Susan’s Salon: Day After Boxing Day Edition


You can use the comment section to chat about whatever you want. Susan’s Salon is posted early on Monday (Australian Eastern Standard Time, which is still Sunday in most places). It’s fine to be sad, worried, vaccinated, unvaccinated-yet, angry or maybe even happy (or all of those things at once).

Please feel free to post what you like (either troubling news or pleasant distractions) in the comments for this open thread. [However, no cranky conflicts between each other in the comments.] Links, videos, cat pictures 🐈 etc are fine! Whatever you like! πŸ˜‡


22 responses to “Susan’s Salon: Day After Boxing Day Edition”

  1. Good Christmas, very relaxing after my wife’s hectic work schedule. Gifts include McVittie’s, tea, books and gift certificates. Plus a Sherlock Holmes DVD set that includes Karloff in a 1950s TV Sherlock Holmes story, THE STING OF DEATH.
    Currently watching the reconstructed version of Doctor Who: Shada.

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  2. As Xmas gifts go, a non-delivery of furniture was pretty far down my list of things I wished for. Actually, I don\t think it was on the list at all. But, that was definitely one of the things I got.

    Hopefully, the third delivery attempt will work better…

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    • Nope, #3 failed out as well. Instead of hoping that #4 would come through yesterday I cancelled the order, and enlisted an acquaintance to help ferry the stuff from the store to the new place. But, of course, I forgot a few minor things (like, say, an office chair), so today I purchased a gaming chair. Really quite comfortable to sit in. But, then, I guess they’re explicitly designed for that.


  3. More record-breaking heat here in Arkansas. We had a celebration dinner for my kid, who has finished his BS in bioanthropology. Also I watched Don’t Look Up, which was pretty good, if a little too painfully accurate.

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    • Looking across the water from New Zealand & hoping we can keep Omicron out for as long as possible. Seems like every day Omicron is being detect in returnees in the government run quarantine hotels. So far quarantine is holding but given how more infectious it is, it will only be a matter of time.

      New Zealand has reduced the time between 2nd & 3rd Pfizer from 6 months to 4 months and vaccination of 5-11 year olds will commence mid-January.

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  4. Just had the traditional Boxing Day bubble & squeak.
    Finished Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee – setting aside the file atttitudes, what struck me was how tenuous a grasp of modern physics these purveyors of so-called β€˜hard’ science fiction had (except Asimov of course).
    Xmas film fare was Last Night in Soho which had some great scenes, excellent acting, wonderful soundtrack, some scary moments but … blew it on the ending.

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      • Indeed. And that too is covered in the book. (On a side note, I was recently asked to review Foundation for Concatenation, having last read it over 50 years ago, and my feelings were similar to those I have these days when listening to Sticky Fingers – brilliance punctuated with cringe!)

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  5. Finally had time to read the second book of the Scholomance series by Naomi Novik yesterday. Then I had to go and check whether there would be a third as it ended on what was either a horrible cliffhanger or a masterfully evil ending to a duology.

    There will be a third, but it’s not out until Sept next year. Those who hate cliffhangers be warned.

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      • I could see it ending where it ended. I’m not sure I could say I would have liked it, but it would certainly have worked.

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    • After reading the first two, I bought a dead tree edition of the first as a Christmas present for Youngest Offspring. She took it to (socially distanced) church to read during the service and gleefully informed all who showed the vaguest interest β€œThis is a great book. It starts with the main character plotting a murder!”

      And a bit later…”Ooh, she just got stabbed.”

      …Side-eye from the adjacent pew.

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  6. Had Xmas Eve dinner and gift exchange (kind of socially distanced) with our bubble, and only one of the gifts in total needs to be returned for a different size, so that’s pretty good. We were mostly successful in keeping the cats away from the ham.

    Saturday was brunch and gift exchange at home with Mr. LT, and everything was all correct and accounted for, although I did get tired of undoing the many layers of bubble wrap on one of my gifts. It was a CD box set that came in so many squishy layers I thought it was a t-shirt folded up! We did not go to the big open house buffet because Omicron.

    Today we sat around reading new books.

    EGG and I have had several days where one or both of us has done badly at the treat-catching. He is also annoyed that we ruined a perfectly good dairy beverage (eggnog) with cinnamon and nutmeg. So rude.


  7. And thank you to whoever it was here who told me Twitter is less picky if you open it incognito!

    It has made following the heartwarming saga/Chrismas miracle that is Jorts the cat much easier.

    Don’t butter your cat.

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  8. I had a nice Christmas with my parents. Lots of good food, though I fell even further behind with things I still need to do and I haven’t even caught up with the DisCon delay yet.

    I had some good news, too, since I had a story accepted for an anthology, an article for an academic journal and an essay for one of those pop culture essay collections. More info when I can talk about either.

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