Hi, all! We survived the New Year's celebrations with no injuries, no thanks to my neighbors. They are really nice people, but really unsafe with fireworks. My BIL is still in the hospital. We were all planning to go to dinner tomorrow, but we're going to have to postpone that until he gets out. After his kidney transplant, he has to be very careful of illnesses because his kidneys can't handle them and he has to go straight to the hospital if he gets a fever. So we were unsure of whether we would even get to spend Christmas at my in-laws' because Bug had a stomach virus that we didn't want to pass on to my BIL, but she was fine by Christmas Day and he wasn't feeling well to begin with. So we went and you could tell he didn't feel good because he was surly and he actually scolded my nephew several times, which was a nice change because usually he's not very good with discipline and my nephew is kind of a huge brat because of it. But we got a call right after midnight on New Years that my FIL had had to take him to the hospital and they were admitting him because he had a fever and there was fluid in his lungs. So he'll be there for at least a few days. That must really suck to always end up in the hospital for every little bug. Blech!
I just read the first book of a series recommended to me by several friends. It was SOOOO good and I highly recommend it to all of you! It's the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. The first book is Moon Called. Now I have to somehow get my hands on the rest of them!!! It's set in the Tri-Cities in Washington (Sarah, how close is that to you?) and it's kind of based on a werewolf pack. The main character is not a werewolf, but a shape shifter, called a Walker, and she was raised by werewolves. Her next door neighbor is also a werewolf. Rather like twilight, they aren't depicted as being inherently evil, though these are the typical "change at the full moon" werewolves and there are also Vampires (though not nearly as terrifying as the volturi), witches and other spirits called Fae...and it's set in modern times rather than your typical fantasy genre or the renaissance type novels. Mercy is a mechanic and she gets tied up in a sort of Werewolf...event, where she has to figure out why all this stuff happens and who is behind it, with the help of her werewolf friends. It's also a "clean" novel. There's no..um...baking, and every time someone comes close to swearing, someone else reminds them not to, and Mercy is a Christian and talks about church and makes other references to it, like wearing a necklace with a sheep, because Jesus is the "Lamb of God". I think everyone here would like at least the first book. I'll have to let you know about the others once I've read them. But if you are looking for something to read, definitely check it out!
My best friend is moving to Australia in a week and she still hasn't told anyone she's going! Well, her mom knows, and I know, and I think one other friend, but she doesn't want to tell anyone because she knows they will be angry with her. I know how that feels, but man...it's a week away. At some point you have to bite the bullet and just tell people. I really really hope that she can be happy there.
Lynne, is your slump because of work? Or is the book not going well? Or is it Hubs being back to work?
Hope you are able to stay cool! Humidity is a killer, isn't it? Do you have Air Conditioning? We don't here because people think it's not really necessary as it usually doesn't go much above 27 or 28 Celsius and that only for a couple of weeks in the summer. But one year we got a really hot streak where it was in the 30s for a couple of weeks and our house has wall to wall windows and the sun shines right through our front window ALL day long, so when it's that hot outside, it's pretty unbearable.
Sarah, that's great that you got to spend time with your friend! We've been lazy, too. Just hanging out, reading, watching TV, playing with the kids. It's nice.
Sean, I hope you are feeling better.
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