A better end to the day

Oct. 21st, 2014 08:32 pm
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Charles wasn't thrilled to see me when I picked him up today, but we got home, and we avoided the temptation of shopping while cross with each other, and then he helped me put the bins out.

Then we got food-for-children on the go, and I had some consolatory chocolate ovaltine, and Jonny helped me wrangle children while Tony made delicious filling beans+bacon with truly luxurious amounts of butter and garlic. Charles talked to me some more about Christmas cards, but this time when he wasn't hungry, and we came to mutual understanding and agreement, and there were lots of hugs.

Tony and I had beans and bacon, and a mutual-support-and-venting conversation, and Charles has been reading upstairs, and Nicholas is being affectionate and chatty, and in general the world is a much better place than it was 12 hours ago.

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Oct. 21st, 2014 02:37 pm
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Things I hate:

Receiving, as the response to a query-for-information e-mailed to a public service entity's advertised e-mail address for such queries, "telephone me during such and such hours". Seriously; if I was any good at coping with telephones, I would have made my query by telephone in the first place.

Oh parenting

Oct. 21st, 2014 09:21 am
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By 8am this morning I had already:tales of success and woe )

Why is there never any chocolate left?

Quidditch in the park

Oct. 20th, 2014 12:07 pm
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Yesterday I walked into town with Nicholas to get him new shoes and do other errands.  He asked to walk when we crossed Jesus Green, and as we were making our slow erratic way across the park he gestured and asked about the people playing some kind of ball game enthusiastically to our right.  I glanced over properly (most of my focus being on him up until that point), and took in the three goals at each end, and the sticks between players' legs, and the pattern of play.

"Yes darling," I said.  "They're playing Quidditch."

I'm not sure I'm happier that there were people playing Quidditch in the park on a Sunday lunchtime, or that I could recognise it in a glance.

Nico has not been paying sufficient attention to Harry Potter to care about such things. Charles might have done, if he'd been with me.  We haven't got much further through the books because he is focused on Diary of a Wimpy Kid and its sequels.  I'd rather be reading Harry Potter but so long as there is reading at all, I am not complaining.   Too easy to kill his enthusiasm.


Oct. 19th, 2014 11:59 am
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We have two shoe racks to give away:

They have been claimed and have left the garage!

Little improvements

Oct. 19th, 2014 11:50 am
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Last weekend when I was migrainey, I spent a bit of time thinking and ordering stuff to improve our hallway and kitchen.  The stuff arrived during the week, and I spent much of yesterday sorting it out and installing it, variously assisted by children and spouse.

In probably tedious detail if you aren't me )

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Oct. 18th, 2014 09:41 pm
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Mmmm. There are few moments in metal quite so awesome as the ninth minute of "Rime of the Ancient Mariner".

(The tenth minute is pretty good, but lacks the sheer goosebump value of the ninth.)

This post brought to you by listening to "Heaven and Hell" by Black Sabbath and thinking "this is like listening to slower fuzzier not-as-good Iron Maiden" so I put on actual Iron Maiden instead.

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More in my SFF reading project:

I listened to John Chu's reading of his short story The Water That Falls on You From Nowhere. It's a sweet story. I didn't realise until it was discussed on Galactic Suburbia recently that I had both lost and gained something by listening to it rather than reading it: specifically, hearing the Mandarin words has a different effect, I think, for a non-speaker, than seeing them written.

I'm hoping to do a lot more listening to shorter stories. It's not a format I've spent much time with. I'd like to try "The Lady Astronaut of Mars" in audio (as originally published, in that case), although it's a pain that I need to buy an entire collection to do so.

This week I've read Mary Robinette Kowal's Glamourist Histories (the four published books, of course). I'd actually read Shades of Milk and Honey a year or two ago, when there was some issue with e-books not being easily available so I stopped there. I intended to start with Glamour in Glass this time but didn't remember enough of Milk and Honey, so re-read it.

Spoilery discussion )

Next up: I want to read along with [personal profile] kate_nepveu's Strange and Norrell re-read. (I've read S&N two or three times before.) Crap, already behind. Aside from that I'm thinking I will read Ancillary Justice and then if I like it, Ancillary Sword. I read the first 20 pages or so of the former and it seemed interesting, although I think it's part of a cultural conversation I have read essentially nothing of. (Spaceships with personalities.)

I wondered if all this Regency-with-magic meant I should check in on Age-of-Sail-with-dragons (Temeraire), which I last read when Tongues of Serpents came out. I didn't stop there just because that was the latest one: there's an unflattering review in a locked DW back in the day about the poor Australian history in that, and, speaking as someone who lives in NSW, it seriously lacks a sense of place. However, I might look back in on it when the very last one comes out, and see how it finished up, just for the sense of completion.

General query

Oct. 13th, 2014 04:08 pm
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What are red flags in scifi/fantasy magazines' calls for submissions? What words/phrases make you think "ew, avoid"?

(for a project I'm working on)


Oct. 12th, 2014 12:55 pm
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C: "Mum, I know why the tooth fairy was a day late that one time when I put the tooth under my pillow and she didn't come and take it away that night but the next one.  It's because you fell asleep early that night, and you are disguising yourself as the tooth fairy!"

Me: "Is that so?  Shall I stop?"

C: "No! Because I like getting the money."

There is a new tooth going under the pillow tonight.  I'm currently considering leaving extra tonight as a bonus for having worked it out.

I'm wondering if when he'll take the next logical step and figure out who's filling the stockings on Christmas Eve.

(Now both children are dancing around the kitchen to Talking 'Bout My Generation. Sometimes they are lovely together.)

This week is rubbish

Oct. 11th, 2014 10:37 am
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Sunday: mild migraine - got very little done
Monday: recovery day - as migraine was mild I was able to work, but I did minimal effort apart from that
Tuesday: easy normal day with no run
Wednesday: busy day, lots of walking, no run
Thursday: in theory a fully recovered day, should have been out running at lunchtime but lacked all motivation and didn't
Friday: mild migraine, could still work, weekend plans cancelled, that explains my mood Thursday
Saturday: migraine continues

I know what the stress trigger is behind this, but I can't fix it easily (that's why it's stressful!).  (It's child-related and not for public discussion, sorry, not trying to be all I-have-a-secret at you, readers.)   Running is a great coping mechanism but not at times like this, where there aren't enough days I can run.  I need better/alternative coping mechanisms. 

I can't fix it today.  Today is for resting and recovering so I can do my job next week.  I have used three Audible credits on Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, and the first third of the BBC Lord of the Rings adaptation by Brian Sibley.

Oh, a boat

Oct. 10th, 2014 10:43 am
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Today's XKCD usefully skewers the devil's advocate approach to discussion, which long-time readers will remember I loathe.

It's the alt-text that makes it, for me.  I still don't want to be your entertainment.  Go find a boat.


Oct. 9th, 2014 10:05 am
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Eee! I started having singing lessons again this week. I gained so much confidence from the first lot, and now that I'm back in both London and employment I'm really excited to be starting them again.

I'm not really sure what sort of repertoire I want to work on. I'm going to start working towards an exam soonish, (Grade 4, at CN's suggestion, which strikes me as a bit scarily high to be starting at, but I'm sure they know best) so to some extent it'll be guided by the syllabus, but I probably want to do other things as well. People who sing - any suggestions of fun not-too-hard baritone/bass stuff I might want to have a look at?


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