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It's a work in progress. I'll take more photos as it develops.

It's the little things that count

What with me being penniless and all (until the Army decides to pay me), my LJ paid subscription has expired. This bothers me more than it really should.

Oh, I almost forgot!

I love these Mochi Things "Better Together" pouches. The smaller one, I've had a little buyer's regret about until now.

A few weeks ago I tried out a Kindle Fire 7', but was disappointed in it. In Sierra Vista, I found that the Samsung 7' E Lite was on clearance at Walmart. My mom had sent me some money, so I got it. It is everything I wanted, because it reads memory cards and I use an app called Prestigio to read books that I don't buy for Kindle. It has a Kindle app of course, and access to a Pandora/Spotify type service called Samsung Milk Music. I've watched Netflix on it. I've given the 10' Samsung tablet back to Sigyn, who is happy to have it returned.

And it fits perfetly in the smaller Better Together pouch.

(Mochi Things are http://www.mochithings.com) Very cute Korean stationery and bags, but really expensive! I got them both on sale. Wish.com has a lot of the same items for 1/10th of the price.

Last AT

So I was in Ft. Huachuca for what ought to be my last ever Annual Training. My P3 profile says that due to my respiratory problems, I am ineligible for re-enlistment, so even if I get tempted to do the last 8 years, I can't. And sometimes I am tempted.

On Sigyn's recommendation/insistence, I took Chug with me. Candlewood Suites allow pets in the suites for a very small fee, so he came along. He was great; sat in the back seat behind me all the way. He seemed to enjoy being an only cat, and we had lots of hugs and snuggles. I brought some of his toys with us, and he played a lot.

I found that the one and only synagogue in Cochise County is a reform templed called Kol Hamidbar. Only about 15 people attend, and there's no rabbi, but they were so kind and friendly to me. I was amused to find that the calendar on the wall was the one from Temple Emanu-el.

Home again, home again, and time to get ready for Dreya to come visit on her way back to San Diego.

Well that made me sad....

There was a sale and we also had Amazon credit, so I ordered the 7' Kindle Fire. Especially since now it's available in purple (or, as they call it, magenta). It ended up being less than $30.

I like how the packing was minimal; a cardboard sleeve with the item in a plastic bag inside. It was half the weight of my Samsung 10' tablet (inherited from Sigyn) and while the plastic back felt a little cheap, that didn't bother me.

What bothered me was that when I put in my 8 GB SD card, it didn't read a single thing on it. Even the .mobi files. That was the entire reason for me buying it, so even though it felt perfect in my hand and the screen looked great, I decided that it was just going to be another electronic around my house. I already have a Kindle Paperwhite, so having a lightweight device to read with is covered. The Samsung is for PDF books, epubs, and books with colour pictures.

Back to my gigantic tablet, then.

It took decades but...

I finally own a copy of "Star Wars: A New Hope". Or, speaking as a senior citizen, just plain "Star Wars".

We had $40 in credit from Bookman's, the Arizona used-media chain. You get in-store credit for trading in books, music, musical instruments, art, etc. I went to the big one on Speedway Blvd hoping to find a copy, since there were none at the other two locations in town.

They had one copy of the DVD, so I snagged it. It's not the two-disc "limited edition" that contains the CGI-desecrated version as well as the original as it was shown in theaters in 1977. But even the CGI-desecrated version is better than no copy at all. It restores one of the scenes with Luke's friend Biggs, at least.

Such a wonderful movie. People may argue with me, but I do think "The Force Awakens" was a worthy sequel to "Episodes 4-6", and seeing this reminded me of why. Both films definitely have the same "gosh-wow" spirit and theme of the accidental hero. (I prefer to pretend the prequels don't exist.)

I also got something else I'd been wanting forever, namely a hardcover one-volume Lord of the Rings. It's not the edition I most covet, which is the red faux leather edition, but it was $8, so it has pride of place on my nightstand.

Today things were a bit tense at home, so I took off again for Bookmans with a huge bag of DVDs to trade in. Bookmans took everything and gave me about $30 of credit, $7.50 of which I used to buy two more volumes in the Kevin Hearnes "Iron Druid" series. Since I'm going to Huachuca for two weeks starting next Sunday, I figured it'd be a good time to read them, although I'm bringing my Kindle with me too, of course. Then I went next door to Beyond Bread and wrote fanfic and had a scone and tea until it was time for my conversion group meeting over at the synagogue.

I came home and put Chug on his harness and seatbelt so I could drive around a little bit to see how he dealt with it. He complained of course, but not very loudly once we were off the dirt roads. He's coming with me to Ft. Huachuca since Candlewood Suites allows pets in the rooms. This is probably my last Army Reserve Annual Training, so I'm making it as comfortable as possible.

Oh, I got my application to the Veteran's Administration in for a Disability rating. I filed through Disabled American Veterans, who said if I get denied or given an insultingly low rating to come right back to them and file the appeal. We'll see what happens.


It was in England, in a lakeside village. It had some kind of ghost problem, so this bunch of teenage paranormal investigators (in the dream they reminded me of the Scooby-Doo gang, though no one said it in the dream) came to see what was going on.

There was Old (village name), which was flooded. All that was left was the cross from the steeple of the church. The gang went out to investigate, and the village god started appearing. He was a lake god, who was a bearded man in a heavy hooded robe, who would be seen standing in the shallows of the lake, looking but never saying anything.

When the gang rowed out in a boat to the cross, they discovered it wasn’t actually a cross. It was just a T-shape or cross shape of metal. It kept changing forms, starting as a cross of rebar, then a T of pipes, and finally an antenna with a smaller dish-shaped antenna on it.
They went back to the village, and one of the teens went running in order to get in touch with the ghosts. This was in the neighbourhood where I grew up.

I/he passed a pile of stuffed animals on the sidewalk that was connected to an earlier dream (?) where there had been an abused child. The teen thought the stuffed animals had been rained on, and would be moldy, so he didn’t take any. At the end he was running through a paneled hall, and came out to say that the ghosts wanted all the sports the local high school played incorporated into the school cheer, not just football. He was told that he’d been gone for six weeks. The lake god was looking at him.

The End Draws Nigh

I received an unexpected but VERY welcome phone call today from a nurse/case manager at Army Reserve Health Readiness. Long story short, I now have a P3 profile, which means I can't run anymore, and must do the 2.5 mile walk for PT tests. This automatically raises the question, "Do you want to stay in the Army, or do you want a Medical Evaluation Board?"

"The MEB, please," I said.

The reason is this. If I argue at the MEB that all my injuries and my COPD are service-related (which they are), I can be medically *retired* rather than just medically discharged. A medical retirement means I keep all my military benefits until I die. I also get to take all that paperwork to the V.A. and say, "Give my my pension."

So it's official. I am too broken to be in the Army. My Annual Training next month will be my last hurrah. I'll go to drill except for when I don't want to.

Get me out of this.


Kindle Fire recommendation

I know bothwombat_socho and bork have advised me away from the $49.99 Kindle Fire 7'. What about the next step up, the 6'? I'm perfectly fine with special offers; I have those on my paperwhite.

The 10 inch Samsung tablet we have is nice and functional but it's too big for my hands. I don't think the iPad is anything special, and it's expensive. The Fire is the most economical tablet out there, and I did love my first-generation one.
And thank goodness for Kindle anthologies of novels. Since I'm still unemployed, I'm reading a lot, although not as much as I could be. The Pima County library system can't hold a candle to San Diego's, but it still has a lot that I want to read.

I've read the first in the "Emperor's Edge" series. I got the first three books for 99 cents after reading the first one for free. I have a friend who is an absolute fanatic for these kinda steampunk but not really novels. I enjoyed the first one but haven't gotten to the next ones.

Kevin Hearne's "Iron Druid" series is a complete guilty pleasure. It is an urban fantasy reminiscent of Harry Dresden in that the main character is a grown-up but juvenile-acting wizard. It takes place in Phoenix, AZ and deals with the Celtic pantheon coming through in the modern world. I'm ashamed to admit I gobble these up like ice cream.

The Templar series by Joseph Nassisse. I don't feel as guilty about liking these. The Templars are now the special forces of the Vatican. Nassisse knows Catholicism, and I find myself geeking out because he gets things like uses of relics and magical uses of Church doctrine right. I now have five of these, and have read the first two.

I'm almost done with Acacia: War Against The Mein by David Anthony Durham. It's compared to George RR Martin, of course, but this first book in a trilogy has none of the mean-spiritedness. I'm 75 pages from the end and NO RAPE. Awful things happen, but off-screen and without detail. I'm very much looking forward to the other volumes.


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