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29 December 2015 @ 11:51 pm
And we're back...  
We returned home today after visiting family in Oregon. A good trip, but always so tiring—it's eight hours of driving each way, in the best of weather, and tends to wipe us all out. I'm hoping to do more over the next few days than just put things away and clear up Xmas stuff. Probably a lot of garage biking, though—the weather is clear, but cold.

I started and finished reading The Painter by Peter Heller over the course of the trip. It was an interesting story, not as good as The Dog Stars but a little less irritating to read. At least there were quotation marks for dialogue in this one, although still not enough commas. I would also dearly love to cure the author of the tendency to. Break. Sentences in random places. For effect.

I'm also almost all the way through Master Of None, which has been surprisingly gripping. I started it yesterday morning! And I finished When It's A Jar before I left, which I enjoyed quite a bit—mostly for the weird touches. Killing a dragon with a breadknife! Goblin universe newspaper reporting!

On the way back down I-5, we stopped for gas in the town of Rogue River, which we have never done before. Please, let us remember for future reference that the Rogue River Chevron station has a store cat! It's a plump little black cat who sits in front of the gas station minimart, looking for random petting and treats. One of the employees says the cat has been there eight years now. Our son and I both had to stop to pet her, and thought about our own fat little black cat, waiting for us at home in the garage and wondering where all the warm laps had gone.

I hope you're all recovering from the holidays (the first one, at least), and not too snowed-in or otherwise weather-afflicted. :)

Danmuchtooarrogant on December 30th, 2015 02:40 pm (UTC)
"wondering where all the warm laps had gone."

LOL Welcome home!

No bad weather here, just clouds, which have the Blind Man bitchy, since he had hoped for sun, even cold sun, before restarting work next week. Ah well.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 30th, 2015 09:14 pm (UTC)
There was very little sun up in Eugene (a lot of rain, and we weren't there that long!), and it's actually cloudy today, because the forecast was a lie. Except for the temperature. :(

Are you in the part of Texas that gets more rain in the winter? We're still behind on rain in California, after several years of drought, and meanwhile... other parts of the country are flooding. Argh!
Danmuchtooarrogant on December 30th, 2015 09:25 pm (UTC)
We live in Austin, which is pretty close to the middle of the state. We've been under water rationing for the past couple of years, mostly in a hopeless attempt to maintain the dwindling aquifers I'm sure, but have actually gotten a fair amount of rain this year.

bleodsweanbleodswean on December 30th, 2015 04:21 pm (UTC)
Welcome back! How were the roads? Hahahahaha - store cat! We needed a pic of this black kittie!

I am so admiring of how much you READ!!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 30th, 2015 09:17 pm (UTC)
The roads were good-- we left and returned on the two clear days in a week's weather for the I-5 Siskiyou Summit. The best you can do is check the Yreka and Ashland forecasts, and Saturday and Tuesday were the only good days.

I was looking for a picture of the store cat online last night, and it didn't occur to me that WE could have taken one. Because I have a dumb-phone, my son's phone's batteries were out, and our daughter was all "meh" on the store cat concept. Boo.

That road trip helped with the reading, but my time at the gym helps too. There's usually at least 1 day a week on the elliptical trainer in the winter, and I use a stationary bike at my parents' house, so that is all reading time. :D
cindy: soup of the daytsuki_no_bara on December 30th, 2015 11:10 pm (UTC)
a store cat! i love that. i've heard of store cats at bookstores, but never at a gas station mini-mart. did she just randomly show up one day and stay? does she belong to someone who works there? how random and cute.

i bet your own kitty was glad to have the warm laps you back home.

do you read really fast? because seriously, it seems like you blow through books like *that*. which is impressive as hell! and means that fairly frequently you mention a book i think i'd like. i mean, when it's a jar sounds really fun.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on December 31st, 2015 04:15 am (UTC)
I think the store cat adopted the gas station, but I don't know for sure. She sits out front, and people come up and pet her-- so clearly, she's really friendly. If she were skittish, she would hide behind the minimart!

Our cat was very happy to see us. Lots of rubbing and snuggling and purring all night long. She really misses us when we're gone.

I read pretty quickly, but it's nothing compared to my son. He read that book within about four hours on the trip back home! I think you would like that one, too. It was kind of loopy!
Vice Captain of the Universesweeny_todd on December 31st, 2015 09:58 pm (UTC)
glad you had a nice time! And all that reading!

awwww... store cat <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 31st, 2015 10:14 pm (UTC)
The store cat was such a surprise. Bookstore cats? All the time. One of our local pet stores also had a store cat. But a gas station minimart? Looks like she adopted the place, and never left. Free pets! Random treats! Such a deal. :)