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Well, let's start with 50 Books, shall we? In no particular order:

1) Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper - I then lent it to my dad whose first comment was "I want to buy a cleaver now." I, already being in possession of a cleaver, bought two of her cookbooks, both for
specific regions. Land of Plenty, which is Sichuanese, and Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook, which is Hunan. There's a bunch of really good stuff in them, and I'm really looking forward to cooking out of it.

2) The Fortune Cookie Chronicles - short, easy, read on take-out Chinese in the US. I'm fairly convinced it's related to an article in the Times a few years ago about the origins of fortune cookies, but damned if I totally know.

3) The Umbrella Academy, Volume 1 - Surprisingly good. I nabbed in on the cheap for the iPhone (Dark Horse is putting out a bunch of trades in such a format) and got sucked in. The James Jean cover art may or may not have been partially responsible.

4) Percy Jackson and the Olympians - The Lightning Thief - I... don't know. I'll probably read the rest, but I don't think it was absolutely wonderful. The characters and the characteristics of their immortal parents were well-done, and the idea was good, but I felt it was... a bit lacking somehow.

The next books sitting on the to-read list are mostly partially-read. Likely, they'll get tossed aside in favor of a history of the Custer Battlefield since 1876 (work reading, title is Striken Field) and You Are Not A Gadget, which I think, based on some skimming, I will both love and hate. Expected reaction shouldn't be as violent as the one to Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, which is one of the few books where I've wanted to kill the writer.




Other than that, I went out to fighter practice tonight. I'm not a newbie, I am uber!noob! But, on the bright side, I practiced some simple things with Bryan and am feeling a bit better with stuff overall. With luck, enough friends will be willing to put up with me poking at them for a bit of time once a week, and all shall be good. Did discover I need to retape my tip though - red on black... not so good for my sight. Definitely need to get in better shape, but this is a good reason.

Also working on cleaning the house, which is a slow process. Translation - getting the library and spare bedroom to actually *be* such things. It's working out though, which is a nice thing. It's also rather overdue. (If you can consider it a few months to be overdue.) In the end, jut happy to be getting the house together and everything settled. After Crown - and btw, we'll be there Saturday and a bit of Sunday - we're going to get the yard in order.

Tomorrow, between work and CSA pickup, my plans involve, quite simply, homework. I feel like I'm running a little behind, but really I know I'm ok. Need to finish something for last week, but I should be alright, I think, as it's kind of not too much.

About the only downside to all of this is that one of my eyes seems to be a bit sore/painful. I actually think it may be a stye, but that doesn't make things any less annoying. Combined with the fact that I spent all morning being very sniffly, it's not been a good day in Willa!health.
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This beautiful, mellow, mood continues. (Which simply means the Alia icon is being used because I feel like it.)

Did some cleaning today - the apartment is looking a bit habitable again. Well, mostly. Laundry's going right now, and then tackle the rest of the dishes and the table. Hrmmm... should probably drag out the vacuum as well. ETA: Put a decent-sized dent into other chaos as well. Woot!

I've got schoolwork I need to get working on soon, but even that's not bugging me horribly. This may, or may not, be a good thing. *grin*

Need to work on my A&S projects - or at least start soon. I've been pulling articles as I go, which is helping, and my copy of Cooking Apicius has reappeared. This is a good thing.

Starship Troopers also came back - after being lost since I came back from Santa Fe.

Should properly finish up [livejournal.com profile] domnall's coat, and finish the other I've got cut out. Need to cut out boars, and start working on last part of our wool/fleece coats...

I need to properly outfit my gunbunny in Shadowrun. (hot elf chick with dreadlocks and charisma out the wazoo. the idea of playing a stereotype amused me. if the required mods weren't so taboo, she'd probably have looked very much like Fran from FFXII.)
swordmage: (Thoughtful)
Well, school starts today. Currently, am on campus outside the art building. I feel like I should make the comment about how freshmen seem to be getting taller every year.

Bought a bike yesterday, so I can more easily get to school and work. While I'm not drenched in sweat, it's enough that I'm going "yep, out of shape." With luck, this'll help some. It's rather peaceful coming in this way, and i do have a bus pass for those times when the weather is ick. Bike is a nice little all-purpose commuter model in a pretty pale blue. (I'm not going off-road, or anything more serious than errands. And I like it.) Also got a rear mounted rack for it, since I could get them to install it, and will pick up baskets in the near future.

Then we had dad over for dinner and Weeds. *sigh* I do love that show dearly.
swordmage: (choose life)
Yes, I am watching the Opening Ceremonies.

This has meant poor [livejournal.com profile] domnall has been subjected to the frequent "Do people even read the news!?" as well as various other commentary about everything from internal affairs to fashion choices. I will admit, the part before the parade of nations was lovely. It really was. (I shall refrain from making comments about rallies...)

What can I say, I've been scanning at work - I've been reading the Times religiously. I'm less interested, I will admit, in the Games themselves, and far more in the various controversies that have been happening.

Silencing the NBC commentators would be lovely. They get less funny by the minute, and didn't start out as such. Glad they mentioned Georgia/Russia though.


Woot! There's been the first (noticed by a news service) protest (attempt). Someone tried to unfurl a Tibetan flag at the equestrian earlier today! (Incidentally, equestrian is one of the few events I'm interested in.)

The Olympics - perfect for armchair activism. Translatioin: yelling at the screen will help relieve stress.

Woot!
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Nabbed from [livejournal.com profile] llyfreneth

my xmas stocking )
swordmage: (Thoughtful)
Pratchett anger at Rowling's rise

Full article under cut. Because I can. )


I think "anger" is a bit too strong of a word to use here, he came across as more annoyed to me. Seemed like it was because she, a relative newcomer to writing, is being given credit for revitalizing a stuffy old genre (something fantasy most definitly is not).

Sure, the traditional idea is that it's all knights rescuing damsels in distress, but there's a large number of books that don't fall into the category-Neil Gaiman's work comes to mind automatically, as does Jennifer Fallon, and many others whom I'm thoughtlessly forgetting.

Rowling deserves credit in the book world, without a doubt, but I think Pratchett's got a point or two.


EDIT: Neil Gaiman's got a bit more on the subject. And he makes more sense.

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