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I got a real letter in the mail today! I love getting mail more then is perhaps reasonable so that made me happy.

It has been very sunny and warm here. I'm still not adjusted to back to the lack of winter.

The number of books I am reading at once seems to be growing. I find this somewhat alarming. I am currently reading 4 books. One fiction (just at the moment Nova by Samuel R Delany); One general non-fiction (Strawberry Fields by Miriam J. Wells); One book with R. (Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld); and one Jewish Non-fiction which only gets read on Saturdays, as part of my making up for not having got any official (Jewish education Jewish Eating and Identity Through the Ages by David Kraemer).

Which reminds me, yesterday was Tu B'Shevat (the new year of trees) and I tried out a new recipe to celebrate. It is from the french Jewish cook book I got my mother for Xmas. It is bread/cake thing full of dried fruit. I thought it tasted nice, but it was a bit doughy in the middle even though I baked it longer then the recipe said. I wish there was a good fool prof way of telling when bread is baked through.
forestofglory: E. H. Shepard drawing of Christopher Robin reading a book to Pooh (Default)
I'm still working on the perfect library algorithm. Ideally I'll never run out of library books, but I also will never have to renew any thing. So far I have run out once and had to renew multiple times since I've started using the library's online ordering service.

There are many problems preventing a simple algorithm from working. There is the variable speed with which I read books. There is the variable speed with which the library prepares the books for pick up. (Also rather too frequently the books are listed as missing -- though I did find a missing book the other day. It was just miss-shelved. Still it is very irritating to order a book and then get an e-mail saying it isn't there with no option to have them tell you if they do find the book.) Then there is my difficultly going to the library without browsing which can throw the whole balance off.

Anyways I've been ordering more books when I'm down to two unread library books, but I think that has been a bit optimistic so I'm going to wait till I only have one unread book before ordering more and see how that works out.
forestofglory: E. H. Shepard drawing of Christopher Robin reading a book to Pooh (Default)
This week I've been very domestic. Lots of sewing and organizing. All my mending is mended (well not the darning, because I can't darn so I have to wait till my mother get to it ) and I finished one sewing projects, and have almost finished another -- I expect to wrap it up today or tomorrow.

I've been making some progress on shorting recipes and clearing out the dollhouse.

Oh and I have been reading a ton.

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