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Sunday.

I've hit that point that I hit when I have really not had enough sleep. That point where I know if I shut my eyes I will fall asleep very quickly, but that I will wake up later feeling awful and with my sleep cycle even more b0rked than usual. So I'm holding on. Not thinking too hard, being careful about what I look at (this is the point where I've learnt I can get quite emotional) and what I do (accidentally breaking something would not help with the emotional stuff).

My arms are really sore today, for no apparent reason.

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Reading, 2017.

Heavens, it's been a while. On the plus side, it looks like I'm doing what I set out to do!

24.Leopold von Sacher-MasochVenus In Furs(links to Wikipedia), via Gutenberg Press.
I wasn't quite sure I would be able to read through a classic of BDSM fiction, but I did and found it interesting, although it has an end that is a reflection of the author's misogynist views about women. It ends as a confirmation of oppression.

25(a)Lindsey DavisVesuvius By Night (link to the author's summary). So sad! She is open about the ending, it's possible she mentioned it in other books, but I had not remembered so it's heartbreaking.

Because it's a short story, I'm counting it as a half.
25.(b)Benjamin Law Moral Panic 101: Equality, Acceptance and the Safe Schools Scandal in Quarterly Essay 67. And OMG everyone should read this. Benjamin Law describes how a benign programme to support LGBTI kids in schools became the focus of a reactionary backlash and campaign of misinformation about its contents.

26. Steven SaylorThe Triumph Of Ceasar(link to the author's website). Yet another in the Roma Sub Rosa series of crime fiction novels. I think I bought this cheap on Kobo, without realising it is many volumes along from where I was at. But it was okay. It's not like I don't know what happened in Ancient Rome with Julius Ceasar and all.

I did it! I read what I arbitrarily consider to be 26 books for the year and it's only November!

Sorry about the wildly inconsistent formatting, but who cares, really?

27. Suzanne JohnsonThe Photographer's Wife (Kobo, this links to a review on the Historical Novel Society which I'd never heard of before). This has a low rating on Goodreads:2.7/5, people seem to have found the characters just too unsympathetic and the story just not strong enough. It did take me a while, but I did care for the main protagonist right from the start and I did get drawn in.

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It's a Monday, and I've been sitting here enjoying feeling like I have nothing to do.

I'm pretty sure that this isn't really the case, but I'm going with it for now.

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We might be building up to a thunderstorm today, I hope so.

I am sitting under my aircon, it's on the 'dry' function which I like to imagine as a big set of squeezy rollers.

Also, it's only October but I already feel I've been overdoing things a bit go me and my list of things.

*whimpers*

I need a few days of nothing.

Unfortunately I also feel a strong need to socialise more.

And also to fix that bathtub garden which is now home to several million mozzies in spite of both a water pump and fish. Once my homecarer has gone I'm going outside with a bucket. I'll be pulling the plug and catching goldfish as they appear. Then I'll be hosing out the whole thing and refilling.

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Reading, 2017.

21. Ann Leckie, Ancillary Sword.
22. Ann Leckie, Ancillary Mercy.

23. Tove Jansson, The True Deceiver Guardian review. I don't think I would have known how to read this novel without the review. It was a peculiar journey, and I don't have the capacity to draw conclusions, I can only nod along with the reviewer and thank them for providing a context.

I did notice that I kept wondering if there was to be a tumultuous reckoning on the next page. But that's not what Tove Jansson is about, and that's where the book's power lies.

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Those songs from years ago that you can't quite get nostalgic about, because you never managed to be quite there.

Things were always happening just around the next corner, it seemed.

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Hmm.

I hope my goldfish don't eat themselves to death out there in the outside bath. Much mosquito larvae! I'll get some more fish fairly soon I think. Although I've also got the pump sorted, so that will help. Mozzies prefer their water nice and still.

I have sorted the freezer. And I have come up with a cunning plan: the prepared meals that I think are still okay are now all sitting sideways. That way, next time the door doesn't shut properly(it's a thing) I should be able to get some idea of how bad things are according to whether or not frozen meals are still in neat goops or whether they've found new levels.

Also, I'm about to go and place Hydralyte icy poles in a few strategic places at the back of the shelves. They're frozen at the moment, but should I ever find them thawed I'll know that the warmth has gotten well in.

The fact that this all seems clever and reasonable has me wondering if perhaps I have finally completely lost the plot.

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Okay so I've done stuff. But not the freezer emptying. Ergh.

It's like admitting I've made a horrible mistake. OTOH, if I don't face up to it I'm going to have quite a lot of stuff in there forever because I can't throw it out and can't bear to risk eating it.

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I had a hellnight last night for no reason that I can fathom except that I had an unpleasant day, also for no reason that I can fathom. So I had gotten myself into one of those ruts where I am too knackered to do anything useful, but also too knackered to cut myself some slack and switch off.

So you just stare at the internet and feel useless and frustrated.

I am in danger of doing this again today! And it's not like my brain's in gear for anything complex. So here's my plan:

1. Keep listening to the radio. Blues on a Sunday is a gift from above!

2. Throw out a bunch of stuff from the freezer. Last night I realised I'd left it open for a few hours. Or rather, last time I went to close it, there was something sticking out a bit and it didn't close properly. I'm pretty sure most stuff is okay, but the stuff up the top was defrosted.

3. Have another coffee and take it outside to check the bathtub. My two goldfish are out there now, keeping down the mozzies.

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Something Light.

Name the movie that contain these lines.

1. Oh...a leaf! (Hint: Eh, une feuille!)

2. That is not my dog.

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