In the meantime, I'm taking the leftover hunk of last year's Christmas ham and boiling the bejesus out of it so I can make split pea soup. I may throw some barley and a potato in, just because I have them laying around and I don't have anything else around here they're likely to go with. I thought about chucking some of the weird frozen veggie boxes in there too but had second thoughts after taking another look at some of the combinations. I mean, does this look like it belongs in any decent soup? I mean, sure, they were a hell of a deal at the Harris Teeter: $0.99, buy one get one free with the VIC card, and I had coupons for $0.50 off two boxes so that in the end Green Giant was paying me to take these off their hands. And I'm okay with that. :) How much good these really do is another question, but so far they're tasty enough, and the price is definitely right.
Finished S.M. Stirling's The Peshawar Lancers (again) the other night, and am thinking about digging out Lucifer's Hammer, which is kind of related. Question for the f-list: if instead of the Moon, Earth had a belt of stuff like Saturn, would it be a case of "Rocks fall from the sky, repeatedly. Everybody dies," as I commented to Dr. Spence on his Facebook today, or would things be stable so we'd just have a much cooler night sky? I don't know enough about orbital mechanics to really have an informed opinion.
Of course I could just stop reading other peoples' stuff and work on my own damn novel. It's not like I don't have the time.