Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Stuff, Part Two

I Am Still Covered In Bug Bites

I booked a medical appointment for 1:40PM. I've been very good about not scratching myself. I reapply the anti-itch medication (1% hydrocortisone) but the rubbing motion used to apply the stuff may what keeps the itch away, not the hydrocortisone.


To the Bright Edge by Eowyn Ivey. The cover graphic has the silhouette of a bird with a photo of mountains filling the silhouette. Ivey lives in Alaska. I wonder where in Alaska. Out in the deep, deep boonies? Or in a ranch house in Juneau? Does she go fishing a lot? Moose hunting? Does she wear gaiters over her boots when in the woods?

The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan. Something to do with horse racing. AAAARRRGGGH. I still itch!

The Golden Age by Joan London. This is a paperback. The black and white cover photo of a man and woman makes me think the author name is Jack London. London lives in Perth, West Australia. I spent a college semester at Murdoch University and loved my time there. I've not been back.

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy. Is hot milk a cure for bug bites? I'd try it, I'm going nuts.

Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers. Maybe I should just stop thinking about the bug bites. Maybe I am obsessing and that draws more attention to the itch. Let's talk about this book, "I have never read an Eggers book and don't plan to."

Valley of the Moon by Melanie Gideon. The cover design is not to my taste. BUG BITES. Gideon lives in "the Bay Area".  That covers a lot of ground and reminds me of a song by Cracker.


The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.  This is an Oprah book. Whitehead has long hair, lives in New York, and was awarded some impressive honors.

Non Fiction

American Heiress: the wild saga of the kidnapping, crimes and trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin. Someone I recently spoke to mentioned Hearst. Something about a friend or relative marrying Hearst's child.

Going for Wisconsin Gold: stories of our state Olympians by Jessie Garcia. Garcia will be speaking here at the library within a couple months. I cannot look up the date right now because I am itching so much.

Aw, nuts.

I probably have Poison Ivy from Scout camp over the weekend. I didn't even think of that because Poison Ivy starts out with small points like a bug bite. Over time the rash grows as the body reacts to the Ivy oils.

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New Stuff, Part One

Bug Bites

My neck is covered in bug bites and it is driving me nuts. I'm guessing I am having a minor allergic reaction. I brought an tube of anti-itch cream to work and keep applying it. In fact, I sepped away from the keyboard for five minutes to deal with something and put more cream on the front of my neck.


The Madness of Mercury by Connie di Marco. A paperback mystery with a cat. Maybe I developed a sudden allergy to cats.

What a Woman Must Do by Faith Sullivan. She must immediately develop a cure for me. That is what she must do. Get to work science!

Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney. In the late '80s I read all the McInerney novels. I don't know if he has any novels about bug bites that look like welts and cover your neck.

Last Days of Night by Graham Moore. My day has been filled with itching.

Damaged by Lisa Scottoline. Damaged. Like my neck is damaged. I think insects burrowed into my flesh and laid eggs.

Sting by Sandra Brown. Sting. Like the sting I will feel when the insects eggs hatch and the larvae start eating my flesh from the inside.

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton. I read one of that Phoef guys books. I wonder if he, too, is covered in bug bites.