I had one of those mornings where I hate everything in my closet. Another sure sign that we need spring. I feel like I've been wearing the same five outfits since September. Bah.
(I am wearing green, sort of -- olive pants -- but this is entirely inadvertent, nothing to do with St. Patrick's Day.)
Good weekend which felt busy even though I didn't really get much done. Friday I had my makeup done at Clinique as a result of buying lipstick there last month (Clinique just sucks you in!). She put on foundation and blush, which I never ever wear, but the eye makeup was nice. Then went to a party in honour of sparkling_ice
and her husband, who were back in town briefly; Blue came too, but had to stay on the leash because of the quantities of unattended food on low tables. He was not crazy about this.
Saturday I puttered and cleaned my kitchen and bought groceries, and Jen and I went for lunch at Gabby's. Day of small children: Joanne came over with the small Liam in the morning and Sarah came over with new!baby Meaghan in the evening, although technically we did not see new!baby as she was snoozing in her carry-seat with the lid down. Although Blue investigated thoroughly. We played Guillotine
(unfortunately none of us were really cutthroat enough, but S won) and ate way too many ginger snaps. I also brushed Blue, until he said that was enough, and trimmed his eyebrows (so he can see out) and beard. Need to take him to be clipped properly -- he looks twice the size he did when I got him. Although at least with the eyebrows trimmed Jen is no longer telling him he looks like Bob Dylan.
Sunday Louise and Martin came over for brunch, which I achieved without stress, which impressed me. Frittata (the book called it tortilla, which seemed crazy), salad, blueberry muffins, orange juice, coffee for them as wanted it (me), Empress
Tea (my parents brought it back with them) for Louise. Then I went to choir, and then I went and helped John discover the wonders of Corel photo editing software (all new to me too, but knowledge of Photoshop was helpful) for straightening out tall buildings. Was fed pork tenderloin for my trouble. Yum.
Books read this week:The Night Watch
, Sean Stewart (reread). I swear I like this sort-of-series more every time I read it. Came to mind after I read a post over on the Smart Bitches about urban fantasy, which I plan to write about at more length shortly. Something I hadn't appreciated before on a technical level is how well he handles the multiple points of view. I counted at least -- hang on, Emily, Claire, David, Nick, Wire, Raining, Li Mei, Water Spider, Jen, Floating Ant -- that's 10. In the hands of lots of authors that could get very bewildering very fast, but he makes it work.The Last Colony
, John Scalzi. Not deep, but as with all his stuff, much fun.Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille
, Steven Brust -- for some reason, despite meaning to for some 15 years, I'd never actually read this. I liked it, I think. Still pondering.
That doesn't seem like much, somehow. Thank you all, by the way, for your book suggestions