May 21st, 2009

20111112, Marilee

Good News!

I called Bank of America and it turns out Fannie Mae considers the condo worth $144K, so I get a new mortgage! Apparently they don't actually do appraisals, they just pick a number. The Making Home Affordable mortgage is 2 points less than the current one and $200/month less in payment. All costs are worked into that except the $400 application fee, which I paid with a credit card (I can pay that off in 2.2 months). This will make a big difference in my scrimping. I'm still going to stop feeding the birds ($90/month) to help -- Spirit's teeth surgury was very expensive -- but I'll have less debt a lot sooner.

The calamine lotion didn't help with the stria (and I have no idea how to get it off the washcloth), so I'm trying the vaseline today. The early problem with that is that the only kind I could get has the baby smell.

lizzibabe came yesterday and put my new computer table together for me and I took her out to dinner (with a coupon, I admit) and we had a nice time. I'm going to a funeral tomorrow (father of the husband of our bookgroup librarian) in Maryland, so I'm getting a ride from friends driving up and don't plan to move the EEE over and start setting it up as the primary computer probably until Monday or so. In the meantime, I'll get used to having the table to my left.
20111112, Marilee

Survival by Julie E. Czerneda

This is the first book of the Species Imperative trilogy. It's set far in the future, but the only thing that's really changed is skims -- flying cars, more or less -- and humans are in space with aliens. The protagonist, Mac, is a biologist who is investigating salmon diversity on the Pacific Coast (which she mentions as having the Rockies). They're visited by an alien scientist from a species that has never been to Earth before. The alien says another alien species tried to kill his and is on the way to ours. Our protagonist (who has long hair that she fiddles with all the time) gets caught up in the possible loss of humans and goes with the alien to his planet to try and find the answer.

The book was full of errors, some like the Rockies being on the coast, and some internal like this one where when the alien serves the progenitor on their planet, they lose a limb. So (page 339, SFBC)it says:

"Two hands missing, two extra names" about Parymn Ne Sa who is part of their escort.

Two para later, it says: "Given their entire escort carried weapons in all six hands," and the next para: "Parymn sheathed the weapons in four of his six hands."

I know some people never register this kind of thing, but it bothers me.

I'm going to read two books with different authors next because they have to go back to the library and I'll decide about reading the other two books in this trilogy at the end of that. This book doesn't really end and I may be sufficiently interested in the end to read the other two. We'll see.