of tobacco worms and scifi fashion and new books
Posted June 13, 2011on:
Of Tobacco Worms
Spending some time at a friends house the other day, she gave me the tour of the landscaping and gardens she and her husband have been working on for the last few years. the vegetable garden (beautiful!), the hops plants (tall!) and the moonflower plot (infected!). Apparently, their moonflowers have been infected with tobacco worms. Moonflowers are related to Nicotiana and Tomatoes, all of which are susceptible to Tomato worms and tobacco worms. I learned more than I ever wanted to about tobacco worms and the beautiful moths they grow up to be.
Moonflowers. greenhouses. worms. giant beautiful moths.
All I could think of was China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station. I’ll never be able to think of tomato worms the same way again.
damn you New Weird for infecting nearly day of my life!
. . . and scifi fashion
They always say you should try on a style, cut or color that you usually wouldn’t, because who knows, you might like it? I must have crazy, today I tried on a pair of skinny pants. not just skinny pants (which short stocky women should never, ever, ever wear), but skinny cargoes.
I was laughing so hard at what they looked at that I think the clerks thought I was having a stroke or something. they were so ridiculous looking that I snapped a photo in the dressing room:
Almost like silly leggings, no? and tres unflattering. I believe that odd floppy thing on thigh is part of a pocket. I have to wonder if Banana Republic knows they are selling scifi fashions? totally looks like scifi spaceship wear, complete with plenty of pockets and belt rungs to put stuff on, along with seams in the oddest of places. I may have been laughing at myself in the mirror, but at the same time I felt like I was starting to dress like on of these scifi ladies:
And new books . . .
oh, and after I was ton laughing my head off at the silly “high fashion” pants, we went to the bookstore and spend teh monies. on these goodies! After devouring Beukes’s Zoo City, I am tres excited for her Moxyland.
But it’ll have to wait at least until I’m done with Guy Adam’s The World House, which is fun, creepy, thrilling, and feels a little like Philip Jose Farmer’s Riverworld, plus some of the cult scifi flick Cube, plus things that go bump in the night. And then they kill you. and outside the house, it’s always dark and deadly. I started reading this a day or two ago. . . yesterday I read 200 pages. could. not. put. it. down.