*throws up hands*
I started reading The Hanging Tree yesterday and I'm more than half done already, so that's something. It feels great to be reading a book I can't wait to return to.
The real question is, what do I read next? From the TBR, I have the following candidates that I am most interested in right now. Thoughts on what I should choose?
The Hanging Tree (Rivers of London) by Ben Aaronovitch.
The House of Shattered Wings (A Dominion of the Fallen Novel) by Aliette de Bodard.
Court of Fives by Kate Elliott.
Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor.
I keep repeating the word in my head. It’s especially bad when I walk Greta in the mornings. It’s kinda weird when it happens when I’m doing a power press in weights class. Luckily when my eyes water there it just looks like sweat.
It’s a particularly nasty canine cancer of the blood vessels that shows up in middle aged large breed dogs the most. Most people find out their dog has it because it’s popped like an aneurysm and their dog goes into shock or dies suddenly. I got “lucky” in that I found it while rubbing her belly and noticed the lump.
People who follow me on twitter were treated to a fine rant about how when I called up my vet to make an appointment to get it checked, I was subtly mocked for calling up to say I had found a mass in her abdomen. My husband (who ended up taking her to the first appointments because I had a major work project launching that week) said the vet was actually really impressed I had found it because most owners wouldn’t have.
I’m still debating if discovering it did her any damn good. There’s not really good treatment for this particular cancer. Most of the first page of google results are the 1-3 month survival period after discovery with organ involvement. Of course, most of these cases are from animals that had spleens involved and it’s discovered due to the extreme internal bleeding. We lucky in that there’s wasn’t any organ involvement initially and we caught it before severe bleeding happened. However, chances are very high it will recur in a very short time period. We could do chemo. We haven’t talked to the oncologists yet because we’re both kinda like, why? This isn’t a cancer where they fade away and in a lot of pain. It’s a lot like living with a known weak vein. It’s gonna kill her and soon but we don’t know when.
And of course the killer (ha) is that post surgery, she’s in great shape. We had a crap week where she was in recovery, a frustrating week where she felt a lot better but was still on restriction and then this week where she’s back to her old self. Is she putting weight on because the tumor was removed or because we’re spoiling her? No idea. Is acting slow because it’s hot and humid or is it because she’s got a slow bleed? No idea.
So we’re spoiling her rotten and she gets walks without Zille so she can sniff all the things to her heart’s content. And I keep living on knife’s edge wondering if this is going to be the day I come home and she’s gone or, worse, going poorly.
This fucking sucks.
Uh! Noy! Ing!
If I knew what I'd done to cause this soreness, I'd be less annoyed about it.
2. Laundry is done, including the comforter! Winter coat is next. Even more amazing, I have put most of it away already.
3. I want to attend concerts on both Saturday and Sunday evenings. Neither is hugely expensive.
4. I made good progress on reading my review book. It was only getting started that was difficult.
5. We're getting thunderstorms today, so the humidity might clear out a bit.
I really enjoyed this set of post-series Harry Potter snippets.
Gotta love Rebecca Solnit.
This site has a great detailed overview of the Trump-Russia scandal.
Oh, this is hella cute.
This story about refugees in Dallas gave me some hope.
This story took some of that hope away. :-(
This article discusses how the federal flood insurance program cannot withstand global sea level rise.
This Outside Magazine article about pre-existing conditions has politics showing up in usual circumstances.
Sophie Gilbert on toxic masculinity, in The Atlantic.
The more studies I read, the more I learn that no single food or diet affects everyone the same way. It's fascinating.
Holy crap this is fantastic. In 2013, Ward and a colleague bought an old lobster boat and anchored it in the path of a 40,000-ton coal freighter at Brayton Point in Massachusetts. The state brought charges, and on the day of the trial-with climate scientist Dr. James Hansen and activist Bill McKibben standing ready to testify-Bristol County district attorney Sam Sutter stunned the court by dropping the charges and announcing that the protesters were right. Standing in front of the courthouse, waving an essay by McKibben, DA Sutter called climate change one of the gravest crises our planet has ever faced and declared that the political leadership was failing the people. He then joined Ward in a climate march in New York, in Central Park. From this article about the folks who closed the valves on the DAPL.
In other news, I reached the end of Marie Brennan's Lady Trent novels this week. In the Sanctuary of Wings was very enjoyable, and my only complaint is that the series is over. :-(
In other news, it's the hottest day of the year, but I had a head of home-grown garlic from my brother's MIL, so I had to use it to make roasted garlic bread. ( Roasted garlic bread )
That was pretty much the highlight of Gatiss's episode, so let's move on to the triumphant return of Rona Munro.
( You never hear the spoilers. )
Tina Guo's fierce electric cello inspired Hans Zimmer to write the Wonder Woman 'battle cry' theme, and here she is playing it:
Some of my fave comments from the non-trolly viewers on YouTube:
"The theme of the day when Batman and Superman became sidekicks."
"I accidentally played this when my cat was next to me. He's a tiger now."
"Superman saves Metropolis. Batman saves Gotham. Wonder Woman saves the world."
Also, last night the mayor and the police chief of Los Angeles literally fired up the black-on-yellow Bat-Signal in LA, and hundreds answered the call. There's a bit of video in the CNN piece, here. Adam West was known as the Bright Knight for his kindness, grace, and sense of humor, and the way he loved to make his fans happy. And he really, really did that; I have loved him since I was a little girl. RIP, Batman.
And finally, file this rec under 'tropes r great': The Joy of Little Things by obsessivereader, where Bucky is a protective dragon and Steve is the virgin sacrifice. There are approx. 1 million stories in this year's Cap RBB...okay, more like 120+, and I've read two so far. Sigh.
I am slow and stiff and a terrible hitter under the fast-moving "you get two pitches only, good or bad" rules, but I do love playing catch, and playing catcher.
We'll see how well and how fast this bruise heals. It's quite annoying. I am not sure I should play again, but I want to play.
I need to think on it more.
Do you have a Democratic Senator? Want to save lives (possibly even your own) and help kill Trumpcare? The Indivisible Group has a plan. But we need to light a fire under the Democrats who still keep trying to play nice with the GOP.
The plan - the GOP has chosen to repeal healthcare in secret without any hearings or debate. But the simple majority vote (reconciliation) method allows the Democrats to force a debate by adding amendments. Thousands of them. Each one will have to be read into the record - which will give the US citizens more time to read and understand what is in the healthcare repeal bill and how it will hurt them. Otherwise, the GOP plans to repeal healthcare - without any debates or hearings - by July 4 in time for them to go home for vacation.
OK so what do I do?
You can use resist-bot to text-fax a message: https://resistbot.io/
Or call your Senator.: http://whoismyrepresentative.com/
OK what do I say?
This link offers a script: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/
Except from the Indivisible website:
“Do you have a Democratic Senator? Then it means they’ve publicly committed to voting against TrumpCare. That’s great—but it’s not nearly good enough. This is a do-or-die moment on the ACA and your Democratic Senator should be doing everything they can to stop this bill from getting through the Senate. Here’s how they can really play hardball to defeat TrumpCare.
REPUBLICANS WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO GET TRUMPCARE THROUGH.
They’re using a strategy of speed and secrecy to pass TrumpCare in the Senate. No hearings, no town halls, and no CBO score. And they definitely aren’t letting anyone read the bill. We need to slow them way down and draw attention to their terrible bill and their terrible process. That way, everyone will know how many people will lose coverage, how many protections will be taken away, and how much premiums are expected to increase.
DEMOCRATS AREN’T IN CONTROL, BUT THEY CAN STILL RESIST.
1. Withhold Consent. 2. Filibuster by Amendment.