Book news: I put another book down today. It’s supposed to be classic fantasy about a minstrel who can teleport and travels his world, but I got halfway through and couldn’t deal with the casual women-as-objects issue (late 70s, author is a woman – I can’t even blame it on male chauvinism) or the lack of character development. On the plus side, I’m finally going to read Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I loved the Temeraire books SO MUCH, and I only even noticed them because Uprooted (which is not related to those) had just been published and was getting attention. I’ve been saving Uprooted because I know I’ll love it, and sometimes I just do that. There’s still a Robin McKinley novel I haven’t read because I’m saving it. I started Uprooted over lunch today, and I loved it from the first sentence, so I’ll be a happy reader for a few days.
Weird sad news: one of our neighbors died the other day. We saw police cars and police officers milling around next door, but no sirens. It seems her roommates found her in her bed that morning, an apparent overdose, but no idea if it was accidental or on purpose.
Just weird news: I was sitting at my desk, on a conference call with a customer in Wisconsin, when all of a sudden a giant silver ladder came to rest outside the window directly in front of me and this dude climbed up until he completely filled the frame and scraped old paint off the windowsill outside. He had headphones on, and I think he was trying as hard not to look at me as I was not to look at him. Super awkward, and it was a huge distraction. It’s hard to have a work conversation when there’s a person outside your window less than 6 feet away. Thankfully, he didn’t take long and then he was gone.
Pregnancy-related news: See tomorrow’s post.