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Body: Everything seems OK so far.

Stress Level: 3

Book Review: I've heard such good things about Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace that last night I decided to give it a try. At the end of the free sample chapters I felt like my brains had been replaced with silly putty. I'm not going to give it a number rating because I don't think I can do so fairly. I will say that I might give it another try someday, when I haven't already had the sort of day that yesterday was, but that day won't come soon.

Reading: After reading the above I flailed around trying to find something sufficiently light and fluffy to let my brain re-form itself. Nothing quite worked, and eventually I gave up and went to sleep. Had odd dreams all night.

Hearing: Random music that I've liked enough in the past to give 2 or more stars to in iTunes.

Etsy Find: Toniette's Treasure Box: a gorgeous chest, designed specifically to hold BPAL bottles. This is the smallest of the three designs he offers.

Project Follow-up: Partial success on the swap: the spending limit is $10, and between Target and the dollar store in the same plaza I found $7 worth of stuff. I'll try Michaels some time this weekend. I didn't make any progress on the dishes but Tom got sick of my putting it off and did some himself. And I did get another couple of yards of the tangle un-tangled.

Tonight's Project: Gym and dinner with the gang.

Randomness: What's a song you love the music, but hate the lyrics? Or other way around? For example - "If He Moves His Lips" by Shemekia Copeland has some of the most depressingly cynical words I've ever heard, paired with great up-beat music.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
Get your own valentinr
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: Everything seems OK so far.

Stress Level: 3

Book Review: I've heard such good things about Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace that last night I decided to give it a try. At the end of the free sample chapters I felt like my brains had been replaced with silly putty. I'm not going to give it a number rating because I don't think I can do so fairly. I will say that I might give it another try someday, when I haven't already had the sort of day that yesterday was, but that day won't come soon.

Reading: After reading the above I flailed around trying to find something sufficiently light and fluffy to let my brain re-form itself. Nothing quite worked, and eventually I gave up and went to sleep. Had odd dreams all night.

Hearing: Random music that I've liked enough in the past to give 2 or more stars to in iTunes.

Etsy Find: Toniette's Treasure Box: a gorgeous chest, designed specifically to hold BPAL bottles. This is the smallest of the three designs he offers.

Project Follow-up: Partial success on the swap: the spending limit is $10, and between Target and the dollar store in the same plaza I found $7 worth of stuff. I'll try Michaels some time this weekend. I didn't make any progress on the dishes but Tom got sick of my putting it off and did some himself. And I did get another couple of yards of the tangle un-tangled.

Tonight's Project: Gym and dinner with the gang.

Randomness: What's a song you love the music, but hate the lyrics? Or other way around? For example - "If He Moves His Lips" by Shemekia Copeland has some of the most depressingly cynical words I've ever heard, paired with great up-beat music.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
Get your own valentinr
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: So freaking cold. I can't seem to get warm, and the cold is making all of my joints hurt.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: Finished The Crazy Years by Spider Robinson on Friday night. A truly excellent collection of essays and articles. My only problem with any of them is that they generally were too short. I would have liked to see more detail. Rating: 9 out of 10. Not yet loanable through the Kindle.

Reading: Sunrise Alley by Catherine Asaro


Hearing: Music - right this second, "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from my Original London Cast recording of Les Miserables.

Etsy Find: Vintage crystal cordial glasses.

Project Follow-up: Both dropping the car off on Friday and picking it up again on Saturday were more hassle than I wanted. Next time it needs work done I'll take it in early on a weekday morning and use their shuttle to get to work, and the use the shuttle to pick it up again when they're done with it.

Tonight's Project: Dishes, and continuing to untangle the giant mess of yarn so that I can actually make it into a scarf for myself.

Randomness: What's the weather like where you are? Here in the upper Hudson Valley it's absurdly cold. The predicted high is 9F. Ick. They're also predicting another major storm for tomorrow.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: So freaking cold. I can't seem to get warm, and the cold is making all of my joints hurt.

Stress Level: 2

Book Review: Finished The Crazy Years by Spider Robinson on Friday night. A truly excellent collection of essays and articles. My only problem with any of them is that they generally were too short. I would have liked to see more detail. Rating: 9 out of 10. Not yet loanable through the Kindle.

Reading: Sunrise Alley by Catherine Asaro


Hearing: Music - right this second, "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from my Original London Cast recording of Les Miserables.

Etsy Find: Vintage crystal cordial glasses.

Project Follow-up: Both dropping the car off on Friday and picking it up again on Saturday were more hassle than I wanted. Next time it needs work done I'll take it in early on a weekday morning and use their shuttle to get to work, and the use the shuttle to pick it up again when they're done with it.

Tonight's Project: Dishes, and continuing to untangle the giant mess of yarn so that I can actually make it into a scarf for myself.

Randomness: What's the weather like where you are? Here in the upper Hudson Valley it's absurdly cold. The predicted high is 9F. Ick. They're also predicting another major storm for tomorrow.

My Valentinr - jennythe_reader
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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: Various joints in my right arm are randomly achey, but nothing major.

Stress Level: 1

Reading: Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner I heard the author read from a work in progress (I think) in the same setting while I was at Arisia, and I decided I needed to read this one before that comes out.

Hearing: music

Etsy Find: A necklace made from mother of pearl buttons.

Tonight's Project: Dentist, dinner with the gang, and hopefully some dishes and other chores in there somewhere.
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: Various joints in my right arm are randomly achey, but nothing major.

Stress Level: 1

Reading: Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner I heard the author read from a work in progress (I think) in the same setting while I was at Arisia, and I decided I needed to read this one before that comes out.

Hearing: music

Etsy Find: A necklace made from mother of pearl buttons.

Tonight's Project: Dentist, dinner with the gang, and hopefully some dishes and other chores in there somewhere.
jennythereader: (* J)
Body: I can't seem to get warm the last few days, except when I'm way too warm. It's getting annoying.

Stress Level: 2

Reading: I'm almost done with The Born Queen. I'm enjoying it, but I agree with many of the reviewers on Amazon that it is flawed. I'll give a slightly more detailed review once I actually finish it.

Hearing: At this exact moment, "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" by Led Zeppelin

Etsy Find: Silver Skeleton Key Necklace.

Tonight's Project: I need a new purse, so I'll probably make a stop or two on the way home from work. Other than that, just making dinner, and maybe some knitting.

Randomness: Arisia was so much fun! I didn't make it to as many panels as I would have liked, but the ones I did get to were pretty much all great. I did make it to two different readings, and discovered a few new (to me) authors to check out. Lots of window shopping, but very little actual buying of stuff. A couple of parties Saturday night, which were fun. The Barfleet one was best, but so crowded that you could barely turn around. The friends Tom & I brought with us also had fun, so overall I'm calling the con a success.
jennythereader: (* J)
Body: I can't seem to get warm the last few days, except when I'm way too warm. It's getting annoying.

Stress Level: 2

Reading: I'm almost done with The Born Queen. I'm enjoying it, but I agree with many of the reviewers on Amazon that it is flawed. I'll give a slightly more detailed review once I actually finish it.

Hearing: At this exact moment, "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" by Led Zeppelin

Etsy Find: Silver Skeleton Key Necklace.

Tonight's Project: I need a new purse, so I'll probably make a stop or two on the way home from work. Other than that, just making dinner, and maybe some knitting.

Randomness: Arisia was so much fun! I didn't make it to as many panels as I would have liked, but the ones I did get to were pretty much all great. I did make it to two different readings, and discovered a few new (to me) authors to check out. Lots of window shopping, but very little actual buying of stuff. A couple of parties Saturday night, which were fun. The Barfleet one was best, but so crowded that you could barely turn around. The friends Tom & I brought with us also had fun, so overall I'm calling the con a success.
jennythereader: (* Bedside Reading)
(In case anyone happens to be curious.)

Step 1: Learn that a given book exists. I usually do this via one of the dozen or so book related podcasts I listen to, or one of the several dozen book related blogs/websites I follow.

Step 2: Find the book on Amazon. If the original source didn't give me enough information about the story, read the description on the Amazon page.

Step 3a: If the book is not available for the Kindle, add it to my Amazon wishlist. Try to remember to check back on a regular basis to see if it has been released as an ebook.

Step 3b: If the book is available for the Kindle, get the free sample chapter(s).

Step 4: Choose what looks most interesting from the last page of my Kindle contents. (When it's sorted by acquisition date the stuff I haven't looked at in longest is at the end of the list.) Read it.

Step 5: If the title from step 4 was just the sample content, make a decision.
Step 5a: "Oh, God. That was awful." Delete the sample content, and try to remember the title so I don't accidentally get it again. Repeat Step 4, hoping for better results.
Step 5b: "Not bad, but not what I'm in the mood for right now." Repeat Step 4, deferring a decision until later.
Step 5c: "I must find out what happens!" Turn on my Kindle's internet connection and buy the book. While it's downloading delete the sample. Read the entire book.

Of course, if I'm in the mood for something specific I just open it up and start reading. Steps 4 & 5 are only for when I'm not sure what I feel like reading next.
jennythereader: (* Bedside Reading)
(In case anyone happens to be curious.)

Step 1: Learn that a given book exists. I usually do this via one of the dozen or so book related podcasts I listen to, or one of the several dozen book related blogs/websites I follow.

Step 2: Find the book on Amazon. If the original source didn't give me enough information about the story, read the description on the Amazon page.

Step 3a: If the book is not available for the Kindle, add it to my Amazon wishlist. Try to remember to check back on a regular basis to see if it has been released as an ebook.

Step 3b: If the book is available for the Kindle, get the free sample chapter(s).

Step 4: Choose what looks most interesting from the last page of my Kindle contents. (When it's sorted by acquisition date the stuff I haven't looked at in longest is at the end of the list.) Read it.

Step 5: If the title from step 4 was just the sample content, make a decision.
Step 5a: "Oh, God. That was awful." Delete the sample content, and try to remember the title so I don't accidentally get it again. Repeat Step 4, hoping for better results.
Step 5b: "Not bad, but not what I'm in the mood for right now." Repeat Step 4, deferring a decision until later.
Step 5c: "I must find out what happens!" Turn on my Kindle's internet connection and buy the book. While it's downloading delete the sample. Read the entire book.

Of course, if I'm in the mood for something specific I just open it up and start reading. Steps 4 & 5 are only for when I'm not sure what I feel like reading next.
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Body: My left ankle is horribly painful, for no reason I can figure out. I hate random pain days.

Stress Level: 7 - I really wanted to declare today a mental health day. Very glad for the four day weekend.

Reading: Still reading The Habitation of the Blessed. Cat Valente is a wonderful author, but you can't rush when you're reading her work.

Etsy Find: Beautiful hand felted wool coat. Way too expensive for me, but so pretty!

Project Follow-up: I picked up the snooty cheeses and crackers that are Tom's & my contribution to tomorrow's Thanksgiving festivities (mmmm... maple smoked cheddar), and looked for shoes for my New Year's outfit. I found several pairs that looked perfect and were in my price range, but weren't available in wide. Grr, arrgh.

Tonight's Project: Probably just vegging at home. Maybe some Sims and/or knitting.

Randomness: Does anyone actually notice if I do this daily post or not?
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: My left ankle is horribly painful, for no reason I can figure out. I hate random pain days.

Stress Level: 7 - I really wanted to declare today a mental health day. Very glad for the four day weekend.

Reading: Still reading The Habitation of the Blessed. Cat Valente is a wonderful author, but you can't rush when you're reading her work.

Etsy Find: Beautiful hand felted wool coat. Way too expensive for me, but so pretty!

Project Follow-up: I picked up the snooty cheeses and crackers that are Tom's & my contribution to tomorrow's Thanksgiving festivities (mmmm... maple smoked cheddar), and looked for shoes for my New Year's outfit. I found several pairs that looked perfect and were in my price range, but weren't available in wide. Grr, arrgh.

Tonight's Project: Probably just vegging at home. Maybe some Sims and/or knitting.

Randomness: Does anyone actually notice if I do this daily post or not?
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: My right shoulder is killing me. There's a knot of pain where my shoulder and neck meet, and every time I take a deep breath it radiates up my neck and down my arm.

Stress Level: 5 - Half of my life feels like it's going perfectly. The other half not so much. I'm getting whiplash going back and forth.

Reading: I just started The Habitation of the Blessed

Hearing: Random music mix so far. I'll probably switch to podcasts at some point.

Etsy Find: Needle Felted Falcor the Luck Dragon.

Project Follow-up: Very good weekend. Lots of time with hanging out with friends, and the book reading/signing was a lot of fun. Although, in some ways the company made getting to and from the signing even more fun.

Tonight's Project: I have no idea.

Randomness: What are your Thanksgiving plans? Tom & I are doing two dinners this year: Thanksgiving day with friends, and my Mom's on Friday.
jennythereader: (Default)
Body: My right shoulder is killing me. There's a knot of pain where my shoulder and neck meet, and every time I take a deep breath it radiates up my neck and down my arm.

Stress Level: 5 - Half of my life feels like it's going perfectly. The other half not so much. I'm getting whiplash going back and forth.

Reading: I just started The Habitation of the Blessed

Hearing: Random music mix so far. I'll probably switch to podcasts at some point.

Etsy Find: Needle Felted Falcor the Luck Dragon.

Project Follow-up: Very good weekend. Lots of time with hanging out with friends, and the book reading/signing was a lot of fun. Although, in some ways the company made getting to and from the signing even more fun.

Tonight's Project: I have no idea.

Randomness: What are your Thanksgiving plans? Tom & I are doing two dinners this year: Thanksgiving day with friends, and my Mom's on Friday.
jennythereader: (Professor Cat *)
I realized that when I talked about my theory in an earlier post, I forgot to say why I think authors write more about people from their own type of generation.

So, this is my thinking, and what I'm planning to do, laid out (more-or-less) using the Scientific Method:

Hypotheses: In general people find it easiest to understand historical figures from generations that are the same type as the one they were born into.

Prediction: If the hypotheses is true, there will be more books for which the author and the main subject are from the same generation or the same type of generation than random chance would account for. Award winning books for which the author and subject are from matching generation types should outnumber books with mis-matched authors/subjects by an even wider margin.

Experiment: I plan to read modern contemporary fiction, older contemporary fiction, historical fiction, and biographies and track how the author's position in the Strauss-Howe generational cycle compares to that of their main charcters or biographical subjects. I'll also track what (if any) awards each book has won, and what sort of reputation the book has in academic circles. If a Cliff Notes (or similar) reading guide is available I may start with that, only turning to the book itself if the reading guide doesn't have the level of detail I'm looking for.
jennythereader: (Professor Cat *)
I realized that when I talked about my theory in an earlier post, I forgot to say why I think authors write more about people from their own type of generation.

So, this is my thinking, and what I'm planning to do, laid out (more-or-less) using the Scientific Method:

Hypotheses: In general people find it easiest to understand historical figures from generations that are the same type as the one they were born into.

Prediction: If the hypotheses is true, there will be more books for which the author and the main subject are from the same generation or the same type of generation than random chance would account for. Award winning books for which the author and subject are from matching generation types should outnumber books with mis-matched authors/subjects by an even wider margin.

Experiment: I plan to read modern contemporary fiction, older contemporary fiction, historical fiction, and biographies and track how the author's position in the Strauss-Howe generational cycle compares to that of their main charcters or biographical subjects. I'll also track what (if any) awards each book has won, and what sort of reputation the book has in academic circles. If a Cliff Notes (or similar) reading guide is available I may start with that, only turning to the book itself if the reading guide doesn't have the level of detail I'm looking for.
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?

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