The 5th Game of Thrones audiobook - A Dance with Dragons - became available via my library after many weeks on hold, so Koontz's Kunt (yeah, I'm being quite mean about that female protagonist) will have to wait a couple weeks before she can annoy me some more.
In the meantime, I dreamt about wolves last night. We had to corral my parents' dogs into the garage last night to get them to stop barking at the lightning, and the Prologue and most recently read chapters in the book involve a pack of warg wolves. So I managed to dream about corralling the warg wolves. It was a cute dream.
In other news, Mom wanted to go for Mother's Day dinner, which I said was a bad idea. We met up at The Olive Garden only to see the crowd waiting outside the building for a table, which indicated at minimum an hour wait time, if not longer. I parked my car, my sister conveyed messages to me from their vehicle, and we all decided to take the truck, leaving my car behind, and try our hand at Mexican Inn. We had only about a 5min wait while they got us a bigger table, while in the meantime groups of 2-4 were able to be seated immediately.
While driving to our second destination, Mom asked why a church sign said, "He Is Risen," instead of, "He Has Risen." (Welcome to the Buckle of the Bible Belt.) Apparently, it's a common question
. I started to mention the differences between verb tenses and risen as a verb versus risen as an adjective (as I actually wasn't aware of the simpler answer of, "That's how it is in older versions of the Bible using older forms of English," although I'm aware of that now), but instead went with, "It's like saying, 'She is female'. You wouldn't say, 'She has female.'" That seemed to quickly calm the qualm. I learned a while back that many times an example is better than a full explanation, although putting that into practice is more difficult for me.
Listening to Game of Thrones includes hearing a lot of older English, like people stating that they are going to break their fast, or she is breaking her fast, versus the modern way of saying, "I'm going to breakfast," or, "I'm having breakfast," wherein we've turned the process into a more succinct noun instead of using the original verb phrase. I was also thinking of Doctor Who just a few days ago and the cryptic sentence, "He has a secret he will take to the grave, and it is discovered," keeps playing on repeat in my head at the moment. Mom bringing up, "He is risen," only added fuel to my head worm, so now there's two sentences playing on repeat, and my brain keeps wanting to interject the image of the Doctor in place of Jesus.
"The Doctor's grave is discovered, and He Is Risen!"
Good grief. Zombie Doctor.
As a complete aside, the boys finally broke out the World War Z board game I bought eldest for Christmas, and they've been playing it non-stop since Saturday night. It's similar to Risk, and much simpler to our Arkham board game, although eldest also talks about playing The Walking Dead board game at a friend's house, and I have a feeling it's much more like the Arkham game. Maybe a little less insanity inducing.
In the meantime, I keep thinking that George R.R. Martin better write faster, because I don't think I want to hear any of his Game of Thrones books being read by anyone other than Roy Dotrice, but bless him, unless his mission in life is to stay alive long enough to read to the end of the series, his end will come sooner, and I will be quite mournful of such a loss.