Good (kinda) news:
It's been a while since I updated my journal. The reason being, well, bronchitis. On Thursday (last week, not yesterday) afternoon I got home and realized - when I had piled on a full length wool coat, a hooded sweatshirt, a scarf, and 2 blankets - that I must have a fever. Took my temperature and it was 102.7! Haven't had that high a temperature in years! Felt like crap, of course. Stayed home from work on Friday. Temperature kept going up and down all day. Went to the doctor Saturday, got drugs. Yay. Antibiotics and cough medicine. Went home, felt like worse crap, coughed up a few lungs.
Oh, I forgot to mention that on Friday I finished reading a very
good fantasy book -- Wizard's First Rule
by Terry Goodkind. It was one of those books I thought I'd never read or get into because of how intimidatingly large
they are. They're scary. The series takes up like a shelf or two at B&N and those paperbacks are like 1000 pages long! Not that I can't read 1000 pages, they just seemed intimidating. But I ended up borrowing the first book to the series (called Wizard's First Rule
) from the library 'cause there's a really
great GW fic which takes certain ideas from Goodkind's series. (The Confessor Series
by Annabell.) So anyway, it was SUCH
a good book, that I wanted to make sure I could get the second one ASAP. On Saturday after coming home from the doctor's, I went online and checked the library catalogue to see if they had it in any of the libraries I have access to. They didn't.
So I went to my back-up plan. The BSJ
, aka the "Bookstore Junkies". It's a mailing list where you can put in a request for a book you're looking to buy and the other people on the mailing list will "search" for it for you. If they find it, they'll offer it to you. Generally, all the books are used and you'll be charged half of the cover price (or whatever the finder paid for it, you can always refuse it) plus the cost of shipping. Usually, everyone ships by USPS
media mail, which for one or two books is generally under $1.50. Of course, you can always request another form of shipping, if you're willing to pay for it.
So I went and requested the second book in the series, Stone of Tears
. And got a reply very quickly! (Which is usually the case, unless the book you're looking for is way out of print…) And I asked the nice lady to send my book by priority mail and I paid her by paypal
so I would be sure to get the book ASAP.
In any case, my fever finally broke on Sunday and I stayed home Monday and Tuesday because I still wasn't really well enough to go back to school yet. But on Wednesday, I went back to school (and dropped by a B&N during some of my free time and read 65 pages of Stone of Tears
). Then on Thursday morning I went to the post office, and guess what was waiting for me there?! Yep, you got it! Stone of Tears
was there, monstrously big… did I mention it's between 950 and 1000 pages long? Well, I read during all of my free time on Thursday (I had a lot) and got up to about page 300 by 3:00. Then I started reading again at home (around 7, I think) and went to bed at 11pm, leaving off at page 497. Terry Goodkind
is an excellent storyteller.
So, since the libraries only have one or two of the 7-book series available, I went ahead and just requested the whole series from the BSJ. I've already received a reply on 2 of the books from the same person I got the 2nd book from. Now, I'm just waiting for a reply on the other 2 books I haven't read. I can't wait.
My father got sick around the same time as me; he was throwing up & coughing a lot and subsequently got a hernia. =( My mom took him to the hospital on Thursday and they kept him overnight and did the surgery to put his intestines back in this morning. He's all doped up, but okay. Surgery went well, no complications. ::sigh:: It feels like we just went through this for the pneumonia. Poor Poppy. Now he's going to be home on pain killers for two weeks and then off the pain killers, but still in pain and back to work for the next two weeks after that. He's been real lucky until now but he really has to start taking more care of himself, especially with his Diabetes. (He hates watching his diet.)
Well, on that depressing note, will go. Off to Angelica's house. Dunno what we'll do 'cause I don't feel like watching anime, but we'll see.
(Oh, BTW, the subject for today's post is the Wizard's First Rule.)