and felt little urge to smack Mickey Haller around (as I usually do at least once a book, because he can get smug).
cindy: cupcake (by interlock)tsuki_no_bara on May 25th, 2014 07:46 pm (UTC)
i think i liked anansi boys better than american gods too. american gods was kind of hard to get into.

happy anniversary! i'm really sorry about hsh's brother, tho. i hope he's ok now.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 26th, 2014 02:21 am (UTC)
American Gods is dark and thus far, unpleasant (also a bit lurid-- I'm regretting letting my 14-year-old son read it!). Anansi Boys was lighter, and had such a wonderful sense of irony throughout.

HSH's brother is home, and doing really well thus far, so we're keeping our fingers crossed.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on May 25th, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
happy anniversary

gvs for your bro in law
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 26th, 2014 02:22 am (UTC)
Thank you on both accounts!

The B-I-L is doing well, and so far has been lucky in not having permanent damage (really, in surviving the two major and many minor strokes).
ecosopherecosopher on May 26th, 2014 01:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, no! How is your BIL doing now?

You definitely sound like you've had your hands full. Happy Anniversary, though! 25 years! Congratulations, that is wonderful. (Made me smile when you wrote you realised you could leave your children at home and go to dinner on your own. I think I'll have trouble getting used to that idea when it happens, too!)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 27th, 2014 06:39 am (UTC)
My BIL is home again, and feeling pretty good if a little weak. He was very lucky to have escaped without permanent damage.

Our kids are actually old enough that we could go away for the weekend. This is the first time that has potentially been the case! Having them reach the age where we could go out to dinner or a movie was really nice-- just not being enslaved to the availability of a good babysitter was really nice. :D
Maz (or foxxy!): Cocktailtuesdaeschild on May 26th, 2014 05:07 pm (UTC)
Happy Silver Wedding Anniversary, sweetheart. Such a shame circumstances stopped you spending a lovely day together yesterday but I hope HSH's brother will be fine and you get to have a special day together in the not too distant future. ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 27th, 2014 06:41 am (UTC)
HSH and I spent some time on Sunday doing what we'd planned to do Saturday, since the opportunity arose. But we'd still like to get away for a weekend.

Next time, we will remember that we can plan for that-- for the first real time in sixteen years!
angels3angels3 on May 26th, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
I hope things work out for your brother in law. How is your husband doing with his own medical issues?

Congratulations on the 25th :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 27th, 2014 06:43 am (UTC)
My BIL is doing better, and is at home now. He's been released to return to normal activity, which is pretty amazing.

My husband is coping pretty well with his own condition, though he hates how tired it makes him to be on his feet for long, and the sodium restrictions make it really hard for him to eat out or enjoy most regular foods. He's handling it better than I would, but I'm sorry he can't just do the things he wants to.

It's amazing to have reached 25 years so quickly! I sure hope the next 25 don't fly by so quickly.
C.xitsjustc on May 26th, 2014 10:47 pm (UTC)
Gosh 25 years! I actually imagined you to have children around 10 - 13! (although I realise that's still not impossible even if you've been married for 25 years)

We must be nearer the same age than I first thought! Although I think I'm may be just slightly older.

I deleted my original sentence which was that I hope your Brother in law is feeling better.

Edited at 2014-05-26 10:51 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 27th, 2014 06:45 am (UTC)
The kids are slightly older-- 16 and 14. We got a bit of a late start, but were still earlier than either of our parents. ;)

I'm 50 now, so I suspect you're a bit younger. Most people on LJ are!

My BIL is feeling much better, and is back home now. It was a frightening time for everyone, and we're so glad he made it through safely!