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29 December 2014 @ 10:41 pm
Road Trip 2, the reversening...  
Well, our brief trip up to Oregon to visit my parents is coming to a close. We'll be driving home tomorrow (an 8-hour trip, IF we're lucky and the weather is good). My Dad is really slowing down, and hasn't bounced back from the broken ankle/surgery/recuperation that started back in October. He's still using a walker, still kind of unsteady, and just very tired. I'm hoping he'll improve once he's allowed to move more freely, but he's also 88, so it's hard to say. Keeping my fingers crossed.

My daughter and I recently saw The Imitation Game (it was terrific!) while my husband and son watched The Hobbit: 3. The plan was for the family to see the same movie, but since my daughter didn't want to see The Hobbit, Penguins of Madagascar, or Into the Woods, and my son didn't want to see either of the two big dramas my daughter was interested in... it became a parallel activity. We certainly all enjoyed our specific offerings, though.

Speaking of offerings: I received both a full story and a bonus treat from Yuletide this year!
  • Tenth Avenue Freeze Out is a Die Hard 4 John/Matt story (PG-13) in which Matt is snarky and awesome and John is crabby and concerned.
  • A Great Idea is a Reaper story, perfectly summed up as "Sock has a good idea, which means it's probably bad." How I miss the Work Bench crowd and their antics! For so long, I held onto the dream that a cable station might pick up that show and revive it. *pouts* What a fantastic cast, and such clever writing.

    Haven't done any writing in the last week (I did not even squeak out Yuletide Madness stories of my own, for the first time in years). I've been in an unhappy frame of mind (work-related), and getting Christmas together was hard enough this year. Another week before I return to the office, which doesn't feel like much right now. :(

    Looking forward to some down time at home after our return, in which I fantasize that I will clean up/organize parts of the house instead of frittering away my time with online jigsaw puzzles and Spider Solitaire. I will definitely be watching the Ducks play in the Rose Bowl on Thursday, though, and how terrific that Marcus Mariota got the Heisman Trophy. He is an amazing athlete, and by all indications a very fine human being as well. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. :D

    I also got HalfshellHusband both Despicable Me movies for his birthday, as he loves the minions something fierce. Three of us will be watching those soon, I'm sure (but not my daughter, who does not find the minions funny, can you believe it?) Also, on the drive up north, we ran across Minion Mike & Ike candy at a gas station, which features blueberry and banana candies (HalfshellHusband's favorites after chocolate). We bought them, of course. That is the most authentic blueberry-flavored anything I've ever tasted that was not actual blueberries. Wow. A fine acquisition!

    All right, off to bed before the endless trek in the mobile jail cell that is our car. Hope you're all having some time off, and doing some very fine nothing along the way. :)

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    Port: amy and riverdesertport on December 30th, 2014 08:00 am (UTC)
    God, the minions are so funny and adorable. I am looking forward to their movie to an embarrassing degree. The preview itself was funny enough. Though I have to support your daughter's choice to see Imitation Game over The Hobbit. I haven't seen either, but IG just has to be better.

    Here's to an easy trip tomorrow! Hope it's warmer where you're going than it is here. Brr!
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 31st, 2014 07:43 am (UTC)
    I'm looking forward to the Minion Movie too, as are HSH and my son. They're just hilarious and loony.

    I'm not a big fan of the Tolkien books, and while I enjoyed the LotR movies, I've only seen each of them once. They're incredibly long, and dragging out a single book into 3 movies strikes me as overkill. On top of 3-hour running length? Count me out. :O
    Port: amy and riverdesertport on December 31st, 2014 10:56 am (UTC)
    You basically just summed up my entire relationship with the LoTR/Hobbit franchise right there. Even as a kid I couldn't get more than a few pages into the Hobbit, and seeing the first movie wasn't a huge improvement on the experience.

    Just saw Into the Woods tonight, btw, and really enjoyed it!
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 31st, 2014 07:00 pm (UTC)
    For me, even The Hobbit is all too much detail about the wrong things. Not the things that advance the story or the characterization, just obnoxious amounts of detail.

    What's funny is that my son and someone at work love Tolkien, but complain that Jane Austen's stories involve too much meandering, and Austen's meandering is atmosphere/character for me.

    My husband loves both!

    We would all like to have seen Into The Woods except-- again!-- my daughter, who says she draws the line at musicals even when Chris Pine is involved. Which really tells you something. Personally, I do not get it. Her movie tastes are very narrow-- chick flicks, and "stuff I can learn something from." Yark.
    Port: epic couchdesertport on January 1st, 2015 12:05 am (UTC)
    Tolkien was just so, so into the worldbuilding. I always felt he prioritized that over the other elements of narrative. Fellowship read basically like a travelogue to me, with a lot of bad poetry mixed in. Though I understand things pick up in Two Towers, which I never read, so my analysis may not be entirely fair.

    ...plus Bilbo always read like a giant Gary Stu to me. /o\

    Been so long since I read Austen, but I'm inclined to agree with you. Elizabeth's pov was always at the forefront of any descriptive passage in P and P.

    Oy! Hopefully it's "just a stage." She's missing out on a lot of movies she can learn something from! Also, Chris Pine was hilarious! Hope you get to see the movie soon.
    cindy: penguins - the big chill (by rjcardinal)tsuki_no_bara on December 30th, 2014 05:14 pm (UTC)
    i don't even like mike & ike but i would totally buy mike & ike minions if i saw a box. how cute! i mean, minions! i'm going to go out on a limb and assume hsh will want to see the minion movie when it comes out. i can't believe your daughter didn't want to see penguins, tho. are you sure she's yours?

    drive safe! enjoy the rest of your time off! whatever you end up doing with it.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Flailhalfshellvenus on December 31st, 2014 07:47 am (UTC)
    I'm not a Mike & Ike fan either (except as cake decorations), but minions? Always a plus!

    I don't know what my daughter's issues are. She keeps saying that she doesn't like "stupid" humor, but I'm not sure how that applies to Penguins or Minions. Mainly, I think she's distancing herself from things that seem juvenile (such as, animated movies). What a loss!
    Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on December 31st, 2014 09:07 pm (UTC)
    I think Despicable Me 2 was one of the best movies I watched (on DVD) last year. So much fun.

    I saw the Hobbit 3 yesterday. Pretty to look at, but the impression that I was left with was amazement that Peter Jackson could take one of my favorite childhood books and turn it into an incomprehensible mess.

    I hope you had a safe and easy trip home.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 2nd, 2015 02:11 am (UTC)
    I really enjoyed Despicable Me 2, partly because I think it might have been approximately 30% minions! \o/

    It was an uneventful trip (always good, when you have to traverse the Siskiyou Summit in winter time), up until we were 10 minutes from home and someone rear-ended us at a stoplight. The major damage was to her vehicle (SUV vs. sedan), but we'll have to go through the hassle of getting that rear bumper replaced (i.e., car-in-shop time, which can go on for awhile).
    angels3angels3 on January 3rd, 2015 06:22 am (UTC)
    I hope your dad improves quickly. I'm not sure I'd be moving at all if I was 88 so it sounds like he's still ahead of the game. :)
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 3rd, 2015 07:34 pm (UTC)
    He was doing pretty well until the broken ankle, apart from some COPD issues (his lungs are scarred from an auto-immune condition). I'm hoping he'll get more mobile again soon-- that really makes a difference. That and being able to do things when he wants, easily, rather than via a walker!