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OVERSIZED BITS OF TID, WITH SNOW & HOMICIDAL MANIA
It's snowing like crazy outside. Fat white fluff-flakes floating dreamily down, down and around in the white light of the streetlights. The street is filled up with snow. Clifford the Big Red Rock has a sparkly white skullcap. The plants are hunkered down, puffed up with the white stuff. We've had snow on the ground for almost 2 weeks now, though really it hasn't been that much; it keeps melting down to a thin covering and then freezing. All the footprints in the yard: kid, dog, neighbor's cat, are softening at the edges and filling in. They'll have to stomp their snowy flattened paths all over again.

Everyone else all around the world got clobbered with snow early on. We just had grey. Snow makes everything whiter and brighter and sparkly. Ooo sparkly! Add that to the bright blue sky days, sunshine-filled with freezing temps we've had lately and that's just about the perfect winter weather for me. Sun and snow, who could ask for anything more?

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Inside Joke at Work, Just For My Own Remembrance
Kristian sent me an email, groaning a bit about the awful DVD project he's working on (one that I very joyfully gave up to him when he was hired), telling me that he had changed his name to Sisyphus. And he had actually changed his email signature to sisyphus@axis.com; I laughed like a maniac. He and I are both struggling with monster projects and too much to do at the moment. I replied that I knew how he felt, as I was resembling Prometheus more and more everyday. The rock I'm chained to being the Technical Guide localizations and the damn eagle that is pecking out my liver every day is the Marcom-Helpdesk that he and I handle (all the million marketing tasks that flood in every day from our subs, and which I've been trying to be front line on this week so that he could get somewhere on his project). So now he's signing off on emails to me as SiSS and I'm signing off on mine to him as PRO. Hee!

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The kids spent last night at farmor & farfar's and tonight, too, and spent the whole day today out sledding (see above: snow). But this evening Karin called me up with a trembly voice to say that she'd just thrown up. After initial sympathizing and confirmation that she didn't want me to come pick her up and that she didn't think she was going to hurl again, I asked her, with a note of trepidation, where? "In the living room," she replied, sounding very guilty. "Oh, honey!" I exclaimed, "Couldn't you have made it to the toilet?" No, she told me. "My mouth just exploded."

Poor unlucky farmor was cleaning up the mess, though apparently it wasn't that much, but STILL. I'm simultaneously feeling very guilty that I'm so glad I'M not having to clean up vomit and incredibly sorry for farmor. Though, she WAS a nurse, so maybe it doesn't bother her as much as it bothers me.

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There was more, but I'm stopping now and taking myself off to bed with a book that I suspect I've read before a million years ago (niggling familiar feelings) and am not enjoying all that much now. However, it's for book group and it's not quite (yet) reached the point of awfulness at which I will actually stop and put it in the giveaway bag without finishing it. I keep thinking SOMETHING'S got to happen soon, and the jacket blurb backs me up: someone's gonna kick the bucket and I'm greedily hoping it's ALL of these oblivious, self-centered, vapid women or their stuffed-shirt, insufferable, chauvinist men, though I know only one of the characters, sadly, will actually get the ax.

Sometimes when you are reading a book and a character dies, there is an actual jolt of complete horror and disbelief and then anger at the author for daring to do such a thing: how could they??! But in this book there is no one I wouldn't be rather pleased to see knocked off. I'm feeling very bloodthirsty, apparently, and since I can't kill anyone at work, aggravating fictional characters will have to do. DIE! DIE!
 crazy
mood: crazy
music: Vaughan Penn—Truth


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(no subject) - (Anonymous)

Have you read these?? They're all excellent:

The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas
The Used World by Haven Kimmel
The House of Niccolo books by Dorothy Dunnett
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier

Thanks for this list Liz. I have Water For Elephants sitting here just waiting for me to finish Eclipse, which finally came in from the library the other day. (I can't believe it took so long!) Anyhow, I'll breeze through E if I make enough time in the next couple of days, so I can get to the WFE.

Urk about Karin. I would feel the same way you do. Though I'm sure you're right, it bothers Farmor less than it does you, if that will assuage the guilt a little.

I'd probably throw up myself, just trying to get it cleaned up! URK is right :(

Poor Karin, but lol on how she phrased that :)

Oh, what book is this? That's almost word for word what I said about one book and I'm wondering if it's the same. (The title escapes me--it's on my boyfriend's bookshelf. Something and Mr. Norton maybe?)

Thanks for the list--I need something to plump up my request list. I only allow myself to check out one book at a time during school to limit temptation. :) As a result, my untended list withers and dries up and I find myself looking at cookbooks (while not bad, not before-bed reading, either.)

If you're talking about Jonathan Norrell & Mr Strange, I hated that book too and passionately wished everyone in it dead. But no, sorry, I'm talking about The Group by Mary McCarthy. Granted, it's VERY dated, but still. DIE!

Oh, Jonathon Norrell & Mr. Strange is on my shelf, sitting. I tried, I really did, but other better books won out. My friend Jim made it through that book and passed it along to me. Maybe I should simply pass it back? Or is there something I need to get out of it? Eventually? When there is nothing else to read.

No. Honestly. Don't bother.

That's the one! I made it through, but I was really hoping that there would be a shoot out about halfway through because it would only be improved by someone dying.

On the other hand, have you read Carter Beats the Devil? It's like what Jonathan N. et al could have been if it had been edited and GOOD.

No, I haven't even heard of it. Will go check it out!

(Anonymous)

Hopefully Karin is in good health now. I remember feeling the same guilt/gladness when Kyle upchucked while in Computer Class at elementary school. Right on the keyboard! I assumed the custodian would be cleaning the mess, but it ended up being the teacher, who is now my neighbor!

She's not been feeling well all day and has a fever on and off. I am really hoping whatever she's got isn't contagious!

Oh Liz, how could you write that book-rant without revealing the title of the book, you..you..tease! This is after all neither political nor religious! /miffed tone ;)

HAA! Sorry! It's The Group by Mary McCarthy. I think I must have read it in college, because parts of it sound so familiar and yet I can't remember it really or what happens. Maybe by the end, I'll be sure.

(Anonymous)

have I ever told you just how very much I like the word "niggling?" It's so very absolutely right.

and just because.... I adore you. I appreciate you. You rock, Liz. Really, you do.

xo wee

Niggling IS a great word. And I adore you, too :)

The sun has been winning out here for the last couple of days. The temp. nearly reached 60F yesterday! Rain is on it's way in a couple of days, but hey, it feels like spring for a few minutes each sunny afternoon. Oh, and yesterday I saw crocus and violets on my walk.
Happy Snow!

It's too early for crocus and violets! :O

My neighbor has snow drops in her garden. And I mean the flower kind!

(Anonymous)
No Snow

Snow?! No way!! We've got clear blue sunny skies and the temperature is currently 65F (18C) with an expected high of 68F (20C). I'm leaving in a few minutes to go mountain bike riding with some girlfriends. Perfect day!
Cheers,
Kathey in Texas

Re: No Snow

I can tell how much you miss it here :)

Stephen King allowed a little boy to run out in front of a car and DIE right in front of his FATHER and I have never ever forgiven Stephen King for doing that.

On the other hand, my book group is reading Loving Frank (the Swedish translation) this month and I seriously wish that Frank and his twit of a lover would run out in front of the nearest car. I can't even finish it I hate them so much.

I agree about The Group. Ugh.


You can tell Karin that my mouth exploded a few weeks ago at a client's house. I sympathise completely!

I never forgave him for Pet Cemetary. UGH.

(Anonymous)

Ha! You're a crazy lady, in a good way. (me backing slowly away from computer...) And now I want to kill someone. (almost sounds like a bad teen movie.)

muahahahaha!

D'oh!

Oops, last one was me, erin.

(Anonymous)

I read a book once that I kept thinking, this has to get better, all the way to the end. It never did get better. I always try to finish a book, but you know, lately if they suck or if I can guess the end before I ever get there, well, I stop.

Usually, I do, too, but for some reason, this one hasn't tipped me over the edge yet. I should be done with it tonight, which is a relief!

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