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29 July 2003 @ 06:31 pm
What I Did on My Summer Vacation  
I worked! Lots! Because I am a Big, Dumb Grown-Up.

When I went to catch the bus tonight, the first one was sitting there with its doors closed, so I banged very loudly with my palm--loud enough to be heard--on the back door. The driver ignored me, as drivers do, and as it began pulling away, I kicked the door hard with my nice black shoe, and I shattered the entire lower pane of glass.

I feel really bad about it. Really. It'll keep me up nights. I may never sleep again.

On the way home, I saw:

* A man walking a bulldog on a leash, while on the back of the dog perched a tiny kitten with its claws dug in, and its mouth opened wide, squeaking.
* An almost perfect spiral nebula of ants, munching on something sticky.

It is hot, hot, freaking hot here.

I got my Kane CD and will listen to it tomorrow.

"Loser" is a really, really good movie despite its packaging, and it almost reverses my belief that Jason Biggs must have signed a pact with Satan to advance his acting career.

Also, the "Cruel Intentions" soundtrack kicks ass, and Sarah Michelle Gellar was born in 1977. That really surprises me. I honestly thought she was the same age as her character.

This is all so random, I know.

Must remember to watch "Nip/Tuck" tonight. It's so easy to forget to tune in when you're new to a show.

Current books I'm reading: Elizabeth George's latest, "A Traitor to Memory," and my first Connie Willis book, "To Say Nothing of the Dog."

I feel amazingly competent at work lately. I should be making more money. I wish I could figure out how to convey to my manager the full extent of work I perform. Maybe I should cc her on every piece of e-mail I send for an entire week. Kidding. But really, no one ever gets a truly substantial raise at my company, and I am starting to want one. I like where I work, and the job market is lousy--I am not leaving any time soon. The last three people I personally know who left the company (voluntarily, thinking they were making the right move) are all looking for work. I am just coming up on a year as editor (a title that conveys only the tiniest part of what I do). I would like to keep this job for at least another year. It feels pretty safe, as jobs go.

I appreciate, by the way, everyone's comments these last few days. If I could focus my chicken-fried brain, I'd answer some. I am soooooooooo totally work-whacked, it's not even funny.

I want monsters and madmen and severed heads. Why haven't my MST3K tapes come, damn it? Whywhywhywhywhywhywhy? Sigh.

Pouncerthepouncer on July 29th, 2003 07:06 pm (UTC)
I loved To Say Nothing of the Dog. Laughed, cried, and generally enjoyed myself hugely. I hope it brings you as much joy. That bulldog with the kitten on the back ties in nicely with my memory of the novel.
Anna S.eliade on July 29th, 2003 07:27 pm (UTC)
That bulldog with the kitten on the back ties in nicely with my memory of the novel.

Really? Why? I've barely started it, so that doesn't mean anything to me. I don't mind if you spoil me a little. :)
Pouncerthepouncer on July 29th, 2003 07:43 pm (UTC)
A cat and a dog play a large part in the plot. You'll get there. Man, now I want to reread it.
A carbonated fusion beverage!swmbo on July 29th, 2003 07:07 pm (UTC)
"To Say Nothing of the Dog"

I loved "To Say Nothing of the Dog", although I've never been able to get into any of the rest of her works. Have you read "Three Men In a Boat" ?
Anna S.eliade on July 29th, 2003 07:26 pm (UTC)
Re: "To Say Nothing of the Dog"
Nope. Everyone asks that, but no one mentions if it's any good. Is it any good? ;)
A carbonated fusion beverage!swmbo on July 29th, 2003 07:50 pm (UTC)
Re: "To Say Nothing of the Dog"

Oh, it's excellent, I think you'd enjoy it! Fairly short, I'm guessing around 100 pages. Three men and a dog and their series of misadventures - it made the Willis book a hundred times better for me. The real joy is the narrator's voice. There's an online copy of it at :

if you want to check it out.
namastenancynamastenancy on July 29th, 2003 07:51 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on wounding the bus! I always want to do something like that to the rude Muni drivers here in SF but I'm never fast enough!
Connie Wills - I liked "To Say Nothing Of the Dog " funny, clever, interesting. I find her other novels just so-so; I didn't much care for "The Doomsday Book." I am an avid student of the Middle Ages and just didn't find the book that interesting compared to books like Zeigler "The Black Death" or Cantor's book on Europe after the Black Death (although he does have his quirks). Er..not the kind that you would find interesting. Elizabeth George is a fantastic writer but she seems to have written so many books that deal with abducted or abused or murdered children that I can't read her any more.
Maybe it's my advancing years?
But I adore your writing and can't get enough of it so I still appreciate the good stuff.

namaste SF Nancy
lovessong: woman en largelovessong on July 29th, 2003 08:19 pm (UTC)
If you like To Say Nothing of the Dog (which is my favorite of Connie Willis's books), you should also check out Bellwether and her two collections of short stories, Impossible Things and Fire Watch. The latter has a couple of novellas that deal with some of the same kind of stuff that goes on in To Say Nothing, and the former has some of my favorite short stories of all time.
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lovessong: woman en largelovessong on July 29th, 2003 10:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's by Laurie Toby Edison, from Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes. I originally saw it on, when it was featured on their main page. The book's website, here, houses other images from the book, links to information about the photographer, and selections of her other work.
Anna S.eliade on July 29th, 2003 11:09 pm (UTC)
I have that book. It's quite worth the purchase if you (general you) have body issues. Some of the pictures egender very mixed feelings in me, but I find myself flipping through it a few times a year, as if I'm touching base with some soft, bruised element of my psyche.
lovessonglovessong on July 30th, 2003 05:33 am (UTC)
I was a little disturbed that the photographer is actually pretty thin . . . It made me think about representations of communities by people outside of the community. Although given the quality of the photographs, I don't think I would complain about this instance of it.

(And it's not like I'm exactly unfamiliar with art about a minority group that's done by nonmembers of that group. By most definitions, slash written by anyone but gay men would fall into that category. Slash has made me think more carefully about what creativity and thoughtfulness can allow for. Yes, my tangent is now longer than my directly related comment. *rolls eyes*)
caille on July 29th, 2003 08:36 pm (UTC)
Okay, so the lower pane of glass shattered. Woo and hoo!

Then what happened? I mean, it's fine on its own, but (a) if you were vidding it, what would be the soundtrack, and (b) did the passengers cheer? and (c) did you get to board the bus? and (d) have you retained counsel yet so that you can sue the city, the bus service, and the driver for personal injury ("Oww! My foot!") and negligent infliction of emotional distress?

I loved, loved, loved "To Say Nothing Of The Dog". I see that "The Doomsday Book" is not a favorite of others, but I found it incredibly moving and enthrallifying.

I'm going to go build a Connie Willis shrine.

Kisses back to you. The fact that you've posted something delightfully fizzy and pretty in no way obligates you to keep it up, but it's just totally fun, you know?
dani: hey prettyllaras on July 30th, 2003 01:11 am (UTC)
Seconding the rec for Willis' Bellwether. I love all of her books, but that is my favorite. It is smart and funny in all the right ways.
JaneDavittjanedavitt on July 30th, 2003 05:04 am (UTC)
To Say Nothing is excellent, as are most of her books. I wrote a non fiction essay (on my site) about the influence of Three Men and a Dog on Heinlein's Number of the Beast and worked To Say Nothing in it too, as Willis' book is about Three Men and starts with a dedication that mentions Heinlein's brilliant juvenile, Have Space suit, Will Travel.

How's that for a tangled web? ::grin::

Jerome's book and the sequel, set in Germany, 'Three men on the Bummel' are two of my favourite funny books; though the second has some serious moments if you read it closely.
(Anonymous) on July 30th, 2003 11:51 am (UTC)
Yes, Three Men on the Bummel is a very funny (and partially serious) sequel to Three Men on a Boat. I had the luck to get my hands (briefly) on an actual Victorian copy of Three Men on a Boat, and the illustrations are priceless, especially the one of Montmorency shedding tears (as I recall). I bet if Connie Willis could have managed it, there'd be illos in To Say Nothing of the Dog, which is one of my favorite stories EVER and just about the only thing that would make me break lurkdom on your impressively mordant and brilliant journal.

My roommate recommends Doomsday Book, but she says it's *wrenchingly* good, and I keep waiting for a break in the mental weather to deal with it, a break which never comes, of course. I should know better.