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Sat Jul 14th, 2018

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10:45 am - Well, that's interesting
So yesterday we had one of those logistic problems of three babies who needed naps, all of whom take a good fifteen minutes to get to sleep and the first of which (Miss Picky, who has two people and two only who are permitted to touch her) refused to be laid in her crib once she *had* fallen asleep. I suggested we just load them in the triple stroller which guarantees that those three will all sleep within minutes. But the only person who could take them for the walk was me. Twice round the block should do it, I thought, so off I set with my heavy load: two of these guys are chunkinators, even if the third is a bird-boned skellington.

Twice round the block didn't do it, but did immediately start my lower back screaming. Walking is good for the piriformis, yeah sure, and what about my touchy shoulders, huh? Birdbones was asleep, but Miss Picky was still suspiciously awake- and one may not stop moving or she screams and screams again- while Chunk 3 was singing loudly and off-key. On I plodded, stopping at the occasional bench to ease the cramps, and on again until even Rowboat was asleep and I could come back to sit on the front steps and just push the carriage back and forth.

'I won't be able to move tomorrow,' I thought, but fine, today I have massage. Except this morning when I got up, knees and back were happily lamblike and shoulders much less ouchy than usual. Maybe all I need after all is a half hour of strength training and walking.

Meanwhile, the online bookstore I get my manga from says it can't send emails to my old address. I try resending them my email, they say they'll send me a verification link, the email doesn't arrive. I try my gmail account, but the verification email doesn't arrive. This is serious. There's a new Phantom Moon Tower out and a new Hundred Demons due, and the only alternative seems to be amazon.jp, than which I'd rather die.

But I also discover that ebooks from the library are the best way to read Agatha Christies, especially slightly unsatisfactory later ones like Elephants Can Remember, so now I shall read them all like that.

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Date:July 14th, 2018 07:58 pm (UTC)
I love using the library e-books for catching up on missed books and rereading older series. I've run out of room to store books and money to buy them so this is a great alternative. I've been thinking of signing up for Kindle Unlimited so I can read some of the books even the library doesn't offer. I've also been getting lots of free e-books to read. It's so much more convenient to take my Kindle to work to read at lunch time than a book.
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Date:July 15th, 2018 02:35 am (UTC)
Agreed on the space and money issues. I have a certain difficulty in parsing words on a screen so ebooks don't work for serious lit and classics for me. But in an Agatha Christie one already knows the genre and vocabulary so it's an easy read. (When I was in hospital in France the only books I could read easily were translations of Christie.)

The library ebooks do let me read fantasy I wouldn't shell out money for, but then I can't remember the plots.
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Date:July 15th, 2018 06:44 pm (UTC)
After being with seven 3 year olds for 8 plus hours a day all my brain can handle is fantasy and cozy mysteries. I also want to go back and reread some of the Issac Asimov Robot series. Getting them from the library will be much easier than trying to remember which plastic bin I stored them in. I'm lucky. So far the screen of the Kindle Fire doesn't bother me and the backlit screen actually seems to make it easier to read than a book. And of course I can make the font larger so I don't need my glasses.
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Date:July 16th, 2018 02:17 pm (UTC)
Resizing the font is a distinct advantage of ebook readers, says the woman who keeps a pair of dollar store reading glasses in every room.

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