OK, so I burned my index finger early in the day Sunday. It's fine now, except that the skin on top has taken on a slight reptilian texture in comparison to its fellows.

Yesterday, it was established that my "carpal tunnel" that won't quite go away is likely to actually be tennis elbow, or maybe both. I used an Ace bandage to wrap the area just below the elbow where wrapping is supposed to be helpful. I did not wrap too tightly.

I am, however, a stomach sleeper, and sometimes I sleep on one or both of my arms.

The end result is that my forearm, wrist, and hand swelled up like sausages while I slept.

They don't hurt, but they're stiff. I'm sure the swelling will go down now that I've removed the bandage and am about to go put my arm on ice.

My dignity will take longer to recover.
I just saw Inglourious Basterds and I think I might be a little bit traumatized.

(I mean, the most sympathetic character in the film is plotting mass murder... but that's not new for Tarantino. Neither is the unbearably tense ensemble scene, like the one in the basement. Finally, Christoph Waltz is definitely number one with a bullet for Best Supporting Actor.)
verbminx: (retromom)
I'm an adult and I can go to bed whenever I want to.

... Right?

How many do you have under your belt? I haven't looked at the whole list yet, but I know I can't change a tire.


Jan. 7th, 2010 02:08 am
The Best of Wondermark... I LOL'd.
It's beginning to bother me that I neither kept track of the books I read in 2009 nor finished a lot of them. (Unfinished, for example, in spite of the time I have invested in them so far and the fact that I plan to finish them: The Girl Who Played With Fire, Guns, Germs, and Steel, and Inherent Vice. Also Godel, Escher, Bach and a bunch of others.)

Here are some of the books I know I finished. I will edit this list as I remember more....

The Art of Being Kind by Stefan Einhorn
Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik (I'm in the middle of it)
The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer
Real World by Natsuo Kirino
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson (actually read half of it in 2008)
Foreign Tongue by Vanina Marsot
How to Win at College by Cal Newport
The Dragon Scroll by I. J. Parker
Rashomon Gate by I. J. Parker
Black Arrow by I. J. Parker
Andromeda Klein by Frank Portman (this might be my book of the year!)
Machiavelli in 90 Minutes by Paul Strathern (a brief bio; writing research)
The Tattoo Murder Case by Akimitsu Takagi

Also the usual pile of craft and reference books that I don't really track in the long term, and things like Mail Me Art and I Love Your Style.

I'm definitely going to try to read at least 1 book per week in 2010. It's bothering me that I haven't managed so much. And my 2010 journal will have a page or three just for tracking the titles of things I've read.
For the last two weeks, I've been trying to read a book by I.J. Parker, a mystery novel set in Heian Japan, called Rashomon Gate. Its hero is a minor court official. The writing suffers from too many adverbs, and it's stilted in spots. Otherwise, I'm enjoying it; Parker's love for the setting is made obvious by how well she's developed it.

Ms. Parker has a website where you can read a few short stories about Akitada, the hero. She also has six books in the series, and two more written, but the existing six are not selling well enough for the last two to be purchased and published. Such is the life of a mid-list novelist.
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10 Annoying Habits of a Geeky Spouse (via Jezebel).

I think you can expand this to roommate, relative, etc. I know that I have been considered movie poison among relatives for most of my life because of the "picks apart details afterward" clause.

It's an excellent live performance of a song I've loved for 20+ years, so hey! (Reminds me of the poor doomed fictional girl over there in this post's icon, too.)

Also, there's about half an inch of ice on each of the fenceposts in my back yard. I've never seen anything like it. I should attempt to get a picture before it all melts down.

It's insanely cold here: around 7 degrees (F). It won't be much warmer tomorrow; I don't yet know what the forecast looks like for the weekend.

I'm making bean and chicken soup this afternoon -- specifically, Bean Cuisine's White Bean Provencial. It's not the cheapest thing in the world to make -- the mix itself is $4 at World Market, plus it takes three pieces of chicken, some fresh vegetables, a can of tomatos, a few containers of chicken stock, and some wine -- but I find that it goes a long way (three meals or so for two people). Soup with buttered hearty bread is probably my favorite winter meal.



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