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LOTR and Waiting For Frodo updated.

After we had brunch with friends yesterday, Jeff went to see the Chinese Acrobatic show at Harbourfront with Kaarel, Sara, and Annie. Ruth was supposed to go, but she was sick, so Jeff used her ticket. I spent the afternoon wandering about the St. Lawrence farmers' market, reading in the park, listening to a street musician group, browsing vintage shops. For a total of $12 Cdn, I bought a first edition copy of "Cheaper By The Dozen", a first edition Nancy Drew book ("The Hidden Staircase", second book in the series), and a 1913 first edition of "The Outdoor Girls in a Motor Car".

I love old books. Drop me in a used bookstore, and I could be happy for hours. My favourite used bookstore (more because of the atmosphere than because of the prices) is the David Mason bookshop on Queen Street. Wonderfully creaky floors, very quiet, browsers welcome (i.e. you don't have a salesperson at your elbow offering help every few minutes).

Jeff and I had dinner with Bryan, Rob, and Chloe at a Chinese restaurant down the street, then we went to "Shrek" at the Paramount. I loved it even more than the first time; Jeff thought the movie was okay. (he doesn't think Annie and Sara would like it). I'd be curious to hear from any of you parents who took their kids, whether they enjoyed the movie even without understanding the insider adult jokes. No spoilers, tho, please. :-)

Finished "Stardust" by Neil Gaiman, "The Golden Compass" by Philip Pullman, enjoyed both very much. I'm starting to ration my Lord of the Rings readings...I'm realizing that once I get to the end, that's it. Do any of you tend to do that? Starting to slow down near the end of a very good story because you don't want it to end?

I *loved* the new trailer for LOTR. There's quite a few movies coming out later this year which I'm looking forward to: A.I., LOTR, Harry Potter, Evolution (stop choking, Andy, I'm curious about David Duchovny :)), Final Fantasy, Planet of the Apes.

Still waking up at about 5 a.m. every morning, no matter what time I go to bed at night. It's driving me nuts! I want to be able to SLEEP IN for once. Not sure what to do; suggestions welcome. :-)

Hope everyone's having a great weekend...

Today's Blatherpics:

- Annie at Harbourfront, after a face-painting session. (Jeff took this picture).

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