May 7th, 2010

20111112, Marilee

The Second Day of Plumber

He's a nice guy, and after he pulled the toilet off yesterday, he found that the flange had only been glued to the concrete instead of bolted. The company didn't have the right blade for the saw he needed to cut what was still left of the old flange out, and they got it this morning, so now he's working again.

Spirit slept right through everything so far and Junie went down to the safe carrier in my closet. Poor Loki had been sitting on the halfwall between the kitchen and dining/office and he quickly slinked down to the kitchen counter. His eyes were big and he was shaking like crazy. I kept trying to make him calm down. He would peer up above the halfwall and then jerk back down. He's become calmer now.

It's going to hit my credit union account rather thoroughly, but I'll be okay as long as there aren't any other disasters and I don't buy books this month.
20111112, Marilee

Asimov's July 2010

I usually read these one-month issues in two nights, but it took four nights this time. Some of it is probably my cold, but I think some of it is that I didn't really like anything very much. Usually I'm quite happy with stories from Robert Reed, Tom Purdom, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch, but they didn't do it for me this time.

Sheila wrote about the story DVD that went to Mars and Silverberg talked about looking for other planets.

The most interesting thing in the magazine was that the Table of Contents was wrong. I've never seen that happen before. Usually I look at the page number for the con calendar, divide it in half, and then find the stories that stop/start as close to that as possible. Well, that half was 56, and there was a poem on 55, but.... there wasn't anything listed at 56. I paged through the magazine and found a story there that was listed with another page number on the ToC (that number was in the middle of another story). I changed it on my copy because it'll go to someone at bookgroup, prohably, but it was an interesting, if brief, mystery.