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01:21 pm - Wednesday's Adult
Am pleased to discover that there are other people out there who have extreme spring SAD. Mine isn't extreme, just an intensification of that innate 'non serviam' mild depression/ inertia/ whatever it is that makes me not want to do things that don't promise immediate pleasure. Thus encouraged (because at least I have no desire to cut myself with knives), instead of playing with babies after my morning coffee, I tidied and vacuumed and dusted the front hall and the living room, and bundled up the last of the porch garbage for the pickup tomorrow. Sinuses filled from the dust of centuries months, but they fill anyway. Depressing thing is that after I vacuum, five minutes later there are bits of detritus (leaf fragments, stray road salt, dust uhh ladybugs) that must be vacuumed again. Stuff sticks to the shoes, I must assume.

What have you just finished reading?
Aunty Lee's Chilled Revenge. Nice fluff as ever. Ovidia Yu doesn't mention the sort of details that I, as a foreigner, would probably notice about LRD like the heat and the humidity. Mentions blazing suns, yes. Doesn't mention daily thunderstorms and rains. Feels odd to me. Her Singapore and its casual multiculturalism feels like Toronto; the only difference being that the authorities one sees aren't white. Nor are they particularly Chinese either, which also feels odd.

What have you reading now?
Am I reading Dracula? I now know who everyone is and already know pretty much what will happen, which doesn't make me want to read more. Maybe, just to see archivist!Mina in action.

Otherwise continue through the chronic reading. Best American science fiction and fantasy 2015 goes story by story, though I discovered another gem- Sofia Samatar's Ogres of East Africa. I assume from what she says that the ogres are real err youkai from their respective regions, and can add them to the repertoire gleaned from Tutuola and Fagunwa.

Have slacked off on Magnifico because I'm so taken with 1Q84. Do not want it to end; do want to know what happens. A pleasant dilemma, but a dilemma nonetheless. I hope that if I'd been reading in Japanese I'd have figured much earlier what maza and dohta are- katakana is such a tipoff- but I'm a subvocalizer and should have twigged immediately.

What will you read next?
Not sure. Eventually I must get to The Killing Moon; when done with 1Q84 might start another door-stopper like The Pound Era just to have it done with.

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Date:April 21st, 2016 01:57 am (UTC)
Is that supposed to say "Wednesday Adult" or "Wednesday Audit"? ^__^

Yes ... after I slowly got through the first third of 1Q84, I went through the rest quite quickly and happily re-read some of it en-route to the end. It was an interesting experience, as far as book experiences go I guess.

Ugh ... I feel you on the dust thing ... I just swept and mopped, but then the dust starts to float in and settle again.

I used to take Clarityn for allergies and sinuses, switched over to Zyrtec very briefly, but have now gone on to Telfast 120.

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Date:April 21st, 2016 02:21 am (UTC)
Dust we have always with us. Even up here where windows stay closed half the year. I haven't seen Zyrtec here, and the others never did anything for me/ made me dizzy. I take straight Chlorpheniramine Maleate (chlor-tripolon) and hope for the best.

Good to hear 1Q84 is worth it. Could live without Ushikawa though.

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