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OLD BONES
I can't decide if the perpetual chill in my body is a sign of impending age, poor circulation or a problem with the heating system. No one seems to be as cold as I am in my own house. The children run around barefoot and one can practically see the heatwaves of mirage arising from their little furnace torsos. I've always liked the cold, welcomed it, hated being too hot. You can always put on another layer when it's cold, but when it's hot there's only so much you can take off and your skin won't peel away to bring a touch of breeze to your sweating bones.

There's snow on the ground but not on the roof, indicating that too much heat is escaping through the ceiling. Anders doesn't seem to take my complaints seriously, since he is the one that gave the furnace gene to his children. It's weird having our roles reversed. Since we met, I've been the one to open windows, run a fan, turn down the thermostat. Now I huddle under two thick comforters, type with gloves on, and consider wearing socks to bed. Anathema!

My understanding for why the elderly migrate south is expanding on a personal level. I'm still young, dammit! Young-ish. Too young to feel this creaky and chilled. I need to redouble my search efforts for a cat that can live with us. A furry warm body on my toes sounds like just what the doctor ordered. I wish the Siberian Cat breeders would move south (or north and meet in the middle) so we could find out if Anders is allergic to them or not.

I am loving my re-visit to Earthsea and wishing it wasn't nearly time to go home. It wasn't that long ago I was there, in the middle of The Other Wind, and these short stories are wonderful. There is something about the way Le Guin writes that makes my brain slow down and savor phrasing. Savor thinking. Savor magic. I wonder what it's like to create a world, populate it, give it language, history, culture. Do writers think of characters and then create the world around them? Or is it the other way around? The world bringing the people to life. Perhaps they go hand in hand, like lovers.
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mood: cold
music: Dixie Cups—Iko Iko


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I've never been able to get into the Wheel of Time series either. I read the first book, and thought, "yeah? so?" I've read A LOT of fantasy fiction and frankly, it just seemed like a bad Tolkien-wannabe to me. I'll probably get jumped all over for that, since I know there are a lot of rabid fans out there, but I think there are many, many other fantasy series that are WAY better.

My dad had all the Tolkien books in the house by the time I was old enough to read, and several of the posters, including that map. I wish I still had that map!! I DO have a travel poster though, the original cover of the book that says "Come to Middle Earth." It's not in great condition as I didn't treat it well with thumbtacks and many, many moves, but it's framed now and hanging in the play room. :) It makes me happy every time I look at it.

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