jennythereader: (John Lennon)
The fact that this exists fills me with a geeky joy.

With Strings Attached
"What if you woke up and found yourself on a strange new planet...
sixteen years younger...
accompanied by people you have issues with...
possessing nothing but the clothes on your back and a musical instrument...
and totally clueless as to why you're there?"

I'm a couple of chapters in, and so far it's not bad.
jennythereader: (John Lennon)
The fact that this exists fills me with a geeky joy.

With Strings Attached
"What if you woke up and found yourself on a strange new planet...
sixteen years younger...
accompanied by people you have issues with...
possessing nothing but the clothes on your back and a musical instrument...
and totally clueless as to why you're there?"

I'm a couple of chapters in, and so far it's not bad.
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: I actually feel pretty good today.

Stress Level: 1

Book Review: I finished Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner last night. Very good book! Picture a collaberation between Jane Austen and Alexandre Dumas, with a very modern attitude towards relationships and sexuality, and you sort of have this story. Sword fights, romance, and politics in a comedy of manners. The only thing I didn't really care for was that sometimes the "manners" part made the rest of it feel a little cold-blooded. Rating: 8 out of 10. Not yet loanable through the Kindle.

Reading: I started The Crazy Years by Spider Robinson last night. I finished the free sample chapters last night, bought the entire book once I got to work, and will download it to my Kindle tonight.

Hearing: Music - at this moment, Howlin' Wolf's original recording of "Spoonful." I do not have anywhere near enough of his work.

Etsy Find: I can't pick just one of her products -Latherati Soap makes literary themed bath and body products.

Project Follow-up: The dentist said my teeth look fine, except for some chipping on the seal on an old filling. It's not super high priority, so I'll have it fixed at my next regular appointment 6 months from now.

Tonight's Project: I need to drop my car off to have repairs done. I'm not sure how much of an evening I'll have left after doing that.

Randomness: I'm so tired of snow. Can somebody teleport me to someplace warm?

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: I actually feel pretty good today.

Stress Level: 1

Book Review: I finished Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner last night. Very good book! Picture a collaberation between Jane Austen and Alexandre Dumas, with a very modern attitude towards relationships and sexuality, and you sort of have this story. Sword fights, romance, and politics in a comedy of manners. The only thing I didn't really care for was that sometimes the "manners" part made the rest of it feel a little cold-blooded. Rating: 8 out of 10. Not yet loanable through the Kindle.

Reading: I started The Crazy Years by Spider Robinson last night. I finished the free sample chapters last night, bought the entire book once I got to work, and will download it to my Kindle tonight.

Hearing: Music - at this moment, Howlin' Wolf's original recording of "Spoonful." I do not have anywhere near enough of his work.

Etsy Find: I can't pick just one of her products -Latherati Soap makes literary themed bath and body products.

Project Follow-up: The dentist said my teeth look fine, except for some chipping on the seal on an old filling. It's not super high priority, so I'll have it fixed at my next regular appointment 6 months from now.

Tonight's Project: I need to drop my car off to have repairs done. I'm not sure how much of an evening I'll have left after doing that.

Randomness: I'm so tired of snow. Can somebody teleport me to someplace warm?

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: Pretty good. My right hip feels like it doesn't want to work quite properly for the first dozen or so steps every time I get up from my chair, but nothing else seems to be wrong.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: I finished The Born Queen. I enjoyed it, but as I said yesterday it has some major flaws. Events and changes to characters come out of nowhere, with no foreshadowing at all, and the overall ending feels very rushed. I actually wonder if the author originally planned on 5 books in the series and was limited to 4 by his publishers. Rating: 6 out of 10, and if I hadn't liked the earlier books so much I'd probably only give it a 5. Not yet loanable through the Kindle.

Reading: I read a bunch of sample chapters, but didn't actually decide to finish any of those books.

Hearing: Co-workers on the phone, and tapping away at their keyboards.

Etsy Find: Miniature chemistry set. Yet another thing that I love, but have no earthly use for. The mere fact that it exists is pretty cool though.

Project Follow-up: Purse shopping did not happen, mostly because the roads were bad enough I decided that making extra stops was a bad idea.

Tonight's Project: Back to the house to grab my phone, then the gym and maybe purse shopping. Once I'm home for the night there may be knitting. Definitely goofing off online.

Randomness: I think for next year's Arisia I need to volunteer for a panel or two. I'm not sure what subjects I'd be able to talk about, but I sort of feel like I should start giving something back to the con that I enjoy so much.
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: Pretty good. My right hip feels like it doesn't want to work quite properly for the first dozen or so steps every time I get up from my chair, but nothing else seems to be wrong.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: I finished The Born Queen. I enjoyed it, but as I said yesterday it has some major flaws. Events and changes to characters come out of nowhere, with no foreshadowing at all, and the overall ending feels very rushed. I actually wonder if the author originally planned on 5 books in the series and was limited to 4 by his publishers. Rating: 6 out of 10, and if I hadn't liked the earlier books so much I'd probably only give it a 5. Not yet loanable through the Kindle.

Reading: I read a bunch of sample chapters, but didn't actually decide to finish any of those books.

Hearing: Co-workers on the phone, and tapping away at their keyboards.

Etsy Find: Miniature chemistry set. Yet another thing that I love, but have no earthly use for. The mere fact that it exists is pretty cool though.

Project Follow-up: Purse shopping did not happen, mostly because the roads were bad enough I decided that making extra stops was a bad idea.

Tonight's Project: Back to the house to grab my phone, then the gym and maybe purse shopping. Once I'm home for the night there may be knitting. Definitely goofing off online.

Randomness: I think for next year's Arisia I need to volunteer for a panel or two. I'm not sure what subjects I'd be able to talk about, but I sort of feel like I should start giving something back to the con that I enjoy so much.
jennythereader: (* Library Fairy *)
(Trying to get back in the habit of posting this every day.)

Body: I've been feeling pretty good lately.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: The Briar King, The Charnel Prince, and The Blood Knight by Greg Keyes, the first three books in his The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone quartet. Very good dark fantasy. Too much to try to summarize, so I'll just say it's a complicated story with interesting characters and good world building. Rating: 7 out of 10. Not loanable on the Kindle as of 1-13-11.

Reading: I started The Born Queen (book 4 of the series above) last night.

Hearing: The sound of my co-workers working.

Etsy Find: Beautiful Wool Coat. I don't need a new winter coat, and this one is on the expensive side, but oh is it ever pretty.

Tonight's Project: The usual Thursday night dinner with the gang. Around that I need to stop and pick up the last few odds'n'ends of stuff for Arisia, mix up some honey mustard to take, and do my packing. I also want to wind the yarn for the project I'm bringing into a ball, and if I have time cast on and stitch a row or two.

Randomness: So in addition to getting more exercise, I'm also trying to change the way I eat. For now, I'm just making a couple of small changes. 1) I'm using My Fitness Pal to track my calories consumed, and trying to stop when (or before) it tells me I've had enough. I've told it my goal is to lose half a pound a week, which seems achievable. 2) I'm trying to drink more water. The rule I'm using for now is that I need to consume as much water as soda. The way I'm doing it is that when I finish a soda I refill the container with water and drink that before I let myself buy another soda. At some point I may up that to 2:1.
jennythereader: (* Library Fairy *)
(Trying to get back in the habit of posting this every day.)

Body: I've been feeling pretty good lately.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: The Briar King, The Charnel Prince, and The Blood Knight by Greg Keyes, the first three books in his The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone quartet. Very good dark fantasy. Too much to try to summarize, so I'll just say it's a complicated story with interesting characters and good world building. Rating: 7 out of 10. Not loanable on the Kindle as of 1-13-11.

Reading: I started The Born Queen (book 4 of the series above) last night.

Hearing: The sound of my co-workers working.

Etsy Find: Beautiful Wool Coat. I don't need a new winter coat, and this one is on the expensive side, but oh is it ever pretty.

Tonight's Project: The usual Thursday night dinner with the gang. Around that I need to stop and pick up the last few odds'n'ends of stuff for Arisia, mix up some honey mustard to take, and do my packing. I also want to wind the yarn for the project I'm bringing into a ball, and if I have time cast on and stitch a row or two.

Randomness: So in addition to getting more exercise, I'm also trying to change the way I eat. For now, I'm just making a couple of small changes. 1) I'm using My Fitness Pal to track my calories consumed, and trying to stop when (or before) it tells me I've had enough. I've told it my goal is to lose half a pound a week, which seems achievable. 2) I'm trying to drink more water. The rule I'm using for now is that I need to consume as much water as soda. The way I'm doing it is that when I finish a soda I refill the container with water and drink that before I let myself buy another soda. At some point I may up that to 2:1.
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: The pain in my left ankle is not only still there, but it's spread down to my toes and up my calf. It feels like one big charlie horse. When I get home this evening I'm going to try wrapping it in the heating pad for a while and see if that helps. At least nothing else hurts, which is a pleasant surprise after this weekend.

Stress Level: 3

Book Review: I finished The Habitation of the Blessed last night. Wonderful book. 9 out of 10, and the only reason it isn't a perfect score is because you need to have at least a tiny bit of familiarity with the source material to get the most out of it.

Etsy Find: Adorable little dragon earrings!.

Project Follow-up: Busy, fun weekend. Tom & I spent Thanksgiving day with [livejournal.com profile] 11th_letter, [livejournal.com profile] ioldanach, [livejournal.com profile] nounsandverbs, [livejournal.com profile] purpura, and the rest of their household and guests. There was way too much amazing food, and lots of top quality hanging out. Friday was a lazy morning, and then a second Thanksgiving dinner (this one with Mom & the kids) in the late afternoon. Saturday I got up way too early for a day off, picked my brother Jon up from Mom's house, and went to NYC. We didn't really do anything particular while we were there, but mostly just wandered around and people watched. I did take him to The Strand for the first time, which was pretty cool. We ended up going home a little earlier than expected because my legs were toast. When I got home Tom and a visiting friend were in the middle of making Chicken Tikka Masala and Samosas from scratch. So yummy. They had also gotten and set up our new couch (actually a futon). Sunday was spent in pretty much a vegetative state, recovering from the entire weekend. Overall, it was a great few days.

Tonight's Project: Moving my craft supplies/books from their current home to a new bookshelf. Hopefully, this one will be able to support the weight. I may also take pictures of some stuff so that I can add things to my etsy shop. I have a few finished projects that have been waiting to go up for a while and I have some supplies I'm never going to get around to using that I need to de-stash.

Randomness: Just as a public service, I'm going to remind people that if you buy me yarn (or any other craft supply), you get first dibs on what I make with it.
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: The pain in my left ankle is not only still there, but it's spread down to my toes and up my calf. It feels like one big charlie horse. When I get home this evening I'm going to try wrapping it in the heating pad for a while and see if that helps. At least nothing else hurts, which is a pleasant surprise after this weekend.

Stress Level: 3

Book Review: I finished The Habitation of the Blessed last night. Wonderful book. 9 out of 10, and the only reason it isn't a perfect score is because you need to have at least a tiny bit of familiarity with the source material to get the most out of it.

Etsy Find: Adorable little dragon earrings!.

Project Follow-up: Busy, fun weekend. Tom & I spent Thanksgiving day with [livejournal.com profile] 11th_letter, [livejournal.com profile] ioldanach, [livejournal.com profile] nounsandverbs, [livejournal.com profile] purpura, and the rest of their household and guests. There was way too much amazing food, and lots of top quality hanging out. Friday was a lazy morning, and then a second Thanksgiving dinner (this one with Mom & the kids) in the late afternoon. Saturday I got up way too early for a day off, picked my brother Jon up from Mom's house, and went to NYC. We didn't really do anything particular while we were there, but mostly just wandered around and people watched. I did take him to The Strand for the first time, which was pretty cool. We ended up going home a little earlier than expected because my legs were toast. When I got home Tom and a visiting friend were in the middle of making Chicken Tikka Masala and Samosas from scratch. So yummy. They had also gotten and set up our new couch (actually a futon). Sunday was spent in pretty much a vegetative state, recovering from the entire weekend. Overall, it was a great few days.

Tonight's Project: Moving my craft supplies/books from their current home to a new bookshelf. Hopefully, this one will be able to support the weight. I may also take pictures of some stuff so that I can add things to my etsy shop. I have a few finished projects that have been waiting to go up for a while and I have some supplies I'm never going to get around to using that I need to de-stash.

Randomness: Just as a public service, I'm going to remind people that if you buy me yarn (or any other craft supply), you get first dibs on what I make with it.
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: I was on my feet a lot over the weekend, and they still hurt a little, but the new insoles seem to have kept the pain from creeping up past my ankles. My right knee hurts... about as much as usual. Also my right shoulder hurts enough that it's making me a little nauseous.

Stress Level: 1

Book Review: The Fox (Inda, Book 2) 7 out of 10. Just like the first book, it was good but not perfect. In my opinion, the biggest weakness to this book is that the back-story doesn't come out smoothly. I had the same problem with the first one.

Reading: I didn't start a new book after finishing The Fox. It was late, and I was tired.

Hearing: the BBC's World Book Club, Celtic Roots Radio

Project Follow-up: The errands got done on Saturday, and I made it to the Sheep & Wool festival on Sunday. I was mostly good, but there were a lot of pretty yarns that were hard to resist.

Tonight's Project: Picking up some bits and pieces for a Halloween costume, dishes, maybe some knitting.

Randomness: My newest accomplishment is a grasp on the very basics of makeup. I'm not good yet, but practice will make perfect. Unfortunately, it still takes me about a half an hour to put everything on. I don't have 30 minutes to spare in the mornings, so wearing makeup to work is going to have to wait until I get good enough that it takes less time. What's a new skill you've learned recently?
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: I was on my feet a lot over the weekend, and they still hurt a little, but the new insoles seem to have kept the pain from creeping up past my ankles. My right knee hurts... about as much as usual. Also my right shoulder hurts enough that it's making me a little nauseous.

Stress Level: 1

Book Review: The Fox (Inda, Book 2) 7 out of 10. Just like the first book, it was good but not perfect. In my opinion, the biggest weakness to this book is that the back-story doesn't come out smoothly. I had the same problem with the first one.

Reading: I didn't start a new book after finishing The Fox. It was late, and I was tired.

Hearing: the BBC's World Book Club, Celtic Roots Radio

Project Follow-up: The errands got done on Saturday, and I made it to the Sheep & Wool festival on Sunday. I was mostly good, but there were a lot of pretty yarns that were hard to resist.

Tonight's Project: Picking up some bits and pieces for a Halloween costume, dishes, maybe some knitting.

Randomness: My newest accomplishment is a grasp on the very basics of makeup. I'm not good yet, but practice will make perfect. Unfortunately, it still takes me about a half an hour to put everything on. I don't have 30 minutes to spare in the mornings, so wearing makeup to work is going to have to wait until I get good enough that it takes less time. What's a new skill you've learned recently?
jennythereader: (* Midnight Stories *)
I wasn't anywhere in them. They were more like watching random snippets of a movie. Also, my brain seems to do some fairly cool fantasy world-building when I'm not trying.

This is what I remember:

- Some people had the ability to make ships travel long distances really quickly (interstellar? cross-dimension?)
- Some people could do other types of magic.
- A person could only do one type or the other
- Both ran in families
- most nations made use of both abilities in a fairly egalitarian way (allowing for the overall regency/Victorian Western Europe feel of the world as a whole)
- most nations allow intermarriage between both type of magicians and magicians and non-magicians
- one nation (sort of Czar-ist Russia feeling) had a ruling class made up of other magic users, who pretty much had absolute power over everybody in the country
- Russiain’t* enslaved the distance magicians, and basically treated them like draft animals
- Russiain’t leaders also did nasty magical experiments on the distance magicians, trying to figure out a way to do that magic themselves. The experiments frequently killed or burnt the magic out of the victims
- The distance magicians had originally all come from one region (faux-India?), and because Russiain’t had forced them to only interbreed with each-other they still looked distinctly different from the general populace in that country. In the rest of the world they had been able to marry as they pleased and so were more homogenized with the general population.

*naming convention swiped from [livejournal.com profile] matociquala (Elizabeth Bear)’s reports on her current work in progress.
jennythereader: (* Midnight Stories *)
I wasn't anywhere in them. They were more like watching random snippets of a movie. Also, my brain seems to do some fairly cool fantasy world-building when I'm not trying.

This is what I remember:

- Some people had the ability to make ships travel long distances really quickly (interstellar? cross-dimension?)
- Some people could do other types of magic.
- A person could only do one type or the other
- Both ran in families
- most nations made use of both abilities in a fairly egalitarian way (allowing for the overall regency/Victorian Western Europe feel of the world as a whole)
- most nations allow intermarriage between both type of magicians and magicians and non-magicians
- one nation (sort of Czar-ist Russia feeling) had a ruling class made up of other magic users, who pretty much had absolute power over everybody in the country
- Russiain’t* enslaved the distance magicians, and basically treated them like draft animals
- Russiain’t leaders also did nasty magical experiments on the distance magicians, trying to figure out a way to do that magic themselves. The experiments frequently killed or burnt the magic out of the victims
- The distance magicians had originally all come from one region (faux-India?), and because Russiain’t had forced them to only interbreed with each-other they still looked distinctly different from the general populace in that country. In the rest of the world they had been able to marry as they pleased and so were more homogenized with the general population.

*naming convention swiped from [livejournal.com profile] matociquala (Elizabeth Bear)’s reports on her current work in progress.
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Body: I've been on the verge of a migraine for the last 24 hours, and my right hip is yelling at me every time I stand up.

Book Review: I finished Dead Men's Boots. It was pretty good (7 out of 10), and I have a feeling that if I'd read the earlier books first and known the backstory better I would give it a higher rating.

Reading: I went to sleep without starting a new book.

Hearing: Dan Carlin's show Common Sense; and a few other podcasts. I switched to music in the afternoon.

Etsy Find: Spaceship earrings! I think I need a pair of these to wear at SF cons. :)

Randomness: Recommend me reading material. LJs, other blogs, books, anything at all.
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: I've been on the verge of a migraine for the last 24 hours, and my right hip is yelling at me every time I stand up.

Book Review: I finished Dead Men's Boots. It was pretty good (7 out of 10), and I have a feeling that if I'd read the earlier books first and known the backstory better I would give it a higher rating.

Reading: I went to sleep without starting a new book.

Hearing: Dan Carlin's show Common Sense; and a few other podcasts. I switched to music in the afternoon.

Etsy Find: Spaceship earrings! I think I need a pair of these to wear at SF cons. :)

Randomness: Recommend me reading material. LJs, other blogs, books, anything at all.
jennythereader: (Book 001)
Body: I feel like I'm coming down with a cold and my knees are giving me all sorts of random stabs of pain.

Book Review: I re-read the second of Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry books last night. I've been in the mood for books I don't have to think about the last few days.

Reading: I know started a new book... but I don't remember what it was. I think I should have turned the lights out a little earlier.

Hearing: I listened to an episode of Escape Pod, and now I'm just playing music.

Project Follow-up: skip

Tonight's Project: My plan is to attempt Ratatoullie for the first time. This is the version I'll be trying. It seems fairly easy. After dinner I may start a new knitting project. I've got a couple skeins of a lovely light purple worsted weight wool that seems to be crying out to be a scarf or a shawl. Send me links to super easy (free) patterns?

Randomness: What musicians are on your "I must see them before they (or I) die" list? For me, the only two must sees are Pete Seeger and B.B. King. Luckily, living where I do increases the odds that I'll actually get the chance. :)
jennythereader: (Book 001)
Body: I feel like I'm coming down with a cold and my knees are giving me all sorts of random stabs of pain.

Book Review: I re-read the second of Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry books last night. I've been in the mood for books I don't have to think about the last few days.

Reading: I know started a new book... but I don't remember what it was. I think I should have turned the lights out a little earlier.

Hearing: I listened to an episode of Escape Pod, and now I'm just playing music.

Project Follow-up: skip

Tonight's Project: My plan is to attempt Ratatoullie for the first time. This is the version I'll be trying. It seems fairly easy. After dinner I may start a new knitting project. I've got a couple skeins of a lovely light purple worsted weight wool that seems to be crying out to be a scarf or a shawl. Send me links to super easy (free) patterns?

Randomness: What musicians are on your "I must see them before they (or I) die" list? For me, the only two must sees are Pete Seeger and B.B. King. Luckily, living where I do increases the odds that I'll actually get the chance. :)
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: A little stiff and achey, but nothing serious.

Book Review: I re-read the first of Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry books last night. Crap literature, but perfect brain candy when you just want something to veg with.

Reading: It was too late to start a new book after I finished the last one.

Hearing: So far just music. I might put on a podcast later.

Tonight's Project: I'm going to strain the Blueberry cordial today, but I'll wait until tomorrow to add the sugar syrup. I may also try taking apart an old sweater of mine (see the link below.)

Randomness: Anyone have any old sweaters (or other knit things) laying around? I'd be happy to take them off your hands... I found instructions for how to unravel them so that the yarn can be re-used.
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: A little stiff and achey, but nothing serious.

Book Review: I re-read the first of Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry books last night. Crap literature, but perfect brain candy when you just want something to veg with.

Reading: It was too late to start a new book after I finished the last one.

Hearing: So far just music. I might put on a podcast later.

Tonight's Project: I'm going to strain the Blueberry cordial today, but I'll wait until tomorrow to add the sugar syrup. I may also try taking apart an old sweater of mine (see the link below.)

Randomness: Anyone have any old sweaters (or other knit things) laying around? I'd be happy to take them off your hands... I found instructions for how to unravel them so that the yarn can be re-used.

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