July 5th, 2009

20111112, Marilee

Scary Shower

I've been washing up at the sink the last couple of days since I can't use my shower while the ceiling drywall has a hole in it, but I knew I'd have to shower soon. I set up in the guest bathroom last night, which has a tub. I have a suction grip that I attach to the fiberglass shell, but it's still scary to step up over the side (I have to pull my foot up) and there's no grab bars in the tub. The seat I have in my shower won't fit in the tub. I was rinsing my hair this morning and couldn't figure out why it was so tangled when I remembered that in worrying about setting up, I forgot to brush my hair this morning.

As I left the guest bathroom and headed to my bed to lie down and dry off, the smoke alarm, which is next to the guest bathroom door in the hallway, went off. I turned back and shut the door and the alarm stopped. After I dryed off and had meds, I put on my robe and opened the door on the way to the kitchen and enough steam had gone so the alarm didn't go off again.

As usual, I'm washing sheets, and some of my laundry, too.
20111112, Marilee

The Wild Machines, The Book of Ash, #3 by Mary Gentle

This is a single book in the UK, but four (thank ghu) in the US. Comments on Book 1 and Book 2.

This book takes place in three days of Ash's life. We skip crossing the Med from their-Carthage and pushing up to Dijon, but are told about the sunless devastation -- nothing left anywhere to eat, babies exposed, frozen people stacked, etc. -- on the way. They find Ash's "sister," Faris, the commander of the Carthage army with a large detachment sieging Dijon. Ash gets her people safely inside Dijon and talks to Faris, trying to talk her into realizing who the Wild Machines are and why she shouldn't follow their commands.

The last day is a hunt to determine the new Duke of Dijon. This turns out to be much more important than you'd think.

And in the interleaved material, our character-author and his editor find even more odd history and comparisons.