January 27th, 2009

20111112, Marilee

Long Day

I got groceries today and then settled into more BFAC webwork. It's finally at the point where the other board members can test it. In between, I've been washing cat blankies, cleaning up the kitchen, gathering dinner, and so forth.

Dinner turned out to be difficult to get at the Giant. They've been having these Meal Deals where when you buy a rotisserie chicken at the regular price, $6.99, you also get a bag of salad, a pound of potato or macaroni salad, and a 2-liter bottle of soda free. Well, I don't like soda, and I didn't remember until I got home that I could keep it for bookgroup next month. So I figured getting the Meal Deal wouldn't be a problem, but it is. If you don't get all the stuff, the computer doesn't know how to give you the stuff you did get free. So a manager came over and punched in an electronic coupon for PowerAde, which is apparently close enough to the savings.

Anyway, most of the chicken went into the freezer for other meals.

It's supposed to snow tomorrow, now forecasting at least an inch, then ice, then rain Wednesday morning. It's no big deal to delay the liver labs, but I forgot that my check might come tomorrow or Wednesday. So I hope the rain gets rid of the snow quickly!

And that means that I can catch up on LJ and ML tomorrow, since it's rather late tonight.
20111112, Marilee

Asimov's March 2009

Brian Bieniowski does a guest editorial on revisiting a book he read when young, in response to the columns Silverberg has been doing on the same. James Patrick Kelly has an extensive column on POD, and Paul Di Filippo has the book column this month.

I thought the very best piece in this issue was Nancy Kress' novella "Act One." It explores human gene mod and how it may affect us, particularly since the results aren't guaranteed. (Remind you of Beggars in Spain?)

Harry Turtledove's novelette "Getting Real" was very close to really good, but he didn't quite have the right sarcastic edge. We've had to give land to China to pay our debts and now they've developed technology that drops avatars in front of our people and gives them access to a Real fantasy life. China would like more.

The short-short "Whatness" by Benjamin Crowell was hilarious.
20111112, Marilee

Bad Night, Sleeping Day

I was on the computer too long yesterday and only sat in the recliner for 30 minutes, so my legs and feet started cramping when I went to bed. I got up and took more flexeril and when that didn't help, I took the last quarter (so 10mg total) and hauled the clock and my phone out to the recliner. I set up with that duvet and pillow and slept well when the cats weren't insisting on getting under the covers. When I went out to the recliner, it hadn't started snowing yet, but when I woke up at 10am, there was about an inch. During the day the snow stopped and a fair amount of it sublimated, but there's supposed to be sleet and ice tonight with rain melting it all tomorrow. The high for tomorrow is predicted as 43F. The guys who shoveled the walks and such didn't shovel my curbcut or zebra walkway, and it was too late to call management by the time I woke up.

Lucila was here a bit later than 11am and it turned out that Manassas hadn't cancelled school until after the kids got there. Bad planning. So she sent Jesus off in the bus and then they called so she'd be ready to push his wheelchair when they brought him back. I slept while she cleaned and after I paid her and she left, I slept more. That's why I usually only take 2.5mg of flexeril. I'm sensitive to small amounts of meds and for normal days, that will keep my legs from cramping and I'll be awake in the morning. When I need to take more, I sleep more.

I just had the other wing, thigh, and drumstick from yesterday's rotisserie chicken (the rest of it's in the freezer in bits) and the cats were more anxious about getting some today than they were yesterday, but I didn't give them any. I'll probably have to take the bones out tomorrow with the recycling, assuming the snow/ice melts enough. I don't eat much that has smelly residue.