Dept. of Relief

Sunday, 14 December 2014 05:14 pm
kaffyr: A happy smiling superintelligent Corgi (Ein is happy)
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So It's Sunday

And I can say I'm ambiguously relieved (because I'm never completely relieved. Never, ever. Because of my dour family history. Because it's me).

 I've purchased nearly all the Christmas, Yuletide and other holiday gifts I hope to get. The one exception is BB, because he is very difficult to find gifts for. He's given me at least one suggestion, on which I'll take him up, but I want to find something else.

I got through our Sunday condo association board/membership meeting. It took less than an hour, every one who came (and I think we only had eight of our 18 units care enough to send representatives) supported the budget and the 25 percent assessment hike. The one person I thought would come and cause more problems didn't. Yay, us, and go, me!

I've gotten my [community profile] fandom_stocking  "to-do" list done. (I'm a little disappointed that not everyone who once got involved in fs got involved this year, but that's life, I guess.) Note that I didn't say I've gotten any stocking stuffers completed. That would be too much to ask for. I shall do those at the last minute, fueled by the adrenaline rush of deadline-induced fear.

I still haven't sent out holiday cards, although a pile are sitting on the table, waiting to be written and addressed. BB and I have to go out later, to attend FB's and Ms Emily's latest radio play, so I'll try to get at least 10 done in time to drop them in the mail by the time I walk out the door.

BB and I are all caught up on the animes that we're watching together. Tomorrow, he goes for his radioisotope uptake thyroid test (think I got that phrase right), and we'll see where that leads us.

I also got an Internet advent calendar, and I've decided that if it's not the best thing ever, it's certainly one of the best things of this month.

We probably won't get a tree until Thursday or so, which is four days later than we normally get it. Normally, "pick a tree" day is on the 15th, but that's tomorrow, and I have deadline crap all day, and an incredibly boring school board meeting to attend at night.

Oh, and I'm reading the second in the Rivers of London series, and enjoying it. Thank you, Paul Cornell, for getting me into supernatural British police procedurals through your two London Falling novels (London Falling and The Severed Streets).  The Rivers of London stories are much less intense, and a lot funnier, than Cornell's works, but both series are worth it. Cornell's two novels are definitely full of both terror and horror, and I'm waiting for the third in the series.

Date: Monday, 15 December 2014 02:19 am (UTC)
shanghaied: (W1)
From: [personal profile] shanghaied
The Rivers series isn't bad - I find Aaronovitch a bit lazy when it comes to wordcraft**, and for someone who purports to be describing London life at street level he makes the occasional ball-drop that causes me an occasional jaw-drop - but yes, the novels are fun. I certainly prefer them to Jim Butcher's 'how many lame-arse mythological entities and mythoverses can I cram in this time?' Dresden Files books.

And how do I, who so rarely can be bothered to read fiction apart from the works of Terry Pratchett, come to be familiar with these? Why, because my DB loves 'em. And wants to talk about their strengths and weaknesses with someone he loves, i.e. me. And I, in serial instances of The Things We Do For Wuv, keep buying him these novels as pressies. I know, I know, I'm too kind :P :P :P

** For the record, the very latest Rivers novel, Foxglove Summer (which I bought for him a few days ago and read first since I read very, very, very quickly), shows stronger wordcraft-fu than the previous four; I found the writing tighter and the characters for the most part better drawn and more believable. Just saying.

Date: Monday, 15 December 2014 05:48 am (UTC)
shanghaied: sign reading EVERYTHING OF VALUE HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THIS PROPERTY (you lookin at me?)
From: [personal profile] shanghaied
level of amped-up Alpha Male douchery I was supposed to accept

Ahahahaha, spot on! And what annoys me more, in the case of the lead character, is that it's alpha male douchery purportedly disguised as 'why would anyone desire me when I'm such a loser?' angst. RL mate-hunting and romantic relationships are complicated enough without adding extra layers of trite fiction-tropes. In fairness, though, Dresden's brother is a fantastic, damn near Whedon-level-believable-and-sympathetic character. And so begging to be played by the Hiddleston :D

But no, I can't imagine why I'd ever want to read any other 'supernatural police procedurals'. When I say I don't voluntarily do fiction, I actually mean it. I got my general fiction out of the way - in the form of thousands and thousands of books - well before my mid-teens; I never had any interest in anything to do with magic(k) in fiction until a friend beat me over the head with a Discworld novel, and that's as far as it's ever likely to go; and my interest in any - ANY - fictional portrayal of police procedural stories***, in text or screen forms, was permanently filled to satisfaction by inhaling the 87th Precinct novels and watching the Dirty Harry films. I've had friends in the Met, I've seen the vile side of policing, I consider the vast majority of RL cops to be little more than bureaucrats with a very dodgy psych profile and a government licence to bully, and... well, you get the idea :D

I've also subjected myself to another series, the 'Laundry novels' by the fairly overrated Charles Stross - again, because my DB loves them - though I drew the line at buying any since our office nerds always bring in copies to pass around. The concept (Lovecraft wasn't so much a storymaker as a blogger, demonology is actually a branch of higher maths, and MI6 has a Department of Magick as 'twere) is interesting, but once again I find the wordcraft barely up to scratch.

I love reading and talking about what I've read with other people whose intellect and erudition I respect. It's just that what I love to read is history (more social than political), sociology, science... history of science... philosophy of science... more science... even economics and politics... pretty much anything that isn't fiction :D :D :D

Having someone who loves to talk about books they've read? That's a wonderful thing.

Oh yes! And doing that is the mainstay, and only truly flawless part, of our relationship. We first bonded over an Isaac Asimov essay about the idiocy of New Agers (again, not fiction), and a decade and a half later we are still discussing what we've read on an almost daily basis :-)

I imagine you're more familiar with being kind than might be suggested otherwise

Of course I am! I had to learn about kindness, since it's not in my natural repertoire, and I always take my studies seriously. Because I recognise the necessity of social grease, I - the sociopathic 'monster' - am the one who helps little old ladies across the street. And who is bound, figurative hand, foot and soul, by a viciously stern, logic-based moral code. Which probably goes to prove something, but fecked if I know what...

*** And likewise, I lack even the most minuscule scintilla (or other posh-sounding words to that effect) of interest in medical dramas. Or most dramas of any kind. This is also perhaps to do with my 'mirror neurons? WTF are they for?' wiring :)

Date: Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:27 am (UTC)
bibliofile: Fan & papers in a stack (from my own photo) (Default)
From: [personal profile] bibliofile
I got a card from you! It was just bright and sparkly enough. Hooray!

Date: Sunday, 14 December 2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hamsterwoman.livejournal.com
Glad to hear that you're continuing to enjoy Rivers of London! (I'm still trying to get into the London Falling novels, but I fear they're probably too dark for me... Peter's narration is much more my speed.)

Date: Monday, 15 December 2014 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wendymr.livejournal.com
I did fandom_stocking for a couple of years and really enjoyed it - I remember one year making a point of writing at least a drabble for everyone who wanted something related to Doctor Who and in the eras I was able to write for.

But then they moved to Dreamwidth... I'm not on Dreamwidth and am just not interested in spreading my online presence further than it is right now. I wonder how many others may be of the same mind?

Date: Monday, 15 December 2014 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
the dreamwidth bit is annoying, however I did do it last year without having a dreamwidth account. I just use OpenID and log in with my LJ identity. Still, not sure if I'm going to do it this year because of time constraints.

Date: Monday, 15 December 2014 02:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Ha, well you have a good to-do list to go yet, but you are way ahead on the holidays than I am! I don't even have a to-do list... O_O

I am glad you are at least ambiguously relieved?

Date: Monday, 15 December 2014 02:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] time-converges.livejournal.com
Oooh, the Rivers of London series is so good! I haven't read the Cornell ones yet, but it's on my to-read list, too. :)

Date: Monday, 15 December 2014 06:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tardis-stowaway.livejournal.com
I love Paul Cornell's London Falling novels, though as you say there is rather a lot of horror. In The Severed Streets, the direction taken by the plotline involving the famous author who appears (being purposefully oblique to avoid spoiling anyone) took me entirely by surprise. I will have to check out the Rivers of London, because like London Falling but funnier certainly sounds like something I'd enjoy.

Good job you for getting your holiday shopping done! You've got me beat.

Date: Monday, 15 December 2014 08:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flowsoffire.livejournal.com
Lots of great things and good achievements, go you! :D That's so many good things done!

Fingers crossed for BB's thyroid test ♥

Date: Monday, 15 December 2014 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flowsoffire.livejournal.com
Not bad indeed! ;)

Seriously? That's just unbelievable, what the hell is wrong with this endocrinologist? o.O Fingers crossed indeed, I really hope the results follow your hopes and BB can get proper treatment!

Date: Monday, 15 December 2014 09:03 am (UTC)
ext_3690: Ianto Jones says, "Won't somebody please think of the children?!?" (BRAAAAINS)
From: [identity profile] robling-t.livejournal.com
Rivers of London is one of the very few "X crossed with cop-show" properties I've ever been able to get into, I think because it's the rare one that doesn't look like a cop-show with X just arbitrarily grafted onto it. (My brain... does not do cop-shows. Full stop. I am coming to think that this is of a piece with the way it doesn't process poetry, dance, or jazz, either -- I simply don't have a long enough attention span to hold enough of the pieces in my mind at the same time to figure out what the hell is going on.)

Date: Monday, 15 December 2014 10:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
Ahhh, fandom stocking!! Bringing joy (and last minute sweating!) to all. *Grins*

Crossing fingers for BB's test - and hoping the school board meeting goes by quickly.

*HUGS*

Date: Monday, 15 December 2014 12:59 pm (UTC)
thisbluespirit: (dw - amy)
From: [personal profile] thisbluespirit
Aw, even if you're only ambiguously relieved, that doesn't sound too bad! I hope work is okay for you this week, too. ♥

Date: Monday, 15 December 2014 04:55 pm (UTC)
clocketpatch: A small, innocent-looking red alarm clock, stuck forever at 10 to 7. (Default)
From: [personal profile] clocketpatch
Hmmm I keep hearing giod things about Rivers if London... me thinks it warrants a check.

I was certain there were less f-s entries than usual this year. There also appears ti ve aome people trollong in the stockings. People, why musr you be awful? I sent the mod amessafe telling her how muchI appreciate the service because with this and thar I'd beheartbroken if she decided it wasn't worth running.

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