Set aside The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon about a quarter of the way through. I wanted to like this, and probably would have finished it if I’d read it ten years ago, but today it feels more drawn-out and portentous than I’m willing to tolerate.

Thu., Sep 23, 2021, 7:31:19am PDT

The bedtime conversation with the bambina covered Bose–Einstein condensates (I was on uncertain ground) and the Kelvin temperature scale (more confident here).

Wed., Sep 22, 2021, 9:49:30pm PDT

Current earworm: the piano bit from the second half of “Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt” by Pharoah Sanders.

Tue., Sep 21, 2021, 1:07:52pm PDT

Finished reading The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. A couple quibbles aside, I loved this book, set in Manhattan c. 1900. It felt like a puzzle where all the characters ended up fitting together just so (and I think the quibbles are where I didn’t feel like the fit was quite satisfactory … but they were minor characters). Recommended.

Sep 20, 2021, 8:32am

Serious insomnia last night.

Sep 20, 2021, 8:27am

The dude played in the band for the football game, and managed to only get wet while waiting for a ride home.

Sep 17, 2021, 10:44pm

Both kids were home sick (not covid) from school this week. (Makes me wonder a bit about the schools’ anti-covid measures.)

Sep 17, 2021, 10:42pm

Walked down to Mom’s this afternoon, along the Interurban trail, through Greenwood, and around the base of Green Lake: eight miles. Then, met the rest of the family for quiche and plum cobbler.

Sep 12, 2021, 9:04pm

Amy and Dave came over for drinks and dinner on Monday, and the kitchen was trashed. It was great.

Sep 9, 2021, 10:45pm

Finished reading Steeple, volume 1, and rereading volume 2, by John Allison. I read volume 2 serialized online (it’s ongoing), and it and the first are great ridiculous fun.

Sep 5, 2021, 12:27am

Finished reading The Claw of the Conciliator by Gene Wolfe (as the second half of the Shadow & Claw compilation). Not quite as compelling as Shadow, but it felt like the protagonist was a little more active (even if he was somewhat unpredictable). Will move on to the next two books soon.

Sep 3, 2021, 10:58pm

Ran around town with Meghan this morning and afternoon.

Sep 1, 2021, 1:43pm

The kids are off at school, for the first time in a year and a half.

Sep 1, 2021, 10:37am

Finished rereading Desolation Island by Patrick O’Brian, book 5 of the Aubrey/Maturin series. This one was grim, nearly unrelentingly so: plague, storms, and mutinies, with a bare glimmer of hope at the end of the story. Compelling reading.

Aug 30, 2021, 10:11pm (edited)