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*"May All Your Dream Come Trough"

Blog pix 1660 * as seen written on the back window of an SUV on the way home yesterday. I would have a nice picture of it, if only stupid digital cameras didn't take so exceedingly long to take a lousy picture. [grouse, grouse].

I had a lovely birthday party Saturday even if my mother pre-exhausted me. I have to get a snapshot of the refrigerator days later - we have enough food still to feed a standing army. Which is what a party is, right?

Pre-exhaustion was not really my mother's fault (although she helped - should that be "altrough"? Spelling these days. ;), it was also deadlines on Monday, moving the office downstairs and across the hall this week - I had fond dreams of packing only what truly needs to be moved but it looks more like when I unpack it and realize I have nowhere to put it is when I'm going to do the ruthless usual.

Not much on the reading or knitting front! It's all been working my fingers to a bone and getting another year older. I am grateful for the privilege.

Freakish Friday

Blog pix 1584 The odd thing about those glasses, if they still fit my head (shockingly, they were too small)  I could use them as reading glasses.

I've been on a Mary Stewart/Jim Butcher binge lately and I think I'm done with both. Mary Stewart's earlier works are more my line - the romance, which they all seem to have somewhere is nicely sidelined. [editor's note: Romance. Pah]

I'm equally kind of "pah" about  the latest chapter of Harry Dresden. Seems to me that it's no longer going to be urban fantasy. Argh. I don't want to spoil if for anyone but I do want to rant. Email me.

Photo: above: Circa age 7, fashion plate extraordinaire, below: baby cantaloupes. I'll refrain from asking if you like my melons.

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July Reads:

Josephine by Andre Castelot B 1967. Technically this is a Still-Reading although possibly destined to be a Did-Not-Finish. The library is still letting me keep it so I might get back to it. It is a revealing peek at Napoleon and Josephine's household but she seems to be the epitome of silly.

The Two Minute Rule by Robert Crais L M 2006. A stand alone book by the Elvis Cole author (oh and a few TV series), Max Holman, ex con, wants nothing more out of life than to go straight and reconnect with his grown son. An old fashioned upstanding bank thief, he wants nothing more than to get to know his son but naturally, fate gets in his way. Aided and thwarted by a former FBI agent, he does just that.

Confessions of Catherine de Medici by CW Gortner L N 2010. The Medici legacy rings true in Catherine, but one gets the impression that she would've preferred to love and be loved in return. She certainly took care of her own. A compelling historical fiction that made me want to unearth the "real" Catherine.

The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny L M 2007 Inspector Gamache in another Three Pines mystery. If you haven't met the citizens of Three Pines yet, you should.

Dead Beat Book 7 L UF 2006. Poor Harry works to save Murphy while she's off cavorting w/Kincaid. It's good to be Murphy.

Blood Rites # 6 by Jim Butcher L UF 2006. Hmm. I reversed them. Vampire porn stars! Who knew. 

Blog pix 1629[ Super Crunchers - Why Thinking By The Numbers Is The New Way to Be Smart by Ian Ayers L NF 2007 Thinking by the numbers is new? Pretty good book on the whole but he really wants to start a new catchphrase. 

[KNITTING INTERJECTION: Notice the convoluted cat's cradle of yarn? I'm knitting w/Hempathy and in order to get the gauge I need, I have to knit right handed (the "throw" method) and I actually twine it around my fingers even more than that photo shows.]

White Night Book by Jim Butcher L UF 2007My favorite Thomas book.

Small Favor Book 9 by Jim Butcher PB UF 2008 This was fun. I always like it when the one hounding the hero has to come crawling to him for help. [Crawling may be overstating it.]

The Gabriel Hounds by Mary Stewart L M 1967 This novel is set in Damascus with the legend of Lady Hester Stanhope as the reference. Charles and Christy's aunt Harriet  has styled herself after the legendary Lady and Charles is a bit wild to visit the old girl. Christy steals a march on him and her night turns into a gothic tale complete with drugs and murder. The Gabriel Hounds of the title is a matched pair of ceramic hounds that Charles liked as a child and his aunt promised him. Dogs figure prominently in the novel and the ending made me cry. Sweet. Even if it did also involve a thankfully brief romantic interlude between the two second cousins.

Turn Coat #10 by Jim Butcher L UF Oh, Thomas. Really?

Changes #11 by Jim Butcher L UF 2010 Changes, is right. He might as well named it "Reboot".

The First Rule by Robert Crais L M 2010. The second outing featuring Joe Pike - now Joe is my guy but I almost wish we'd left it to Elvis Cole to define him. I'm not sure I wanted to know he had nightmares. Here he's defending one of his former crew and a baby, against the Serbian mob.


You Are Fantasy / Sci Fi
You have an amazing imagination, and in your mind, all things are possible.
You are open minded, and you find the future exciting. You crave novelty and progress.

Compared to most people, you are quirky and even a bit eccentric. You have some wacky ideas.
And while you may be a bit off the wall, there's no denying how insightful and creative you are.

Exciting? If by exciting you mean terrifying. Exciting is wildly overrated. I would appreciate some dull. And a little heat.....the tomatos won't ripen. Any exciting plans for the weekend? What's a good movie to see in the theater? I haven't been in ages. Inception, for one, yes?