It's been quiet, which is good in its own way. R.A. did her sheets, and went out shopping for paper products, all with help from J. I didn't have to supervise any of it. It's very relaxing to have given up on getting her to do things. M. has been threatening to tell R.'s cousin if R. isn't doing her chores, which seems to be a pretty effective threat at this point. R. even took out the trash.
I wasn't feeling great, which is one reason I wasn't particularly up to going shopping. I feel much better now that I've had a cup of tea. It had been a while since I had the flowering tea. This was "Jasmine Lovers'," one of my favorites. Tea is supposed to be relatively good for you. This was white tea, so had little caffeine.
The free story from MLR this week is Laura Baumbach's Shadows in Time, out of the anthology The Mysterious. As I noted on AfterElton, I'd read Josh's The Dark Farewell, and loved it. The third story in the anthology is Alex Beecroft's The Wages of Sin, which is in my to-be-read files. The Mysterious was at Giovanni's Room last time I was there. I sent the picture of it on the shelves to Alex. She said she hadn't heard much about how it was doing. With such high quality writing in there, I'd think it would have done very well. I enjoyed Shadows in Time. It seemed to have a more literary flavor than some of Laura's work.
I've gotten most of the "free story of the week" books from MLR when I've seen them. Some had more appeal than others to me, but free is a good way to try something. I probably would have gotten Laura's story anyway at some point. I'm not sure whether I got The Mysterious in print when I saw it there at Giovanni's Room, or if I just took a picture of it. I know I got The Dark Farewell right around the time it was published.
I'm heading to the suburbs around six or seven. I have no idea if I'll make it to the emergency garden club meeting tomorrow or not, but it seems I should make at least some effort. After all, I really like some of the ladies, and I enjoy a lot of the programs.
A little later: I left for the suburbs at six. I called around 6:30 or 6:45 to see if Mom had any plans for dinner. When I heard she hadn't, I stopped at a Chinese restaurant that's along the way and put in an order. I got to the house a little after seven, and we had our Chinese food. I started reading Pricks and Pragmatism while I was waiting for the food. So far it's pretty good. Later still: I finished Pricks and Pragmatism. You got a good amount of information from Luke's warped viewpoint, but you could understand why it was warped. I thought it was skillfully written.