I know what you mean - I think the last 5 years or something we've had 45-48C days over summer and it was too much!!! This year, 10C less than that so far, which is much more doable (thought still pretty bad when it's muggy - humid - as well, which it has been lately).
I managed to read some of the book last night, and enjoyed what I've read so far - thanks for sharing your like! :) :) :)
Bit like our summer so far has not been super hot like it has been most years recently (though still pretty darn hot!!! :) :) :D). Do you like it less cold or prefer colder winters?
I just borrowed When Gods Die today (it got transferred from another branch where it was residing yesterday)! I'm looking forward to starting it, though it may have to wait til tomorrow cos I have to get house ready for house inspection tomorrow (landlord trying to sell so frequent potential owners going through the house - frustrating, not having place to ourselves very often at mo! :( ). Hope your day was good yesterday and is going nicely today :) Best wishes :) Aaralyn
Funnily enough, my library has every single book in the series that's out so far! I just looked it up! That is pretty cool, I reckon! :) :) :) Not usually the case ;) That's nice that you have a laptop and can download onto it. I would like a laptop one day - can't afford it as yet. ;) I'm not fond of reading on computer though - much prefer a hard copy - easier on my eyes. :) But my housemate is like you, reads pretty much everything online or downloads it to his laptop and reads it on there. :)
We had a cooler day today (20C) after our 31-34C days recently - nice to have a breather from the humidity ;) How's it there? Freezing? Hope you're enjoying things :) Aaralyn
Forgot to answer your first question. Recently the Government was planning to make gay and lesbian marriage legal, but so many people kicked up a stink about it, they ended up not going the whole hog, so gay and lesbian people are able to be legally partnered but don't have the full rights of a married couple. It's a lot closer than it was, though, which I think is good. Maybe later it will go the whole hog. :)
I've read Jack Whyte's books and liked them. The Sebastian books sound really good - I'd love to give them a go! :) For some reason I love stuff with viscounts and all in them :) :) :)
Keep enjoying the Robert Jordan books :) :) :) Good memory to you! ;P :D Hope your weather is alright for you today - ours is a little hot now but was quite nice during the day, in my opinion. :) :) :) I need to find another good book to read but I've somehow lost my library card - I may have to get a replacement! I may have left it with the librarian last time I was there. Not sure - usually put it in my wallet, same place every time, so unusual not to have it. ;)
They do have the new series with the kids of previous Degrassi kids here - I don't watch it though, don't watch much tv at present. But I absolutely love Merlin (it's my favourite show) - watch it every Sunday that it's on - and I love Grey's Anatomy and The Mentalist, though I've been having a break from most tv (other than Merlin) for a while so haven't seen the latest series of either. I agree, 90's tv was better. :)
I love to read too, and fantasy is my very favourite genre, then historical fiction and mysteries, funnily enough! :) :) :) I love Robin Hobb's Assassin series best (though the first book and first 40 pages of second she hasn't really got into the beautiful spirit of her characters yet, but from then on it's all gold, in my opinion!). I haven't read Robert Jordan - I'll have to give him a try. :) Lately I've been reading some historical fiction and mysteries (I find it hard to find good fantasy authors I like in the library - they mainly have Forgotten Realms or similar stuff, which I enjoyed as a teenager but now find most of the writing too terribly done to enjoy. :( They do have Robert Jordan and Robin Hobb, though, and some others.
I agree with you about the American government wanting to get away with horrendous things (like seeking oil in Iraq but blaming it on them possibly creating weapons of mass destruction), so that their citizens and the wider world wouldn't stop them (if they weren't in on the plea for oil already, which I believe Britain and Australia were, unfortunately, because we have certainly benefited from Iraq's oil, as well as East Timor's oil, which I just found out more recently and realised Australia's sudden move to help East Timor become independent wasn't based on unselfish motives but on getting control of a major oil field of theirs in exchange!!! And they didn't even do a complete job of helping East Timor become safe from Indonesian military takeover - Timor are having so much trouble from Indonesian military now and our government doesn't care at all because they have the oil they wanted and that's all they ever really wanted. That makes me so mad!!!). Is there oil in Afghanistan too? I wouldn't be surprised. :(
I know what you mean about the media only showing bad stuff about Pakistan and Iraq and Iran and all - same in our country, and I've had a couple of lovely Iraqi friends who had to flee their country because of being a persecuted minority group. They said Iraq was very modern in every way - women got to attend university and get jobs as doctors etc, and didn't have to cover up completely unlike in some Muslim countries, and most people just wanted to live happily together, it was just the extremists who made things hard for everyone. And I lived in a share house with a lovely Irani guy who said a huge number of Irani people from Persian background hate being under Muslim rule and do not live like that (following Muslim rules, esp not the strict dress etc) behind closed doors, but are forced to on pain of death or imprisonment when out on the streets. I've tried to tell that to a lot of people here but they believe the media mostly, unless they've been friends with someone from one of those countries themselves.
Hope you're enjoying your day - it's very hot here! ;)
Yeah, one of our territories (northern Territory) is mainly desert, so lots of land without many people. The other (Australian Capital Territory) is Australia's capital, so not that many people because it's just one area rather than big like the states, so not nearly as many people as the states have.
An Australian writer did a talk for us when I was in high school and she said she was amazed at how ignorant the media in America likes to keep their people. She said when they were translating her work into American (which she thought was unnecessary since they speak English too!) they wouldn't let her use the term 'bunny rug' (which apparently is a baby blanket - I'd never heard of it but seemingly it's an Australianism, according to her) and a lot of other more common (to me, anyway) terms in her book because 'Americans wouldn't understand it'. I thought that was crazy because I like it when there are a few terms in a book that I don't understand, and as long as I can look them up to find their meaning, it's fine. She said she even asked if they could put in a glossary of terms for things Americans wouldn't know, instead of changing the words, and they said, "No. Americans don't like having to look up terms in glossaries, it's spoils their reading enjoyment!" How crazy is that?! So I think a lot of American's ignorance is the fault of their media trying to keep them ignorant.
I agree, I don't like the violence or 'pimps and hoes' etc on American tv, movies and in their music either. Saying that, I do like 'Big Bang Theory' and other fun, mild, interesting or meaningful American shows, and their decent movies and music, but the nasty, violent and hyper-sexual ones I detest.
I guess in Australia a lot of people are influenced by all the American stuff that comes here, so we have the violent/sexual music and so on too, but we have a lot of decent stuff also. Our films aren't often too well written because the film board has stupid rules about how the films should be (i.e. having people talking in that ocker Aussie accent that no-one but those out in outback QLD & NSW country farms have anymore, etc) that make a laughing stock of most movies they put out. I've heard that the old directors of the film board have carked it (died) recently, and apparently the new ones are making some good changes to the rules, so some better films are able to come out now. How glad am I!!! Does your film board have silly rules? I used to like watching the first season of Degrassi Junior High when it came out in Australia years ago, and I liked Northern Exposure - fun sort of wierd. Was Northern Exposure produced by Canadians or Alaskans? :) We don't get much from Canada anymore, unfortunately - I like those shows better than the general American stuff, felt much more fun and interesting and a bit more real to life. :)
Helping out as stage hand sounds pretty great! Do you get to do it often?
Yes, we have Government loans for Tertiary (i.e. university and technical college) study that we only have to pay back if we're earning enough to do so, and not too quickly, which is great. It's nice that Canada has that too :) :) :) We have states and territories here (there are 5 states and 2 territories). The territories have a much smaller population per amount of land than the states.
I'm so sorry about the loss of your job and not being able to find other work. (((((((hugs))))))) I hope you are able to find one soon, or something else to keep you going. I've been in that position before - no fun :( Do you have any community centres in your area (if they have something like that in Canada) where you can do arts and crafts or little mini courses in things while you're looking for work, or know of somewhere you could do some volunteer work? That's what I did when I was home with no work to go to. Keeps you less depressed (for me, at least) because human contact is very necessary to our daily living, I believe, or that's what I found for myself anyway. :) All my good wishes and hopes to you. (((((((((hugs))))))))) At least it's meant you have time to yack (talk) to me every now and then ion the meantime - I've enjoyed that :) :) :)