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09 February 2015 @ 12:27 pm
Montag ist der Schlimmste Tag...  
It's the last day of Idol voting, and I'm biting my nails. My entry could sure use more votes...

The weekend was rain and more rain (but already people are complaining that it isn't enough, and I'm sure East Coasters would like to smack us). I think we got at least 1/2 inch of rain or more during a 2-hour window yesterday afternoon. Fat, heavy downpour—it's the first time we've had such a wave of water on the route from the patio through the garage (don't ask) that it transported mud and tree-pods with it. I had to put on flip-flops to get to my bike shoes for biking in the garage—there were no dry spots between there and the back door! :O

I did no yardwork this weekend, except getting more tangerines off the tree during a brief dry spell. Most of the roses still aren't pruned, and the annual "false spring" has started up (I hope it isn't actually an early spring for real—that happens sometimes too). I'm hoping for at least one non-rainy day next weekend, because there is still a lot to do.

HalfshellHusband and I watched Die Hard 4 last night with our son, who of course loved all of the explosions and was not viewing it as the John/Matt slashfest I generally do. Geez, right from McClane's first appearance at Matt's door, he seems to be flirting! HSH asked about the actor playing the FBI director, because we definitely have seen him before. I couldn't remember, and was sure the guy was East Indian. Fail, fail, F.A.I.L.!! The actor is actually Maori, and he played the "No, I shun my destiny" Dad in Whale Rider. Such a good movie.

We also saw This Boy's Life the night before, which I rented partly for my daughter. She likes dramas, and this was from DiCaprio's early years when he was an outstanding child/teen actor. She refused to see it, but the rest of us watched it. I'd forgotten how good De Niro was in that movie too (wait, what am I saying?).

HalfshellHusband wants to see Midnight Running again now, one of De Niro's first comic roles. He remembered that Charles Grodin was an accountant in that movie (this relates to last week's Idol story, where I was researching accountant-movies). Then he mentioned Dave, with the accountant-friend who comes to the White House. "That's also Charles Grodin!" I said. Though that's never a bad thing...

Almost finished with Elmore Leonard's Pronto. I'm frustrated with what happened to one of the minor characters, whom I really liked, and sometimes Leonard's punctuation gets on my nerves. It's as if he went over the text with a weak vacuum cleaner and sucked up random commas. Whatever stayed behind got printed, but c'mon—well-known rules for clauses! Were commas an abomination to him, or what?

All right, back to work. Tell me of your weekend!

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Entendre? Make mine a double.: SN Dean Approveddeirdre_c on February 9th, 2015 09:34 pm (UTC)
Voted! <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 9th, 2015 09:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Dei! How's life apart from the epic ReverseBang you just posted?
Entendre? Make mine a double.: checklist invincibledeirdre_c on February 11th, 2015 12:42 am (UTC)
Life is busy! As usual! Got some cool work stuff coming up next week, but it involves getting a ton done between here and there, so it's a mixed blessing. Kids still keeping me hopping, even as I-- DAILY!!-- mourn the absence of my oldest who is off at college and having a life without me. :P

Hope all is well with you, bb. Keep on writing!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 11th, 2015 12:49 am (UTC)
even as I-- DAILY!!-- mourn the absence of my oldest who is off at college and having a life without me. :P
I am so dreading this! It'll be next year, for us, and life will just be strange. I already don't see our daughter enough as it is!

I somehow forgot that Monday was President's Day (so, both our kids will have next week off). No real plans for that-- it's February, and none of us ski-- though I think I'd better get TurboTax ordered and get that underway. That is SO much less fun than what you're probably doing. :D
alleysweeperalleysweeper on February 9th, 2015 10:49 pm (UTC)
I voted a few days back. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 10th, 2015 12:01 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I did mine on Saturday, I think. The reading is much faster with fewer entries. Those days of 80+ stories? Eep.

Portdesertport on February 10th, 2015 03:53 am (UTC)
I was gonna mention Dave but you beat me to it later that paragraph! One of the few movies I own, since it's so rewatchable and sweet.

Why are commas so difficult for people? Half the grammar questions my students lob at me are about commas, but they never learned sentence diagramming or what a phrase and clause are, which makes it harder to explain.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 10th, 2015 06:48 am (UTC)
I really like Dave-- and we also own it. I also really like Frank Langella in it. He is so good at dark, menacing humor. :)

Maybe people lack the terminology as well as the grounded grammar to undrstand commas? I know when to use them, but I have no idea what to call one of the most common and overlooked needs for them: following the statement-of-time or statement-of-setting phrases such as "Once upon a time," or "Yesterday," or "On the farm where I grew up."

For the longest time, I thought our daughter was never going to learn how to use them. She didn't seem to have any innate feeling for when they were needed, and would instead add them when they weren't! But somwhere in the last year or two, the light dawned...
cindytsuki_no_bara on February 10th, 2015 04:11 am (UTC)
i voted!

oh my god, commas. bane of my writing existence! (altho semicolons would be, if i actually used them.) i have an idiosyncratic relationship with them, let's put it that way.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 10th, 2015 06:51 am (UTC)
I see, however, that you've used commas correctly in all of the sentences in that comment! So, you definitely have a pretty strong sense of them.

I fully understand semi-colons, but rarely use them now because they are hard to see onscreen. They either look like a colon, or like a comma, and neither of those is what you want. I tend to use the dash instead-- it covers most uses of the semi-colon, but onscreen it's much easier to recognize. See example. ;)
cindytsuki_no_bara on February 10th, 2015 06:59 pm (UTC)
the em-dash is my favorite thing. i love it so much. it covers for my lack of understanding about when to use a semicolon. (ahem.) and i like the way it looks.

i like to think i can use commas correctly when i need to, i just... don't.
Vice Captain of the Universesweeny_todd on February 10th, 2015 10:08 am (UTC)
I voted for you this week, although it might have been badluck <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 10th, 2015 06:13 pm (UTC)
Hee-- I would never think of you as bad luck!

I would far rather go out in an open all-stories vote than being boxed in by a tiny Redemption Tribe ballot with only me and my much-loved fantastic friend being the only two contestants.

This week, with the special power and the vote, undoes that Redemption Tribe outcome, but this was a good way for that to happen. :)
amodalieamodalie on February 11th, 2015 10:53 pm (UTC)
My battered old iPad won't let me read or vote for your story, but I I'll try it on the 'puter tomorrow evening! :-)
Meanwhile I cannot help wondering about your header. True to the word,I agree, often enough Mondays are so much harder than other days! But why in German? I don't suppose it is some sort of saying, like 'Mi Casa es su casa', or is it?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 12th, 2015 12:38 am (UTC)
:D It's too late, I was already voted out.

German is one of my other languages (though I've forgotten most of it), so every once in awhile I like to delve into it. My husband studied it too, so we use it randomly in phrases that probably confuse the kids: "Time to put on some Kleider," or "I need to get a Haarschnitt today."

This is how couples and families devolve into having their own language independent from how the rest of the world talks. ;)
amodalie: Shirl/Ernie#2amodalie on February 17th, 2015 01:41 pm (UTC)
Aha, I see! :-) I think it's fun to throw in some words in a different language from time to time. And it could be educating for your kids! Even if they will probably never really need those German expressions in real life. :-D

Sorry that you were voted out! Moi needs to be schneller with the voting next time!