My plans to see Iron Monkey with Rebecca fell through due to her being too sleepy, so we rescheduled for Sunday and I spent the rest of the evening hanging out in the Slimy kitchen and chatting.
This morning there was brunch at Joanies with Merlin and esmerel, my eating-out indulgence for the week since I've been so good otherwise. I've mostly seen them at Merlin-parties since I got here, and it was fun to talk with them in a non mob situation. Merlin's job hunting seriously now, since his unemployment will run out soon, and shares Ambar's experience that he's putting out a lot of resumes and not getting many bites. This disturbs me, since they have superb skills and experience, far more than I. I'm wondering if it's the lack of college degree; in markets like this, tossing everything without a degree is a popular winnowing tactic for HR. More pondering about going back for my degree.
Came back to Avalon to discover that the pond is swarming with mosquito larvae. Eeew. There will be a fish-fetching expedition this afternoon, and I'm thinking about getting some water lilies and other natural plants to help with the filtering so it doesn't depend on the pump.