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Thought--is the entirety of my LJ friendslist going to be pretty much silent this next Saturday as all and sundry drop out of sight to read the HBP?

It just occurs to me that this is kind of unique--among every social group, real life and online I belong to, this is the one and only where most all internet businss is suspended on release of a *book*. And I mean this in a very, very good way.

Good Things

Actually, *fantastic* things. With the move comes high speed internet, in which I will stop downloading at a prehistoric 2.1 K/s. That alone is excitement. Also, amazon.com had a sale on Kitchen-Aid mixers and okay, I am strong, but I was already ordering Harry Potter, so I ordered and I will have my very own. Since this would have been my *only* inducement to ever marry, I can conclude from this transaction that I am pretty much set for life in the single's lane. Also picked up American Gods for my father, since the weaning of him from Robin Cook and John Saul is not happening as much as one might hope. And I'm this close to accidentally packing them all in the same box and setting it on fire. Cause wow. Stephen King. Okay. Anne Rice. Okay. Tom Clancy. Fine. John Grisham. Okay. But this is my line. When the writer is having a torrid affair with italics that seems like it is never going to end, well. Line drawn. Comprehensible plotline helps, too. He's going to upgrade his taste if I have to force feed it by inches. I'm trying to find a subtle way to ease him into graphic novels--he's an even bigger reader than I am (it's genetic, me and my parents are *junkies*), but he's never had a taste for even comic books as a kid. Depending on how American Gods goes over, I may have an opening. If he likes an author, he'll read *anything they write*, up to and including their nonfiction, their forewords in other books, and people they recommend. And books *about* them.

Happier news, we might--and I stress the *might*--get bonuses this year at work. It's not certain. But we might. Along with the state required raise for fiscal year 2006, life is looking up. This means I can do *so many things*. I'm not sure what those things will be yet, but there are things, and they are good.

Also, got approved for a laptop. So. One month. Laptop. Mine. Child is inheriting my computer, and I'm now amused that I just got the DVD burner working, and wondering what he'll do with it. Also trying to figure out how to move everything and avoid making a terrible mess of it. Since the last two computers, I've gotten in the habit of keeping pretty much everything of mine restricted to two or three folders, so if I ever had a system crash or something went wrong, I could do a quick burn of those folders and know that pretty much everything important is safe. It's the stuff I put in weird places by accident that's making me wary. Probably a format and reinstall would do the trick, but hmm. Maybe just a very careful search-and-destroy.

Also wary about a laptop's keyboard. Every time I've used one, it's been very, very, and I can't emphasize this enough, *very* awkward. I'm assuming practice will make perfect--after all, every day people use and type on them just fine. So. Will practice. My spelling can't possibly get much worse. I don't think.

You know, any week where I am going to acquire a mixer, a new book, and approved for a new computer? That is a good week. I shall squee now. Quietly. But it's happening. It's a cookie icon day.

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If AG goes over well, you could try picking up 1602 for an intro to graphic novels. By Neil, and a miniseries, and already collected, so convenient for pimpage :D

I'm waiting for my book to arrive from amazon.co.uk, so I may not get to read it next weekend.

Just a thought on the good-book crusade (which, btw, I think is noble): Stephen King has a list of books he read in the previous year in On Writing; I don't remember all the titles, but most of it's good stuff. Maybe your dad would respond to some of that, as King recommends it? I can specifically recommend the book Sam the Cat by Matthew Klam; King mentions it in his latest short-story collection (Everything's Eventual), and it is excellent.

Good luck with getting your dad into other authors, I've been trying to do that with my mom for awhile and she's been being really stubborn about it.

With you getting a new laptop, I wouldn't worry about the typing thing because when I got my laptop it took me awhile to get use to the positioning of your hands. When you do you'll then be, 'I don't know if I can type on a desktop keyboards anymore!'

I know that my journal for one will be silent this weekend, as I will be on the other side of the country (seeing Neil Gaiman at a convention, no less!), and will indeed be reading Harry Potter upon my return ^_^

And new computer, yay! That's always reason for loads of excitment *g* Although I too am scared of laptop keyboards ^_~ I ALWAYS hit the wrong buttons, and I can never get the mouse to work the way I want it to...

I don't read Harry Potter (that's what you were talking about, right?) but my daughter does. Yes, I'm old.

Kitchen-Aid mixers rule baby!!!! *Hi-fives Jenn!* I used to dread making my crinkle cinnamon cookies as the dough was as thick as modeling clay and would cause me to wear my arm in a sling after I made it. But after getting that mixer?? Muawahahahaha!!! "Kneel before General Owzers you puny cookie dough!" Oh yes, there is no stopping us now! *Watches in glee as Jenn creates armies of cookies!*

No HBP for me (at least until I wind up borrowing it from a friend), so my LJ silence this Saturday will be due to my usual weekend computer avoidance. Congrats on the laptop -- definitely if you can try out various models for size before making a purchase to get an idea of what's good for you.

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