janegodzilla: (zombie apocalypse)
I finished David Wellington's Monster Island the other day -- I've been on something of a zombie novel kick, which is unfortunate because there isn't all that much for me to choose from -- and...hmm. I'm a little torn on this one. On one hand, I genuinely enjoyed reading it -- it's a pretty quick, engaging read, and Wellington tweaks the typical zombie apocalypse formula in some interesting ways, but there are character inconsistencies up the wazoo and you could drive semis through some of the plot holes. I'll probably read the other two books in the series, simply because the lure of zombies is too much for me to resist, but I'm kind of disappointed with how the whole thing turned out.

Also, it drives me bonkers when writers switch between first and third person POV. Unless you're a fucking great writer, it's jarring as all get-out. Bad Wellington. -2 points for you.

Spoilers follow! )

Final verdict? Decent fun and a fast read, with a few intriguing twists on the genre that make it worth a look if you're a hardcore zombie fan. On the downside, the goofy-ass plot makes no sense and the characterization is all over the place, and the author totally squanders the best characters on lame plot contrivances and predictability.
janegodzilla: (boys in foxholes)
I thought I was going to be more upset about having to go back to work today after the mini-vacation of the past four days, but half the office was still on vacation, and the owner of the firm bought lunch for those of us who were there, because -- as he put it -- we bothered to show up in the first place. I'm all about any situation that nets me free food, so I was pleased.

Christmas was spent at Mom and Dad's, with Ivan along so he wouldn't get lonely (my cat has serious abandonment issues, and leaving him alone for four days was most emphatically Not On). I baked scones and convinced my folks that Die Hard is, in fact, a Christmas movie, and the whole thing was just really fun and pleasant and the most relaxing Christmas I've had in a good four years. To those who had good holidays, I'm glad everything went well, and to those who had a more stressful time of it, I hope things have settled out now. <3

According to the weather people, it's supposed to snow tomorrow. I'm not entirely sure what to do with that information. Our weather people? Are wrong a lot. It's a weird regional thingummy, some confluence of various systems that makes everything susceptible to rapid shifts to the point where it's sometimes ridiculously hard for them to make accurate predictions, but...I can't help but think of last year, when they predicted "just a little snow," and half of the Northwest was shut down for two to three days in the resulting storm. It won't affect me as much this time around, since I don't drive to work anymore and everything worth getting to is within walking/streetcar distance (including Trader Joe's!), but I'm curious to see how it will play out. Really, the biggest thing I have to remember is to throw a woolly hat into my bag in case the trolleys are running late. Cold ears = cranky Kathleen.

Here's the ridiculous thing: my parents got me a little survival kit for Christmas, since I live on a hill in an old building in an older section of town, and the chances of the power going down or the pipes freezing or something similarly obnoxious occurring isn't outside the realm of possibility. There's a little first-aid kit in it, insulated packets of drinking water, K-rations, a wind-up flashlight, those nifty gel heating pads where you snap them to activate the heat...my mom is a former ER nurse and my dad is ex-military, so this is like they combined all of their survival and disaster knowledge and distilled it into handy, easy-to-use, fit-for-apartment-living form. I have a similar kit in my car, only instead of K-rations, it has flares and a space blanket. My parents are awesome.

So, of course, now that I've just received this glorious little survival kit, there's a sick, sad part of me that wants us to get hit with a major snowstorm so that I have an excuse to use it.

Insulated foil packets of drinking water! And iodine tablets in case I run out and have to melt snow or use rainwater or something! I love shit like this!

To put this all in perspective, I was the kind of kid who pretended to get "lost" on camping trips (read: hung around in huckleberry thicket a yard from the tent) so that I could build my own lean-to shelter and attempt to start a fire by rubbing two sticks together.
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I'm only halfway through my first cup of coffee, and I'm already bored out of my skull. There's nothing to do today. It's odd, because last week I barely had time to breathe, much less be bored, but that case settled and apparently that was the only major thing going on, because...damn. Things are slooooow. I was only able to bill about 1.7 hours yesterday, which utterly sucks -- on average, we're supposed to shoot for 5.5, and while we aren't penalized if we don't make our hours for the month, it circles back around to bite us in the ass come bonus time. The more hours you bill, the better your bonus.

Somebody needs to sue somebody else, dammit. I need work that I can bill to a client.

This isn't to say that I haven't been keeping myself occupied, but non-billable work is inherently more boring than billable stuff. To keep my brain amused, I've been figuring out how secure our building would be in the event of a massive zombie attack. Here's what I have so far:


EDIT: I have something to do! YES! It's a human Google project and is boring as fuck, but it's billable and it will probably take me all day, and that's all I care about at this point. Hooray, kinda!


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