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It's been a busy midwinter for and around me. Everyone in the household
has taken a turn or two being sick -- gastro, conjunctivitis, cold and/or
flu... I took my first sick day in a while and I'm glad I didn't try to go
in that day.

it gets better )

I guess all this entry is missing is a beer review at this point. Maybe
next entry -- I have been drinking enjoyable beer from time to time lately!
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[livejournal.com profile] stalkingsilence provided me with seven questions:

What is your current favourite song?
I think "Shake it Out", by Florence + The Machine. It's ludicrously catchy, anyway.
What is your ultiamate comfort food?
Galumptious Mac and Cheese, or maybe a bit too much Bridge Mixture. But there is lots of good comfort food out there, so it is hard to choose.
What book are you currently reading? Or what book would you like to read but haven't yet?
I just finished The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood. It was a fun read; I think the characters were more relatable and had more interesting problems than in Oryx and Crake, but Atwood was still having the same sort of parody-dystopia-building fun.
What's your favourite part of being a dad?
Being a toddler amusement park is pretty fun, and so is realizing that my learning curve is starting to catch up with his (for now).
Favourite Canadian museum that you've visited?
I have a soft spot of the National Gallery. When I didn't live here, I would take a couple of hours to visit it almost every time I came up. I should go back more often now that I live here. It's too bad it isn't free like it used to be — it's a bit of a disincentive, particularly if I may be with an awake toddler with a short attention span, to pay by the visit. Maybe they could charge by the hour!
Describe the best holiday you ever had.
I think our cross-country train trip (wow, I didn't really blog that — here are some pictures, behind Facebook security in Elizabeth's account) may have been a once-in-a-lifetime thing.
What does a typical day off for you look like?
Breakfast could be the usual toast or baked goods, coffee and juice, or Elizabeth might make biscuits or pancakes. I'll manage to get some unstructured time to myself for reading or Internetting while Elizabeth and Oscar take a nap. I'll take Oscar with me on some errands to give Elizabeth a break to practice music. We may go as a family off to some happening out of the house, and we'll almost certainly get some Oscar playtime. I'll catch up on laundry, cat boxes and other chores, and Elizabeth will probably clean a bit and get the dishes under control. It's usually a pretty low-key sort of day off, but it's a nice change of pace.

If you want some questions to get your writing juices flowing, let me know in the comments!

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I think it was [livejournal.com profile] audrawilliams that got me on to Digger, by Ursula Vernon. I've been nibbling my way through it for a week or two, and it is a funny, strange, silly, pretty and humane story with sympathetic characters and a touch of Douglas Adams. The main character is a staunch rationalist wombat named Digger who takes a wrong turn while tunnelling and gets entangled all sorts of things in a very strange and unfamiliar land. And apparently, after 752 panels or something like that, it has wrapped up, so start now and have a complete work waiting there for you. I've still got two thirds of the story to go.

I've also been enjoying some of the Miles Vorkosigan books by Lois McMaster Bujold — just finished Brothers in Arms, which also is about two thirds of the way between straight SF space opera and Douglas Adams weird, with a bit of Adrian Mole thrown in for good measure. I find suspension of disbelief a little tenuous with Bujold sometimes, but it doesn't matter because when she's over the top, she is also funny and clever, and the suspension-of-disbelief trouble is more on the end of improbable plot and less on the part of her main characters, who are generally sympathetic and believably crazy. I've got one more Bujold book borrowed from [personal profile] commodorified (which, to her, is probably a “Lois book”), and it is probably next on my reading stack.

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1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
Fathered a child (well, I guess some salient bits were done in 2009), grew peas, built a hardwood floor, drafted a will, published a statistics paper, took a train in business class, drove a pickup truck.
thirty-seven more )

Varia

Nov. 6th, 2010 03:23 pm
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I've been really enjoying Windhaven, by Lisa Tuttle and George R. R. Martin. It has Martin's sympathetic antagonists, believable politics and difficult world, but is much shorter and more focused — it's composed partly of adapted novellas, which I think helps keep the authors on track and address some interesting themes without the "ooh, I should jump to another character" of the Song of Ice and Fire series. I find the dialogue a little less real-feeling than in Ice and Fire, though. There are also shades of Le Guin and Heinlein, in the elegance and willingness to take on social issues (without Heinlein's occasional spasms of appalling). I think I'll have to give Tuttle-writing-alone a try sometime.

We've also been enjoying Au Maître Brasseur's "Selection" collection of beers — they're generally strong and many of them are lees-y, several are rich and aromatic, and all of them are tasty (although the Belgian blonde is one of those banana-beers due to those wacky Belgian yeasts, which I still find kind of odd).

For the first weeks of Oscar's life, we got a lot of postal mail — friends, forms, confirmations, cards! Hearing the mailbox go clank was kind of exciting. The flow seems to have stopped now, and we're left with the occasional special offer and pizza menu. I'm thinking I'll try to make use of Canada Post a bit more in the future, and keep the excitement going.

boo! )
moo! )

Oscar is tracking things with his eyes a lot these days, and kind of grabby (particularly hair, fingers and clothing for now, but my parents have told me of my baby efforts to disassemble everything within reach). He's got the hard 'G' sound figured out, and a few vowels from the back of the mouth, and he's definitely smiling a lot in social ways and in response to tickling.

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