12/16/2010

Lost That Bet (and other random)

So I figured this would the first of many forecasts where the weathermen just simply got it wrong. Not so! I was just finishing getting ready for a quick trip to the store this morning in advance of the snow when it started coming down. Because we were not in dire need of anything, I canceled said trip and instead we have been out frolicking and shoveling and playing inside when we get cold. It's been delightful and really feels Christmasy out there. Of course, it's mostly only sticking to the roads and driveways and sidewalks. It sticks to the grass, but we haven't gotten enough that you really can play in it, per se. But that's fine. It's still beautiful.

In other news, the study appears to be on again. Crisis averted (this time). Stay tuned for more drama - I'm sure it's on the way.

I did get very annoyed yesterday that my Kindle was randomly rebooting all. the. time. (Seriously, like three or four times in a ten minute period - it was nuts.) I found a discussion board that suggested sliding the off switch and holding it for 15-20 seconds. I guess this gives it a good hard boot - it's been behaving nicely since then. Which is good, cause I have two other Kindles wrapped and under my tree and I was thisclose to substituting the annoying one for a new one.

So, that fixed, last night I was able to finish reading Invisible (Ivy Malone Mystery Series #1) - and it is a delightful little mystery that I had downloaded when it was free for Kindle. I figured it out about 1/3 of the way through, but that's not terribly unusual (Tim and I often pause our mystery-esque TV shows about 3 minutes in and posit our solutions. Bragging rights for the one who is closest. I have a good track record.) Knowing the outcome doesn't diminish my enjoyment at all, so I recommend it if you're in the mood for something light and reasonably fluffy.

Prior to that, I read Wet Desert, a Novel. This is a really fascinating book (though there were a few too many plot lines, it was still enjoyable...I could definitely have done without two of them in particular, just because I'm not sure they really added anything to the story as a whole and it's a long book). I think perhaps it's most fascinating to me because my father-in-law (who does anti-terrorism training for a living and thus knows a bit about such things) had commented to me several years ago (maybe 2003, 2004?) that the next place attacks would be likely would be the dam system. And this novel takes a look at just that scenario (though it's a home grown eco terrorist rather than an international one). It was another free on Kindle that I grabbed (because if it's free, I have no issue reading a chapter and then deleting it if I don't like it. If I paid for it, by golly, I'm reading the whole thing!)

Not sure what's up next - the book club I sort of participate in is reading The Forgotten Garden: A Novel, and it looks interesting possibly. But it's also "literary" (all they do is "literary fiction") and I'm kind of "literaried out" right now. I could use some fluff. Which means I might just bite the bullet and download the next JD Robb, which I was kind of waiting for in paperback, since I have tree versions of all the previous ones but...it's not like I can't transition the collection to electrons. We'll see what happens. But this weather is perfect reading weather, so I know something is up next.

2 comments:

tpsaye said...

I cannot help noting that a book never reboots.

beth said...

True. True.

On the other hand, it is virtually impossible for a 3 year old to remove my electronic bookmark. Not so with a tree-based version.