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Weekend update

What a delicious few days it's been.

Friday night, elionwyr came by for dinner, and we all watched The Nightmare Before Christmas, one of my favorite dvds. gregortroll and I slept in Saturday morning, then got up and proceeded to Do Stuff. Stuff included a leisurely breakfast, cleaning up the kitchen, making a trip to the dollar store for assorted goodies, putting away clean laundry, random house-organization things, and changing the direction that the door in our back room opens.

Fall is apparently the time of year that I start thinking of craftsy projects to do. Normally, I'm not a very crafts-oriented person...I'd rather read or catch up on my TV watching most times...but this time of year I find myself doing things like painting the step-stool we got from IKEA, and imagining designs for it other than plain old paint. I pause thoughtfully at a pile of broken bricks, and wonder what kind of project they could be used for. I want to latch-hook. It's a peculiar phenomenon for me, as I don't typically have the patience necessary for any of those sorts of work. But here I am, imagining many more IKEA items to be bought and painted, in ever-more-complicated ways...and even maybe hawking them on eBay. It's amazing.

Sunday was a sleep-in day too...and then off we went to breakfast and grocery shopping. We stopped off for a Used Book Bonanza (in honor of my credit card limit being raised, yet again) and came away with the following:

Dream Park - Larry Niven & Steven Barnes
The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett
Many Waters - Madeleine L'Engle
Majyk by Accident - Esther Friesner
Starship & Haiku - Somtow Sucharitkul
Pacific Edge - Kim Stanley Robinson
three of the Vows & Honor series - Mercedes Lackey
The Tattoo Murder Case - Akimitsu Takagi
Math Without Tears - Roy Hartkopf
Beginning Calculus - Elliot Mendelson, and
Paint Magic - Jocasta Innes

Dream Park is an old favorite of mine, but my copy got left with my last ex. After what, six years now? Seven? It's high time I replaced it. I also need to replace The California Voodoo Game from the same series. It's such a wonderful thing to feel that I'm in a stable and happy enough life-space that I'm doing things like replacing beloved-and-lost books and CDs.

I'm a newcomer to the Discworld (and I like it for good, silly fun), so I've decided to start looking for and reading the books in the series that I haven't read. That would mean all but two of them. :)

Madeleine L'Engle's "Wrinkle in Time" books were what I consider one of my very early intros to fantasy/scifi. I've a copy of A Wrinkle in Time, and I may have a copy of A Wind in the Door...but I need to replace and/or read all the others from the series. Many Waters is one of them.

I met Esther Friesner a couple of years ago when she was on a WorldCon panel (nope, don't remember which one). She was hilarious, and witty and very, very sharp...and I've had a sort of mental note in the back of my head since then that I'd like to read her work. This is the first time I've run across any of it when I remembered.

Somtow Sucharitkul is an amazing (and multi-award winning) writer, and getting his stuff is never a bad idea. I couldn't resist.

Kim Stanley Robinson is also a wonderful writer...though I find I don't always appreciate his work (LOVED the Mars series, hated A Short Sharp Shock; f'rinsntance)...but at used book prices it's worth a try to me.

I fully admit to being a sucker for certain sword and sorceress type stuff, and Tarma and Kethry (the stars of the Vows & Honor books and stories) are exactly that type of stuff. I've been following their adventures since they first appeared in one of the Sword and Sorceress anthologies edited by MZB, back when.

The Tattoo Murder case just looked too fascinating to pass up, though it's outside my usual fantasy/scifi haunts.

The math books were gregortroll's choice, though I go through my own mathish phases (usually in deep winter) and will no doubt consume them as well.

And Paint Magic? Well, I mentioned my autumnal craftsy drive, didn't I? It was all I could do to get out of the "how-to" section of the bookstore with only that. Times like this, I want to learn How To do EVERYTHING. It's a sickness.

Back home again, we put away our copius groceries, and then Troll finished up work on the door while I huddled on the couch and dove into Dream Park. I want to *live* in Dream Park, and have since I first read it in the early 80's.

Our evening was a lovely, mellow thing; punctuated by some wonderful hot cocoa, tasty tidbits during the dinnerish hours, and early retirement to bed, reading and assorted computer noodling while listening to the rain outside. ::happy sigh::
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