Tuesday: Hili dialogue

It’s Tuesday and that means Book Day! Yay? But I will avoid all temptation to see how it’s doing, which is truly the Road to Perdition. Although temperatures in Chicago were in the 80’s yesterday, today they’re dropping 30 degrees, with highs only in the mid-50s. The weather is nuts. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili requests nearly the whole nine yards for breakfast.

A: English breakfast or continental?
Hili: English, please: bacon but hold the eggs.


In Polish:
Ja: Śniadanie angielskie, czy kontynentalne?
Hili: Angielskie, bekon, ale bez jajek.


  1. Posted May 19, 2015 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    Wishing PCC a Happy Book Launch Day! Get the champagne out…

    I am guessing, the back not having been mentioned, that it is much improved.

    • Posted May 19, 2015 at 5:27 am | Permalink

      I see Hili’s lovely white lilac is out!

  2. Posted May 19, 2015 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    The Albatross is on the wing: got the book this morning! Looking forward to some excellent reading. Congratulations!

  3. Posted May 19, 2015 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    My copy literally just landed on the doormat.


    Sent from my iPhone. Please excuse all creative spellings.


  4. Diana MacPherson
    Posted May 19, 2015 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    My Kindle copy just showed up automatically. 🙂

    • Anonymous
      Posted May 19, 2015 at 7:30 am | Permalink

      Mine didn’t. I will go and try to find out why.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted May 19, 2015 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

        Don’t know which app you’re using but you may have to sitting there in the cloud & it needs to be brought done locally.

    • daveyc
      Posted May 19, 2015 at 10:06 am | Permalink

      How does it look on the kindle? That is my reading medium of choice, but I was slightly worried that there might be images or figures that would not show up too well with e-ink. Is that a problem at all?

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted May 19, 2015 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

        Quickly flipping through it, it looks nice to me. I like all the various hyperlinks that let you move around too.

        • daveyc
          Posted May 19, 2015 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

          Great, thanks!

  5. Posted May 19, 2015 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    Pretty kitty, pretty lilac! As a kid we had beautiful white and deep purple double-flowered lilacs in our allotment garden. I fondly remember vases overflowing with lilac and the lovely smell.

    Hili doesn’t like eggs? I guess she prefers them hatched.

    • Posted May 19, 2015 at 6:19 am | Permalink

      He (in a bar): Hi, there. If I were to make you breakfast tomorrow morning, how would you like your eggs?

      She: Unfertilised.


    • Posted May 19, 2015 at 7:33 am | Permalink

      We had white and pink and lilac lilacs too. The scent is heavenly. The lilac lilacs seem to grow well in the wild, just about everywhere! I’ll have to try and dig up my old photos of swallowtails on our lilacs…

      • Posted May 19, 2015 at 8:43 am | Permalink

        I think the lilac lilac is the wild form, all other colours and the double-flowered ones are cultivars. The colour has the name for a reason, lol.

        What I hated about our lilacs were the stolons/runners it made, if not kept in check the lilacs would have taken over the whole garden. Yeah, it was my job to remove those darned things.

        • Posted May 19, 2015 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

          I know what you mean, though I didn’t mind if the fancy lilacs spread.

          Right now I’m battling weeds, wisteria and Virginia Creeper vines spreading everywhere, but I’ve never seen any flowering shrub that takes over quite like false spirea.

  6. largeswope
    Posted May 19, 2015 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    I love that the Albatross is dedicated in part to Hili and her staff. Unfortunately I have to go to work. Today is a perfect day to curl up with a good book and a kitty or two. Cool and rainy in Colorado.

    • Diane G.
      Posted May 20, 2015 at 2:13 am | Permalink

      Yes, that got everything off to a great start! Congrats, Hili!

  7. Posted May 19, 2015 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Any word on the pre-release sale numbers, Dr.C?

  8. Jeff Rankin
    Posted May 19, 2015 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Happy book day! If Hili seems unmoved, it’s just because she knows the book is going to do well.

  9. sgo
    Posted May 19, 2015 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Happy book day indeed! I am jealous of those who already received it. My order is supposed to ship today but I have not yet heard from Barnes & Noble that it indeed is on its way.

    (I think this is only the third book I pre-ordered – the other two being Donna Tartt’s latest and Thomas Pynchon’s latest)

    • Posted May 19, 2015 at 9:26 am | Permalink

      You have to get Matthew’s book too when that comes out in the next month…

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted May 19, 2015 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

        I got that one in order too.

  10. kansaskitty
    Posted May 19, 2015 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on the book launch! My copy was delivered to my Kindle this morning! Can’t wait to begin reading…

    Hili is lovely as always & the lilac is gorgeous!

  11. quiscalus
    Posted May 19, 2015 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Mine should be sitting on the porch when I get home this afternoon! and then we’ll have another few weeks until the next WEIT-anticipated book comes out. July 7 in the US, if I’m not mistaken, for Dr. Cobb’s Life’s Greatest Secret.

    and does Hili truly not eat eggs? If going for the full English, I’d assume a turning up of the delicate nose at the grilled tomato. ah well. Never question royalty.

    • Posted May 19, 2015 at 9:27 am | Permalink

      Maybe she likes black pudding?! Then you need fried bread, beans, large mushrooms…

      • Malgorzata
        Posted May 19, 2015 at 10:14 am | Permalink

        Hili really doesn’t like eggs. Her predecessor, Pia, didn’t know a better thing than a raw egg yolk – not even a fresh mouse could compare – so I wanted to give Hili the same treat. I was left with an egg yolk – untouched. It went smoothly into a dog.

        • Posted May 19, 2015 at 11:18 am | Permalink

          Hahaha… smoothly and silkily into Cyrus….
          That’s one thing I love about d*ggies – I always had a clear conscience with our two big girls, as nothing ever went to waste!

        • quiscalus
          Posted May 19, 2015 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

          making the mistake of giving my two d*gs the “egg skin”, that thin, crispy bit around the edge of a fried egg if I don’t cook it correctly, has resulted in two pairs of eager, staring eyes following my every forkful of breakfast. It’s irritating to eat before an audience. Especially a whining, drooling one. An accidental exercise in Pavlovian conditioning that resists all attempts at extinction. But, then again, it’s about the closest thing to meat the poor pups get in this vegetarian household!

          • Posted May 19, 2015 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

            That’s very funny.

            About not frying the egg properly, the way I understand it from some chefs, that’s a perfect fried egg!

            • quiscalus
              Posted May 19, 2015 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

              I could just stick with scrambled eggs, topped with, what else? Smoked paprika. Seriously, my favorite spice. great on pizza too.

  12. Kevin
    Posted May 19, 2015 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    The weather is cold in northern New Mexico as well…lots of moisture that no one could possibly complain about except maybe when it does not rain again for month and then half the southwest goes up in flames…but I have a feeling this summer may see fewer wild fires.

  13. Taskin
    Posted May 19, 2015 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Hili and lilacs are a wonderful combination!
    Happy book day, Jerry!

  14. Posted May 19, 2015 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Hili shares my tastes…I love all sorts of dishes cooked with eggs, but not eggs themselves.

    And yay book day! I guess that answers the eternal question: “Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?”


  15. Shawn Beaulieu
    Posted May 19, 2015 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Just purchased my copy at Barnes & Noble, but shockingly, the book wasn’t on display! The clerk had to retrieve it from the back room. Apparently, their copies hadn’t been taken out of the box yet.

    I’m looking forward to reading it, but I promised myself I’d first embark on Neal Stephenson’s latest adventure.

  16. Posted May 20, 2015 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on showavery and commented:
    Another day, and I don’t know how I get passed it.

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