May started with the arrival of my pension check, which was put to good use paying rent, HMO premiums, and other bills. After much refusal to even consider it, I got into Stephenson's Baroque Cycle by reading Quicksilver, which was as full of character & plot goodness as Cryptonomicon but less full of mathematics. Also got into Richard K. Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs novels by reading Altered Carbon, which was also outstanding. Over the Memorial Day weekend, I went to Balticon where I was annoyed with the Programming staff. Sadness was experienced at the Wal-Mart, but otherwise Balticon was full of enjoyment. The same could not be said of John Ringo's The Last Centurion; my disapproving review drew outside reaction. Speaking of outside reactions, my post about Rachel Moss also attracted attention and eventually moved me to be more strict about moderating comments.
In June, I was notified that I was now permanent with the truck equipment company I now work for. Mom went into the hospital on the 16th and didn't come out. Perhaps coincidentally, there was a humongous storm that afternoon and the power failed in Foxchase. Most of the rest of the month was spent dealing with heat and learning the new job. Legs became infected about a week after Mom died, I changed the LJ's skin to funereal black a few days after that, and a couple days after that, it came out that the temp agency had sold me to my current employers as a full-charge accountant. OMGWTF? On the bright side, the Heller decision came down on the 26th and a bunch of us bitter, clingy types celebrated by eating sushi. Shortly after that the antibiotics and heat kicked in and I ran out of energy to do much of anything except eat, sleep, work, and do routine maintenance connected with those things. Thus ended the first six months of 2008.