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Otherwise known as my "hey, I'm back from camp and I feel like a zombie" post.

Why a week away from home with no cleaning duties and three delicious meals served daily should prove mentally and physically exhausting, much less feeling like I'm about to get the mother of all colds, I cannot tell you. Suffice it to say that it is so.

I was also hoping that the week away from home would persuade my brain to stop going all OOH SHINY over Touching Indigo and prudently switch gears back to Wayfarer, which is after all under contract and therefore the more needy of my attention. Unfortunately, this did not happen, though I have confidence that it will once I get to know Timothy and Linden better... which, despite all my note-taking and emotional mapping and poking about on Getty Images looking for lookalikes, is not going to happen until I start actually writing them.

Some good things happened while I was on vacation, however: I got passports for myself and three kids with zero waiting time (thank you so much, [livejournal.com profile] risti, for the suggestion about doing the online application -- I think it made all the difference), I had Bubble Tea with [livejournal.com profile] erinbow (who is probably still laughing about the O_O face I made when the first tapioca pearl came up the straw), and we successfully converted my crib-sleeping toddler to a bunk-sleeper with nary a hitch.

Also, I came back home to find that [livejournal.com profile] fuseno8 had posted about our meeting in her blog, with a nice picture of the two of us and everything. Thank you, Betsy! It was a pleasure, and if you should return to town I shall take you out for cream tea.

Well, the house is woefully a-clutter since we have been moving Oldest Child and his enormous collection of toy farm equipment into the room that used to be the baby's, plus trying to unpack several suitcases and do two loads of laundry at the same time. So I must stop trying to catch up with my F-list and get to work, which means I am about to borrow a page from [livejournal.com profile] kalquessa and make this general appeal:

If you've written (or found) anything in the past week that you think I should see, please put a link to the relevant post in the comments.

That would help enormously, thank you.

Oh! And one more thing. I re-read HP Book 7 while I was gone -- taking it slowly and carefully this time, with particular thought given to criticisms I've heard from other readers, as well as my own initial sense of dissatisfaction. And I am happy to report that this time around, I thought it was brilliant. More about that later, when I am no longer surrounded by guilt-inducing household debris.

*hurries off*

Date: 2007-08-11 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cesario.livejournal.com
I am strangely, profoundly relieved to hear your opinion of DH has changed---I've been purposefully keeping my mouth shut on the subject while talking to you, and doing so has been a considerable effort. :-P

Date: 2007-08-11 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olmue.livejournal.com
Wow, that's pretty cool to find you on fuse8's blog!! And you certainly do know a lot of people!

I'm glad you liked HP7 better this time. Even though I liked it the first time, I found even more to like after I was able to read it slowly, without anyone breathing down my throat for their turn.

And, I don't know anything about Wayfarer, but Touching Indigo sure gives me the "ooh shinies."

Date: 2007-08-11 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cesario.livejournal.com
also, I can't remember---had you already left by the time I finished my Albus/Luna story? If so, I posted it here (http://cesario.livejournal.com/246038.html).

I also made a Luna doll (http://cesario.livejournal.com/246938.html).

Date: 2007-08-11 08:51 pm (UTC)
owl: (obhwf)
From: [personal profile] owl
Oh, I'm glad you liked DH better this time!

Date: 2007-08-12 02:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] risti.livejournal.com
I've read DH about 5 times now (I compulsively read when I'm stressed, so it didn't matter that I moved right before leaving on vacation) and I think I liked it more and more the first 2-3 times I read it, then hit a plateau as I realized it was ok to think that there were a few potential weak spots in it (and that the book was now wide open for fanon interpretation, IMHO, since we don't have another book to predict and wait on).

Re: the whole passport thing... My border crossing experience (in the Calgary airport) was quite anticlimactic after all that's been said about it. The guard looked at my passport, and aside from a moment of confusion when he asked me if I was seeing people or places (me: both?), I was through in less than a minute (no line). Hopefully the way back through (where I'll also be doing customs in Calgary and not L.A. thank goodness) will work as well.

Date: 2007-08-12 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heatherbird.livejournal.com
i ♥ bubble tea.
that's all :)

Date: 2007-08-12 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] izhilzha.livejournal.com
I'm rereading HP7 right now, and liking it (mostly) just as much as I did the first time through. Really, the whole series is brilliant, and if I ever write anything that good, I'll have justified my existence forever. (I very much look forward to hearing your thoughts on it, once you've got the house squared away. *g*)

Date: 2007-08-13 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lydaclunas.livejournal.com
I re-read HP Book 7 while I was gone -- taking it slowly and carefully this time, with particular thought given to criticisms I've heard from other readers, as well as my own initial sense of dissatisfaction. And I am happy to report that this time around, I thought it was brilliant.

Ditto. I finished my superslow reread on the airplane, and came away much more appreciative of it (and in the mood for fic, amazingly).

Glad to see you back! And glad to be back myself, for that matter....

Date: 2007-08-14 01:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] infiniteviking
Just wanted to let you know that header gave me a Calvin-sized grin. ^^

Am going through the whole series before rereading DH, but have great hopes for its shininess.

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