December 15th, 2007

20111112, Marilee

New Coat

We decided not to go out after bookgroup, considering the expected weather, and it was just starting to sleet as I got home. There on my porch was the box of the next coat I ordered. It's not quite what I wanted -- buttons instead of a zipper and snaps -- but it was the closest I could find. It fits and I immediately took off the removable faux fur cuffs and collar. I think the buttons are a tiny bit too big (since I'm not going to redo the buttonholes), plus they're ugly -- giant domed things with a vague crest on them -- so I'll get new ones and put them on.

I'm trying to decide whether to leave the buttons where the faux fur cuffs attach on. In the past, I have always worn my coats to where I have to get a new one, but I grew in from the old one (it'll go to the thrift store) and what if I do from this one? Should I cheat someone else out of faux fur? Some people must like it, or else it wouldn't be on coats (or coats made entirely of it).

I was worried about Giorgio this morning because not only had he settled in with me as soon as I started to read last night, in the morning, he was up against the other pillow and my back. While I showered, he just stayed on the nice warm duvet. This is not like him. He's a pretty energetic guy. Then Spirit made her first ahOOO (you're dressed enough, it's food time!) and he went off after her and things were back to normal. I guess he just wants to sleep with me more.
20111112, Marilee

Only You Can Save Mankind by Terry Pratchett

This was our book for bookgroup this month and I went on to read the other two in the trilogy: Johnny and the Dead and Johnny and the Bomb.

Johnny, an English boy in 1992, starts playing a "kill the aliens" game when suddenly the aliens start talking to him. They want to surrender. They want safe escort across the border. Is this really happening? Is he mental? Can he get the aliens across the border when other humans are still showing up to fight? He and his friends and a girl they meet work on the problems.

This is clearly written for the first Gulf War and is very well done. There's no real reason you can't think of it for the present war, either. Pratchett uses his typical humor and engaging characters to make the book very enjoyable. If you read this one, read the others, too.