Monday, May 16, 2016

Happy Birthday, Steve

The weekend with Coda was fine. He walked/hobbled by himself a few times; he's really motivated to be mobile again. He'll spend the week back at the PT vet until Friday.

I was able to do a lot of reading while keeping an eye on him.

PRESENT DANGER by Stella Rimington. 5th of 9 in series featuring Liz Carlyle, an agent in MI-5 Joint Counter-Terrorist Group, in London.

MI5 intelligence officer Liz Carlyle has just been despatched to Northern Ireland. In Belfast, Liz and her team are monitoring the brutal breakaway Republican groups who never accepted the peace process and want to continue their "war." Intelligence is focused on the shady Fraternity, with links to drug-running, arms-dealing and organised crime. With some help from Special Branch and a volunteer informant who seems to be legit, the Fraternity's leader is identified as a cold, calculating and ruthless American, hijacking the Cause for his own financial ends.

Published in 2009, it has 337 pages.

I also read ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes. A nonmystery, a freaking tearjerker of a novel.

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is quadriplegic after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
Published in 2012, it has 385 pages. I figured it would be sad, anticipated it .... sobbed. My throat hurt from holding back crying. Damn book. It has been made into a movie coming out soon (the cover has the actors). And there's a sequel. Damn author.

My favorite scene from Game of Thrones last night was when half brother and sister Jon Snow and Sansa Stark were reunited after five years:

They didn't have a good relationship before, but over the five years their family has suffered waaaaaayyyy too much and seeing each other alive at all was amazing. Author George R. R. Martin must hate the Starks. :) These two last had a scene together in the pilot of season one. We're now on season 6.

Tonight I'm not sure what Steve will be in the mood for. It's his birthday so of course he's being moody. I'm thinking I'll pick up food from CJ's now that Cactus Creek is closed. He hasn't opened his presents from me yet so I don't know how that will go yet. He just has to be contrary and not happy on a day like this.

I'm not going to worry about it. It's his birthday and he can celebrate the way he likes.

The day will go on.

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

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