Daily Happiness

Aug. 27th, 2014 10:14 pm
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1. I went in to work and got all the ordering done that I forgot about yesterday. Now I can come home an hour early one day!

2. It was hot today and looks like it's supposed to be hot for the foreseeable future, but at least at work I have air conditioning. (It actually wasn't too bad with the fans on today, at least most of the time.)

3. Picked our first tomato today and it was super delicious! There are quite a few more on the plant and a ton of flowers that will hopefully turn into tomatoes, but nothing else is ripe yet.

4. There's apparently a Bob's Burgers comic! I haven't read it yet, but I do have it on my phone and am looking forward to reading it.

5. Rather than holing up in one of her safe spots for the night, the kitten slept in the bed with us last night. It was sweet, though also a little annoying as she kept wanting to sleep right where my head was. Definitely a sign that she's really getting used to it here, though.

Here she is exploring the sofas this morning and stretched out napping on one this evening.

Humuhumu update

Aug. 27th, 2014 07:38 pm
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I've been jotting down various new quirks as they happen in a paper diary, but as Humuhumu seems to have undergone a big cognitive leap recently, it seems like a good time to make a longer update on her development.


She has lots of ways of referring to things that probably aren't obvious to anyone who isn't her parents. For instance:

  • "Door", accompanied by pointing to a specific kitchen cupboard. She knows that her special treat-foods are kept inside, such as "Pouch" (for an Ella's Kitchen fruit smoothie pouch) and "Cake" (can be either a rice cake or an Ella's Kitchen Nibbly Finger - a sort of chewy grain bar thing).

  • "Bey", which refers to the nursery rhyme "Wind the Bobbin Up". Usually she says this when she sees one of us holding our smartphones, and it means she wishes us to engage its most important function: playing YouTube videos. Today, however, she used it in a particularly devious fashion. I had just made a big bowl of popcorn, which we were sharing as a snack on the sofa. The bowl was sitting between us. She took a kernel, popped it in her mouth and then turned her big brown eyes on me. "Bey," she said. "Pull, pull, clap clap," she prompted, doing the arm motions.

    I started to sing. She smiled happily. Pulling the bowl onto her lap, she turned to face the arm of the sofa, giggling and stuffing popcorn into her mouth as fast as she could.

  • "Key", aka any cotton muslin square. Means "blanket", the corners of which get clutched tightly in her fist while she sucks her thumb. Probably explains why Iggle Piggle is her favourite In the Night Garden character, since he always has his "key" with him.

  • "CUGGLE!" Almost invariably shouted at the top of her voice as she hurls herself bodily at you. OK, this one probably is obvious even if you're not her parents, but she screams it so enthusiastically it's not always comprehensible.


These began fairly recently, and have been coming on in leaps and bounds. My favourites include:

  • "Bless you Mama (or Dada)", when we sneeze. She says it so promptly and clearly. My heart melts every time.
  • "I like/don't like [insert thing here]". Said things usually fall into one of four categories: foods, apps, YouTube videos or CBeebies shows. She uses "don't like" when she has grown tired of something temporarily.
  • "Night night Mama/Dada/Nani". Yes, she says good night to herself.


She loves her alphabet-based books, particularly A is for Aloha, which was one of mine when I was a child. It has a mixture of Hawai'ian and English words along with some beautiful black-and-white photographs of Hawai'i. She requests this one by saying, "'Loha". She also loves her Brian Wildsmith-illustrated ABCs (also ancient). Her identification of letters goes like this, depending on which book she's looking at. The ones with dashes are the ones where she can't say the word yet, e.g. canoe and elephant.

  • A is for: "'loha" or "Apple"
  • B is for: "Beebee" (baby) and "Boll" (ball) or "Fly" (butterfly)
  • C is for: --- (canoe) or "Meow" (cat)
  • D is for: "Dada" or "Fff fff" (dog - I think this is her attempt at "Woof woof")
  • E is for: "Nom nom nom" (eat) or --- (elephant)
  • F is for: "Suki" (friend) or *puffs out cheeks, makes popping noise* (fish)
  • G is for: --- (gecko) or "Goat"
  • H is for: "Hair" and "Flower" (hibiscus) or "Neigh" (horse)
  • I is for: "Ipu" or --- (iguana)
  • J is for: *jump* (jump) or --- (jaguar)
  • K is for: *kisses the page* (kiss) or *attempt at whistle* (kettle)
  • L is for: --- (lei) or "RAAAARRR" (lion)
  • M is for: "Mama" and "Mumu" or "Eee ee ee" (mouse)
  • N is for: "Net" or "Nest"
  • O is for: --- (octopus) or "Twit TWOO" (owl)
  • P is for: --- (pineapple) or "Peacock"

After this it all goes a bit hazy, apart from "Turtle", "Unicorn" (!!!) and "Yucky".

She's also attempting to "read" more independently. I'll read her a story and then she'll take the book and flip through the pages, chattering to herself as if she's reading it, although I don't think she can yet.


This last week has been an exceptional one in the amount of television we've been watching, since we've both been ill and on our own some of the time too. Hence, we've discovered that we like some new CBeebies shows. We knew we liked In the Night Garden already, as we get an episode of that on the tablet most nights before bed. But now we've added Pingu (penguin and his baby brother), some funny little animated French thing about insects with good music called Miniscule, DipDap (slapstick adventures of a line-drawn character) and Timmy Time (claymation sheep, younger sibling of Shaun, I think?).

We're lukewarm toward Chuggington (animated show about train engines) and Sarah and Duck (narrated by Roger Allam, which softens me toward it but not Humuhumu).

She also likes two I can't stand: Kate and Mim-mim, about a little girl and her purple stuffed bunny toy that comes to life, and Waybuloo, which I'm at a loss to describe. The former is too saccharine even for me (and I have a pretty high tolerance for cutesy) and the latter is strange and pointless and the animated characters are very uncanny valley.


One again, this week has included an exceptional amount of tablet usage, and Toca Boca has managed to make me part with money for apps, something I'd resisted for years. Humuhumu's learning curve on the tablet is positively terrifying. She doesn't know how to unlock it yet ("Uh oh, locked," she says, holding it out to me), but she knows how to scroll to the screen containing her apps, to pick the ones she wants and to use 70-100% of their functionality.

She also has a technique for ensuring that she remembers how to do things within her apps. For instance, in "Pet Doctor", she will select an animal, hold out the tablet for me to show her how to cure its ailment if she can't immediately figure it out, watch me do it, and then keep going back to the same animal four or five times until she has its treatment down pat. She went from being able to "treat" one animal on her own on Tuesday to being able "treat" nine of them unassisted today. I find it fascinating, watching her absorb information and improve her fine motor control in such a methodical way.

Wednesday reading update

Aug. 27th, 2014 05:12 pm
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Recently finished
I finished Dandy by Jan Guillou (in the original Swedish), set in the period from 1901 to 1919 in parallel with Brobyggarna (they in fact end with the same scene with some extra stuff in Dandy) but in England, so you get a character reflecting on the aftermath of the Oscar Wilde trial, characters getting involved with the Bloombury group, war-time paranoia about people with German accents, and all that, as well as the protagonist developing from an engineer into an artist (but not making so much progress with all the technical transformations he was perhaps hoping to achieve too). I really liked the book, and I'm curious about the next part in the series, and kicking myself for not buying it in July when I was in fact standing in the bookshop in Helsinki looking at it, but firmly put it down because the weight of my backbag was already killing me.

I also finished Open: How we'll work, live and learn in the future by David Price which was rather inspiring and provided food for thought.

Currently reading
On the go I have When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman, which I'm enjoying, and I still haven't finished Sacrament by Clive Barker. One of these days I'll get to the end, but it's not going to be that soon.

Reading next
Something non-fiction, but I'm not sure yet which book will catch my eye.

Wednesday coming around again

Aug. 27th, 2014 04:10 pm
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What I read

So, I finished Casino Infernale, which was as expected, no particular surprises, enjoyable.

Elizabeth Bear, One-Eyed Jack (2014) which I admired but did not entirely warm up to, partly because my misspent youth/early-mid adulthood involved books rather than certain media properties; though I really liked the general concept of characters-becoming-myth, I felt there was possibly a dimension I was not quite getting. However, I did think it was a splendid entry into a genre that so far I don't think has a name, because 'urban fantasy' has been taken by something different, which is fantasy where the specific place has A Presence, indeed is pretty much a character in its own right, and in particular, massive props for being a conurbation that is not London, a mythos which is doing something different, etc.

I also consumed a couple of fanfics that had been given pointers via my reading list: Pieces - a Ransomeverse/Sayersverse crossover, with some Marlows, set after the War. It was very readable, although I did slightly cavil about the general tendency to match up canon characters with other canon characters, even if there was at least, if background rather than foreground, one ff pairing. I was also a bit 'huh?' about the rather sudden late introduction of melodramatic plot element. Also, [personal profile] legionseagle's wonderful Mary Renault/Agatha Christie crossover Lilies at the Funeral (Return to Night/Miss Marple - yessssss).

Also, more unmentionable Sekkrit Projekt books.

On the go

A return to Love-Letters of an Englishwoman, and we have finally got to the inexplicable parting and consequent angst (okay, dr rdrz, you know my thought processes, my theory is that Love-Object discovered that he had ye syph and could not marry a Pure Young Woman, but was not actually going to be explicit about this except to say 'There is no fault in you'). But really, I cannot read many of these at a time - we are now at the Unsent Letters of Anguish stage.

Have started Lisa Regan, Winifred Holtby's Social Vision (2012) as Pickering and Chatto, bless their wee cotton socks, are issuing selections from their academic list (which includes some great stuff), previously only accessible as horribly pricey hardbacks, as ebooks at approx 1/3rd of the cost, and I'd had my eye on this one for a while, because, Winifred! So far it's really good.

Up next

MOAR Sekkrit Projekt.

Also have several things on the Kobo that have been highly recommended. Also, but shan't get my hands on it until next week, the new Barbara Hambly Benjamin January mystery, Crimson Angel.

Forgot to slip into luggage 3 things I meant to while packing, i.e. the new Greer Gilman and Rosaleen Love, and End of Term for the Forest re-read at [livejournal.com profile] trennels. Drat.

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"The Neurobridge technology combines algorithms that learn and decode the user's brain activity and a high-definition muscle stimulation sleeve that translates neural impulses from the brain and transmits new signals to the paralyzed limb. In this case, Ian's brain signals bypass his injured spinal cord and move his hand."

"Now if you had asked me the odds of Bill Watterson ever saying that line to me, I’d say it had about the same likelihood as Jimi Hendrix telling me he had a new guitar riff. And yes, I’m aware Hendrix is dead." Pearls Before Swine gets the most awesome guest artist imaginable.

A globe laid out by Voronoi diagrams, where all the territorial lines are drawn based on which national capital the land is closest to. Overlaid on our world's current borders, so you can check out the difference.

US language maps, based on Census Bureau data. Most commonly-spoken languages in all the states based on different parameters, starting with "other than English" and "other than English or Spanish."

Constructive reduplication, found all over the world, from English to Finnish to Hungarian to the Bantu languages. (Or, the linguistic explanation for the difference between "salad" and "salad salad".)

A bunch of awesome animals (as well as some terrifying lamprey pictures; be ready to scroll; they're after the Tufted Deer). Teeny armadillos, skinny canids, deer with awesome horns and hind-legged stances, and what looks like a rabbit-capybara.

Python swallows a three-foot-long crocodile whole. Nature is awesome.

The most amazing of the 3500+ exoplanets we've discovered, including the diamond one, the burning-ice one, the one with a day-long year, and the incredibly dark one (lit by a sun, though).
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To me, punk is a plural, rather than a coherent, series of forms or formations, that can and should resist institutionalization.

Mimi Thi Nguyen and Golnar Nikpour's sold-out chapbook Punk is back! You can order it here. All profits from the sale of this edition go to benefit Maximumrocknroll, a monthly DIY fanzine based in San Francisco, CA dedicated to international punk rock. MRR's long history--the magazine started as a radio show in 1977, published its first issue in 1982, and maintains an enormous archive of records and zines--and large, obsessive, all-volunteer staff has made its coverage the most consistently expansive in punk. Through its nearly forty-year-long history, MRR has been known for its international coverage, and for explicitly interjecting leftist politics into punk discourses. Now approaching the 400-issue benchmark, MRR continues to champion the values of the DIY punk underground by remaining fiercely independent and not-for-profit.

& if you're in New York, please join me, Jenny Zhang, and Kate Zambreno at Word Bookstore in Brooklyn on September 5th, where we'll be celebrating the release of Jenny's Guillotine chapbook Hags. There will be cake.

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Aug. 27th, 2014 11:50 am
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Happy birthday,[personal profile] hazelk!
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I'm quickly discovering the pointlessness of reading boring books. It's one thing if I'm planning to engage with a bad book re: gender for Tor.com, but not if I'm just reading for fun. I lost interest in Alison Morton's Inceptio a bit over halfway through (interesting premise -- a Roman nation surviving to the modern day led by women -- let down by flat writing, with barely any time spent talking about that nation and its gender politics because the main character is too interested in her boring by-the-numbers heterosexual romance), while I read the opening story of Peter F. Hamilton's Manhattan in Reverse (free at WFC 2013), went "Mehh" and decided I had many better books to read instead.

On to the better books!

Jonathan Strahan, ed. The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 8 (Solaris Books: 2014)

Like any Year's Best, this is a mixed bag. I particularly liked Yoon Ha Lee's "Effigy Nights", M. John Harrison's "Cave and Julia" (I hadn't read any M. John Harrison in a few years and I'd forgotten how much I enjoy the way he writes the subtly, devastatingly weird in the real world), Lavie Tidhar's "The Book Seller", Benjanun Sriduangkaew's "Fade to Gold" and Karin Tidbeck's "Sing". Others were enjoyable, if less memorable. Others were not. There's a definite presence of non-conservative stories here, a variety of voices, but not enough, and then the second-to-last story -- Ian McDonald's "The Queen of Night's Aria" -- is a retro-style adventure on Mars where women are retro-style sidelined, and it's so irredeemably backwards-looking that I don't see the point, what is this for? It speaks to a conservative thread that runs through this anthology alongside the forwards-looking thread. It's apt: the tension between conservative and forwards-looking in SFF was a significant feature of 2013 -- and 2014, too, and 2015, I don't doubt -- but I really just look forward to leaving this tension behind.

Zen Cho, Spirits Abroad (Fixi Novo: 2014)

I love Zen Cho's writing! It's funny, comforting and clever. Spirits Abroad collects some of Zen's short stories, which are often about families or friends -- not always living, not always human, not always on Earth -- but always important, if often difficult. The characters are so down-to-earth (that's... a bad pun for the earth spirit and Liyana, sigh), no matter who they are and whatever they're dealing with, whether an unexpected forum attendee or a difficult grandmother or moving to the Moon. I had a really great time reading Spirits Abroad and I hope other people will too! Zen has helpfully listed where you can buy the book. (I also like that the publisher's manifesto at the front of the book says "italics are a form of apology" re: italicising non-English words.)

Cixin Liu, The Three-Body Problem, translated by Ken Liu (Tor: 2014)

I got an ARC. I'm glad: it's an interesting science fiction novel. It has several narrative threads. Young scientist Ye Wenjie falls afoul of political upheaval in the 1960s and is assigned to a mysterious base where she works for the following decades. In roughly the present day, scientist Wang Miao receives mysterious, scientifically impossible threats if he continues his nanomaterials research. In the game of Three Body, Wang observes -- and contributes to solving -- the problem of sustaining life on a strange planet with three suns and periods of atmospheric chaos and stability.

The game segments most interested me, as well as Ye Wenjie's career: she's a compelling character, even if I strongly dislike the conclusion that humans will never redeem themselves and require outside intervention. It shifts responsibility away from us. It denies the possibility of hard work and change. Ye's experiences are pretty awful, so her conclusion is not that surprising, and fortunately the book points out the biggest problem with the idea of benevolent intervention. Back to the game segments. They, like the rest of the book, involve a lot of science! It's no surprise that they involve the titular three-body problem, which is especially fun when there's a planet added to the system and life has to evolve on the planet. I liked this aspect the best. It's incredible to imagine life surviving in such harsh conditions -- the sort of what-if I want in science fiction about space. (De-hy-drate...) It's a bit sly in places (the in-game personae of at least two prominent Western scientists are played by Chinese gamers -- one of them Wang), and fun to follow to its conclusion(s), which helps to compensate for Wang's lack of personality.

The prose is nothing to remark on and while there are varied female characters, there are also unnecessary moments such as a young woman being described as "so soft that the bullet hardly slowed down as it passed through [her body]". Right then. It's very het and binary-gendered. Some of the footnotes explaining cultural references are cringingly obvious, but I'm sure this is an impossible balance to strike. Fortunately the unnecessary moments are only moments, not the tone of the book: it's scientific/hard science fiction that doesn't think science/the future is 100% white men! More than just that, it's fun science and I liked a lot of the story. I look forward to the second and third books in the trilogy.

Kaaron Warren, Walking the Tree (Angry Robot: 2010)

Free at WFC 2013. A secondary world fantasy novel I enjoyed sinking into: lots of worldbuilding (bones! ghosts! creepy tree!), a good story and a gender set-up that's not out of a privileged man's erroneous wet dream about the past.

Communities called Orders live around the Tree that takes up almost an entire island. Almost all children go on Schools: walking around the Tree, learning as they go, for the five years it takes for a full circumnavigation. Their teachers are young women, who each typically stay in one of the Orders along the way, ensuring genetic diversity. Men rarely move between Orders after school-age, instead enjoying power within their Orders, such as choosing the young women to be teachers. Women move between Orders as teachers, enjoying a privileged welcome into each Order and the freedom to choose where they stay (for the most part). Often, older women walk too. In all but the worst Order, women have access to contraception, their consent is respected and they are free to stay or move on as they choose.

This set-up does a decent job at disrupting the gendered assumptions of most secondary world fantasy, although it doesn't quite dismantle and rebuild. The (most) women = mothers thread was strong, although a mother can walk away around the Tree without her children. Men hold what I'd generally call 'political power'. There's an echo of our gender imbalances. The echo isn't strong enough to put me off. There are gay/lesbian characters (though the main character is relentlessly heterosexual), but I wish the book had reached the Order where many of the gay and lesbian people of the island live (or, say, normalised non-heterosexuality more so they don't have to go to that one Order). It's thoroughly binary-gendered. Walking the Tree isn't everything I'd like to see in secondary world fantasy, but it's a decent read and I'm glad I got it.

Daily Happiness

Aug. 26th, 2014 10:56 pm
torachan: maru the cat peeking through the blinds and looking grumpy (maru peeking through the blinds)
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1. Super busy day at work, so much so that I completely forgot to order stuff I usually order on Tuesdays and now I have to go in tomorrow morning and order it. But I'm glad I remembered now, before it's too late, and if I go in tomorrow for an hour or so, that means I can take a short day somewhere else.

2. Because I was so busy today, I didn't get to take my lunch until late, which meant I could go to Taco Bell and get a Baja Blast Freeze! I stopped getting them all the time because now that I go in to work earlier my lunch doesn't fall during their happy hour and I'm unwilling to pay full price when I know that I could get it for a dollar if I just went during that time! XD

3. The pet adoption lady stopped by tonight to give us some eyedrops for the kitten's runny eyes (a condition she already had when we adopted her, and the lady said to let her know if it didn't clear up soon and she would give us the drops; I just think she didn't have them with her at the pet store). Hopefully that will clear up soon. She's also sneezy but I think that's just from the dust. I vacuumed before we brought her home, but she keeps getting into all these nooks and crannies that are not as well cleaned. :-/

4. Speaking of the kitten, I think we've settled on Heidi for her official name, because of all the hiding she likes to do. XD (Though I mostly seem to call her baby or kitty when talking to her.) Every time I think we've figured out all her hiding places, she finds somewhere new. First it was the desk cupboard, but now her new favorite place is inside the sofa. Last night I found her underneath the sofa, and then this morning I could not find her anywhere and started to wonder if maybe she'd actually gotten inside of it. Then as I was kneeling down next to the back of the sofa wondering how I could go about trying to find out if she'd gotten inside somehow, I heard a snuffling that was definitely coming from the sofa! Then I remembered that the back of it has velcro at the bottom to lift up the fabric so you can take the sections apart to more easily move it, and sure enough when I lifted up the fabric of the section where the snuffles were coming from, there she was.

Tonight she got really, really playful and also very cuddly. She definitely seems to be getting used to us. She has happily snuggled when we picked her up before, but that required some chasing to get her, whereas tonight she was actually coming to us.

Here is your cute kitty pick of the day.

Am I surprised? Not really

Aug. 26th, 2014 06:51 pm
oursin: George Beresford photograph of Marie of Roumania, overwritten 'And I AM Marie of Roumania' (Marie of Roumania)
[personal profile] oursin

Apparently mindfulness is not the universal panacea and in some cases can even be harmful.

I will not go to the foot of our stairs, because a) why would I not be a bit suspicious of something which, however valuable it may be in some cases, is being touted as the latest quick cheap fix for complex human problems?

And b) I have read various accounts of the life contemplative involving dark nights of the soul: even if this is meditation-lite, doesn't mean all sunshine lollipops and rainbows all the way.

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Aug. 26th, 2014 11:58 am
oursin: Brush the Wandering Hedgehog by the fire (Default)
[personal profile] oursin
Happy birthday,[personal profile] hivesofactivity!


Aug. 26th, 2014 11:16 am
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[personal profile] liv
[As we used to say back on LJ: Been Away, Not Kept Up with Reading, Please Tell Me if You Posted Anything I Need To See.] It's not actually as bad as it used to be now that we have smartphones, I think I'm actually more or less caught up with LJ and DW, but I've been skimming. And I have been feeling semi-withdrawn from my online life, I've not followed Twitter or FB where the more real-time updates tend to be these days, but equally there's no point reading back when you've been out of contact for a while. I've not been commenting on posts or even cogitating and sparking ideas off them as I usually do. So I would definitely appreciate it if you pointed me to anything significant, either thinky or in the big life news vein, from the last couple of weeks.

My August has looked like this:
  • New PhD student starting in my lab
  • Long weekend with [personal profile] jack's family in Shropshire, with good food and the proper hiking I've been missing and time for sitting reading.
  • Long weekend in west Wales with [personal profile] angelofthenorth and [livejournal.com profile] gwyddno, with a different style of appreciating beautiful countryside and eating good food and all kinds of memorable experiences.
  • Exchanging contracts on the house I'm buying with [personal profile] jack
  • Worldcon, which is when I really started falling offline. I definitely do want to write up the con but the summary is I had a great time socially, including meeting some new people from DW *waves*, whereas the actual programming did not inspire me.
  • [livejournal.com profile] rysmiel visiting for a few days, which was extremely wonderful and felt, as their visits do, like a holiday out of time.
  • Long weekend in Cambridge seeing [personal profile] jack and my parents, and a production of Much Ado about Nothing.
And there isn't much of the month left but I'm hoping in the next few days to actually buy a house (if all goes smoothly, which it should at this point, tomorrow), and to go away for a few days actual holiday with [personal profile] jack.

And it's Elul, how on earth did it get to be Elul? That means I have less than a month until the High Holy Days and the start of the new academic year both hit at the same time. So I'm not absolutely promising more content here in the coming weeks, but I would very much like to get back to participating properly in my online communities.

Daily Happiness

Aug. 25th, 2014 11:15 pm
torachan: brandon flowers of the killers with the text "some beautiful boy to save you" (some beautiful boy to save you)
[personal profile] torachan
1. The (still unnamed) kitty is getting used to the house and us. She still spends a lot of time in various hidey-holes (she especially likes the cupboard of Irene's desk, which has a fairly large pass-through for cords so she can get in while the cupboard door is still closed and then just hang out in there; it's also nice and warm because it has hard drives inside), but the difference between yesterday and today is pretty noticeable. Tonight she explored around the house a lot while we were watching TV and then later while we were in the computer room she got super pouncy and playful and was bounding all over the room. Here's a pic of her just after she pounced on a particularly dastardly shoe.

Thanks to everyone for commenting on yesterday's kitten post. ♥

2. This weekend's sales were really great. People seem to be buying a lot of the new items we got in during our remodelling.

3. Irene made a delicious roast chicken for dinner tonight and there's a ton of leftovers, too. (I think I may make a chicken salad for lunch tomorrow.)


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