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There was pilates on Monday. For no apparent reason, the mat class turned itself into a reformer class. For those of you who don't know about reformer, it can be summed up by saying that there's a complicated piece of metal and wood and leather that tortures you. It felt much like going to the gym, with the added possibility of falling off the sliding platform. We hurt yesterday. And today.

We went swimming last night anyway, in an effort to loosen up some of the stiff muscles. It seemed to work (the usual* 10 breaststroke/ 10 backstroke), but the effect wore off by morning. Pity.

Fresh from the Dalemark quartet, I have fallen into the deep pillowy goodness of the Chrestomanci chronicles. Life is good.

* Usual?!?! Three months ago I was sure I was going to drown and now swimming half a km seems normal...
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There was an impromptu red wine and Monopoly (Marseille edition) session on Friday night, lasting into the early hours of the morning. Actually, we still don't know who won, since neither Meg or Matt would concede. (And, to be fair, they were in fairly equal positions.)

Yesterday was a lazy day, filled with Diana Wynne Jones' much-loved Dalemark quartet. I don't know what it is about this series. It makes me happy. Much like John Scalzi, without being sappy or stupid. (I think one of the reasons Phillip Pullman's books polled particularly badly with my brain is because I've read so much Diana Wynne Jones. Her kids are smart and real. They have suspicions about inconsistent behaviour. They wrestle with right and wrong and don't always choose right.)

I also read another Shannon Lush book, Spotless. Lots of overlap with Speedcleaning.

PS. Exercise update:

We did make it to pilates on Thursday. Tomorrow, we're going to try the next level up.

We also have fifteen free double passes to the swimming that have to be used by 20 April. So we went swimming. Twenty laps - 4 with kickboard, 8 breaststroke, 8 backstroke. I'm starting to feel better in the water. Imminent drowning seems to be much reduced.
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I forgot to add that Eric is ripping through The Ghost Brigades like there's no tomorrow. Of course, this meant that I had to read it while he was cooking, and then The Last Colony and then part of The Android's Dream. I did not have time for this.

I also found my copies of Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising sequence and Diana Wynne Jones' Dogsbody at my parents' place. I'm deeply happy about this.


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