Just Lying Around
It's not surprising, I guess, that returning to my Mom's house - where I grew up and where she's lived for 25 years - bring back memories both pleasant and melancholy. I had a lot of good times here, and I do rather miss them. I suspect that most people do not regret becoming adults, since I think most people chafed under the constraints of being a kid. But in many ways I rather liked it.
Of course, last summer I moved the last of my stuff out of her house. My bedroom is still there, but without much of me in it. The two bookcases in there are filled with some of my Mom's stuff, and some stuff I decided to leave behind (which I guess I could just throw out). So all I've got are the clothes and books I brought with me.
My Mom's cats are still here. She got them when I was a freshman in college, when our last cat died (our dog died not long thereafter). So they're ten years old, and William is certainly showing it, as he has had some serious health problems in the last two years, and is now very thin. He does seem to be happy and reasonably healthy right now, however. Mom's cats are not as affectionate as mine are, so I don't have a furball on my lap as I read during the day. Ah, well. William does have a lovely purr, however.
In between I read Jack McDevitt's A Talent For War, which is a space opera of a sort I really like, involving larger-than-life characters who turn the tide of history. Of course, by the start of the book, all those character are dead, which is what makes it interesting. I recommend this one, if you can find it.
I didn't find much in the book department that I wanted, but my "threshold" for books I'll buy is very high right now; I have so many to read, that a book has to really excite me for me to buy it. However, I did make some progress in finding the now-out-of-print Marvel Masterworks hardcover comic book reprint collections. I hear some of them will soon be reissued; hopefully all the ones I need!
In fact, I don't even check my e-mail regularly, so I don't have that particular sword hanging over my head.
Speaking of which, I think I'll go back to Wild Side. Seeya in a few days!