August 20th, 2011

20111112, Marilee

I Think the Doctor Will Have to Talk About Sleep

Of course, I don't have a primary doctor now, but one is supposed to show up soon. lizzibabe and I had a good dinner, but one of the staff gave us the wrong bags. I just put my bag in the fridge and read last Friday's paper. I went to bed to read at midnight and came out to watch the early news at 6am and read the front pages of the sections and put them in order. Spirit vomited, just fluid, but it took long enough to wash & dry her bed cover that I read Saturday's paper and was just going to bed at noon. I was hungry before noon and pulled out the food to spread on a plate and realized it wasn't mine. I considered trading with her tomorrow at bookgroup, but it's not good to keep food that long, so I went ahead and ate it.

I woke up a bit before 9pm when the phone tweedled. I picked it up and it said I'd missed a call from lizzibabe so I called and then the phone stopped. I realized it needed to be plugged in (second time since I've had it) and it took me a while with the book to find out how to use the phone while it was plugged in.

I've been up with "breakfast" for the cats and online since, and now I am really sleepy again. I was planning on going to sleep about 2am so I could finish the book, but I may need to go now and finish the book. Or sleep and set the alarm to finish the book partway through the night. I need to finish setting up the totebags for tomorrow, too.
20111112, Marilee

Heading for Normal Sleep, I Hope

Friday night I was online a long while because I'd missed a day of reading and posting -- I'll have that tonight, too. I ended up going to sleep at 1am with the alarm set for 4am. I planned to finish the book at 8am and then sleep until noon. I finished the book at 8:30am, and then came out to check the weather and ended up online so long that I just stayed up making Monday's grocery list, marking the TV Week, and piling the papers properly.

We had 15 people in bookgroup, which is great. I don't know if it's a record, but we certainly haven't had that many recently. Unfortunately, two were new and both were a bit ... odd. I'd be happy for one to come back, but the other is almost impossible to deal with. He talks constantly and doesn't actually know what he's talking about. He did mention that he takes mental health pills, but I don't think they're working well.

Ten of us went to Lin's China Bistro and had a great time, along with great food. The server was a little slower with us than usual, but within 15 minutes after we got there, 30 more people arrived.

One couple has a son who has his learner's permit and they let him drive. I was just behind them and after we got to the restaurant, I pulled him aside and mentioned some problems. The two big ones were that he was too close to cars in front of him -- he had to stomp on his brakes a few times -- and four times he swooped over the right line -- good thing it was paved -- and that usually happens when the driver turns their head to talk to others.

We can watch the Hugo Awards Ceremony tonight at 11pm Eastern.
20111112, Marilee

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

We had a lot of different opinions on this book. It's in the far future, in Wales, and everything is based on color. The colors are hierarchical and affect everything. Our protagonist is temporarily in an outer village where he sees things that he hadn't in his city. This village has a lot of Greys, who are servants, but used like slaves. Parents get to arrange marriages without any discussion of it with their child.

In fact, until I got to a part where it said the group we read the most of were 20, I thought they were children. From a few very small remarks, I thought that the color collective is an experiment. Some of the guys thought they were some form of androids (one of our new people insisted they were Borg). There's a lot of mysteries in it and theoretically, there will be two more books. We discussed that the way this book moved, it's entirely possible that both other books will be published and all the mysteries will remain.

I didn't get at all interested in this book and was just reading it because it was our book for the month until about a fifth through where we meet a librarian. Then I was more pleased to read it.

Not only did we have different opinions on the book, we had a lot of varied assessment of good or bad. I'd recommend you read a bit of Fforde's website to decide whether you want to read it or not.