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12 July 2012 @ 07:05 am
bookstore accidents galore  

Every time we’ve gone into a bookstore here we’ve come out with piles of books. Today I picked up Kari Sperring’s LIVING WITH GHOSTS; a couple days ago I got Ursula Vernon’s 2nd DRAGONBREATH book and Ted picked up DB Jackson’s THIEFTAKER. Yes, everything we’ve bought on this trip, except at the used bookstore, has been by people we knew. :)

And at the used bookstore, I got 3 of the Starbridge novels I foolishly decided to get rid of last year because I knew I was going to buy them digitally and thought I didn’t need the hard copies anymore. I have been regretting it since, so upon seeing the books I got ‘em. And I got a few cozy mysteries, but restrained myself manfully and *only* got ones where I could find the first book in the series, so I put several back. *looks noble*

We may have to pack an entire box of books to mail home, though, because jeez, bookstore accidents galore.

We also brought books *to* the used bookstore, and ended up with $100 in credit ($20 of which we, and by “we” I mostly mean “I”, immediately spent), so it appears we’ll be forced to come back to Fairbanks sometime to finish spending that. :)

In other news:

- my mother-in-law scared up four complete sets of TAKE A CHANCE for me, so now I’ve got more to send out. #determined

- I found a book on how to braid rugs at the used bookstore. I got it, because as I said to Ted, “I read about braiding rugs in the Laura Ingalls books, and I always wanted to try it,” and the girl behind the counter, with whom I had already bonded over…some other topic while I was giving them our old books to sort through…said, “Me too! So I tried doing it just by myself (“So did I!” I proclaimed) but it turned out to be something I had to look up to learn how to do, so I did and now I’m working on one! I don’t know how they ever had enough cloth back then, it takes TONS!” So clearly she and I are kindred spirits. That was neat. :)

- I have read 6 books, seen 4 movies in the theatre, and written 20,000 words while on holiday. I feel pretty good about this.

- We went through boxes of Stuff again (as might be guessed by the books we decided to bring to the used bookstore). Among the gems I discovered was the (speaking of Starbridge) 4 page letter AC Crispin wrote me after I wrote her a fanmail, and the rejection letter for IMMORTAL BELOVED, the Highlander novel I sent to my eventual QUEEN’S BASTARD editor back in 1999. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on July 12th, 2012 10:35 am (UTC)
I always wanted to learn how to braid rugs, too. I look forward to reading about your progress.
And I hope you enjoy LWG.
kitmizkit on July 12th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
I never imagined there were other people who wanted to braid rugs! I'll post and take pictures and things as I do my first one, if you like. :)
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on July 13th, 2012 09:23 am (UTC)
Yes, please!
kitmizkit on July 15th, 2012 01:54 pm (UTC)
The kindred spirit at the bookstore said she was doing her first braided rug out of old jeans. I thought that was a great idea, except of course I haven't been saving old jeans for years with the plan to make a rug of them, so I haven't a stockpile. I'll have to go to some charity shops, I guess, although I'm faintly tempted to say "Send me your old jeans!" in a blog post.

That would probably be a terrible mistake. :)
Alix (Tersa): Kitties--brotherly love (tersa)tersa on July 12th, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
You used a hashtag in an LJ post. I'm amused. :D

It sounds like a wonderful vacation, and it's also been entertaining to me to see Tweets from you realizing you're an hour behind me instead of eight in front. *hug!*

(And, yeah, the Little House books made me want to do SO MUCH. I have a bird's nest pudding recipe because of Farmer Boy. >.> )

Edited at 2012-07-12 04:12 pm (UTC)
kitmizkit on July 12th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
FARMER BOY had the most delicious sounding food in the history of ever. EVER.