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Dec. 1st, 2016

Coffee with Rolanni

Steve Update

Steve and I thank everyone for your concern, your prayers, and your well-wishes.  Rather than answer all the various messages individually, I'm doing One Big Update for everyone.

What Has Gone Before:  On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Steve had a "heart event" at the local grocery store.  An ambulance was called, he was transported to the local hospital emergency room, and from there, at the advice of the on-call cardio doctor in Bangor, to Eastern Maine Medical Central, where he was hospitalized briefly so that his ICD* could be interrogated, and other tests as seemed good to the heart experts could be performed.  The interrogation discovered that the device had fired twice, once at 40 jules, again at 50, when the first didn't get his heart beating again. Tests also confirmed the presence of old scarring on his heart, which everyone guesses means that he had a heart attack at some point in the past that somehow escaped notice. Steve was released from the hospital on Thanksgiving, told to see his doctors within the week, and is, on the EMMC cardio doc's orders, banned from driving for six months.

Where We Are Now:  Steve is still somewhat tired, and is trying to do some of that "rest" thing that we're both so proficient at, not.  Next week is the Week of Appointed Doctors, after which he and we will know more about Where-and-How We Should Proceed.  In the meanwhile, we have deadlines, and cats, and life goes on.

Going Forward: The biggest challenge facing us is the ban on Steve being able to drive.  We do still live hellengone out in the country** -- 9-ish miles/20-ish minutes to the nearest grocery store, in good weather, which means a 40 minute round-trip before you even get shopping -- and we're suddenly aware of minor risk situations that have always been present in our lives, such as, "If Sharon breaks her glasses. . ." and which have now acquired ". . .we're screwed," in the place of ". . .Steve drives her to town."  Also, I'm night blind, which means that all and any errands must be accomplished between 7am and 3 pm in the winter.

And, really, these are first world problems, considering how things might have gone.

And that's the up-to-the-minute news.  Once again, thanks to everyone for your concern and support.

_________
*Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

**Frequent readers will recall that we had made, for exactly this reason, an effort to move into town, even into a town where there was grocery delivery service and other artifacts of civilization, only to be defeated by Circumstances.

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Reading is sexy

Books read in 2016

71.  The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, Terry Pratchett (e/l)
70.  The Sparrow in Hiding, J. Kathleen Cheney (e)
69.  The Black Wolves of Boston, Wen Spencer (e)
68.  Jingo, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
67.  Bimbos of the Death Sun, Sharyn McCrumb (e/l)
66.  Clockwork Dagger, Beth Cato (e/l)
65.  Ink and Bone, Rachel Caine (e/l)
64.  The Crime at Black Dudley, Margery Allingham (e)
63. Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon (e)
62.  Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (re-read)
61.  Wild Ride, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (re-read) (e)
60.  Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine
59.  A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny (Gahan Wilson) (re-re-&c-read aloud with Steve)
58.  The Paladin, C.J. Cherryh (re-read) (e)
57.  Fire Touched, Patricia Briggs (e)
56.  Sweet Masterpiece, Connie Shelton (e)
55.  Serpentine, Cindy Pon (e)
54.  Mirabile, Janet Kagan (re-read) (e)
53.  The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld, Chris Wiltz (e)
52.  Monstress, Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
51.  Marked in Flesh, Anne Bishop (e)
50.  Peter Pan (Peter and Wendy), J. M. Barrie (e) (read aloud with Steve)
49.  The City of Lightning, Kaja & Phil Foglio
48.  Disenchanted & Co., Lynn Viehl
47.  Tell me a Dragon, Jackie Morris
46.  Feet of Clay, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
45.  Vision in Silver (e), Anne Bishop
44.  Murder of Crows, Anne Bishop
43.  Men at Arms, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
42.  Queen of the Deep (e), Kay Kenyon
41.  Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
40.  Lightning that Lingers, Sharon & Tom Curtis writing as Laura London (re-read for both; first time reading aloud)
39.  Guards!  Guards!, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
38.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
37.  Tiger's Chance, Jan Henry, illustrated by Hilary Knight (re-read)
36.  Carousel Tides, Sharon Lee (1st read for pleasure)
35.  The Fall of Kings, Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman (e)
34.  Play of Passion, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
33.  Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner (re-re-&c-read) (e)
32.  Swordspoint, Ellen Kushner (re-re-&c-read) (e)
31.  Incarnate, Jodi Meadows (e)
30.  Discount Armageddon, Seanan McGuire (e)
29.  Tiger Eye, Majorie M. Liu (e)
28.  Visitor, C. J. Cherryh (read aloud with Steve)
27.  To Have and to Hold, Nalini Singh (e)
26.  The House of Shattered Wings, Aliette de Bodard
25.  Bride of the Rat God, Barbara Hambly (e)
24.  Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (e)
23.  Maximum Ice, Kay Kenyon (e)
22.  War for the Oaks, Emma Bull (re-re-re-re-read)
21. Wheel of the Infinite, Martha Wells (e)
20.  Algonquin Cat, Val Schaffner, illustrated by Hilary Knight
19.  Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear
18.  Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie
17. When Falcons Fall, C.S. Harris
16.  Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-&c-read)
15.  Uprooted, Naomi Novik
14.  Strong Poison, Dorothy L. Sayers (re-re-re-read)
13.  Written in Red, Anne Bishop
12.  Andy & Don, Daniel de Visé
11.  The Thief of Time, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
10.  Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch
9.   Broken Homes, Ben Aaronovitch
8.   Soul Music, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
7.   Whispers Underground, Ben Aaronovitch
6.   Moon Over Soho, Ben Aaronovitch
5.   Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
4.   Conflict of Honors, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (e) (re-read)
3.   Mort, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
2.   The Sculptor, Scott McCloud
1.   A Short History of a Small Place, T.R. Pearson

Nov. 30th, 2016

Coffee with Rolanni

Wednesday morning advert with coupon!

We here at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory are reminded that this is, for a segment of our readership, the Gift Giving Season.  We therefore recommend the following gifts.

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C.  Watch the skies!  Steve and I will be doing a contest/giveaway during the week of December 5.

Here ends your Wednesday advert!

Nov. 26th, 2016

Reading is sexy

Books read in 2016

70.  The Sparrow in Hiding, J. Kathleen Cheney (e)
69.  The Black Wolves of Boston, Wen Spencer (e)
68.  Jingo, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
67.  Bimbos of the Death Sun, Sharyn McCrumb (e/l)
66.  Clockwork Dagger, Beth Cato (e/l)
65.  Ink and Bone, Rachel Caine (e/l)
64.  The Crime at Black Dudley, Margery Allingham (e)
63. Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon (e)
62.  Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (re-read)
61.  Wild Ride, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (re-read) (e)
60.  Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine
59.  A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny (Gahan Wilson) (re-re-&c-read aloud with Steve)
58.  The Paladin, C.J. Cherryh (re-read) (e)
57.  Fire Touched, Patricia Briggs (e)
56.  Sweet Masterpiece, Connie Shelton (e)
55.  Serpentine, Cindy Pon (e)
54.  Mirabile, Janet Kagan (re-read) (e)
53.  The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld, Chris Wiltz (e)
52.  Monstress, Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
51.  Marked in Flesh, Anne Bishop (e)
50.  Peter Pan (Peter and Wendy), J. M. Barrie (e) (read aloud with Steve)
49.  The City of Lightning, Kaja & Phil Foglio
48.  Disenchanted & Co., Lynn Viehl
47.  Tell me a Dragon, Jackie Morris
46.  Feet of Clay, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
45.  Vision in Silver (e), Anne Bishop
44.  Murder of Crows, Anne Bishop
43.  Men at Arms, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
42.  Queen of the Deep (e), Kay Kenyon
41.  Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
40.  Lightning that Lingers, Sharon & Tom Curtis writing as Laura London (re-read for both; first time reading aloud)
39.  Guards!  Guards!, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
38.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
37.  Tiger's Chance, Jan Henry, illustrated by Hilary Knight (re-read)
36.  Carousel Tides, Sharon Lee (1st read for pleasure)
35.  The Fall of Kings, Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman (e)
34.  Play of Passion, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
33.  Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner (re-re-&c-read) (e)
32.  Swordspoint, Ellen Kushner (re-re-&c-read) (e)
31.  Incarnate, Jodi Meadows (e)
30.  Discount Armageddon, Seanan McGuire (e)
29.  Tiger Eye, Majorie M. Liu (e)
28.  Visitor, C. J. Cherryh (read aloud with Steve)
27.  To Have and to Hold, Nalini Singh (e)
26.  The House of Shattered Wings, Aliette de Bodard
25.  Bride of the Rat God, Barbara Hambly (e)
24.  Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (e)
23.  Maximum Ice, Kay Kenyon (e)
22.  War for the Oaks, Emma Bull (re-re-re-re-read)
21. Wheel of the Infinite, Martha Wells (e)
20.  Algonquin Cat, Val Schaffner, illustrated by Hilary Knight
19.  Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear
18.  Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie
17. When Falcons Fall, C.S. Harris
16.  Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-&c-read)
15.  Uprooted, Naomi Novik
14.  Strong Poison, Dorothy L. Sayers (re-re-re-read)
13.  Written in Red, Anne Bishop
12.  Andy & Don, Daniel de Visé
11.  The Thief of Time, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
10.  Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch
9.   Broken Homes, Ben Aaronovitch
8.   Soul Music, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
7.   Whispers Underground, Ben Aaronovitch
6.   Moon Over Soho, Ben Aaronovitch
5.   Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
4.   Conflict of Honors, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (e) (re-read)
3.   Mort, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
2.   The Sculptor, Scott McCloud
1.   A Short History of a Small Place, T.R. Pearson

Nov. 25th, 2016

Coffee with Rolanni

So, that happened.

Tuesday, we split up the act.  Steve went to town in pursuit of an appointment with follow-up grocery shopping, and I stayed home to work.

. . .and I was working when I got a phone call from Steve, who was sitting on the floor in the Hannaford deli department, as a result of having slid down the front of the cold cut case, his ICD firing twice on the way down.

John, Bernadette, and others of the Hannaford crew leapt into action, someone called an ambulance while John helpfully put the full shopping cart into the deli's cooler to await retrieval when all was sorted out.

Fast forward about 45 minutes.  I arrive in the Emergency Room at Inland Hospital, where Steve is answering intake questions.  He looks fine, if a little sheepish.  We figure to wait for the results of several tests, and so to home.

In the meantime, the ER doctor calls the cardio folks in Bangor, Inland not having the means to interrogate the ICD to find out WTF actually happened.  The cardio doctor on-call says, Five years and this is the first time the ICD kicked?  Put him in an ambulance and bring him to Bangor. Now.

So!  Off Steve went in style and luxury, while I went to Hannaford, retrieved the basket from the cooler, and the other groceries that were already in Steve's car, told the night manager to alert him to the fact that the car would be in their lot overnight, drove carefully home, put the cold stuff away, informed the cats of Events, and made sure dishes were full, and the cat fountain, too, packed a bag, and headed for Bangor.

It is now dark.  Very dark, in fact, being upwards of ten o'clock at night.  I. . .let's just say that driving in the dark is not my best trick ever.

Arrived at the hospital shortly after eleven o'clock, found Steve eating a late-night roast beef sandwich, looking tired but mostly fine.  I stayed the night in a recliner helpfully provided by the night nurse, and drove home early Wednesday morning.

Wednesday for Steve was tests of all sorts, including the interrogation of the ICD, wherein we learned that the ICD had fired twice at increasing jules.  Since nothing invasive was scheduled.  It was decided that I would stay home, which I did, and Thursday morning the word came from the Hospitalist that I could fetch Steve home.

. . .which is where he is now.

His regular doctors need to see him within the next week -- naturally no one is on today.  The biggest change that has come home from the hospital is that Steve is banned from driving for at least six months.

This. . .will make life Very Interesting, and may affect upcoming convention schedules.  More on this as we sort things out.

Today, I need to go into town to complete the errands that were left hanging on Tuesday (including finishing the grocery shopping), and meeting the kind friends who will be helping move Steve's car out of the Hannaford lot and out to our driveway.

To Sum Up:  Steve had a heart event; the ICD operated as it should; he is home and receiving quality feline care.

. . .I think that catches us all up.  Everybody -- be well.

Nov. 24th, 2016

Reading is sexy

Books read in 2016

69.  The Black Wolves of Boston, Wen Spencer (e)
68.  Jingo, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
67.  Bimbos of the Death Sun, Sharyn McCrumb (e/l)
66.  Clockwork Dagger, Beth Caton (e/l)
65.  Ink and Bone, Rachel Caine (e/l)
64.  The Crime at Black Dudley, Margery Allingham (e)
63. Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon (e)
62.  Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (re-read)
61.  Wild Ride, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (re-read) (e)
60.  Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine
59.  A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny (Gahan Wilson) (re-re-&c-read aloud with Steve)
58.  The Paladin, C.J. Cherryh (re-read) (e)
57.  Fire Touched, Patricia Briggs (e)
56.  Sweet Masterpiece, Connie Shelton (e)
55.  Serpentine, Cindy Pon (e)
54.  Mirabile, Janet Kagan (re-read) (e)
53.  The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld, Chris Wiltz (e)
52.  Monstress, Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
51.  Marked in Flesh, Anne Bishop (e)
50.  Peter Pan (Peter and Wendy), J. M. Barrie (e) (read aloud with Steve)
49.  The City of Lightning, Kaja & Phil Foglio
48.  Disenchanted & Co., Lynn Viehl
47.  Tell me a Dragon, Jackie Morris
46.  Feet of Clay, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
45.  Vision in Silver (e), Anne Bishop
44.  Murder of Crows, Anne Bishop
43.  Men at Arms, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
42.  Queen of the Deep (e), Kay Kenyon
41.  Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
40.  Lightning that Lingers, Sharon & Tom Curtis writing as Laura London (re-read for both; first time reading aloud)
39.  Guards!  Guards!, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
38.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
37.  Tiger's Chance, Jan Henry, illustrated by Hilary Knight (re-read)
36.  Carousel Tides, Sharon Lee (1st read for pleasure)
35.  The Fall of Kings, Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman (e)
34.  Play of Passion, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
33.  Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner (re-re-&c-read) (e)
32.  Swordspoint, Ellen Kushner (re-re-&c-read) (e)
31.  Incarnate, Jodi Meadows (e)
30.  Discount Armageddon, Seanan McGuire (e)
29.  Tiger Eye, Majorie M. Liu (e)
28.  Visitor, C. J. Cherryh (read aloud with Steve)
27.  To Have and to Hold, Nalini Singh (e)
26.  The House of Shattered Wings, Aliette de Bodard
25.  Bride of the Rat God, Barbara Hambly (e)
24.  Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (e)
23.  Maximum Ice, Kay Kenyon (e)
22.  War for the Oaks, Emma Bull (re-re-re-re-read)
21. Wheel of the Infinite, Martha Wells (e)
20.  Algonquin Cat, Val Schaffner, illustrated by Hilary Knight
19.  Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear
18.  Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie
17. When Falcons Fall, C.S. Harris
16.  Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-&c-read)
15.  Uprooted, Naomi Novik
14.  Strong Poison, Dorothy L. Sayers (re-re-re-read)
13.  Written in Red, Anne Bishop
12.  Andy & Don, Daniel de Visé
11.  The Thief of Time, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
10.  Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch
9.   Broken Homes, Ben Aaronovitch
8.   Soul Music, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
7.   Whispers Underground, Ben Aaronovitch
6.   Moon Over Soho, Ben Aaronovitch
5.   Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
4.   Conflict of Honors, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (e) (re-read)
3.   Mort, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
2.   The Sculptor, Scott McCloud
1.   A Short History of a Small Place, T.R. Pearson

Nov. 21st, 2016

Reading is sexy

Books read in 2016

68.  Jingo, Terry Pratchett (read aloud w/Steve)
67.  Bimbos of the Death Sun, Sharyn McCrumb (e/l)
66.  Clockwork Dagger, Beth Caton (e/l)
65.  Ink and Bone, Rachel Caine (e/l)
64.  The Crime at Black Dudley, Margery Allingham (e)
63. Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon (e)
62.  Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (re-read)
61.  Wild Ride, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (re-read) (e)
60.  Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine
59.  A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny (Gahan Wilson) (re-re-&c-read aloud with Steve)
58.  The Paladin, C.J. Cherryh (re-read) (e)
57.  Fire Touched, Patricia Briggs (e)
56.  Sweet Masterpiece, Connie Shelton (e)
55.  Serpentine, Cindy Pon (e)
54.  Mirabile, Janet Kagan (re-read) (e)
53.  The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld, Chris Wiltz (e)
52.  Monstress, Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
51.  Marked in Flesh, Anne Bishop (e)
50.  Peter Pan (Peter and Wendy), J. M. Barrie (e) (read aloud with Steve)
49.  The City of Lightning, Kaja & Phil Foglio
48.  Disenchanted & Co., Lynn Viehl
47.  Tell me a Dragon, Jackie Morris
46.  Feet of Clay, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
45.  Vision in Silver (e), Anne Bishop
44.  Murder of Crows, Anne Bishop
43.  Men at Arms, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
42.  Queen of the Deep (e), Kay Kenyon
41.  Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
40.  Lightning that Lingers, Sharon & Tom Curtis writing as Laura London (re-read for both; first time reading aloud)
39.  Guards!  Guards!, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
38.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
37.  Tiger's Chance, Jan Henry, illustrated by Hilary Knight (re-read)
36.  Carousel Tides, Sharon Lee (1st read for pleasure)
35.  The Fall of Kings, Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman (e)
34.  Play of Passion, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
33.  Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner (re-re-&c-read) (e)
32.  Swordspoint, Ellen Kushner (re-re-&c-read) (e)
31.  Incarnate, Jodi Meadows (e)
30.  Discount Armageddon, Seanan McGuire (e)
29.  Tiger Eye, Majorie M. Liu (e)
28.  Visitor, C. J. Cherryh (read aloud with Steve)
27.  To Have and to Hold, Nalini Singh (e)
26.  The House of Shattered Wings, Aliette de Bodard
25.  Bride of the Rat God, Barbara Hambly (e)
24.  Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (e)
23.  Maximum Ice, Kay Kenyon (e)
22.  War for the Oaks, Emma Bull (re-re-re-re-read)
21. Wheel of the Infinite, Martha Wells (e)
20.  Algonquin Cat, Val Schaffner, illustrated by Hilary Knight
19.  Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear
18.  Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie
17. When Falcons Fall, C.S. Harris
16.  Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-&c-read)
15.  Uprooted, Naomi Novik
14.  Strong Poison, Dorothy L. Sayers (re-re-re-read)
13.  Written in Red, Anne Bishop
12.  Andy & Don, Daniel de Visé
11.  The Thief of Time, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
10.  Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch
9.   Broken Homes, Ben Aaronovitch
8.   Soul Music, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
7.   Whispers Underground, Ben Aaronovitch
6.   Moon Over Soho, Ben Aaronovitch
5.   Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
4.   Conflict of Honors, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (e) (re-read)
3.   Mort, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
2.   The Sculptor, Scott McCloud
1.   A Short History of a Small Place, T.R. Pearson

Nov. 20th, 2016

Coffee with Rolanni

Quick catch-up

So, Friday.

Friday, I had planned to go to the movies with Steve to see "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," after which we would go to dinner, or dunch, or whatever.

Instead, on Friday, since I had a fever, and a deep cough, and couldn't speak -- Steve drove me to the doctor, where I was assured that the stoopid illness I brought home from RICC was not pneumonia, but "only" a sinus infection.  Antibiotics were prescribed, and that other thing -- rest.

Since I was "resting," I decided to bang my head against Overdrive, and have succeeded in downloading, and consuming, three books from the library.

. . .and that's been about my greatest accomplishment over the weekend.  I took Number Ten Ox the laptop to the couch with me this morning, thinking that writing from the couch can still be argued to be "resting," but I fell asleep over the keyboard, and woke up to a long line of kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkks across the page.

Tomorrow is the day that I am supposed to see a radical improvement in health matters.  If I do not arise, light as a leaf, and carefree as a chipmunk, I get to call the doctor for another antibiotic.

So, that.

In other news, I turned off my desktop on Friday, because the fan kept revving and revving and revving, and Windows Host Services (according to the resource meter), was running the CPU at 103% of maximum efficiency for reasons best known to itself.  I turned it back on this morning, and the nonsense started up again, and has continued, now, straight through for 13 hours.  I aborted Windows Host Services when I came back to my office to do this blog entry, so I could hear myself think.

I was waffling on getting the Linux machine, but, yanno?  Now may indeed be the hour.

Snow showers in the forecast tonight, but nothing at all serious here in Central Maine until maybe the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Oh, ghod.  Thursday's Thanksgiving.

Well.

I'll be better tomorrow.

Here, have a picture from a park/ice rink in downtown Providence, RI.  Photo by Sharon Lee.

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Reading is sexy

Books read in 2016

67.  Bimbos of the Death Sun, Sharyn McCrumb (e/l)
66.  Clockwork Dagger, Beth Caton (e/l)
65.  Ink and Bone, Rachel Caine (e/l)
64.  The Crime at Black Dudley, Margery Allingham (e)
63. Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon (e)
62.  Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (re-read)
61.  Wild Ride, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (re-read) (e)
60.  Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine
59.  A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny (Gahan Wilson) (re-re-&c-read aloud with Steve)
58.  The Paladin, C.J. Cherryh (re-read) (e)
57.  Fire Touched, Patricia Briggs (e)
56.  Sweet Masterpiece, Connie Shelton (e)
55.  Serpentine, Cindy Pon (e)
54.  Mirabile, Janet Kagan (re-read) (e)
53.  The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld, Chris Wiltz (e)
52.  Monstress, Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
51.  Marked in Flesh, Anne Bishop (e)
50.  Peter Pan (Peter and Wendy), J. M. Barrie (e) (read aloud with Steve)
49.  The City of Lightning, Kaja & Phil Foglio
48.  Disenchanted & Co., Lynn Viehl
47.  Tell me a Dragon, Jackie Morris
46.  Feet of Clay, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
45.  Vision in Silver (e), Anne Bishop
44.  Murder of Crows, Anne Bishop
43.  Men at Arms, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
42.  Queen of the Deep (e), Kay Kenyon
41.  Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
40.  Lightning that Lingers, Sharon & Tom Curtis writing as Laura London (re-read for both; first time reading aloud)
39.  Guards!  Guards!, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
38.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
37.  Tiger's Chance, Jan Henry, illustrated by Hilary Knight (re-read)
36.  Carousel Tides, Sharon Lee (1st read for pleasure)
35.  The Fall of Kings, Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman (e)
34.  Play of Passion, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
33.  Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner (re-re-&c-read) (e)
32.  Swordspoint, Ellen Kushner (re-re-&c-read) (e)
31.  Incarnate, Jodi Meadows (e)
30.  Discount Armageddon, Seanan McGuire (e)
29.  Tiger Eye, Majorie M. Liu (e)
28.  Visitor, C. J. Cherryh (read aloud with Steve)
27.  To Have and to Hold, Nalini Singh (e)
26.  The House of Shattered Wings, Aliette de Bodard
25.  Bride of the Rat God, Barbara Hambly (e)
24.  Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (e)
23.  Maximum Ice, Kay Kenyon (e)
22.  War for the Oaks, Emma Bull (re-re-re-re-read)
21. Wheel of the Infinite, Martha Wells (e)
20.  Algonquin Cat, Val Schaffner, illustrated by Hilary Knight
19.  Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear
18.  Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie
17. When Falcons Fall, C.S. Harris
16.  Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-&c-read)
15.  Uprooted, Naomi Novik
14.  Strong Poison, Dorothy L. Sayers (re-re-re-read)
13.  Written in Red, Anne Bishop
12.  Andy & Don, Daniel de Visé
11.  The Thief of Time, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
10.  Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch
9.   Broken Homes, Ben Aaronovitch
8.   Soul Music, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
7.   Whispers Underground, Ben Aaronovitch
6.   Moon Over Soho, Ben Aaronovitch
5.   Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
4.   Conflict of Honors, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (e) (re-read)
3.   Mort, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
2.   The Sculptor, Scott McCloud
1.   A Short History of a Small Place, T.R. Pearson
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Books read in 2016

66.  Clockwork Dagger, Beth Caton (e/l)
65.  Ink and Bone, Rachel Caine (e/l)
64.  The Crime at Black Dudley, Margery Allingham (e)
63. Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon (e)
62.  Agnes and the Hitman, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (re-read)
61.  Wild Ride, Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer (re-read) (e)
60.  Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine
59.  A Night in the Lonesome October, Roger Zelazny (Gahan Wilson) (re-re-&c-read aloud with Steve)
58.  The Paladin, C.J. Cherryh (re-read) (e)
57.  Fire Touched, Patricia Briggs (e)
56.  Sweet Masterpiece, Connie Shelton (e)
55.  Serpentine, Cindy Pon (e)
54.  Mirabile, Janet Kagan (re-read) (e)
53.  The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld, Chris Wiltz (e)
52.  Monstress, Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
51.  Marked in Flesh, Anne Bishop (e)
50.  Peter Pan (Peter and Wendy), J. M. Barrie (e) (read aloud with Steve)
49.  The City of Lightning, Kaja & Phil Foglio
48.  Disenchanted & Co., Lynn Viehl
47.  Tell me a Dragon, Jackie Morris
46.  Feet of Clay, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
45.  Vision in Silver (e), Anne Bishop
44.  Murder of Crows, Anne Bishop
43.  Men at Arms, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
42.  Queen of the Deep (e), Kay Kenyon
41.  Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
40.  Lightning that Lingers, Sharon & Tom Curtis writing as Laura London (re-read for both; first time reading aloud)
39.  Guards!  Guards!, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
38.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
37.  Tiger's Chance, Jan Henry, illustrated by Hilary Knight (re-read)
36.  Carousel Tides, Sharon Lee (1st read for pleasure)
35.  The Fall of Kings, Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman (e)
34.  Play of Passion, Nalini Singh (read aloud with Steve)
33.  Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner (re-re-&c-read) (e)
32.  Swordspoint, Ellen Kushner (re-re-&c-read) (e)
31.  Incarnate, Jodi Meadows (e)
30.  Discount Armageddon, Seanan McGuire (e)
29.  Tiger Eye, Majorie M. Liu (e)
28.  Visitor, C. J. Cherryh (read aloud with Steve)
27.  To Have and to Hold, Nalini Singh (e)
26.  The House of Shattered Wings, Aliette de Bodard
25.  Bride of the Rat God, Barbara Hambly (e)
24.  Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (e)
23.  Maximum Ice, Kay Kenyon (e)
22.  War for the Oaks, Emma Bull (re-re-re-re-read)
21. Wheel of the Infinite, Martha Wells (e)
20.  Algonquin Cat, Val Schaffner, illustrated by Hilary Knight
19.  Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear
18.  Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie
17. When Falcons Fall, C.S. Harris
16.  Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson (re-re-re-&c-read)
15.  Uprooted, Naomi Novik
14.  Strong Poison, Dorothy L. Sayers (re-re-re-read)
13.  Written in Red, Anne Bishop
12.  Andy & Don, Daniel de Visé
11.  The Thief of Time, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
10.  Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch
9.   Broken Homes, Ben Aaronovitch
8.   Soul Music, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
7.   Whispers Underground, Ben Aaronovitch
6.   Moon Over Soho, Ben Aaronovitch
5.   Reaper Man, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
4.   Conflict of Honors, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (e) (re-read)
3.   Mort, Terry Pratchett (read aloud with Steve)
2.   The Sculptor, Scott McCloud
1.   A Short History of a Small Place, T.R. Pearson

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