There is absolutely nothing to do in Fontana. There is not a decent sit-down restaurant in the entire city. Their highly rated Mexican hole-in-the-wall doesn't hold a candle to the one in my neighborhood. There is a pool at the hotel. There's a movie theater right down the street so we might go see the latest Spiderman reboot. (Good grief. How many more times will they reboot that movie franchise?) Or maybe we should see Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets instead. Basic cable is basic. I'll bring my computer but WiFi is spotty.
I didn't get a chance to finish, let alone post this before it turned into old news.
My husband just aspirated again. The hotel is cancelled. The surgery center doesn't open until 7:00 a.m. tomorrow so informing them will have to wait.
I see a trip to Urgent Care in the near future, as soon as I can talk him into it. He's really scared. This could be bad, like our last December vacation in Hawaii kind of bad. At least this time we're at home.
Story Title: An Unexpected Legacy
Author: Topazowl (Topazowlet on AO3)
Characters/Pairing: Daniel Jackson/Jack O’Neill, Cassandra Fraiser, Samantha Carter, Teal’c, Cameron Mitchell, Vala Mal Doran, General Hank Landry, M Sgt’s Harriman and Siler, Colonel Paul Davis, Dr Carolyn Lamb, mention of Dr Janet Fraiser (deceased), Major Jennifer Hailey, Dr Julian Maynard (OC), President Henry Hayes
Word Count: 12577
Beta: Solstice Winter to whom I am very grateful for checking my work. Please bear in mind that I am British and, although I have a beta who is living in America, I still use some British idioms and those are all mine (eg, the hob is the top of a cooker!).
Summary: Daniel and Jack start a family but someone is threatening their future
Notes: The story starts in the summer of 2007 after the Ark of Truth and is not quite canon so I suppose it’s AU. Daniel is still nominally part of SG1 as are Sam and Teal’c but they all have other duties/responsibilities but Sam doesn’t go to Atlantis until part 2. Mitchell and Vala often take Major Jennifer Hailey and an archaeologist and linguist named Dr Julian Maynard (my own character) when they go off-world. Jack is head of Homeworld Security but has moved the HQ to Cheyenne Mountain and is living with Daniel, quietly! DADT has been repealed (earlier than in the Stargate World) but they are not broadcasting their relationship. Landry still (nominally as Jack is on-site) runs the SGC with Dr Carolyn Lam as CMO. Siler, Harriman etc will all make appearances in their usual capacities. I have had to fudge Cassandra’s age to fit in with this and am ignoring Continuum for now – as it involves time travel, it could actually happen at any time!:
Archived at AO3: "Janet's Legacy"
Image by: Sexycazzycazzy_stories to whom I am grateful for the inspiration
These jokes cover a wide range of musical tastes, over the decades, and so apologies if you don't get all of them!
( Lots of groans ahead )
I bought the house in '91, refinanced to a lower interest rate in '02, and now it's done. It's mine, free and clear. It's an amazing feeling.
What I've finished
All the President's Men (1974), Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. I began reading it because of (1.) this article in Newsweek: "The Eerie Similarities Between Alleged Trump Scandals and All The President's Men, and (2.) because we'd just watched the movie based on it. (Note that the Newsweek story was published back in March. Imagine if they'd written it this week.) The book is award-winning journalism but honestly, the movie makes for a better story. Go rent the movie. Download it. Whatever. (We checked it out of the library). You will not be sorry. The movie gets five stars. The book gets four stars. These reporters, their editors, and their publisher are all American heroes.
Beany and the Beckoning Road (1959), Lenore Mattingly Weber.
Beany believes that she has lost boyfriend Norbett to another girl: Cynthia. She and Johnny plan to drive from Denver to California to return their nephew to his parents and advertise for passengers to share the travel expenses. What a surprise for Beany when she discovers that one of the passengers is Cynthia. What will happen to a mismatched set of passengers with very little money and a tomato plant in the back seat?
This was better than the previous book in the series. Beany flies off the handle one time too many for my taste but whatever. Three stars for retro-charm and that tomato plant. I haven't decided if I'm going to continue on with the Malone family, but this book was funny and engaging.
Girl in the Water (2016), Dana Marton. I took a chance and purchased (I know!) this book because of how much I liked Secret Soldier. The online reviews were enthusiastic, but I was not impressed. Marton tried to weave together three stories, and multiple points of view, and couldn't quite pull it off. ( spoilers ) I applaud her attempt to write something more ambitious than your run of the mill romance but this didn't work for me at all. I give it one star.
I returned Sugar and Other Stories (1987) by A.S. Byatt to the library after reading just one story. Actually, I didn't make it through the first story. I can't recall the title. It was about an unpleasant little girl, attending an atrocious boarding school, with nasty classmates and an appalling, sadistic headmistress, who I've decided in retrospect might be a stand-in for the writer. Byatt enjoys torturing her characters in much the same way that her headmistress character enjoyed torturing her students. Halfway through, I found I wasn't liking anything about this story. Enough was enough. I skimmed through the next two stories and they were more of the same. No, thank you.
I borrowed another book in the time travel porn series from the LAPL. I think this one is called "The Slayer" but it has nothing to do with vampires.
I'm still rereading the series for my kidlit fic exchange, titles withheld.
I unearthed an old novel of Margaret Drabble's which I'd never read, The Peppered Moth.
I'm carrying around Mirror Dance from the Vorkosigan saga in my purse.
There's a stack of time travel novels from the library at my bedside.
Entering Space: Creating a Space-faring Civilization by Robert Zubrin is sitting around somewhere, too. I got it out of mothballs because there is a chapter on mining asteroids, which is relevant to my interests. Speaking of space-faring civilizations, season two of The Expanse arrived yesterday!