May. 7th, 2009 04:54 pm
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We seem to be missing some books since we moved.

Our Girl Genius collections 1 - 6 and some of the first few individual issues, some other random comics, and who knows what else have all vanished.

Before we started packing up at the house, they were all on the bottom shelf of one particular bookcase, one of the first ones that was packed. All the boxes got out of the house, all of the boxes on the moving truck got out of the truck when we moved, and I've unpacked or at least opened all boxes here that I know of. All the boxes when packed were taped closed, and the only people other than Toni or me who handled them before the movers and would even have known what was in them were members of Toni's family who were helping us pack, whom I completely trust wouldn't have done anything with them.

I'm very confused and annoyed.
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I thought I'd share a bit about Toni's and my recent trip to Minnesota, including photos.

Sunday we drove up to Stillwater, MN, taking the long way through Wisconsin so we could hit Mars Cheese Castle and the Jelly Belly factory gift shop just a little over the border from Illinois. The former was okay, but I think I've been in better cheese shops. At the latter we were hoping to replace my very old Jelly Belly t-shirt, but alas, nothing was in stock that was appealing. We did get some cheese at Mars and some jelly beans at Jelly Belly, though, along with lots of stuff from nearby Pepperidge Farm and Tupperware outlet shops.

We stayed right in Stillwater at the Water Street Inn, since one of the reasons we made the trip was to see Paul & Lorraine (I'd link them, but their domain seems to be offline - they're a quasi-Celtic duo. Lorraine plays fiddle, Paul plays acoustic guitar, and they both sing) play for 9 hours on St. Patrick's Day in Charlie's Pub downstairs and in the Inn ballroom.

Monday, we drove over to south Minneapolis and hit Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore. I'd been there back in the early '90s when visiting a friend who lived and worked in Rochester, MN at the time, and it was pretty much how I remembered: disorganized, dusty, but what an awesome selection. We spent too much money, of course. Afterward, we hit a Borders so I could get an updated map/atlas of the area (my previous ones dated from the last time I was there), and had lunch at Big Bowl, a great Singapore Thai/Chinese fusion place that makes their own awesome ginger ale. And I had salmon pad thai. Then we headed back to Stillwater, hit Valley Bookseller in town, and I took some photos around the (frozen but cracking thanks to 60-degree temps) river's edge. For dinner we went to Freight House, which was yummy.

Tuesday we headed back over to south Minneapolis, this time to hit DreamHaven Books, Neil Gaiman's favorite local bookstore. They didn't open until Noon, so we took our time, also looking for a sign we saw Monday along the way. A tool renter's shop was advertising (that they) "Dump Bodies". I'm tempted to submit that to Fail Blog. :-) Next, we stopped at Uncle Hugo's again and got more stuff there (of course). Then we went to DreamHaven. They had a different variety than Uncle Hugo's, were a lot cleaner, and seemed to venture more into the comics market. They had the obligatory Gaiman shrine rack in the middle of the store, where I picked up a few things we didn't have, and it was difficult not to get signed copies. After shopping trip number two, we went back to the Inn in Stillwater where Toni napped for a little while, and then we headed downstairs to the concert at Charlie's Pub. Paul & Lorraine played there from 3:00pm until 5:30pm, then relocated to the Inn ballroom where they continued from 6:00pm to Midnight.

The concert was a lot of fun. We met several folks Toni had been getting to know online through Lorraine's blog ("Fiends"). She and Paul are great musicians and know how to entertain a crowd. And IMHO, Lorraine could give Eileen Ivers a run for her money on the fiddle. Toni and I stayed until Midnight CDT, which was way past my usual bedtime. :-) Drove home brain dead yesterday, around Chicago at rush hour (blech), getting back about 7:30pm.

Photos are here.

Traditional logic (and likely my advisor) says I shouldn't have gone since I'm working on my M.S. thesis for hopeful defense in late April, but Toni convinced me, and I'm very glad. I needed a break, and I don't think I'm all that behind in my school work because of it, and Toni and I hadn't been anywhere together on a longer trip since I think before I went back to school.
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...but the library is now completely unpacked! All the books are out of the 200+ boxes, anyway (and now we've got several trips to drop off all that cardboard at the recycling center ahead of us). Stuff is still a bit haphazard, but we can now sort through it for culling, cataloging, and arranging. And hey, probably at least 90% of the unpacking effort has been in the last month, so that's not too bad. :-)

Only found three items of which I didn't know I had duplicates: Lonely Planet: India, a little souvenir space shuttle walk-around book, and a paperback historical atlas of Ancient Greece. Also determined we seem to have three hardbound copies of Coraline, but they each have a different cover. I was relieved to find I hadn't gotten rid of my TPB of Watchmen, even though I never finished reading it before starting school, since I am interested in seeing the upcoming film.
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When my in-laws were doing most of the packing of the 200+ boxes of books before we moved, they made a few comments (somewhat) in jest that we have too many books.

I shrugged them off.

Of course, now that we've been here over 6 months and I'm still unpacking them, I'm starting to see their point. ;-) I emptied another 25 boxes in the last hour and a half or so, and the great pile of boxes is finally down to where I can get a rough estimate of how many remain. There are still around 90 boxes left to unpack!

I've been pulling out a title here or there as I unpack, putting it in the stack destined for Half Price Books, but I also know there are a lot more I want to take a harder look at to send there (mostly travel books, some baseball almanacs and other sport stuff I'm either no longer interested in or have time for).

I did finally come across most of our sci fi and fantasy, including a lot of our Gaiman, and our Absolute Sandman volumes I - III (we still need to get vol. IV, it came out after we moved and were still more strapped financially) survived the move with only a minor dent along the short top edge of the back of vol. I's slipcase (the book itself is undamaged). Our Hill House Author's Preferred Edition of American Gods and the accompanying reader's copy seem to have survived in excellent shape.

What I still haven't unpacked are my paperback Piled Higher and Deeper comic collections. Jorge Cham, the creator, is going to be speaking at Purdue Friday evening, and I wanted to get one of them signed.
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The Fire by Katherine Neville (a sequel to The Eight).

[Edit: Is pre-ordered. *bounce* :-)]


Feb. 17th, 2007 08:17 am
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  • I should have known none of the seniors in my radar meteorology class would get my Torchwood t-shirt yesterday morning, when before lab most of them were talking about The O.C..
  • Looking back at Thursday's headline in The Indianapolis Star of "Promise: Roads clear by Saturday" makes me laugh that they didn't consider that we're currently getting 2 - 4 inches of more snow.
  • I don't feel so bad for being achy after all the shoveling Wednesday, when my radar & dynamics prof/advisor's husband, who is fairly fit, was still achy yesterday as well. :-)
  • I need to start studying for my atmospheric physics test that is next Friday, although it's open book/open notes/according to the prof, "open anything" (I joked about bringing my laptop). Also next Friday I have dynamics homework and a radar lab due. The former looks easy, the latter, I'm in the middle of, and it's a pain.
  • I'm bummed Trader Joe's seems to have stopped carrying the ginger slices I love. I got a bulk order of chunks from a place called The Ginger People, and it's pretty good, but has had waaaaay too much sugar added.
  • I need to order a t-shirt from Pandemonium Books in Cambridge, MA. They're one of the places I love to hit regularly when in the area (in fact, it's probably one of the few places we'll venture away from Ipswich for over spring break). I want to get one of these to help them stay in business, as they've got an awesome selection, particularly of UK-published imports.
  • More later as events warrant. :-)
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More books!

Toni's parents sent me the latest Peanuts collection: The Complete Peanuts 1961-1962 by Charles M. Schulz. In it is a great example of how I was/am, and why I think research was the right, if late, choice:

When I grow up, I'm going into research. )

They also sent me a copy of Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes by Kerry Emanuel, a well-known researcher in MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. It looks like a good mix of science (in a readable form, although he does mention some *gasp* equations) and folklore about the largest storms on our planet. It was written pre-Katrina/Rita/Wilma, so Andrew is the most recent major storm discussed.
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Chicago Climate Exchange: A self-regulatory exchange that administers a voluntary, legally binding pilot program for reducing and trading greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in North America.

On a related note, anyone interested in the real and more accurate science, in a very readable format, behind the global warming topic covered by Al Gore's film, An Inconvenient Truth, should check out this book by the head of the UN committee on the issue: Global Warming: The Complete Briefing.
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Brooke McEldowney to release Pibgorn: The Girl in the Coffee Cup graphic novel October 16

I've already e-mailed the address shown at the link for more info.
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Watching the movies over again today (while Toni continues reading the latest book), and in the first one, it just got past the point where the three main kid characters are all under Harry's invisibility cloak on their way to Fluffy, and Ron stepped on Hermione's foot. I know this is a recurring movie thing, as I remember it from the others. What I can't remember is if it's a recurring book thing. Specifically, anyone who has finished the latest one, does Ron step on her foot in the book?


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