January 17th, 2010

20111112, Marilee

Sleeping with Spirit

I had this page up and planned to write and post before taking a nap, but I went to scoop litterboxes and then swap my shoes for slippers, and when I got back, I was yawning my head off and just settled into the recliner with Miss Girl. She's so eager to sleep that way now that she starts getting into my lap before I have a lap. I have to let her move back and forth between the arms and then wait until I get the recliner out and the duvet on. We slept four hours, which is more than I expected, but I guess I needed it, at least.

Friday night, Spirit had been making her "I want to eliminate" noise and I'd been responding with "litterbox!" for about 30 minutes and then she moved down to the litterbox, started pooping, and Junie dashed at her. I didn't know Junie was hiding at the end of the hall, and Spirit certainly didn't. So I'm going to move the small litterbox with the Cat Attract back into the sheltered place and see if Spirit can use it without being setupon by Junie.

I checked email before I left for bookgroup so I didn't have time to get gas first and I'll need to do that early next week. We went to Tony's after bookgroup because lizzibabe needed to get to the stage too early to eat at a traditional restaurant. We like Tony's anyway, but it was really busy and we held the only open table (with only four chairs -- other tables had taken the other two) and waited for one of the two big tables, but the little one next to us finished first and we moved the two circles together and found eleven chairs so everybody had one. I had a slice of mushroom tomato foccacio and Greek salad, which I really liked, and since I had the rehydration fluid at bookgroup, I don't have to have anything else tonight.
20111112, Marilee

Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds

This was the bookgroup book, and considering how much people complained about it (one member wrote up a two-plus page of problems), I thought I was the only one who liked it. But when I said that, others said they liked it, they just didn't like those bits. I think a lot of those bits were designed to lack resolution, to make us look less-advanced than the aliens, to show how people can hate, etc.

A ship that pushes ice -- puts massdrivers on big clumps of ice out in the Kuiper Belt and sends them back to their company, DeepShaft, on Earth -- is called to release the current ice bit and head toward Janus because it's started moving. As they head there, it becomes clear that Janus is a machine -- a spaceship -- and the head engineer, Svetlana, realizes that they don't have enought fuel to get there and back to Earth. The head of the ship, Bella, checks with the company (remember the name?) and they say, oh, plenty of fuel. This is where Bella and Svetlana stop being friends and start being enemies, which plays strongly on the story.

It's clear by the time that they get to Janus that they don't have the fuel and wait, Janus is pulling them with it, and it's headed toward Spica. They get there and a black cube with the Da Vinci figure is waiting and they find out the tube in Spica was an accelerator and they're much much further away from Earth. They're essentially in an alien zoo where the first set of aliens seem helpful, but others don't. Svetlana and Bella continue to battle until the end.

I liked this, but you do have to accept that we're not the smart, technologically superior species, and that humans can be sufficiently angry to jail someone for 13 years and to kill other people.
20111112, Marilee

Two Hours of Light

That's what happens when you get up at 3pm. I was out here reading LJ and ML and then the WashPost until 6am and then I read in bed until a bit before 8am, so I didn't set the alarm. I think I might have slept later and better if Junie hadn't kept waking me up because she wanted her pill pockets.

This morning while I was taking meds, I heard Spirit make the "eliminate" noise and then back to wanting breakfast now and when I got out here, she'd pooped on the towel. So putting the litterbox in a secluded place didn't help today. I'll leave it there a couple days, just in case. She's still afraid of Junie, and I'm not sure I could get a jingle-collar on Junie.

I put in the two-month order to Peapod today; it'll get delivered on Thursday. My grocery list for tomorrow is very short -- two items -- but one is canned cat food on sale, and that's hard to deal with.