Thanks to everyone for the hugs and encouraging words yesterday. I’ve been in a much better mood today.

I got a call from telynor this morning, telling me that her son G. was having a 12th birthday party at a pizza joint in Canton and didn’t we want to come? That sounded like a lot of fun, so we headed out about an hour before the event (to give us plenty of time to get lost and stuff).

Turns out we found the place straight away, about 15 minutes before telynor showed up. When she arrived we sat and heard all about her weekend, and she gave me a present! A hardback copy of Mark Helprin’s Winter’s Tale, first edition, in mint condition, with the dustcover in a protective library plastic casing. This is, of course, one of my favourite books in the whole world — the one that I buy paperback copies at used bookstores so I can give them away to friends. I had lucked into a hardcover copy some time ago, but it was missing it’s dustjacket, so this will make a lovely addition to my library. Thanks, telynor!!

We had been unprepared for G’s birthday, but wanted to give him something for a present. It occurred to me that when I was about his age, one of the things I was reading voraciously was the Danny Dunn series of science adventures. I had recently been reacquiring these for my own pleasure (and finding that, while a bit dated, the stories are as enjoyable as I remember — I recall wishing about that time that I could meet a girl like Irene Miller….but I digress). Anyway, I’d managed to pick up a few duplicate copies of the books, and located four of them to wrap up and give to him. I hope he enjoys them as much as I did.

telynor is supposed to come over here later tonight to hang out and watch movies and meet the new kitty. We’re looking forward to spending some more time with her.