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This novel is an anomaly, especially in the latter half of the series, in that it does not move the plot of the arc much and could be easily skipped. Lina and Gourry are also the only recurring characters who feature in it. But does that means that there’s nothing to be gained from this novel, no deeper parallels, no flights of long range reaching? Read on to find out! Special thanks to pip25 and hlrespect for the translation!

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Verdict: This Week SUCKED!

Antibiotics are wonderful, and I'm now in that phase where after having been bedbound for a few days I'm feeling so well I want to do something crazy like take off to South Padre Island. On the whole, I really did not need to be sick this week. There's never a good time, but there are better times than others. Considering I'm working to get a brand new group off the ground at work, I really can't afford to be absent, but I was. Grr.

The other bit of devastating news that hit this week is that the daycare we've been taking B to for the past two years is closing next week. Andy told me when I was on my worst day of being sick, and he was very upset but I was too ill to take it in and just wanted to sleep. Now that I'm feeling better there's an impending sense of dread. It is so hard to find a good daycare! Especially one that accommodates something as little as two days a week or who will let us drop both kids off in the event that my dad can't make it even if it's not an every day thing (B goes to daycare regularly for the socialization, G is too young for that yet).

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In other news, B was talking to himself in his room after we put him to bed, and after commenting on how cute it was to Andy I said, "Well, if he starts saying something like 'you're my best friend' it would be a little creepy."

Andy: We'll, I'm Catholic so I'd assume he was talking to a saint or Jesus.

Tuesday I woke up and realized that I really need to refill my inhaler because my asthma was acting up, but it wasn't enough to keep me from going into work. The longer I was at work the worse I felt and when I finally got home I was running a high fever. Yesterday I knew I needed to get to the doctor but I was running a very high fever and in so much pain I couldn't stomach going to a waiting room (and was pinning for those good old days I've heard about where the doctor would make house calls). Since I was so sick I couldn't care for the kids (and my dad is also sick) Andy took them to daycare. I watched the beginning of Insidious Chapter 2 but was too exhausted to finish it.

That evening after Andy had brought them home and gotten everyone to bed, I decided to finish it. Well, B wasn't really asleep and came out and started snuggling with me on the couch. I was too exhausted to let Andy (who hates horror movies and will not be in the same room with me when I am watching one) know he was out, and since my tonsils were swollen my voice is pretty much gone so I couldn't yell.

So I let him watch the end of Insidious Chapter 2 with me. Fortunately it didn't seem to scar him, after it was over he turned to me and said "night night" and let Andy take him back to bed. I guess in a few years he's going to be my horror movie watching buddy (yes!).

And today I felt well enough to go to the doctor, and it's strep throat. Lovely.

Fanfic Update

The good news is I found my muse! She was hiding under a pile of unfolded laundry or something like that. The bad news is I don't have as much time as I used to have for some odd reason. So based on all that I think it'll be about a month before I actually post something, but I am working on something! Two somethings.

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Moments That Make You Proud

So Andy started watching Star Trek: The Next Generation and B started reciting the opening monologue with Patrick Stewart...THAT'S MY GEEKLING!!!!

Things in the News

Last night I had a dream that I was a guest on some sort of game show and I looked to my left and saw Sonia Sotomayor sitting beside me. Why the hell we were on a game show together, I don't know. But we were. Rather than play whatever game we were on, I asked her about the Hobby Lobby decision, and she and I had a good rant. The dream was oddly cathartic.

In other news, someone in Georgia left his son to die in a car, and there's a pile of evidence that makes it look like he and his wife did it deliberately. Now, as someone with a complex week schedule I can get how it could happen accidentally. On Mondays and Weds, my dad comes to watch the kids and I leave the house kid free. On Tues and Thurs, I have to drop them off at daycare. Once or twice as I was driving I'd look in the backseat and see B there and realize I'd forgotten to drop him off and immediately turn around. I've never gotten as far as work but I could see how it could happen, and it's terrifying.

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Retelling Patriarchal Myths with Dildos

So, we're driving and a song by Dido comes on. Andy says: You know, if you add a "l" to Dido you get Dildo.

Me: Well, way to turn a classical name obscene.

Andy: It's a classic name?

Me: It is. And actually Dido was stupid. I mean, here she was, a kick ass Queen of Carthage. And then Aeneas come, fleeing the Trojan war, with the other survivors of the Trojan war and they fall in love and have hot, passionate sex. And then the gods or something tell Aeneas he has to find Rome so he ups and leave. And what does this kick ass Queen of Carthage do? She doesn't tend to her subjects or find a new boy toy, she kills herself! Really!? How stupid.

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Random, Meandering Thoughts on Fairy Tales

For whatever reason, the restaurant I ate at tonight was playing Disney tunes. Andy and I were discussing this, and somehow the topic meandered onto The Little Mermaid. We'd recently finished watching Puella Magi Madoka Magica and he mentioned how one of the character's stories was based off the original Hans Christian Anderson version of the tale. I thought for a moment and said, "Oh, you mean Sayaka?"

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Life and Work

Took the kiddos to the mall this morning. B. is just getting more and more grown up. He played well in the play area, took turns, didn't make a fuss when I told him it was time to leave, walked by my side even when I knew he would much rather be doing something else, like throwing dirt into the fountain.

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I've been having a bit of an existential crisis lately, mostly because my work schedule and home schedule are not mixing anymore. I'm going back part time next week, but I'm not sure how long it's going to last and I'm starting to put out feelers. While at the mall I went to the cookie shop and a couple with about a half dozen kids let me in front of them because they weren't ready yet. Suddenly the woman shrieked, "OMG, Ms. R, you had a baby!"

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For the first novel as well as information about how I organized this and the purpose behind it.

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Wizer makes an appearance! Though in a drastically altered form from what made it into the anime! Most of the first three chapters were translated here, and the rest can be found here, translated by hlrespect and pip25.

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