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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.