February 5th, 2009

20111112, Marilee

Sleep, Sleep, More Sleep

Tuesday night I was awake for about three hours after I turned the light out so when I actually made it through everything yesterday, I figured I was okay. But last night, while I was reading an old WashPost, I started yawning non-stop. I decided I wanted to finish the book I was reading, if I was going to read only one thing, so I went to bed. I woke up just a bit before the alarm went off because all the little lumps down the outside of my left thigh hurt. Usually I sleep on both sides during the night, but last night, Shiva appropriated the other pillow and I was on my left side too much. So I turned the alarm off, rolled over, assisted him off the pillow, and slept for three more hours. I guess I caught up. I hope that means tonight is more normal.

I haven't cooked, done laundry, or even gotten the mail today. But I did talk on the phone to a friend who also has new meds, make an appointment for next Thursday with a new home vet for the kitties, and found a new primary doctor. My current primary doctor is moving to the center at the other end of the county (the letter came yesterday and this morning, I found about a third of it in pieces -- Spirit had fun during the night) and I've tried seeing a doctor down there and it's just too far. So I picked out another internal medicine doctor. Oh, and I worked on more BFAC webstuff. So I'm not completely non-productive.
20111112, Marilee

Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon

This is the first book in the five-book Vatta's War series. Our protagonist, Kylara Vatta, makes it to the last year of the Space Academy on her planet, and then falls for a scam that gets her kicked out. She returns home to her family and her family's trading ships. She's assigned her first ship and while landing at the first planet, finds she may be able to get a contract on her own. She wants to follow the family's motto -- trade and profit -- and decides to take the contract, even though it's a bit risky. The ship heads to another planet to pick up her contacted cargo and have their FTL drive fail just as that system heads into a war.

Ky uses her Academy skills throughout the war. The story is quick, unexpected, and hits hard. If I hadn't had the doctor's appointment yesterday, I would have stayed up and finished it. I'm looking forward to the second book, but I have to read a library book (I was in the queueueue for two weeks) first.

I highly recommend this book, and I expect the rest of the series will be just as good.