Just finished the book. Aisa and I were reading the book at the same time — I started around 3 and she started around 9 and was rapidly catching up to me — you shoulda seen us holding the book together in bed — but she finally gave herself up to sleep around 11. She’ll get to read the rest tomorrow. I’ve got the Amanda Root/Ciaran Hinds on reserve for when we get back. While I was at it I went ahead and reserved Northanger Abbey as well. Yup, it’s going to be Jane-Austen-crazy again around here for several weeks….

Already I am a bit disappointed at the changes…. Anne runs after him? And the letter comes AFTER she has gone after him? And she actually accepted Mr. Elliott’s proposal? Arrrrggghhhh…

I am now off to bed myself, as soon as I have a cup of my gingery soymilk “chai”:

4 cups water
6-inch gingerroot, peeled and sliced
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
4 cups soymilk
honey or sugar to taste

In a large saucepan, bring to a boil water, ginger, cinnamon and peppercorns. Reduce to a simmer and cook 30 minutes. Strain, then add the soymilk and simmer a few more minutes or until hot. Sweeten with honey or sugar to taste. From an old Food and Wine recipe, which lists “black tea” as optional — I didn’t have any regular black teas (my boys insist on getting their favorite Earl Gray all the time, and I didn’t think bergamot would go very well with the spices. It’s like a milky variation of Filipino salabat.