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June 4th, 2011


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09:51 am - Twelve Days Since Last Post, Twelve Things
As it says on the tin -- twelve days since last post, twelve things:

*Hurricane season has begun. This is neither good nor bad, this merely is.
*The Small Blonde Dog has had a minor operation to remove a (pre-cancerous but currently benign) tumor on her lip. Now that the stitches have been taken out, she has a small but dashing scar, which I think I'll tell people she got while dueling in Heidelberg.
*A summer of tweaking my living space is now underway. A new slipcover for the loveseat is in the dryer right this second, in fact. (The Small Blonde Dog, famous duelist, is also notorious for shedding 24/7, 365 days a year. Slipcovers are Essential.)
*I walked (with a little bit of running) this morning, through a light haze of smoke from nearby wildfires. Not even Fortnum and Mason Black Tea with Strawberry (iced) has taken away the tang of the smoke in the back of my throat.
*Americans of a Certain Age, a note: the original Poldark is available streaming on Netflix. Oh Ross Poldark --speaking of facial scars -- how you did buckle your swash in your eighteenth-century coats and your riding boots! [happy sigh]
*Am writing madly on my big project -- 90,000 words and counting. (25,000 to go, and then editing it down a bit.)
*Am stymied by a large To Be Read pile and my lack of desire to read any of them. What shall I read, what shall I read? (For fun, that is.) Suggestions welcome.
*However, am currently reading Tyler Colman's Wine Politics (description here at Amazon). It's a fascinating overview of, well, the ways politics (both business and governmental) have affected wine production and consumption in France and the USA.
*Drove, with the sun shining madly and Bobbie Gentry's greatest hits in the CD player, to the Nearby City to meet chase820 for lunch yesterday. This journey included a stop at Needless Markup (as the Dallas folk I used to know called Neiman Marcus) to yearn for a Diane von Furstenberg dress and purchase some Chanel makeup. La la, it's budget ahoy for me the rest of the month!
*While at NM, also marveled at the plethora of platform shoes, which I at once find attractive yet utterly impractical and vaguely reminiscent of foot-binding.
*Btw: I am not a blogger who gets free things, so if I mention any book or show or tea, etc, I paid for it my own damn self.
*Word of the day: AMALGAM.

May you have twelve things of awesome today! :-)

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From:chase820
Date:June 4th, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC)
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I'm also on the cheap budget plan for the rest of the month, but it was worth it, wasn't it? :D
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From:laurawise
Date:June 4th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
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It was! We must do it again before autumn falls upon us with its terrible swift piles of work. :-)
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From:chase820
Date:June 4th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
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Definitely!
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From:freixenet
Date:June 4th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
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Footbinding: aye. Stymied by options: aye. Word: word!

Am currently taking a 12 minute break from stifling heat and humidity that inevitably dogs my yardwork schedule.

bottles of cold water [do not equal] iced tea. Hmm. (Speaking of which: may I offer you fresh mint? I have scads of it, both spear- and pepper-.)
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From:laurawise
Date:June 4th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
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The idea of doing yardwork in this heat... You are A Woman of Iron.

[applauds]

Are these mint plants? Because I am contemplating the need for mint in my backyard.

Thanks and good cheer, F!
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From:julia_here
Date:June 4th, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
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Your news of Poldark may finally persuade The Spousal Unit to invest in Netflix, and stop wasting our life watching freaking Dragnet on the local nostalgia chanel.


I find myself, again, longing for a nice dress; unfortunately, what's available is not inspiring, no matter what the price: this is just a bad era for dresses. It does save me budget but leaves me with a formless longing that chickens cannot fill.

Julia, nor sheep, unless I find a truly masterful fleece-processor
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From:laurawise
Date:June 4th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
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Oh dear, I hope you can find a dress somewhere that you like. :-(

But hurrah for your chickens, and hurrah for the potential of a Netflix account! Happy Saturday!
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From:paratti
Date:June 4th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
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Mm... Poldark:)

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:June 4th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
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Mmmm, indeed. :-)

Happy Doctor Who Day, L! Happy weekend in general! [hugs]
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From:stateless82
Date:June 4th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
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I can't find anything I want to read either. I just finished Simon Winchester's tiny book about Lewis Carroll and his photographs of Alice Liddell and have no idea why it was written or why I read it.

I'm considering going old school noir with some Raymond Chandler, but it might be too hot.

Poldark?
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From:laurawise
Date:June 4th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
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In reverse order: Poldark, a 1970s British series aired here on Masterpiece Theatre, was soapy good times -- set in 18th-century Cornwall, with a dashing, scarred, angsty hero, a redheaded servant-heroine, skulduggery, tin mines, and all sorts of fun. :-)

Chandler can be v. cooling, esp if read in front of a fan or similar. I'm thinking perhaps a Nancy Mitford reread is in order... or Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

Hugs and a good Saturday!
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From:anne_d
Date:June 4th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
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The Poldark novels are also pretty good. Perhaps I should reread those, it's been many years, and I've run out of books that appeal.

I wish you much awesome; me, I'll settle for one good thing, if I can even get that.
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From:laurawise
Date:June 4th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
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I hope there's something awesome even in a tough day for you. [hugs]
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From:laurawise
Date:June 4th, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
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Well, there would be a trail of ill-gotten milk bones if she hadn't eaten them all. (She's food-motivated, is the Blonde One.) [beams]

[hugs]
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From:mamculuna
Date:June 4th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
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Platform shoes are very scary in many ways. Platforms by nature must be stationary, right? In a rare watching of American Idol (American Idle) I saw a young contestant fall, wearing some of those. I think I'll leave them for those seeking danger.

And the big project, when it is finished, must become available to us eager readers, somehow!

I'm not good at recommending reads for other people, but I'm currently intrigued by CJ Sansom's historical mysteries--maybe you too would like a hunchbacked Tudor lawyer? Or not?
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From:laurawise
Date:June 4th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
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You speak rightly on the stationary nature of platforms! They so often only look good when one is standing still -- or poss. being carried around by burly men. In any event, not really relevant to my life. ;-)

I will jot down CJ Sansom for further investigation -- and thank you for kind words re the Big Project!

Hugs and a lovely Saturday to you!
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From:gwynnega
Date:June 5th, 2011 03:53 am (UTC)
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Yay 90,000 words and tweaking of living space!

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:June 5th, 2011 11:40 am (UTC)
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Yay YOU, Gwynne! :-)

[hugs]
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From:janus_74
Date:June 5th, 2011 04:17 am (UTC)
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I hope you have an awesome weekend too!
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From:laurawise
Date:June 5th, 2011 11:41 am (UTC)
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Happy Sunday, T, and a good slide into the week. :-)
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From:laurawise
Date:June 6th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
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A happy week to you, L!

[hugs]
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From:mobile_alh
Date:June 6th, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Of course, Anya is soooo Demelza!

In other (belated, boring) news, it's still raining and cold here and a bloody good thing I finished up two more sweaters at the beginning of May as they have each had much wear over the intervening weeks. We might get up to 60 today.

Grumps.

But sending cheer and hugs for redecorating and dashing scars!
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From:laurawise
Date:June 6th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
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I will watch with that comparison in mind. :-)

Oh dear for your cold and rain! Meanwhile, in the subtropics, it's a humid 90 degrees and my air-conditioning has just broken. [sigh]

May it be a better week for both of us!
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From:pinkdormouse
Date:June 8th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
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Much Poldark love from over here too, obviously.
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From:laurawise
Date:June 9th, 2011 11:49 am (UTC)
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I knew you were a big Poldark fan! But for Americans, access to the Ross & Demelza Et Al Show had been kind of limited. That mistake has been rectified. :-)

Happy Thursday, happy writing!

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