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The university term is over, so I didn’t have any specific requirements for the day, but it’s December, so there’s plenty to do. Dave got up, showered and brought me coffee before he left for work, and I idled some time away, finishing Raising Steam, the latest Discworld book. There was one irritating “INTERNATIONAL” call, someone calling herself Anna who wanted me to confirm my name and address. I was (barely) polite in telling her to go away. Then another call, this time from sartorresartus, to confirm arrangements for the Gathering in Yorkshire for the New Year. This is a Durham Mafia event of quite long standing – each household organises a meal for all-comers, usually around fifteen people, so nobody is too stressed, and we take care to avoid calling it a party as such. We can lounge around, reading, go for walks, or into York, or play on the internet – nobody minds. I’ve known most of these folks for around forty years, or since they were born, whichever is shorter. I feel rather old, suddenly.After that I spent a little time online, checking multiple email accounts, FB and LJ. And not at all playing daft games. Breakfast was a handful of grapes and more coffee.( Read more...Collapse )
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Don't worry, The Mentalist is now on hiatus so I probably won't be posting about it again for at least a few weeks... ;)Well, if there's one thing you can say about The Mentalist, is that for better or for worse, at least it's never predictable. I've said it before, but if the show was a person, it would be Patrick Jane.( Read more...Collapse )This entry was originally posted at http://ruuger.dreamwidth.org/945518.html. Feel free to comment either here or there. There are comments in the original entry.
December is not going well so far. I seem to be caught in a torrent of bad news about other people, which was nearly a real torrent last week, when Ma-in-Law's house in Lincolnshire (which we still own) was a bit too close to the tidal surge for comfort. When we rang our next-door-neighbours in the early evening to see what was happening they had no idea anything was wrong. Half-an-hour later we had a call to say there was a river running down the road. As they had only just had their house completely refurbished after an internal flood they were pretty panicky! Fortunately, although the water reached the gardens, it didn't get to the houses. Much relief for us, though not for others as many properties were flooded that had never flooded before, even in an area where flooding is a danger.There are some fabulous weather photos here including some of last week's storm.As usual I'm late for the Book Meme but we have been very busy for the past couple of weeks doing some very enjoyable things to counteract all the bad news.What I Just Finished ReadingThe Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett. I read the blurb on this book and made an impulse purchase on the grounds that I thought I would enjoy it. Book collecting, history, Shakespeare, it sounded ideal. Sadly, I was wrong about that. The information about book collecting is interesting and the plot is clever, if a bit tortuous, but it's all let down by the dull writing, the slender characterisation and the turgid love story. I should actually have left it unfinished, which I don't often do, but I plodded on hoping it would get better. It didn't. A big disappointment.What I'm Reading NowI haven't quite decided. I feel in need of some comfort reading so it will probably be a reread of Dorothy L. Sayers or I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. I've just bought myself another copy of this because I lent mine to Niece R about 7 years ago and haven't seen it since. I suspect it's currently sitting in her grandfather's garage along with many of her other possessions so my chances of seeing it again are zero. At least a new copy of it will count as being on my TBR pile so I'm allowed to read it :)Now back to my pre-Christmas panicking. My next-door-neighbour says she doesn't bother with Christmas until Christmas Eve but I can't quite attain that degree of nonchalance
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