Here it is, July 20. Since the last time I wrote, I've done oh-so-much packing and painting around the house. I've also been to see the latest Harry Potter movie. It was either that or Transformers. My brother was with us and he wanted to see both, but he's seen every HP movie in the theatre so far and didn't want to end up missing this one, so off we went to see "... and The Order of The Phoenix". It was pretty good. I kind of wish we'd gone to see Transformers, though. Maybe I'll talk the husband into doing that this weekend.
Needless to say, I'm not one of those people who will be staying up all night to get a copy of the last Harry Potter book as soon as it goes on sale. A lot of bookstores are opening at midnight to sell it. A lot of the bookstores around here are having release parties for it. I hope to be sleeping when it goes on sale. I read the first book, and that was the last of them that I've read. I didn't hate it. I do read quite a lot, too, so it isn't that I'm not a reader. I just read a lot of nonfiction, and fiction has to grab me and give me enough payoff for the reading that I keep going.
I read the first 3 books in The Wheel of Time series (Robert Jordan) and got 4 pages into the fourth before I decided it was going to be a commitment on the order of getting married to keep reading that series and I only liked it as a friend.
I read the first 3 books of The Song of Fire and Ice (George R. R. Martin), but that was a bit like being dragged from one carwreck to another-- you don't want to keep looking, but everytime you see a new one, you can't help but look AGAIN. If you haven't read those books, I don't want to spoil them for you, but suffice it to say that the moral of the three I've read so far appears to be "Nice guys finish dead." My son bought book 4 in that series (A Feast for Crows) and has offered to lend it to me, but I think I've been depressed enough lately without literary help.
I'd try to make this entry at least marginally game-related, and I've got a good opening here, since I've been writing about fantasy, which seems to be the bread-and-butter of MMORPGs so far, but I just can't quite put myself out that far this morning. I am going to get up now and go to the store. When I come back, I'll make breakfast and listen to the BBC News Hour on NPR (WHYY in Philadelphia. I also listen to WYPR in Baltimore, but they don't carry the BBC News Hour)... Then I will clean house some more and paint the bathrooms upstairs. I am pretty sure I can do both of them today. Doing the hallway might be a bit too ambitious, since I have to take care of kids too, but I may try to get that done anyway. My husband will come home between 5 and 6, and we'll either have dinner or go out. We'll settle in for the night and either go to bed or sit on the couch together. He'll watch TV and I'll do something with my hands (crocheting, most likely). My point is that my life isn't even marginally game related right now. I do think about games from time to time, but I barely read my e-mail anymore, much less sit down and attempt to make even slacker level progress in a game.