First of all, I have taken Betsy (my previous computer, lost to the Compocalypse) to the Data Resurrectionist, and he says that the OS (which is pretending not to exist) isn't just the problem--some of the files are corrupted as well, perhaps 10% of them, but he'll retrieve what he can. God knows how much this will cost. Footnote-writing takes on a new urgency. I wanted to have the Vampires e-book out before Eclipse, but then, I also wanted it done before last Christmas. This is something else entirely.
Meanwhile, the asshole kids down the street (we are pretty certain) have now started tampering with my stepfather's tires, creeping up to our yard and cutting off one stem valve at a time (you know, where you pump air into the tire). It costs $30 to replace a stem--and that's if you notice it. That's if your tire has helpfully gone flat while your car is still in the driveway, which is not what happened last week--rather, my stepfather was out on the interstate when the tire gave up the ghost. He could have had a blowout, could have crashed, could have been seriously hurt. As it was, the tire had to be immediately replaced. For $300. Which we so totally could afford right now.
Yeah. The police have been called. And if you're reading this, assholes, this particular officer's mother used to work with my stepfather. They know each other. He's taking it seriously. So these four tire-slashing shenanigans have been documented by the cops. When you get caught, you're going down for all of them, and your asshole parents who won't rein you in--who deny that you threw bricks onto our patio and left a ladder to climb over our fence and rang our doorbell at all hours even though we saw you running back to their house--are paying for all of it. Yeah, YOU. I hope you're reading this and you DO recognize yourself and CUT IT THE FUCK OUT. I don't care if you're fourteen. Hope you enjoy juvenile detention.
So... um. Meanwhile!
Sam has gotten his summer cut!
Speaking of which, I think I must have tripped over the dogstacle course that is our house and hurt my right foot--maybe landed on my toes or the ball of my foot weirdly, or too hard--because it's been bothering me since two Wednesdays ago. Basically, since the funeral. And I've been limping a little. It doesn't feel like the bones are the problem--maybe I've pulled a muscle or a tendon? I don't know. It doesn't hurt very badly, but enough to be a pain in the ass. Well, figuratively.
A quick way to catch up on my Tumblr: The infinite-scroll photo collage archive.
Let's have a little linkspam:
Lynn Redgrave succumbs to breast cancer, age 67.
Alabama joins Louisiana, Florida in declaring state of emergency over Gulf of Mexico oil spill
Rubber: the best movie about a vengeful tire blowing things up with the power of its mind that you'll see this year. Maybe we can roll it over to the BP headquarters.
Nightmare on Elm Street remake reviewed: "I don't want to stereotype creepy gardeners living in cave basements of preschools here, but..."
EXCLUSIVE: 'Sherlock Holmes' Sequel Going To Paris, Switzerland, Maybe 3-D. And y'all Holmes fans know what Switzerland means...
Shankman and Mendes Battle to Direct 'Wizard of Oz' Prequel focusing on the Wizard.
Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' Coming to Theaters as a Trilogy with 'A Beautiful Mind' Duo.
Exclusive: See the first photo anywhere of Chris Hemsworth in costume as 'Thor.'
Here's Hank Azaria as Gargamel in The Smurfs.
3055 Facebook comments later, Bill Condon Has Heard Enough of Your Questions Now, Twilight Fans. GET OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN!
Ah, speaking of which, this just in: "Uma, you should never leave your neck vulnerable to a Mormon vampire."