derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( May. 21st, 2009 12:29 pm)
It's warm out, feels nice on my achy old bones. I believe I shall pack my hat, shorts and sandals and go poke around the new place, cleaning and making myself feel at home. If I get hungry I can walk up the street from there and buy a hotdog. :) But I think I'll get some cheese and corn chips on my way, anyhow, so I can sit on my deck and have tea. I have no chair or table, but that's okay. I'll take one of these old cafeteria trays we have.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( May. 21st, 2009 12:07 pm)
My keychain is now FAT! :)
Just because the law says the management company is required to heat us to at least 68 degrees does not mean they have to leave it at exactly 68 degrees day after day. This is becoming tiresome. I may need to get a set of longjohns, my knees are cold. Instinct kicked in and for a while we couldn't stop eating. I've lost track of how many cups of tea I've had.

I've become such a wuss. Used to would have been I'd have been happy enough if the house was this warm. ;)

Should be writing, but am reading "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress" - damned good story. I feel horrible about every bad thing I've said about Heinlein. ;) Something about the style of it had me thinking that a Heinleinesque story written with a Bertiesque voice could possibly be quite a lot of fun - TMIAHM is narrated by a guy who leaves out all unnecessary words. But I suspect it would be encroaching on the sort of thing that Charles Stross is coming out with, soon.

Charles Stross )

And in other news of people getting back to you, Simon Carr )

Now we're cooking a ham, so that's helping the temperature in here a little.
light in the bathroom - cut for boring )

workers comp troubles - cut for even more boring )

This morning I had to finish Fortress of Solitude.  (Jonathan Lethem)

so skip the minor spoilers )

Fortress of Solitude, cut for being very specific interest )
Now I'm going to leave some spoiler space for those who might want to actually read the book without knowing the end....  I know sometimes I'm lured by the end and want to read a book to find out how they get there. 

spoilers space! )

spoilers for the end of the book )

Shoot.  Now it's time for the woman from the doctors office to call back.  Any time in the next two hours.  And I haven't gone to the gym.  Again, today.  Damn it.  And I'm starving.  Oh yeah, two cups of tea and a book do NOT breakfast make. 
Such a relief to see normal trees and coastline again as we flew in.  I know that [ profile] eor is right and it's just that this is home, to me, but it looks to my eyes so fundamentally like a place people should live. 

I've got meat cooking for tacos because [ profile] eor reminds me that "breakfast was long ago and you are not fleet of foot."  Oddly, I'm not nearly as famished as he, though that may have something to do with me having cleaned up biscuits, gravy, eggs, grits, tea and a Bacardi and coke for breakfast (which we had in Atlanta), and a piece of fudge and one of those turtle nut clusters for desert. 

Our tub looks beautiful!  Our management company had it re-enameled for us while we were away, and I promise I'm trying it out this evening! 

I finished "Tales of St. Austin's" on the plane (erratic, but fun to read) and began G.K. Chesterton's "The Man Who Was Thursday" (good stuff - I particularly like the philosopher policemen idea).  So, I notice a mention of green carnations in the introductory poem of TMWWT...  who's got the low-down on the homoerotic subtext of this story? 

other stuff I read while I was gone )

Oddly, I did not read the one book I specifically took to read by the pool, Emily Eden's letters to her sister.  I think because I could barely get myself to stay outside for any length of time, it was too hot for me. 

And now I think I'll leave the discussion of the rest of our vacation for later and get to work on that food, and catching up properly on all of you.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Jun. 14th, 2006 07:57 am)
There's bedbugs in our building, and they're going to fumigate next Monday.  Of course, we're going to be gone, which is kind of convenient in some ways, but we've got to get the house prepared and cleaned before we go, which is terribly inconvenient.  I wonder, though, if I have to wash every stitch of cloth in the house in hot water?  The instructions aren't really clear to me.  And, of course, some things can't be washed in hot water - our sweaters would all shrink.  Okay, not all, but the really good ones.  Should I take anything which can't be washed hot to a dry cleaners?  I called the management company, but I don't expect they'll get back to me.  I've looked around online, but I haven't got the mad research skillz.  I wasn't sure, before I started researching online, if they meant I should wash all clothing or just dirty clothing, but now it seems clear they really did mean all clothing.  I'm going to have to ask for Friday off to attend to this.  And I suppose I should check with the dry cleaners to make sure it's okay that I leave my clothes for over a week.  Hm.  I wonder if I could leave a good chunk of the other clothing with a cleaner, as well?  It would make everything much easier, although more expensive.  I've never dealt with this problem, before.  Creepy crawly! 

eta: According to this site bedbugs do not move far, and treatment is generally NOT needed on all bedrooms in a building. However, one should expect to have to do treatments three times in the first month after finding them. I love this. Our management is threatening us with eviction or having to pay for it ourselves if we don't do our cleaning correctly and they have to do the treatment a second time.

PS! The good news of today is that I got a phone message from my brother, Eightball, last night saying he actually WILL come visit! He's only managed to get three days away, which to my mind is a ridiculously short amount of time to allow someone to get to Maine and visit family they haven't seen in years, but it's something, anyway, and I'll be so glad to see him that I can't even express it.


derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
Curried Goat in a paper cup


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