This year’s science fiction books are going to rock. John Scalzi returns to the Old Man’s War universe, there’s a brand new Neil Gaiman novel, and Stephen King’s long-awaited sequel to The Shining. Plus brand new books from Austin Grossman, Nalo Hopkinson, Christopher Priest, Diana Gabaldon, Robert J. Sawyer, Joe Hill… and J.R.R. Tolkien?
So here’s a list of things for me to think about reading this year instead!
Riley is doing pretty well on his kitty chemo regimen.
Work is good, my desk will be next to a window starting Monday.
My doctor is now satisfied that my weird blood tests are “normal for me.” But, ow.
We’re looking forward to vacation in a few weeks, but trying to stay flexible.
Family is mostly good, though there is lots that must remain unsaid.
Church is good, but need to catch up on some updates for the website.
Listening to this excellent repeat; the full series is here
People between the ages of 18 and 25 are the most likely of any age group to experience mental illness. They’re also the least likely age group to get adequate services, and often have difficulty navigating the complex transformation into adulthood known as “the transition cliff.”
Read the juicy quotes by IL-08 GOP leaders, who’re mighty ticked at Teabagger Joe, and then enjoy Tammy Duckworth’s devastating smack down.
We’re still humming the theme song… but there are some new surprises and twists, so it was NOT predictable other than a big damn happy ending. Which made me tear up, as I was a big Muppet Show fan back in the day.
When it was announced on Tuesday that US TV broadcaster NBC has commissioned a script for a new series of the Muppets, the reaction among critics, commentators and tweeters was, frankly, remarkable. It is rare that a four-decades old franchise can announce a return to TV and prompt such unabashed enthusiasm as well as a total lack of cynicism about quality control. Everyone loves the Muppets – that goes without saying. More surprising is how many people want them back, creating, satirising, karate chopping.
Note to self: get podcast or link to this morning’s On Being show on linguistics. Krista Tippet’s guest was really interesting but I was a little groggy.
Via NPR, the storm as of yesterday:
Airlines canceled flights, schools closed and residents accustomed to dealing with snow, sleet and ice rushed to gather supplies ahead of a storm system that could be the biggest many cities have seen in years.
As you can see, Doctor Bob is a human veterinarian. And Doctor Leon, who is both big-boned and fluffy, is a feline consulting specialist.
Dr Leon strolled into the exam room the other day to greet me warmly, and then assisted the vet tech in showing me how I will administer Riley’s pills. He gobbled up the extra “pills” after the demonstration concluded. He obviously loves his work.