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Friday, February 01, 2013

Cone of Shame, Negative Wind Chill, Ghosts

I hate my people.

  • Our dog had surgery yesterday to remove a very large fatty tumor. Can you imagine how incredibly confusing a day like this would be to a dog? They take you to the vet and leave you, then the next thing you know your leg is naked and you feel a little dazed. Your people come get you, and then make you wear this thing to bed. Anyway, tumor gone, dog back home, hopefully with much better mobility.
  • My hex count goal for the end of January was 525. I was afraid I wouldn't make it, since I missed a few days and didn't account for the first week of the month (whoops), but I just counted and I have 526 hexes. Go me! Only 2499 to go!
  • We have finally found a series of books that the Pirate enjoys! The Beast Quest series have been a hit. I worry that he'll just reread them endlessly when he runs out, but for now he likes them. (He still doesn't read without prompting, but at least he LIKES what he is reading.)
  • My job search is very slow going. That's all I'm going to say on that.  
  • Yesterday the wind chill in Pierre was negative 31. That's below zero. That is COLD. That lure of free land must have been pretty great to stick it out as a settler.

What I Read This Week:
  • The Name of the Star (The Shades of London) by Maureen Johnson. Finished this up a couple nights ago, enjoyed it immensely. Review written and scheduled for Monday.
  • Too Wicked to Wed (Lords of Midnight)by Cara Elliott. Finished this one up as well. The romance is terrific, but there are a couple of fairly big moments of stupidity that made me not like it as much. I still want to read the rest, should I find a cheap copy.
  • Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)by Laini Taylor. Probably shouldn't even mention this, as I've read one page, but I have to turn it back in on Sunday, so I'll be reading the heck out of it this weekend.
  • Infinite West: Travels in South Dakota by Fraser Harrison. I picked this up since it was about South Dakota, and you all know how I love local stuff. The intro was a bit wordy, but the first chapter is really interesting. I'm taking my time with this one.


  1. Oh, no - the dreaded cone!! Hope the pup recovers quickly.

  2. Awww, your poor baby! Hope recovery is quick and smooth!

    My older son absolutely LOVED the Beast Quest books when he was younger. In fact, even when he felt he'd outgrown them, they went into his "treasure box" in the eaves. :)

  3. Poor pup - I hope he's back to his old self soon. Stay warm!

  4. Cannot imagine settling in SD with only a canvas wagon cover to shield one from the CRAZY temps. Yuck!

    Hope the pup is much better.

    Glad Pirate is digging his books!

    Go hexes!

  5. Ahhhh the dreaded cone of shameeee. Hope he is good to go soon!

    I have some students who have raved about Beast Quest, but I don't have any personal experience with the books.

    I hear ya about the job search and the cold... I'm searching while keeping my fingers crossed that my departments lay-off continues to get postponed. As for the weather, we (upstate ny) had one day of a wind chill freeze-your-ass-off at -21! Awful.

  6. My son discovered Beast Quest too this year. It's nice that there are so many of them. My kids get into series and want to READ THEM ALL. But usually when they're finished, they go through a reading slump.

    Glad you like Name of the Star. I read it last year and really enjoyed it despite it not being my usual type of book that I choose.

    And your weather...all I can say is stay warm. That is some serious freaking coldness right there.


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