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July 11th, 2010


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08:21 pm - Sunday evening miscellany
A gloriously gloomy Sunday evening, after an afternoon of rain, storm, hellarain activity. I am far more suited to rain and gloom than hideous heat. And so, before I retire happily to my couch with a book appropriate for steam and rain*:

(*Query for you -- what do YOU consider a book appropriate for steam and rain?)

Anyhoo,

*yesterday I had two social engagements, and the Small Blonde Dog is still annoyed, bless her. Do I not understand that my place in life is to wait on her? Have I run mad?

*she is also irritated because I've been walking around, idly cleaning whilst my brain is completely restructuring the second half of a current writing project and thus I am prone to unexpectedly blurting out "Good God why hadn't I thought of that?" and/or cursing in manner of sailor who's found treasure and/or an empty treasure chest, which disturbs her prime naptime

*in case you were wondering, everytime is prime naptime for Madam Blonde Dog.

*have been listening to She and Him, Zooey Deschanel and M Ward's indie-pop-countrypolitan group. This has been enjoyable, but I am suddenly possessed of a desire for a Western-cut shirt, definitely with pearl snap-buttons and possibly with Ironic Fringe. (Keep me away from www.sheplers.com, is what I'm sayin'.)

*in thematic or tonal contradistinction to 2010 indie-pop-folkie-countrypolitan music, I've just rewatched Another Thin Man -- the third one, shot after William Powell's recovery from cancer, wherein there is uneasy travel between a Long Island estate and the more familiar haunts of NYC as mysteries are solved. Although Nicky Jr is an infant and present for some scenes, happily he gets left with a nurse during the NYC adventures, which include Nick using a brief power-cut to punch out a guy who's been dancing with Nora in a Cuban-themed nightclub.

In other words, id-vortexy for me. :-)

And now, good thoughts to you all for a good week, with all happy discoveries! :-)

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From:laurawise
Date:July 12th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
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We'd been without rain for a week too, which in the subtropics = hell. ;-)

Hugs, joy, and a good Monday, Rainkatt!
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From:mamculuna
Date:July 12th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
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Lucky you. The rain skirts around me, rumbling and grumbling but not falling. But last two weeks at the beach we had plenty, with a dog who thinks she must sit in a bathtub if thunder is audible. My books for those rainy steam days tend to be historical. Made it through the last one with Cecelia Holland's Pillar of the Sky: A Novel of Stonehenge, which somehow doesn't sound like your style.

I could also be happy with something murderous, but recently nothing has appealed.

Enjoy the cool wet night, if that's what the sky brought you.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 12th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
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Last week was that kind of rain-less for me, too -- I could see the thunderheads, but they'd slide right by me.

I don't tend to read historical novels much, at least not these days -- but I will investigate in case my mood changes this winter. :-)

The night was wet but not in the least cool, alas: it's a steambath out there! But we persevere.

Happy Monday!
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From:wildrider
Date:July 12th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
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There are some lovely Western shirts available on eBay; I've had my eye on this one for a while. The one I got on super clearance at Rawhide was the same brand (Scully), but white with beige yokes.

Too hot to wear this time of year, though (nice, heavy material, good quality!); I have to wait for cooler weather to wear it! Woe!

{hugs} to you and the Small Blonde Dog. I can't think of any good heat/steam books...

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From:laurawise
Date:July 12th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
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Oh, yes, that's a nice heavy shirt indeed! I've been thinking about those nice thin shirts... but I will refrain from any of them. Am being frugal. ;-)

Happy thinking about shirts, and happy Monday!
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From:paratti
Date:July 12th, 2010 08:01 am (UTC)
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Heat and steam = Love in the Time of Cholera. Good stuff.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:July 12th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm, that's a book thought indeed.

In any case, hugs hugs, L, and a fabulous London Monday!
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From:stateless82
Date:July 12th, 2010 08:50 am (UTC)
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Heat and steam? it'd probably be a romance novel. Historical. Or maybe a Helen MacInnes/Mary Stewart/Elizabeth Peters type of thing.

I was trying to think of something set in the cold, but the only things that came to mind were all so strenuous.

Pearl snap-buttons are awesome.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 12th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
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You know, I really should think about another Mary Stewart adventure novel. [writes note for next trip to used bookstore]

Cool thoughts sent your way, S, because I know that your place is as steamy as the subtropics. Happy Monday off! :-)
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From:freixenet
Date:July 12th, 2010 10:03 am (UTC)
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Pretty much everything is a good read for steam and rain--but then, I'm like you in that I love steam and rain. The nonrain not so much...

Trying (and failing) to see you in a Western shirt with pearl snaps. But since you already have the boots, I don't know why I can't see you in pearl snaps!

See you later today! Air conditioning that someone else is paying for WHOOT!
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From:laurawise
Date:July 12th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
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I would, of course, refrain from wearing a Western shirt with my cowboy boots, as there's no need to be costume-y. :-)

See ya later! Air-conditioning and iced tea YAY!
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From:laurawise
Date:July 12th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
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You are correct, L, as the Blonde Dog would be the first to agree, and I am ashamed of myself. [bows head and bites lip in apology]

Happy Monday, with a good travel book and more! :-)

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From:janus_74
Date:July 12th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
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Rain and Steam books for me would be beach reads; romance, usually historical. (It's what I usually read when it's sunny and cold too though.)
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From:laurawise
Date:July 12th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
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A book for all seasons, then! That's always a good choice too. ;-)

Happy Monday!
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From:roguedemon
Date:July 13th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
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*drive by hugs*

I read The Time Traveler's Wife recently. I'd say that that is very appropriate. SInce it rains a lot around here practically every book is appropriate...

I got my ice cream yesterday!
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From:laurawise
Date:July 13th, 2010 10:50 am (UTC)
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Hurrah for getting your luxury item! :-))

[hugs, too] Happy Tuesday!
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From:headrush100
Date:July 13th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
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It sounds as though the writing is going well...? :-) I hope!

Have spent five hours today with a genealogist who taught me lots of stuff, and boggled my brain with ancestors.

So humid and bleah can hardly breathe. Yuck. But at least it's cooler, and rain has been had. Tomatoes looking much happier for it.

Happy Monday to you and the small blonde one! **hugs/pats**
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From:laurawise
Date:July 14th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
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Your five hours sounds amazing! (And perhaps the humidity will pass soonest. :-))

Hugs and cheers for a cooler, delightful Wednesday, too!

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