December 31st, 2008

20111112, Marilee

A New Garbage Disposal

And a bill that will make this week, between the van and the disposal, cost more than $1K for repairs. Hmph.

Yes, I was so sleepy at 8pm that I took a nap until Shiva woke me up at 1am. I stayed up an extra hour last night just to stay only 10 weeks behind on the WashPost and then read long enough to finish The Merchants' War. I'd hoped to get a short nap this after noon before the plumber came (2-10pm) but the dispatcher called at 1:55 and said he was on his way. He didn't get there for an hour and didn't have the new disposal so had to call someone to bring it, but it still didn't take that long. This one is amazingly quiet and apparently much stronger than the old one, not that I plan to put bones down it.

I only got halfway through the blogs before I had to sleep and I have things I need to do in the house, so I'm going to review the book and catch up on LJ and ML tomorrow.
20111112, Marilee

The Merchants' War by Charlie Stross

This is the fourth book in The Merchant Princes. The others, reviewed, are: The Family Trade, The Hidden Family, and The Clan Corporate.

We left the last book with the explosion at the royal palace and that's where we start in this one. Miriam manages to escape to world two and evade capture until she is halfway across the country with the assistance of Burgeson. There, Brill kills the captors and rescues her. Other plot threads involve Huw trying to change the knot pattern to find other worlds to worldwalk to and what he finds there, plus the Pretender's assault on the worldwalkers to solidify his throne. He may be a Pervert, but he knows what he's doing.

We are, once again, left in the middle of a story so I will be eagerly awaiting the mmpb of the next book, The Revolution Business. It will be a while, since the hardcover is coming out in April! Still highly recommended, although you may want to buy now and read when the last/sixth book is published.
20111112, Marilee

The Wind!

It was 29F with 50mph wind gusts today and the van kept getting shoved out of the lane! I didn't see any big branches down while I was out, but DC apparently has a lot of big trees down with power out in some places and a little boy who had massive head injuries from a falling big branch.

Last night I was online until 3am and then cleaned out and washed the litterbox and filled it back up. Then I moved the chair I used for that out to the kitchen so I could put the stuff under the sink back in the right places. I gathered trash and recycling. I briefly thought I should just stay in today and do errands tomorrow, but then the news I'd recorded while I napped reminded me that tomorrow is New Year's and I figured a lot of places would be closed. So I sat in the recliner long enough to take my BP and went to bed.

Today I took the trash and recycling out and both our recycling bins and the bins at the transfer station were really full. Fortunately, my newspapers fit here and the mixed paper slid in at the transfer station. I got new snackies for the kitties and ate at Red Robin. When I got the mail, some new toys from Mouse Factory Toys were here. They have amazingly good catnip and Shiva has been tossing his mini-mouse around and Spirit keeps getting her glitter pom ball under things. The company doesn't have alligators online, but they're still on the paper catalog, so maybe they'll make us another Mr. Gator because Spirit is almost through the stomach of our current one. She's a good disemboweller.

So now to catch up on LJ and ML from yesterday and today!