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First of all, as of last night, I have finished Chapter Six of Half-Blood Prince. I eventually had to put it down and pick up the considerably-more-soporific Mary Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley so that I could go to sleep. I got into Half-Blood Prince considerably quicker than I expected.

I watched The Life and Times of Juniper Lee this morning, and I was highly amused to hear the main characters sing "I Sing The Body Electric" by Walt Whitman to a punk-rock tune. English Geekdom Rocks, especially in kids' cartoons! I was also impressed by the animation style of Juniper Lee. It's actually a fairly cute cartoon.

We're getting the cat tonight, glee! I still don't know its name or what kind of cat it is, but my mom-in-law says that it's pretty.

Further edits and updates will be posted later, depending on whether anything interesting happens.
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Greetings, all. I have returned, happily, from visiting my many relations in northern California. While I love them all dearly, they tend to encourage unhealthy habits in me. I spent the week sitting on my butt, eating bad-for-me food, and inhaling cigarette smoke. I really wish Grandma would quit. I would mind less if I didn't have to breathe it and if all of my clothes and other items didn't smell like smoke when I got home. -_-;; Other than these minor irritations, the week was pretty fun. It would have been more fun if I hadn't been PMSing and missing Alex. (I apologize if this is too much information, but PMSing means irritable Elfie who cries at the slightest provocation. Not a good thing this time around.) I did enjoy talking to my relatives, and I'm over halfway done with the first sock of the pair that I'm knitting for my sister-in-law for Christmas. Accomplishments! I also cooked dinner one night, making my now-famous chicken saltimboca. Alex and I always cook chicken saltimboca when we're at other people's houses--it tends to impress people, and it's easy to make. An added advantage is that I have yet to meet a person who doesn't like it.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] buneater, I have started reading Pride and Prejudice. The reason why I direct this especially to you is because it amused me to learn that the main character's name is Elizabeth (also called Lizzy), while her older sister is named Jane. That gave me a bit of a chuckle. The book is good, if you like that sort of thing, which I do. Alex has informed me that he detests Jane Austen in all her forms. That's all right; he doesn't have to read Jane Austen. I, on the other hand, will be reading all of her books one by one.

Alex has also informed me that he has finally finished reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I shall probably be finishing that within the next few days, interrupting my reading of Pride and Prejudice to do so. I usually like to finish one book before starting another, but if I wait to read Half-Blood Prince until after I finish Pride and Prejudice, my father will explode from unspoken spoilers. He has been very considerate about not talking about Half-Blood Prince around me, but I don't want to keep him silent too much longer. That would be cruel. Besides that, I'm really looking forward to reading it.

In other news, we will be boarding a cat for about the next three weeks. We're picking her up this week. My mom-in-law is moving into a new house, and she has been offered a cat. Unfortunately, the cat is available before the remodeling on the house will be finished, so she needs a place for the cat to be until the house is ready to be lived in. "Ah!" thought Alex and I. "We wanted to know how Loki would deal with another cat in the house, anyway! What a perfect opportunity!" We'll be meeting with the kitty's current owner before we bring her home so that we can talk about any special needs and habits that the kitty may have. I'm pretty excited. If Loki deals well with a housemate of his own species, Alex says that we might get him a little sister. I think we'll call her Freya. This would be highly appropriate as, if I recall correctly, the Norse goddess's chariot was drawn by a team of cats.

As well as finishing Half-Blood Prince, Alex also did lots of work and laundry while I was away. I am grateful. The house is still a bit messy, but that's normal. Heh.

I think it will take about a week for me to get the smoke out of my lungs, but I already feel better now that I'm home. School starts in two weeks. Begin countdown.

I'll be continuing to catch up on my e-mail and friends page, so watch your space.

Addendum to [livejournal.com profile] buneater: Just as a noodge in your direction: Jane. Jane, Jane, Jane. *emits psychic rays*

In conclusion, I rock:

You scored as D'Artagnan. You are D'Artagnan, the brash Gascon who embodies the high ideals of the Musketeer. You are sometime your own worst enemy, but your motives are pure and your character is unimpeachable. You are destined for great things and passionate (though often ill-fated) love.

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D'Artagnan

70%

Porthos

55%

Richelieu

55%

Aramis

55%

Mercedes

40%

Edmund Dantes

40%

Athos

30%

Rochefort

0%

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