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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. :)

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!