August 16th, 2009

20111112, Marilee

Day Shifting Works

Yesterday I napped between 7:30pm and 9:30pm and seriously considered just leaving the computer and lights and such on and going back to sleep. But I wanted to do a couple loads of laundry so I got up. I wore a rayon top yesterday. I have several of these that I like, but I don't wear them often because they want to be hung dry and then they're wrinkled. As you might imagine, I don't iron. But I have these fancy new front-loading washer & dryer so I tried the top on "Handwash" in the washer and then "Delicate" in the dryer, and it came out perfect: dry, the right size, no wrinkles. So I'll be doing that from now on.

I have the surgery tomorrow and Janet will be here about 11am, so I need to be up about 9:30am, which means asleep (I hope) about 1:30am, which means starting to read about 12:00am, which means getting ready for bed about 11:30pm tonight. I expect to at least read email and post here for the first few days, but probably I can do my regular reading and posting, as well.

I decided to get groceries and wash cat blankies today as well as washing sheets, so I started the washing as soon as I got home from the Giant. They had a number of things on sale this week that will be easy for me to eat if I'm not moving well. And again, I'm not expecting this, I'm just playing it safe.
20111112, Marilee

R Is For Rocket by Ray Bradbury

I bought an old paperback of this several years ago at a used bookstore because I hadn't read all the stories in it. I had three days between finishing the book I was reading and the bookgroup, so I picked this to read. It actually took four days, but that's not bad. One of the stories in this collection is fairly famous: "A Sound of Thunder," but most of the others aren't as well-known. Many of the stories use descriptions for the characters rather than names, and his stories tend to be in an unknown future time, so they don't get dated. He uses a lot of description through his books and this one is no different. Here's the ToC:

* Introduction (R Is for Rocket) • (1962) • essay by Ray Bradbury
* 1 • R Is for Rocket • (1943) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 16 • The End of the Beginning • (1956) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 21 • The Fog Horn • (1951) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 29 • The Rocket • (1950) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 39 • The Rocket Man • (1951) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 50 • The Golden Apples of the Sun • (1953) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 57 • A Sound of Thunder • (1952) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 69 • The Long Rain • (1950) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 83 • The Exiles • (1949) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 97 • Here There Be Tygers • (1951) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 110 • The Strawberry Window • (1955) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 118 • The Dragon • (1955) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 121 • The Gift • (1952) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 124 • Frost and Fire • (1946) • novella by Ray Bradbury (aka The Creatures That Time Forgot) [as by Ray Bradbury ]
* 164 • Uncle Einar • (1947) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 172 • The Time Machine • (1955) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
* 179 • The Sound of Summer Running • (1956) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury

(Thanks to ISFDB)

Bradbury is more descriptive than I prefer, but I certainly enjoyed the collection.