The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later, the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan.

SO LOVELY. I have so many yuletide hopes pinned on this book.

Thaniel is a telegraphist for the UK government who mysteriously acquires a watch that warns him of and saves him from a bombing attack. Keita Mori is the japanese baron living in london as a watchmaker. He has precognition and has always known Thaniel would be his friend. if he made the right choices. [] is the student scientist at oxford trying to prove the existence of the aether. Her time is running out, soon she will have to find a husband who will support her in her efforts after she graduates.

There is a clockwork octopus, Gilbert and Sullivan are working on the mikado, and EVERYTHING is connected.

It reads like a comfort read on the VERY FIRST READ-THROUGH. Easily in my top 5. EASILY.

Rack’em up, let’s play again.

This Is The Last Time, She Said

My excuse for the last few days (I have none before that) is that I’ve been quite sick with a fever.

  • I have a cold. 🙁 It’s pretty minor as these things go but it still sucks balls.
  • I have hot water back! And they managed to fix the water pressure– which I didn’t know was a thing I could do! I just thought that was the way the hot water was! But no! It has pressure equivalent to the cold water! Amazing. (Something got messed up with the hot water when I turned it off when I left in June. I only tried to use hot water in the past few days, so this wasn’t much of a hardship.)
  • I always said I’d get a new phone because the iPhone I have now has always sucked, but lately I started to think maybe it wouldn’t be worth getting a new one in China, I’d just make do. Weeeell, now this phone is getting hard to charge, like you have to jiggle the cord just right and it’s really hard to do, so I might have to get a new one anyway. Android recommendations?

I am telling you all this tale of woe, mes chers compatriotes (oh no, I’m adorable, I babbled in French. I do that when I’m sick too, here we go), because I may be checking decisions on twitter for the next few days. (A hint: the answer is almost always “no”. If the question is “Should I eat this?” the answer is always “no.”)

Now I’m going to watch TV hooray, and then take Nyquil and go to sleep.

Don’t Get Me Started

I worked for eight days straight and it was the worst thing ever because I had a cold for most of it. Also, 8 days straight. I finally had my energy back yesterday, the last day, and wow, it made such a difference. I get so cranky when I’m tired!

Today I finally got to spend most of the day in bed– I didn’t really need to, but better to be safe than sorry, because I’m moving. I’m kind of like o_O and entering homestretch packing mode but I’ve even made myself a lunch, so I think I’ll be ok. I’m mostly going to eat French food, tbh. Somewhere in town there must be a bakery that does decent macarons. I am going to find it, and I am going to eat them.

Even though my new place already has internet, I doubt I’ll be around much. See all y’all in four days!

In Memory Of

On December 6, 1989, a man in his mid-twenties entered L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. He took with him a rifle. Blaming feminists for ruining his life, he shot and killed fourteen young women whose only crime was to seek higher education. December 6 is the day to remember them, and all acts of violence against women.

Their names were:

  • Genevieve Bergeron
  • Nathalie Croteau
  • Anne-Marie Edward
  • Maryse Laganiere
  • Anne-Marie Lemay
  • Michele Richard
  • Annie Turcotte
  • Helene Colgan
  • Barbara Daigneault
  • Maud Haviernick
  • Maryse LeClair
  • Sonia Pelletier
  • Annie St-Arneault
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz

Not Well Today

I wasn’t very well today and spent a lot of it lying about not doing much. And I’ve come to the conclusion tv has lost of of the appeal that it once had and that I’m not sure it will ever give me the entertaining trainwreck that would be actual Sam/Ainsley, and, after all the random encounters every six episodes or so, I want the trainwreck. So I wrote this. Half my brain wasn’t working and I know pretty much nothing about Democrats and Republicans, so I made it mostly about muffins. Not that I know much about muffins, either. I’ll write everything I was supposed to be writing and catch up properly when I have a brain again. It may comfort people to know that enforced inactivity also got me to work out an awkward UNIT-related plot point.

Or not.

Mini-update On My Birthday

I’ve had a bit of breathing room, and I am trying to squeeze a bunch of planning even though I have a chance so I’m back with another small updated to keep things interesting.

My question regarding the birthday guest list is as follows: my sister wants to throw to me a party in my parents house (she still lives at home) and it will be the only party that I will have.

All the potential invitees are invited to the party. I have eight people in the category of “family” and thirteen in the category of “friends”, all of them are definitely people I would like to invite.

Then I have two separate work groups (five and eight each, so a total of thirteen) I am on the fence about since it is at my parent’s house and I don’t want to turn it into a house party. Also my sister wants to invite a couple of her friends so that will be extra. Fortunately most of them know one another, they liked and enjoyed the company so it is not a matter of bound to invite people I do not like feeling. The money is not really an issue since it would be at my parents and my father is cooking (he is a great cook). I suppose my dilemma is that I am not sure if it should include these people mostly because they are my close friends, more like the people I have worked with and really like. I think mainly because they are older people so that it would not hang out with outside of work apart from function work where as people “friends” in my peers (age-wise) and I have spent time with them separately and more regular work keep in touch with them. Also I don’t want to come across as grubbing gift. If you were in my position, would invite people to work?

Hi My Name Is…

The internet is not my social medium of choice, but I know it’s one of the preferred social mediums among many of the people I happen to know and like.

This site is a private social network for me to keep in contact with my friends. It’s the online equivalent of a private social event in the back room of a pub. If you already know me in person, then you know all this.

If you’re someone I don’t know already, then I might try you out for a while, but if it feels weird having a stranger present amongst my social circle then I may well ignore you. I just find it hard to be at ease socialising online, and I usually prefer to have some sort of personal real-life reference point to form the basis of my online interactions.