2. Have deciphered the twist in the second Hyakki-yakki story. A problem with timeline (tree in back garden falls before Tsukasa comes to visit) and identifying the wrong chin as uttering a certain line.
3. Unsatisfactory green trees started to go very yellow on Hallowe'en. Today they glowed quite satisfactorily in the frozen sun and deep blue sky. There are still a lot of green trees, mind you. Also are dropping leaves faster, mostly, yes, into the gutters.
4. Is it problematic that I'm relieved to discover Francis Knight is a she? Because otherwise I'm not sure if I'd want to continue with Fade to Black. Not sure I want to continue anyway, because of a certain regression to the mean trope-wise; but it's set in a city that's quite literally built on itself, so I persevere.
5. Culinary adventure today was Chinese five spice powder. Didn't think I'd like it-- fennel *and* anise?-- but with something sugary it caramelizes nicely. Shall try a more healthy tofu recipe next time.