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text 2017-10-07 03:32
Outside of a dog --

One of my husband's favorite quotes is the Groucho Marx line

Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend

Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read

Last weekend we took a step we'd been considering for a while.

 

Meet Quincy!!!

 

 

He was advertised as a Boston Mix, about 1 year old, and about 35 pounds.  We'll see how accurate the weight and age estimate are when he meets our vet next week.

 

While he is named for the neighborhood and John Quincy Adams, we are intending to pronounce it like the fruit (Quinsee) rather than be authentic and say Quinzy.

 

It's been a while since we've had a dog and there've been a few settling in snafu's so far.  We discovered he was tall enough to counter surf when we found him coming back for the 2nd loaf of bread. He's been exhibiting a bit of separation anxiety and climbed our chain link fence to look for my husband who was out of sight in the garage.  But we're hopeful that this will pass.

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review 2017-10-02 15:08
Little mystery, big revelations
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon

This reminded me a lot of ROOM. Lacking the chroniclers limitations, we can read between the lines, anticipate and fear much that escapes them. It's likely that people that enjoyed/hated that one will feel similarly about this one.

 

I lack knowledge or real life contact to make a judgment on the verisimilitude of this one, but it was an interesting peak, hopeful and also painful.

 

The interspersed chapters on maths and science I found surprisingly easy to understand and entertaining, though I doubt it would be the majority vote.

 

Two bit comments:

 

- The teacher deserves an award.

- I thought I felt overwhelmed the first times I walked around Buenos Aires at sundown. Then again, the kid managed to get where he was going eventually, by public transportation even, when I know several adults that threw the towel and ran for a cab.

(spoiler show)

 

This could work well for Amateur Sleuth, Diverse Voices, I guess Chilling Children? I picked it up thinking it set in London. At least we do get there.

 

 

 

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review 2017-09-24 07:23
Ode to momentous summers
Dandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury

*pleased sigh* So gorgeous.

 

Dandelion Wine is a beautiful, whimsical love letter to those memories of summer that are so vivid, so powerful, we can feel the baking sun, the weight and smell of the air, the joy and lassitude when we recall them.

 

It goes from one episode to the next fluidly and with little warning, connecting and weaving them. Add in Bradbury's style and the result is a bit like dreams, a bit like memories, introspective, nostalgic and at points philosophical.

 

There were episodes to pull every shade of emotion, and I loved so many of them I'd have serious trouble picking a favorite. Grandma's cooking made me so hungry and also miss my grandfather very much. Colonel's Freeleigh's bits and John's departure made me tear a bit. I laughed out loud with the witch debacle. Lavinia's had me switch between cheering on and wanting to thump her, and scared me quite a bit. And the lime-vanilla ice-cream one! So many tangled feels!

 

It was an excellent read to savor, and one I'll revisit.

 

 

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text 2017-09-04 23:07
Sunday Soup...erm Monday Pickles!!!

Didn't make soup this week, but did put up two types of (vinegar) pickles.  The first is my old standby pickled jalapenos to preserve a truly gorgeous lot of peppers from the CSA.  The second is my first attempt at "hamburger dill" pickles using some of the cucumbers from my garden.  

 

 

I planted three kirby vines from 3 different vendors at the farmer's market.  Two of them were duds (though I think I damaged at least one of them trying to train it), but the third climbed like a champ and has been a champion producer!!! 

 

 

School starts tomorrow, so we've spent the holiday weekend running around with last-minute pants shopping, haircuts and other pre-school prep work. I've got too many books going at once and can't seem to settle down to any of them.

 

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review 2017-06-15 23:48
Granpa, tell me about when you were little
Boy: Tales of Childhood - Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake

What a great biographic piece. Dahl is an excellent story teller, and puts that to use: he doesn't waste pages in the minutia, or get scared of leaving swathes of time undressed, but picks the bits he wants to tell about his early life, because they are important, interesting, colorful, defining. It turns into a very entertaining read.

It paints a picture of a time. I was impressed by his mother courage and strength (and humor, and mettle, and pragmatism... she comes across as one awesome lady), horrified by much of the sadism involved in his education, and somewhat enlightened on the reasons for his often irreverent characters.

I laughed a lot. There is humor inside every part, from the comfort of hindsight, fondness of remembrance, matter-of-fact way harrowing or ridiculous situations are described, or dry irony.

I plain loved it.

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