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Is what I got on my Biology test.  So needless to say, I’m not in the very best of moods today.  I’m done with classes until tomorrow at 4, and I’m going to lay around until then.  I’m going to read, sleep, and eat.

I finished “Hades’ Daughter”, and found it to be one of my favorite books this year!  (Well, it’s at least a close second to Jean M. Auel‘s books…)  And speaking of Jean M. Auel, there’s only a few more months until the last book in the “Clan of the Cave Bear” series comes out!  I’m super excited, and thinking about re-reading the series…Again.  Anthropology makes me want to devour those books…But that’s a different story for a different time.

Anyways, back to “Hades’ Daughter”.  If you read this, you mostly know what it’s about.  The reason I loved it so much is because it was centered around a story from mythology.  And I love mythology.  (In latin actually, we’re translating mythology pieces into english.)

Now I can’t remember what I was going to write about “Hades’ Daughter”, because I’m so enthralled by the fact that I’ll soon have my very own copy of “The Land of Painted Caves“!  Is anyone else as excited as I am about it?

Oh, I also started the next book I just got from the library; “The Fourth Queen”.  The cover on my book is a lot better than what I have under my reading tab, but I couldn’t find a larger enough photo to use.  This is about a girl going to America, but the boat she is on is taken by Moroccan soldiers, and she becomes a lover to the King (Emperor?).  I can’t think of much of the storyline off of the top of my head, but stay tuned for further posts about it.

Crazy Cat Lady

I spent the 4th cuddled in bed, reading “The Valley of Horses”.  I have about 20 pages left.  I finished “The Clan of the Cave Bear” and was really excited to start on the 2nd book in the series, which was one that I bought when I was in Spearfish the last time.  I also spent yesterday out with the kitties, which all have names now (see photo).  I feel like I’m turning into a crazy cat lady with all the blog space these little kitties get.

(I spelled “Phoenix” wrong.  Oops.)
But on another note, Pat and I are headed to town later today to go see “Eclipse”!  I’ve been dying to see it since I first saw the trailer, which was MONTHS ago.  I’m so glad I just decided on a whim to go see it.  I also have jobs lined up for this month, at least 2 weeks worth.  I love watching the little squares on my calendar get filled up with names of the people I’m working with.  It’s very satisfying.

Now, to cement my new status as crazy cat lady, I leave you with this picture.

Honestly, how cute is that? (I named the photo “twin hug” even though they were fighting; scratching, growling, biting, and hissing.  I just caught them while they both rested, and didn’t want to take their claws out of each other.)

SURPRISE!

So this morning, at about 6.33, Pat came into my room to borrow my headphones.  I heard him come in, and I heard him set something down.  I was convinced he found my camera and was putting it in my room.  I opened my eyes,  and through the not-quite-awake glaze, I looked around, ready to spot the red camera.

It wasn’t there.  I almost cried, but I lay back down, and fell asleep.

At 7.48 Pat came in again.  Just the sound of my door opening was enough to wake me up.

“Cass,” he says. “I’ve got a surprise for you.”

I get instantly excited.

“Did you find my camera?”

“Yes, but that’s not the surprise.  I was out looking at the kitties…” I expect him to tell me that there’s a new one, because last night, a little orange one showed up.  I nod, not quite expecting what he is going to say next.

“There’s five of them.”

WHAT!?  I throw the covers off of me, even though I’m still tired, and jump out of bed.  I demand that he show me, and we both go out to look at the babies.  There are indeed five of them; two little grey ones, one little tabby one, one orange one, and my tiny little baby, Addie.

I won’t go on and on, but Addie is the only girl, which is a shame, because I wanted to name one Laura.  I cuddle two or three at one time, then switch out, eager to pet and tame each tiny, fuzzy baby.

And because my camera came back, I can show you how cute they all are!This is my sweet little girl, Addison.

Although I was completely happy to have my camera back, Salem wasn’t.  He seems to think that when I take photos of him, he’s in trouble.

Then after I took the obvious pictures, I headed out to find the poppies.

(Which were dead.)  I also took pictures of the amazing, cloudless blue sky, and the lush, verdant landscape.

And, yesterday, while out for lunch, Astrid and I stopped in at a bookstore, because I was trying to find “Pride and Predjudice”.  I didn’t find it, but I found something that made me so happy I wanted to dance.  I found four (FOUR!) Clan of the Cave Bear books, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th.  Two of them were hardcovers, and I got all four of them for under $20!  From the last post, you know how much I’m obsessed with Jean M. Auel, and I’m so excited that I own most of the series!  It was a good deal, a very good deal.  Fate, in fact, was definitely in play in that bookshop.

I’m pretty sure all the pictures of this post made up for the lack of pictures in all the other ones.  Me?  I’m just happy to have my camera back.

“Auel” the Way.

Yesterday, I stopped in at the library.  I gave up on “The Lord of the Rings”.  I did really enjoy reading them, but as the librarian told me, “they’re winter reading.”  I quite agree.

I returned to a series that I have read once or twice (actually, about 3 times) and I absolutely love.  “The Clan of the Cave Bear” is the first in the series.  I’m sure you’ve heard of it.  I’m kind of a fan, being that I own the (crappy!) movie.  I’m still waiting for the final book to come out.  (And I’ve been waiting for quite a while.)  The fan site told me a year ago that she was still writing it.  I checked today (and had to restrain myself from SCREAMING and DANCING) and the book will come out March 2011!  That’s less than a year!  That gives me time to read, and buy the rest of the series.  I love Jean M. Auel.

What authors do you enjoy reading?  What book (or books) can you read over and over, and enjoy every single time?

For me, it’s Jean M. Auel, “auel” the way. :)

Today, I’m going out to lunch with one of my teachers, Astrid, and then after that, we’re meeting some others in a coffee shop to discuss books.  We were supposed to read “Pride and Prejudice”, but I never got around to reading it.  I never had time.  I’m looking forward to seeing people from school again, because I’m going to be leaving in a few months, and not coming back for like, a year.

Last night, while I was reading “The Clan of the Cave Bear” (which I LOVE. I’m at the part where Ayla is learning names, and Mog-ur is doing the ceremony back to the very beginnings of life.), I heard poor Addison crying.  Apparently, Jasper didn’t know where to take her, and it was pouring rain.  I opened the back door a little bit, so they could take shelter in the porch, but I don’t know if they did or not, because at 12, when I had FINALLY gotten to sleep, I was woken up by these really long, high-pitched, drawn-out growls from the cats.  I lay there in bed listening to the growls, thinking about yelling at them, but not wanting to wake everyone up.  Finally, after hearing the two cats go at it, growling and hissing and dirt flying everywhere, I get up and “pssst!” out the window three times.  I hear them both run and hide, and I don’t wake up again during the night.

Maybe my camera will show up today while I’m gone at lunch, and I can take photos of what I’ve been dying to capture; poppies (almost dead by now), baby Addison, lush landscapes, and I’m sure I could find other things to photograph as well.  My posts have been in need of pictures, because all this plain text gets boring after a while.  It better show up before Florida…