Saturday, April 05, 2008

House, Books, Television, Travel Plans, You Name It, I'm Babbling About It In This Post.

I'm now well into my pre-vacation vacation. Which isn't as relaxing as it sounds -- quite the opposite, really, as I'm spending much of the time trying to take care of all the million and one things I ought to get done before heading off for Australia. Mostly, this involves dealing with the various and sundry ways in which my stupid house is trying to fall apart on me. Or, rather, finding competent (I hope) professional people to come and deal with them for me. Which isn't as simple as you might think in a small town like this. But I'm working on it.

Fortunately, there are many bright spots of stress relief. Like the fact that, after a a bit of a drought, there is finally some decent television on again, even if I am, er, importing some of it from the UK. And even if Battlestar Galactica has upset me mildly with a big old "to be continued" when I'm not going to be able to watch again for three weeks, and Torchwood's finale was, um, upsetting in entirely different ways which I won't spoil here. Still, there is new Doctor Who, which I am planning on getting together with friends to watch. No day with a new episode of Doctor Who can possibly be a bad day.

Also contributing to today's extreme not-badness: library sale! The haul this time out, if anybody besides me is interested, was:

...which completely wipes out all the progress I'd made on the To-Read stacks this year. Sigh. Oh, well. I'm figuring on doing a lot of reading on planes in the near future.


  1. "I'm figuring on doing a lot of reading on planes in the near future."

    Good plan -- my employer does some business in Australia, and the folks that get sent to do said business tell me that's a challengingly long haul (some even say you should train fer it like a marathon -- YMMV, of course, of course [grin]...)

  2. The eleven-hour flight to Ireland was bad enough, and I was nine years younger then... I am really, really dreading this flight, I have to say. Especially as I find it just about impossible to fall asleep on airplanes. (People keep recommending drugs, but I strongly suspect that a sleeping pill would just leave me awake, but groggy and miserable.)

  3. I have never understood why airlines will make you take off at night, when you should be going to bed, and land in early morning. Because of some wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff, this happens going east to England and west to Australia (although it is kinda neat to watch the sun rise in Hawaii and then again in Australia).

    By the way, may I borrow the first two books on that list when you've read them?

  4. I'm still trying to get over the fact that I take off on the 11th and land on the 13th. Just trying to figure out the time zone conversions make my head hurt.

    It may be a while before I get around to reading those, especially as I'm thinking about picking up the rest of the Peter Wimsey books that I don't have and reading them in order first. But if you remind me at an appropriate point, sure, you can borrow 'em.

  5. "I'm still trying to get over the fact that I take off on the 11th and land on the 13th."

    Maybe you should take along a copy of Around the World in 80 Days.

  6. Nah, my copy of that's part of a huge leather-bound omnibus volume, and I'm worried about being able to fit enough books in my carry-on as it is. ;)