Have had two days off thanks to sickly infings, and achieved this and that- sent package to Japan, stocked up on soy milk against eventual snow, found- finally!- a proper foot scraper on a stick for my dry callouses. (Pumice does nothing. Pumice crumbles into tiny shreds that hurt your feet if you step on it.) Shoppers Drug & Loblaws, that marriage made in hell, are betrayers. Rexall and IDA have all your needs, for less.
Went to AGO, intending to treat me to a $25 hamburger. But it was the '5 to 7' menu and I had del Toro inspired guacamole (bland) with corn chips (unsalted). Then intended to wander about the gallery for an hour before my acupuncture, but suddenly they wouldn't let me carry my backpack with me. 'Too big!' though it was fine last summer and winter. Carrying the backpack instead of wearing it is indeed a pain, but I could cope. Cannot cope with being separated from cell phone and wallet. So I left and found a Chinese bakery to sit in instead.
Anthony Horowitz, Magpie Murders.
-- guessed the device the moment I saw it, having read the apposite Agatha Christie story not that long ago. Didn't follow through with the idea to see if it would work and so was surprised by the murderer. As for the murder mystery within the murder mystery, I was a bit disappointed by the denouement, so good there was a framing story around it.
Kipling's Strange Tales have reached the WW1 ones that I've mostly read and that a) have bad associations with the time I read them and b) leave a bad taste in the mouth anyway.
Adam Thorpe, Ulverton
-- not Ulysses, and only starting mid 17th century, so no, there's no Middle English passages about events in the village. Shall see where we go with what we have.
Am now 5th out of 28 in line for Vallista. Some day.