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Friday, December 31, 2004

Reading, Reading, Reading

Still enjoying my vacation. Spent a few days in Baltimore/VA visiting my grandmother and other family–it’s good to see my cousin after his 2 years in the Peace Corps. Lots of pictures were taken with the new camera Michael got my for Christmas, but I haven’t installed the software and downloaded the pictures yet.

Why haven’t I?

Because I’m reading Robin Hobb’s ‘Tawny Man’ series. We’d been waiting for the third book to come out in paperback, so now we have the third book, I’m absorbed. (In fact the only reason I’m not reading right now is that I have to go to the grocery store, and knew that if I picked up my book, I’ll not make it to the store this morning.

So no serious posts (in fact I’m hardly checking my e-mail), no dwelling on the news, just enjoying my vacation. Hope that others are able to do the same.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2004


No, I really haven’t fallen off the earth, I’m just enjoying my vacation.

We got snow flurries Christmas day, and snow fall the day after. So that’s something anyway.

When not eating, I’ve been catching up on my reading: Robert Silverberg’s “Legends II”, The newest Thieves’ World, books two and three of the Lemony Snicket series, the latest Sword and Sorceress… I love it when my toughest decisions are what to read next. Terry Pratchett or Robin Hobb?

Hope your holiday is just as wonderful!

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Friday, December 24, 2004

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year


I love Christmas.

Just finished wrapping Michael’s gifts, and just a few things left to bake.

The only thing missing is snow, but you can’t have everything.

When Michael comes home, we’ll decorate the tree, I have egg nog, and cookies, and a Christmas tree, and friends and family I love.

So really, I do have everything important.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Wednesday, December 22, 2004


Thirty-five cookbooks and not a single recipe for nut rolls. Do they have some other name that I don’t know? Is there something blindingly obvious that I’m missing?

I love nut rolls, but have never made them before. I’ve got nuts in the freezer, so all I need is a recipe.


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Busy Busy Busy

Okay, it’s the 22nd and I haven’t made a single Christmas baked good yet.

This means:
1) I have no time to post
2) If you’re in town, you shouldn’t stop by until tomorrow if you want any cookies. After that, however…

What am I planning on making?
Lemon bars, amaretto cake, pumpkin cookies, peanut butter blossoms, sugar cookies, m&m cookies, pumpkin roll, rugelach, and whatever else looks good.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Arcata Eye Time

Saturday, November 13 1:24 p.m. How rude.

Saturday, October 16 4:06 p.m. Topless frisbee players were reported at the Community Park. The field was closed, and the bare-chested disc flingers covered up their immodest wiggly bits.

6:13 p.m. But at least a few – actually, 15 – of the once-brazen topless athletes remained behind, smoking and drinking.

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Year’s Best Fantasy

Year’s Best Fantasy edited by David G. Hartwell (2001)

I’m a sucker for short story collections–I love short stories, and fantasy collections are my favorite, so if I come across a collection, I usually buy it. This has, of course, led to some rather poor choices, such as “The Sorcerer’s Academy” and “Earth, Air, Fire, Water”, neither of which I’ve been able to finish. But for the most part collections tend to be good, and help to give me that reading fix, at times when I just can’t get involved in a novel.

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Thomas the Rhymer

Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner (1990)

Thomas the Rhymer is one of the books that managed to be precisely what I want to read. The tale is of Thomas the Rhymer, minstrel who falls for the queen of Elfland. The story is told from four different points of view: The longest narrative is from the point of view of Thomas, but the other three are those around Thomas, two of whom are an older couple who take Thomas in.

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FedEx Has Incurred My Wrath

So I’ve had it with FedEx.

We order a lot fo stuff through the mail (in fact most of my Christmas shopping was mail order) and so we get a lot of packages delivered to our house. Mostly it’s UPS and USPS that deliver, but sometimes it’s FedEx.

So how did FedEx incur my wrath? Well, they delivered a package the end of last month. I signed the tag (which I missed the first day, because it was a door tag, and I usually look for the UPS stickies) to have the package left. Which they did.

Unfortunately, they left the package behind the storm door, on a day when we had severe wind warnings the entire day, so they storm door was blown open and damaged. Michael immediately called FedEx, who said they would send someone out to look at the door and they’d get back to us.

No big deal.

Except that they never got back to us.

So last Monday I called, and was told they’d call me back that night.

No phone call Monday or Tuesday.

Wednesday I started to get mad. I called the national number, and got the local number to call. Where no one answered. For two days.

Friday I called the national number again and told the very nice person that I was starting to get irritated that no one was calling me back. They said someone would call me right back. Which they did. And told me that someone would be to my house to fix my door Friday or Saturday.

It’s now Tuesday morning and my door is still broken.

Now please understand me here. I’m not mad that it’s taking them so long to fix the door. I understand that it’s the holidays and people are incredibly busy. What makes me mad is telling me that something will be done at a certain time, and then NOT DOING IT.

If they’d have said, “I’m sorry, we’re really busy right now, we won’t have time to fix your door until after the holidays,” I would have been fine with that. I really would. I understand being busy. But don’t tell me that you’re going to do something and then not do it.

So if the door isn’t fixed tomorrow, I’m going to call the national people again and voice my displeasure.

And I’m not going to deal with FedEx ever again if I don’t have to.

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Monday, December 20, 2004

Mere Words

Mere words cannot experess how much I dislike Donald Rumsfeld.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld faced renewed criticism Sunday from lawmakers, including one prominent Republican, after he said he has not personally signed letters sent to family members of troops killed in action.

Rumsfeld said armor was being produced as quickly as “humanly possible” — which turned out not to be true. Some lawmakers said they have long been telling the White House that manufacturers were not working at capacity and were offering to make more.

Yet Bush has ASKED this man to stay on the cabinet. He lets Colin Powell leave, but asked Rumsfeld to stay.

Sometimes I think there is no justice in this world.

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