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November 5th, 2009

10:59 am

Have solved part of the mystery of why our first water bill - for a month in which we only lived in the house for a week - was $350. And why our second bill, while still unreasonably high, was about $150 less. You see, sometime during the first nights we were in the house, [info] myrialux woke up, heard that it was pouring rain, heard also that the sprinklers were on, and ran outside in the pouring rain and shut the whole system off, because there's no point in watering the grass in the pouring rain. And we never turned it back on, because it's been raining enough not to have to. The significantly-smaller bill clued us in that something must be wrong with the sprinkler system.*

So yesterday afternoon after work and before dark we went outside and I turned on each zone of the system while [info] myrialux went and inspected the sprinkler heads. On zone 15, naturally the very last zone programmed in, it turns out that we have a quite spectacular fountain gushing into the air a good ten feet from one of the sprinkler heads. Yeah, I think that answers that question.

Still haven't worked out where the rest of the water is going, but at least that one will be fixed.

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* We did get plumbers in to look for leaks in the house, and they found nothing, but replaced the toilet innards anyway Just In Case. As they left, one remarked to [info] myrialux that well, Fort Worth water prices were just higher than Dallas, and that might be it. Until [info] myrialux informed him that our meter claimed we used 48,000 gallons of water that month.

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01:05 pm

papersky has posted her elf policy as a poem. Do also read stakebait's "Elf Insurance" in the comments.

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06:09 pm - Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

I picked up Where the Mountain Meets the Moon at the library the other day, and took it to work today to read at lunch. By the end of lunch, I was 3/4 of the way through, and just finished it off, and am now in the bittersweet place, where I am content and happy that I've read this wonderful book, and sad that I've read this wonderful book and now it is over and I can't look forward to sitting down and reading it for the first time again.

Minli is a young girl in a poor village. Her father tells her stories constantly, and her mother bemoans their poor fortune. One day Minli, inspired by her father's tale of the Old Man of the Moon, decides to take matters into her own hands and travel to the Old Man of the Moon to ask how they can change their fortune. The story is a fairy-tale quest of the best sort - the quest itself is mythic, and every character in the book stops and tells another tale, each of which bends around and comes back later on.

It also contains wonderful illustrations by the author. Highly recommended.

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