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03 January 2014 @ 11:51 pm
How is it Friday already?  
Boy, two days until I go back to work, and I'm so not ready. I just don't like my job any more, and I can't work up any enthusiasm for being there. But I'm supporting all four of us, including health insurance, so...

No news on HalfshellHusband's health. He saw his GP, and had an echocardiogram yesterday, but we don't have results. He seems to be less short of breath since taking the LASIX, so that's good.

Some more cheerful news: we finally watched Psych, The Musical, which was fun! Shawn and Gus sing well enough, and Juliet and Woody not so much (but I'm always glad to see Woody). But the Captain has a voice, and Carlton? *happy sigh* Surprisingly deep and very, very nice singing.

We also watched the S3 BBC Sherlock premiere via live-streaming on NY's Day (since my daughter knew about it). Really enjoyed it, especially the twist on Anderon's perspective on Sherlock. We've watched a lot of White Collar S1 on DVD, and I've done a lot of needlepoint while viewing (and later removed some pattern mismatches. Every.Single.Time).

And today? We went to see Catching Fire. I thought the story was adapted pretty well, to shorten the pre-tour portion and open up some of the later plot. Not identical to the book, but the differences were unimportant and helped move the exposition more smoothly in a movie setting. I do think Jennifer Lawrence gets more Slavic-looking all the time, and Stanley Tucci is so gloriously, frighteningly over-the-top as Caesar, the TV host. You can't help liking him, even while hating all that the Capitol represents!

Two more days. :( There will be leaf-raking tomorrow, and also running while listening to Night Vale. I ran out of time to go running today (the movie plans screwed things up), and haven't had the breath for it before today. My son's cold finally got to me, after holding it off for over a week. But not terribly deeply-- I think it's on the way out already!

Fic Summary O' Doom sometime in the next week or so...

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Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on January 4th, 2014 08:10 am (UTC)
I loved Catching Fire. I enjoyed the first movie, but thought they white-washed too many elements. This one was much darker, closer to the tone of the book.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 4th, 2014 08:18 am (UTC)
I think we saw more of the menace of the Panem dystopia here (apart from the whole tributes/hunger games concept in book one, which was pretty horrific). The soldiers were much more present, and their punishment swifter and harsher. *shudder*

As for the series, much as I loved the first book, I found the arena section of the second book to be the most exciting part of the trilogy. I'm sorry we didn't hear the story of how Hamitch won his round of the Hunger Games, though-- that was one of my favorite parts of Book 2! Still love Beetee.

Did you make it up to Alaska for the Northern Lights? How did that go?
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on January 4th, 2014 08:31 am (UTC)
I did make it to Alaska and my friends and I went out the night we arrived -- Christmas Day -- and SAW THEM. And it was amazing. Happily my friend Beth had a good camera and a tripod and was able to get some pictures. No luck the rest of the nights, but we still had fun. It was freaking cold, though. -51 when we were at Chena Hot Springs. I had pretty good gear, but I could only last about 20 minutes outside before having to go inside to warm up. Well worth the trip, though.
Maz (or foxxy!): Incoming plot bunnytuesdaeschild on January 4th, 2014 11:26 am (UTC)
Good to hear the medication is working so hopefully HSH is at least feeling better, which is a start. :)

S3 Sherlock!! How awesome was it?!! I like that the way he faked his own death is still rather mirky and the slashy Moriarty overtones of one version might even spawn a whole lot of Sherlock/Moriarty fics!! Though I love John Watson too much to want that version to be true!

Edited at 2014-01-04 11:27 am (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 6th, 2014 06:07 am (UTC)
I like that the way he faked his own death is still rather mirky
I found myself wondering which was the real story, and it took a while to realize that it was being replayed. The slashy version, with the cardboard Sherlock, was probably my favorite-- especially coming right after the "teetering on the edge and clearly real Sherlock" version. The "squadrons of well-timed Homeless Network members working in concert" was one of the strangest.

We missed episode 2 today, because our daughter was off doing a Mock Trial scrimmage all day and not here for the live-streaming (and the other half of the family was watching a football playoff game). Torrent doesn't have it up yet! Oh, the pain!
Maz (or foxxy!): Grinning Rabbidtuesdaeschild on January 6th, 2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
The cardboard Sherlock was my favourite too, especially coming where it did! :) And the Homeless Network segment was extremely odd!

Episode two deals with the wedding. It's not like any other wedding I've ever seen before but of course you're probably expecting that!! Hope you get to see it soon!

ecosopherecosopher on January 4th, 2014 11:28 am (UTC)
I read your other post about your husband. Sorry you don't have any definitive answers yet :( Crossing my fingers for the best possible outcome.

Not liking your job is pretty rough <3 Time to send the young 'uns down t' pit!

I really liked Sherlock too. I've heard some other people really bagging it and I was trying to work out why they didn't like it so much and why I did. I haven't worked that out yet! I'm looking forward to the next episode.

Enjoy the weekend!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 6th, 2014 06:09 am (UTC)
I'm not sure why other people didn't like the Sherlock episode, unless it's that they feel it mainly deals with the explaining and undoing of the prior episode rather than anything "meaty." But considering that the bulk of the fans are really there for John+/Sherlock and banter and outlandish weirdness on Sherlock's part, the non-meaty bits are often the best parts of the episode!
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on January 4th, 2014 02:23 pm (UTC)
Hope your hub is OK. AW
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 6th, 2014 06:10 am (UTC)
Wish we had some clearer Whys and knowing what to expect down the road, but nothing new so far. :(
Desireex_disturbed_x on January 4th, 2014 02:32 pm (UTC)
I hope your husband is okay!

Sherlock S3 was awesome and I was a bit disappointed that we didn't get the exact way he faked it but I loved the character focus in this episode. It was great to see how John and Sherlock's relationship was portrayed. Plus Mary is pretty cool.

Edited at 2014-01-04 02:32 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 6th, 2014 06:13 am (UTC)
I liked the character focus, too-- that's my favorite part of the show anyway. I thought we'd gotten the true story the first time, but with the multiple repeats (and the cardboard Sherlock) it became clear that these were all possibilities where none of them might be precisely true.

With the show, as with the movies, I'm torn between my love for the John/Sherlock slashiness and the fact that Mary IS awesome and seems very well-suited to John in a completely different way.
cindytsuki_no_bara on January 4th, 2014 04:39 pm (UTC)
i hope hsh gets some good news!

i think i liked catching fire better than the hunger games. it seemed more intense and yeah, darker, even considering all the kids killing other kids in the first one. caesar's kinda like ryan seacrest or someone on steroids, like the stereotypical competition show host cranked up to a thousand. he's a great character.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 6th, 2014 06:14 am (UTC)
The Catching Fire movie version seemed heavier on the romantic aspect that the first movie or the book, which isn't my favorite part of the story. That pushes it into romance-novel territory, and the books are so much more than that. But it's such an interesting dystopian world that I'm just glad they've made decent moves of the books!
kick_galvanic, zagzagael, skull_theatre: sherlockbleodswean on January 4th, 2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
I'm so bummed I missed Sherlock. Hopefully it will be available soon.

Things sound busy for you and busy can be good. Fingers still crossed for your man. And sorry to hear you don't hold your dream job.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 6th, 2014 06:17 am (UTC)
I see that 3x01 is up on Torrent now, so you can download if needed. It was fun!

The work thing... this used to BE my dream job, and then a number of changes came down the pike that changed it from a mostly-great up-and-down job to something I just hate. I don't like the direction things are going in, and all of the fun parts of my work are being minimized/eliminated. Too much mandating at the corporate level and too little trust at the local level. :(
angels3angels3 on January 5th, 2014 12:38 am (UTC)
Nope can't watch those movies, I have no desire to see kids killing kids. There's enough of that in the world right now. Makes me depressed.

Hope they find out what's causing all the problems and can get it fixed.

My husband has been off for the last two weeks while I've been working. I swear if he doesn't go back me or the youngest might kill him.

I've gotten to the same point, I don't want to come to work and I'm not entirely sure it's just this job. I don't think I want to work period. Too damn bad I'm not independently wealthy *sighs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 6th, 2014 06:23 am (UTC)
Nope can't watch those movies, I have no desire to see kids killing kids.
I know there are other people who feel that way-- dystopias aren't for everyone, and stories that put children in peril are especially iffy. I had a friend who could not stand "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" because to him, it was all about endangering children as a plot device, and he can't tolerate that.

I would love more time alone at home! I had some yesterday, for at least 6 hours, and it was so nice! I get more than 30-60 minutes maybe once a year. :(

I do feel as if I'm ready to retire early, but a lot of that is because this job I once loved has become unfun and drudgelike, and I hate the business direction we're going in. My job of five years ago? I'd happily be doing that right now!
jensi08jensi08 on January 5th, 2014 01:39 am (UTC)
I decided I feel the same way about my job, but same deal. I figure it's best to accept it and make it as pleasant as possible right?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 6th, 2014 06:23 am (UTC)
I'm trying to hang on, since my husband can no longer work, but boy would I love to win the lottery...
jensi08jensi08 on January 6th, 2014 06:42 am (UTC)
I agree. It's amazing how much you resent your job on those days when you know you are really staying there because you have no alternative. I kind of thought before my hubby got hurt that something might change and I wouldn't have to, and with the budget and issues going on? I'd rather not!! Oh well...
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hairlilycobalt on January 6th, 2014 02:26 am (UTC)
Good luck with the return to work, and I hope your husband gets some good answers about his health.

I started watching Sherlock from the beginning for the first time a couple days ago. People on my friends list seemed to either love it or hate it, and it took me a while before I managed to place to watch it legally. I think it's a fun show.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 6th, 2014 06:48 am (UTC)
Our daughter got us hooked on Sherlock-- I'd seen part of it while half-paying-attention, and was horrified by the cellphones and such. But in watching it for real, the portrayals won me over and I decided that I did not care about much of anything else! What a cast. :D