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It is such a perfect day outside: bright, sunny, breezy and hovering right around 65°. Quite a welcome relief from the triple digit temperatures we were sporting this time last month. I wore a sweater to work today -- the inaugural fall sweater -- and I think it had something to do with boosting my overall mood. I like summer, but fall is really where it's at.

There is nothing really of note to report. I've been busy with work, of course, but it's been the pleasant kind of occupation so far; I feel like I'm managing to stay on top of things and successfully handle obstacles when they appear. I've been trying to take a little time each day to meditate, which has also helped with my stress levels. I mean, there's no real science to it (it's pretty much just me sitting quietly for fifteen minutes to a half an hour), but it must be doing something because I am generally just more relaxed day-to-day than I have been in a while.

I've on a big "Victorian explorers" kick the last week or so, especially as regards British exploration of the Antarctic in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Scott, Shackleton, that kind of thing. I have no idea where it came from, but suddenly I was overwhelmed with the desire to read ALL THE BOOKS. I'm reading this book now, and I think I'll continue in the explorers vein when I go back to the library. I've heard positive things about The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon and I know the library has a couple of copies, so maybe I'll go there next.

I've also been streaming a lot of camp eighties horror movies. I watched An American Werewolf in London last night for the first time and loved it. The cooler weather puts me in mind of fall, which makes me think of Halloween, which is probably why I've been mainlining creature features.

I'm also putting the finishing touches on this year's autumn mix CD, so look for that in the coming weeks.

Castle comes back soon! Yay!

Date: 2011-09-16 12:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] another-myself.livejournal.com
I'm hoping we get some fall weather soon. I'm in dire need/want of a scarf and some other things, but mostly just to be able to wear a jacket and not roast to a crisp outside in about five minutes.

I really recommend the Passage when you're up for a fiction run! I can't put this book down!

Date: 2011-09-16 02:38 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-09-16 02:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msconduct.livejournal.com
A Dutch-born friend of mine and I have a running argument about Scott et al. She thinks it's hilarious that the British are so proud of their noble losers, whereas I maintain that you don't need to see a passport to determine if someone is British, you just have to ask them how they feel about Scott and Shackleton. And, more to the point, how they feel about that CHEAT Amundsen who PLANNED SENSIBLY and was WELL-ORGANISED. That's just NOT CRICKET.

Date: 2011-09-16 02:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katernater.livejournal.com
Hah! That's terrific! The book makes no small mention of the fact that the RGS thought Amundsen was a cheat and a social climber. They refused to let him present at Prince Albert Hall after he returned from the expedition, which I can only assume was the most cutting of insults you could do an explorer who had just spent the last six months getting his toes frozen on the subcontinent.

Date: 2011-09-16 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msconduct.livejournal.com
Ex-actly. Eurotrash.

Date: 2011-09-16 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teh-maskmaid.livejournal.com
DUDE. I caught part of the Castle marathon on TNT yesterday AND NOW I AM SO HOOKED ON IT. I need to go back and watch the rest of the series and I'm gonna be catching the premiere Monday night. HE SAID HE LOVED HER. OMG OMG OMG...

And I am so glad the weather is finally cooling off. I was getting tired of 90+ degree days.

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