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23 March 2017 @ 12:13 pm
Soon, soon...  
Our daughter comes home Saturday for Spring Break, so I'm looking forward to that. We'll have about 5 days total before she flies to visit a friend in D.C. for the remainder of the week, as she did last year (the extra leg in the trip was her Christmas present). At this point, I'm lucky to have 5 days off in a row—including the weekend ones! Gah. This work schedule means that on Tuesday nights, the next day seems like it should be Thursday. But is not. :(

I don't know what we'll do while our daughter is here, but I'm betting a trip to Ernesto's is on her list. She picks Mexican restaurants based on their guacamole, which often is all she eats. :O

I've been catching up with post-hiatus The Walking Dead, and could not hate the whole Negan plot-line more. I realize that it's in the graphic novels, but it's much too hard to watch. Reading with illustrations is much less assaultive than viewing. I don't much care for the new group of people recently introduced, either. There's a certain ant-colony feeling to them. Not quite a Borg collective, but similar. And cold. :(

We watched Mememto last weekend with TeenSon. I had remembered the basic memory-loss plot and that the movie was good, but I'd forgotten the details of why it was so good. Telling the story in reverse was really the kicker—the viewer remembers the main character's thinking from his "future," and progressively learns how wrong he is and why. Still genius. :)

Books: I've read a couple of Temperance Brennan novels my mother sent back with me at Christmas—both re-reads, as it turns out, but it's been long enough since the first time. I previously finished Anne Tyler's Vinegar Girl, a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew that was a quick and enjoyable. I'm finishing something on the Kindle, too, and then I'll pull something off the e-book list to read next. We have some passed-along books around the house that I'm trying to get through, so I might be able to resist going to the library to raid the shelves. Maybe. It's been months, though, and the urge really builds up. Fresh books!

So, taxes aren't done yet, work is still mainly 6 days a week and a lot of weeknights, and I'm eating too much chocolate. What's new with you?

Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on April 10th, 2017 05:26 am (UTC)
I am amazed that I am still on track with my Goodread's Around the Year in 52 Books, although I am reading virtually no fanfic now. It seems like I can manage one or the other, but not both. At least not now, during the busiest time of the year for me.

Vinegar Girl is one I will be reading soon, so I am glad to hear you liked it. I just finished Armada by Ernest Cline, which I don't recommend, but am currently reading 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster, which is absolutely brilliant.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on April 10th, 2017 07:44 am (UTC)
Ooh, I looked up 4 3 2 1 -- that sounds interesting!

I'm lucky to get book reading in around Idol (both the reading AND writing take up a lot of time), but I think I'm at 17 books so far, so right on track. Plus... I went to the library yesterday, and brought about 7 potential reads for me plus others for my son. A fresh pile of potential fun!

Which is good, because the thing I'm reading on the Kindle right now ("Never Let Me Go")? I'm still waiting for some sense of what the heck the present is supposed to be about, after tons of flashback about the characters' upbringings and the hint of something sinister. I must be at least 13-15 chapters in now, and... still no concrete idea what the novel's concept of present-day "reality" is, just that it isn't the same as ours. \o?