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Maybe I should alternate...

On the plus side, I finished and mailed off [livejournal.com profile] steepholm's birthday scarf today. Not really culpably late, as he picked out the yarn when I was in Bristol last, and I didn't have the right sized needles with me, so couldn't start until I got back. It's very warm and snuggly, so all you UK people should probably start digging out your summer clothes in preparation for the inevitable unseasonable heat wave to come.

And to balance it the negative, carefully de-TMIed for reading-comfort: was posting it and a pair of fingerless gloves for a friend of Younger Daughter's. I'd bought stamps for the latter and was strapping everything up in the P.O. but did NOT want to be licking the germy stamps, very mindful of the winter vomiting bug that has closed local hospitals to visitors and the bronchitis that is filling our GP's waiting rooms. My 'system' involves licking a knuckle or back of my hand and then dabbing the stamp on that, but I had a lot of stamps, and one of them huge (honouring Louis Braille). Let's just say there was a little problem with the delivery of the stamp-moistening medium and -- er, drool ensued. Hopefully not seen by anyone, but not exactly a boost for the old self-esteem.

Plus - I saw a window-full of Staff Pick of the Month for Knife, by R.J. Anderson! I didn't forget the fact that my mobile phone can take pictures! I took picture! How wonderful - *another* bookshop choosing Knife for a Book of the Month, and this an Irish chain, so it couldn't possibly be the same one!

Minus - all of three feet up the road from the shop, I remembered the person who'd sent her the photo was Irish. From Dublin. I'm still trying to decide if it's the same branch of the same bookshop. Woe is me and my pitiful brain. However...
I got a different picture from inside, which shows the Bestsellers stand, with Knife - rather coolly picking up the lights in multi-colours - prominently displayed again.

Bestsellers

And because it's clearly not the exact same display - here's *my* window:

KNIFE
Another minus: I texted Bec before leaving home to head into Dun Laoghaire (so you can play along at home, that's pronounced Dun Leery, and due to mobile phone predictive text, inevitably called Fun L when we text each other), and as she told me she was on her way home from the city centre, texted her again when I got to the station, since the board was showing delays for all Darts (suburban trains) in the direction she'd be traveling. No reply. Texted her again when the boards showed that the delay was because they were 'awaiting the arrival of an ambulance in Glenageary' - expected delay 30 minutes. No reply. As we passed Glenageary, I saw ambulance crew kneeling down on the floor of the stationary dart, and I texted her again as we got into Dun Laoghaire, asking her to ring me, thinking we might meet there and share a taxi home if the delay was going to be serious. No reply.

I heard another ambulance as I was buying strapping tape for the parcels to be mailed, and was immediately struck by the idea that it might have been Becca on the floor being tended by the ambulance people and so not answering texts. Yes, I realise this was more than a bit flaky. No, there's no good reason I can offer that a relatively healthy 22 year old should be struck down with the bubonic plague or zombie attack on the train, but tell that to my palpitating self as I would, I wasn't calm until she finally noticed the messages and phoned me.

Plus: I happened to notice a new book by Frances Hardinge in the bookshop. Gullstruck Island. Here's the first paragraph:
It was a burnished, cloudless day with a tug-of-war wind, a fine day for flying. And so Raglan Skein left his body neatly laid out on his bed, its breath as slow as sea swell, and took to the sky.

Oh yes.
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