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You Can Never Have Too Many Books

magnet5 lent me Who Killed Kennedy (Doctor Who novel with an interesting POV) and a really neat book about The Avengers. I didn't realize how few episodes of that show I've seen. Anyway, I finished the DW book and am in the middle of the avengers so thanks to him for the lending :) I also got three of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series from my parents for Christmas and have finished the first book - The Eyre Affair. I'm going to spoil the ending for everyone...she's able to rescue Jane Eyre and return her to safety. Haha! I'm truly evil!! Now I want to go back and reread Bronte. So more thanks to Magnet as he recommended them and he was spot on about how great they are. It's science fiction mystery comedic literature. Brilliant - everyone should read them.

My parents also got me the Key to Time series (love Tom Baker!) plus a mystery series I'd not heard of before called Rosemary & Thyme (with Felicity Kendal) and my parents-in-law got me the 3&4th seasons of Danger Mouse and some cds. Dad got me the banjo tab for Oh Brother Where Art Thou and a Ray Clark teaches banjo book. I actually got a lot of really cool things from friends and family plus the stuff I picked out for my friends and family seemed to be really well received, which is always a joy. I think I only bombed one present and I got a lot of "oh!!"'s and "wow!'s which is my goal.

Other than that, Christmas really sucked this year. I'm on medicine right now for my wisdom tooth which has decided to make trouble. Crazy home insurance issues, stupid hurricanes. But those were actually nothing - I lost three people over the holidays. My uncle Junior passed away over Thanksgiving. My dearest Uncle James passed away on December 23rd which meant I spent a lot of my holiday either traveling to or from Alabama or wishing I was traveling to or from Alabama. I couldn't do Christmas cards because I couldn't bring myself to write happy holidays when I was not at all happy. For days I wanted to write or yell or scream or talk about him but I made myself not. I still don't really know what to do. Then four days ago my neighbor passed away. It was so weird because we thought February. I had brought them cookies and was talking to her just a week before. All these thoughts of sadness and mortality and valuing the time we have swirl around. Definitely resolve to spend more time with family in the coming year.

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disbandedtoastr
Jan. 2nd, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah girl, it's been a strange Holiday all around. Hang in there... 2006 is here and it's bound to be a great year!
We'll go out for margaritas this weekend or something!
=o)
disbandedtoastr
Jan. 2nd, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
By the way.. When is your appointment with the dentist?
madladyred
Jan. 2nd, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
i went today! he prescribed some penicillin and offered me pain medicine but i was leery of that and had the origel you got me. so i bought some advil today when i got my penicillin and resolved not to whine as much! i get to take my second dose in fifteen minutes! huzzah!!

he said to take the meds until i felt better than take them one day beyond that. he expected the swelling to go away in about six to ten days. if so, than i can keep the tooth and let it make its move or back down. then save the rest of the meds for another attack which hopefully won't come. but if in the next few weeks it flared up again or pushed through and didn't have room i'd have to come back and he'd have to remove it. eeeeks!! so i have a regular cleaning scheduled for feb 1st and figure they'll check on it then unless it keeps hurting beyond the pills.

it all sounded dodgy to me! but whatever. my insurance won't cover wisdom teeth unless they are "symptomatic" so it has to get worse than this for them to help pay for it! :(
dracothelizard
Jan. 3rd, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
Doctor Who books are lovely, especially the 4th Doctor ones by Chris Boucher. And true! You can never have too many books. Just too little shelf space ;)
madladyred
Jan. 4th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
yeah, we just built some new shelves to hold DVD's so that i could create more space on our actual bookshelves. i need a new house, though, because i'm rapidly running out of wall space. we actually thought ahead with the DVD shelf and gave it an extra two shelves for future DVDs.

now despite my complaint about not having enough shelf space i will still look for Chris Boucher books and just figure a way to find space for them :) i don't have near enough DW books. i want to get some of the Big Finish audio stuff, too. but i know there are TONS of both out there so i appreciate the advice on which ones to look for.
dracothelizard
Jan. 5th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
I just got some of the latest ones, ordered them online. Got three with the ninth doctor, and tried to get a book of each Doctor each, to see what they were like. I'm just missing a book on the first, the third and the eighth doctor, but his books are one long series and I don't want to read just one book of a series. I think I'll just download the TV movie one of these days.
sarahtoalaska
Jan. 4th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
I concure... can we take this holiday season back? It truely and fully sucked. I'm sorry yours was so horrible. You hid it really well though love. So you know... I loved my gifts. :) Next year will have to be better.
madladyred
Jan. 4th, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
oh my gosh, i would LOVE to take it all back. i know yours was pretty sucky as well. i didn't want to inflict my sadness on anyone else - it's supposed to be happy for everyone so you don't want to bring anyone else down. so i was trying hard not to say anything about it. but at the same time you also want to shout at the top of your lungs "this sucks!!" . and if someone asks "how are you" i never knew what to say - do i say anything, do i lie and say great, or just change the subject and avoid it. am i dishonoring people's memories by not saying anything. and when i was happy (like doing the gingerbread and i was not thinking about him) i'd feel a little guilty later on because i knew my family up in alabama weren't opening presents. grrrrr. sucks. you should have seen me trying to do Christmas cards. i think i managed to do 15 but i felt so hypocritical and i had to through several out and start over because i started writing about my uncle in them.

i'm glad you liked your presents! i made 5 of those little books. you, tickmosis, disbandedtoastr, reddheaded and my mom have the only ones in existence. they may not open, but they are unique!! LOL!
sarahtoalaska
Jan. 5th, 2006 11:10 am (UTC)
Ohh noo... I just posted a brilliant long post and it didn't go through. Dang it all. Well what I wanted to say was. Please don't ever think you have to be happy or cheerful for me. If you are unhappy, it's okay. What are friends for if you can't show your true feelings? If you ever need someone to talk to I'm here. I know I will soon be far away and I know you like the phone as much as I do. But write me if you need to. There is nothing wrong with being unhappy during the holiday seasons.
You are not dishonoring anyone by not talking about it. It's not always something you can talk about. Seriously you don't need a sign or anything that says... "someone I loved died".
You know with friends.. when they ask me how I'm doing, I tell them the truth now. They are my friends, they can handle it if I'm not happy. Sometimes I just say... "well, you know". I've found though that no one explodes or dies if you are honest with them. (Except the clerks at the store, they are asking to be polight and don't know how to handly an honest answer. Trust me)
On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with being happy after something like that happens. Seriously. If you were the one gone (Knock on wood loudly) would you want everyone to spend every moment unhappy?
Oh, by the by... I love my little book. It opens just fine. I love it when people make things for me.
I'm really going to miss you guys.
magnet5
Jan. 5th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
Who Killed Kennedy is a really neat book: It's a reporter who starts investigating UNIT in the seventies when he wonders why a United Nations task force keeps showing up in England, and who this Doctor Smith guy is working with them ... Thanks for the kind words, madladyred.
I've seen all the Avengers except the very first season--A&E reran them in the late eighties.

But I'm so sorry to hear about all your losses. That's just wretched.
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