July 26th, 2009

20111112, Marilee

Food Lists

I did the 8-weekly Peapod order today. I'll still have to stop by the Giant to get the eyedrops I need and I'm going to try to do that on the way back from the nurse practitioner appointment tomorrow.

Last night I thought it was 10pm when I started watching a movie, but it was 9pm and I was done before the news. I considered pulling a video or something to watch and then realized it might help if I could go to bed early last night. I was in bed ready to read for 90 minutes at midnight and so I set the alarm for 9:30am. I turned the light off at 1:42am, having finished the book, and was still awake until 3am, a much more normal time for me to sleep. I woke up at 11am. So I'll still try to get to sleep early tonight, but I'm more likely to have only five hours of sleep or so. I'll just take a nap when I get home. And watch the TV shows I tape tonight over the next few days.
20111112, Marilee

Bottle Rocket

This was marked as "sweet" but it just seemed silly and stupid to me. Three young men, who have no skills or motivation, decide to rob a bookstore. One of them comes up with all the burglary ideas and he likes making them as complicated -- and unlikely to happen -- as possible. They go to hide in a motel where one of the others falls in love with the housekeeper and gives her the robbery money, but problems happen at home and the third guy goes home with their car. When they get home, they give in to the planmaker and do another stupid, unlikely heist.
20111112, Marilee

The Magician's Ward by Patricia C. Wrede

I read the first book in this two-part YA series in January and that review with comments that correct it is here.

This copy turned out to be in good shape, other than a bit musty, but it's an MMPB instead of a trade paperback, so they don't match.

Kim and Mairelon have moved to his brother's house in London where Mairelon's aunt would like them to be more acceptable. She's going to make sure Kim wears girl's clothes and has a chance at getting married. Kim is not so interested in that. Someone tries to steal a book from the house's library, which sends them into a lot of study and analysis, more as it happens again and again. There's some kind of uncommon wizard around who keeps attacking not only the toffs, but the street wizards.

Mairelon's mother, Lady Wendall, arrives with a monkey (present from a friend) and decides to give Kim a Coming Out Ball. Kim is still not interested, but for various reasons, she agrees. There is magical disaster and romantic fulfillment by the end of the book. I really enjoyed this series.