By Wyn Cooper
Imagine you're on Mars, looking at earth,
a swirl of colors in the distance.
Tell us what you miss most, or least.
Let your feelings rise to the surface.
Skim that surface with a tiny net.
Now you're getting the hang of it.
Tell us your story slantwise,
streetwise, in the disguise
of an astronaut in his suit.
Tell us something we didn't know
before: how words mean things
we didn't know we knew.
My Friday did not go as originally planned due to the unpredictability of weather. I had a doctor's appointment in the morning that ran later than I expected, as did Adam's cross country practice before the county meet on Saturday. It had stopped raining by the time we got home, but it was still pretty drippy, so Paul and his parents decided that this was not the best day to go hiking on South Mountain and postponed it. Instead he worked from home, I took my time finishing my review of DS9's terrible "Fascination", and when Adam was back from the team spaghetti lunch and Daniel had finished his homework, we went out to get haircuts.
Adam went with Maddy, Maddy's younger brother, and the brother's friend to the homecoming football game at our high school (which the home team won 14-0, woohoo). Meanwhile the rest of us went to dinner at my parents' house, watched most of the rerun of Obama on The Daily Show, then came home and watched the season premiere of Nikita, which is awfully convoluted at the moment but what the hell, there's a woman in the White House and Nikita and Alex are working together again (though I will predict right now that I bet Nikita's supposedly dead boyfriend will be back very, very soon). Daniel had paid to download the Stewart-O'Reilly rumble, so we watched that afterward -- Stewart was really brilliant, he came off much better than Romney and Obama both.
1. Washing machine: front-loader or top-loader? Top-loader
2. Detergent: liquid or powder? Green liquid
3. Rinse cycle: fabric softener or another additive? No additives
4. And then: clothesline or dryer? Mostly dryer except for delicates (I have two runners in the house, there isn't a clothesline long enough for all their sweats)
5. Do you fold things straight off the line or out of the dryer? What do you iron (or have someone iron for you)? I fold when I get around to folding, and something gets ironed in this house perhaps once a year when we have a formal event.
Fannish5: Five favorite comfort reads: books or stories you turn to when you're sick or feeling down.
1. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
2. Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman
3. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
4. Illusions by Richard Bach
5. The Tempest by William Shakespeare