December 20th, 2016

Tuesday's Activities Include: T. stays home, detailing, errands, and Presents Day!

I finally got around to changing the sheets today. And NOT because anyone threw up on them, which is a minor miracle currently.

T. stayed home; he wasn't sick again but there is a 24 hour wait policy at his school. In the meantime, I met the sitter at Village Detail for the 10:30 dropoff and drove her back to her day job. She got a ride later to pick it up. Bummer I didn't go earlier than I did; I could have run an errand to Colonial Spirits.

I stepped out to go to CVS (where I forgot to get the salicylic acid), the bank and the grocery store. Other than that, I mostly stayed home and worried about whether T. was okay or not -- and whether or not I was going to get sick again the way I did after A. recently was ill. Of course, that took a few days to develop so who knows.

I'm excited to see _One Fell Sweep_ on my kindle! I haven't read it yet, but am really looking forward to it.

T. entertained himself rewatching _The Wild Life_, _The BFG_, and _The Secret Life of Pets_. It's so much more fun being sick as a kid now that there are streaming movies.

I also made the first of a bunch of dining reservations for a different trip further into the future. Right at the moment, it is hard to think about that. Hopefully my brain will work better in another few days.

ETA: _Pete's Dragon_, and _Finding Dory_ is up next. A. went to gymnastics. T. had a couple Eggo's out of a very ancient box from the bottom of the chest freezer.

ETAYA: It's always a bit of a dilemma for us, whether we aim for the 20th or the 21st, especially when Solstice is supposedly some weird hour early in the a.m. on the 21st or something equally silly. Because it worked better for the rest out life, today, we read _The Shortest Day_ and opened presents. It was a lot of fun. Y'all have a great time when you open your presents, whenever that may be.

_Bite Me_, Shelly Laurenston

(ETA Huge apologies for managing to spell the author's name incorrectly. BOTH first and last names wrong. I must be special or something, to cock it up that bad!)

I was reading SBTB (http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/) the other day, and there was a hilarious post about books with angry heroines. I've read some Laurentson before, and the reason I stopped reading her wasn't so compelling I was opposed to giving it another try.

In this outing, Livy (honey badger) and Vic (hybrid bear / I forget the details on which cat) get together. It is far enough into the series/universe that you could get very, very, very lost if you haven't read any of the earlier books at all, but if you understand the basic universe and how the various shifter groups relate to each other, the book stands on its own otherwise (you don't have to read _all_ the other books first, basically).

The book opens with a funeral and all kinds of honey badger drama around the funeral. Livy is sort-of depressed and mostly that manifests as not wanting to take any pictures or really do much of anything. Vic and his not-partner hire her to break into an apartment in an effort to track down someone who has been hunting shifters and stuffing them (ewww); the apartment belongs to that man's decades estranged daughter so there is no real expectation that searching the apartment will help but it's one of the few ideas they have. Alas, Livy gets a real surprise in that apartment.

HEY, SPOILERS!

Look, if you dropped in here via google, now is the time to leave. If you read this blog and you don't realize I spoil the fuck out of everything, well, you haven't been reading it for very long. So, run away! Or some honey badger will do something really awful to you probably. Because that's how they roll.

Where was I? Oh, Livy didn't really believe her father was in the coffin at his funeral; she thought it was a scam on her mother's part to collect on insurance policies she had taken out on him. He _wasn't_ in the coffin. But as her mother had come to believe, he was dead. And as absolutely no one expected, he was in that apartment. Stuffed.

Livy is too upset to talk about it, but not too upset to do some major damage. Vic gets her out of the trouble she immediately gets into, and then takes her off for some recuperation time until she is able to discuss what happened in the apartment. Once she recovers enough to talk, she calls a honey badger clan meeting and all holy hell breaks loose.

As these things go, it's kind of fun, if you're looking for a _very_ literal minded hero and a _very_ angry heroine. I think I was supposed to be laughing a lot more than I was. It was pretty dark, tho.