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19 March 2008 @ 02:49 pm
Vacation on the Horizon...  
And I'm hoping it's warm in Santa Cruz. Looks like it's not going to rain, so that's good news! Leaving tomorrow...

I'm working at home today, and the kids are home this week making each other nuts. I sent them out to a park with my husband where they can get some space from each other if need be (or alternatively, not be bickering in the house). Meanwhile... how many times can a person debug the same area of code without going blind? Argh.

Made a stealth trip to get my remaining Easter supplies, namely the small pkgs of Peeps and the chocolate bunnies. But! Walgreen's does not have the Baby Binks bunnies I've been buying since the kids were toddlers! This had better not blow my cover...

Finished the On-Hold library books (juvenile fiction). Irked once again by misplaced Briticisms ("Right!" and "burgle" and other giveaway phrases) in stories about Vikings. It would be like finding "Dude" or "Yeah, right" in the same setting. The books are fun though-- featuring the hapless Hiccup and his scrawny friend Fishlegs and their failed attempts to learn how to become Viking warriors. All of these Vikings have dragons (which they must steal from the Dragon Nursery themselves), and while "Toothless" is a funny name for Hiccup's fairly pathetic dragon, his friend chose the name Horrorcow for his. That's just all kinds of funny and wrong to me. Said dragon has all the fire and initiative of a cow, too. :0

New Reaper tomorrow night! Must record, since we'll be out of town. I'm still debating the recent developments in New Amsterdam. A discussion with another LJ friend tells me I'm not alone in this thinking:

The doctor is supposed to be the One True Love that John Amsterdam has waited centuries to find, and she... sleeps with him on the first "date"? While separated from her husband? And not because she thinks John is OMG so incredibly The One too but because he's attractive and persistent and seems pretty okay?

That just strikes me as very wrong, somehow. His One True Love is somebody who's shallow? Seriously? Amarita (guest victim) had more substance and seemed far more 'aligned' with him spiritually, by comparison.

*sigh* Meanwhile... I'm working on maintaining denial about how Coster-Waldau's accent is becoming more prominent as this series goes on. Ja, Jan...

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And in case you haven't already seen it, a lovely Jensen/Jared OTP Manifesto by speakfree. That perked up my day! ♥


 
 
 
I'm for wine and the embrace of questionable womenmissyjack on March 19th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
Have a lovely break in Satan Cruz - hope the weather is good!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 19th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
Haha! Satan Cruz-- I hope not! And I hope we don't run into any of the vampires in the fictionalized version of it from "The Lost Boys" either. :D The weather at least shouldn't be rainy, though 65-67F is a little chilly for hanging around the beach...

I typoed something in a comment earlier today, about how much I missed the Season One "epic dysfuction that was Sam and Dean both apart and together."

SO much worse if you read that out loud. :0
I'm for wine and the embrace of questionable womenmissyjack on March 19th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Oh I didn't even realise I'd typed Satan!!! Supernatural is in my brain!

and 'dysfuction' is so appropriate!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 19th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
:D I'd figured it was a typo, and if I didn't live in California (where it's "Santa-everything") that would probably be one of MY typos too. Like "byte" (when discussing orthodontia)-- I have to back up over the word for "bite" every freaking time. Thank goodness Lauren's out of braces right now, so it doesn't come up much.

and 'dysfuction' is so appropriate!
It IS-- the most terrible and accurate Freudian slip in ages! \o/
a walking encyclopedia of weirdness: jenPoolemerald_angel9 on March 19th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
ooh, santa cruz! the weather here in norcal (bay area) has been awesome the last couple of weeks. yeah it's a bit on chilly side for the beach, but it's usually warmer in santa cruz and of course people surf all year round there...

okay, very good to find another new amsterdam fan... I was thinking similar things about the doctor, especially as she didn't say much about the situation with her husband. Separated isn't the same as divorced, and personally, I don't think it's right to sleep with someone else unless you KNOW you're gonna divorce and she told her husband she hadn't made up her mind...

OTOH, I do not think she is John's One... I'm still thinking it's his cop partner... I think he's going to discover something like you need to appreciate people that you might not, or something like that, because finding "the one" that will end a curse has to be something hugely significant and have some sort of lesson involved. Which is why I can see that it might have been Omar's mother, because having a relationship with her was very brave on both their parts... personally, that has been one of the things that I enjoyed the most about this show... Omar and the story of his mother :D

Nikolaj's accent seems to vary from ep to ep. Sometimes it's less obvious in the flashbacks, which doesn't make any sense... but like you, I'm trying to ignore it. I think it's kind of cute, even if it's not very much in character ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 19th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
yeah it's a bit on chilly side for the beach, but it's usually warmer in santa cruz and of course people surf all year round there...
The grownups will be sitting around, mostly, and I doubt the kids will mind (I used to go in the water at the Oregon Coast as a child, and talk about chilly!) I'm just hoping not to be miserable while the kids mess around on the beach for hours (the cove around the one part of the beach probably keeps the wind off, but it makes it harder to go for a long walk too).

Separated isn't the same as divorced, and personally, I don't think it's right to sleep with someone else unless you KNOW you're gonna divorce and she told her husband she hadn't made up her mind...
I agree-- at this stage, it's still cheating, and it's not that she's head-over-heals for John, she just thinks he's good-looking and kind of all right. Really, her reaction to him is much too lukewarm for a decision like that.

OTOH, I do not think she is John's One...
At this point, I hope not. It's kind of early in the series for that, and the only thing that points to her is the mysterious heart-attack he had (which he thinks was because of her but doesn't know for sure. I imagine he'll be replaying that video from the subway again and again in the future).

Which is why I can see that it might have been Omar's mother, because having a relationship with her was very brave on both their parts... personally, that has been one of the things that I enjoyed the most about this show... Omar and the story of his mother :D
That was such a surprise, and yet I loved it. I liked that they wanted to risk so much for each other, though I understand the woman's father's point on the subject (that she'd expose herself to more limitations by being with him that she might otherwise avoid). And there's a certain twinge of pain I get seeing him with Omar now, because his baby is growing old and he's still a young man, and you know that's not the first time John's been through that. How sad.

Nikolaj's accent seems to vary from ep to ep.
I hadn't noticed it in the first few episodes, and then it started to show up a LOT in this week's episode. The funny vowels and the hard "R" you get from German/Dutch/Scandinavian Europeans who are used to keeping their Rs down in their throats.

Also? I'm utterly fascinated by the man's nose. It's a little long, lots of angles on it, and very unusual. It suits his face, but it's a very different kind of nose. :)
a walking encyclopedia of weirdness: jenTieemerald_angel9 on March 20th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
yes, the nose... I might be more observant of noses since Jared... I love his nose... well not *just* his nose...

I'm definitely intrigued with how New Amsterdam is touching on what John's been doing for those 400 years, and addressing the issue of how an immortal deals with all the people who pass through his life, including his marriages. So far, it's interesting, since we know that the secretary he had as a lawyer had been with him for years. I'm guessing we might find out she's a daughter. It's also intriguing how both she and Omar have accepted that John needs to look for the One and they both help(ed) him in that search.

I think that the doctor's attraction for him is stronger than she has really let on. I got the impression it was more than lukewarm. He is charming and good looking, but he's also a real enigma: the heart attack, dying and then walking away, all those strange scars and the abnormal blood test results. I think she's intrigued by who/what he really is, and she wants to find out, even if it's something that might stretch her imagination. I mean look at Buffy, she didn't let a little thing like Angel being a vampire to get in the way of falling in love with him... even if they couldn't stay together... but I'm digressing from a tangent, and that's definitely not good ;)

what part of Cali do you live in? Just curious... I'm also having a bit of a holiday next week, going to LA for the Con... I don't make it to LA very often, so it should be a fun change of pace for lots of reasons. As for SC (or Oregon!) beaches, I'm very spoiled, since I grew up in Miami. It was beach weather all year long, and then lived in Redondo Beach for a few years. The idea of how cold the ocean is up here makes me cry, since I love swimming in the ocean. But even walking on the beach in the winter can make me happy.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 20th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
:D Jared's nose is a little much for me (turns up too much and it's very sharp), though I think I could stare at Jensen's for hours. And thanks to him, I now look at men's lips in a way I never did before. :0

I live in Sacramento, but grew up in Oregon. The beach from Northern California up through Washington is much the same-- gorgeous, windy, and cold with big, rough waves. It's hypnotic to watch, and I do wander through the edges of the waves. But I don't really go in, not now that I'm a grownup and have actual nerve-endings in my feet. Yipes!

The ocean from about Santa Cruz on south is more tolerable, and swimmable if you get far enough down. At least, so I've heard. ;)

PamalaX: AlexJOYpamalax on March 19th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
Have a wonderful trip!

The cat is finally out of the bag all the way around here so no need for easter supplies.

They put thier order in today direct to the bunny. RY wants Jelly Bellies and Em wants Reeses cups.

See ya when you get back... well maybe not much as I will be a tad under the weather after MOnday

Have fun!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 20th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
Yes, we're still in stealth mode. Which means that the baskets are identical, even though Lauren loves Peeps and Christopher finds them evohl.

I'll be back for Easter, and I hope the surgery goes well!
cindytsuki_no_bara on March 20th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
mmmm, peeps. i do love me some marshmallow chicks.

what books are these about viking wannabes and their riding dragons? because they sound really, really cute.

have fun in santa carla cruz! sun, sand, boys in bikinis.... ok, maybe not that last one.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 20th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
:D Peeps scare me a little bit, and they're not for eating in my book. People love them, hate them, or are "meh" on them I supposed. I wrote a fic about them last year for gekizetsu's birthday, even.

what books are these about viking wannabes and their riding dragons? because they sound really, really cute.
It's a 3-book series by Cressida Cowell, "How To Train Your Dragon," "How to Be A Pirate," and "How To Speak Dragonese." I'm on the last one now, and I need to add them to my recs page for kids' books, along with some others I've read since then:

"Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf"
"Donutheart"
"Toys Go Out"

If you like the sound of the feckless viking wannabes, I'll bet you'd like the Dragon Slayers' Academy series. They're SO weird and funny.
blossom with an attitudemiss_begonia on March 20th, 2008 07:05 am (UTC)
Santa Cruz!!! I just got back from Big Sur, so I was...sort of close to Santa Cruz. You should come north, and visit me in SF. It's only, like, two hours. I'm just saying.

...also, um, I haven't been around these parts much lately, but HI. &hearts
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 20th, 2008 07:10 am (UTC)
I actually live in Sacramento, but I don't get a chance to escape much except on family outings! Which this definitely is (more for the kids than for the grownups!)

Is Big Sur nice? I've heard great things about it. We used to love going to Point Reyes to hike (the ocean's still cold, but it's beautiful there). But now that we have the kids... years from now, my son and I will hike and my husband will wind up taking our daughter to a shopping mall or a coffee shop.

How have things been going? Is this the time to admit that I didn't offer a drabble for your birthday because I thought I was writing a full story, which then stalled out like virtually every freaking thing I've written since about July? *sigh* Good intentions seem to have very little power over the actual creative process. :(

How's grad school?
happy is as happy does: TV addicthappywriter06 on March 20th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Re New Amsterdam: Have you seen the previews for next week? I want to slap her already and I haven't even seen the episode. Like it's a little late for all that.

In any event, I can't believe that she's the one. I mean the writers would be tipping their hand really early. Half the fun of this series is finding out who his true love is. I mean if we know4 episodes in, we'll just waiting for him to die. That could be interesting since he's a cop.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 20th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
Half the fun of this series is finding out who his true love is.
Exactly-- I'm hoping this is a red herring, to get us all hooked on the idea and then find out it's not her.

we'll just waiting be for him to die. That could be interesting since he's a cop.
At some point, the man who's been immortal forever will have to adjust to being mortal, which IS interesting. :)