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Reading. Happiness, Aminatta Forna, finished earlier today. I... really did not get on with it: the prose style involved lots of half-disconnected sentences strung together with commas in a way that I found very heavy going; I utterly failed to suspend my disbelief about both the description of an academic conference and the ecologist who thinks that, compared to coyotes, dogs are Evolutionary Toddlers; I was underwhelmed by the two dead women providing character development for a dude (this is a slightly crude summary but also I'm not wrong); and I struggled with the idea of "resilience" being presented as a Revolutionary New Concept In Psychology in... 2014. It's not that I disagree with the partially-underlying idea that the suffering and damage "caused" by a traumatic incident actually have a lot to do with community responses to the individual survivor; I just... am really not the right audience to have this presented as revelatory. The mildly baffling thing (to me, at least) is that Forna does, actually, have a bunch of up-close-and-personal experience with trauma, and has clearly spent some time thinking about it, and this is a highly-praised result of all of that that just... really didn't work for me, in terms of either style or content. I'd be interested to know if any of you think I should nonetheless try her other work.

Next up: Dreams From My Father, Barack Obama, because I enjoyed Becoming a lot and therefore Right Fine Okay Let's Get Around To These (i.e. I speculatively put a hold on the ebooks from my library, and they... showed up faster than I expected, so now I get to inhale them whoops.

TV. We finished Orphan Black S3; A reappeared shortly thereafter in the living room holding out S4 to me. I gently pointed out that there were only 20 episodes left; we are therefore getting started with Leverage S4, which began with Elliot being wrapped up in snow gear and we think makes even less sense and involves even more incompetence.

Food. Visited Jumon, which I'd wandered past the other week; it reckons it's fusion-y pan-Asian vegetarian food. The laksa was not what I expected it to be but was nonetheless very nice; the chips-with-kimchi were Somewhat Baffling but also I ate most of them; and there was a fried cauliflower starter that was Great. Lots of leftovers, which A & I have eaten for some weird lunch-dinner hybrid today, hurrah hurrah, and probably we Will Go Back (he was working late on Friday so didn't join us). ALSO: The Collective Dairy's passionfruit yoghurt = my new fave, as mentioned.

Trips. We stopped off at Belfast zoo on our way to drop off [personal profile] cesy and [personal profile] alexwlchan at the airport! We got snowed on while watching the penguins be fed. (I hadn't previously realised that Rockhoppers and Fiordland penguins also have yellow eyebrows; I thought it was just Macaronis but nooooooooope.) My other favourite New To Me Aminal: the Gidgee Skink, which is a sort of slightly flattened spiky sausage that droops itself inelegantly over surfaces and cannot move itself to movement even when crickets are literally walking all over it. They're great and I love them, almost as much as I loved the tiny tortoise that was very determinedly failing to eat a pear. Also feat.: small goats (that were efficiently stripping needles off all the local seasonally-recycled-pine-trees), Tamsworth pigs (v eager to be scritched by fingers, which are better than walls, in that they are flexible and repositionable and have pointy bits), miniature donkeys, a BARN OWL that was an OWL and therefore a LIE, some Norfolk Grey chickens.

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Date: 2019-01-27 08:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hydrangea
You're making me remember that I wanted to read both the Obama books... AND that I could re-watch Leverage next time I'm out of comfy stuff to watch. I can't, however, remember anything about Orphan Black (except that I associate it with orange, which, what.).

Could you tell me more about the chips-with-kimchi? We make a lot of our own kimchi at home and are always looking for new ways of serving it.

(we had oven-baked celery root with...clarified butter?? idek about these food terms, mashed potatoes and parcil today. very very yummy)

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Date: 2019-01-27 08:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rydra_wong
My other favourite New To Me Aminal: the Gidgee Skink, which is a sort of slightly flattened spiky sausage that droops itself inelegantly over surfaces and cannot move itself to movement even when crickets are literally walking all over it.

OMG that sounds wonderful. Also, from the link, self-defense through inflation:

When threatened this lizard will take cover in a hollow log, under bark or between rocks. If harassed further it will inhale air, making its body swell up - this increased size, combined with the spiky keeled scales, makes it difficult for a predator to dislodge the lizard from its hiding place.

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Date: 2019-01-27 08:47 pm (UTC)
forests_of_fire: A picture of a brilliantly colored waterfall cascading into a river (Default)
From: [personal profile] forests_of_fire
that description of the Gidgee Skink is amazing. I wish I could see one IRL. XD

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Date: 2019-01-27 09:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sfred
The animals all sound wonderful!

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Date: 2019-01-27 09:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ghoti
i fuzzyheart reading your descriptions of trips to the zoo and the friends you make therein.

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Date: 2019-01-27 10:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lunabee34
I love fried cauliflower, especially if it is tossed in chili sauce. Yum.

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Date: 2019-01-27 10:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lunabee34
Also sounds divine!

I can also imagine cilantro and lime to be quite excellent.

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Date: 2019-01-28 12:28 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] alexwlchan
I can endorse the food and zoo recommendations. I had great amusement watching the zookeeper sort of “post” fish into the mouths of the penguins who just Could. Not. Be. Bothered. And the ridiculous sausage lizards (I have some photos which I will share soon).

Q: Why are “books” behind a cut tag? Is it length, specific content, something about the medium? (I totally see why “food” gets a cut tag; books less so.)

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Date: 2019-01-28 10:47 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ewt
Why is an owl a lie?

I am curious. They are quite magnificent.

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Date: 2019-01-30 01:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fyreharper
:delight:

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Date: 2019-01-28 03:45 pm (UTC)
cesy: "Cesy" - An old-fashioned quill and ink (Default)
From: [personal profile] cesy
I am glad someone else asked this as I forgot to and I was curious.

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Date: 2019-01-30 01:17 am (UTC)
fyreharper: (Default)
From: [personal profile] fyreharper
...on first pass I read ‘skink’ as ‘skunk’, opened the link, and then... It Was Not :p
Edited Date: 2019-01-30 01:17 am (UTC)

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Date: 2019-01-30 02:26 am (UTC)
azurelunatic: The Space Needle by night. Slightly dubious photography. (Default)
From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
BIRD.

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Date: 2019-01-30 02:29 am (UTC)
azurelunatic: The Space Needle by night. Slightly dubious photography. (Default)
From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
THEY LOOK LIKE A VERY LARGE VERSION OF GREYBIRD

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