Random pieces of information:
+ Went to Let’s Dish with M this weekend. Before starting on the new dishes, I needed to cook the last remaining dish from our last visit, shrimp & corn chowder with cornbread. The cornbread is a little…weird, in terms of texture and taste. There’s bacon in there. It was probably supposed to go in with the vegetables and shrimp, but there may have been a little confusion (and too many cooks involved in the measuring and mixing).
+ Someone keyed three cars on my block on Friday night. Including mine, dammit. Back door and back quarterpanel on the driver’s side. I’m hoping it can be buffed out but am afraid it may be too deep for that. And I’m not sure I want to put a huge amount of money into the cosmetics of a 10 year old car.
+ Finished Megan Whalen Turner’s A Conspiracy of Kings, which was good but not as good as The Thief. Of course, my expectations were probably unreasonably high. The lack of Gen’s POV was one big draw back for me, and I found Sophos hard to trust as a hero in the middle of the book after how the book began.
+ I just remembered that Carla Kelly’s new Harlequin Historical, the third of the naval trilogy, will be out in June. Which means that the ebook will be available from eHarlequin on May 1st. Since I have immediate gratification issues, I’ll probably download an e-copy, then buy a paper copy in June. I suppose it’s a little early to be asking what Ms. Kelly will be working on next, isn’t it?
+ My local Target has remodeled and now has a huge grocery section. One stop shopping, presumably so it can compete with the nearby Walmart? The selection isn’t quite as good as my regular grocery store, but was good enough for today’s errands. Will still be getting veg from the farmers’ market, though.
+ From the dentist: stop drinking soda, and if I must drink it, drink it with meals only. Even tea would be better than soda. Here’s the thing: my diet Coke consumption (12 oz per day, without caffeine) is loads better than it was six years ago (48 oz per day, with caffeine). I can only drink so much water, juice, and tea before I long for the fizzy stuff. It’s an addiction and I’m not sure how or if I can whittle my consumption down more, short of moving someplace where pop is much more expensive. (When traveling, I tend to drink no cola, since it’s usually more expensive than other beverages. It’s much the reverse at home, though.)
+ Mom emailed me about the upcoming family trip to Ireland. She’s worried about being stranded in New York after reading about the European flights grounded due to the ash spewed by the Icelandic volcano whose name I cannot spell or pronounce (begins with an "e"). I don’t really understand this concern. If the flight (which is more than a month away) is grounded or canceled, we have trip insurance. And if it’s canceled entirely, there are multiple ways of getting home from NYC. If I were inclined to worry about this (which I’m not, surprisingly, since I used to be a worry wart), I’d be a more concerned about being stranded in Ireland, since it’s slightly harder to get home from there. *shrug*
+ Dropbox seems to have deleted all the quotation marks from an html document I uploaded. The punctuation is there in the original when I look at it on my laptop, but gone when I view it in dropbox on my iPhone. Which is weird, and also hard to read, especially since there are not many dialog tags to mark the conversations otherwise.