My net crapped out on Friday and more or less stayed crapped out through the weekend, so it’s been a very slow weekend for updates. :)

Friday, while my net was hanging in the wind, I sort of wandered around and looked for something to read. Now, with the 40 or something new books that I acquired over Christmas, you would think that this wouldn’t be difficult to accomplish. I mean, forty books, right?

So of course I ended up re-reading the Mordant’s Need books, because I wanted something old and familiar and good. And that was very satisfying, actually. Then I did read a new book, but the re-read was a definite plus in my world.

I have no recollection of doing anything else on Friday. It actually took two days to read the Donaldson books, but nevermind that. On Saturday, I got up and went swimming at 10, so that was a good thing, and then we went over to Eric and Jessica’s to make up characters for the home-grown game that Eric’s designed.

It’s too bad for Eric that he hadn’t gotten as far as looking at Champions before he designed his game, because he has home-grown Champions. I mean, it’s really unquestionably Champions. In a fantasy-world setting with all sorts of races he made up himself. I’m playing a Fkorshon, or something like that, which is a shapechanging shark person. My character is 8’3″ and weighs 572 pounds in human form, and 14 feet long and 1150 pounds or something like that in shark form.

Fkorshon are very philosophical and thoughtful peoples. They can afford to be; they’re the top of the food chain. They tend to get hired as mediators and ambassadors. They can shapechange any part of their body to any degree between human (elvish, really, Eric says) and shark, and they like to eat seafood. :)

My character is a con artist with a ‘gift magic’ of domination. :) Her name is Rekka (in honor of my long-dead Go-Back; besides, ‘Rekka’ sounds like a nicely toothy name that a shark would have) and she’s apparently also a compulsive gambler: I won 2 of the other characters in a bet, and owe the 3rd one’s master $20K from a bet I lost. I think this should be pretty entertaining.

EIGHT FEET TALL! Oh, and she’s covered with tattoos. Sharks have no hair, y’know? Rekka thinks tattoos are very interesting. :)

Anyway, that took up several hours of Saturday, so I didn’t finish reading A Man Rides Through until 1:30 in the morning, and then I slept in too late and didn’t swim yesterday morning, which would’ve been okay except I thought the afternoon swim was from 4:30-5:30 and it was actually from 4-5, so I didn’t get to swim at all yesterday. :(

I did, however, make a shepherd’s pie and brownies and get everything ready to make jam. I’d been going to make some jam, too, but my tummy got blorty and I went to bed very early instead. And now I have net, but I can’t dial in to work, which could be a problem. :/

Remind me on Monday to call the Irish Embassy and find out what the story with the citizenship paperwork is.

Dad and I went out for coffee this morning (resulting in me being very awake and bouncy today, even if I only had hot chocolate, not coffee per se) and talked about On Your Left a bit. I believe I’m going to do it as a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of America (and the Boys and Girls Club of Canada, as well, since I’ll be doing 2000 miles of my ride /through/ Canada) rather than Make A Wish, because the Boys and Girls Club has the potential to reach a much, much broader base of children than Make A Wish.

Also, Dad pointed out that I was doing things really very much the hard way when it came to my calendar for OYL; really, I don’t *need* a nifty interactive calendar. I just … want one. But I must get in gear, so for the time being I’ll put up an HTML calendar, and call it good. :)

Off I go to work on that!

There is discussion of going down to the Bay Area at the end of March and collecting people together to do a reading of Legion. That would SO ROCK! Lance has even made noises about the idea of coming out from the East Coast to participate. Image actively wanted to know if he could be part of it. We bet Angie and Christie might want be in it, and Harold, and Starling would make a brilliant Rachel and and and!

It’d be COOL!

We could probably do the reading at my sister’s house, which has a vurry large living room and a built-in audience, and plus there’s just room for audience people in general, and and and!

It’d be COOL!

Unsurprisingly, on the Alice in Wonderland test, i’m the Cheshire Cat:

You’re the epitome of insane. Either you’re very smart, or you’re too damn stupid. The world is your playground, and everything — and everyone — in it is a toy for you to play with. People should be scared of you, but because you’re so affable, they aren’t. Tough for them.

Well. I was just incredibly rude to a student loan collector person who called and who was then both polite and helpful. Don’t I feel like an asshole. They’re apparently finally putting together a remittance program for people like us who have gotten horribly behind in their payments so the balance is written up as current, and they’ll put us on the list to be included in the program.

Sigh.

Oop. I had a little bookstore accident. I went in looking for an Anne Perry book, and they didn’t have it, so I ended up with three Ian Rankin books and a … book by somebody else. And oh, yeah: a book of ice cream recipes. Now, this was all at the used bookstore and it was all on credit and we still have over $200 worth of credit, so it was hardly an accident at all!

I’ve just caused all my friends to edge away from me nervously by admitting to liking Britney Spears.